|About Robert James Luedke - Founder, Publisher, Author
In December of 2001, Robert James Luedke set out to answer what he felt was a divine calling to re-enter the comic industry (after a three year absence) and create a graphic novel that would share the Gospel and honor God’s Kingdom. Since that time he has dedicated his life to creating and publishing the Award-Winning Eye Witness graphic novel series.
Robert’s inspiration to craft Eye Witness’ unique adaptation of the passion story and Book of Acts, paired along with a modern-day action adventure story, has brought the Biblical narrative into the hand of thousands of readers of comics, manga and graphic novels, who might never had an interest in reading the Bible before!
Until recently the comic/graphic novel industry has largely been devoid of works with Christian content. Partly through Robert’s efforts to promote Eye Witness,the genre of Christian based comic books and graphic novels is beginning to blossom. Not only are other independent writers and artists using the literary format to express their faith, but also major publishers, (like Thomas Nelson and Zondervon), have also launched entire lines of titles to address this growing market.
Both Robert and his Eye Witness Series, have been featured in such diverse media outlets as: Fox News, the L.A Times, The Washington Post, Family Net TV, CBS news, ABC news, The Harvest Show, The Christian Examiner, Christianity Today, Publishers Weekly, Wizard Magazine, Comic Buyers Guide, World Magazine and the USA radio network.
He has been labeled, “One of the leading lights in evangelical comic circles,” by religious writer, David Crumm, (Detroit Free Press & Readthespirit.com). And it seems the world is beginning to take note!
- Acts of the Spirit, the second book in the series, was a winner at the 2007 Hollywood Book Festival (in the category of comics), took a silver medal at the 2007 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist in the 2007 FOREWORD Magazine book of the year awards.
- Rise of the Apostle, the third book in the series,was the winning graphic novel in the 2008 USA Book News, Book of the Year Awards and also a finalist for the 2009 FOREWORD Magazine Book of the Year Awards.
- Unknown God, the fourth book in the series,was chosen as the winning graphic novel at the 2010 Best Book Awards, sponsored by USABooknews.com.
Robert’s goal for this four book series is to create something that would appeal to who “he was” as a teen…a skeptic who didn’t attend church or ever read the Bible, but loved reading comics. According to Robert, “I try to keep a balance between entertainment and enlightenment. If reading my books can lead even a handful of young people to want to pick up the source material, (the Bible), than I’ve been successful in my mission with the series!” And apparently he is, as pastor/author Michael Brewer wrote, “Eye Witness will connect with kids who wouldn’t be caught dead reading the Bible!”