From the President of Digital Manga, Inc.:
Dear Tezuka Osamu supporters,
Thank you very much for all of your warm support & encouragement. I was well aware that the Tezuka’s World Release campaign was quite an ambitious attempt but I really wanted to make all Tezuka books available within a time span of 6~7 years. With the notion that the attempt did not work out, I have decided to break up the library into smaller units which actually reflect many suggestions we received from Tezuka fans during the last campaign.
So instead of publishing 50~70 books a year, we have switched the gear to 20~30 volumes. This change would substantially lower the cost of publishing including licensing fees, advanced royalties, labor and other pertinent expenses. It would still take 20 some years to make all books available but it is way better than waiting 50~60 years. Under this revised schedule, we would still need to run each Kickstarter campaign with 1~5 books while leaving 1~2 weeks breathing period between each campaign in order to reach our milestone of rolling out over 400 books within the given time frame.
Once again, I realized that Kickstarter is a fan-driven project and Digital Manga needs to become the fan-driven publisher to make fan’s dreams come true.
Thank you again for your continued support and passion.
Hikaru Sasahara - President Digital Manga, Inc.
From the Staff:
So here we are, back again, resetting ourselves to give you another chance at getting Tezuka's titles published for your collection. We're doing it in a much smaller scale now, one title at a time! Looks like we're going to be in it for the long haul, and as usual, we're going to need your support!
We'll be starting off with our two volume series: Ludwig B . For those who are just getting in, here is what this book is about...
Born a musical genius, Ludwig van Beethoven struggles with his passion like all artists. On top of being used and abused by aristocrats and dealing with his pushy, alcoholic father, young Beethoven must also deal with ear damage caused by a blow from Franz Creutzstein's cane. When Ludwig is charged with taking care of his two younger brothers during a tumultuous French war, all he can do is express his conflicted thoughts through music.
Ludwig B is one of the three last manga Tezuka had worked on while in the hospital. He finds a kindred spirit in Beethoven and his unrelenting desire to create art, so Ludwig B is filled with detailed scenes depicting Beethoven's complex music with epic illustrations and intense panels. Explore Tezuka's unfinished manga opus as he expresses what it's like to be engulfed in throes of passionate art.
"This opera...it's beautiful! The sound, the music...I've never heard anything like it!"
Here are the specs:
- ·Size: A5 (5.875"x8.25"), same as our other Tezuka releases
- ·Right to Left Manga Reading format
- ·Pages: v1:256pgs; v2:256pgs
- ·Kickstarter Release dates: v1-2: 7/2015 or earlier (stay tune for updates!)
- ·MSRP: $15.95 per volume
- ·Cover mockups shown, will be completely redesigned. Stay tune for updates!
Check out the Q&A about this series and what the Digital Manga President had to say about it!
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. As you can see, we're made our goal to be more manageable and reachable this time, so TAKE-2!!! Let's once again get together to achieve this goal!
Check out our press release posted on Crunchyroll about our partnership with Tezuka Productions...
REWARDS AND THEIR RELATED TIER PACKAGES:
As mentioned, we have taken into consideration all of your feedback from the last campaign and decided to go back to the grassroots of making the tier packages as plain and simple as possible—and affordable. Review the charts below and the reward tier descriptions to the right column for additional details for rewards.
Note: All rewards already include the cost of shipping for domestic U.S.
International shipping, see additional costs in reward descriptions.
TRIP TO JAPAN
We are upping a big reward package for a trip to Japan! For a pledge of $4000 or more, we’ll package a 5-day tour to Japan, to visit the Tezuka Museum in Kobe, Japan, and Tezuka Productions in Tokyo. The package will include a round trip airfare, lodging, meals, inland transportation, visiting the Tezuka Museum via bullet train, the offices of Tezuka Productions in the heart of Tokyo, sightseeing and more!
Tentative Trip date approx. between: July 2015 to Oct.2015
(Limited to only 3 participants)
(The following Reward Tier receives this once Pledge Goal is met: LUDWIG B WORLD TOUR PACK tier.)
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 always, we'll 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.
We are an established manga publishing company with our own e-book store and print bookstore, and have been publishing books for a long time.
So making the book itself is not a challenge. Funding the publication of the book is the real hurtle. That's where we need your help to help make this publication happen.
"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 tier packs 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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