Bruce Wayne Can Finally Say 'Aku Batman' Now That DC Comics Will Be In BM!
Rejoice DC fans!
For the first time in history, DC Comics has sold the rights to translate their comics into Bahasa Melayu to a local company.
Local indie publishing company Buku Fixi has secured the rights to translate the back catalogue of DC Comics into Malay.
The announcement was made in conjunction with the launch of Grafixi, a new entity within the Buku Fixi family that is dedicated to graphic novels.
Grafixi, a label dedicated to graphic novels, will be a new addition to the existing Buku Fixi labels, Fixi Novo (English-language Malaysian books), Fixi Mono (non-fiction), Fixi Retro (reprints of old Malay-language classics), and Fixi Verso (Malay translations of current international bestsellers).
In an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini, Buku Fixi founder Amir Muhammad said that it took almost a year to obtain the rights to translate the comics into BM
"The process took close to a year, and included a meeting at the Frankfurt International Book Fair in Germany last year," Amir told Malaysiakini.
"I don't want to disclose how much we spent to obtain the rights, but it has been the most we have ever spent on any of our book projects," Amir said.
DC Comics enthusiasts will be thrilled to know that the collaboration will kick off with the release of two of DC's graphic novels, 'Superman/Batman: Public Enemies' and "Supergirl'.
Malaysiakini also reported that four other titles will also be translated this year, including 'Superman/Batman #3: Absolute Power', 'Superman/Batman #4: Vengeance New Suicide Squad' and 'Justice League Volume 1: Origin".
There's more good news for DC Comics enthusiasts as Buku Fixi aims to sell the translated graphic novels at affordable prices
The original version of 'Superman/Batman: Public Enemies' could cost about RM80 while the Malay version will be sold at a lower price.
For example, Buku Fixi is offering a special deal at the upcoming Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair (PBAKL) 2016, where copies of the translated comics will cost RM30 each, but buying two will only cost RM50 for both.
Anyone who is interested can get this the deal from 29 April to 9 May 2016 during PBAKL 2016 at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (MAEPS) in Serdang.
The comics will also be available for sale online after the event.
This is certainly an exciting time for Malaysian comic book fans.
Great job, Buku Fixi!