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 Amazon. We are currently working on translating it into various languages for online and print.

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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

Click here to listen

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



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 or view more by clicking the videos below.

Part of sale supports non-profit
Part of sale supports non-profit
Part of sale supports non-profit
Part of sale supports non-profit


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"Help Youth Love The Book of Mormon
with First-Rate Digital Comic"

Meridian Magazine Review by Jonathan Decker. Click here to read.

"Book of Mormon: Comic Book Style"

A review by LDS Blogger Lynn Muir. Click here to read.

"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.

"Allred's Passion: Mike Allred on The Golden Plates"

Interview with Michael Allred by Diamond Comics. 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.

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