Kickstarter to publish manga?
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Posted 7/20/12
Recently Kickstarter (a crowd funding website) has been used to fund several manga titles. Most notably Digital Manga Publishing funding several titles by "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka.

There has been a lot of talk lately both for and against this practice with their most recent (and currently ongoing, with about a day left at the time of this posting) campaign to fund three more Tezuka titles— Unico, ATOMCAT and Triton of the Sea.

I personally think it is a great idea. It allows publishers to put out high quality books for titles that are not necessarily "mainstream" while minimizing their risk. However, many think that it's in bad taste for established publishers to use this type of funding.

What do you think? Have you supported any Kickstarter projects for manga?

You can check out DMP's most recent campaign here http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitalmanga/publish-osamu-tezukas-unico-in-english-in-full-col to see how they are done.
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I think it definitely can contribute to a greater diversity and richer selection of published manga. This kind of funding can also help unknown or fringe artists gain exposure and give them a fighting chance. It's like increasing artistic/academic freedom. It will be more feasible for artists to do work that they want to do and develop things they are invested in. Not only can this increase the quality of their work, but it also means that the art community will be less of a slave to biased, fickle commercial interests. I think it is a great idea! Thank you for posting this!
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Posted 7/20/12
I supported the kickstarter campaign for Math Girls. It was successful.
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Posted 7/21/12 , edited 7/21/12
It helps bring manga to the U.S. which might never see the light of day. I supported the Unico campaign and pledged my $35 :)

I hope someday that somebody might start a Kickstarter for publishing the "Rose of Versailles" manga.
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Morally, I think it is very right. Among the reasons indie gaming has had such a successful boom is because of the greater relationship between developers and customers. Traditional business conduct involves staying at a distance making no promises, and "guessing" what the consumers most want. Goods would be put out, and then they see how well received it was. Things like Kickstarter have changed that, it gives the means to observe consumer interest before deciding what product to put out, it's a closer relationship between consumers and producers.

I didn't realize some have been trying to leverage Kickstarter for publishing manga. This is a pleasant discovery. For the goal of revising economics, I think Kickstarter is a huge achievement. This niche is worth supporting.
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Posted 7/22/12

trunkschan90 wrote:

It helps bring manga to the U.S. which might never see the light of day. I supported the Unico campaign and pledged my $35 :)

I hope someday that somebody might start a Kickstarter for publishing the "Rose of Versailles" manga.


I would love for Rose of Versailles to get published in English too. I've heard that the author Riyoko Ikeda doesn't want her works translated into English for some reason. They have been published into many other languages but never English.

Also, The Unico, ATOMCAT & Triton of the Sea Kickstarter was fully funded! I'm very excited! Their goal was $47,000 and they raised over $49,000. Unico is going to be one volume in full color, ATOMCAT will be one volume and Triton will be two volumes.

I hope this trend keeps going. I would love to see more of Tezuka's works published in English as well as some other older stuff that might otherwise have a hard time getting picked up.
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Posted 7/23/12 , edited 7/23/12
I think it's great. I only did DMP's first campaign for Swallowing the Earth. Not that I was particularly interested in reading that title. When they were advertising it, they wanted to know if they should do more crowd-funded projects in future. I wanted them to, so I supported it. When they do a title I feel really jazzed about, I'll contribute again.

In this day, companies seem to complain a lot about people not buying their products or services. Which I think is rude; if people aren't buying it, it probably wasn't a good idea to produce it. I think projects like this is a good way of telling a company upfront what consumers want. And it's good for titles that companies think won't be popular enough to sell. If they get their money upfront, it's not so much of a risk, especially for small companies.

And yes, I'm tired of seeing the gripers (mostly on Twitter). But then, I think EVERY fundraiser I've seen has people griping about it. For some reason, there's a lot of people who like to tell folks what to do (or in these cases, NOT do) with their money.

I remember seeing one fundraiser for the benefit of a guy so he could get surgery to fix a non-life-threatening, but still painful condition. And a lot of people were posting really rude things about it. I say, as long as they're supporting their family, and not giving money to support child abuse or something else bad or illegal, A PERSON CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT WITH THEIR OWN MONEY. END OF STORY.



LuccaQ wrote:
However, many think that it's in bad taste for established publishers to use this type of funding.

There's this system in the business world called "investment." It's where you give your money to a company, and later they give something back to you. Very tasteless indeed.
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Posted 8/8/12
I think it is a splended idea!
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Posted 8/12/12
its great i can see CrowdFunding will be the future of producing media too, i hope kickstartering anime will follow too
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Posted 8/14/12
I was thinking of starting my own Kickstarter campaign to turn my story into an online comic, but I wasn't sure how successful this would be. Especially since I haven't reached the "awareness sweet spot" From the looks of how Kickstarter works. You have to already be "known" in order for it to work.
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Posted 8/14/12
No, but I think its a cool idea.
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Posted 8/18/12
We've just launched a Kickstarter campaign for our new manga-style comic, Hero Party! Check it out if you have time, we could use all the help we can get. It is written by one of Brazil's most well-known writers (in the business for 27 years now) and a well-known artist from Brazil, now living in the United States.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/908954928/hero-party-comic
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Posted 8/18/12
I'm supporting a friend with her project: Destiny's Fate

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1986429142/destinys-fate-issues-1-and-2
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