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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 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.
Ja-Jannn!! ~ New #Yaoi License:
Soredemo, Yasashii Koi wo Suru by Kou Yoneda!!
English title: "Even So, I Will Love You Tenderly"
Release date: TBA (sometime spring 2015??)
Will be in both print & digital!
This was probably one of the most highly requested title this year and we're happy to say that we've officially licensed it! ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭* ̀ˋ
For those who don't know, soredemo is the spin-off story featuring Onoda and Deguchi (OTP) from the main story: No Touching At All (Doushitemo Furetakunai)!!
For those wondering, we do have plans to restock No Touching At All but it might be a bit difficult. Though, we're going to try our best to do it one way or another to make it happen! * ^ * In the meantime, we do have it digitally available: http://bit.ly/NoTouchingAtAll
Tezuka World Release Kickstarter:
1. What happens to Stretch #1/2 books if only the initial goal is funded?
Titles in stretch goal 1 & 2 will not get published if only the initial is funded. Decision to add to a future campaign will be decided at a much later time, depending on the licensor’s decision.
2. What happens to all the books if the kickstarter doesn't get funded?
We're not sure at this time, it'll depend on lots of varying factors such as Tezuka Production/Licensor, etc.
3. Does the licenses expire? (licensing time-frame)
Maybe, it'll depend on the outcome of this campaign and Tezuka Production’s decision on what to do next.
4. Will there be a sufficient print run to supply the market if the kickstarter gets funded?
If the first goal gets funded, there will be enough to supply books to the backers first and foremost… depending on how much gets funded after the first goal, will determine the print run will be if any for the open market.
Please note: Books being distributed to the open market will be released one volume at a time over a period of 2-3 years vs. through the campaign you’ll get it all at once
5. Are future kickstarters always going to be in big batches like this one?
It may or may not but regardless, we will rethink our overall kickstarter strategy in terms on tiers/stretch goals, etc, to meet the needs of our backers.
If you haven't already seen on June's Twitter....
New #Yaoi Licensing: The Tyrant Falls In Love Vol. 9 (Koisuru Boukun)!!! by Hinako Takanaga
Release Date: TBA but it'll be sometime in 2015
Print Only release, no digital.