Recently I attempted to do an experiment of sorts by drawing a short comic adaptation of Mark chapters 15-16 (the passion and resurrection narratives). When I say "comic," I mean adapting the gospel of Mark into a kind of comic strip form.
Now I will admit that my adaptation is 'unconventional' in quite a number of ways - I'm prepared for the fact that some people might find it a tad too 'unconventional' for their tastes. (But hey, this is just one man's take on the gospel. :D) For one, there's the fact that the adaptation isn't so much a straight 'translation' of Mark from text into comic form. In fact, I would say that the comic is about Mark dictating his gospel to a scribe!
But that isn't so much the problem. When I say 'unconventional' I mean that I deliberately avoided certain things that most Christians will be familiar with and take for granted. There's the matter of the names for instance: instead of 'Jesus' or 'Pilate' or 'Mary' or 'Barabbas' I instead settled on 'Joshua' (I did consider 'Yehoshua' or 'Yeshua', but I eventually settled for the anglicized Hebrew name instead), 'Pilatus', 'Miriam' and 'Abba's Son' (which is what bar-Abba literally means).
Secondly, there's the image of Jesus. I did not show Jesus as a handsome man with a beard and long hair on purpose, as He is commonly portrayed. No, this strip's Jesus doesn't look like 'Jesus': here He is a dirty-looking, short-haired man with a slightly-receding hairline, only a few wisps of facial hair and a big, somewhat hooked nose - not handsome at all. Note however that this decision isn't a sort of statement along the lines of "This is what Jesus really looked like" or even "This is what I think Jesus really looked like historically" - think of it as more of a deliberate artistic attempt to make people see the gospels from a new, different perspective from one they are used to. Or at least, that's my excuse. (Related to this is the fact that I also did not show Jesus being crucified as we commonly see it in crucifixes. His posture at the cross is a bit different.)
Finally I should note that all this isn't a proper finished work, but simply a hastily-drawn rough idea sketch. You could notice the erasures (there are quite a lot of them there - I'm a sloppy writer :p) and some corner-cutting in some panels. :blush: There's also the issue of the scanner: we don't have one in our house so I had to go to the nearby convenience store to scan these. To my disappointment, however, some of the words in some panels got cut off. (Well, you could always follow from your Bible - most of the dialogue, except for one or two lines, are from Mark anyway. Besides, my handwriting is so bad that you couldn't probably even read them.) So I apologize for the general ramshackle nature of these pictures.
Well, enough excuses.
NOTE: I haven't scanned the last two pages (containing the last verses of chapter 15 and 16:1-8) yet. I'll post them later.