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We want to publish Osamu Tezuka's The Crater in a Limited Edition, individually numbered (out of 2000) high quality hardcover format.

[UPDATE] TO ALL CURRENT AND POTENTIAL BACKERS PLEASE READ: We had a terrible mishap with our shipping estimates and must request that domestic backers add $5 to their pledge amount to account for shipping. A number of backers requested that they receive a discount off of shipping rather than receiving the "free" t-shirt, so we have arranged for an alternative. If you would like to receive the "free" t-shirt (I apologize about this because I guess at this point it is no longer free) please add $5 to your order for a total of $40. If you would like to opt out of receiving the t-shirt, please add $2 to your order for a total of $37. This was a horrible rookie mistake on our part and we beg for your understanding and forgiveness.

Backers Located Outside of the US - please see the chart contained in the link below for information regarding the cost of shipping abroad.

Shipping Costs Chart

Our first mistake was putting a $35 MSRP on this book rather than a higher amount ($50 or $60). We do not have the ability to change this as per our contract with Tezuka Productions.

Once we realized that we could not afford to pay for all domestic shipping, we had to make a choice. Our options as we saw it were to either (1) make a lesser quality book, (2) restart the Kickstarter campaign to account for shipping expenses, or (3) ask that backers add money for shipping. For this first book, we did NOT want to compromise the quality, as our vision was to literally publish one of the highest quality manga ever released in English. Also, we have put way too many hours into this Kickstarter campaign and received too much support from the online community of Osamu Tezuka fans to start it all over again.

Please read updates #2, #3 and #4 for more details. Feel free to send us a message or email me personally at andrew@thekansaiclub.com with ANY questions or concerns. I will respond as soon as possible. Thanks for your amazing support!

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We would like to bring the joy of owning one of Osamu Tezuka’s most charming and powerful collections of short stories to American Tezuka aficionados. Of the numerous short story collections created by the late and great “Godfather of Japanese Comics,” “The Crater” stands out as the perfect blend of mystery, suspense, horror, fantasy and comedy. This is the first time that one of Tezuka-sensei’s short story collections will be published in English.

“The Crater” first appeared in Japan’s “Weekly Shonen Champion” and ran from August 10, 1969 to April 1, 1970. It has since been reprinted in Japanese on numerous occasions, but this is the first time that “The Crater” will be published in English. Kansai Club will be publishing a SINGLE EDITION of this amazing book which will include all 17 short stories from the original publication. We are ONLY printing 2,000 copies of this book and each book will be individually numbered out of 2,000. Any books not sold on Kickstarter will be sold at our booth at the upcoming Florida Supercon in Miami, Florida from July 4-7th. If there are any books still available after the convention, we will be shipping the remainder to select comic book and specialty book stores throughout the country (where they will likely charge more than $35 a book). The books will be printed in a large high quality Hardcover format (7 x 10 inches) and will come with 3 different 7 in x 10 in art prints inspired by content from “The Crater" (see pictures below).

I am incredibly PROUD to announce that the books will also include a foreword by the award winning historian and author, Frederik Schodt, as well as an introduction by renowned historian and manga academic, Dr. Ada Palmer.To learn more about Frederik Schodt and his newest book, "Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan - and Japan to the West," check out his website at http://www.jai2.com/. To learn more about the fascinating world of Dr. Ada Palmer, please visit http://www.adapalmer.com/ and http://tezukainenglish.com/.

Ada is also currently running a Kickstarter campaign of her own, promoting her musical group Sassafrass' newest album/play, "Sundown: Whispers of Ragnorak - Norse Myth Song Cycle." Sassafrass is an a cappella group, specializing in sci-fi, fantasy and mythology-themed songs, and complex polyphony. Sounds interesting right? Everyone should check out their Kickstarter campaign at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/648994832/sundown-whispers-of-ragnarok-norse-myth-song-cycle?ref=live.

Any person who pledges any amount of money for this Kickstarter campaign will automatically gain membership to our "Kansai Club." You will receive access to an invite only message board on our website where we will be holding regular contests with prizes and you can communicate directly with Andrew and Yuka. Members of the "Kansai Club" will also receive our quarterly newsletter and be privy to promotional offers, discounts and be the first to hear about our future projects.

We will also be randomly including a T-shirt inspired by content from The Crater for every 50 books sold through Kickstarter. If we reach our extended goal of selling 1,000 books through this campaign, then EVERY person who pledged $35 or more will receive a FREE t-shirt with their order. If your pledge amount already included a t-shirt then we will send you 2! If we reach our super-duper-God-bless-the-internet goal of selling 1,500 copies of our book through Kickstarter, then we promise that the Kickstarter campaign for our next book will include 2 different books!

This project of ours is all or nothing. It took us over 6 months to convince Tezuka Productions to allow us to print The Crater. As an upstart publishing company with no street cred, we were required to pay the royalties for each of the 2,000 copies of the book in advance. It took us another few months to come up with this money. Almost $25,000 and well over 1,000 hours of sweat equity later, the project is just about reaching the end. This book will be published regardless of Kickstarter; too much time and money have already been invested into this project. At the same time, as a brand new publishing company, we NEED Kickstarter and the support of Osamu Tezuka fans in order to make our first project successful. If we are forced to sell this book through Amazon we may actually lose money on each book sold.

Everyone needs to start somewhere and this is where it begins for us. EVERY penny made through the sales of this book and ALL related goods will go right back into our next project. If this Kickstarter campaign fails, then we will likely become defunct, never to see our dreams realized. However, if we succeed, then our future holds no boundaries. We have faith in you, so please have faith in us.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can post them on this Kickstarter page and our website, or feel free to email me personally at andrew@thekansaiclub.com.

Information to Take Into Consideration:

  • This book is not intended for young children. There are a few short stories that are appropriate for children under the age of 13, but the majority of them are not. Some of the stories include brief nudity, graphic scenes of violence, and content that children may have trouble understanding. However, all of this is done very tastefully. The short stories in The Crater bring to mind episodes of the original Twilight Zone series. Most are thought provoking, some contain political/social messages, and others are downright creepy. All of the stories contain Osamu Tezuka’s signature sense of humor.
  • This book reads from right to left. Why did we do this? Because we prefer to read manga this way (and we also realize that many people would be angry with us if we printed left to right).
  • EVERYTHING offered in the reward categories are EXCLUSIVE to this Kickstarter campaign. Once the campaign ends, these items will no longer be available for sale anywhere.

Art Print #1

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T-Shirt

The images on this t-shirt have not yet been approved by Tezuka Productions and are subject to change.
The images on this t-shirt have not yet been approved by Tezuka Productions and are subject to change.

Sticker

The images on this sticker have not yet been approved by Tezuka Productions and are subject to change.
The images on this sticker have not yet been approved by Tezuka Productions and are subject to change.

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We don't foresee the possibility of many setbacks to this project. The worst case scenario is that this book will not be published until August (rather than July), and the only reason for this would be if Tezuka Productions takes too long to approve our copy of the book for publication. Similarly, we are still waiting on approval from Tezuka Productions for the content on the t-shirts.

FAQ

  • At this time, we do not have an exact page count because we are still waiting for the Foreword and Introduction. However, we can say for certain that our translation of The Crater will be somewhere between 520 and 550 pages long.

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  • Nope. Sorry everyone, this will be way too difficult for us to arrange. We can, however, promise that your book will be numbered somewhere between 1 and 2,000 :)

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  • Yes! We will be happy to provide you with multiple books. Just change your pledge amount to reflect the price of the total number of books you would like. Then, send me a private message (through Kickstarter) telling me the number of books you would like. I will attach a note to your account and edit the total number of books left. We apologize, but as our profit margin is incredibly slim as it is, we will be unable to provide discounts. Each additional book will be $35. Also, if you would like to purchase more than 10 copies of this book, you must shoot me an email rather than pledge directly through our Kickstarter page as Kickstarter guidelines dictate that we are not allowed to sell any individual backer more than 10 copies of our book.

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  • Here is the complete list of backers who will be receiving the Ambassador Magma animation cel (as of 06/02). This list will change if any of the first 500 backers (who purchased a book) cancel their pledge. Please send us a message if you would like your name to be removed from this list (you will still be receiving an animation cel, your name just will not appear on this public list).

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    THE BOOK: Here's what you came here for. Our Limited Edition version of Osamu Tezuka's "The Crater." We are ONLY publishing 2,000 copies of this wonderful book and we promise that this book will be the highlight of your Osamu Tezuka collection. The book comes with a beautiful hardcover and is printed in a 7 in x 10 in format. Each book is individually numbered out of 2,000. And, what kind of a Limited Edition doesn't come with some extra goodies? We are also including 3 different high quality 7 in x10 in art prints inspired by content from "The Crater" with EVERY book. Our Limited Edition version of The Crater also includes a Forward by the award winning historian and novelist, Frederik Schodt AND an exclusive introduction by the renown historian and manga scholar, Dr. Ada Palmer.

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    THE GRAVY TRAIN: Want almost everything up to this point? Pledge $50 or more in this category and receive the following: 7 in x 10 in hardcover copy of The Crater, individually numbered out of 2,000; THREE 7 in x 10 in high quality art prints inspired by content from The Crater; Kansai Club exclusive Kickstarter t-shirt; 4 in x 4 in vinyl sticker.

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    For a pledge of $100 or more, everything included in THE GRAVY TRAIN plus a "Kansai Club presents Osamu Tezuka's The Crater" hoodie in the color and size of your choice.

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    For a pledge of $100 or more, everything included in THE GRAVY TRAIN PLUS a set of 4 Kansai Club shot glasses as well as 2 "Kansai Club presents Osamu Tezuka's The Crater" beer mugs.

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    This is the biggest reward we are offering and there is only a single one available. For a pledge of $2,500, you will receive 2 copies of The Crater (which includes 2 sets of the 3 different art prints), A limited edition silver variant of all 3 of the art prints in 18 in x 24 in format (each of these are individually numbered 1 out of 1 and are MUSEUM QUALITY), 2 t-shirts, 2 stickers, a personalized hand written thank you letter from the president of Kansai Club, your name listed at the TOP of the thank you page in the actual book (ONLY if pledge is made before June 15th), 2 4-day VIP passes to Florida Supercon (July 4-7), and a hotel room with 2 queen beds for 3 nights at the Doubletree Hotel at the Miami Airport Convention Center where Florida Supercon takes place (rooms are currently sold out). You will have the opportunity to spend all 4 days of the convention hanging out with us at our booth, acting important with us at VIP events, getting backstage access to our party on Friday night promoting the release of The Crater, as well as partaking in invite-only afterparty activities. Also, if you're flying in from out of town we will personally pick you up from the Miami International Airport and drive you to the convention center.

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