Juné, the yaoi imprint under the publishing house of Digital Manga Inc., has announced that it will be starting its own fan driven publishing to revitalize older BL, or “boys’ love,” titles. The campaigns will be hosted on their ecommerce site, junemanga.com, through Shopify.
The decision to move into a more fan driven practice was made by the president of DMI, Hikaru Sasahara, who has stated “We are one of the few small, indie manga publishers left. Our focus is on our readers who are so involved in this niche genre that we want to give them an opportunity to be an even bigger part of the picture. They can say ‘I helped create this!'”
The campaigns will go by the title “Juné Classic Revival” and aim to bring back titles that have been out of print anywhere from the last 2-10 years. In addition to the small print runs of older titles, Juné will also be offering new perks for the books such as new covers, dust jackets, and color inserts.
The campaign began on July 10, 2017 at 12 p.m. PDT, and will be available to back for 30 days. Juné will be offering three titles for backers to support: the manga Secrecy of the Shivering Night by Muku Ogura, the manga Endless Comfort by Sakuya Sakura, and the novel A Promise of Romance by Kyōko Akitsu.
The campaign total is set at $15,000 to cover production (40%), rewards (25%), shipping (14%), royalties (11%), publisher fees (7%), and hosting fees (3%).