Digital Manga Raises Funds to Translate Tezuka's Barbara

posted on by Egan Loo

The North American publisher Digital Manga is raising funds through the Kickstarter website to publish Osamu Tezuka's Barbara manga in English. 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 aims to release the manga in large paperback format (5 7/8" x 8 1/4") if it receives US$6,500 in funds by February 12. As of Saturday, it received over US$5,000. Contributors will receive various rewards, depending on the level of their pledge.

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

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