LATTER-DAY SAINT IDEAS
ILLUSTRATED BOOKS THAT TEACH AND INSPIRE
ANNOUNCING OUR NEW PROJECT!
We have created a graphic novel adaption of Joseph Smith's First Vision. It is called Pillar of Light: Joseph Smith's First Vision. So many young people learn from and are drawn to the graphic novel format. It is a powerful way to teach.
I have partnered with the talented and experienced artist Sal Velluto, who is creating the art and serving as art director. 2020 is the 200th anniversary of the First Vision and we have done a telling of the story that will reach young people in a new and profound way. We want to inspire the youth and to build their testimonies of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
We used details from all 4 accounts written by Joseph Smith as well as from those who heard him tell his experience firsthand. It includes details not previously shown in the current films and visuals. We finished the book on March 26, 2020, and it is available to view for free at the link below. Print versions are available through Cedar Fort Books.
Watch the videos below to learn about some of the research and that went into the creation of the book.
Pillar of Light Commentary Page 1 & 2
Pillar of Light Commentary Page 3
Original announcement Video
for Pillar of Light
Interview with Saints Unscripted
about Pillar of Light
Sal Velluto discusses the release of
Pillar of Light
Commentary on the creation of the Cover.
Listen to our interview on
Latter Day Lives Podcast
Andrew Knaupp explains the origin
and creation of Pillar of Light.
Great video on the powerful medium of comics.
Andrew Knaupp explains why Graphic Novels
can be more powerful than illustrated books.
The Golden Plates: Premium Edition THE BOOK OF MORMON
AS A GRAPHIC NOVEL
The Golden Plates is an illustrated adaptation of the fifth best selling book of all time, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, which has sold over 120 million copies. This graphic novel/comic book adaptation was first created in 2005 by award winning artist Michael Allred. The Premium Edition has replaced the full text originally included in the first edition with simplified and edited text, making the story easier for younger readers to follow and also showcasing more of the stunning artwork. It has also been converted to digital form for enjoyment on phones, tablets, and desktop devices through Amazon, iTunes, and Kobo. New printed editions have also been released.
The first 6 issues cover the first 145 pages (27%) of the Book of Mormon, from 1st Nephi through the Words of Mormon. This adaptation is a fun and enthralling to way to help older children and teens understand and enjoy the Book of Mormon in a format more advanced than simplified children's stories or scripture readers meant for young children.
To read more about how and why these books were created click here.
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We are looking for donors and patrons who would like to fund additional comics. Creating books at this level of quality is challenging and expensive. If you are interested in having your name or organization be a part of creating LDS Comics that teach and inspire for generations, email us.
I have searched high and low for a way to get the scripture stories into my children's heads, to help them imagine the characters, their power, their spirit. Reading straight from the scriptures is something we strive to do daily, and will never stop, but never before has the imagery been as vivid as with the accompaniment of this comic book. Incredible way to enjoy these stories with your kids.
JASONHEWLETT AMAZON REVIEW
This is a strong, faith-promoting interpretation of a sacred text. The visual metaphors are rich, and there's a deep level of reverence for the text being adapted. It obviously doesn't replace the scriptures. It's not trying to be the definitive and historically accurate visual companion to the Book of Mormon. It's beautiful and inspirational, however, and worth revisiting periodically. Love this series.
The Book of Mormon
is cool, and comic books
are cool, so combining the
two was a great idea!
My 9 year old daughter loves reading them. She likes the story of Nephi breaking his bow and crossing the ocean to the promised land. I really like the allegory of the Olive tree.
DAVID JANEWAY REVIEW
This book is meant for a Mormon audience and those who are part of that audience will find this is a great way to get their kids excited about these stories. We hope that there will be many more.
The comic is respectful to the sacred book, and also very kid friendly. I asked my kids why they liked it and my daughter (who is 10) said, “It is fun to read and it doesn’t have all those confusing big words. I REALLY like the pictures.” Since my kids started reading the comic book version I have seen them pick up their actual scriptures more too, which always makes me happy to see.
"3 Surprising Book of Mormon Insights One Man Gained When Adapting the Scriptures into a Comic Book"
LDS Living Article on 3 things Andrew Knaupp learned while making the Premium Edition. Click here to read.
"LDS canon to enter comic-book realm"
Deseret News article on the original release. Click here to read.
"Comics Creator Declines Metal Men to Draw Nephi Creates The Golden Plates, a Book of Mormon Comic"
Meridian Magazine article interviewing Michael Allred extensively about why he stopped working for DC comics for nearly a year to create The Golden Plates. Click here to read.
"Book of Mormon comics energize bookstore owner"
Desert News article about a comic shop owner and his enthusiasm for The Golden Plates. Click here to read.
"Book of Mormon Comics"
Times and Season article comparing the various attempts to illustrate the Book of Mormon including The Golden Plates. Click here to read.
"How a Book of Mormon Story Ended Up in a DC Comic (+ Other Ways Mormons Share Their Faith in Comics)"
LDS Living article on Michael Allred and other LDS artists on how their faith inspired them to create. Click here to read.
"A Survey of Mormon Comix by Theric Jepson"
Michael Allred's announcement to leave DC Comics to illustrate The Golden Plates described as "the biggest announcement in Mormon comics ever." Click here to read.