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Posted 9/23/15
So, I just recently got this Space Dandy manga, but I never heard of this or anything about a Western Release. Not to mention, they were all $40 and higher. So what's the deal with this manga?
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Posted 9/23/15
ehh the cover looks pretty neat
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That's the cover of the Japanese published volume (series is ongoing in the magazine Young Gangan (Square Enix) and so far one volume has been published). Are you sure it isn't untranslated?

No official Western release as far as I can find at least. On the scanlation front the first three chapters seem to have been done, but the group translating it seems to have shut down since....
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Posted 9/23/15
I already know this is the Japanese release, which is why I did so much research for any Western Release news but the group shut down? Damn. Wouldn't that make these Japanese releases valuable then?
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Posted 9/23/15 , edited 9/23/15
Hardly, the manga market in Japan is immerse and only a select more well-known ones trickle through to the West. Not even the scanlation scene comes anywhere close to covering most of it. To put it in perspective, the total market for compiled manga books was ~280 billion yen (~$2,4 billion) in 2014, and that's not counting magazines;
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2015-01-23/japanese-manga-book-market-rises-to-record-282-billion-yen/.83614
In comparison, the North American slice of the manga market was ~$70 million in 2013, and that includes all published manga;
http://icv2.com/articles/comics/view/30062/highlights-the-icv2-white-paper

That said, Space Dandy is such a famous title that I wouldn't put it past that a Western publisher might add this spin-off at some point...

About the 'only one volume published', turns out it already has two volumes out;
http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOBK-1622518
http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOBK-1697974
As you can see from those links, they ain't that pricey (550 yen ~ $4,6)
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Posted 9/23/15
Amazon is giving off some ridiculous prices then.. ugh, thanks for the heads up and information!
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Posted 9/23/15 , edited 9/23/15
Space dandy is pretty damn hilarious
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