Digital Manga, Inc., (DMI) is set to blaze across the digital galaxy this September with their next crowdfunding campaign to print the highly indemand title Wonder 3 (a.k.a. The Amazing Three). This 3 volume title is the latest in DMI’s efforts to bring the “God of Manga” Osamu Tezuka’s books to readers of English everywhere. Previous successful campaigns included raising funds to publish and print Swallowing the Earth, Barbara, Alabaster, Clockwork Apple, and Storm Fairy. Each volume in Wonder 3 is over 200 pages long and will be printed in hardcover for the first time. The Kickstarter launches in September and will run for 30 days. There will also be limited edition items for pledges, like cel art, poster, and customized journals from Moleskine.
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Wonder 3 takes place in an alternate Earth in the year 196X and the world is overrun with war and violence. The Galactic Federation consisting of all the advanced species of the universe convene to decide the future of Earth, but due to a lack of information they decide to send an elite team, Wonder 3, to observe human species for one year and determine whether or not humans are worthy of saving. Upon landing on Earth, the three members of Wonder 3 – Bokko, Nokko, and Pukko – disguise themselves as animals and come across the two Hoshi brothers who defend humanity in their own way. With a time limit of one year, what can Wonder 3 learn from the Hoshi brothers about life on Earth?
|“Wonder 3 is one of the Tezuka titles that piqued my interest in his collection more than 35 years ago and is a series I still hold dear. The Disney movie ‘Lilo and Stitch’ is similar in tone and story to Wonder 3 as Disney’s Lion King is similar to Tezuka’s ‘Jungle Emporer Leo’.”– Hikaru Sasahara, President of DMI|
There is also a stretch goal to print Osamu Tezuka’s “The Film Lives On.” The single volume standalone manga is about friends Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro pursuing their dreams of becoming animators, but they soon have a falling out. Musashi falls in love with a woman named Otsu, but her yakuza family disapproves of their relationship, so they burn over 500 cels of Musashi’s animation and damage his eyesight in the process. Despite all his tribulations, Musashi perseveres through adversity to make his animation truly “alive.”
More information regarding the stretch goal will be revealed when the main campaign is close to being funded.
About DMI and Tezuka Productions
Digital Manga Inc. has over 20 years of experience publishing manga, and president and founder, Hikaru Sasahara, personally knew Tezuka and his dreams of world unity. Hikaru had created Digital Manga, Inc. in order to bring about his concept of “East meets West,” and has published many manga including other Tezuka titles like Barbara, Unico, Triton of the Sea, and Captain Ken. Tezuka Productions has brought to the anime and manga industry controversial books that always pushed the boundaries of what it means to be human. Tezuka does not shy away from showing all the facets of humanity, whether it be sorrow, joy, humor, tragedy, these things encompass what it means to live no matter what type of skin, color, shape, or gender others have. Some famous books Tezuka and his production company have published are Astro Boy, Blackjack, Unico, and Buddha.
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Digital Manga Inc.
Located in Gardena, CA, Digital Manga Inc. is one of the industry’s most unconventional and innovative companies, specializing in building corporate and cultural bridges from Japan to the West specifically through the licensing, importation, and preparation of anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comic books) and related merchandise for North America’s mainstream and niche markets. In this capacity, DMI serves as a catalyst for the spread of Japanese pop culture institutions into the global arena. The company’s imprint lines include DMP (its mainstream imprint), DMP Platinum (its classic manga imprint), JUNÉ (its boys love imprint), 801 MEDIA (its adult boys love imprint), DokiDoki (its exclusive copublishing imprint with Shinshokan Publishing), DH/DMP (a copublishing venture with Dark Horse Comics, Project H (its Seinen Hentai manga imprint) and DMG (a new forefront for its digital distribution initiative). For more information about Digital Manga Publishing, visit http://www.digitalmanga.com as well as: