Digital Manga Inc. Blog

February 23, 2015

Find ‘Alabaster’ across the web!

Check out the recent articles about our Alabaster campaign! If you would like to interview us for your audience, please feel free to drop us a line. This campaign ends at 5:28 PM PT on February 27, and we need to get the word out.

“Digital Manga Launches Kickstarter to Print Tezuka’s Alabaster” at Anime News Network
“DMP Launches New Tezuka Manga Kickstarter” at Otaku USA
“ALABASTER — Tezuka’s Lost Masterpiece?” at Anime Vice

We also sponsored this week’s episode of The Once and Future Podcast! Please head over there to listen to a great hour-long interview with Jonathan Maberry, author of the Joe Ledger series of books and the V Wars comics. Check out “O&F Podcast, Ep. 73: Jonathan Maberry” at The Once & Future Podcast now. ^_^

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February 19, 2015

Backer Spotlight: International ‘Alabaster’ backers represent!

“Well, it has been said that in the end, you don’t regret the things you did, but rather the things you didn’t do. I rather die a bit poorer but with the Tezuka works in my collection!” —Stephanie Lindström, international Alabaster backer

We know that shipping outside the United States is basically like selling an arm and a leg, and we’re very sorry! :( We do our best to keep shipping costs down, but we don’t have control over the shipping rates our carriers employ. With that in mind, we interviewed one of our international Alabaster Kickstarter supporters Stephanie to see if she could put things into perspective. As a Finnish graphic designer who loves movies, collects comics, and “reads science,” it turns out that she’s interested in just about everything! (Plus, she loves Star Wars. So do we, Stephanie; so do we.) Just like Daniel’s interview, we started with Osamu Tezuka.

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February 17, 2015

ADD ONs are coming to a Kickstarter near you!

ADD ONs are coming to our Alabaster Kickstarter campaign, starting right now! Read below for bonus ADD ONs in two parts: our Tezuka Bundle Digital AND Digital Companions. Remember, either of these two parts (or both! see below) may be added to ANY existing tier reward.
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Three BRAND NEW ‘Alabaster’ tiers just for you!

By popular demand, we’ve added three BRAND NEW tiers full of Tezuka goodness! Please check them out and share with anyone you think may be interested. Thank you all so much!

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February 12, 2015

‘Infamous’ tier dedication page mock up is here!

When you become ‘Infamous’ by pledging $600+, you get an entire page in either vol.1 or vol.2 of Alabaster to yourself. Limited to four (4) pages in each volume—eight (8) pages total—this is your chance to have your selfie drawn by hand and included in history in the making! Here’s our first sample mock up, created by Mike Dake, a fabulous artist who is currently working on a top-secret project for Magnetic Press.

Remember, this is only a sample! After the campaign succeeds (we’re knocking on wood and crossing our fingers!), we will contact backers at this level to ask for a photograph of themselves or the person (or animal, if you just love your pet rabbit or something) who will be featured. Plus, you may add your own “crime” to the the image, and you’ll receive the original art with your other items.
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February 9, 2015

Backer Spotlight: Our very first ‘Alabaster’ backer!

“What could be better than supporting a gripping title from a true master with minimal risk?!” —Daniel Taylor, Alabaster Kickstarter campaign backer

What would we do without the strong support of Osamu Tezuka fans? It’s always great to see enthusiastic backers who are as excited as we are to bring this great artist’s work to the United States and the English-speaking world. One very enthusiastic backer, Daniel from the Cincinnati metropolitan area, snagged the honor of being the very first to support our Alabaster campaign. As a fifteen-years-and-counting manga and anime fan, Daniel looks for over-the-top storylines and strong female protagonists. His favorite non-Tezuka series include (but are not limited to!) Revolutionary Girl Utena, Yakitate!! Ja-pan, and With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child. We asked Daniel a few questions to get to know him better, and we hope his answers will inspire you to tell your friends about this great campaign so they can support Tezuka’s work, too. ^_^

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February 6, 2015

Our most surprising ‘Alabaster’ tier: F-Laser!

Limited to only 30, our “F-Laser” backer tier runs for $110+ and includes two grab bag items on top of all the great stuff we’ve packed into the “I See You!” tier in our Kickstarter campaign to publish Alabaster vol.1-2 in English. This special grab bag tier is named after the device that causes so much trouble in both volumes of Alabaster, the laser gun that the protagonist discovers with the help of a scientist inmate who claims to have created it. Without the F-Laser, it’s pretty evident that Alabaster is a story that could’ve ended before it really began.

Because of the F-Laser’s nature, it creates some interesting-looking animals when they are put under its beam—if anything is left to see at all! In the spirit of surprise, we’re highlighting the F-Laser tier, which includes two randomly-chosen items for each backer! Of course, each backer will receive:

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February 3, 2015

What’s a “digital companion”?

One of our backers asked in the campaign‘s first days, “What is a ‘digital companion’, anyway? What’s in it that makes it more expensive than the two digital volumes [of Alabaster] alone?”

What a great question! Since we’ve had several Kickstarter campaigns and we’re immersed in the lingo all the time at the office, we here at DMI sometimes forget to slow down enough to explain our recurring rewards to new backers who don’t always have the time to go back to our previous campaigns’ pages. (more…)

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