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      Creator jrrosio 2 days ago

      Yeahhhh still not happy with this project, even with the update. I think I'm just going to wait for the book to arrive on my doorstep instead of just checking this project constantly for any more (false) glimmers of hope. I'll keep this project in mind the next Kickstarter projects I back and consider research/gut feelings before doing so, and also not back as much as I did.

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      Creator Mohammed Kalkattawi 5 days ago

      Yes I do agree with Aria

      I will do the same regardless of what the next comment would say (but not necessary all of them :p). As per the picture it is still a conceptual one. It reflects a design but not a real product
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      Creator Aria on April 12

      If I do not have the book in my hands by one and a half weeks after June 4th I'm going to see if I can file a claim on the card charge, as old as it is. I was about to since it was past the original 10 week quote from the last update, but I'll give this one more chance.

      I will also alert Kickstarter that "Kansai Club Publishing" is a scammer and that no further projects should be allowed with Andrew Nevo. I will also report him to the BBB (www.bbb.org), to the government (www.stopfraud.gov/report.html), and to Tezuka Productions (www.tezukaosamu.net/en) since it's possible he actually never contacted them for this, thus it's copyright infringement. You should all do the same either in June or now if you are more skeptical than me, as it's possible he'll just keep making an update every few months saying "Ohhh darn, looks like the printing was pushed back yet again!" until he thinks we've forgotten about this. He's not even responding to anyone's messages. It's not rocket science nor does it take infinite time to log in every so often and respond to some of them.

      Even if you didn't back a lot of money, think about it - this guy is getting multitude of "small" pledges which added up to getting away with free 50k. That is NOT okay. He hasn't ever even updated with a photograph of a physical sample copy of the book or shirts, anyone can slap together graphics for updates. We should've seen the red flag when he asked everyone to add an additional $2-5 to the pledges.

      Of course I'll be glad to eat my words should we actually receive the goods. But if we don't get the books in June, don't just let this slide again folks.

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      Creator Daniel Koosed on April 10

      This Kickstarter is the reason I don't believe in God anymore.

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      Creator Daniel Fitzsimons on April 9

      A picture! Finally a picture! This update has left me reasonably confident we may actually get our books (albeit almost a year late). I don't for a second think those dates are gospel, but i'll be more tolerant next time we're left hanging.

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      Creator Antonio Garcia on April 9

      New update is live!

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      Creator Gary Simmons on April 7

      @Jeff, I'm sorry that this has been a bad experience for you, and I share in your frustration. However, I've backed several projects, and there are really a lot of creative and talented people who do produce the goods. They maybe sometimes late in their delivery, but they keep reasonable updates.

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      Creator Jeff on April 7

      This will be my last kickstarter, ever. Such a bad experience.

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      Creator Kendell Brigge on April 7

      @Damon English How dare you, say were nuts. We paid for something and we want was promised. Andrew has pushed back the dates for this book several times. Its almost a year over due.

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      Creator Daniel Fitzsimons on April 6

      @Damon English

      It must be nice for you to live in a world where £50 is toilet paper. I sense the majority of us don't think like you. We have all invested money into this project, and we are entitled to get our panties bunched if we aren't seeing any progress. This book wouldn't be in production if it wasn't for us backers. Andrew is sitting on $50k of our money and can't be bothered to update us, even though he is constantly missing the deadlines he sets.

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      Creator Damon English on April 6

      Oh, yeah. 53 Dollars is still nothing to worry about.

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      Creator Damon English on April 6

      You guys are nuts. 10 weeks or 10 months, is it really that important to freak out over 35 Dollars? If it's failed don't waste your energy, then if you get your reward somewhere down the line you can be pleasantly surprised, or you'll do more research before you back another project. I've backed over 300 projects, so I'm nuts, but in a different way. Some people don't update because their minds don't work that way, others because they had to fire the guy who did the updates, these things happen. I didn't think I'd ever get my Phone Soap, but I did, their updates were every 6 months or so. I backed Far East in 2011, they update all the time and I still haven't gotten my book.

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      Creator Xminus1 on April 6

      Has it been 10 weeks since the last up date in January has any one gotten a book yet ?

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      Creator Kendell Brigge on April 5

      Is the anything we can do to get our money back.

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      Creator Shay Canfield on March 29

      Andrew has not replied to my messages via email (direct), Facebook, Kickstarter, or the kansai club website. He also did not reply to any of the attempts to contact him by phone/fax/mail by the Better Business Bureau on my behalf. Even if he does not have time to reply to everyone's messages individually, it would take him less than one minute to post a simple update on Kickstarter. There is no excuse for the lack of communication.

      As noted in my earlier comment, the BBB told me, "If you wish to take your complaint further, you may want to try contacting the Division of Consumer services at 1-850-922-2966 or their website at www.800helpfla.com. You can also try the Attorney General at 1-850-414-3990 or their website www.myfloridalegal.com."; I am trying to be patient, but Andrew's silence is mind-boggling. I plan on contacting these agencies and seeing where it leads, if Andrew does not post a satisfactory update soon.

      In the meantime, I would like to know what Tezuka has to say. For example, did they receive a printed copy of the book from Andrew in late January, as he said would happen in the last update? What is the status of things from their end? If anyone obtains this information or is currently in the process of contacting Tezuka, please be so kind as to post this information here.

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      Creator Mohammed Kalkattawi on March 29

      This is the FB official page for Tezuka pro, You can message them (English or Japanese) regarding this project. At least if you want to make sure

      https://www.facebook.com/tezukaosamu.net/info

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      Creator Mohammed Kalkattawi on March 29

      I am expecting that too. I guess I should learn my lesson and back from now on only projects that have been in the business for quite some time (like Digital Manga Publications). Right now, I can see that Kickstarter does not protect crowdfunder from fraud or lousy scheduling, So I should stick with this policy.

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      Creator Ian on March 29

      Pretty sure Kickstarter doesn't do anything because there plenty of projects very similar to this that are going on 2-3 years of not delivering anything or updating.

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      Creator Mohammed Kalkattawi on March 29

      Well right now I am staying in Tokyo and I can write a direct letter to Tezuka Pro in Japanese, however, I just want to know what kind of action are Kickstarter willing to take if , for any reason, this project turned to be non-exist.

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      Creator Colton Clayton on March 29

      Anyone try contacting Andrew via Facebook if he checks it so often? It's just hit 10 weeks since his last update, so, barring some unforeseen delay, they should just be about ready. Any news would be good news as far as I'm concerned.

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      Creator Ian on March 25

      Honesty we all should have known something was up and bailed as soon as they announced we had to add more money for the shipping they didn't properly calculate.

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      Creator jrrosio on March 25

      Eh, when I think about it, I could have used my $40 for purchasing a Tezuka title or two published by reputable companies that have excellent quality publications that have never disappointed me (Vertical, anyone?) Buuuut I digress. I'm siding with Chris here and am highly irritated with what this has turned out to be and am not going to make excuses for Andrew. It's really hard to be polite about this anymore, but Andrew and Kansai Club are more than free to prove me wrong with an update, pictures, and actual reassurance on our books!

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      Creator Ian on March 24

      I'm willing to give Andrew the benefit of the doubt and hope he is doing his best to deliver on his promise. I just wish he was better with communication, he has to understand that we backers don't like being left in the dark after investing our money into his project. His silence just shows how unprofessional he is and that will hurt any future he is hoping to have with Kansai Club. I honestly have come to terms with the fact that I will probably never see this book. It sucks but at least it's only $40.00, I just feel bad for the people who gave Andrew large chunks of money for basically nothing.....not even a bullshit free shirt that cost an extra $5.00

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      Creator D Rain on March 24

      Couldn't agree more Chris. He hasn't even logged on to Kickstarter since 17 Feb. But, he's had time to keep his Facebook up to date...

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      Creator Chris Hooson on March 23

      Utter horseshit Ronni (sorry to have to put it that way). I think everyone on here is totally ok with it being more complicated than expected and things taking longer, none of that excuses monthly one line updates. For example, composing this comment took me 12.6 seconds (timed it). We should not be making apologies for Andrew . I cannot believe that he hasn't given even the most cursory glance at the comments and should therefore have internalised by now that keeping us in the loop would be easy and more importantly, decent.

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      Creator Ronni Engelman on March 22

      Technically it has barely 10 weeks as stated in the last update. I really think they are trying and as Andrew mentioned, this was his first project and I get the feeling he doesn't have a lot of help. Hopefully we will get an update soon. If not, we can all go from there I guess in trying to get more info.

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      Creator Daniel Fitzsimons on March 21

      Come on Andrew, stop with the hiding and update us with what's going on. Even if it's just a few lines, although pictures would be appreciated. Having backed a few other Kickstarter projects, this one is by far the worst. Unprofessional and a horrible, horrible experience. I'm actually kind of concerned about the quality of the product (if we receive them). No pictures and a shabby production. Would still love to be proved wrong though.

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      Creator lolitsundere on March 17

      I'll try to send a fax to Tezuka Production's licensing department this week and inquire about the status and if they did ever get a physical copy of the book.

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      Creator Carrie Mansfield on March 16

      I'd forgotten about this project for a while and it's zero surprise that Andrew has gone silent again. One would think that Andrew might have learned that it it was a GOOD idea to pop in and maybe, oh, I don't know, post a picture or two. I've said it before - experiences like this make me value the good experiences I -do- have, but still make me much wearier of contributing anything of note to newbies.

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      Creator Chris Hooson on March 8

      Andrew you should be ashamed of yourself. That's all. I doubt I will ever see my two copies and even if I do I'm never supporting another kickstarter project. Andrew, your conduct through all this has been disgusting. I'm sure it's been hard for you but there just isn't any excuse for your lack of transparency and integrity.

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      Creator Daniel Lovasz on March 5

      Hello is anyone there? Just looking to see what's going on with the project...will there be books before Christmas?

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      Creator Daniel Fitzsimons on March 4

      Fast approaching two months since the last update. Can we have some idea of what stage the production is please Andrew?

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      Creator Sambo Touch on February 25

      I'm just concerned that there has been no physical evidence of any work being done on this. An advanced copy was supposed to be sent to Kansai before Jan. 22, and shortly after it was supposed to be sent to Tezuka. I can understand it being difficult balancing life, work, and this project but if you can't find time to send an update make time. I don't want the next update to be just smoke and mirrors and to blow sunshine up my B-hole. I want to see some results.

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      Creator jrrosio on February 23

      I know it hasn't been as long as before, but my patience is waning when it comes to updates now. Even the comments section was a bit quiet for a certain period of time...

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      Creator Ian on February 22

      Maybe it's because we waited 3 months for the last update but this doesn't feel like as long a gap in silence. It's only been a month since the last update, in which he quoted us 10 weeks till the books begin shipping. Don't get me wrong, I'm also irritated with the lack of communication on this project but I'd be lying if I said this was the only Kickstarter project I'm patiently awaiting any sort of communication from. Hopefully we'll get our books in the spring and, speaking only for myself, will not back any future Kansai projects. It's projects like this that turn people off from Kickstarter and make good projects by responsible creators less likely to be funded since these projects ruin the experience for everyone.

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      Creator Shay Canfield on February 21

      I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau of southeast Florida on 1/6. They sent Kansai Club three separate notices (1/16, 1/31, 2/11), all of which went unanswered. If anyone else is interested in submitting a complaint to the BBB, you can do so online, here: http://www.seflorida.bbb.org. There is a "File a Complaint" button on the left and the process is very simple.

      The BBB closed my case and told me, "BBB has made several attempts to contact the business regarding the above referenced complaint. We regret to inform you that we have not received a response from the company. BBB develops and maintains Reliability Reports on companies in our service area. This information is available to the public and is frequently used by potential customers. In the case of your complaint, the company's failure to promptly give attention to the matter will be reflected in the report we give to consumers about them."

      The BBB also told me, "If you wish to take your complaint further, you may want to try contacting the Division of Consumer services at 1-850-922-2966 or their website at www.800helpfla.com. You can also try the Attorney General at 1-850-414-3990 or their website www.myfloridalegal.com.";

      I have not yet pursued any of the alternatives noted by the BBB, but felt this information may be of general interest to other backers.

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      Creator jrrosio on February 21

      So, another month has passed with no updates...great.

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      Creator D Rain on February 20

      So did the physical copy get sent to Kansai Club? Pictures? Have they heard back from Tezuka for printing?

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      Creator Vincenzo Averello on February 18

      Looks live we've been had again by this one. I wonder how long until we all should just give up hope.

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      Creator Chris Zasada on February 7

      Has anyone else had difficulty getting a hold of Kansai Club? I've requested a refund after the price hike on the book, and haven't received a response. I had to contact Kickstarter in hopes of digging up a number to call. I can't say I'm floored with their customer service so far.

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      Creator Gary Owen on January 30

      I can't tell or remember if I've updated my pledge enough..anyone know how to check how much I need to pay over all and how I can add more if I need to?

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      Creator Daniel Fitzsimons on January 17

      That's more like it! Another update :). I have absolutely /no/ issues with this book being delayed as long as we are kept informed along the way. Really looking forward to getting the finished product in my hands. Despite what I said in a previous comment... if this project ends well and i'm happy with the book, then I would definitely consider buying future Kansai books.

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      Creator Antonio Garcia on January 17

      @D Rain: Now!

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      Creator D Rain on January 16

      From the previous update: "I will be posting another one by Wednesday (January 15) with a list of the exact dates that everyone will be receiving the books and all other goods in the mail."

      It's now the 16th, so when will we actually be getting this update that was promised?

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      Creator Daniel Fitzsimons on January 12

      Very unlikely to happen but pictures would be appreciated. Andrew we understand you're busy but could you please take five minutes and camera-phone us some tasters? Maybe some of the special cover or the first few pages?

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      Creator AstroBBoy on January 11

      I would love to see an update with some pics if possible

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      Creator Daniel Koosed on January 10

      This is going to be BEAUTIFUL!!!

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      Creator D Rain on January 9

      "Regarding the Kickstarter project and lack of communication with emails, it has proven to be too much work for a single person to do taking into account the time and preparation required to make sure that the book was completed."

      I don't understand what prevented logging in to Kickstarter and writing a 1 sentence update to let us know that this was still happening at any point in the past 3 months.There was time to log in, update, comment, and change personal Facebook several times but not to communicate at all to the people that backed this project with over $50,000. That's not just concerning it's wholly unacceptable.

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      Creator Ken Viola on January 8

      Thank You Andrew. I look forward to the book.

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      Creator Daniel Fitzsimons on January 8

      An update! We got an update! Genuinely relieved but I still can't get my head around the radio silence. I mean, sure it must be /alot/ of work for one person but hey... he could have left us a brief message in the comments section while on the toilet! 2 minutes is all it needed. Regardless... I'm glad everything is back on track and Andrew hasn't disappeared or had a breakdown.

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