Digital Manga Publishing created a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to bring their release of Osamu Tezuka's Swallowing the Earth back into print. It was a huge success. Now, they're using Kickstarter again to bring a new Tezuka license that has never been released in English before: Barbara.
The goal was to raise $6,500 in 30 days. It only took 2 days to reach that goal, and now the campaign is over $10,000 strong!
Check out the Barbara Kickstarter right here! It ends on Feburary 13, 2012.
So, now Barbara is definitley being released, but the campaign continues. There are multiple bonus options available to those who pledge depending on the amount, in addition to copies of the book itself when it is released. I would really like to make a pledge myself but I'm unable to use a credit card at the moment.
The success of this campaign opens the doors for several other Osamu Tezuka manga releases that might be off the beaten path to be released in a similar fashion through Kickstarter, so the future bodes well for more Tezuka! Plus, it could also result in more classic manga from other famous creators. I would love to see Mazinger Z, Devilman, Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999, Kamen Rider... the list goes on!
We can look forward to Barbara being published in July 2012 should everything go as planned. Check back right here at ABW for more information as it develops.