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The Brick Bible: A New Spin on the Old Testamentby Brendan Powell Smith
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Brendan Powell Smith has spent the last decade creating nearly 5,000 scenes from the bible—with Legos. His wonderfully original sets are featured on his website, Bricktestament.com, but for the first time 1,500 photographs of these creative designs—depicting the Old Testament from Earths creation to the Books of Kings—are brought together in book format. The Holy Bible is complex; sometimes dark, and other times joyous, and Smiths masterful work is a far cry from what a small child might build. The beauty of The Brick Bible is that everyone, from the devout to nonbelievers, will find something breathtaking, fascinating, or entertaining within this collection. Smiths subtle touch brings out the nuances of each scene and makes you reconsider the way you look at Legos—its something that needs to be seen to be believed.
"The subtitle for Smith's curious and curiously powerful graphic novel, which recreates scenes from the Old Testament using Lego bricks and photographing them, is something of a misnomer. As Smith points out in his introduction, part of the reason he took on this project was because of his surprise over how few people have actually read the Bible. Although there is certainly humor in seeing this treatment (the circumcision scene in Genesis is painfully funny), in the main Smith plays it straight. In that sense, it really isn't a 'new spin' but an off-kilter way of retelling it. Picking up some of the world-weary humor that Larry Gonick perfected for his Cartoon History series, Smith relates one degrading spectacle after another. God is a vengeful and cruel being, forever disappointed in and savagely punishing his chosen people when not demanding that they invade neighboring cities and slaughter every last one of its inhabitants. Funny or not, there is a grindhouse flick's worth of blood, corpses, enslavement, rapine, and decapitations, all of it cribbed straight from the good book itself. It's an eye-opener. The Old Testament took 10 years to pose; hopefully it won't take another decade for the New Testament." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"The Good Book" meets "The Brick."
About the Author
Brendan Powell Smith is an artist known for his divine use of LEGO bricks. In this medium, he has produced nearly 5,000 illustrations, retelling more than 400 stories from the bible. His website, <>, has received accolades worldwide. Smith is the author of three Brick Testament Books: Stories from the Book of Genesis, The Story of Christmas, and The Ten Commandments. He lives in Mountain View, California.
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