About this project
Translate & Publish Osamu Tezuka's Shonen Original "Captain Ken" Vol. 1 & 2 in English!
Hello Kickstarteers! Digital Manga here. Thanks to our wonderful backers, DMP has successfully published some of Tezuka's best mangas for adults, and recently with Unico, for young children. But there is a plethora of great titles that Tezuka published at the beginning of his career which are still widely unknown to the Western world. These are the titles that really started manga mania and helped established manga as an integral component of Japanese culture, with Tezuka as the fore running man. So we want to introduce everyone to Tezuka's shonen classics for young adults starting with his space-Western adventure: Captain Ken.
Captain Ken takes place in the future, when Earth has already colonized Mars as the new frontier. The story opens up with a diary entry from a Martian recalling the history of how the Earthlings came to be the supreme rulers of Mars.
"It started in the year 1983, when these 'Earthlings' landed on our home. Our ancestors approached the strange creatures, but that was when their terror began...we didn't know for how long this dark period would last. Then one day, he came..."
This savior is Captain Ken. He's a mysterious, young gunslinger from Earth who travels to Mars with his trusty sidekick and gadget-horse, Arrow. Ken and his friends soon find themselves caught between the cross fires of the Martian and Earthlings as the tension between the two species escalates. It's Tezuka's epic adventure full of "thrilling mysteries, assassination plots, and interplanetary conspirators" that is sure to be a great addition your manga collection.
Here's how we'll do it:
Paperback Size: A5 (5.875"x 8.25"), same as our other Tezuka releases
Pages: 237 + 222
Release dates: February 2015 (For backers)/ March 2015 (public)
MSRP: $13.95 per volume
THE PRICE: Publishing a book costs quite the pretty penny. Not to mention, we want to release both books at the same time, which is something we've never done before. As a small publishing company, we don’t have enough funds to do it. Our target is based on the bare minimum costs for publishing the book, printing, shipping and licensing. If we are able make more, we will use those funds towards more Tezuka publications!
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Our mission is to publish as many of Tezuka’s unknown titles as possible in English and (hopefully in the near future) other languages. However, these titles have never adapted outside of Japan, and so there is still a very small niche of Tezuka fans. Kickstarter has done a tremendous job at spreading Tezuka’s name and works, and we want to keep that flame going so that we can keep bringing these never-before-seen treasures to our shores. Here's a copy of our press release posted on crunchyroll about our partnership with Tezuka Productions:
THE PHILOSOPHY:The idea behind Kickstarter is something that Tezuka would have applauded. He really believed in manga as an essential part of culture and, as the manga industry continues to grow, its ability to connect and inspire readers becomes greater. Tezuka felt that it was his responsibility, as a manga artist, to positively influence the public by sharing his experiences from some of the darkest moments in history and exploring through his works, the depth and complexity of humanity, the value of life, and the potential within all people to create change.
THE PLEDGE: If you help to back the publication of these two books, we have some awesome, Kickstarter EXCLUSIVE merchandise to give away. You can check out our tier levels on the side for details or our chat below for details.
ARROW Decal: size 4x4", colors gold & white
Spaceship Bandanna: Imprint size: 13″ x 13″
"Wild West" Messenger Bag: 14"W x 12.5"H x 3.5"D, colors black & brown
-Diagonal Front Zipper Pocket
-Full Internal Organizer under flap
-Adjustable Shoulder Strap
-Outside slot for Ear phones
-Side Mesh Pockets
[Plush Image coming soon!]
DISCLAIMER: Please keep in mind that the tier packs are set and we cannot switch items out in exchange for other items. In addition, the tour of DMI office does not cover transportation cost to our office.
THE PROMISE: Transparency: During the pledging period, we have team members ready to answer any questions you may have regarding the project. If we do reach our goal, we will be updating our kickstarter and facebook page every month with information on the books’ progress and images of the merchandise.
If we reach the stretch goal of $14,000, all backers will receive exclusive Captain Ken trading cards. We hope to make more of these cards for future Tezuka books, and past publications as well. If you bring your cards to our booths at conventions (Digital Manga, Akadot, or Project H), you'll get a $3.00 off your completely purchase. Limit 1 card/person. For conventions in 2014, just print out your receipt as proof that you donated to this kickstarter and we'll give you the same discount. Pretty sweet, huh?
If we reach the stretch goal of $16,000, all backers will receive the exclusive Captain Ken trading cards, AND 2 Captain Ken posters (1 for each volume) featuring the best scenes from the books. Any funds received after we have reached our goal will be directly put towards another Tezuka title to publish.
Posters: (2x), 24" x 36"; colors black & white
Risks and challenges
Since this is our 4th kickstarter, we've taken careful notes of our past mistakes and of our backers' questions and critiques on our past 3 campaigns, to ensure a smooth running campaign. That means, 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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