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UDON announces line of manga literary adaptations

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UDON Entertainment will introduce Manga Classics, a new line of adaptations of literary classics geared toward a young-adult audience.

The line launches in August with the release of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, featuring art by SunNeko Lee, with an adaptation by Crystal Silvermoon and an English script by Stacy King, and Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, with art by Po Tse and an adaptation King.

Both books will be released in black-and-white hardcover and softcover editions. Previews will be available June 26-July 2 at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas and July 23-27 at Comic-Con International in San Diego. More information is available on the UDON website.

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I always felt that Les Miserables wasn’t moe enough.

I picked up the Les Miz sample that came with Free Comic Book day. I thought it was nifty (though it does gloss over the depths that Fantine descends to). I actually thought it was a great gateway to those stories, especially since Victor Hugo (and sometimes Jane Austen) can be horribly impossible to read sometimes. The manga style also is a good fit for the epic nature of these stories. I think many manga take their inspirations form Hugo and Austen, so why not tackle the source material?

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