Mar 22, 2021
Amy and Mike talk to Mario DeMatteo about his graphic novel Bible story series featuring Paul and Peter.
As a young man, Mario DeMatteo dreamed of telling stories like those told in his favorite Disney films and in series like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. In 2014, Mario’s whole life was flipped upside down after he survived a tragic diving accident that left him with a broken neck and permanently paralyzed. Through the grace of God, perseverance, an amazing family and friends, and a whole lot of prayer, Mario found a calling in comic books and graphic novels as a powerful way to spread literacy and the Gospel of Jesus.
In an era of social media obsession and technology-driven entertainment, teaching biblical stories to young people can be a challenge. In his two volume graphic novel series Graphic Story Bible (BroadStreet® Publishing Group), Mario DeMatteo with Ben Avery (writer), Mark Harmon (illustrations), and Ismael Castro (Colorist) have created a colorful adventure based on the story of Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul as told in the New Testament. Holding true to the Bible scriptures, though set in a futuristic world with cartoon creatures, this adaptation will captivate young readers while teaching biblical values, such as: