Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Preacher, the Bible version
I love the Preacher graphic novel. It’s stands out as one of my favourite stories and to this day I treasure the books that were gifted to me.
Putting aside the controversial anti-religious content, a lot of scenes are simply brutal and can be difficult to stomach. If you’ve ever read the books, like many others, it’s easy to see why it’s taken so long for someone to carry the story onto the screen. (I applaud HBO’s attempt.)
The background story:
As a fan and a designer, I wanted to do something that I hadn’t yet seen. Since I read the books (in the early 2000’s), I saw a few websites that catalogued the graphic novel really well, but I wanted to do some kind of tribute to the series – something more.
I’ve always adored book layout and my partner, Trevor Parker, is a writer. (He’s actually the one who introduced me to the series and he’s quite a fan of the book and the Ennis-Dillon duo too.)
In 2012, after pondering on this on and off for quite a while (I was freelancing that year) I remember itching to do something for myself. I’m pretty sure the idea hit me while I was in the shower. Trev was happy to re-write a couple of sequences in King James (traditional Bible) English (Trev’s an Atheist, so he had some fun with that). Subtracting Dillon’s artwork from the comics into simple line art wasn’t difficult. And I’ve had that small white Bible for years so I used it as a canvas.
I sent these mock-ups to Marvel executives in the hopes of hearing their feedback but I never got a response. Looking at this a few years later, I’m still happy with this concept. I still believe it would be a cool tribute to the series.