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graphic novel | 2016 | 59 pages

Emmaline Annie began originally as a project to remake an old graphic novel I lost, but has become much more than that. It has decided to become a much different story to its parent. The story, metaphors, and characters are better developed, and the story is longer (if anyone does find the old one, however, I'd be eager to see it again). As a benefit of drawing on the world of my old graphic novel, plus that of the new, Annie is much richer as a result. I found this quote laying about, scribbled on a piece of paper. It is the only thing left from my old graphic novel:

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
-Paul's letter to the Corinthians (2 Cor. 4:7 - 10)

Emmaline Annie is about the intersection between death, the church, and us. Each is personified in the novel, and the story is told through the eyes of the protagonist; and as such is extremely visceral.

Not to ramble on, but this is much of the thrust of the old book, and the new. It's not a humdinger of a book in that it makes for light reading or 'comic book action' as might be expected from a graphic novel, but is a brief thought on what comes between the human trouble and the divine. Without entirely spoling the read, I think it is safe to say that the relation of the gospel to man is a great, and unforeseen moving on the soul.

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