Unico: Awakening News Page

Unico from Unico: Awakening by Samuel Sattin/Gurihiru
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Hello! I’ve set up this page to help others quickly find the latest news and updates regarding Unico: Awakening. It was previously on the information page created for the manga, but I felt this may be easier to access. I’ll continue to update this page, so check back if it is of any help to you!

I’m only a fan, so I’m not affiliated at all with the Kickstarter, but definitely head over to the official page to get the latest news and more when available. My goal is to help keep people informed about big news on the Unico: Awakening project.

Visit the Official Unico: Awakening Kickstarter Page for updates! Note: Not all updates will be available as some are Backer Only.

Updates:

UPDATE February 21, 2024:
Mr. B notified us that Publisher’s Weekly shared the On-Sale Calendar: August 2024 Books list which features Unico: Awakening (Scholastic’s Graphix version). According to the list, they will print 200,000 copies for the first volume, which is quite impressive for a first run!

UPDATE February 8, 2024:
Thanks to Mr. B for giving us the heads up about Popverse’s latest Unico: Awakening article, we now get a sneak peek of the comic and the cover for the Scholastic version has been revealed! You can check it all out on Popverse’s website!


UPDATE February 6, 2024:
Samuel Sattin revealed a sneak peek of the cover for the Kickstarter version of Unico: Awakening on the latest update post. If you backed the project, I suggest heading over to check it out! As it’s a Backers Only post, I will not have the image up on the site until it’s properly revealed.

UPDATE January 6, 2024:
Gurihiru posted on X/Twitter a few updates about Unico: Awakening. The comic is completed after a slight delay because of changes related to the Scholastic version. A Kickstarter reply from Octas also mentioned production information.

UPDATE November 16, 2023:
Samuel Sattin posted on social media with news of Unico: Awakening being a part of Free Comic Book Day on May 4, 2024. Check out all the other comics that will be available at the Multivercity Comics website. Thanks to Mr. B for the heads up, there is also a preview of the comic on Previews World!

UPDATE November 9, 2023:
As the comic is close to completion, many backers are curious about shipping costs, especially those outside the United States. It was mentioned on the Kickstarter page’s latest update (in the comment section) that there will be information about that in the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

UPDATE September 23, 2023:
Samuel Sattin posted another update regarding the late pledge system for the Kickstarter. The last day to get your hands on the book and PDF of Unico: Awakening is October 1, 2023, and the last day for the add-ons will be November 1, 2023. You can see the update here.

UPDATE September 20, 2023:
Scholastic will publish Unico: Awakening starting August 6, 2024, and there will be a total of four volumes. This is big news, as this gives access to the Unico comics for children (and adults) from across the globe. Unico: Awakening is no longer simply a Kickstarter book. It will be a worldwide published collection for everyone to enjoy. See the news and information here for more details.

UPDATE August 21, 2023:
On the KickstarterSamuel Sattin mentioned on the 19th update that there will be exciting news announced sometime this fall. Wonder what it could be!

UPDATE July 5, 2023:
As the comic heads toward completion, the new estimated fulfillment of backer rewards will be late Fall as mentioned in the Kickstarter update. Gurihiru shared WIP panels and mentioned the number of pages was more than planned. While we eagerly wait for the day we can read the book, we completely understand that more time is needed. We look forward to seeing the completed book and all the other items!

News:
Exclusive: Gurihiru, Samuel Sattin Launch Kickstarter for New Unico Manga – News – Anime News Network (April 19, 2022)
Crunchyroll – Un manga basé sur l’œuvre de Tezuka, Unico, est proposé sur Kickstarter (April 22, 2022)
Crunchyroll – EXCLUSIVE: UNICO: AWAKENING Kickstarter Reveals Special Reward Prints from Renowned Artists (April 25, 2022)
Check Out This First Look at Unico: Awakening’s Incredible “Artifacts” (Exclusive) (comicbook.com) (April 28, 2022)
手塚プロ公式!『ユニコ』をベースにした描き下ろし漫画企画、Kickstarterで始動! 国際的クリエイターが、作画&脚本を担当!「UNICO: AWAKENING (ユニコ: 目覚めのおはなし)」|株式会社講談社のプレスリリース (prtimes.jp) (April 28, 2022)
Unico: Awakening Reinvents a Beloved Manga and Anime Icon – IGN (May 2, 2022)
Crunchyroll – UNICO: AWAKENING Kickstarter Fully Funded in First 24 Hours (May 4, 2022)
The UNICO: AWAKENING Kickstarter Is Full of Artists You Love (otakuusamagazine.com) (May 17, 2022)
First look at Peach Momoko, Akira Himekawa, and tokitotokoro’s art for Unico: Awakening | Popverse (thepopverse.com) (May 23, 2022)
Check out this EXCLUSIVE art from the UNICO: AWAKENING Kickstarter — Comics Bookcase (May 26, 2022)
Scholastic Debuts Kid-Friendly Manga Line With A Reimagined Classic (forbes.com) (September 20, 2023)
ICv2: Scholastic Announces First Graphix Manga (September 20, 2023)
Scholastic’s Graphix Imprint to Release New Unico: Awakening Manga on August 6, 2024 – News – Anime News Network (September 20, 2023)
Scholastic Graphix to Publish UNICO AWAKENING in Summer 2024 (comicsbeat.com) (September 20, 2023)
Scholastic Announces First Graphix Manga, Remaking Tezuka Classic | News (slj.com) (September 20, 2023)
Scholastic Announces First Manga With ‘Unico’ Remake | The Fandom Post (September 21, 2023)
New Unico: Awakening Manga Launches on August 6, 2024 – OtakuKart News (September 29, 2023)
Exploring Manga: Publishers Picks For Must-Read Titles – New York Comic Con 2023 – Anime News Network (October 16, 2023)
Verkoop manga’s door het dak: uitgever komt met Nederlandse variant | RTL Nieuws (October 27,2023)