"Negima" Manga Author Completes Trial Run of Crowd Funding

J-Comi reaches "J-Comi FANding" beta goal in 20 minutes

Negima and Love Hina manga author Ken Akamatsu established the J-Comi website in 2011 to distribute out-of-print manga titles via ad-supported, author-authorized DRM-free e-books. Evolving the offering, a recent J-Comi FANding trial, inspired by Kickstarter and DRM-free Harry Potter eBook Pottermore, met its goal in a blazing twenty minutes.


Launched to celebrate the 10 million page views, the beta "J-Comi FANding" project offered limited-edition e-book versions of manga series bundled with exclusive items such as previously unpublished works and author autographs. Its goals were met with a total 206 fans purchasing one of four titles, such as the the complete Love Hina. The 14-volume series, packed with Akamatsu's two previously unpublished short works and a draft manuscript, was priced at 1,050 yen ($13.50), including tax, and a postcard with the author's autograph was available to the first 50 buyers at an additional 1,050 yen.


Akamatsu adapted the idea for FANding by asking collector-minded fans to directly support manga artists through the purchase of special-edition sets. It also aims to make e-books more easily accessible to many readers who still feel hesitant about buying digital books, with watermarks embedded in the PDFs to discourage piracy.


via  The Asahi Shimbun

Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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