Anime News Network is reporting that Digital Manga has reached its goal of raising US$6,500 in pledges for an English language printing of Osamu Tezuka’s Barbara manga. The company had just started collecting pledges at a Kickstarter page on January 13, 2012.
The manga is described as:
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.
By reaching its fundraising goal, Digital Media will be releasing Barbara in a large paperback format (5 7/8″ x 8 1/4″).