In the latest Crowdfunding Spotlight: Digital Manga is looking for contributions so it can publish Osamu Tezuka’s lesser-known works in English.
What is it?
Known primarily in the West as the creator of Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Black Jack, and other all-ages-friendly fare, the late Osamu Tezuka is referred to in manga circles as “the father of manga” and the “god of comics”—for those unfamiliar with the history of manga, think of him as something like the Japanese equivalent of a combination of Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, and Wally Wood as far as his revered status in the Japanese comics scene. What many readers in the West may not know, however, is that Tezuka produced a wide variety of material over the course of his prolific and lengthy career, not just adventure comics for the younger set. As Eisner-nominated writer and Man of Action Studios co-founder Joe Kelly wrote in his introduction to the Bad Dog trade paperback:
Osamu Tezuka created family-friendly Astro Boy, the epic Buddha, and some of the sickest shit you’ll ever read. He refused to be pigeonholed as he wrote and drew many thousands of pages of comics and for that he is one of my heroes.
Digital Manga, which has previously found success in crowdfunding the English-language publication of Tezuka’s Captain Ken, Atom Cat, Unico, Triton, and Barbara, is again looking to the Kickstarter community for help in achieving its ultimate goal of making Tezuka’s complete library available in English.
The company’s latest Kickstarter campaign aims to raise enough pledges so that it can publish the thirteen volumes of The Three-Eyed One and the seven volumes of Rainbow Parakeet. Stretch goals include the publication of Wonder 3 (three volumes), Alabaster (two volumes), Vampires (four volumes), and the Birdman Anthology (two volumes). If all the stretch goals are met, the Kickstarter campaign will allow Digital Manga to publish a total of 31 trade paperback volumes—almost 7000 pages—of material never before released in English.
Check out the Kickstarter project’s fundraising campaign video below:
Who is behind it?
Digital Manga, Inc. (website, blog, Twitter) is an established licensing and publishing firm founded by current president and CEO Hikaru Sasahara in 1996, headquartered in Gardena, California. It publishes a diverse line of manga titles across a variety of different genres and demographics—everything from material for younger readers to adult-oriented fare—through its different imprints. Besides directly publishing licensed manga, Digital Manga also co-publishes select titles with Dark Horse Manga.
How much money does it need and when does the fundraising campaign period end?
As of this writing, the “Tezuka’s World Release” fundraising campaign has received pledges adding up to the amount of $17,440—4.5% of its $380,000 baseline goal—with 29 days left in its campaign period. The fundraising period ends on Thursday, 20 November 2014, 4:03 PM PDT.
Where will the crowdfunding contributions go?
Fundraising contributions will cover the cost of licensing, translation, editing, lettering, graphic design, printing and distribution, and the cost of expediting production to ensure that the books will be available by the target date of Summer 2015.
What are the rewards and benefits for backers?
A detailed breakdown of the various rewards and benefits for backers as well as reward delivery dates and stretch goal details can be seen on the campaign page. Note that e-manga gift card rewards begin at the $20 backer level and delivery of complete sets of the manga will require significantly higher contributions.
How can I support the project?
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