I’m Issey Fujishima, or “Fuji” for short.
I’m a Japanese-German artist living in Melbourne, Australia. I love hearing people’s stories, and enjoy movies, cooking, and taking long beach walks.
After growing up in Germany, I lived in Japan for 13 years. I’ve mostly worked in the creative field, doing photography, illustrations, book layout, video production, a bit of web design, and organic farming. THE REIGN OF GOD is my first work as a graphic novel author.
I recently moved to Australia, ready to make the next book in the series.
My passion is to help people find
new meaning in Jesus’ life and message.
The idea for THE REIGN OF GOD came over ten years ago. After the events of 9/11 and the wars that followed, I found myself in heated debates about religion, politics, and violence with my friends—Christian, Muslim and non-religious. Until that time, I had taken the version of Christianity I had grown up with for granted: A conservative and “Bible-true” evangelicalism, strongly influenced by American views. But now I had to face hard questions about my faith: What if religion is part of the problem? What can Christianity offer to a world so torn? I had to get honest with God.
The faith of my childhood has changed through many precious encounters and studies. But the anchor in my life is still my personal quest to understand Jesus and his message of the “Reign of God” (or Kingdom of Heaven, as some call it) better.
The Jesus of History
I believe the Jesus of history was a man of incredible courage. Creating this book, I fell in love with him again—the maverick hungry for justice. The poet caring for the most neglected people on earth. To follow his way is one of radical transformation through love. It’s something worth telling.
Starting Comics again
I used to draw cartoons when I went to school. This is my first trial to make comics again, after I had laid brushes and pencils to rest. It’s been an exciting growth process for me. I’m just a beginner. But every page of this book is filled with my sincere spirit.
I hope that THE REIGN OF GOD opens new pathways for you, Christian or not, and delivers a visually compelling story that kicks regular “Christian” comics out of the water!