Noir Caesar Launches Kickstarter for Reimagining of Osamu Tezuka’s ALABASTER Manga

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© Chuck Brown, Anna Weiszczyk / Osamu Tezuka Productions

Noir Caesar Entertainment has announced a collaboration with Osamu Tezuka Productions to develop a reimagined graphic novel based on Tezuka’s classic manga ALABASTER, launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund its publication.

ALABASTER will be written by the award-winning writer and co-creator of the Bitter Root comic series Chuck Brown, with artwork by renowned illustrator, Anna Wieszczyk (Godkiller, Home).

The Kickstarter campaign launch page for ALABASTER can be found here. The campaign is looking to fulfill a US$30,000 stretch goal and will continue receiving new backers until November 3, 2023. 

Noir Caesar describes the graphic novel as: 

Reimagined for a new generation of readers as a contemporary graphic novel from Noir Caesar, ALABASTER reinterprets Ralph Ellison’s novel “The Invisible Man,” and follows a former successful Black athlete, James Block, who is framed by his girlfriend and wrongfully imprisoned. While inside, James befriends a disgraced scientist that gives him the solution to his problems—a laser gun that either turns its subject invisible or kills them upon usage. After serving his prison sentence and locating the device, James disfigures himself in a failed experiment that turns him partially translucent, like alabaster. Angry, vengeful, and with a new identity, Alabaster wreaks havoc on bigots and hypocrites alike.

Johnny O’Bryant, founder of Noir Caesar, provided the following statement on the reimagined graphic novel: 

We’ve always admired and respected the great Osamu Tezuka and his work. When we discovered Alabaster we were convinced could add a new dimension to Tezuka’s original concept and bring this classic tale to a new generation of readers. We’re grateful to Tezuka Productions for selecting Noir Caesar as they share a commitment to finding new ways to fulfill Tezuka-sensei’s vision to combine Japanese influenced manga and anime with Western-style storytelling.

Yoshimi Suzuki, Head of International Partnerships at Tezuka Productions adds: 

If Osamu Tezuka were alive and met Johnny O’Bryant today, he would have shown great interest in working with a team of and young multi-talented artists from diversified cultural backgrounds that have a deep love toward Japanese anime and manga. I can’t help but expect great synergy generated between Alabaster and the unique cultural backgrounds Noir Caesar and their creative team bring. I hope Noir Caesar fully displays their creativity in this project.

Noir Caesar Entertainment is a growing indie creative company that supports and nourishes art from marginalized communities in various media, including animation, film, TV, and comics. The brand is driven by diverse and brilliant creative talents, spanning top notch 2D animation partner studios and several writers, artists, illustrators, and producers. 


Source: press release

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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