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‘Infamous’ tier dedication page mock up is here!

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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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Backer Spotlight: Our very first ‘Alabaster’ backer!

Monday, February 9th, 2015

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

Friday, February 6th, 2015

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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What’s a “digital companion”?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

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…)

Digital Manga, Inc. To Launch Captain Ken by Osamu Tezuka Kickstarter

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

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Gardena, CA (June 3, 2014) Digital Manga, Inc. has launched a new project on crowd-funding site Kickstarter to translate and publish Osamu Tezuka’s shonen title Captain Ken volumes 1 and 2 for ages 16+ in English for the first time. From June 3 until July 3, fans will be able to pledge for publication of the books and receive Kickstarter exclusive rewards including early release copies of both volumes, the digital companion with featured translation notes, decals, bandanas, messenger bags, and a handmade plush of Captain Ken’s horse, Arrow.
 
If fans pledge a total of $13,000 or more by the deadline, both volumes of Captain Ken will be released simultaneously for Kickstarter backers to receive in February of 2015, before hitting bookstore shelves in March of 2014, through DMI’s Platinum Manga classics imprint. Swallowing the Earth, Barbara, Unico, Triton Vol. 1 & 2, and Atom Cat were all successfully funded in previous Kickstarter campaigns, but Captain Ken will be first young adult fiction to add to Digital Manga’s Tezuka collection.
 
Captain Ken takes place after Earth’s colonization of Mars, causing the uprising and civil conflict between the space cowboy colonizers and the native Martians. The story opens up with a diary entry from a Martian, recalling the history of how Earthlings came to be the supreme rulers of Mars.
 

“It started in the year 1983, when these ‘Earthlings’ landed on our home. Ourancestors approached the strange creatures, but that was when their terrorstarted…we didn’t know for how long this dark period would last.Then one day, he came…”

 
This savior who comes to their aid is Captain Ken. He is a mysterious vigilante from Earth who travels to Mars on a secret mission with Arrow, his noble steed who also happens to be a fully stocked armory on four legs. The arrival of this young gunslinger is the start of a chain of events which includes the unveiling of Governor Devon’s corrupted government and the retaliation against Martian slavery by rebel Martians. Ken’s first appearance on Mars also coincidentally coincides with the arrival of an Earthling girl named Kenn Minakami, who bears striking resemblance to him and thus raises further questions and speculations about Ken’s true identity and his role in this fight for Mars.
 
In this young adult manga, Tezuka pays homage to some of the most prominent historical moments such as the Gold Rush in the West, colonization, genocide, and nuclear warfare. “Tezuka’s experiences during WWII really colored his perception of the possibilities of peaceful co-existence and he explores that theme again and again in works like Captain Ken, Zero Men, Adventure of Rock, and, of course, Astro Boy,” explains Greg Baker, creator and author of the fan website Tezuka in English. “I’ve long thought that Tezuka’s classic shonen adventure stories have been largely overlooked by English publishers. It’s such a big part of his library too”.

Captain Ken is the first of the 250 titles in Tezuka’s manga backlist to be published in English by DMI.
 
About 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 Western Hemisphere – specifically through the licensing, importation and preparation of anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comic books) and related merchandise for the North American mainstream and subculture markets. In this capacity, DMI serves as a catalyst for the expansion of Japanese pop culture institutions into global arenas. The company’s DMP Platinum imprint publishes classic manga from Japan, including Swallowing the Earth by Osamu Tezuka and Speed Racer: Mach Go Go Go.
 
Backers can pledge to the Captain Ken Kickstarter here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitalmanga/publish-osamu-tezukas-shonen-captain-ken-
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For more information about Digital Manga Publishing,
visit www.digitalmanga.com or www.dmpbooks.com.
Follow us on Twitter at: @digitalmanga
Find us on Facebook: Digital Manga Inc.

The Weekly Digital Round-Up: Less Digital, More AX

Friday, June 28th, 2013

We’ve been busily preparing for Anime Expo, so while we don’t have the usual digital releases to bring this week, we do have more info for those of you who’ll be attending Anime Expo next week!

DMP’s industry panel, “Manga Without Borders,” will be held on Thursday, July 4th from 5:00-6:00pm in LP4 for licensing news, a Q&A session, and amazing giveaways! Come check us out to learn more about DMP, see eManga.com in action, and meet some of our staff!

Looking to add a racier panel to your Anime Expo schedule? Join us Saturday, July 6th from 8:30-9:30PM in LP 4 for a peek at Project-H. Got questions? Want free stuff? Have a burning desire to know why hentai has to mosaic all the good parts? We’ve got you covered. This panel is only for fans 18 and over, which means you’ll have to come prepared with your ID so we can let you in! The first 30 attendees to arrive will receive a special gift bag packed with hentai goods, postcards, and a free Project-H book!

In addition to our industry panels, you can find us in the dealer’s hall at the Akadot Retail and eManga booth at space #438. Our new eManga mascot will be making his triumphant debut at the booth, and he’ll be bringing eManga gift cards and coupons, Anime Expo exclusive buttons and postcards, and a playable demo of Vanguard Princess, eManga’s first download-to-own video game. Sign up for eManga and our newsletters while you’re visiting, and you’ll receive a free gift: your choice of anything from our gift bin filled with manga, plushies, figures, and much more.

For those fans looking to grab books, books, and nothing but books from Akadot, you’ll find multi-use coupons for $5 off any purchase of $40 in our Akadot newsletter, which you can sign up for here. Print the coupon or bring it to our booth on your portable device of choice to receive the discount on all your AX Akadot purchases!

Akadot Memorial Day Sale, Starting Friday May 24!

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

memorial-day_bannerGet 45% off any purchase of $60 or more with the coupon code Memorial2013, Friday May 24 to Tuesday May 28 on Akadot Retail!

 

The Weekly Digital Round-Up, April 26, 2013

Friday, April 26th, 2013

If you’re a fujoshi and you, somehow, haven’t heard: Ai no Kusabi, vol. 8 has arrived at Akadot! Yes, that’s right, the stunning conclusion to Rieko Yoshihara’s yaoi classic is finally in print! Right now you can ONLY get it on Akadot, so don’t miss your chance! Grab yourself a copy here!

Our digital releases this week lean towards the dark and the thrilling. Diabolo offers yet another look into a perilous world of good and evil, while Magician heralds the return of everyone’s favorite stage magician and sometimes detective, Ryuuichi. Meanwhile, if your tastes run in more of a yaoi vein, then TORIMAIA’s Sadistic Boy 3: When I Wake Up, I Wish You Were With Me is sure to satisfy your need for rough, sexy bondage play.

And don’t forget to check eManga.com for even more digital selections of the adult variety, including new idol photobooks and the digital edition of Ring x Mama, vol. 1, Joji Manabe’s hit hentai about women’s wrestling that isn’t afraid to hit below the belt!

Diabolo, vol. 3: Rai has fallen to the Diabolo! Ren ventures forth in an extremely risky effort to save his friend, but standing in his way are the Six Great Spirits. When these spirits converge, the world will be on the threshold of cataclysmic devastation! Is there anyone on Earth who can survive this ultimate struggle between good and evil?
Magician, vol. 4:It looks like Yukari is following in Ryuuichi’s footsteps. When Ryuuichi is incapacitated, she and her girlfriends step up and dazzle the audience with their sleuthing and wit. Watch as they use their cute little noggins to thwart the terrorists hiding out in London. And what’s this about Ryuuichi’s inheritance?!
Sadistic Boy 3: When I Wake Up, I Wish You Were With Me: Mamiya has Sarasa in his clutches. When Kazunari finds out what Mamiya has done, he sacrifices his dignity to save Sarasa and to expose the true Mamiya to the Principle. Meanwhile, Haruki sees the going love between Sarasa and Kazunari as something that will not include him. But while he makes a decision to leave them, Kazunari and Sarasa can’t stand to be without him. Will Mamiya realize that he is the odd one out, and will Haruki realize that he is very much wanted by both of his boys?