A decade of blockbuster releases from Marvel and DC have introduced a new generation to exciting universes of comic stories. Bring these characters to life has captured the imagination of young readers and engaged them through reading, writing, thinking and creating according to the journal School Library Monthly.
With these positives in mind, British manga creators mayamada have launched a Kickstarter campaign for Hot Lunch Volume 1: The manga style graphic novel for young readers and readers young at heart.
The story is a dramatic heist adventure written by mayamada co-founder Nigel Twumasi and illustrated by lead artist Pinali. As well as being fun to read, comics are also being used to support education, expanding literary and communication skills for new and experienced readers alike.
“We regularly work with young people and this is more than just a book to us. It’s about keeping them engaged in reading and comics are a great way to do it!” – Nigel Twumasi, mayamada co-founder.
The Hot Lunch story follows a crew of thieves as they take on the impossible mission of bringing down a shadowy cabal of restaurant owners in Japan. Think the noble intent of Robin Hood meets the charm of a daring Ocean’s Eleven caper.
mayamada co-founders Nigel and Lao have been writing manga since their first successful crowdfunding campaign in 2013. They’ve since released several titles that have been showcased at comic conventions across the UK and internationally.
The Kickstarter runs from Wednesday May 30th with a goal of £5000. If successfully funded, Hot Lunch Vol.1 will be 124 pages of original manga made in the UK. Supporting the campaign will give you a range of rewards, from the finished graphic novel and digital artwork, the chance to be a character in the mayamada universe, and even your own set of personalised Hot Lunch chopsticks!
And in the spirit of encouraging young readers, there are rewards that allow you to donate copies of the Hot Lunch Vol.1 graphic novel to a young person or youth organisation of your choice.
So head to Kickstarter now and support this fantastic initiative before it ends. You can also get a free digital preview copy of Hot Lunch from the page, allowing you to catch up before backing the campaign.
mayamada are a creative brand set within their own universe of original characters. Inspired by anime and manga, they have been featured in publications from Vogue and GQ to NEO and London Live.
Set in a fantasy television world with an all-animal cast, the company was founded in London by Nigel Twumasi and Lao Karunwi whose passion for creating stories and original fashion led them to fuse both into a world filled with character and limitless imagination.
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