Subsequent week Octas Inc. will launch a Kickstarter marketing campaign for Unico: Awakening (ユニコ: 目覚めのおはなし) by Gurihiru (the Eisner Award profitable artist crew behind Superman Smashes the Klan and the extremely anticipated Ultraman: One other Gene) and Samuel Sattin (the acclaimed novelist and co-writer of Crunchyroll’s Important Anime). These two creators are reinventing Osamu Tezuka‘s beloved character UNICO for a brand new era of readers, and Octas has offered with an unique take a look at the e book’s all-star lineup of pictures from Gurihiru, in addition to quite a few acclaimed American cartoonists.

You can keep an eye on the project ahead of its Monday launch here. You may need to again early, as a result of there are already about 500 individuals following together with it, so any restricted rewards might go quick.

Seen beneath is the duvet to Awakening, in addition to the primary take a look at the Unico: Awakening Artifacts, a sequence of restricted version collectibles created by  American cartoonists, together with:

  • A UNICO Image e book by Madeline Copp;
  • A 4″ X 6″ style lookbook of Chloe the Cat by Rye Hickman (MOTH & WHISPER); 
  • A Felted Unico and Chloe postcard by Amber Padilla (THE SECRET GARDEN ON 81ST STREET);
  • A Temperance Tarot card by Julia Reck; 
  • A 5″ X 7″ mini-comic by Steenz (HEART IN THE CITY) 

You too can take a look at ten pinup pictures by famous person artists, together with Kamome Shirahama (Witch Hat Atelier), Peach Momoko (Demon Days) and Junko Mizuno.

With Unico: Awakening, Gurihiru and Samuel Sattin are reinventing Osamu Tezuka’s beloved character Unico for a brand new era of readers, with an all-new, 162 web page manga. If the mission is funded, the e book will likely be out there in each English and Japanese. 

Osamu Tezuka’s Unico is the charming story of a younger unicorn who enrages the Greek Gods when he conjures up people along with his hope and positivity. The Gods punish Unico by banishing him throughout house and time, till he forgets all he as soon as was. Unico stays continuously on the transfer, transported from period to period, the place he should escape the Gods repeatedly, solely to have his reminiscence erased anew. The one factor saving Unico from oblivion is the mysterious Spirit of the West Wind, who feels sorry for Unico and tries her greatest to guard him.

Unico: Awakening is impressed by Tezuka’s “The Cat on the Broomstick” storyline from the unique 1974-76 manga. Collectively Gurihiru and Sattin are working in cautious coordination with Tezuka Productions in Japan to convey their new imaginative and prescient ahead. On this re-imagining, Unico befriends a stray cat named Chloe, and the 2 new pals help an previous girl who Chloe errors for a witch. When Chloe realizes Unico can do precise magic, she begs him to show her right into a human for just a few moments of every day. Unico agrees – as long as Chloe does not lose contact along with her feline identification. When a harmful man and the Goddess Venus got down to destroy Unico, the Spirit of the West Wind should search the ends of the universe for a method to finish Unico’s everlasting cycle of struggling.

To rejoice Unico’s return, the Unico: Awakening   Kickstarter marketing campaign may even have quite a lot of superb further rewards, together with uncommon 16 x 24 collectible prints by Akira Himekawa (The Legend of Zelda), Junko Mizuno (Ravina the Witch), Soo Lee (Ash & Thorn), Katie Longua (Rok), Peach Momoko (Demon Days) who will likely be contributing a complete of three totally different prints to this marketing campaign, Kamome Shirahama (Witch Hat Atelier), tokitotokoro (For a Good Man), and Academy Award Nominated Animator Tomm Moore (Wolfwalkers). 

Octas Inc. can also be providing an array of unique rewards together with a t-shirt that includes Junko Mizuno’s Unico design and authentic Gurihiru shikishi drawings.

“Unico has the facility to make an individual completely satisfied when they’re beloved,” stated Gurihiru in an announcement. “I want to share with others the kindness and energy of Unico, which can by no means change even because the occasions change.”

“It’s our hope that, in trendy occasions the place the world can typically appear bleak, we will provide a story of resilience in homage to the God of Manga‘s authentic messaging of social welfare and eco-consciousness,” stated Sattin.

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