A Kickstarter for a great cause saw great success today.
Earlier today, Last Gasp Publishing’s Kickstarter reached its funding goal. The campaign, which sought to raise $36,000 to print 4,000 copies of the Barefoot Gen manga for schools and libraries, managed to raise $37,276 from 669 backers.
Nakazawa was born in Hiroshima in 1939. He is a survivor of the 1945 Hiroshima bombing, though he lost most of his immediate family in the blast. Only Nakazawa, his mother, and two brothers who were away survived. He began writing Barefoot Gen, a semi-autobiographical tale of his experiences during the bombing and the immediate aftermath, in 1973. Nakazawa’s title ran through 1985 and spanned 10 volumes. Over 10 million copies are in print in a variety of languages.
Last Gasp currently holds the domestic rights to Barefoot Gen in North America, and republished the title under their banner.