British manga creators announce all ages Kickstarter campaign for
The exhilaration over Marvel’s Black Panther has increased demand for diverse representation in the comic book stories we read. That demand extends to creators themselves with less than a quarter of the creators in the big three comic publishers (Marvel, DC, Image) people of colour, while 11% are women.
With a team made up of black writers/co-founders and editor, and a female illustrator, London-based
The story is a dramatic heist adventure written by
We want to see more diversity in the comics industry, with equal opportunity to share the stories creators of colour want to tell. Going the independent route through Kickstarter is a great way to get more people involved. – Nigel Twumasi
What is Hot Lunch?
The Hot Lunch story (http://mayamada.com/hot-lunch/) follows a ragtag crew of thieves as they take on the impossible mission of bringing down a shadowy cabal of restaurant owners in Japan. Think the noble intent of Robin Hood meets the charm of a daring Ocean’s Eleven caper.
As well as being fun to read, comics are also being used to support education, expanding literary and communication skills for new and experienced readers alike.
“We regularly work with young people and this is more than just a book to us. It’s about keeping them engaged in reading and comics are a great way to do it!” – Nigel
And in the spirit of encouraging young diverse readers, there are rewards that allow you to donate copies of the Hot Lunch Vol.1 graphic novel to a young person or youth organisation of your choice.
So head to Kickstarter now and support this fantastic initiative before it ends. You can also get a free digital preview copy of Hot Lunch from the page, allowing you to catch up before backing the campaign.
Set in a fantasy television world with an all-animal cast, the company was founded in London by Nigel Twumasi and Lao Karunwi whose passion for creating stories and original fashion led them to fuse both into a world filled with character and limitless imagination. mayamada have been featured in NEO Magazine, Broken Frontier and Bleeding Cool among others.