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Classical Comics Reverses The Flow! Graphic Novels To Be Published In Japanese

Posted at 11:08AM Monday 23 Jun 2008

Coals to Newcastle!

Against the tide of Japanese inspired graphic novels hitting western shores,Classical Comics have signed a deal with Ittosha Incorporated of Japan to translate and publish their series of graphic novel adaptations of literary classics in Japanese.

The rise of Manga on western media art is unquestionable, and it is hugely popular amongst British teenagers in particular. This trend is not new - even Monet was influenced by Japanese artwork that he saw exhibited in the late nineteenth century.

With the popluarity of Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh! that have helped form multi-media media standards amongst today's youth it's easy to see how the Manga phenomenon has taken hold in the UK.

Although the word "Manga" is merely the Japanese word for comic book art, it has come to represent a style of drawing, typified by abstract features of large eyes and small mouths, so often seen across the globe in today's media-rich society; which makes this particular deal all-the-more interesting as it goes against the established culture flow from east to west.

Chairman of Classical Comics, Clive Bryant said,

"Our multiple text versions of well-loved classic literature have already proven to be a huge success around the globe, particularly with students and teachers who welcome this vibrant, colourful way of introducing these wonderful books.

Language translations are a natural extension to this. Not only are we exporting Great British literature, but we're also delivering part of our deep culture at the same time. Just as westerners find the Japanese culture intriguing, we think that there are many people in Japan who will be equally fascinated by our heritage."

Terumasa Hirano, Chairman and Executive Editor of Ittosha Inc. added,

"When we first came across the Classical Comics range, we immediately saw the potential for a Japanese translation. While the artwork is very different to what we see over here, that is part of their appeal and helps to deliver these famous stories."

Ittosha Inc will launch the winter 2008 season with the first two Shakespeare books in the series: Henry V and Macbeth.

Jane Eyre (Brontë), Frankenstein (Shelley), Great Expectations (Dickens), and A Christmas Carol (Dickens) will follow, as will all of the titles published by Classical Comics in the UK and the US.

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