Barefoot Gen's Nakazawa Wants to Present Manga to Obama
posted on 2009-04-24 07:14 EDT by Egan Loo
Atom bomb survivor Keiji Nakazawa announced the upcoming completion of the English translation of his semi-autobiographical Barefoot Gen manga at a Thursday press conference, and he expressed his desire to present the work to U.S. President Barack Obama. The 70-year-old manga creator based his ten-volume story on his own experiences in the aftermath of the atomic bombing at Hiroshima. Since then, Nakazawa has been a proponent of nuclear non-proliferation. The press conference was held in Hiroshima, where supporters will hold an event on July 26 to mark the end of the translation project.
Last Gasp Publishing picked up the manga's English-language rights in 2004 and just published the seventh and eighth volumes last month. Last Gasp is using a new translation produced by the Project Gen group from the Japanese city of Kanazawa.