Digital Manga Starts Overlapping Kickstarters

Digital Manga continues to ride the Kickstarter wagon. Although their effort to reprint the Finder series is currently struggling, they announced a new Kickstarter, making two they currently have in progress with more to come. Finder (not the excellent SF graphic novel series) is a title by Ayano Yamane that Digital Manga calls “undeniably one of the best yaoi manga series in BL existence!” I’ve never heard of or read it, so I can’t speak to that. What I can […]

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Has Manga Become a Niche Category?

Ed Chavez, Marketing Director at manga publisher Vertical, has been answering a bunch of questions online recently, and his comments are quite informative. One that particularly struck me was this answer (link no longer available) to the question as to whether manga is becoming more niche. Knowing that seinen still lacks, even though vocal fans ask for it, kinda tells me that readers either grow out of manga or only stick with a specific type of it… Essentially pigeonholing it […]

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Update: Digital Manga Tezuka Ludwig B Kickstarter Succeeds!

With three days to go (at the time of writing), Digital Manga’s Kickstarter to publish Ludwig B by Osamu Tezuka is not expected to succeed. Currently, it’s at about two-thirds of goal, 67%, having received less than $15,000 on a goal of $21,600. After the first two strong days, pledges never picked up. The company upped its Twitter mentions recently, although nothing for the last three days. And the audience, at least in many of the English-speaking countries, is distracted […]

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Viking Manga Vinland Saga Put on Hiatus

I am sorry to hear this, because I very much enjoy reading Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura. It’s a beautifully illustrated, historical Viking story involving fierce warriors and family legacies and brave women holding down the homefront. The series was being released in hardcover omnibus editions, each containing the equivalent of two paperback volumes, so each one was a lot of reading to descend into. That may be part of the problem — I’m three volumes behind (there are five […]

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Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Return Dates From Amazon

This summer, Dark Horse announced that The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service manga series would be continuing. I’m glad to hear it, because I enjoy reading it, and we’d last seen a new volume with 13 at the end of 2012. Now, Amazon has listings for two related products: The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service volume 14 is showing a release date of July 14, while the first omnibus edition, collecting books 1-3, is due September 8. I would have guessed that […]

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How’s the Digital Manga Tezuka Kickstarter Doing?

I was curious to know how the smaller, more affordable Kickstarter launched by Digital Manga at the end of last month to publish Ludwig B was doing, since they picked a rotten time of year to ask for money (although licensing needs and the desire to stay in people’s minds may have been factors in wanting to get back out there quickly). Currently, with a little over half way done, they’ve reached a bit over half their goal (55%). But […]

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Digital Manga Adds Exclusivity to Kickstarters

This interview with Hikaru Sasahara, president of Digital Manga, the company struggling with how to publish more works by Osamu Tezuka after their massive Kickstarter failed, has some new information I found surprising and troubling. Near the end come these paragraphs: The failure of DMP’s ambitious Kickstarter does not mean the end of DMP’s Tezuka program. Sasahara has planned all along to publish some Tezuka titles digitally via DMP’s Digital Manga Guild. In that system, the publisher, licensor, and localizing […]

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Digital Manga Launches New, Smaller Tezuka Kickstarter

After the massive failure of their overly ambitious Kickstarter to publish 31 books by Osamu Tezuka, Digital Manga is back with another try, one they’re calling “Smaller, Quicker, and Affordable”. It’s faster than I expected, frankly, but I suspect that Digital Manga started replanning long before the previous effort finished, given the amount of feedback they got from potential customers. This time, they’re asking for a more reasonable $21,600 to publish two volumes of Ludwig B, Tezuka’s unfinished Beethoven story […]

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