First and foremost we’d like to extend a huge helping of thanks and gratitude to all of our Kickstarter backers who pledged towards the publications of Unico, Atom Cat, AND Triton of the Sea! The response to this Kickstarter project has been and still is very overwhelming, not just in numbers, but in the love and passion that Tezuka fans have expressed. Really. Honestly. Seriously — you guys have floored all of us here at Digital Manga, and we’ve absorbed extra Tezuka excitement via osmosis from you all.
But, our fight isn’t over yet — as I’m writing this, Unico, Atom Cat, and Triton have 30 hours left on the clock and $7,000 left to raise. You guys have helped us immensely in making a lot of noise to see Triton through to the end, but in the event that our project does not reach its ultimate goal of $47,000, we’ve come up with a plan that will make sure Triton makes it to bookstore shelves one way or another. We just wanted to let all of you know now. So here’s what we’re going to do:
If the current Kickstarter doesn’t make it to $47,000, we’re going to take all the funds that were pledged beyond the amount that we needed for Unico and Atom Cat, and we’re going to apply it towards publishing Triton — right now that means $14,606 will go towards publishing Triton volumes 1 and 2. We’ll launch another Kickstarter project before the end of the year to raise the rest of the funds needed to bring Triton to press. Currently that’s $6,394, but the fight’s not over yet! Of course, if this goes to another Kickstarter, we’ll be introducing bunch of new Triton goodies and surprises to make the new campaign worth your while!
I’m sure at this point, many of you are wondering “but what about the people who already pledged towards Triton?” –No need to worry, anyone who has pledged towards Triton in this Kickstarter will receive exactly what they pledged for, even if they decide not to pledge towards the new Triton campaign. Pledged for Triton, vol. 1? You’ll get it. Same goes for those of you who pledged for both Triton 1 and 2. That’s your money we’re putting towards the book, and we at Digital Manga firmly believe that it’s important that all of you get exactly what you put your money towards.
31 hours left, guys — Go, fight, Triton!
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We had a creeping feeling you guys would propel Unico and Atomcat to Kickstarter victory while we were at Anime Expo, and sure enough we had to buckle down during the convention and announce the next stretch goal for our Kickstarter: Triton of the Sea!
Originally published in the Sankei Shinbun from 1969 to 1971, Triton of the Sea is the sci-fi adventure tale of Triton, a young boy who was discovered abandoned as an infant by the seaside. With him comes disaster – a tsunami hits the seaside home of his adoptive family, and they’re forced to move to Tokyo to eek out a living. As Triton grows, he becomes a skilled swimmer and learns that there’s more to him than meets the eye. In reality, Triton is an Atlantean who escaped the lost continent’s destruction at the hands of Poseidon. With a dolphin named Luka at his side, Triton sets off on a journey to avenge his family and his homeland.
A coming-of-age tale set again the background of an epic adventure, Triton of the Sea is acclaimed for its thrilling art and action as well as its moral and environmental themes. With cautionary messages about human prejudice and our fragile world, Triton blends a touching family tale with a global battle for the soul of the sea!
If the Kickstarter reaches $47,000, we’ll be able to bring both volumes (over 400 pages per volume!) to bookshelves everywhere! Anyone who’s pledged $50 in the campaign so far will automatically receive vol. 1 of Triton when we reach this goal, and anyone who’s pledged over $100 will automatically receive both volumes of Triton! Just want to pledge for the books? You can do that too! Check out our handy rewards table to figure out what you’ll get with each pledge level, then head over to the Kickstarter page to make your pledge!
Go Triton go!
In a dazzling five days, we reached our Unico Kickstarter goal of $20,500 – the outpouring of love and support for the little unicorn was touching to see, and all of us here at Digital Manga would like to extend our most heartfelt thanks to everyone who chipped in to the Kickstarter Campaign. Whether you pledged $1 or $100+, you helped us bring one of Tezuka’s beloved children’s books to the English-speaking world!
As promised, we’ve revealed part two of the Kickstarter: a chance to license yet another children’s manga by Tezuka. While not as well-known as Unico, this title guarantees the same adorable character and the same all-ages appeal:
Tezuka fans, meet ATOM CAT! The troublesome feline pet of an Astroboy fan, one fateful day Atom Cat and his owner are hit by an alien vehicle. In order to rebuild Atom Cat, they scan his owner’s brain and find images of Astroboy – thus, Atom Cat’s body is rebuilt with Astroboy’s powers, and the kitty goes on to become earth’s tiniest hero! We’ve added plenty of new Atom Cat rewards to the Kickstarter campaign, including stickers, a digital companion, and an exclusive Atom Cat shirt, so if you’d like to snag this book on top of Unico, now’s your chance! Atom Cat will be available for retail next year as an A5 trade paperback for $12.95, and clocks in at about 200 pages of adorable manga.
Join us at this year’s Los Angeles anime extravaganza — Anime Expo 2012!
For all your import product needs, as well as the latest DMP, June, and Project-H releases and news, drop on by the Akadot booth at space 1330. Our Akadot team’s got some great deals and giveaways in store for the convention, and we’ve got a slew of new licenses to announce, some of them some popular fan requests! Drop on by the booth every day for a new book announcement and a new deal!
If you’re in the market for our full array of yaoi and BL books, drop on by the Moe Moe Paradise booth at space 349 – they’ve got their own set of special convention deals waiting, plus all the doujinshi and other yaoi goods you can shake a stick at! Drop on by to say hi to some of the Yaoi-con staff, stay to grab yourself a healthy fix of BL and yaoi goodness!
For all the latest AX news and live coverage from the convetion, follow Digital Manga on twitter @digitalmanga — see you all there!
Right on the heels of our Barbara Kickstarter project (which production is going fabulously on, by the way!), Digital Manga is proud to bring you the newest initiative to publish classic Tezuka manga, one that will give you the opportunity to bring a beloved children’s tale to print in FULL-COLOR:
Unico is a little unicorn who possesses the magical power to help those who love him. His story begins in the Greece of mythology, with Tezuka’s take on the story of Psyche. In his version, Unico brings great happiness to the mortal Psyche, who in return cares for him and loves him. But the goddess Venus is jealous of Psyche, tricking her and ordering Zephyrus, the West Wind, to kidnap and banish the unicorn to someplace far away after wiping his memory. Before Unico can spend too long in one place, Zephyrus returns to carry him away again.
Tezuka originally drew Unico for Lyrica, a glossy magazine published by Sanrio, the company that owns Hello Kitty. That magazine was in full color, which means Unico is one of the few Tezuka manga to be created in color from the beginning. Publishing manga in color is difficult and incredibly expensive, so almost all of the editions of the Unico manga in Japan are in black and white. In fact, the color edition has been out of print in Japan for years.
But we’d rather treat it right.
We want to publish Unico in a single volume in full color. Want to help us do it? Hop on over to the Kickstarter Project!
For the triumphant return of Pop Japan Travel tours, we’re proud to bring you all something triumphantly delicious: The Gourmet Course! Add it on to your basic Alpha + Omega tour package and we’ll cover the food bills for you, all while taking you on a tour de taste of the best Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka have to offer. Want a sampling of what the Gourmet Course has to offer? Click on to see the delicious food porn we have to offer!
Here’s a big shout out to all of you who stopped by one of our Fanime panels, played Yaoi Bingo with us, or shopped around the DMI/Yaoi-con booth in the Dealer’s Hall: Fanime was fantastic because of all of you, and we hope the convention was as wonderful for you as it was for us. For all of our fans who didn’t have the chance to join us in San Jose, here’s a quick run-down of the convention, blow by blow, in (almost) gritty detail.
“Le poète est un fou perdu dans l’aventure” – Paul Verlaine
After much anticipation, the poster and t-shirt designs are in for the Barbara Kickstarter, and they look FABULOUS! Project backer or not, everyone should hop on over to the Barbara Kickstarter page to see the full version of the poster above, or the t-shirt design, because they’re a true feast for the eyeballs!
If you like what you see and didn’t pledge in the Kickstarter, or if you pledged but didn’t grab a reward that included the t-shirt or poster, don’t fear! Until May 31st, we’re reopening contributions for those of you who want to pledge $60 to receive the t-shirt reward package or $110 to receive the t-shirt + poster reward package! We’re also allowing previous backers to bump their contributions up to the $60 or $110 levels to get these rewards as well.
Interested in jumping in at the 11th hour? Cruise on over here for full details on how you can still pitch in to support classic manga. Both the shirt and the poster are promotional Kickstarter items ONLY, so this is your only chance to get them. Don’t miss out!