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We want to publish over 1,500 pages of manga for kids and teens by the great Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro Boy and Buddha.
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715 backers pledged $49,411 to help bring this project to life.

We published 3 titles in this campaign...

....will you help us publish two more in our current Kickstarter campaign? We shot past our initial goal to translate, localize, and publish Clockwork Apple in English, and now we're working toward making Brave Dan available in print for the first time EVER.

Here's our current cover mock up for Clockwork Apple (art not final).

Are you ready for more Tezuka in your life? We can't wait to share with you, so please pledge and spread the word now! There's less than two weeks left in our campaign. Click on the image below to learn more about grabbing your own print copy of Brave Dan!

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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