Valor Ink

Who is Valor Ink?

Joe Goode is an illustrator and sequential artist. He is a graduate of SCAD and has been producing art and illustrations for books, video and comics for about 15 years.

Rusty Hein is a colorist and digital media designer with a fine arts degree from the University of Central Florida. Joe and Rusty have been working together for about 7 years. In addition to his illustrative work, Rusty designs and develops websites.

What is The David Story?

This is the first issue of what we like to call a Visual Translation of the Biblical account of David–it’s sort of a graphic novel meets word-for-word exposition of the stories of the Bible. So what does that mean? We are letting the words of the scripture be our literal script for creating a type of graphic novel that amplifies the details of Biblical stories all the while creating a visually exciting experience for the reader.

The intention is not to be an adaptation–where plot, events and dialogue might be changed or added–but rather, it is trying to stick as close to the Biblical text as possible. So that what you see in images will go closely along with what you read in the actual written word.

And with that we bring you the first issue of The David Story: A Visual Translation.

Although, it is our goal to visually translate the entire Bible (and we plan on working on this for years to come) we decided to tackle some of the major stories of the Bible first (based on our One Big Story poster), starting with one of the parts of the Bible we are most enamored with–the life of David covering 1 Samuel 15 through 1 Kings 2. This first issue will be covering parts of 1 Samuel 15-17.

Why make The David Story?

There are three main reasons, really. First, we think there is a richness and depth to the details of the Biblical accounts that we would love to capture and bring out in a visual format. The Bible is the most-read book of all time, and for good reason. There are some amazing stories within the contents of this library of books we call the Bible and we want to see them come alive in narrative-illustration.

Second, and let’s face it, folks aren’t reading the Bible like we used to. As a society we have grown unfamiliar with the stories from the Bible that once thrived in every home throughout America. We hope to help battle Biblical-illiteracy and bring back to the public knowledge these timeless accounts.

And finally, we are wanting to create an educational tool that speaks to our current and future cultures. We live in a world that is increasingly dependent on visual media where communication through images is overtaking the written word. We see a Visual Translation of the Bible becoming more of a necessity as time and technology progress.

How can you help the success of The David Story?

In order for this to happen, we need you to be a part of the team. We are looking to raise enough funds to allow for the creation of the first issue of David, which will cover the time put into the art and the printing of the first issue (our goal being about 5,000 copies).

For your contribution of $10 or more, you will receive a copy of the printed book. This is a great way for you to pre-order the first issue, and support the creation of excellent Christian art.

Also, by collaborating with the Nehemiah Foundation for Cultural Renewal, all contributions can be considered charitable donations, for tax purposes!

Thanks for helping out, and God bless!