About this project
Our goal is to print 4000 copies of a new, hardcover edition of Barefoot Gen, and distribute them to as many schools and libraries as possible.
This classic manga memoir about the bombing of Hiroshima should be read far and wide.
"This vivid and harrowing story will... burn a radioactive crater in your memory that will never let you forget it. Gen is one of those few comix that actually pulls off the essential magic trick... those little marks on paper come to fully realized life." — Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of MAUS
August 6, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Today, the danger posed by nuclear weapons is as great as ever, yet few people survive who witnessed their horror.
Keiji Nakazawa's manga illustrates the true impact of nuclear weapons when used against a civilian population. It is vital reading for people of all ages, and especially for today's youth.
By keeping this tragedy in our collective consciousness, we can strive to never repeat it and guide humanity towards a course of peace.
With your support we hope to share the message of Gen with tomorrow's leaders.
Our project will produce a new edition of Barefoot Gen with a hardcover binding and new cover design.
If we reach our goal of $36,000, we will be able to print and distribute approximately 4000 copies of Barefoot Gen to schools, libraries and individuals.
"highly recommended for older readers and for all libraries."
— The Library Journal
"invaluable for the lessons it offers in history, humanity and compassion."
— Publishers Weekly
"...some of the best comics ever done..." — Robert Crumb, cartoonist
Frederik L. Schodt, Award-winning author and translator:
An excerpt from Barefoot Gen Volume 1:
"In my experience, middle school students have little understanding of war. Barefoot Gen provides them with more than a historical account; it gives young learners an appreciation of the terrible human cost. It's little wonder the book has been taught to generations of students throughout Japan. Barefoot Gen is essential reading."
— Nick Glasser, English Teacher, Herbert Hoover Middle School (San Francisco)
Beginnings by Raina Telgemeier (author of Smile and Sisters):
Pledge and receive a reward (below), which can be sent to you, or to a library or school on your behalf. Additional copies we create from this Kickstarter that are not claimed as rewards will be given to libraries and schools.
Are the books sent to me or to a school or library?
You can choose where the books will be sent. At the end of the campaign, we will send a questionnaire and you can decide from the following:
1) We can send them to a school or library for you,
2) We can send them directly to you and you can deliver/donate them yourself,
3) We can split the reward and send some to you and some to the school or library.
There is also a way to nominate a school or library to receive extra copies if we have more to send. Visit www.barefootgen.net and fill out the form there.
Please note: This Kickstarter campaign is not considered a charitable donation and we cannot provide any tax-related documentation. When you receive your reward, you may then donate your books to a school or library of your choosing. Please consult your local tax laws or a tax professional.
We estimate that $36,000 is the minimum needed to create and distribute 4000 copies (1000 each of four volumes). The cost would cover the following:
- Redesigning the books for hardcover
- Printing hardcover books
- Mailing rewards to backers
- Kickstarter and credit card processing fees
ABOUT BAREFOOT GEN
Barefoot Gen (Hadashi no Gen in the original Japanese) is a semi-autobiographical story about wartime Japan and the bombing of Hiroshima. For many years, our company has published the English edition of this classic manga story.
Author Keiji Nakazawa was six years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on his hometown. “Gen” (pronounced with a hard g) is a Japanese name meaning “roots” or “source”, as the author explains:
Hadashi no Gen was first serialized in 1972-3 in Shukan Shonen Jump, the largest weekly comic magazine in Japan, with a circulation of over two million. It is a graphic and moving account of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath, and it drew wide acclaim not only from young readers, but also from parents, teachers and critics. Barefoot Gen has been made into three live-action feature films, as well as a full-length animated film available in English.
Gen’s story is of people dealing with inhuman situations, both in the last days of World War II and after a nuclear attack. We hope Barefoot Gen will serve as one more reminder of the suffering war brings to innocent people, and as a unique documentation of an especially horrible source of suffering, the atomic bomb.
About Last Gasp and Barefoot Gen
Last Gasp is a publishing company based in San Francisco, CA. Last Gasp acquired the rights to the English-language edition of Barefoot Gen in the 1990s and has continually published it since that time. Beginning in 2004, we re-released the original volumes with a new translation and added an additional six volumes to complete the series. We are forever indebted to the volunteer group Project Gen for their work translating, editing, and producing the version that exists today. In addition to translating Barefoot Gen into both Russian and English, Project Gen has supported the work of other translators to help Barefoot Gen's publication in dozens of languages.
Review from Library Journal:
This groundbreaking manga was first published in Japan in the early 1970s and published in the United States first by New Society and then Penguin. Nakazawa survived the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and this is a semiautobiographical account of that terrible time. Young Gen's family, branded as traitors to the emperor because of his father's antiwar statements, suffer humiliation and brutality on top of the deprivation and starvation that they, and many others like them, already experience because of the war effort. But Gen is a high-spirited and determined young boy, and he helps his family eke out a precarious living. By the time the bomb drops, late in this first volume, Nakazawa has created a truly moving and compelling portrait of the suffering not only of Gen's family but of all of the Japanese people at the hands of their militaristic government during the war. The tragedy the bomb brings is almost too terrible to contemplate, but even then, Nakazawa holds out hope for a better time. Future volumes of this series from Last Gasp will be newly translated and will include previously untranslated material. Because of explicit images of violence, suicide, and the melting flesh of the bomb victims, this is not for children or for the squeamish of any age, but it is highly recommended for older readers and for all libraries.
Last Gaspの目標は、新たにハードカバーの英語版「はだしのゲン（英題『Barefoot Gen』）」を印刷し、より多くの学校や図書館に寄贈することです。
1) リワード（報酬）レベルを選択し、支援金をご提供ください。後日、Last Gastより、リワードレベルに基づいて、発行された本を送付します。近隣の学校、図書館に寄贈して下さい。
3) 報酬の配送先をご自身以外に希望する方は、下記のサイトから寄贈先を入力できます。 www.barefootgen.net
Last Gaspはカリフォルニア州、サンフランシスコに本拠を置く出版社。1970年、最初のアースデイにエコロジーをテーマにした漫画雑誌を出版するために設立。以降、ペーパーカバー版の英語版「はだしのゲン（英題『Barefoot Gen』）」全10巻を含む、数多くの書籍、コミックス、漫画雑誌等を出版している。Last Gaspは1990年代に「はだしのゲン」の英語版の版権を取得し、以来、同書の出版を継続中。2004年以降、それまでに出版されていた英語版「はだしのゲン」を新たな英語訳で第４巻まで再リリースし、更に続く６巻も発行し、全10巻が完成した。
『Beginnings』 by Raina Telgemeier (author of 『Smile』 and 『Sisters』):
Risks and challenges
This is not our first Kickstarter. Our previous one taught us the lesson that delays can happen, so we are aware of that and have built in extra time for our schedule. The cover design may take a few extra months.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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