God of manga Osamu Tezuka created the unicorn manga Unico back in 1976, and soon there will be an attempt to make an all-new Unico comic. If their soon-to-start Kickstarter campaign works, the Gurihiru illustrator duo and Samuel Sattin will publish Unico: Awakening (Unico: Mezame no Ohanashi in Japanese), and it will be 162 pages.
While the Kickstarter hasn’t begun yet, there is a page already up there for it, and you can click to be notified when it launches. Right now the Kickstarter says, “Osamu Tezuka’s Unico re-imagined, featuring prints by Akira Himekawa, Junko Mizuno, Peach Momoko, Tomm Moore, Kamome Shirahama, & more”.
Digital Manga Publishing has published the original Unico manga in English, also with help from Kickstarter. It gave this description of the manga:
“A little unicorn named Unico lives with his mistress Psyche, bringing her happiness and good fortune in return for her unconditional love. The goddess Venus, however, grows jealous of Psyche’s legions of admirers and flings Unico across time and space! When he awakens, he’s facing down mean buffalo in the American West, with no memory of Psyche or his past life. It’s the first of many exciting adventures that will bring Unico face to face with high society in Imperial Russia, characters from fairy tales and Shakespeare, and even an automated factory intent on blotting out the sun.
Straight from the mind of Osamu Tezuka, internationally beloved creator of ‘Astro Boy’ and ‘Buddha,’ the entire three volume series of Unico has been collected into one astounding 400 page omnibus edition. Presented in its original full color format, Unico is a magical series of adorable and thought-provoking adventures that’s the perfect first manga to read with the little ones, as well as an absolute necessity for any manga enthusiast.”
Would you be interested in a new Unico manga?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin. She is also the author of its upcoming sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.