Right on the heels of our Barbara Kickstarter project (which production is going fabulously on, by the way!), Digital Manga is proud to bring you the newest initiative to publish classic Tezuka manga, one that will give you the opportunity to bring a beloved children’s tale to print in FULL-COLOR:
Unico is a little unicorn who possesses the magical power to help those who love him. His story begins in the Greece of mythology, with Tezuka’s take on the story of Psyche. In his version, Unico brings great happiness to the mortal Psyche, who in return cares for him and loves him. But the goddess Venus is jealous of Psyche, tricking her and ordering Zephyrus, the West Wind, to kidnap and banish the unicorn to someplace far away after wiping his memory. Before Unico can spend too long in one place, Zephyrus returns to carry him away again.
Tezuka originally drew Unico for Lyrica, a glossy magazine published by Sanrio, the company that owns Hello Kitty. That magazine was in full color, which means Unico is one of the few Tezuka manga to be created in color from the beginning. Publishing manga in color is difficult and incredibly expensive, so almost all of the editions of the Unico manga in Japan are in black and white. In fact, the color edition has been out of print in Japan for years.
But we’d rather treat it right.
We want to publish Unico in a single volume in full color. Want to help us do it? Hop on over to the Kickstarter Project!