Digital Manga Cancels the Release of Seven Bonus Osamu Tezuka Manga Originally Announced with the Wonder 3 Kickstarter

Digital Manga Inc. has announced that it is cancelling publication of the planned seven bonus manga that it originally announced it would publish alongside the release of Osamu Tezuka’s Wonder 3 manga. The bonus manga include The Thief Inoue Akikazu, Yakeppachi’s Maria (omnibus), Dust 8 (omnibus), The Euphrates Tree, Say Hello to Bookila! (omnibus), Metamorphose, and Ambassador Magma (omnibus).

Digital Manga Inc. did state however that it will still publish the Wonder 3 manga in an omnibus format. The company said it is ready to continue with producing the physical version of the manga, and plan to ship it out by the end of the first quarter of 2020.

Digital Manga Inc. also stated that its president Hikaru Sasahara met with Tezuka Productions in November 2019, and Tezuka Productions allowed the company to continue with Wonder 3 but denied production for the other seven manga.

The company will process refunds for those who backed the campaign for the additional seven manga releases, but will still charge for Wonder 3 plus shipping.

Digital Manga Inc. launched the Kickstarter campaign for Wonder 3 in March 2017, and the campaign ended in April 2017 after raising US$82,137.

Source: ANN

Digital Manga to Launch New Yuri Dōjin Label on May 1, 2019

Digital Manga, Inc. has announced that it is launching a new imprint named “Lilyka” that will specialize in yuri dōjin manga. The company will acquire manga from self-published Japanese creators. The imprint’s online store will launch on May 1, 2019.

The company’s other publishing imprints include DMP Books (general audience manga), Juné (yaoi), 801 Media (adult yaoi), and Project-H (hentai), among others. The company recently merged its ebook retail website eManga with its physical book retail website Akadot.

Source: ANN

Digital Manga Launches PeCChi Imprint for Mature-Themed Manga

Digital Manga has announced that it has created a new manga imprint named PeCChi. The imprint will focus on manga with mature-themed content for adults “that is not strictly pornographic.” Some titles from Digital Manga’s Project-H hentai imprint will switch to PeCChi, starting with Kouji Seo’s Princess Lucia manga. The first new titles that will be distributed under the PeCChi imprint include EMU’s The Secret Akuma-chan (Himitsu no Akuma-chan), and Hideaki Yoshikawa’s Me and the Impish Devil (Kaminomi).

Digital Manga explained the premise of PeCChi as:

“This new imprint will let fans recognize which manga have mature and suggestive content without confusing it as porn. I wanted to show fans there are manga for adults that is not strictly pornographic. Fans don’t have to resort to hentai if they want an actual plot with the author’s intent to just tell a story and not focus on the ‘naughty” bits.'”

Source: ANN

Digital Manga’s Kickstarter to Publish Sakira’s Men’s Love Manga Reaches Goal

Digital Manga Inc.’s Kickstarter campaign to publish Sakira’s bara (men’s love) yaoi manga reached its US$34,000 goal on December 28, 2015. The campaign will continue to raise funds until February 5, 2016. As of this writing, the campaign has raised US$35,346.

Digital Manga will publish four of Sakira’s manga in print format in English: Wild Boyfriend, Boyfriend in Heat, Sailor Men, and Don’t Rub Yourself Against My Ass! Each volume will include a full colored insert and retail for US$15.95. Digital Manga already published Wild Boyfriend, Sailor Men, and Don’t Rub Yourself Against My Ass! digitally.

Backer rewards aside from the manga in print form or digital form include: rubber bracelets, keychains, the illustrated/signed postcards, tote bags, postcards, posters, 2017 calendars, YaoiCon badges, YaoiCon T-shirts, YaoiCon snack baskets, and YaoiCon VIP badges. Stretch goals include dust jackets for all four books at US$38,000 and an embellished slipcase at US$43,000.

Source: ANN

Digital Manga’s Wonder 3 Kickstarter Fails to Meet US$46,500 Goal

Digital Manga Inc.’s Kickstarter campaign to publish Osamu Tezuka’s Wonder 3 (Wonder Three) manga failed to meet its US$46,500 goal. The campaign raised US$39,172, or 84.24% of its goal.

The campaign had an additional stretch goal to publish Tezuka’s The Film Lives On manga.

Digital Manga’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 last year. Wonder Three was originally included as a stretch goal in that campaign. Digital Manga president Hikaru Sasahara said that he originally wanted to use Kickstarter to fund 50-70 books a year, but has 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. He added at the time that he would like to launch a new campaign for one to five books almost every month, with a week or two in between each campaign.

Source: ANN

Digital Manga Launches Kickstarter to Publish Tezuka’s Wonder 3 Manga

Digital Manga Inc. has launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish Osamu Tezuka’s Wonder 3 (Wonder Three or The Amazing Three) manga. The campaign aims to raise US$46,500 by October 30, 2015.

If the Kickstarter is successful, Digital Manga will print the three-volume series in hardcover, with over 200 pages in each volume. As of this writing, the Kickstarter has earned US$16,009.

Pledge rewards include wooden collector’s coins, baseball shirts with the Wonder 3 logo, a Moleskine journal with optional name embossing, and cel art.

The Kickstarter also includes a stretch goal to print Tezuka’s The Film Lives On single-volume manga. Digital Manga will print the manga if the campaign reaches US$55,900.

Source: ANN

Digital Manga Reaches Stretch Goals to Print Tezuka’s Unico and Crime & Punishment

Digital Manga Publishing’s Storm Fairy Kickstarter campaign reached both of its stretch goals to publish Osamu Tezuka’s Unico and Crime & Punishment. The campaign ended on July 16, 2015 with US$38,142 in funding.

The company’s first stretch goal, at US$26,000, will allow it to reprint Unico with better quality color and paper than the company’s 2013 release. The original release was also funded via Kickstarter.

The campaign’s second stretch goal, at US$31,500, will fund a print release of Crime & Punishment, which Digital Manga released digitally earlier this year.

The campaign’s initial goal of US$14,200 will allow the company to translate, localize, and publish Osamu Tezuka’s shojo manga short story series Storm Fairy (Arashi no Yōsei). The one-volume book is a collection of three short stories, slated for November 2015.

Source: ANN

Digital Manga Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Publish Tezuka’s Storm Fairy Manga

Digital Manga Publishing has launched a Kickstarter campaign to translate, localize, and publish Osamu Tezuka’s shojo manga short story series Storm Fairy (Arashi no Yōsei). The one-volume book is a collection of three short stories.

The project seeks to raise US$14,200 by July 16, 2015. If funded, the volume will be slated for November 2015.

The project has two stretch goals. The first, at US$26,000, is to reprint Unico with better quality color and paper than the company’s 2013 release. The second, at US$31,500, is to print Crime and Punishment, which Digital Manga released digitally earlier in 2015.

As of this writing, the campaign has raised US$7,489 with 29 days to go.

Source: ANN

Digital Manga’s Clockwork Apple Kickstarter Reaches Third Stretch Goal

Digital Manga’s Clockwork Apple Kickstarter campaign reached its third stretch goal of US$28,400 to reprint Osamu Tezuka’s Swallowing the Earth manga on May 6, 2015.

The Kickstarter’s initial goal was to publish Tezuka’s short story collection Clockwork Apple in English, its first stretch goal was to publish Tezuka’s Brave Dan, and its second stretch goal was to reprint Tezuka’s Barbara. As of this writing, the Kickstarter has earned US$31,533 with six hours remaining.

Digital Manga published Swallowing the Earth for mature readers in 2009, and used Kickstarter in 2011 to reprint the book.

The stretch goal titles will be printed on the same higher quality paper as Clockwork Apple.

Source: ANN

Digital Manga’s Clockwork Apple Kickstarter Reaches Second Stretch Goal

North American publisher Digital Manga’s Clockwork Apple Kickstarter campaign reached its second stretch goal to reprint Osamu Tezuka’s Barbara manga on April 29, 2015. Digital Manga successfully funded a campaign to publish Barbara in 2012, and the English release of Barbara was nominated for an Eisner award in 2013.

The Kickstarter’s initial goal was to publish Tezuka’s short story collection Clockwork Apple in English, and its first stretch goal was to publish Tezuka’s Brave Dan. As of this writing, the Kickstarter has earned US$23,624 with seven days remaining.

Digital Manga has also added a third stretch goal to reprint Tezuka’s Swallowing the Earth. The company will reprint the manga if the Kickstarter reaches US$28,400. Digital Manga published Swallowing the Earth for mature readers in 2009, and used Kickstarter in 2011 to reprint the book.

The stretch goal titles will be printed on the same higher quality paper as Clockwork Apple.

Source: ANN