This month, Dark Horse is releasing the first volume of Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project manga and they want fans to be part of the fun. Dark Horse Manga Editor Carl Horn (who is an expert in all thing Eva) is looking for fan art and letters to include in future editions of this new series. Here's his description:
"You're invited to be a part of this, and every volume by sending in your fan art and letters to be published in the manga! Any characters you like, any mood you like -- the goal is to have fun and to be interesting!"All you have to do is send your fan art and letters to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and who knows? Your claim to fandom fame just might be featured in the next volume, which is due out in September 2009.
So what is Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project all about? Essentially, it's a kinder, gentler version of Japanese sci-fi / mecha / emo / existential / cosmic drama. It's a "what if" alternate telling of the story, featuring the teen characters of the original series living a more ordinary and happier life than the angst and action-filled lives they experienced in the original anime and manga series. It's based on a computer role-playing game where the player gets to make choices that will change the life of Shinji, the main character of the series. Here's the plot synopsis from Dark Horse:
"Stunning, hotheaded Asuka Langley Soryu has been friends with Shinji Ikari since they were little. And she always sort of assumed they'd stay together-until the day the beautiful, brilliant Rei Ayanami showed up in class!You can also get a taste of this series with a 4-page preview of Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Volume 1 by Osamu Takahashi, which hit the stores this week.
When Shinji starts to get curious about Rei, Asuka needs to figure out if she wants to be just friends with Shinji, or something more. But why are so many people keeping an eye on these relationships-people like homeroom teacher Misato, school nurse Ritsuko, and Shinji's..."
Image credit: © GAINAX, © Osamu Takahashi