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UPDATE #13: Can we also reprint Swallowing the Earth? Let's find out!
UPDATE #10:We'd like to reprint Barbara, too! Will you help us?
UPDATE #6: Will you help us print Brave Dan? Click here to see how!
Hello, everyone, and welcome back! To all our previous backers, thank you for making our projects happen. If it wasn't for you, some of Tezuka's more popular and poignant stories would have taken a lot longer to reach English speakers. So, thank you from all of us at DMI!
NOW! On to exciting news!
We will be printing our first anthology created by the great manga king Osamu Tezuka titled Clockwork Apple.
In this collection of speculative fiction a man finds a wonder drug, a robot has a baby, a town is subjected to control by substance, a robber runs away from murder, a man searches for his mysterious love, American school kids are kidnapped, an activist takes part in political intrigue, and space hippies defy peace conventions.
Originally printed between 1968 – 1973, these speculative fiction short stories have similar tone and themes to Eerie and Creepy comics as well as the TV show The Twilight Zone. Though it has a similar name to Clockwork Orange, it is in no way related to the book or film.
At roughly 248 pages, the book will be printed in our new standard denser paper, like Barbara and Alabaster (coming to backer doorsteps soon). Also new to the campaign are items specifically designed with Tezuka characters in mind such as a cabby / paper-boy hat with Rock Holmes embroidered on the back with his usual cocky grin and, for the first time ever, a 3.5”x5.5” Moleskine journal with the Clockwork Apple logo de-bossed onto the cover. Check below for further details.
"This title is often regarded as being one of the top five Osamu Tezuka titles, and I agree. Tezuka always excelled in writing stories that could potentially happen in our reality. Pretty scary." - Hikaru Sasahara, President of Digital Manga, Inc.
Here are the specs:
- 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: 248pgs
- Release date: 9/2015
- MSRP: $15.95
- (18+ Mature)
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...
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We have taken into consideration all of your feedback from the last campaigns and have tried to make 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 ALREADY HAVE DOMESTIC SHIPPING INCLUDED. (International shipping is extra. Please see the tiers for cost.)
STRETCH GOALS ~ Yes, we've got 'em!
We made it to the $18,200 stretch goal, and now we'll be able to make Brave Dan available in print for the FIRST TIME EVER. It will also be edited for print to make sure everything is up to par.
We reached over $22,900! Now we'll be able to reprint the Tezuka classic Barbara for fans who were unable to pick up a copy from the first printing! We're letting you know NOW how to add on to your order a print or digital copy of Barbara! ALSO, we'll have freebies for every backer; please see our campaign update!
We reached $28,400, so now we'll be able to reprint Swallowing the Earth, a captivating tale about a captivating woman in the South Pacific in the aftermath of World War II! Check out our campaign update now!
UNLOCKED WHEN WE REACH $40,300! We're aware it's unlikely we'll reach this last stretch goal, but we wanted to let you know anyway. But fear not! A Unico stretch goal will be implemented in another campaign in the near future with some neat merchandise and goodies attached to it.
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.
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 (through the "Contact Me" button above) 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.
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