SteveS Manga About Apple Co-Founders Gets Kickstarter Campaign for English Translation
posted on by Karen Ressler
Tokyo Otaku Mode opened a Kickstarter campaign last Monday for an English translation of manga creator duo UME and story writer Keiichi Matsunaga's SteveS manga about Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. The project is seeking 3.3 million yen (US$29,272) by December 17 in order to translate volumes 2-6. As of press time, the project has earned 650,109 yen (US$5,766).
Those who pledge 6,800 yen (about US$60) will receive digital copies of all six volumes. Other rewards include a digital portrait by UME, an autographed card with illustration, and the opportunity to appear in UME's next manga.
Tokyo Otaku Mode already ran a successful crowdfunding campaign on Japanese platform Faavo in January 2017. The project raised 2,733,000 yen of its 1 million yen goal to translate the first volume into English. The first volume is now available for free on Torico's Manga.Club platform, which launched in October 2017.
Tokyo Otaku Mode translated the first volume and will translate the rest of the series if the project is successful.
Matsunaga and UME, the manga duo comprised of writer Takahiro Ozawa and artist Asako Seo, launched the manga in Shogakukan's Big Comic Superior magazine in June 2014. The ebook site Puboo had already been running the manga, but the magazine version included major rewrites. UME first started drawing the manga in 2009.
Mari Yamazaki (Thermae Romae) drew a separate manga titled Steve Jobs, based on Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs.
Thanks to Kim Pham for the news tip.
Source: SteveS Kickstarter campaign