Kickstarting Comics: Gurihiru And Samuel Sattin Reinvent Osamu Tezuka’s ‘Unico’
by Olly MacNamee
Gurihiru (the Eisner Award-winning artist team behind Superman Smashes The Klan) and Samuel Sattin (the acclaimed novelist and co-writer of Crunchyroll’s Essential Anime) are currently heading a very successful Kickstarter campaign for an all-new 162 page graphic novel reinventing Osamu Tezuka’s beloved character Unico. Unico Awakenings(ユニコ: 目覚めのおはなし) has only just launched and already reached its goal of $50,000, with still 30 days to go!
Here’s more on what this new book will be all about:
“Osamu Tezuka’s UNICO is the charming story of a young unicorn who enrages the Greek Gods when he inspires humans with his hope and positivity. The Gods punish Unico by banishing him across space and time, until he forgets all he once was. Unico remains constantly on the move, transported from era to era, where he must escape the Gods again and again, only to have his memory erased anew. The only thing saving Unico from oblivion is the mysterious Spirit of the West Wind, who feels sorry for Unico and tries her best to protect him.”
Of course, like any Kickstarter campaign this one come with all sorts of additional add-ons. Depending on your wallet, of course. These rewards include rare 16 x 24 collectible prints by Akira Himekawa (THE LEGEND OF ZELDA), Junko Mizuno (RAVINA THE WITCH), Soo Lee (ASH & THORN), Katie Longua(ROK) andPeach Momoko (DEMON DAYS) who will be contributing a total of 3 different prints to this campaign. And much more. As you’ll see if you head on over the the campaign page here.
“Unico has the power to make a person happy when they are loved. I would like to share with others the kindness and strength of Unico, which will never change even as the times change.” – Gurihiru
“It is our hope that, in modern times where the world can sometimes seem bleak, we can offer a tale of resilience in homage to the God of Manga’s original messaging of social welfare and eco-consciousness.” – Samuel Sattin.