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We want to localize and publish Osamu Tezuka’s 2-volume series Alabaster in English.
We want to localize and publish Osamu Tezuka’s 2-volume series Alabaster in English.
We want to localize and publish Osamu Tezuka’s 2-volume series Alabaster in English.
604 backers pledged $32,304 to help bring this project to life.

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Publish Osamu Tezuka's Alabaster Vol.1-2

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PLEASE SEE OUR UPDATES FOR NEW TIERS AND ADD ONS, especially:
Update #10: Adding on individual Tezuka books
Update #7: ADD ONs are coming to a Kickstarter near you!
Update #6: Three BRAND NEW tiers just for you!

Thanks for continuing to support us! Our successful Ludwig B campaign has reinvigorated our drive to get Osamu Tezuka's work out into the world! With that in mind...

It's a whole new year and, to start off 2015, we at Digital Manga, Inc., are excited to announce our next campaign with the much-anticipated and in-demand title, Alabaster. The series is darker than Tezuka's usual fare, and with a total of 2 volumes, it is set to release in July 2015.

Written in a dark period of Tezuka's life, Alabaster is a thriller suspense revenge story that touches on the dark side of humanity and the extent one would go to get even. It shows that not only does it affect the victims, but how destructive it is to be surrounded by such animosity. Recommended for older teens and up.

In this masterpiece, Osamu Tezuka digs up a very sinful & contorted human psyche that everyone has deep inside of themselves and presents it in such a way that you would want to look at yourself in the mirror and ask, “Do I have this evil side in me?” - Hikaru Sasahara, President of DMI

Alabaster Synopsis

Once a famous athlete, now an infamous villain, James Block seeks revenge against all things "beautiful." After he's arrested and convicted for assaulting his girlfriend who insulted his appearance, he meets a mad scientist in prison who tells him of the 'F Laser' he invented that can turn any carbon based organism invisible. When James finishes his prison term, he finds the 'F Laser' and points it on himself, however the imperfect laser beam leaves him disfigured with only his skin invisible. On a vicious revenge spree, he takes the nom de guerre of Alabaster and is joined by Ami, the granddaughter of the scientist who experimented on his pregnant daughter and left Ami fully invisible. Together they pull off several heists, but Ami's innocence may cause Alabaster's downfall…

“I'm Alabaster...I'm sure you've heard what kind of man I am.”
“It is possible for you to understand my pain.”

Here are the specs:

  • Paperback
  • High-quality paper that is denser, smoother, and off-set white (by popular demand!)
  • Size: A5 (5.875"x8.25"), same as our other Tezuka releases 
  • Right to Left Manga Reading format
  • Pages: v1:280pgs;  v2:232pgs
  • Release date: v1-2: 7/2015
  • MSRP: $15.95 volume 1; $13.95 volume 2

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WHY KICKSTARTER?

We believe that all of Tezuka's work carry a spirit of global community, and there is no better way to reflect that than on a crowd funding platform such as Kickstarter. The Tezuka fan community has grown over the years on this platform and we want to continue to see it develop to where all generations, old and new, can convene into a place of common interest. Let's once again get together to achieve this goal!

Check out our press release posted on Crunchyroll about our partnership with Tezuka Productions... 

"Digital Manga, Inc. to Bring the Remaining Tezuka Library to the Rest of the Manga Reading World!"

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Rewards

As mentioned, we have taken into consideration all of your feedback from the last campaigns and have gone back to the grassroots of making the tier packages as plain and simple (and affordable!) as possible. Review the rewards below and the reward tier descriptions in the right column for additional details. PLUS: ALL REWARDS COME WITH FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING. (International shipping is extra. Please see the tiers for cost.)

Please note: POSTERS WILL SHIP SEPARATELY FROM YOUR OTHER ITEMS and arrive in a poster tube. This will NOT affect your shipping costs (which are NOTHING if we ship your items domestically).

 The Grab Bag

For this campaign, we have a special tier called "F Laser"--and it's a grab bag! Live life on the edge with some random goodies. You'll receive ONE randomly selected item from part 1 (below) and ONE randomly selected item from part 2 (also below). Limited to 30 sets. Remember, we'll choose the items for you, so you'll receive a pleasant surprise in the mail. ^_^

Hot on the path of revenge stories is our planned reprint of Swallowing the Earth when we reach our $39,000 stretch goal. By popular demand, this reprint will have higher-quality paper that is denser, smoother, and off-set white, similar to our print run of Barbara. NOTE: This manga is 514 pages, roughly twice as long as the average manga.

About Swallowing the Earth

Amidst the chaos of World War II, two Japanese sailors hear of Zephyrus, an utterly captivating woman in the South Pacific. Many years have since passed, and now Zephyrus has resurfaced in Japan, wielding her mysterious power over all men to exact revenge for their crimes against women since the beginning of time! Gohonmatsu Seki is the only man with the ability to resist her allure, but he seems ill-equipped to save his own gender; he's more interested in liquor than women. Can he discern where her true intentions lie?

IF WE REACH THIS STRETCH GOAL...

HUZZAH! All backers will receive a high-resolution colored desktop wallpaper featuring a scene from Swallowing the Earth--AND MORE. (Updates once the stretch goal is reached!)

Risks and challenges

We weigh heavily on the comments, praises and criticisms by you, the fans. As many of Tezuka's work heavily explores the human condition, we at Digital Manga, Inc., also try to follow suit from his message—recognize and analyze where we went astray, get back on our feet and make good to get back on the correct path, and then strive to improve even more so in future endeavors.

As you may know, we at DMI have another Kickstarter campaign running along with Alabaster. We're aware that it may seem like a lot of work to fulfill everyone's expectations and publish the series out in time. There are separate teams in the office working on different campaigns but we are in close communication with each other to monitor each other's progress. Since this is a publishing house, the production team is used to working on various projects at once while maintaining quality control, checking and rechecking each other's work.

We also provide backer support with clear explanations about our goals and giveaway tiers, fast responses to questions, and frequent updates on the progress of the books and the giveaways. With that said, if you have any questions or concerns please message us and we will reply as swiftly as possible.

"What if the merchandise is late?"

This would be because we were not satisfied with the makers of our merchandise and had to find an alternative company to produce them or demand a complete redo. Backers will be informed the minute it happens, and when we receive the completed goods.

"What if the books are late?"

It's not uncommon for books to be late. There are multiple parties involved with publishing a book. Of course, you will be informed right away about the problem and how long of a delay you can expect.

DISCLAIMER: Please keep in mind that the tiers are set and we cannot switch items out in exchange for other items. If an item becomes unavailable or damaged before shipping out the rewards package to the backer, an item of equivalent or greater value will be replaced.

To stay updated on the latest happenings with our campaign, the progress of the production of the books, rewards, questions, comments, please follow us on the following SNS networks:
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    We love you!

    By pledging $1 or more, you'll get our undying gratitude and every campaign update right in your inbox!

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    We love you! +

    By pledging $5 or more, you'll receive a hand-signed card from DMI president Hikaru Sasahara in the mail. Plus, you'll get every campaign update right in your inbox! (Shipping is FREE.)

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    One-hit Kill

    When you pledge $16 or more, we know you mean business! You'll get one DIGITAL copy each of Alabaster vol.1 and Alabaster vol.2. Plus, you'll get our undying gratitude and every campaign update right in your inbox.

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    Tezuka Legion

    This tier is for those of you who want to invest in a part of history but don't want to be bothered with the logistics. By pledging $20 or more--less than the cost of a pizza and drinks!--you'll get our undying gratitude, every campaign update right in your inbox, AND your name in the book! That's it; that's all there is to it.

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    Lackey

    Don't diss lackeys; they get stuff DONE! When you pledge $27 or more, you'll get one DIGITAL copy each of Alabaster vol.1 and Alabaster vol.2 AND our special Alabaster digital companion. Plus, you'll get our undying gratitude and every campaign update right in your inbox.

    You get:
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    Fallguy

    Truly, without the fallguy, nothing would EVER get done! By pledging $36 or more, you'll receive one PRINT copy each of Alabaster vol.1 and Alabaster vol.2, plus a hand-signed card from DMI president Hikaru Sasahara in the mail. You'll also get every campaign update right in your inbox! (Domestic shipping is FREE; international shipping extra.)

    You get:
    e-Love and campaign updates
    card signed by Hikaru
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Print
    FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING

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    Kanihei

    Ami's older brother Kanihei loves her and looks out for her even after she grows up. By pledging $40 or more, you'll receive one PRINT copy each of Alabaster vol.1 and Alabaster vol.2 AND our special Alabaster digital companion, plus a hand-signed card from DMI president Hikaru Sasahara in the mail. You'll also get every campaign update right in your inbox! (Domestic shipping is FREE; international shipping extra.)

    You get:
    e-Love and campaign updates
    card signed by Hikaru
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Print
    Digital Companion
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    Gen

    Gen is a young man who sees Ami's potential and then falls in love with her as the story progresses. When you pledge $44 or more, you'll receive one PRINT copy each of Alabaster vol.1 and Alabaster vol.2 AND one DIGITAL copy of each. You'll also get a hand-signed card from DMI president Hikaru Sasahara in the mail AND your choice of either an Alabaster poster OR two themed bookmarks. Of course, you'll also have our undying gratitude and every campaign update right in your inbox! (Domestic shipping is FREE; international shipping extra.)

    You get:
    e-Love and campaign updates
    card signed by Hikaru
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Print
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Digital
    poster OR two bookmarks (you choose)
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    Ami

    Alabaster's protege, Ami is the primary female protagonist who goes from utter innocence to bandit queen over the course of two volumes. When you pledge $52 or more, you'll receive one PRINT copy each of Alabaster vol.1 and Alabaster vol.2 AND one DIGITAL copy of each. You'll also get a hand-signed card from DMI president Hikaru Sasahara in the mail AND our special Alabaster digital companion. Finally, you'll be able to choose from either an Alabaster poster OR two themed bookmarks. Of course, you'll also have our undying gratitude and every campaign update right in your inbox! (Domestic shipping is FREE; international shipping extra.)

    You get:
    e-Love and campaign updates
    card signed by Hikaru
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Print
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Digital
    Digital Companion
    poster OR two bookmarks (you choose)
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    Digital Companions GALORE

    By popular demand, we've added a tier: pledge $60 for Alabaster vol.1-2 DIGITAL and all of our Digital Companions! Missed out on a Digital Companion from any of our previous campaigns? Now you can get them all right here. NOTE: Aside from Alabaster vol.1-2 DIGITAL, you will ONLY receive the digital companions, NOT the manga volumes themselves.

    You get:
    e-Love and campaign updates
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Digital
    Alabaster Digital Companion
    Unico Digital Companion
    Atomcat Digital Companion
    Barbara Digital Companion
    Captain Ken Digital Companion
    Ludwig B Digital Companion

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    Not Invisible

    The most bang for your buck, we promise! This tier nets you everything in Ami's tier ($52+) AND also gets your name in the completed series, either in Alabaster vol.1 or vol.2! (You get both volumes, though, in PRINT and DIGITAL--so don't worry!) Plus, you'll get an Alabaster poster AND two themed bookmarks. (Domestic shipping is FREE; international shipping extra.)

    You get:
    e-Love and campaign updates
    card signed by Hikaru
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Print
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Digital
    Digital Companion
    poster
    two bookmarks
    your name in the book
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    I See You!

    We're having special collector's edition wooden coins made just for our Tezuka Kickstarter campaigns, starting with this one! When you pledge $72, you'll get everything in "Not Invisible" plus a limited edition wooden Alabaster coin. We'll be creating coins for future campaigns as well, and you can collect them all. ^_^ (Domestic shipping is FREE; international shipping extra.)

    You get:
    e-Love and campaign updates
    card signed by Hikaru
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Print
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Digital
    Digital Companion
    poster
    two bookmarks
    your name in the book
    limited edition wooden Alabaster coin
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    F-Laser

    Grab bag time! In this tier, we're giving you a little surprise! For just $110 or more, you'll receive everything in the I See You! tier plus two items from a set of six. (Check out the items we're offering to the left.) To make it more fun, we're choosing what you get from the choice of six, but we promise it will well be worth your investment in this project. (Domestic shipping is FREE; international shipping extra.)

    You get:
    e-Love and campaign updates
    card signed by Hikaru
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Print
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Digital
    Digital Companion
    poster
    two bookmarks
    your name in the book
    limited edition wooden Alabaster coin
    1 random item from Grab Bag, part 1
    1 random item from Grab Bag, part 2
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    Demonic

    This tier is just like I See You! with an added bonus: The Devil Garon & Meteor Prince mini hardcover 2-book set manga with case. We have only ONE available! (Domestic shipping is FREE; international shipping extra.)

    You get:
    e-Love and campaign updates
    card signed by Hikaru
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Print
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Digital
    Digital Companion
    poster
    two bookmarks
    your name in the book
    limited edition wooden Alabaster coin
    2-manga mini hardcover set
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    Rock Holmes

    Rock Holmes is a recurring character throughout many Tezuka titles, including Alabaster. In this tier, we're adding a beautiful Tezuka tote bag to our I See You! tier when you pledge $125 or more. Only 5 tote bags available! (Domestic shipping is FREE; international shipping extra.)

    You get:
    e-Love and campaign updates
    card signed by Hikaru
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Print
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Digital
    Digital Companion
    poster
    two bookmarks
    your name in the book
    limited edition wooden Alabaster coin
    Tezuka tote bag
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    Tezuka Bundle DIGITAL

    Want all the Tezuka we've got? This tier is for you. In addition to receiving Alabaster vol.1-2 DIGITAL, you'll receive our special Alabaster Digital Companion AND digital copies of our previous Tezuka titles, including one digital ONLY title, Brave Dan! By pledging just $130, you'll get all these titles at almost HALF OFF. Yes, really!

    You get:
    e-Love and campaign updates
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Digital
    Alabaster Digital Companion
    Triton of the Sea vol.1-2 Digital
    Captain Ken vol.1-2 Digital
    Ludwig B vol.1-2 Digital
    Swallowing the Earth Digital
    Barbara Digital
    Unico Digital
    Atomcat Digital
    Brave Dan Digital

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    Tezuka Bundle PRINT

    Want all the PRINT Tezuka we've got? This tier is for you. In addition to receiving Alabaster vol.1-2 PRINT, you'll receive our special Alabaster Digital Companion AND print copies of all our previous Tezuka titles that we still have in stock! By pledging $130 now, you're guaranteed to receive these titles without having to worry about their selling out! (Domestic shipping is FREE; international shipping extra.)

    You get:
    e-Love and campaign updates
    card signed by Hikaru
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Print
    Alabaster Digital Companion
    Triton of the Sea vol.1-2 Print
    Ludwig B vol.1-2 Print
    Captain Ken vol.1-2 Print
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    Philanthropist

    When you pledge this tier, you will personally receive everything in the I See You! tier (including the limited edition coin AND your name in the book!) and we will donate two sets of Alabaster (two copies of vol.1 and two copies of vol.2; four books total) to the library of your choice IN YOUR NAME. After the campaign is funded, we will contact you and ask for the name and city of the library you've chosen; we'll take it from there! You can even have the books donated in someone's honor or memory! (Domestic shipping is FREE; international shipping extra.)

    You get:
    e-Love and campaign updates
    card signed by Hikaru
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Print
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Digital
    Digital Companion
    poster
    two bookmarks
    your name in the book
    limited edition wooden Alabaster coin
    FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING

    PLUS
    2 sets of the complete Alabaster for one library of your choice --in your name-- with
    FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING

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    Mastermind

    Simply put, when you pledge $300, you'll get the Philanthropist tier with 3 times the impact! You as the backer will receive everything in the I See You! tier (including the coin and your name in the book!), AND we will donate two sets of Alabaster to THREE libraries of your choice IN YOUR NAME. (That is, two copies of vol.1 and two copies of vol.2 for EACH library; a total of 12 books donated.) After the campaign is funded, we will contact you and ask for the name and city of each library you've chosen; we'll take it from there! You can even have the books donated in someone's honor or memory! (Domestic shipping is FREE; international shipping extra.)

    You get:
    e-Love and campaign updates
    card signed by Hikaru
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Print
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Digital
    Digital Companion
    poster
    two bookmarks
    your name in the book
    limited edition wooden Alabaster coin
    FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING

    PLUS
    2 sets each of the complete Alabaster for THREE libraries of your choice (2 sets per library) --in your name-- with
    FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING

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    Infamous

    This is the mother-lode, folks. When you become Infamous (by pledging this tier), you'll get everything in the I See You! tier. (Check out your rewards below! Domestic shipping is FREE; international shipping extra.)

    Here's what's new. In this tier, you'll get your name in the book--and an entire page to yourself, including a Tezuka-style portrait/sketch hand-drawn by an artist.

    You get:
    e-Love and campaign updates
    card signed by Hikaru
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Print
    Alabaster vol.1-2 Digital
    Digital Companion
    poster
    two bookmarks
    your name in the book
    limited edition wooden Alabaster coin
    FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING

    PLUS
    an illustration and entire page to yourself in Alabaster!

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