Welcome First Readers to Ecclesiastes University

You are invited to respond to a work in progress, Ecclesiastes University. I began the script for this graphic novel (AKA trade paperback, illustrated literature, comic book on steroids) last December and am now adding thumbnail sketches. Before drawing the final draft, your feedback will increase my confidence that this draft has been polished as much as possible. Once I’ve incorporated readers’ suggestions I’ll draw and then unleash the finished book on the public.

Here’s how you can help

  • Subscribe to this blog. You’ll be notified by email (hopefully weekly) when I post new pages.
  • Read 4-6 pages of illustrated text.
  • Take the four question quickie survey at the end of each post.
  • Leave comments for me and others to read.
  • Invite 18-23 year-old students (my target audience) to participate in this work in progress.
  • Use your imagination about the look of the final product; this is a rough draft. We’ll critique the graphic part later. It’s the novel we’re working on now. 

My main concern is the content

  • Does the plot cohere, flow, and make sense?
  • Does it increase your understanding of this ancient existentialist book?
  • Does it offer insight into issues of faith, science, depression, and suffering?
  • Is it funny?
  • Do the characters stay in character?
  • Are the infinitives split, participles dangling, or sentences incomplete? There shouldn’t be!

Thanks for participating!

~~Erik

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Posted on July 2, 2012, in Author updates and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Erik,
    Like where you are going with this. Its an interesting idea.
    I have been studying Ecclesiastes for 30 years and have now memorized and tour it around. Love the book.
    One suggestion would be to not use the word “meaningless” NIV made a huge mistake in introducing it and unfortunately it has skew the book and its intent.
    You can read a blog about it here.
    http://artofwork.ca/meaningless/

    All the best in your work. Looks like you have a true passion for it.

    Vance

  2. Hi, Vance. Thanks for writing and for the kind words. It’s been ages since I’ve posted here but that doesn’t mean I’ve not been working on EU. I actually just completed Vol. 1, which covers Eccl. chapters 1-2. You can see portions of it here:

    http://www.conflictmediationcoach.com/?gnt_landingpage=sample-chapter-from-the-graphic-novel-ecclesiastes-u

    Re. the use of the word “meaningless:” I debated which word to use for ages but chose to use “meaningless” rather than “absurd” or “futile” for literary reasons, not linguistic reasons.

    I’ve subscribed to your blog post and look forward to visiting often.

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