Digital Manga Launches a Kickstarter Campaign to Translate Osamu Tezuka’s Barbara Manga

Anime News Network is reporting that Digital Manga is raising funds through a Kickstarter website to publish Osamu Tezuka’s Barbara manga in English.

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 is hoping to release Barbara in a large paperback format (5 7/8″ x 8 1/4″) if the company can raise US$6,500 by February 12, 2012. As of January 14, 2012, the company has received over US$5,000. Contributors to the fund receive various rewards, depending on the level of their pledge.

Source: ANN

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