Manga (Japanese comics) are a large, influential and unique part of pop culture in Japan. They’re so popular that in one week Japan buys more comics than the US does in an entire year. Japan is also one of the most “wired” countries in the world, with over 90% of people online, and about 99% of university students owning smart phones. Meanwhile, Japan is one of the most un-reached nations in the world.
In light of this, the GP Manga Project aims to launch a web-based manga outreach with the three-fold purpose of reaching out to the unchurched, resourcing the Church, and providing opportunities for Christian artists, in order to bridge the gap between Church and culture, between Jesus and Japan. Phase One will be focused on creating a comic anthology series telling short stories taken from the Gospels, each tale told from the point of view of someone whose life was changed by encountering Jesus, each story illustrated by a different artist in his or her own style.
Funding for this project is required for hiring artists and translators, web design and hosting, promotion, and office equipment. If you would like to support this project, please visit our project page on the GP website: https://www.globalpartnersonline.org/projects/the-gp-manga-project-japan/
Stay tuned for more info in early 2019!