The process of adapting any piece of classic literature requires a lot of study and respect for the original work. Oftentimes, during the research and character design there is great debate over certain wording, art shading, and even context or the times in which the story is told.
The work on this Twain classic brings with it more than a few burdens of responsibility. Not only is there the question of how faithful you remain to his original language but there is also considerations that involve the times and culture in which the story takes place and who Twain was and who he remains in the fabric of American literature.
With each and every Manga Classic, it is our passion and hope that we help the reader connect with the story in a meaningful way. We also feel this is an exciting way to introduce these classic stories to a new reader who may then go back to read the original texts. We hope you enjoy our work!
About the Author
Crystal S. Chan is an award-winning author and television screen play writer. She holds a degree in language and literature. Crystal is a huge fan of authors such as Jane Austen and she is equally passionate about Sailor Moon. Her passion for classic literature combined with her love of the comics medium allows her to strike a solid balance between preserving the depth of the original content while adapting the language for a younger generation.
Kuma Chan is veteran of the manga industry. His works include a manga series for the Pirate Sentai Gokaiger (AKA Power Rangers Megaforce in the US). With over 13 years of work in comics, Kuma is well known for his specialties with drawing girls, robots, and monsters. When he is not drawing manga (which is nearly all the time!) he enjoys reading novels. His name “KUMA” actually means bear in Japanese. Kuma says he chose his pen-name because his body shape resembles that of a bear.
Date of Birth:November 30, 1835
Date of Death:April 21, 1910
Place of Birth:Florida, Missouri
Place of Death:Redding, Connecticut
To all readers: This is a faithful adaptation of Twain's original words. Some will argue the use of the Twain's description for Jim, the runaway slave, is no longer relevant. The point of Twain's application of the term is that he placed a clear emphasis on the bitterness he felt about a society that was made up of moral cowards. In the end, the person with the greatest redeeming qualities is the one who bears the brunt of society's ignorance.
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Mark Twain in The Art of Authorship pp 87-88 (1890)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
So I was never a big fan of reading classics when I was younger. Meaning I have never read the non-manga version of Huckleberry Finn. I did try but it was so boring in the first chapter. When I heard of the manga version I jumped at the chance to read it to give it another try...I really enjoyed it. I did not think I would of but I did. I also appreciated the forward at the beginning of the book that gave a brief history of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. And the Explanatory after the Foreward was very helpful. It was very well drawn and when I talked it over with a friend she confirmed that it was just like the original story. I recommend this to people who like or love the original tale or who like me did not want to read it growing up!