Luedke created the Eye Witness series, as a way to share the spiritual, historical and dramatic nature of the Bible, in a way that is both attractive and entertaining...especially to teen and young adult readers, who may not attend church or read the Bible, but are avid readers of comics, manga and graphic novels. His unique combination of a Biblical adaptation with a modern day action-thriller has proven successful not only in comic outlets, but also with mainstream and Christian booksellers.
This is the third major book award that Luedke’s Eye Witness series has garnered. In 2007 the second book in the Tetralogy, Eye Witness: Acts of the Spirit, (http://www.headpress.info/eyewitness2.html) was a winner at the Hollywood Book Festival in the category of comics/graphic novels (http://www.hollywoodbookfestival.com/past.htm) and a silver medalist at The Independent Publisher Awards in the category of Dramatic Graphic Novels (http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1157)...not to mention being chosen as a finalist for the FOREWORD MAGAZINE book of the year awards.
Jeff Keen, President and CEO of USABookNews.com, said this year’s contest, now in its fifth year, yielded an unprecedented number of entries, which were then narrowed down to over 500 winners and finalists in over 140 categories. A complete list of the winners and finalists are available online at http://www.usabooknews.com/. Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape, from large publishing houses: Simon & Schuster, Tarcher/Penguin, HarperCollins, Hyperion, St. Martin’s Press, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons…to hundreds of independent publishers, including Head Press Publishing.