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Our 'Alabaster' campaign is making waves--and we need your help!

We're making internet waves with our Alabaster campaign, and we need your help to reach our $29,200 initial goal! If you haven't yet pledged to support this unique Tezuka title, you still have time! (But we don't need to tell you that time is running out fast... !!)

If you've already pledged your support: THANK YOU! Would you consider upping your pledge in these last few days or sending out the campaign's link to your friends and acquaintances on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and any other social networks you're a part of?

In the meantime, check out this great interview over at Anime Vice, which delves further into the dark period in Tezuka's life when he was writing Alabaster, why we haven't seen much of Tezuka's work in English already, and more!

We also sponsored this week's episode of The Once and Future Podcast! Please head over there to listen to "O&F Podcast, Ep. 73: Jonathan Maberry", an easygoing hour-long interview with the author of the John Ledger series of books and the V Wars comics.

'Alabaster' needs your help!

This is just a quick reminder to you all, as backers of Osamu Tezuka's great work, to please consider supporting our campaign to publish Alabaster vol.1-2 in English! We really appreciate all your help.

Ami and Gen
Ami and Gen

Ami and Gen say "Get a move on!"

(If you have already pledged, thank you x100000! Please forward this email/link to your friends and family and ask them to support Tezuka's work, too.)

Digital Manga Inc. Starts the New Year With a Bang: Alabaster to be Crowd Funded

(GARDENA, CA) It's a whole new year, and to start off 2015, Digital Manga Inc. (DMI) is excited to announce their next World Tezuka campaign with the much anticipated title, Alabaster. The series is darker than Tezuka's usual fare, and with a total of 2 volumes, the series is set to release on September 2015.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitalmanga/publish-osamu-tezukas-alabaster-vol1-2

Alabaster

James Block was once a famous athlete, but one day when he confesses his love to the actress he dated at the time, she insults him for his appearance, infuriating him. In a burst of rage, he lunges for her but is then arrested for assault. While incarcerated, he meets a mad scientist who invented the F Laser that has the capabilities to turn any carbon based organism invisible. When James finishes his prison term, he finds the F Laser and turns 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 kidnaps Ami, the granddaughter of the mad scientist he met in prison who experimented on his pregnant daughter that left her invisible. Together, they commit various heinous crimes, but Ami's desire for love and acceptance may cause Alabaster's downfall ... .

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

About DMI and Tezuka Productions

Digital Manga Inc. has over 20 years of experience publishing manga, and president and founder, Hikaru Sasahara, personally knew Tezuka and his dreams of world unity. Hikaru had created Digital Manga, Inc. in order to bring about his concept of "East meets West," and has published many manga including other Tezuka titles like Barbara, Unico, Triton of the Sea, and Captain Ken. Tezuka Productions has brought to the anime and manga industry controversial books that always pushed the boundaries of what it means to be human. Tezuka does not shy away from showing all the facets of humanity, whether it be sorrow, joy, humor, tragedy, these things encompass what it means to live no matter what type of skin, color, shape, or gender others have. Some famous books Tezuka and his production company have published are Astro Boy, Blackjack, Unico, and Buddha.

Questions? Contact us at: contact@emanga.com

Digital Manga Inc.

Located in Gardena, CA, Digital Manga Inc. is one of the industry's most unconventional and innovative companies, specializing in building corporate and cultural bridges from Japan to the West - specifically through the licensing, importation, and preparation of anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comic books) and related merchandise for North America's mainstream and niche markets. In this capacity, DMI serves as a catalyst for the spread of Japanese pop culture institutions into the global arena. The company's imprint lines include DMP (its mainstream imprint), DMP Platinum (its classic manga imprint), JUNÉ (its boys love imprint), 801 MEDIA (its adult boys love imprint), DokiDoki (its exclusive co-publishing imprint with Shinshokan Publishing), DH/DMP (a co-publishing venture with Dark Horse Comics, Project H (its Seinen Hentai manga imprint) and DMG (a new forefront for its digital distribution initiative).

For more information about Digital Manga Publishing, visit http://www.digitalmanga.com as well as:

http://www.dmpplatinum.com/ 


www.dmpbooks.com

www.junemanga.com

www.digitalmangaguild.com 


https://www.emanga.com/tezuka 


https://www.akadot.com/

Follow us on twitter @digitalmanga


Find us on Facebook: Digital Manga Inc.

(PR) Digital Manga Inc.'s New Tezuka Requiem Kickstarter Campaign : Ludwig B

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Digital Manga Inc. Launches in Lighting Speed— Smaller, Quicker, and Affordable—The Tezuka Requiem Kickstarter Campaign

Gardena, CA (November 26, 2014) Digital Manga Inc. (DMI), a long-time publisher of manga, launches a new Kickstarter campaign for their new Osamu Tezuka title, Ludwig B. With other successful Tezuka Kickstarter campaigns such as Barbara, Captain Ken, and Unico, DMI looks to crowd funding once again to help release a manga classic into English. The 2 volume series release date is set for July 2015.

Ludwig B [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitalmanga/publish-osamu-tezukas-ludwig-b-vol1-2]

Ludwig B is a bio-manga about music prodigy, Ludwig van Beethoven. With a focus on Ludwig's younger years, Tezuka depicts what life was like for a young, struggling artist in a time when those in a higher social class used and abused those of lower class. Born in an era of great composers, Johann (Ludwig's alcoholic father) forces the young Ludwig to take piano lessons and often acts the dictator. Miserable from his father's constant abuse, Ludwig hated music, but then he is taken under the tutelage of Christian Gottlob Neefe who nurtured Ludwig's natural talents. One day, Franz Creutzstein (an aristocrat who hates anyone with the name Ludwig) canes Ludwig Beethoven in the ear which causes internal bleeding. This in turn causes Ludwig to slowly lose his hearing. From abuse by people he trusted, to the death of his parents, to the loss of his hearing, Ludwig continues to compose music because it is the only way for him to connect to people and the world.

Ludwig B [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitalmanga/publish-osamu-tezukas-ludwig-b-vol1-2]

"Readers can hear a lot of valuable messages from Osamu Tezuka in this story … ." - Hikaru Sasahara - Digital Manga Inc. – President

Check out more Q&A with the president of Digital Manga, here. http://www.dmpplatinum.com/ludwigQA.html

Ludwig B is one of the three last manga Tezuka had worked on while in the hospital. He connected deeply with Beethoven's drive and passion for art which is reflected in the panels of the manga, from explosive waves of piano music to a calm melody of flowers, Tezuka pays homage to Beethoven and the beauty of art in this unfinished manga opus.

Ludwig B :Pages: v1:256pgs; v2:256pgs; MSRP: $15.95 ;Kickstarter Release date: Vol.1-2: 7/2015

The campaign has a more reachable goal of $21,600 to publish this two volume series and has more simplified rewards focusing mainly on backer demand of book based tiers. Planned release date for this series is set for summer 2015. Digital Manga's ambitious endeavor is to still deliver all the remaining unpublished Tezuka titles to the English market, but with an adjusted campaign speed of releasing 10 to 12 series titles per year. Moving forward with more campaigns designed to succeed in reaching its goals, DMI hopes the planned and continued momentum of the campaigns will snowball enough to one day able to support and sustain large scale campaigns in the future.

Digital Manga Inc. has over 20 years of experience publishing manga, and president and founder, Hikaru Sasahara, personally knew Tezuka and his dreams of world unity. Hikaru had created Digital Manga, Inc. in order to bring about his concept of "East meets West," and has published many manga including other Tezuka titles like Barbara, Unico, Triton of the Sea, and the upcoming Captain Ken.

Tezuka Productions has brought to the anime and manga industry controversial books that always pushed the boundaries of what it means to be human. Tezuka does not shy away from showing all the facets of humanity, whether it be sorrow, joy, humor, tragedy, these things encompass what it means to live no matter what type of skin, color, shape, or gender others have. Some famous books Tezuka and his production company have published are Astro Boy, Blackjack, Unico, and Buddha.

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Questions? Contact us at: contact@emanga.com

About Digital Manga Inc. Located in Gardena, CA, Digital Manga Inc. is one of the industry's most unconventional and innovative companies, specializing in building corporate and cultural bridges from Japan to the West - specifically through the licensing, importation, and preparation of anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comic books) and related merchandise for North America's mainstream and niche markets. In this capacity, DMI serves as a catalyst for the spread of Japanese pop culture institutions into the global arena. The company's imprint lines include DMP (its mainstream imprint), DMP Platinum (its classic manga imprint), JUNÉ (its boys love imprint), 801 MEDIA (its adult boys love imprint), DokiDoki (its exclusive co-publishing imprint with Shinshokan Publishing), DH/DMP (a co-publishing venture with Dark Horse Comics, Project H (its Seinen Hentai manga imprint) and DMG (a new forefront for its digital distribution initiative).

For more information about Digital Manga Publishing, visit http://www.digitalmanga.com as well as: http://www.dmpplatinum.com/

www.dmpbooks.com

www.junemanga.com

www.digitalmangaguild.com

https://www.emanga.com/tezuka

https://www.akadot.com/

Follow us on twitter @digitalmanga

Find us on Facebook: Digital Manga Inc.

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(PR) Tezuka’s World Release on Kickstarter - Digital Manga, Inc. to Crowd fund Tezuka Backlist

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Digital Manga Inc. Launches Tezuka's World Kickstarter Campaign… Crowd Funding for Tezuka Backlist Starting with Six Titles/31 Volumes!

Fans asked, DMI listened.

Gardena, CA (October 21, 2014) Long time manga publisher, Digital Manga Inc. (DMI), is excited to announce today the launch of their new Kickstarter campaign, Tezuka's World Release Manga Inc.’s campaign begins now for 30 days, from 10/21/2014 to 11/20/2014, with plans to publish to English, some of the most highly requested titles from Tezuka Production’s library of manga titles—The Three-Eyed One, Rainbow Parakeet, Wonder 3, Alabaster, The Vampires, and Birdman Anthology in their continued effort to expose the Western audience to more classic Tezuka titles. With previously successful Tezuka Kickstarter campaigns such as Captain Ken, Unico, Barbara, and Atomcat, DMI, with the support and partnership of Japanese production house, Tezuka Productions, once again seeks fans for their help to bring these widely requested titles to American shores.

Tezuka's World Release Kickstarter Campaign

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitalmanga/tezukas-world-release-publishing-osamu-tezuka-mang

With an ambitious end goal of $589,000 to publish all six titles, total 31 volumes, Digital Manga’s campaign to fund the localization and production of the books, will start out with a $380,000 goal to get the first two titles published, The Three Eyed One & Rainbow Parakeet, then following a $475,000 stretch goal to get Wonder 3 and Alabaster into production, and finally The Vampires and Birdman Anthology for its final goal. Each of the title series will also include a forward from long time manga scholar and author Fred Schodt. The campaign will also include many reward tiers to backers who support this project. Rare and highly sought after Tezuka related prizes include: the original Astro Boy Poster Schematic that is 31"x43" on heavy bond paper stock that glows in the dark to reveal Astro Boy's inner working parts in color, Digital Manga’s one-of-a-kind customized 4’ foot long Astro Boy exhibit statue, Astro Boy plush, retro Astro Boy Tin windup toys, Tezuka figurines. Planned release date for a majority of the series are set at summer 2015.

Tezuka's World Release Kickstarter Campaign

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitalmanga/tezukas-world-release-publishing-osamu-tezuka-mang

Digital Manga's ambitious endeavor is to deliver all volumes of publications to the supporters in one big printing for 2015 instead of sporadic releases throughout the year. Not only will the successful campaign help bring in these titles, it will also help Digital Manga to achieve their goal of localizing more Tezuka titles for the future. DMI's mission is to share the love of Tezuka not to just English and Japanese speakers, but to all audiences as well. The Three-Eyed One Sharaku Hosuke is a 3-Eyed One descended from an unknown ancient race, and seems an innocent child at times, but when the bandages are removed from his forehead and reveals his third eye, he becomes a dark, merciless boy who will do anything to find his people's history and a place to belong. Pages: v1:210pgs; v2:232pgs; v3:232pgs; v4:208pgs; v5:252pgs; v6:232pgs; v7:232pgs; v8:254pgs; v9:232pgs; v10:232pgs; v11:200pgs; v12:200pgs; v13:208pgs Kickstarter Release date: Vol.1-13: 7/2015

Rainbow Parakeet Rainbow Parakeet is an actor of wide renown as a master of mimicry and disguise who fills in difficult roles for a small fee: the employers must turn a blind eye to his thieving, but young and spunky detective Senri Mariko relentlessly pursues him, always a few steps behind. Pages: v1:220pgs; v2:208pgs; v3:208pgs; v4:232pgs; v5:224pgs; v6:216pgs; v7:248pgs Kickstarter Release date: Vol.1-7: 7/2015

Wonder Three In the series, Wonder 3, it is the year 196X, and in a world beset with constant war can humanity redeem itself in one year before the galactic space federation decides to end Earth once and for all? Pages: v1:200pgs; v2:256pgs; v3:232pgs Kickstarter Release date: Vol.1-3: 7/2015

Alabaster Alabaster is about James Block, a once famous athlete, now infamous villain Alabaster, who seeks revenge on those who've betrayed him and revolts on anything he considers beautiful. He adopts a girl Ami who he regards as the perfect invisible woman, but will her hope of young love for another man be Alabaster's undoing? Pages: v1:272pgs; v2:224pgs Kickstarter Release date: Vol.1-2: 7/2015

The Vampires The Vampires has young werewolf boy, Toppei, move to Tokyo in search of his missing father, but when he is witnessed killing a man in his transformed state he is embroiled in Rokuro Makube's devious machinations for money and power. Will Toppei ever be able to free himself in order to find his father? Pages: v1:200pgs; v2:192pgs; v3:224pgs; v4:264pgs Kickstarter Release date: Vol.1-4: 7/2015

Birdman Anthology In Birdman Anthology, it was decided through galactic intervention that humans were unfit to run society, so special seeds were scattered throughout Earth that evolves birds into the dominant sentient race. They believed they were better than the humans that lived on Earth, however it seems that history always has a way of repeating itself… Pages: v1:182pgs; v2:258pgs Kickstarter Release date: Vol.1-2: 7/2015

Digital Manga Inc. has over 20 years of experience publishing manga, and president and founder, Hikaru Sasahara, personally knew Tezuka and his dreams of world unity. Hikaru had created Digital Manga, Inc. in order to bring about his concept of "East meets West," and has published many manga including other Tezuka titles like Barbara, Unico, Triton of the Sea, and the upcoming Captain Ken.

"Producing a complete Tezuka manga library in English has always been my dream, and I am thrilled to make it happen, but only with the support from all the Tezuka fans…" - Hikaru Sasahara - Digital Manga Inc. - President

Tezuka Productions has brought to the anime and manga industry controversial books that always pushed the boundaries of what it means to be human. Tezuka does not shy away from showing all the facets of humanity, whether it be sorrow, joy, humor, tragedy, these things encompass what it means to live no matter what type of skin, color, shape, or gender others have. Some famous books Tezuka and his production company have published are Astro Boy, Blackjack, Unico, and Buddha.

Questions? Contact us at: contact@emanga.com

About Digital Manga Inc. Located in Gardena, CA, Digital Manga Inc. is one of the industry's most unconventional and innovative companies, specializing in building corporate and cultural bridges from Japan to the West - specifically through the licensing, importation, and preparation of anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comic books) and related merchandise for North America's mainstream and niche markets. In this capacity, DMI serves as a catalyst for the spread of Japanese pop culture institutions into the global arena. The company's imprint lines include DMP (its mainstream imprint), DMP Platinum (its classic manga imprint), JUNÉ (its boys love imprint), 801 MEDIA (its adult boys love imprint), DokiDoki (its exclusive co-publishing imprint with Shinshokan Publishing), DH/DMP (a co-publishing venture with Dark Horse Comics, Project H (its Seinen Hentai manga imprint) and DMG (a new forefront for its digital distribution initiative). For more information about Digital Manga Publishing, visit http://www.digitalmanga.com as well as:

http://www.dmpplatinum.com/

www.dmpbooks.com

www.junemanga.com

www.digitalmangaguild.com

https://www.emanga.com/tezuka

https://www.akadot.com/

Follow us on twitter @digitalmanga Find us on Facebook: Digital Manga Inc. ###