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‘Alabaster’ lands Kickstarter Staff Pick on its first day!

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
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‘Alabaster’ has been chosen as a Kickstarter Staff Pick! Thank you!

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us so far! We really appreciate all the great comments and suggestions you’ve given us. On the campaign’s very first day, someone at Kickstarter chose it as a Staff Pick! (We don’t know who that person at KS is, but thank you!)

It’s great to know that other people have as much passion for Tezuka’s work as we do. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sending out several updates to the campaign, and we hope you will spread the word and get your friends to pledge, too!

As many of you already know, our mission is to publish as many of Tezuka’s unknown titles as possible in English and (hopefully in the future) other languages. These titles have never been adapted outside of Japan, and so there is still a very small niche of Tezuka fans. Kickstarter has done a tremendous job at spreading Tezuka’s name and works, and we want to keep that flame going so that we can keep bringing these never-before-seen treasures to our shores.

The idea behind Kickstarter is something that Tezuka would have applauded. He really believed in manga as an essential part of culture and, as the manga industry continues to grow, its ability to connect and inspire readers also grows. Tezuka felt that it was his responsibility as a manga artist to positively influence the public by sharing his experiences from some of the darkest moments in history and exploring through his works the depth and complexity of humanity, the value of life, and the potential within all people to create change.

Again, thank you all so much for your continuing support; we look forward to bringing more of Tezuka’s work to a larger audience–all hand in hand with you! You are truly part of Tezuka’s Legion! Let’s do great work together. ^_^

Alabaster Kickstarter

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Digital Manga Inc. Starts the New Year With a Bang: Alabaster to be Crowd Funded

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(GARDENA, CA) It’s a whole new year, and to start off 2015, Digital Manga Inc. (DMI) is excited to announce their next World Tezuka campaign with the much anticipated title, Alabaster. The series is darker than Tezuka’s usual fare, and with a total of 2 volumes, the series is set to release on September 2015.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitalmanga/publish-osamu-tezukas-alabaster-vol1-2

Alabaster

James Block was once a famous athlete, but one day when he confesses his love to the actress he dated at the time, she insults him for his appearance, infuriating him. In a burst of rage, he lunges for her but is then arrested for assault. (more…)

(PR) Digital Manga Inc.’s New Tezuka Requiem Kickstarter Campaign : Ludwig B

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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Digital Manga Inc. Launches in Lighting SpeedSmaller, 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 [https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitalmanga/publish-osamu-tezukas-ludwig-b-vol1-2]

 

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.

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The Weekly Digital Round-Up: Say Hello to Astro Boy!

Friday, June 7th, 2013

A very special manga celebrity arrived at eManga this week… I’m sure you all noticed, but in case you missed it, give a warm welcome to Astro Boy, the star of Weekly Astro Boy Magazine! Astro Boy and countless other members of Tezuka’s famous Star System appear in over 80 volumes of this fine publication, more than enough to sate a classic manga fan’s hunger for Tezuka! Haven’t read any Tezuka before? Maybe you should change that — he isn’t hailed as the “God of Manga” for nothing. Tezuka’s work is charming, insightful, and surprisingly relevant even today! You can grab the first 10 issues of Weekly Astro Boy Magazine now, available to stream via our online reader anywhere you have an internet connection!

In other digital news, we’re happy to release a number of old June and 801 titles digitally, including I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone and Sensitive Pornograph! And if you couldn’t join us at Yaoi-Con 2012, Uki Ogasawara, our esteemed guest of honor, was kind enough to give fans everywhere a unique glimpse of the event with her short manga, My Yaoi-Con Report 2012!

Finally, if you’re a hentai fan looking to pick up something new to read, we’re offering double the reward points with every purchase at Project-H’s online store (18+ link) on June 9th… that’s 6/9, you see. Happy “Hentai Day”!

I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone: Sakai Kazuya is a 23 year-old man in love. Unfortunately, the object of his affection is a woman who’s only interested in well-educated men. Sakai never finished high school-he’s been living off his brawn, not his brains-so he enlists the aid of the woman’s younger brother, Ezumi Masashi, to help him pass the high school entrance exam. Ezumi is happy to assist, but his services come with a very steep fee; he isn’t interested in money-he has his sights set on Sakai’s other assets…

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:Kousei seems pretty popular with everyone-the other construction workers, the clerk at the convenience store-just about everyone except his ex-wife. Kenji Hirose, the clerk at the convenience store, has become a doting uncle ever since he realized that his niece and Kousei’s son attend the same nursery school. When the school’s sports tournament leaves Kenji injured, Kenji’s more than willing to take advantage of Kousei’s nursing ability and wait for the opportunity to pounce!
My Yaoi-Con 2012 Report: Uki Ogasawara (Black Sun) was the special guest for 2012’s Yaoicon. It was her first con attendance located in a hotel, and DMP’s first year as the event’s hosts. So, what did she think and how did it all go? Come on and find out!!
Sensitive Pornograph: Seiji-kun is a novice manga artist. A long time fan of the works of Sono-san, a famous manga-ka, he’s surprised to learn that Sono-san is a guy! A chance meeting leads to a night in bed and Seiji-kun becomes completely addicted to the body of the incredibly beautiful Sono-san. Is this love or is Seiji-kun taking his admiration for Sono’s work just a little too far? The manga on which the hit OVA of the same name is based is finally available in English!
Taimashin: The Red Spider Exorcist, vol. 4: Believing the immediate threat from Laughing Face is over, Midori returns to school and faces her more mundane opponents. Akamushi doesn’t take well to his bride being bullied and steps in, but the real terror comes from unexpected quarters for the pair in separate incidents. Was their love doomed from the start and is Midori fated to never find peace and happiness?
Weekly Astroboy Magazine: Often hailed as the “God of Manga”, Osamu Tezuka draws stories of life, death, and morality His compilation of stories touch upon sci-fi, history, crime, politics, romance, but always raises questions on the human condition and reflects the ambiguity of morality.

The invincible Pluto sets out to kill the seven strongest robots in the world and become king of the robots. It’s the duty of Astro Boy, Japan’s resident boy robot, to stop Pluto from wreaking havoc and killing more robots. In Phoenix: Karma, the crippled bandit Gao meets a mysterious old man who tells him he will die in three years…by a nose disease of all things! And Dororo opens up with a story of a power-starved man who sacrifices his son for infinite power. Also included is the story of Black Jack, the most infamously expensive and morally ambiguous doctor around.

Astro Boy Arrives! – Weekly Astro Boy Magazine Now Available on eManga.com

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

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Gardena, CA (June 5, 2013) Digital Manga Inc. is proud to announce the release of Weekly Astro Boy Magazine on eManga.com in collaboration with Tezuka Productions. A collection of Osamu Tezuka’s works spanning over 80 issues, Weekly Astro Boy Magazine features chapters from Astro Boy, his most acclaimed manga (first printed in Japan in 1951), as well as selections from the beloved manga classicsPhoenix (1967), Buddha (1972), Black Jack (1973), Dororo (1967), Adolf (1983), and Ode to Kirihito (1970). Originally translated into English by Viz Media, Vertical, and Dark Horse Comics, eManga now brings you a new way to read classic manga wherever you have an internet connection!

Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989), often called the “God of Manga” and the “Godfather of Anime,” was instrumental in the development of the early manga and anime industries. A prolific creator during his career, Tezuka created and penned over 700 manga titles made up of over 15,000 individual pages. His original style featuring characters with “large eyes” is now a characteristic of most Japanese comics and cartoons. Although he completed a medical degree, he never practiced medicine and instead chose to become a mangaka: a risky and controversial decision that manga and anime lovers now thank him for.

Who knew robots could be so lovable… In this futuristic “Pinocchio gone wrong” where robots co-exist with humans, Astro is rejected by his creator and sold to the circus. Only later does he become the legendary defender of justice when Professor Ochanomizu, Japan’s new head of the Ministry of Science, discovers him and becomes his legal guardian. Don’t miss this classic manga with all its crime fighting, robot battles, and alien invaders. How close to a ‘real’ boy can a robot become…?

The first ten issues of Weekly Astro Boy Magazine are now available for $4.99 per issue on eManga.com. Each week we’ll be adding 5 more issues, providing Tezuka fans with a constant stream of Astro Boy adventure!

To find out more about eManga or to begin reading right away, visit http://emanga.com/

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: One Week Until FANIME!

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Have you heard? You probably have — we’re headed to Fanime this coming Memorial Day weekend… that’s in one week! Everyone prepared yet? …no?

…yeah, that’s how things tend to go with conventions, huh? Never fear, there’s plenty in store to look forward to, including two fabulous DMP panels! Saturday, May 25 at 12PM we’ll be presenting our DMI and eManga panel and covering the features of eManga.com, print book announcements, classic manga news, and a very exciting Yaoi-Con announcement. Into the more ecchi side of things? Head on over to the Project-H panel on Saturday at 9PM in Panels 2, where our fabulous Project-H rep will answer all your questions about the hentai industry and give away fabulous prizes, including a full collection of every Project-H book we’ve released so far! Don’t miss it!

(And Yaoi-Con fans… don’t worry! We’ll be hitting “POST” on the Yaoi-Con news the moment the panel wraps up in San Jose – you’ll be in the know too!)

Phew, that’s a lot of real life news! On the digital front, eManga is proud to present our growing indie comic selection! A curated selection of the best web comics, indie comics, and fan submissions, all our digital indie comics are 100% home-grown and sure to please everyone from American comic fans to the most die-hard fujoshi. Take a spin through our launch titles and keep an eye out for more new releases!

Lovers’ Licentious Nights: My boyfriend’s a little on the sadistic side, and he takes pictures of me while he’s taking me from behind… I know it’s wrong, but it gets me going so much that I shiver and cry. These are five stories about lovers’ licentious experiences.
Seiwa High School Bento Club!: During lunch at school, Sayoko is always receiving odd stares from her peers as she gorges herself with pastries. She can’t help it, she has a wormhole of a stomach! And it doesn’t help that she skips meals at home. Even she sees her behavior as weird and dreams of having a real bento for lunch; mere leftovers from work are never enough.

But one day while stalking the kitchens of the neighboring culinary school, Sayoko’s hunger overwhelms her and she passes out, awakening in the presence of the Bento Club boys, who offer her a taste of their bentos. If only Sayoko was a member of a club like this, she’d be able to eat her fill of delicious meals everyday. But she’s a horrible cook, what skill could she possibly possess that would get her in? And how would the Bento Club fair with a monstrous appetite like hers?

A Spiritual Boy:One day at school, Kiyora Kotonoha receives a fortune about a guy she’s destined to meet. However, her heart has long since been closed off due to the mysterious disappearance of her parents; she no longer believes in the spiritual power of God. Her skepticism doesn’t get her very far when she accidently bumps into the popular and handsome Kazumi Tenjin , the chairman of her high school’s highly rated Spi-Search Team: a group of attractive boys specializing in spiritual investigations! Suddenly and with great reluctance, she finds herself roped into their odd and eccentric world with no hope of having an ordinary life again.

Will Kiyora’s involvement with Kenjin and the elusive Spi-Search team be enough to renew her faith and open her heart once more? Or will she continue to close herself off and walk further away from this thing called destiny?

Welcome to Nyan Café!: Welcome to Nyan Café, a host club where all the hosts are cats! Who would you like your host to be today? There’s the big, fluffy Norwegian Forest Cat, Nor, who’s handsome and suave but a bit of a show-off. Or maybe Curl the tsundere American Curl is more to your tastes? If not, then there’s always Scotch, the Scottish Fold. His flirty and gentlemanly nature is sure to win you over—just watch out for his sadistic streak. Oh, and let’s not forgot our newest member: Shiro, the mixed breed! He’s the youngest and most adorable of the group.

Have you decided? Good! Have a seat and join in the fun! If you’re lucky, something special might happen today!

The Weekly Digital Round-Up, February 15, 2013

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Adorable chicks, slice of life BL, and a World War II era tale of starcrossed love can all be found on eManga.com, sweetening up your Valentine’s week – check ‘em out, and don’t forget to take a peek at our digital preview of Osamu Tezuka’s Unico while you’re at it!

And as always, we have idol photobooks and hentai in eBook form for your weekend enjoyment — right now you can grab Project-H’s Colorful Dreams and Extra Juicy on eManga.com before you can get it in print! Don’t miss ‘em!

The River’s Current: Nao as a model can’t help but fear the worse from Washio, his artist lover. Has Nao done something wrong to be ignored? They haven’t slept together for more than two months. Will Nao’s past eventually tear this couple apart?

Natsu and Eiichi are childhood friends in rural, post-World War II Japan. When the booming urban city beckons to Eiichi, he leaves Natsu behind and four years pass by. Upon his homecoming, he realizes something sinister has happened. Will he be strong enough to support Natsu?

These are just two couples from this premium yet steamy collection of short standalone stories. Available for the first time in English from Jun Kajimoto, Digital Manga is on the move to bring out well known doujinshi turn mangaka artists for the enjoyment of English readers.

Rose and Savage: When Yasukuni was in middle shcool, he fell in love with Tomokazu, a transfer student who dreamt of becoming an illustrator. Yasukuni couldn’t ignore the shy and reserved Tomokazu. Without knowing first love, the two separated unexpectedly. Seven years later, Yasukuni met Tomokazu again on the day he entered the college of arts. But Tomokazu’s reaction is not what he expected. Can Yasukuni convince Tomokazu of his feelings?
Shameful Body: When you’re a sadist and the boy you love is a masochist, picking on him is a pleasure.

Pain doesn’t affect Yoshie… no, that’s not quite right; it feels good! Sensei’s forceful massages at the Seitai Clinic are the best. But Sensei’s solemn and bone-obsessed son, Mikawa, is secretly listening to Yoshie’s breathless moans! Is it only a passion for bones that excites Mikawa? Yoshie soon realizes that pain in your heart isn’t the same as pain in your body.

Bonus! A young man loves the pâtissier who works at his dad’s café, but with their age gap, will his love ever be taken seriously?

Flame of the Tropical Butterfly: They say that the smallest movement from a butterfly’s wing has far-reaching effects… and that butterflies are the souls of the dead.

In North Africa, a rocky but fated romance flutters to life while the horrible violence of World War II rages. Richter, a fragile, brilliant German scientist is a prisoner of the Allies. Grandall is an American soldier with a personal grudge against the enemy. To stay Richter’s execution, Grandall makes a startling decision. When tragedy hits Grandall, Richter surprises him with an offer of comfort. These two events begin a relationship that will affect everyone. But an extreme test lies in wait as the landscape of guilt, doubt, and fear intensifies.

Torio’s Diary: Torio-san is a frizzy hair chick living in a small island named ” Donatello”. He loves walnuts and enjoys the laid-back life with his friends and family. Let’s take a peek of his funny stories!