UDON knows a thing or two about adapting Capcom works and various other anime properties. Now, they're planning to set their sights on some less conventional targets when it comes to comic adaptation: classic literature. Those adaptations will take place under a new line in the company's already stellar line-up called Manga Classics. And the first two books to get the UDON treatment are none other than Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. Both will be released in hardcover, softcover and digitally on August 27th 2014. Preview copies will be available at San Diego Comic Con International, July 23-27.
Intended for a young adult audience, Manga Classics are just as likely to be enjoyed in readers’ free time as in the classroom. The gripping and intense stories and lush artwork will place them alongside today’s bestselling popular manga, with strong and accurate adaptations that will please even the toughest teacher or librarian. Manga Classics are also a great way for for adult readers to rediscover their favorite classics, or experience them for the first time. Produced by UDON Entertainment, an international publisher and creative services agency, and Morpheus Publishing Limited, an Asian publishing and art agency, these books are of incredibly high quality and authenticity, and will appeal to fans of the classics--and those who've always 'meant to get around to reading them'--alike.
Les Misérables features art by SunNeko Lee, adaptation by Crystal Silvermoon and English script by Stacy King. Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love & tragedy is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition. The art of Lee brings to life the tragic stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert and the resilient and defiant Fantine, in this epic adaptation of Les Misérables. Pride & Prejudice is beloved by millions the world over, and transformed in this bold new manga adaptation. All of the joy, heartache and romance of Austen’s original, perfectly illuminated by the sumptuous art of manga-ka Po Tse and faithfully adapted by Stacy E. King.
Full press release below.