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Logline: The story of one brave and humble boy who, in God’s hands, became the hero of a nation.
Nutshell: Legend of Zelda meets the Biblical story of David.
Target demographic: Boys and Girls from 7 to 11
Tagline: From shepherd to hero, by God’s design
Format: 5 Issues - 24 pages each.
Issue 00 - The Shepherd
Issue 01 - The Heart of a King
Issue 02 - Brave and Humble
Issue 03 - Fear and Courage
Issue 04 - The Hero
Cinematic, dynamic storytelling and action-packed adventure scenes, depicted in a colorful Manga-American fusion that interjects expressive emotions into epic superheroic sequences, all underscored with moments of deep, prayerful reflection punctuated by artistic lettering and stunning visuals.
The Chronicles of Faith series tells the stories of the well-known heroes of the Faith, depicted in a fresh and stunning manner. This striking visual series will draw in and deeply immerse the reader into the Biblical narratives by: exposing the humanity of the characters; illustrating God’s faithfulness, judgement, and forgiveness; and providing pointed and memorable examples of the awe-inspiring characteristics of God.
Chronicles of Faith-David is the first in this series, which revives and preserves the account in the books of Chronicles, echoing the story of David in a renewed and inspiring way. While illustrating what it means to trust the character of God, CoF-David will introduce a new generation to the truths of what God has done in the past, inspiring them to have faith.
This story takes place in the 11th century B.C. in Israel, at the beginning of the Bronze Age. At a time when the last giants walk the earth, God's people, in an act of selfish distrust, demand a king: Saul. But God Himself chooses a better King: a humble, yet brave shepherd boy from Bethlehem.
COF-David’s main idea is to show the reader the close, personal relationship between God and David, and how David deeply trusts God’s power and character. This will challenge the reader to come to know God more, trust Him like David did, and hopefully, become the hero of their own Chronicle of Faith.
Theme 1: Sharing your Faith Story. Unexpected and yet stunning, this theme in COF-David shows us a real world example of King David sharing his own faith story with his son, Solomon, who will one day be the next king of Israel. This inspires the reader to follow, in turn, sharing their own story of growing faith to others.
Theme 2: Fathers and Sons. At its core, COF-David is about the relationship between a father and a son. First and foremost, this is shown to the reader through the lens of King David and his son, Solomon, but also in the implied story of God and his Son, Jesus, and finally, in the inferred story of God and his adopted sons (and daughters): us.
Theme 3: God opposes the proud and exalts the humble. This theme is seen not only in the enemies defeated by King David, but also in the relationship of David to his Heavenly Father in that while David is not always an upright and moral figure, he hears God and responds with a humble and honest heart and is, thus, an example to the reader of faith worth emulating.
The Biblical narrative is always our primary source material, but this tale is not a word-by-word retelling of the Biblical story. Rather, it is an adaptation replete with the utmost respect and a focused desire to be loyal to the original story.
Other important sources include historical documents such as Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, stories of David from the Hebrew Talmud and critical cross-references from other books of the Holy Bible: 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Psalms, 1 & 2 Kings, and Acts.
"Chronicles of Faith: David issue 00 is a fun and creative approach to the life of David. Just when you think "ok yeah, I know how this story plays out," the dynamic shifts to be something altogether different, entertaining, and extremely well executed.
Taking the perspective from just being a biblical narrative to a heartfelt story being told from father to son while also incorporating new testament themes. Not only does the book feature exceptional visual art, but the writing has beautiful dialogue that hits to the soul with lines like "pay attention and you will see what God is like, and what He can do with a humble heart," or "remember, obedience is good for you."
There is heart, humor, reverence, and a clear desire to make this story alive to new and old audiences alike. It could stand proudly beside any comic on the shelves today."
- Hector Miray, FaithandFandom.org
"Read the book today!!! Magnifico!!! Bravissimo!!! What a great beginning to a legendary series!!! Many children and adults alike will be blessed by this inspired comic book!! God bless Mercy Ways Studios and Brainy Pixel!"
"It is a sensitive story, showing a David with a certain degree of innocence, courage and at the same time with a strong sense of responsibility. What I like the most is that he has all the qualities of a child. Young children who discover Chronicles of Faith will want to identify with this character. It is not easy to find religious material that generates empathy. This one does. And it does it very well."
- Sebastian Gomez, writer/producer/artist
"...there's a lot of powerful symbolism in the whole sequence, but what's really cool is; I think for anybody, this story really touches on how greatness is not just something that appears one day..." Watch the full review here!
"...I'm looking forward to seeing how they will continue this story in "The Heart of a King" which is going to be issue one, so when that comes out I'm definitely curious..." Watch the full review here!
"...The graphics, the colors, the boldness, and the fun way in which the telling of the story of David are incredibly appealing. Even if you only glance at it, the story panels will hook you in..." Read the full review here!
"...It's so great to see a story like David's play out with beautiful imagery, and I have to say the graphics in this novel are fantastic..." Listen to the full review here!
"...I'm really excited for the future of this series, as they explore the Biblical pillars of faith from a fresh new perspective." Read the full review here!
"...quality writing that is both biblically accurate and free of saccharin white-washing; and a level of art at the very top of the game..." Read the full review here!
"CHRONICLES OF FAITH: DAVID #0's Creative retelling remains true to the original tale while adding in those relatable elements that fully engage the modern reader." Read the full review here!
"...Here we're telling a real story in a creative way and you see David's higher power is The Lord, that's where he gets his source of strength and that's something that's going to continue throughout the rest of this comic which I think is wonderful..." Watch the full review here!
"...A good head start for a comic with a different spin on the all familiar story of David, you’ll love this one from beginning to end..." Read the full review here!
"...One hopes that this series fulfills the promise of its first issue. I am particularly interested in whether the creators will show the heroic king of Israel in all his complexity..." Read the full review here!
"...The issue, with its cartoon-esque illustrations, certainly seems geared towards a younger audience. Fortunately, Anaya has not dumbed-down the narrative or redirected its focus. He makes David’s reliance on God effortlessly clear..." Read the full review here!
"...I think that's a really powerful lesson and it's not like it's beaten into your face, it's just David is teaching his son and again a lot of points during this book you can tell they're very steeped in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes and some of those writings cause they just ooze off the page without even having to be quoted..." Watch the full review here!
"...So what I find really amazing is you can tell they have studied out the life of David very very thoroughly...One of the cool things that I really really loved is it gets into the head of Saul..." Watch the full review here!
"...I think the best aspect of this book is 100 percent the story between the father and the son, I think it's a phenomenal storytelling device that I've never seen used when it comes to the story of David versus Goliath..." Watch the full review here!
"...The illustrations and layout are energetic and fluid, propelling the story forward at a brisk pace that is sure to engage children and adults alike. The inks, colors, and lettering are also superb. All of this combines to make a beautiful comic book and an entertaining reading experience..." Read the full review here!
"...Sequential art storytelling at its finest. And it paints the story in such a way that it brings a newfound appreciation for stories that I have heard since I was a little boy..." Read the full review here!
"...What Brainy Pixel did with this comic is phenomenal, it's miles ahead of what others have done in the biblical comic book realm. This is a very well written book and it paints an accurate depiction of a young David..."