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Sprite 09-01-2014 09:51 AM

Biblenauts
 
Sprite got a webcomic?!?!

I figure at least some folks here will be interested in this. It's a comic I've been wanting to do for a long time, one which explores the Hebrew Bible in satirical comic strip format, and doesn't pull punches. From my About Page:

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The Bible stands as one of the most important literary collections in history. Religions and cultures have risen and fallen on the strength of its pages. Millions have pledged their lives to it without even needing to read it. It’s just that neat.

Biblenauts is a comic about two kids trapped in the Bible. Together with their quirky guide, they’ll witness the adventures of the story of Israel. Experience the Bible in a way you never have before, unless you have already read the Bible, in which case the jokes are still pretty good.

Biblenauts updates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
I'm planning to explore some of the more upsetting stories as well, stories which don't often see adaptation, so please look forward to/watch out for that. Also, here's the first page:


That Old Chestnut 09-01-2014 11:25 AM

This is a cool idea!

I love that you're not pulling punches here.

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NOTE: Biblenauts is an adaptation of stories found in the Bible. These stories may contain content such as attempted genocide, slavery, sexual violence, gendered violence, cartoon violence, cartoon nudity, and millenia-old cuss words. Parental guidance is strongly recommended. Readers with emotional or mental triggers should exercise caution. The views and opinions expressed in this comic strip do not necessarily reflect the opinions of God or his affiliates.
And I am DIGGIN the little golem guy. Yeah guys I said it! Digging! >:[

Does the Hebrew on his head spell out his name, or does it mean something else?

R^2 09-01-2014 12:30 PM

It's "emeth", the word that traditionally goes on golem foreheads.

Guild 09-01-2014 01:27 PM

Ok, this is awesome.

First of all, yes.

Second of all, yes please.

Third, I saw this today right after seeing your comic: http://i.imgur.com/ggWWF73.png and it reminded me of Biblenauts, so I came back here to post it for no reason. In marketing terms, that means you have a good niche. When readers see a bible-themed comic they are more likely to remember Biblenauts if they're already familiar with you, even in passing, and would resultingly possibly check the site.

Fourth, great website, I have a few critiques and I pm-ed them to your inbox because I'm terrible.

Isrieri 09-01-2014 02:36 PM

Oh I'm bookmarking this for sure.

estragon 09-01-2014 05:05 PM

I'm excited to see where this goes.

Kate or Die! 09-01-2014 05:12 PM

Yeah, this is off to a great start! Can't wait for more.

R.R. Bigman 09-01-2014 06:05 PM

Will apocryphal books be included in the comic? Either way, I'm sold.

Teaspoon 09-01-2014 06:33 PM

I approve of this on principle.

Sprite 09-01-2014 06:57 PM

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Originally Posted by R.R. Bigman (Post 1829280)
Will apocryphal books be included in the comic? Either way, I'm sold.

As of right now, the plan is to focus on the books in the Jewish canon, and potentially Maccabees.

upupdowndown 09-01-2014 07:34 PM

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Originally Posted by Sprite (Post 1829304)
As of right now, the plan is to focus on the books in the Jewish canon, and potentially Maccabees.

Judith and Bel and the Dragon too or NO SALE

Chu 09-02-2014 12:45 AM

Neat!

Umby 09-02-2014 01:33 AM

HEBREW! I CAN READ IT

and the art is pretty awesome. I'm sold, Sprite! Good stuff.

Dart Zaidyer 09-02-2014 03:00 AM

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Unlike you dear reader, I was there
CHECKMATE ATHEISTS :smirk: :smirk: :smirk:

No but seriously, based on exactly one page I've no idea what kind of audience this is for. Is it like a theology class? Is it meant to prop up or deconstruct the subject matter?
Am I going to be seeing this in my family's obnoxious facebook posts alongside stuff like "haha, so true" or "this is real, get with it"?

Guild 09-02-2014 06:37 AM

it was made for ME!! JUST ME!! YOU CAN'T READ IT GO AWAYR

upupdowndown 09-02-2014 06:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Dart Zaidyer (Post 1829422)
CHECKMATE ATHEISTS :smirk: :smirk: :smirk:

No but seriously, based on exactly one page I've no idea what kind of audience this is for. Is it like a theology class? Is it meant to prop up or deconstruct the subject matter?
Am I going to be seeing this in my family's obnoxious facebook posts alongside stuff like "haha, so true" or "this is real, get with it"?

you know, if you read the "About" page, I think you'd be able to answer your own questions.

Also Sprite has a Masters in Divinity from a very prestigious school, so I don't think he's going to be "deconstructing" the Bible, but I also don't think he's going to be starring in your family's FB feeds either.

eta: what this actually looks like it might be is like The Cartoon History of the Universe, but specifically for the Bible. (TCOH is a straight-up comic history that does have a lot of jokes but is fundamentally educational in approach.)

ThornGhost 09-02-2014 07:14 AM

Sprite, this looks awesome. I'm totally gonna read all this.

Sprite 09-02-2014 07:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Dart Zaidyer (Post 1829422)
CHECKMATE ATHEISTS :smirk: :smirk: :smirk:

No but seriously, based on exactly one page I've no idea what kind of audience this is for. Is it like a theology class? Is it meant to prop up or deconstruct the subject matter?
Am I going to be seeing this in my family's obnoxious facebook posts alongside stuff like "haha, so true" or "this is real, get with it"?

Well, I'm not looking to convert anyone, though theology and God will come up as a matter of course, as they would with any religious or mythological text. I'm more interested in the Hebrew Bible as a collection of stories, and in exploring how people read those stories, than I am in any question of whether the Bible is true or not.

I hope you see it on everyone's Facebook page

Guild 09-02-2014 07:59 AM

I hope it replaces the actual Bible in future space-colony times.

TK Flash 09-02-2014 09:16 AM

I'm really blown away by the quality on display here.

Guild 09-02-2014 09:32 AM

Each panel is well composed, it speaks to Sprite's instinct or planning, I'd have to see more pages to determine which, but I assume instinct given the way the typography and speech balloons are situated: Notice that there is a somewhat even margin around the text, uniform throughout the work? The only thing I would say isn't optimal is that some of the balloons 'stick' to the frames while others float free, I'd want to unstick the ones that are stuck just for a little more consistency, but that's such a tiny nitpick I had to really look for, I've probably looked an eye path through this first page at least 20 times since it was posted, that says a lot, my eyes are very good at evaluating artistic value. The hand-drawn letters are fantastic eye candy, look at the character in the linework too, it's also fantastic. You're right TK, this is Bone-esque in the extreme and really awesome.

Solitayre 09-02-2014 10:21 AM

Someone needs to tell us plebeians what all those Hebrew words mean.

Sprite 09-02-2014 11:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Solitayre (Post 1829502)
Someone needs to tell us plebeians what all those Hebrew words mean.

Most of the time when you see Hebrew it means I'm quoting the Biblical text somewhere in the English dialogue. The exception here is panel five, which reads, "Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it." (RSV translation, there)

That Old Chestnut 09-02-2014 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by R^2 (Post 1829152)
It's "emeth", the word that traditionally goes on golem foreheads.

look i dont know how to golem okay? ;_;

Umby 09-02-2014 03:26 PM

Huh, that's odd. I've always heard the word pronounced "eh-met", and as far as I know there's no equivalent to a "th" sound from English. How come you're spelling it "Emeth"?

estragon 09-02-2014 03:56 PM

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Originally Posted by Umby (Post 1829642)
Huh, that's odd. I've always heard the word pronounced "eh-met", and as far as I know there's no equivalent to a "th" sound from English. How come you're spelling it "Emeth"?

More than one romanization system exists for Hebrew. Using a "th" to romanize hebrew doesn't mean you're making the English "th" sound.

The roman alphabet used by English isn't tied primarily to English sounds. Many languages use the same roman alphabet to create totally different sounds. For languages not primarily written in roman characters, there are frequently competing romanization systems that exist parallel to each other for different purposes.

For example, one system might be more linguistically consistent, while another might be more intuitive for a non-expert but obscure important linguistic information. A linguist writing an academic paper would probably use the former, but a government creating signage for tourists might use the latter.

Umby 09-02-2014 04:18 PM

Gotcha, I can see it meaning something more of a dental t. Good to know.

That being said, if you could help not sounding so demeaning in an explanation I would appreciate it, Estragon.

R^2 09-02-2014 04:59 PM

I'm really glad Estragon stepped in with a nice technical-sounding explanation and now nobody has to know that's just the way I've seen it spelled in fantasy works that have nothing to do with the original stories and myths and I'm basically talking out my ass.

...crap!

Sprite 09-03-2014 04:38 AM

Thanks to everyone for the enthusiastic response, and especially to those who shared the site with others. I know at least some people saw the comic who had never heard of me before, which is an exhilarating feeling. I'm going to do my best to live up to the promise people saw in that first page.

Speaking of which, a second page?!

gahitsu 09-03-2014 10:47 AM

Excellent start, Sprite. I'm very excited to see where this goes. Have you ever read The Holy Bibble? It was my favorite webcomic for a long while. They were much more humor-based (as opposed to educational), and they certainly took a lot of gratuitous liberties with the source material. But they too were going through everything in the Bible in chronological order, and it was always an interesting read.


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