Are you a fan of two-time Eisner award winning New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler’s TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN? What about Mark Russell’s critically acclaimed comic book PREZ? Did you know that together they’ve created a bestselling, tongue-in-cheek but respectful retelling of the Bible, GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU? Well now they’re back and working together again, because every bestseller has a sequel, even the Bible.
Due out in bookstores on May 31, APOCRYPHA NOW is a faithful-yet-irreverent take on the best bits left out of the canonical Bible. Just like its predecessor, APOCRYPHA NOW is destined for the nightstand drawers of hipster hotels worldwide. Not familiar with the stories of the Midrash, the Apocrypha, Gnostic Gospels? Not to worry, this book tells you what the Bible didn’t, only with LOL cartoons and smart and insightful prose.
“The stories of the Bible underpin history and our communal artistic and literary heritage, regardless of our religious affiliations, so Shannon and I created GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU because we thought it was important to make those stories accessible to, and entertaining for, a modern audience,” says writer Mark Russell. “Then we discovered that, like every best seller, the Bible has a sequel — the Apocrypha — so, of course, we had to tell these more obscure stories in our tongue-in-cheek way, and APOCRYPHA NOW was born.”
“We expected a lot of backlash from the religious community over GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU, but we were pleasantly surprised that the new, more liberal Christian community embraced it along with a mainstream audience,” says artist Shannon Wheeler, whose TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. “These books are fresh and modern and truly funny, but they aren’t satire or parody. It’s great that ministers bought GOD IS DISAPPOINTED to help teach the Bible, and we hope an equally diverse crowd will discover whole new stories in APOCRYPHA NOW.”
Below check out two exclusive pages from the very smart and very funny book, APOCRYPHA NOW.