FAQ: The Book of the Hakutaku: a Bestiary of Japanese Monsters
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Who is this book for?

My yokai encyclopedias have popular with fans of anime, manga, and Japanese culture in general. People interested in folklore and mythology also will appreciate the uniqueness of Japanese yokai. In addition, many tabletop gamers and fans of RPGs have found these book useful as monster manuals for Japanese and Asian themed role playing games.

Last updated: October 01, 2017 00:31

What age is this book appropriate for?

The book is primarily aimed at adult readers, but mature young readers should be able to enjoy it as well. While many of the creatures in this encyclopedia are G-rated, Japanese folklore can be violent and raunchy at times. Some entries deal with murder, rape, or abuse. Some of the artwork depicts blood, gore, and occasional nudity. I take care to present the folklore as authentically as possible, without sanitizing it and without exaggeration.

Last updated: October 01, 2017 00:31

Why do your books cost so much?

My books are self published and printed using print-on-demand services. This drives the cost to produce each book up higher than your typical mass-produced paperbacks, which are usually printed in quantities of tens of thousands. I also print in full color with the highest quality papers and inks offered. Even it they may be more expensive than most graphic novels, considering the size (approx. 224 pages) and quality of the book, I hope you'll feel that the book is worth the cost.

Last updated: October 01, 2017 00:31

Can I add items to my pledge later?

Yes, for a time. I will be using Backerkit, so after the Kickstarter ends you will still be able to adjust your pledge level and get the add-ons that you want. However, once the book goes into printing, it will no longer be possible to add items on.

Last updated: October 24, 2017 02:49

Can you sign my book?

The collector's editions (hardcovers) will all be signed by me. With the paperbacks, I am not offering two versions: signed and unsigned.

The reason for this is that because I live in Japan, for me to sign everyone's books requires two international shipments: one from the printer to me, and then one more from me to you. The shipping costs add up to quite a bit per book.

For people who want to save money on shipping, you can choose to unsigned paperback. I have included a separate backer option for a signed paperback, with an increased shipping cost attached to it.

Last updated: November 17, 2017 00:51

How do I choose my art print/t-shirt design?

After all of the paintings have been finished, I will create an online gallery with all of the artwork for backers to view. When you add an art print as an add on to your cart in Backerkit, you'll be asked which yokai you would like for your print.

The t-shirts will work similarly. You'll be asked which one(s) you want as well as what shirt size in Backerkit.

Last updated: November 17, 2017 00:50

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