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Osamu Tezuka’s Alabaster Manga Inspires Noir Caesar’s Kickstarter Graphic Novel

On Wednesday, Noir Caesar announced a collaborative Kickstarter campaign with Osamu Tezuka Productions for the graphic novel adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s Alabaster manga. A promotional video accompanied this exciting announcement.

Their ambitious goal is to secure $30,000 in funding by November 3. Currently, the campaign has garnered $464 in pledges. It’s essential to note that if the campaign falls short of its financial target, the funds will not be received. In return for backers’ support, a variety of enticing rewards are on offer, ranging from digital to autographed physical copies of the graphic novel.

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The graphic novel, as described by Noir Caesar, presents a fresh interpretation of Ralph Ellison’s classic novel, “The Invisible Man.” It follows the journey of James Block, a former celebrated Black athlete who finds himself wrongfully imprisoned after being framed by his girlfriend.

Osamu Tezuka's Alabaster

During his incarceration, James forms an unlikely bond with a disgraced scientist who provides him with an unusual solution—a laser gun capable of rendering its target invisible or terminating them upon use. Following his release from prison and his quest to obtain the device, James undergoes a failed experiment that leaves him partially translucent, akin to alabaster.

Driven by anger and a thirst for vengeance, he adopts a new identity as “Alabaster” and embarks on a mission to confront bigots and hypocrites. This reimagined narrative also delves deeper into the character’s complexities and weaves in elements of the African American civil rights movement of the 1970s.

Digital Manga, a North American publisher, previously funded a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 to bring the two-volume Alabaster manga to the English-speaking audience.

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Osamu Tezuka originally serialized the Alabaster manga in Akita Shoten’s Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine from December 1970 to June 1971. Notably, this manga served as the inspiration for a successful stage musical that graced Tokyo and Osaka stages in June and July of the previous year.


Source | Press release

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