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Make "god of manga" Osamu Tezuka's groundbreaking first adult work available in English once again.

Hello from Digital Manga!

We are a small American publisher and retailer of manga (Japanese comics). Two years ago, we published an incredible piece of sequential art by "god of manga" Osamu Tezuka (the creator of Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Blackjack and many others) called Swallowing the Earth. It was the first book he meant strictly for adults and it had never been published in English before. Unfortunately we printed too few copies, and the book is no longer available anywhere (except on eBay for exorbitant prices). Fans are constantly asking us to print more of the book, but simply put, we're a small company, this is an expensive book and we can't afford to put up the cash for another print run. Because we love this book so much and we want Tezuka to be around in English for everyone to enjoy, we are hoping to raise funds for another printing of this important book through Kickstarter instead. All of the licensing and production work is already done, and printing and delivery should take just 30-60 days (our delivery estimate listed on our rewards is as conservative as we can possibly be).

We're here because we believe Kickstarter can be a new way to fund niche manga titles in the United States. If this campaign is successful, you WILL see more, including premium editions of other older books and even new titles that would NEVER make it over to the U.S. without fan support.

Why this target and what if you raise more?We selected this target because it's the bare minimum we need to bring back the book, in terms of printing, shipping and royalties costs. If we make more, we will be able to print more! It's that simple.

If you haven't heard of Swallowing the Earth, here's a summary with some review excerpts.

Amidst the chaos of World War II, two Japanese soldiers hear of Zephyrus, an utterly captivating woman rumored to exist on an island in the South Pacific. The tales of this bold enchantress seducing men to their dooms are both chilling and fascinating. Over twenty years pass, and Zephyrus resurfaces in Japan, seemingly unchanged, to wield her mysterious power over men once more. The one man immune to Zephyrus’ charms is simple drunkard, Gohonmatsu Seki, son of one of the wartime soldiers. Employed to spy on Zephyrus, what will Gohonmatsu uncover about her ultimate plot to create international discord and consume the world of men? What brought this woman to conspire for decades against patriarchal society – against an entire gender – and can anything be done to stop her plans?

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"Swallowing the World finds the Prospero of anime and manga raising an unrelenting storm, gusting with Tezuka's attempt to raise a long form adult parable to crash against his political sentiments. It's literally awesome... Forty years after the fact, Swallowing the World still glows with the creative energies that produced it." -Scott Green, Ain't It Cool News

"[Tezuka's] imagination yields some stunning — and stunningly weird — images. Zephyrus’ palace, in particular, is a marvelous creation, an Art Deco ziggeraut filled with enormous cat statues that look like they were swiped from Cleopatra’s tomb."-Katherine Dacey, The Manga Critic

"An indispensible opportunity for English-speaking readers to see this critical turning point in Tezuka's artistic development... Swallowing the Earth is still a vivid, dramatic read... both an essential chapter in the Tezuka corpus and a perfect example of why, even today with so many flashier modern competitors, Tezuka is still one of the top selling manga authors in Japan."


Note: ALL REWARDS INCLUDE SHIPPING COSTS! But if you don't live in the United States and you want any reward $30 or over, please add $13 to the $30 reward, and $60 to the more expensive rewards to cover international shipping.

We want to make this BEYOND worth it for you, the fans who are getting in early on the reprinting of this important book. That's why we're offering some unique and exciting rewards way past just a copy of the book (though that's plenty exciting all on its own). They include our beautiful Speed Racer hardcover manga box set (a DMP Platinum release just like STE), online manga at our site, and a selection of our other books. Some of these manga are BRAND NEW and have NEVER been sold this cheaply, even at conventions.

Here's the list of manga to choose from:

Angelic Runes Vol. 1 or 2
Antique Bakery Vol. 2 or 3
Café Kichijoji de Vol. 1 or 3
Crimson Cross
Demon City Shinjuku: The Complete Edition
Edu-Manga: Helen Adams Keller
Edu-Manga: Ludwig Van Beethoven
Edu-Manga: Mother Teresa
Enchanter Vol. 1-9
Fafner - Dead Aggressor Vol. 1 or 2 (manga)
Fafner: Dead Aggressor novel
Family Complex
Flower of Life Vol. 1-3
Garden Dreams
Heroes Are Extinct!! Vol. 1-3
How to Pen & Ink
How to Read Manga - Gloom Party
Itazura na Kiss Vol. 1-6
IWGP (Ikebukuro West Gate Park) Vol. 1, 3 or 4
Kiss of Fire
Knights Vol. 1 or 2
Let's Draw Manga - Astro Boy
Let's Draw Manga - Sexy Gals
Let's Draw Manga - Shoujo Characters
Lovephobia Vol. 1
Megami Deluxe Vol. 1
Moon and Blood Vol. 1 or 2
Princess Ninja Scroll Vol. 1-2
Princess Princess Vol. 2-5
Project X: 240Z
Project X: Seven Eleven
Red Angel Vol. 1-2
Replica Vol. 1
Shoujo Manga Techniques - Drawing Basics
Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist Vol. 1-2
Tale of a White Night
Tezuka School of Animation Vol.1
The Beautiful Skies of Houou High Vol. 1
The Day of Revolution Vol. 1 or 2
Twilight of the Dark Master
Vampire Hunter D Vol. 1-5 (manga)
Virtual Beauties
Worst Vol. 1 or 3
Yashakiden: The Demon Princess Vol. 1-4 Omnibus Edition

We're also including Itazura na Kiss Vol. 7 and 8, and Vampire Hunter D manga Vol. 6, which aren't even out yet! (Keep in mind that if you choose these titles your rewards might take a little longer to deliver.)

Quantities of all books on the list available through this campaign are limited. Contact me if you want specific books and I will set them aside for you.

And if there are any OTHER books you would like from any of Digital Manga's other imprints (including yaoi), just send us a list and we'll let you know if they can also be selected as your books. (They probably can!)

You can also switch out 5 books from this list for 1 more new copy of Swallowing the Earth, which we can either ship to you or donate on your behalf to the library of your choice.





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    Everything in the reward above PLUS a hardcover box set of the COMPLETE original Speed Racer manga in English from DMP Platinum

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    Everything in the reward above PLUS even MORE manga! (Five more volumes of manga from the list of the left, or another copy of Swallowing the Earth!) AND a personal illustrated thank-you note from Digital Manga President Hikaru Sasahara and all of our staff.

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    Everything in the reward above PLUS: Five MORE volumes of manga or another copy of Swallowing the Earth (a total of 15 manga from the list to the left or up to three additional copies of STE), AND a copy of Vampire Hunter D novel Vol. 1 SIGNED by legendary Japanese SF/horror author Hideyuki Kikuchi AND a tour of Digital Manga's offices next time you're in the LA area! (Visit includes 1 (one) delicious cookie.)

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    Everything in the reward above (even the signed Kikuchi novel!) PLUS: Five MORE volumes of manga or another copy of Swallowing the Earth (a total of 20 manga from the list to the left or up to four additional copies of STE), AND a copy of the hardcover Speed Racer manga box set SIGNED by the late Peter Fernandez, beloved voice actor and producer of Speed Racer in America, and author of the forward to this edition!

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    This is it... the "Zephyrus Package," for the ultimate manga fan. It includes everything above and more: $20 to spend on, a total of 25 volumes of any manga from the list to the left (or up to five additional copies of STE), signed Vampire Hunter D novel 1, signed Speed Racer, signed Vampire Hunter D manga Vol. 1, a thank-you note from DMP, AND an original Vampire Hunter D manga T-shirt, a tour of the Digital Manga offices next time you're in the Los Angeles area, VIP treatment at ALL future convention events we run -- that means you can cut in line for guest signings and guaranteed front-row seating at our panels! AND most exciting... One Japan-only hardcover full-color Osamu Tezuka art book - Choose either "Romanesque," a beautiful collection of Tezuka's drawings of his female characters - heroines, femmes fatales and more - or "SF Heroes," a dynamic collection of Tezuka's robots, aliens, samurai and more. We have only one copy of each, so these are first come first served!

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