Manga Shakespeare is a series of graphic novel adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays. A fusion of classic Shakespeare with manga visuals, these are cutting-edge adaptations that will intrigue and grip readers. Drawing inspiration from trend-setting Japan and using Shakespeare's original texts, this series brings to life the great Bard's words for students, Shakespeare enthusiasts and manga fans.
SelfMadeHero launches its first two titles – Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet – in March 2007. With Romeo and Juliet set in modern-day Tokyo, and Hamlet in a cyberworld, these backdrops make Shakespeare more accessible to today's reader.
While the audience for Manga Shakespeare will be largely teenagers who may use these books as exciting introductions to Shakespeare's plays, it will also appeal to manga buyers in their 20s, 30s and beyond.
Manga is a dynamic, emotional and cinematic medium easily absorbed by the eye. Its attractive art and simple storytelling methods will enthuse readers to approach Shakespeare's work in the way he intended – as entertainment.
Illustrated by leading UK manga artists, this series keys in on the growing popularity of manga worldwide, and presents Shakespeare's classic works in a highly visual and dynamic form. SelfMadeHero's Manga Shakespeare offers the perfect platform for a new generation to fall in love with the works of Shakespeare.