Sincere Apologies for Delays with Tokyo Love ~ Rica ‘tte Kanji!?

September 19th, 2012

I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone who is waiting for the release of the much-delayed 20-year retrospective of Rica Takashima’s Yuri manga, Tokyo Love ~ Rica ‘tte Kanji!?

This project, which means so much to both Rica and I, has been plagued with an apparently never-ending set of personal, professional and technical setbacks, the likes of which I have never even imagined, let alone planned for.

The original plan for this book release was in June 2012. Then we were sure it would be August. Then it seemed like New York Comic Con would work. Now…we’re still not sure. As you might guess, this project has been a significant time-sink for me this summer and when this is finally done, reviews will resume here at a more typical pace.

I’m not sure if this is some kind of cosmic test the universe is throwing at us, or a dire warning to not continue this process, but every time we approach a finale, something inexplicable and unresolvable seems to happen. We will persevere and this book will be released. Eventually.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that we should, maybe, be able to get e-book versions up and available for purchase by NYCC and maybe the Kindle version too. (Maybe, because everything else has broken just as we finished it and I don’t want to tempt fate with these, too.) We’ve also got a special online version planned, so anyone, anywhere that has Internet access (and within some technical limitations) will be able to read the book, for free.

When NYCC is over, we’ll put up the pre-orders for the print version and start praying that we can get our technical issues resolved before the end of 2012. Start saying Ave Marias now, we’re going to need all the help we can get.

In the meantime, I would like to apologize to you all for what might seem like endless delays in getting this book on the market.

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4 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    What? That’s like my favorite ALC book (so far)! Best of luck getting it out!

    “When NYCC is over, we’ll put up the pre-orders for the print version”

    Then I can tell my libraries to buy copies! :D

    BTW, “Tokyo Love ~ Rica ‘tte Kanji!?” is a smart title – both literal Romaji for the fans who can read it or at least like looking at it *and* something in English to catch the interest of other English speakers looking for good reads from anywhere. :D

    “In the meantime, I would like to apologize to you all for what might seem like endless delays in getting this book on the market.”

    No apologies necessary, these things happen. Not a fan of the rest of The Oatmeal, but this is brilliant: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/printers

  2. The Oatmeal nails it exactly. But in this case, my printers are being exceptionally wonderful and things are still sucking.

  3. BruceMcF says:

    I’m curious … “e-book versions and maybe Kindle” … e-book means ePub, or pdf?

  4. WOW!!!

    TWENTY YEARS????

    [feeling faint]

    I honestly didn’t think she was that old!!!

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