EigoManga has launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish Oldman as a manga graphic novel in English. The series, created by Taiwanese writer and illustrator Chang Sheng, was originally published by Taiwan-based Tong Li Publishing.
‘The dark fairytale story concerns a beautiful queen who rules her country as a despot with total control. Unmarried and without an heir, she repeatedly adopts orphans as a way to prove that even commoners can reign as kings. Still, something sinister lurks beneath the surface, with the queen showing no signs of aging, while her orphans continue to go missing. The sole individual aware of her secret is a court magician known only as Oldman, who was arrested and thrown in the dungeon prior to the start of the series.
Staging his escape, Oldman appears to step through the bars of his cell and vanish as if by magic, cleverly misleading the guards. He rescues a neighboring prisoner, an outlaw sword maiden who has had her arms and legs amputated. Upon taking her to a brilliant doctor who fits her with mechanical limbs, Oldman and the sword maiden vow to take revenge on the queen that wronged them, all the while evading the queen’s army as the dictator launches a desperate campaign to keep her secret hidden.’
Oldman won numerous awards such as the International Manga Award in Japan, as well the Golden Comic Award for Best Shonen Manga. “Oldman” Part 1 is projected to circulate to retailers on November 8th, 2021.
The Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds to cover the printing, shipping, and distribution cost of releasing the Oldman graphic novel to retailers for its November 8th launch date. Backer rewards start at the ten dollar level for digital artwork from the series, and escalate through physical copies of Oldman comics, a graphic novel, art prints, bookmarks, and hardcover copies of the book with backer names on a Thank You page.
You can check out the Oldman campaign right here.