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@MAR2D2 I don’t think there’s a single person left at Digital Manga
Hahaha, I don’t think there is a single person at digitalmanga that is reading these comments.
Let's be patient. April 2018? Digital Release on Christmas/New Years Day?
Time for an update. This is incredibly unfair to your backers.
I have been backing your company for years - this is shameful.
Status update please, I see you logged in today.
Any updates? It's been a while since we've had one. I understand that this was a larger project with all the books you're translating and printing, but a quick post about what you've accomplished so far is never unwelcome.
Updates for both Tezuka kickstarters. Don't leave ua hanging.
Last update was 10/11, I think everyone's been fairly patient. So are we at the printers yet, can we have an updated timeline? Winter and Christmas is coming.
I expect March 2018
I think we will get it by January
For KOR the original date was Dec 2016, the digital version came out with no advance warning Sep 5, 2017 and they are still waiting for the Paper books. I would not hold my breath.
Are we at the printers yet, a delivery timeline would be awesome.
Hopefully we can get this at lest in the first period of 2018.
But before that time it would be good if we can get a new KS before this one get's shipped out cause otherwise it will be on zero again ... Staying 1 beyond will work.
Also there's hoping the shipping will not be so slow as with Under The Air.
Folks, 2017 or 2018?
Don't expect any updated timelines... Even when they're fully staffed this company avoids these message boards and updates like the plague.
They will most likely eventually deliver the products, but communication is generally poor throughout. At least that's been experience with them. I'm not happy about it and am leaning toward this project being the last I back with them
"I have projects backed from 2013 that still haven't delivered" well that's scary
@Jackal - Realistically, of course not. But since this is KS and DMP this is to be expected.
I have projects backed from 2013 that still haven't delivered. DMP's big issue is maintaining staff, this has been an issue before and apparently still is an issue (see last update) while it is a shame, that causes delays as well.
I'll keep my eyes open for updates, but am not expecting this anytime soon, anytime before an early 2018 release will be a Christmas miracle indeed.
@Megan - With the last few releases they've been later and later than expected, shame your surprise will be spoiled, but not much to be done at this point other than to have (even more) patience with them until they finish the books and send them out, whenever that might be.
@Megan They just updated and noted that while most books just need to be finalized for printing, one needed to have corrections made, so that will delay things somewhat. They also lost their Kickstarter manager, so that probably did not help with things.
That said, I've supported every Tezuka Kickstarter they've done since Ludwig B back in December of 2014, and they've always delivered. It might just be a bit. As a person who has supported many Kickstarters, the first thing I learned is delays will probably happen. Not by any ill will, but things happen. People tend to not realize how often things are delayed without them knowing in products, especially in the early stages. Usually people either get things early into release, or preorder a few months prior, where sometimes you see the last delays.
So for this Kickstarter, we just have to wait for the corrections to be made to Ambassador Magma, the books to be sent off to print, and then for us to be sent our copies (hopefully by then they'll have hired a new Kickstarter manager to make things run smoother for future products/shipping).
@wesley holtkamp - I'm not a follower of this company, so I have no idea what they are or are not doing with their other campaigns. I just want to know how much longer we'll have to wait before we see these physical copies, considering we're now about two months from the estimated ship time, and no timeline in sight.
Be patient everyone, they are fulfilling the prior kickstarters, they will fulfill this one. Remember the company's name is digitalmanga not digitalupdate.
@Megan Beauchemin you an forget about that they are still working on shipping out packages for the previous Tezuka kickstarter ...
I'm sure he will be happy with it most of these releases are gonna be pretty rare almost right away after all ...
I backed this expecting to have it in time for my husband's birthday this month... Are we even close to seeing these any time soon?
So should I just post my resume here for social media intern? Because if y'all have one, they're slacking
I agree with Shwampy, an update would be nice! I'm really excited for these books, especially after the awesome work done with the Under the Air Kickstarter.
A new update would be cool rn
Digital updates just aren't digitalmanga's thing...
My Tezuka shelf collapsed today, smashing nearly 60 Tezuka titles
kind of really looking forward to getting these in so I can read them and beat them up on my own accord rather than faulty construction taking its toll
It would be nice to have these for the holidays - this year.
My estimation would be early next year
The Est Delivery on all the books is Aug 2017. It's September... so... what's the update? Delayed? A new Est? SOMETHING!
Mad props I should say. Can we get the editorial backside blurbs in text... I can't read them from pics?
Say Hello To Bookhilla had the worst cover and now it's definitely decent. Props.
Good stuff. If anyone wants to read about 'Under the Air' - 'The Voice of Night' and a major revision of the original
The cover look great! Keep up the good work.
Congratulations for all the cover!!! some of these i think are very beatifull. The euphrates tree, Metamorphose, Bookila Dust. Akikazu.......
They are right now in the fulfilling of under the air, so this will take a few more weeks i guess.
So no word on when these are coming? This ones been quiet for awhile.
I think you might still be optimistic. KOR kickstarter said "Omnibus 1 ~Aug.-Dec.2016" and still nothing. Lucky if it's a year.
@Jákup Fuglø: It's the best of the four I listed but it still doesn't quite do it for me - I think it's the color choice more than the design. Just my preference, I guess. I really do love the Wonder 3 cover mock-up for the original failed campaign and hope they revert to that original design. But, honestly - I'm just happy to have new translated Tezuka and realize this is a minor quibble.
@T-Bun: What's wrong with Inoue Akikazu's cover?
Really excited to see these whenever they're released. However, I'd love to see more polished cover designs for the finished product - in particular Wonder 3 (I love the cover mock-up done for the first campaign for this), The Thief Inoue Akikazu, Say Hello to Bookila, and Ambassador Magma. I know you indicate these are mock-ups only but that's also what was said about the cover designs for the Under the Air campaign and the covers didn't change (Record of the Glass Castle, in particular, is quite lackluster). Certainly just my opinion and not at all a deal breaker but wanted to throw that out there. Thanks for keeping us fans supplied with great new Tezuka translations!
Then they should be honest with the release dates. If they told me 'early/mid 2018' I'd be fine with that. But they gave an estimate of August 2017. Is it unreasonable to expect the kickstarter we backed to keep its promised release date?
Also something else for everyone to remember, DMP is essentially the only company able to release non-published (and translated) Tezuka material in English.
Mr. Sasahara essentially mentioned this in an earlier campaign that Tezuka Productions awarded them that due to the success of the earlier KS campaigns.
It's going to be a slow, long road for these books to be released if going through the entirety of Tezuka's back catalog still not in English.
@Colton - "and Vertical Comics did everything they wanted to do with Tezuka it seems and went on as a business."
Vertical is essentially done with Tezuka, I contacted Random House (their publisher) and was told all stock out there is all there ever will be (I asked about Black Jack volumes to buy direct from them) and that Random House will never re-release them, so that's end of story there.
"Meanwhile, the "10 Cent Comics" imprint from one company only got us The Mysterious Underground Men before they went under (that said, I did like that retro-looking hardcover they put out for it)."
They didn't as much go under as it was a project for a graduate student (he self published, two other titles, non-Tezuka if I remember right) and it wasn't a full on endeavor for him, so I never expected more than what we got.
I'm happy Dark Horse reprinted Astro since other than BJ it's one of Tezuka's longest series and wouldn't have been financially viable if someone else had released it.
@Auci - Given that the last campaign was 4 months late to ship books out, it's pretty much safe to assume you won't get anything until the end of this year/early 2018 at the soonest, especially with the amount of titles in production in this KS.
Have patience is my only advice to you and others.
are we still on track for August release?
@Andrew Helfer: even though these books are pretty much made to order they'll have to print a few extra to be safe and perhaps those will end up on akadot.com at some point.
So I suppose that might be an option if the paypal thing doesn't work out.
Thanks for the tip - I'll give it a try - truly don't understand how I missed it! Such an opportunity to fill huge holes in my English tezuka collection... what a dope!
@Andrew Helfer you could ask DMP if you could paypal it but only if you are lucky ... since they are not yet even working on this one it might be possible.
That being said that was advertised everywhere even on the front picture don't know how you possibly could have missed it !!! they cleared up everything about getting all volumes this time.
Dunno how I missed this but...
I'm a funder, but a we3 only one, guess I just didn't see the other options. Any way to upgrade to the all-paper-books edition deal? If possible It would be much appreciated.