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An online, illustrated serialized novel in the tradition of the Japanese light novel, along with a fully voiced audio book.
An online, illustrated serialized novel in the tradition of the Japanese light novel, along with a fully voiced audio book.
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VERY overdue update, and Book 2 is now in paperback!

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Hello, everyone! Please forgive the EXTREMELY late follow-up to our last update... Things got hectic last summer, and then we totally forgot to post updates here. -_-; Just for reference, the most updated Tokyo Demons info can be found on the Sparkler Monthly Tokyo Demons Page.

First of all, in addition to the ebook, I'm happy to say that at Christmas, Book 2 finally came out in paperback:

After the incredibly rocky time we had finalizing this book, I'm so proud of the final product, and it absolutely would not have happened without the support of all of you. So again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you--each and every one of you. <3

Second of all, we want to properly close this Kickstarter in the near future (can you believe it's been 4 years?!), but there are some of you who never claimed your tiers. If that includes you, you're still entitled to what you paid for, so just let me know and we'll get you your stuff! You can message me through Kickstarter or (preferably) email me directly at editorial@chromaticpress.com

However, this leads to my next point...

Third of all, there are actually a few rewards of this Kickstarter still pending (which I'm SUPER embarrassed about). We clearly overstretched ourselves, and some of these have been really difficult to finish, even if the lion's share of the work is done.

$100 and up pledges: The Book 1 Dramatized Audio Book was finished ages ago, but we've been stuck in lengthy post-production trying to remaster some of those tracks and record the last bit of bonus content. All of you will get an email about this shortly, because at the very least, I can send you an updated digital version while we work on finishing up the Complete CD set.

Stretch Goal Status: 

$4,000, flashback short story of character chosen by poll [complete]: Press START To Continue (Adam)

$5,000, flashforward short story from Tokyo Ghosts [incomplete]: This will be released closer to the end of the series, since we started worrying about spoilers. :)

$6,000, Tokyo Demons Talk/Character CD [complete]: Miki Date CD

$7,000, Tokyo Demons tactical card game [incomplete]: This will also be released closer to the end of the series (production updates can be seen here)

$8,000, vote-dictated short story [complete]: Fukuhashi Fight Club

$9,000, video game: Although we didn't hit this Stretch Goal, through the help of Desiree K., this is actually still happening! It's just been restructured heavily, and will now take place (and be released) after Tokyo Demons: Book 3 to bridge the time period between Tokyo Demons: Book 3 and Tokyo Ghosts: Book 1.

Speaking of Tokyo Demons: Book 3--we're about halfway done with that by now! Read online here. :D

Thank you so much for your patience, sorry again for the sporadic updates, and we'll talk again soon. Don't be afraid to message me here or through email (editorial@chromaticpress.com) if you have any questions, concerns, or want to close your pledge here in some other way...for example, if you want to swap out a pending reward with the paperback of Book 2 or an ebook subscription to Book 3 or something. Whatever makes you happy!

Thanks so much,

Lianne

Book 2 finished, Audio Book 1 finished, Sparkler, Gauntlet

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I can't believe it's been more than two years since we ran this Kickstarter. O.O What a ride it's been!

Those of you on the $50+ tiers have been receiving regular updates on Book 2, but for the rest of you: serialization of Book 2 is finally complete. It took twice as long to serialize than Book 1 did, mostly because Book 2 is longer, Book 1 started with a backlog, and because we started a digital fiction magazine in the middle of serialization. :) For those who didn't know, we launched Sparkler Monthly last summer, a place for us to publish the comics, illustrated prose, and audio dramas of other great creators (and pay advances, to boot!). Tokyo Demons moved into it, but thanks to your generous support, back chapters aren't subject to the paywall that most of the other serials have. You subsidized it, and we can't thank you enough for that. <3

We're putting together the final materials for the revised ebook version of Book 2 (which will include a never-before-seen story about Nick), and rem released some incredible early art of the cover:

From left to right: Mitsuko, Sachi, Kiyoshi (post-makeover), Miki.
From left to right: Mitsuko, Sachi, Kiyoshi (post-makeover), Miki.

We'll be releasing the ebook sometime in July. $50+ pledges will get notification by email, and we'll post another update here as well.

For you $100+ pledges, more good news: the Book 1 audio book is also finally complete! If we're talking about projects that took much longer than anticipated, that one takes the prize--almost three years from start to finish. (With all the bonus material, it clocks in at about fourteen hours of meticulously edited audio.) Again, thanks to your subsidy, the audio book is free to stream, so you can click that link and listen to the whole thing right now! We're revising some of the old chapters and putting together more bonus material, so the complete set for you guys will probably be ready in early August. We'll let you know!

We released about half of our stretch goals during the serialization of Book 2, and the other half will be rolling out in the coming months. But we'll save that for our next update--there's a lot to go over!

Also, I'd like to take a moment to say something about another one of our light novels...Gauntlet, written by Ellery Prime and T2A (teaat2am), was chosen as the first illustrated prose novel to run alongside Tokyo Demons in Sparkler Monthly, and we worked carefully with the creators to make the book as awesome as possible. But now, unlike our Off*Beat Kickstarter, the Gauntlet paperback Kickstarter is in serious danger of not succeeding. Illustrated novels in English are a tough sell, so if you enjoyed Tokyo Demons, please consider checking out Gauntlet and helping us bring the creators' hard work into paperback form. (And tell your friends, if you think it would be up their alley!) The tier buy-ins are much lower for Gauntlet, since it's not on the Tokyo Demons subsidy model. 

Thanks, guys! You'll hear from us a lot in the next few months, as we finally bring this GIANT project to a close. Thank you for all your support, and for sticking around this long!

-Lianne and Rebecca

Tokyo Demons: Book 2 will begin in June!

Now that the Kickstarter is complete, I can finally say it - we did it, and we raised more than 250% of our goal!

You all have been insanely generous--this Kickstarter was an amazing success, well beyond what Rebecca and I were hoping for. For those of you wondering why we had the fundraiser running so long (45 days for $3K), we honestly weren't sure we could raise the $3K...when you publish under a "free content" model, fundraisers can be terrifying, so we were trying to leave enough of a time cushion for people to read the archives on our site, if they were interested.

But we reached out goal of $3K in a week, and we instead had to scramble to think of new prizes for higher totals. Since we ended very close to $8,000 on Kickstarter but raised some additional funds in our site store these past 45 days, we're going to push up the overall rewards to the $8,000 level. That means your total donations have unlocked the following:

1.) A bonus short story on the site for a character chosen by vote.

2.) A bonus short story from our second series (Tokyo Ghosts).

3.) A Character/Talk CD modeled off the Japanese style for a character chosen by vote.

4.) The development of a Tokyo Demons tactical card game.

5.) A bonus short story with the theme, plot, etc. chosen by vote.

The ONLY prize we didn't unlock was the Tokyo Demons: Book 2 video game at $9,000, but we haven't shelved the idea yet--we may raise a separate (smaller) fundraiser on the site later or find some alternative method of funding, since that is BY FAR the most expensive and difficult spin-off we were thinking of. :) We'll keep everyone informed of this at www.tokyodemons.com

Backers will receive a survey shortly asking for contact info, credit name, shipping address, etc. so you can receive your prizes. Most of the Book 1 prizes will roll out over the next month or two (the eBook will be ready soonest, in a week or two), and Book 2 should begin sometime in June. And it's only starting because of YOU.

Thank you, again, from the bottom of our hearts. You guys are seriously awesome.

-Lianne and Rebecca

Bonus pic!

I was trying to make my last update the final one, but I have to share this. Our illustrator rem did an adorable little Tokyo Demons illustration to push us through the last 36 hours of our Kickstarter. She posted about it at http://tsulala.tumblr.com/post/21676855265

Thank you all so much! We're so close to $9K, and no matter what, we've all done awesome and it's all thanks to YOU!

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Final 48 hours

Hi, guys. As we enter the final hours of our Kickstarter, we wanted to thank you all, from the bottom of our hearts, for being a million times more supportive than we ever dreamed. We set our goal at $3,000, assuming that it was a low enough value that we could beg people we know to help push us into Tokyo Demons: Book 2 if we couldn't get enough online support. Now that we've passed SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS, we're energized (and actually funded, whoa!) to jump right into our second year of Tokyo Demons, when all the plot-building of the last year will explode into a rolling fireball of gang brawls and EVERYBODY KISSING. No matter how these next two days go, you guys - every last one of you - have absolutely made our year.

And now we're onto the last push! Our final goal (literally the highest we could imagine) is still set at $9,000, where we'll be able to do a Tokyo Demons video game (see http://www.tokyodemons.com/games for more info), and we have an extra alternative reality story planned (ideas will be submitted by fans, voted on by fans, and then Lianne will write out the winner) if we reach $8,000 (see http://www.tokyodemons.com/fandom for more info on that). These are the same goals posted in our earlier updates. If you want those things to happen, please help us spread the word in these last hours!

In addition, if you want to hear more about our experience in the English-language manga/light novel industry and our goals for Tokyo Demons, we recently did an interview with anime/manga fandom expert Uncle Yo on his podcast (episode 9), which you can find here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/we-are-the-geek-by-uncle-yo/id505821211

Thank you. We love you. For realsies.