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An all ages Swedish Manga, about changing lives, friendship, and CATS. Mjau! (Cats in Sweden have an accent!)
An all ages Swedish Manga, about changing lives, friendship, and CATS. Mjau! (Cats in Sweden have an accent!)
112 backers pledged $4,062 to help bring this project to life.

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STRETCH GOALS ARE IN SIGHT!

There was a time we didn't think this might happen, so for losing some faith. But we are on the tail end, pun intended, and here we are. About to hit our first stretch goal of $4000. Here is what we going to get everyone.

Your Choice of a Mjau! print or a digital desktop image.

Stretch Goal $4000
Stretch Goal $4000

Now if we can really push it in these last few hours and get up to $4200 all physical backers will be getting their own Mjau! coloring book. We started this project hoping to reach here, but not know if it would be possible. We are within striking distance. 

Stretch Goal $4200
Stretch Goal $4200

Now if things should continue to go in these last minutes and we can reach $4500, then I have gotten Natalia to agree to a very special KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE. She will make a brand new Mjau! print. This print will not be had elsewhere and all physical backers will be getting it. We will probably look at offering it as a desktop background too for digital backers.

Stretch Goal $4500
Stretch Goal $4500

Mjau! is a Swedish award winning manga! It is a child-friendly slice-of-life story about the two kittens Ville and Vanilla. Ville is a lonely stray cat that gets picked up by a cat-loving woman (called Matte in the manga, which means “owner”). She brings him home, and her indoor cat Vanilla befriends Ville. Each chapter is a small story in itself. There are eight chapters to Mjau! and each one contains short extras after the story. As these stories are about cats primarily, you can expect there is going to be some mischief and trouble they create themselves. The full book is 256 pages of b/w interior art, toned in the manga style.

Limited time! READ Chapter 1 of Mjau! with this digital download.

Chapter 1 Digital Edition
Chapter 1 Digital Edition

 

PDP is bringing Mjau! to the US as part of its belief that manga doesn't have to be made in Japan. We consider ourselves lucky to be working with Natalia to expand the reach for Mjau!. 

Originally published in Sweden in 2010 Mjau! is a popular home grown manga that has sold over 10,000 copies there. Mjau! while made for younger audiences still finds resonance with older readers as well. It is an iconic sweet story right at home in the library or the kid's room.

So everything is Swedish in Mjau!? Why should that be of interest?

One of the most interesting things about Mjau! is that is Swedish and Natalia has done the translation herself. Thanks, to English being required in school and lots of TV. She is actually very comfortable with English. But just like with manga it is interesting to see how the cultures differ from the US. Many people have learned about Japan thanks to manga. We hope this will help continue to make this world a bit smaller as we realize we aren't that different and cats will cause trouble everywhere.

It just so happens that Natalia didn't have cats till after she wrote Mjau! Here is Hilda one of her special friends who is going to stare at you till you back.

Are you interested? Wish to learn more? How about we show you...

 

 

 

 

Just who is Natalia anyway?

 

Natalia Batista is a Swedish manga artist and illustrator of Portuguese and Polish descent. She has been working professionally in comics since 2006 when her comic Lova was regularly published in the popular Swedish music magazine Okej.  

She also teaches at Serieskolan in Malmö, Sweden’s most prominent comic art education, and does lectures and workshops in manga making at schools and libraries. She is also one of the founders of the Swedish manga collective Nosebleed Studio, which today is one of the few publishers in the country releasing native manga.

Natalia is passionate about getting people involved in reading, manga, and teaching. She is constantly looking for ways to reach a new audience. To that end, she is branching out beyond Sweden to countries such as Italy, Brazil and the US. If she were able I am sure Natalia would donate a copy of Mjau! to every library in the world, which is why we have come up with the backing option to help her realize a dream. Books are us all and should be shared.

What do we get if we back then?

There are all kinds of rewards from a just digital edition to original pages from the manga. Check out the rewards below. The Mjau! manga is a 256-page collection of all 8 chapters, plus extras. It is a stand manga size 5.5 x 7.5 book with a color cover and black and white interior. Perfect for any manga collectors library.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Music used in the video belongs to:

Cheery Monday Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Risks and challenges

All the artwork for Mjau! is completed and we are just waiting on your help to bring it to the US. There is no risk, and we are committed to having this book ship on time.

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    Purrfect PDF

    Digital Kickstarter Exclusive PDF of Mjau!

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    • Kickstarter Digital PDF of Mjau! with digital extras.
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    Strike Like a Kitty

    ***Strike fast and you can catch this limited special reward***

    Includes:
    • Kickstarter Digital PDF of Mjau! with digital extras.
    • Mjau! Meow the Complete Manga
    • Thank you on in the book and on the PDP website,
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    Mjau! Meow

    The full 224-page manga. Get the full book and support cats everywhere! Also get these additional items.

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    • Kickstarter Digital PDF of Mjau! with digital extras.
    • Mjau! Meow the Complete Manga
    • Thank you on in the book and on the PDP website,
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    Alley Cat Rescue

    LIBRARY SPECIAL! One book for you and now you can also donate one to the library of your choice (Sorry, US only) We will be seeking libraries for those who wish to donate, but aren't sure where.

    Includes:
    • Kickstarter Digital PDF of Mjau! with digital extras.
    • Mjau! Meow the Complete Manga
    • Thank you on in the book and on the PDP website,
    • Library Mjau! donated in YOUR name to the Library of your choice*
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    House Cat Show-Off

    LIBRARY SPECIAL! One book for you and now you can also donate one to the library of your choice (Sorry, US only) You will also get an original quarter sheet A4 size sketch for yourself.

    Includes:
    • Kickstarter Digital PDF of Mjau! with digital extras.
    • Mjau! Meow the Complete Manga
    • Library Mjau! donated in YOUR name to the Library of your choice*
    • Small Original Sketch.
    • Thank you on in the book and on the PDP website,
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    Natalia's Comic/Cat Rescue

    Natalia is a professional comic instructor at Serieskolan in Malmö, Sweden’s most prominent comic art education. Now you can receive feedback on your project from her and a PDP editor. This will be a 1 hour Skype session after we have gone through the submission.

    Includes:
    • Kickstarter Digital PDF of Mjau! with digital extras.
    • Mjau! Meow the Complete Manga
    • Thank you on in the book and on the PDP website,
    • Feedback on your comic project by Natalia and a PDP Editor
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    Mjau! Pack

    Retailer Incentive Package - 10 Copies of the Mjau! Manga. Plus, display sign. Listing on the PDP website as Cat Happy Store!

    Includes:
    • 10× Mjau! Meow the Complete Manga
    • Thank You in the book, with Location and Contact info.
    • Listing on the PDP website listing as a Mjau! Retailer
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    Original Art Mjau!

    Do you love amazing art? Do you love cats? How about wish you could own a piece of original artwork from Mjau! Pick this reward.

    Includes:
    • Kickstarter Digital PDF of Mjau! with digital extras.
    • Mjau! Meow the Complete Manga
    • Thank you on in the book and on the PDP website,
    • Original Art Page from Mjau! Manga
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    Original Mjau! Pages Hand Colored

    Natalia has agreed to color a limited number of pages from Mjau! You can see a sample of the coloring in the rewards list.This is a first come first choice in conjunction with the other original pages. Selection will be done in backer order. So if you think you would like some original artwork from the book then back sooner.

    Includes:
    • Kickstarter Digital PDF of Mjau! with digital extras.
    • Mjau! Meow the Complete Manga
    • Original Art Page, Colored by Natalia.
    • Thank you on in the book and on the PDP website,
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