A US publisher claims to have produced the world’s longest graphic novel – a 2,000-page adaptation of the Old and New Testaments

There may be demons, plagues and the all horrors of the apocalypse, but there’s no room for any spandex superheroes in a graphic novel that its publishers are claiming is the longest ever produced. The only superpowers that feature in the 10,000 panels of the Kingstone Bible are wielded in the good fight, as the greatest story ever told gets a 12-volume comic-book adaptation.

Christian publisher Kingstone has been working on the project for seven years, using more than 45 illustrators to pull together what it is calling “the most complete graphic-novel adaptation of the Bible ever published”, at over 2,000 pages, in either 12 paperback volumes or three larger hardcover volumes.

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 Volume three of the Kingstone Bible. Photograph: Courtesy of Kingstone

Art Ayris, the founder of Kingstone, says the publisher plumped for the comics format because “the interplay of text and images allows one to convey a large amount of content in an abbreviated form”. 

“A novice to religion who had never read the Bible before would be able to read through this graphic novel trilogy and have an understanding of some of the key narratives as well as key doctrines in the different books,” he says, “especially the Epistles. We have never seen this as a substitute for Bible reading but as a…

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