Manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori's sci-fi epic series "Cyborg 009" will get a U.S. graphic novel adaptation next summer.
The announcement was made by U.S. publisher Archaia Entertainment, LLC. and Ishimori Production Inc.
The graphic novel brings together the talents of F.J. DeSanto and Bradley Cramp, who are penning the story, and Marcus To, who is providing the illustrations based on the Japanese original.
An emerging comics publisher, Archaia specializes in stories with strong narratives. It has released many hits, among them "The Killer" and "Mouse Guard."
In its short history, Archaia has released works nominated at the prestigious Eisner Awards and won two accolades.
"We are honored to be working with Ishimori Production side by side to introduce this incredible story to a Western audience," said Archaia Editor in Chief Stephen Christy.
The 100-page full-color U.S. edition will come as a hardcover graphic novel. It will first be released in the United States and other English-speaking countries. It will then be translated into Japanese and other languages.
A digital version will be released by leading digital comics distributor comiXology.
The U.S. edition looks certain to help expand the fan base for the Japanese classic manga.
According to Ishimori Production, "Cyborg 009" has been translated and published overseas in the past. But it will be the first time for the title to be adapted into a U.S. graphic novel with new designs.
A translated version of the original manga is being planned for publication in North America, in addition to a live-action feature film adaptation.
For more information, visit the official websites of Archaia at (http://www.archaia.com/archaia-pr-archaia-announces-graphic-novel-based-on-classic-manga-cyborg-009/) and Ishimori Production at (http://en.ishimoripro.com/index2.php).
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