Digital Manga’s Kickstarter campaign reached its goal of US$29,200 on February 26, 2015 to localize and publish Osamu Tezuka’s two volume revenge suspense manga Alabaster in English. The campaign ends on February 27, 2015 at 8:28 p.m. EST.
The company expects to ship both volumes of Alabaster in September 2015.
Digital Manga successfully funded a print edition of Tezuka’s Captain Ken manga in June 2014. Digital Manga also used Kickstarter to raise funds to reprint Tezuka’s Barbara and Swallowing the Earth manga. The company’s English release of Barbara was nominated for an Eisner in 2013. Most recently, Digital Manga funded its release of Tezuka’s Ludwig B manga through Kickstarter, as well as gathered funds to restock Ayano Yamane’s Finder boys’ love manga.
The company’s Kickstarter campaign to publish Tezuka’s 13 volume The Three-eyed One manga and seven volume Rainbow Parakeet manga failed to meet its US$380,000 goal in 2014. Digital Manga president Hikaru Sasahara stated that he originally wanted to use Kickstarter to fund 50-70 books a year, but has now switched to a goal of 20-30 volumes in order to lower the cost of publishing including licensing fees, advanced royalties, labor, and other expenses. Sasahara’s vision is to launch a new campaign for one to five books almost every month, with a week or two in between each campaign.