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Tezuka's Barbara Manga Reaches Goal for English Printing

posted on 2012-01-15 08:05 EST
US$6,500 pledged in 2 days to Digital Manga to publish Osamu Tezuka's story

The North American publisher Digital Manga reached its goal of raising US$6,500 in pledges for an English-language printing of Osamu Tezuka's Barbara manga on Sunday. Digital Manga had just starting accepting pledges on Friday. Digital Manga gave the following description of the story:

Barbara opens with famous author Yosuke Mikura wandering the packed tunnels of Shinjuku Station, where he makes a strange discovery: a drunk woman, her rags caked in mud, who can quote French poetry. Her name is Barbara. He takes her home for a bath and a drink, and before long Barbara has made herself into Mikura's shadow, saving him from egotistical delusions and jealous enemies. But just as Mikura is no saint, Barbara is no benevolent guardian angel, and Mikura grows obsessed with discovering her secrets, tangling with thugs, sadists, magical curses and mythical beings - all the while wondering whether he himself is still sane.

Digital Manga said that it will release the manga in large paperback format (5 7/8" x 8 1/4") if it receives US$6,500 in pledges by February 12. Contributors will receive various rewards, depending on the level of their pledges.

Digital Manga also used Kickstarter to raise funds to reprint Tezuka's Swallowing the Earth manga in the same paperback format last year.

[Via Deb Aoki]


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