Who’s ready for a Star Wars/Manga mash-up? Well, if you are, the fine folks over at VIZ Media have got a treat in store for you. (If you want to learn more about VIZ Media, click HERE.) First they were lucky enough to acquire the publishing rights. Now, in 2020 the media company will bring us Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga.
Award-winning author Ken Liu first brought us tales of Vader’s son in the lead up to The Last Jedi. These stories appeared in his anthology Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi—The Legends of Luke Skywalker. Now the tales and fables featuring the former farm boy-turned-Jedi receive a Manga makeover.
Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga press release
Below you’ll find the full text of the VIZ Media press release:
San Francisco, CA, October 7, 2019 – Multimedia entertainment company VIZ Media, LLC adds the world-renowned Star Wars franchise to its publishing catalog with the acquisition of STAR WARS: THE LEGENDS OF LUKE SKYWALKER: THE MANGA.
STAR WARS: THE LEGENDS OF LUKE SKYWALKER: THE MANGA is scheduled for release in early 2020. The anthology will feature a collection of stories by a cadre of renowned manga luminaries. That includes Akira Himekawa, Haruichi, Akira Fukaya, Takashi Kisaki and Subaru. Akira Himekawa created the bestselling THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga franchise (also published by VIZ Media), inspired by the classic Nintendo® puzzle-solving, role-playing video games. Haruichi is the creator of Leia Organa: Ordeal of the Princess, an official Star Wars Line Webcomic based on the YA Novel, Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray.
“With the global appeal of the Star Wars franchise, this publishing release offers an exciting new way to enjoy the brand from the perspective of master manga storytellers,” says Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Officer, VIZ Media. “STAR WARS: THE LEGENDS OF LUKE SKYWALKER features the dynamic vision and bold art styles of some of the manga genre’s most celebrated creators and artists. We invite readers to discover this release early next year.”
STAR WARS: THE LEGENDS OF LUKE SKYWALKER: THE MANGA is adapted from the hit Star Wars novel, Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi—The Legends of Luke Skywalker, written by the Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy award-winning author Ken Liu.
No additional information is available at this time. Notwithstanding, we expect more to come as we lead up to Christmas. So…. Stay tuned here to That Hashtag Show for more information on the project as it develops!