English Translation of STEVES, a Manga Depicting the Founders of Apple, Now on Kickstarter
The Japanese Manga STEVES Global Publishing Project, an English localization project on
the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, has begun on November 12, 2018, for STEVES, a manga
depicting the founders of Apple Inc.
The project has released the first volume of the manga for free for a limited time. It gathered attention instantly after starting and has even been chosen as one of the official “Projects We Love” of Kickstarter.
A Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) is scheduled to be held on November 29th at 6:00 PM (PST) by the project owners and STEVES manga's original creators UME and Matsunaga to answer questions from fans.
Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc. (incorporated in Delaware, U.S.; representative: Tomohide Kamei; CEO: Naomitsu Kodaka; herein referred to as TOM) will fully support this project to share this manga, which has received a new series award on an online manga review site and is gaining popularity due to being published by a major publisher, to fans all over the world.
TOM has translated the first volume and will be in charge of translating the rest of the volumes if the project is successful, as well as supporting the shipping of the rewards.
Kickstarter Project Page:
Project Duration: Until Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 11:15 AM (JST).
The standard plan consists of all six volumes of STEVES (digital) + name in credits. There is also a limited quantity reward for approx. $160 that includes a profile icon illustration in the manga art style.
STEVES Volume 1 Free Release:
STEVES Volume 1 Free Release LP:
STEVES Official Twitter
[About Manga Artist UME]
A team of two manga artists consisting of Takahiro Ozawa, in charge of planning, scenarios, and production, and Asako Seo who is in charge of drawing and production. They won the Grand Tetsuya Chiba award in the 39th Tetsuya Chiba Awards general category with Chabudai in 2001. They began serializing Chabudai Kenta the same year. Their most prominent series, Giga Tokyo Toy Box, won second prize in the 2012 Manga Taisho Award, was selected by juries at the 2013 Japan Media Arts Festival, and became a TV drama series in 2014. They have also worked on Nankoku Tom Sawyer, a series featuring a young urbanite's struggle for survival with an iPhone on a remote island of Okinawa; STEVES, a series focusing on Steve Jobs and Wozniak and depicting the rivalry that went on in Silicon Valley during the 1970s; and Kyokuman, a documentary manga featuring the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition.
They are the first manga artists to self-publish their work on Amazon Kindle in 2010 with Aozora Finder Rock. They also broke the record time of reaching their monetary goal for a project on a crowdfunding site to gather support to create STEVES, an online manga series, and are popular for combining their mangas with web services and platforms.
[About Original Writer Keiichi Matsunaga]
A web engineer.
He first saw the Apple II in Akihabara when he was a college student and came across the Macintosh when working at Fujitsu.
Creating self-published books with UME in the past, he wrote a novel with Steve Jobs as its protagonist, which became the beginning of this project. He is in charge of the original story and columns of STEVES. He has gathered information from Japanese and English books, Wikipedia, blogs, Facebook and other sources for his research, much like a detective. He tries not to change actual events as much as possible in his depictions while making them exciting as a fictional title. He helped out with the technical aspects of Aozora Finder Rock's Amazon Kindle publication. He has also co-translated Rework.
[About Tokyo Otaku Mode]
Tokyo Otaku Mode (TOM) shares with the world the latest Japanese pop culture news
through its Facebook page, which has over 20 million likes as of October 2017, and sells
products related to Japanese anime, manga, games, music, and fashion through its website,
the Tokyo Otaku Mode Shop.
Corporate Website: https://corporate.otakumode.com