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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.
We want to publish Osamu Tezuka's The Crater in a Limited Edition, individually numbered (out of 2000) high quality hardcover format.
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    1. wesley holtkamp 3 days ago

      Still surprises me how many pepole that backed this did not back the DMP kickstarter i mean after 3+ years of this nonsene you would think just pay a little more and finally get the damn thing already !!!

      This thing is more then dead ... Tezuka productions is in more way affiliated with this anymore probably when they heard of DMP's offer they gave up on tracking this mafioso Anrew Nevo down.
      It even be kinda funny now if we even get some complaint from some backer here that didn't back the DMP project but then again woudn't surprise me if we would since this one got so many backers and some of them might not even know about DMP's kickstarters.
      But i have no idea how Andrew without a track record got so many backers ... if this whole thing was fake from the start he must have laughed his ass off especially when he raised the shipping he might have hoped that nobody walked away from it and all 1350 backers at the time where just gonna pay up ...

      Still it's unforgivable that Kickstarter and Amazon just took the money and didn't give a damn ...
      My regards go out to Fred Leggett who almost came to some resolution but the court simply didn't care enough or didn't even really get it ...
      And apparently Fred only backed this cause he was a Bibliophilia (that kinda new about manga from long ago) and was only interested how limited the book was and the look off it to kinda shown it off ... So i''m sure he didn't fund the DMP project kinda sad that he will never get it now ...

    2. Colton Clayton 3 days ago

      Welp, glad to see at least through Digital Manga that I'll finally be getting The Crater (and all the other Tezuka books Kickstarted in said Kickstarter). They've never once failed me before.

    3. Gregory Baker on November 18

      Not sure if many are reading this here, since this project is now well and truly dead, but the Crater and others WILL see print as part of DMP's Kickstarter. We're only about $7,500 away from making sure Under the Air, The Crater, Iron Melody AND Glass Castle get into our hot little hands. So if you've been on the fence, this is your chance to jump in with both feet. Only Melody of Iron is still a stretch goal, the other three are already assured. But it's a no-risk stretch... if it doesn't make it, you get refunded for that portion. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitalmanga/re-launch-of-tezukas-under-the-air-classic-manga/description

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      Eros Livieratos on October 27

      Hope all of you are well! I was curious about said discount on the Crater that DMP offered and asked, it's factored into the price

      This is indirectly the most I've spent on a Tezuka book but fuck, I am glad to finally be getting my hands on this and some others in the process

      Additionally, you should all go check out Dash Shaw's Cosplayers, there are so many wonderful Tezuka references that I imagine most of y'all would get a kick out of

    5. James D White on October 27

      I sent Andrew a Direct Message on facebook stating someone else is kickstarting The Creater and reminded him he is scum. You should all do the same. Remind him of what he did to us.

    6. Colton Clayton on October 26

      There was a technical issue, so they had to relaunch the campaign. It'll be back tomorrow at 11AM Pacific.

    7. wesley holtkamp on October 25

      Jup Colton already beat me to it but here is the link you can copy : https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitalmanga/publishing-osamu-tezukas-under-the-air-classic-man/comments
      go make it happen i don't even wanna hear any complaints about this project after this cause this is the way to make it happen like it or not !!! this thing is never gonna go anywhere it's now or never !!! DMP is a real legit company so i hope everyone here is willing to pay those $22 for it or be silenced forever.

    8. Colton Clayton on October 25

      Well, for those who still want The Crater, it's an add on in Digital Manga's Under the Air Kickstarter for $22 for a print copy. Unlike Kansai Club, Digital Manga's always delivered on their Kickstarters when I supported them the four prior times.

      I'm just glad I can finally get a copy of the book.

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      AstroBBoy on October 6

      I'm still bitter about this project but glad to hear we'll get a copy of The Crater in the end.

    10. wesley holtkamp on October 6

      Jup that announcement that will close off this case forever !!! DMP is gonna release a kickstarter to pubilsh Under the Air along with THE CRATER (in a few days) !!! With Tezuka productions they have made a deal to offer some kind of compensation for this mess if you have backed this project that's to say you still gonna have to show the support for the project. to get it.

    11. Xminus1 on October 2

      Thanks for the link I want my book. How many years has it been since this all started ?

    12. Blake Hamilton on September 14

      It is nice to know that they are still backing projects on KS. Seems that the AGENT: The World's Smartest Watch project was backed just this year. So that cool.

    13. Dani on August 2

      What is this guy's name, email, any pics or something like that? If we have any such pieces of info, I think all backers should go to facebook etc. to post about this guy, so that he's branded as a thief.

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      Dustin Rauch on July 23

      Messaged him on Facebook. He "saw" it. Scum.

    15. James D White on July 17

      Sadly to say it's true. One day Karma will get Andrew and he will forever regret doing this to all of us.

    16. Xminus1 on July 10

      I have to agree with you james . I have a greater chance of wining the lottery then finally getting this book.

    17. James D White on June 30

      I can't care about this book anymore. I'd love to say I can't wait for DMP to do it. However the BS Andrew pulled on the campaign has made me bitter about the book. It's a lost cause and another story of a kickscammer that will go unnoticed by most except us 1,100 backers.

    18. wesley holtkamp on June 22

      @Mary Danielson that doesn't have anything to do with it as a matter a fact DMP already spoiled to me that there next Tezuka kickstarter is gonna be the Crater but the last one from them that actually made it is now almost a full year ago ... not that next means soon they seem to be doing great with other KS that i don't care about so perhaps in a few months at best ...
      Also in the West is a weird term considering especially France that has way more Tezuka you can't even read illegally in english on the internet ... a lot Americans think that the anime/manga industry revolves around America and Japan only which is pretty stupid but yeha i get you're point .... but long story short The Crater is gonna come out by DMP though a kickstarter but the weird thing is what are they gonna do with this 1100+ backers my guess is nothing ... since they need to make a profit on it ... and described it as license rescue and when i said the Crater they said don't tell anyone yet, but it has been weeks since and still nothing up... So i just came here to confirm you this news.

    19. Xminus1 on June 5, 2016

      I am giving up on this project it has been how many years now ? sorry but this is likely to be my last post .

    20. Marlan Moore on May 22, 2016

      If you click the "Kansai Club Publishing link on this page, where it has the Facebook logo, it goes to Andrew's Facebook. So I guess he reactivated it! ...Not that that helps with much.

    21. Mary Danielson on May 19, 2016

      Well I was looking at my 'On This Day' on Facebook and saw I had linked to this Kickstarter shortly after it launched and got a little disappointed but figured I'd check in on you guys again. It's really too bad things turned out the way they did. I remained optimistic for a long time (longer than most of you - a year or so) but Andrew deleting his Facebook is just the disrespectful cherry on top.
      The most unfortunate thing is that Tezuka Pro probably won't license this in the West ever again.

    22. James D White on May 11, 2016

      Andrew deleted his Facebook. He's officially off the grid. This is my last post on here. He got his money scammed us all and got away with it. Karma will get him one day.

    23. wesley holtkamp on March 31, 2016

      @Xminus1 nope this can be considered a lost case ... Andrew has probably fergotten about it completly at this point ... What an amazing time to be an Tezuka fan these days (sarcasm) DMP manga cringe come on already ... On the manga side nothing is happen anywhere in the West !!! ... (Only postive thing is that Dororo anime and Belladona movie are coming out next month)
      But i have already started to import many Japanese Tezuka manga (collectors editons) some of them have illigal scanlations on the internet, so thhat means i can follow what's going on ... Also a book called the Osamu Tezuka story is coming out in English late this year other than that it seems nothing ...

    24. Xminus1 on March 15, 2016

      So any one still here and any new leads ?

    25. wesley holtkamp on February 25, 2016

      @Blake H sadly not ... and getting it back through banks/card companies is way overdue ...
      I was actually in a really serious argument with kickstarter some time ago i tried to be really casual and stuff but after some 5 messanges going back and forward they knew there was no way back !!!
      I put them in a corner with a gun at point blank range and they just did not respond after that anymore ...

    26. Blake Hamilton on February 24, 2016

      Is there any manner of legal action that can be taken at this point? Know Kickstarter isn't to be held responsible but it seems like they should be able to offer some manner of aid.

    27. latasha n harris on February 22, 2016

      I sigh every time I think about this project... it was the 1st time I had backed something. Wish the book was here and glad it didn't stop me from backing other peoples dreams. What I learned from this rip off was to do more research before comminting money (no matter how small the amount.

    28. James D White on February 20, 2016

      It really is sad that it ended up this way. I'm not surprised he was throwing our money around. He clearly had no class or integrity.

    29. wesley holtkamp on February 2, 2016

      No the piece of vermin fuck scum had parties with it and drank alot of Alcohol with it ... i saw it in a few of his video's when i was still friends with him on facebook ... he could have bought a car from it or paid part of his house off with it ... but i think a choose to take it easy for a while and blow his money on nothing but trash and not a penny must be left anymore ... i think he never printed anything when he saw he coudn't pull it off he bailed out ... like i said before from that money you can easilly print 1100 softcovers done by someone else the fuck didn't even need to do anything at the point ...
      To long ago i have been here DMP had a survey up about the Crater since but seeing the Wonder 3 did not even make it (perhaps because of the bad timing halloween ... and they really wanted in hardcover ... but since they haven't done any Tezuka KS since storm fairy was the last on the made it in the summer ... only stupid yuri/porn manga kickstarters right now ...

    30. James D White on January 31, 2016

      @HanZ I think DMP has shown interest in publishing the book at some point here in the west. However who knows when. You should be more concerned that someone ran off with our money probably paid off student loans or had a bender. Who knows....

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      Martin Costello on January 28, 2016

      Too long ago claim a chargeback on my card according to my bank.

    32. Xminus1 on January 28, 2016

      Thanks to anyone still here .....

    33. HanZ on January 14, 2016

      It was a very beautiful idea for one of most amazing Osamu Tezuka's title, but there is no hope to see it go live by Kansai anymore.

      Is it possible Crater will be on plan by another publisher for near future? I really love this serie and dream to see it in English with hardcover.

    34. James D White on January 13, 2016

      Thanks Fred. As always you are going above and beyond to get some accountability out of Andrew for being a flake and a scammer. However the funny thing is that if you click the Facebook link for Andrew it does not go to any page results... Looks like he's trying a disappearing act.

    35. Fred Leggett on January 5, 2016

      Sorry for being so silent on this. The holidays and personal drama have consumed a LOT of my time for the past month or so.

      I'm going to make one last attempt to get the Florida AG involved in this mess. If they won't bite, I'm not quite sure what else to do. I think this time I'll send them a genuine, hardcopy letter with backing evidence, particularly in regards to the Washington State case. I'll also cite Larry Davis' article along with my all-too-brief local news appearance as well as Kickscammed.

      This will, unfortunately, be my Hail Mary pass. Cross your fingers!

    36. James D White on January 1, 2016

      I know right. 3 years and still no responsibility taken by Andrew.

    37. Xminus1 on January 1, 2016

      Thanks to any one still here , and happy new year . So how many years has it been since this all started ?

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      Caroline
      Superbacker
      on December 26, 2015

      Thank you again to those still investigating options. Have a happy new year!

    39. Andrew Wood on December 10, 2015

      Just wanted to say thanks to you guys who are pursuing our legal options, and who are keeping me (and the others who check back in periodically) updated. Even if nothing comes of it, I really appreciate the effort.

    40. James D White on November 28, 2015

      Not a chance at this point...

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      Arvan on November 25, 2015

      I want my money back. Can we get our money back?

    42. Fred Leggett on November 20, 2015

      Sorry for being pretty silent for awhile. Other life stuff is getting in the way of pursuing this with the Florida AG. However, I do intend to follow-up with them in the next few days, but remember that I can't promise anything.

      In the meantime, Larry Davis of DestroyAllChildren published a LENGTHY article about this whole debacle. It can be accessed here:

      http://www.destroyallchildren.com/blog/the-story-of-a-derelict-kickstarter-or-how-the-crater-became-an-actual-smoking-hole-in-the-ground/

      I'll let everyone know what the AG has to say.

    43. James D White on November 19, 2015

      Heard back from Rightstuf what an interesting email:

      Hi James,

      So I got word back about this. Apparently the creator did reach out to us about this project, but when we replied with a estimate he never responded. So as it stands, we have zero involvement with this Kickstarter.

      I'm sorry to hear you guys are going through this unfortunate situation. I wish you the best of luck in getting it resolved.

      Curtis P
      ~Anime-Zing Customer Happiness Guru

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      Ragnariv on November 18, 2015

      Digital Manga Press, who are behind a campaign to publish the sum of Tezuka's remaining works in English via Kickstarter, have posted a survey asking about backers of The Crater: https://twitter.com/digitalmanga/status/667160804513353728
      I have no idea what will come of this but please respond as this would be a good way to show that we are still interested in the title!

    45. James D White on November 18, 2015

      Andrew did write in one of the updates:

      We ended up being about three weeks behind schedule and will be sending our finalized digital copy of The Crater to Tezuka Productions for approval on Monday, September 2nd. The digital copy is currently complete and in the very capable hands of our experienced Copy Editor.

      As mentioned previously, we are not quite sure how long it will take Tezuka Productions to approve our copy of The Crater. As soon as we get the okay, we will need about 5 weeks for all copies of the book to be printed, shipped to our distributor (Rightstuf), and sent out to everyone.

      So was Rightstuf actually involved? They are a massive Manga, Anime sales site. If he did really set things up with Tezuka Productions then maybe one of us needs to contact them to see what's up. I found an email but it's only site related. To get any real information you have to call them but I can't find the number anywhere. If we called them I bet we could get more concrete information.

    46. wesley holtkamp on November 11, 2015

      @Dani well the thing with that is ANN did confirm it with TezukaProductions that's probably the only real action that as taken along with have 2 tezuka experts writing an artice or what not .. we never saw any physical evidence of something being made or that weird story about all those animation cels ... What i do find weird is that TezukaPro didn't seek him out certainly they wouldn't take this ...

    47. James D White on November 7, 2015

      This little video pretty much describes Kickstarter in a nutshell

      https://youtu.be/KetLDW9Afzs

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