Grand Rapids, MI &ndash The foundational account of the man who changed the world forever, ORIGIN is the debut graphic novel in the much-anticipated MESSIAH series. Translated by Mark Arey with script adaptation by Matt Dorff and published by Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Origin adds a visual perspective to scripture, meeting the growing demand for graphic novels in the faith arena.&nbsp Messiah: Origin will be available in retail stores and online on October 9, 2013.

Messiah: Origin is a starting point in the biography of Jesus.&nbsp Scene by scene, Origin describes how the very pillars of Christianity were constructed.&nbsp Through prophetic visions, miracles, angelic visitations, wondrous births and unbreakable family bonds, Jesus&rsquos epic story begins.&nbsp

Translated by Mark Arey exclusively from ancient Greek manuscripts, Origin weaves the four gospels into one story.&nbsp Arey&rsquos lifetime of deep study and biblical training, when paired with the illustrations of Lucasfilm Prize Winning artist Kai Carpenter, create a gloriously detailed telling of the Savior&rsquos birth and early life up to the start of his ministry.&nbsp Adapted and edited into graphic novel form by Matt Dorff (Book of Revelation), with letters and title design by Carlton Riffel, Origin creates a journey into the history told in scripture, unique in both story and accuracy.

&ldquoOur early market success in paring the scriptures with illustrations in a graphic novel format is encouraging and we are grateful to be working with such gifted creative talent,&rdquo explains Chip Brown, Sr. Vice President and Group Publisher for Zondervan.&nbsp &ldquoMessiah: Origin is high-quality, hand painted fine art, worthy of gallery presentation, and there are over 288 rich illustrations throughout the book.

&ldquoReaders, retailers and pastors are telling us that the Messiah series will be an incredible tool for Christians to engage the Bible and share their faith, and we are honored to be able to be a part of that kind of impact.&rdquo

Zondervan will be showcasing Messiah: Origin at the upcoming New York Comic Con, the East Coast&rsquos biggest and most exciting popular culture convention.&nbsp Held October 10-13 at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan, NYCC has been ranked by Crain&rsquos New York Business as the second largest event in New York City.&nbsp The Javits Center is located at 655 West 24th Street, New York, New York.&nbsp Messiah: Origin will be showcased at booth 2125.

Messiah: Origin will be available in stores and online October 9, 2013 and will retail for $19.99.&nbsp Origin is published by Zondervan.

The official Messiah: Origin product page can be found at &nbsp

About Zondervan
Zondervan is a world-leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications.&nbsp Zondervan, part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The company&rsquos products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan&rsquos offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI.&nbsp For additional information, please visit

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