The GP Manga Project — Japan

WM06-1575 | Evangelism, Leadership Development, National Church

Manga (Japanese comics) are a large, influential, and unique part of pop culture in Japan. They’re so popular that in one week more comics are purchased in Japan than are purchased in an entire year in the US. 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 among one of the most unreached 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.  This project hopes 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 will be told from the point of view of a person whose life was changed through encountering Jesus.  Each story will be 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.