Two exciting announcements today!
As you may know, in Japan Math Girls is not only a series of novels, but also of comics. The comic adaptation of the original Math Girls novel was serialized in the Japanese manga magazine Comics Flapper (published by Media Factory) between April 2008 and June 2009, and was drawn by Mika Hisaka under the supervision of Math Girls author Hiroshi Yuki. When the series had finished its run, the stories were collected into a two-volume set of books and published separately.
Today we’re happy to announce that Bento Books will be translating and publishing the comics! While we haven’t set a release date yet, we’re hoping to have the translation of the first volume available for sale by August.
One of the significant issues we’re facing regarding this release is the form in which to publish it. We will definitely be releasing a digital version (via the Math Girls iPad app, and probably in other formats). We’ll also be releasing a printed version using the same print-on-demand suppliers that we used for the Math Girls novel. We’ve stumbled across one problem, though—the original comics included several color pages in each volume that we’d love to reproduce, but that our print-on-demand solution can’t handle.
Duplicating those pages requires offset printing, which entails significant upfront cost. Add to that professional lettering, cover design work, and other costs associated with publishing a book, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.
Rather than give up and just publish in black and white, we’ve decided to try crowdfunding the project through Kickstarter. If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, we’ll be printing a limited edition of the comic with the color pages intact. We’ve also arranged for some pretty cool pledge awards, so please take a minute to check it out!
Click here to visit the Math Girls comic Kickstarter campaign page!