Friday, April 15, 2011

Fundraiser launched for Castiglia's Mecha Manga Bible Heroes

Paul Castiglia, writer for our beloved "Archie's Weird Mysteries" comic book series as well as the accompanying upcoming trade paperback (look for more on that soon!), keeps us updated on his projects. What going on right now sounds fun -- a campaign for the legendary story of King David transported to a sci-fi world of robots, aliens and advanced technology!


Flanders, NJ – Paul Castiglia and Thomas Hall, co-creators of the Mecha Manga Bible Heroes comic book series and their publisher, John-Marc Grob of JMG Studio, announce the launch of a Kickstarter fundraiser to continue publishing the series as digital comics and apps offerings for computer and Smartphone platforms.

Mecha Manga Bible Heroes presents a "new twist" to the Old Testament with legendary Bible tales re-imagined through a sci-fi lens of robots, aliens and advanced technology. Issue #1 depicted the story of David, the shepherd boy who took down the giant, Goliath. The comic’s creators seek to further the tale beyond the initial "David vs. Goliath" story by offering the complete story of "The Rise of King David."

“The journey to David's kingship is packed with action, adventure and intrigue as David becomes a fugitive from the deadly King Saul, jealous over the adoration David has received since slaying the giant (robot) Goliath,” Castiglia explains.

Castiglia, a veteran writer, editor and public relations pro who has worked for companies ranging from Archie to DC to Dark Horse teamed with Hall, writer and co-creator of the award winning R-13, the most downloaded independent comic of all time to create the series that depicts famed Bible heroes in manga (Japanese comics) style. Grob, creator of the FriendFish animated series and the popular “Noah A-Z” digital download came aboard as publisher. The first issue of Mecha Manga Bible Heroes is currently available as a free digital download at the iTunes store at

The Mecha Manga team proposes to complete the David epic with three additional installments offered as digital downloads with the potential of all four issues ultimately being collected into a printed paperback edition.

“Taking stock of limited financial backing and distribution of our printed comic book and the current economic situation it became apparent that digital distribution is the way to go,” Hall adds.

In addition to publisher Grob, Castiglia, who edits, and Hall, who co-writes the series, are joined by co-writer Joey Endres, cover artist Jeff Slemons and interior artists Josh Alves and Eric Merced. Funding goes toward production and programming costs. Those wishing to donate to the project will be able to do so until Sunday, May 22 at 8:37 p.m.

Details on how to donate to the project are available at

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