Archive for the ‘DMP Platinum’ Category

‘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…)

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

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

KickstarterStaffPick‘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!

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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…

Maybe I’m Your Steppin’ Stone
: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.