Second Printing Back to Square One….

Posted on Monday 31 August 2009

It’s a bit of a sad news to most of you who have been diligently coming back to our site asking for the book.

The publisher we have been talking to about the second edition of Totoro Forest Project has decided to back out of the deal.

They were very enthusiastic about it but there still has been a bit of a gap with what kind of book the publisher wanted to make as opposed to what we wanted.  We mainly needed to keep the quality in the decent level, if not the same as the first self published version.  It involved so many talented people’s hard work without a pay and it deserved to be crafted with care. 

So we apologize to inform you guys this news.  So those who made a pre-order on Amazon or Barnes and, this book won’t come out of that publisher.


There are a few publishers interested in making it happen.  I’m supposed to meet with one of them this coming week.

Let’s see if they happen to share the philosophy of this project with us more closely!

It’s a long endeavour.   And contrary to everyone’s wishes, maybe Totoro Forest God wants this to be only one time deal… who knows?

Tthe book is going for $800 on Ebay currently.  So hey, someone is making something out of it!  :)

We will keep you posted.

15 Comments for 'Second Printing Back to Square One….'

    August 31, 2009 | 3:54 pm

    Hey Dice,

    Sorry to hear the unfortunate news, but this’ll certainly be worth the wait if it’s going to happen. Thanks for putting so much incredibly hard work into this labor of love.

    I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed…

    - Mike

    August 31, 2009 | 7:34 pm

    way to stick to your guns!! everyone will appreciate the efforts to maintain a high level of quality so don’t sweat it!

    September 1, 2009 | 9:56 pm

    Bummer. But thank you for trying. I am glad you are sticking to quality verses just putting something out. Someday . . . maybe. Peace, maka

    September 2, 2009 | 9:15 am

    ^ Totallly agree with mike. Thanks for all the efforts. Hopefully miracles do happen.

    September 2, 2009 | 3:46 pm

    That’s sad… Hopefully an other publisher will be interested.
    On an other level, it’s revolting to see some people on ebay betraying the spirit of this project, trying to make their own money out of it, when you’re trying so hard to keep as good as you want … Its honourable of you…Thank you Dice!

    September 3, 2009 | 2:11 pm

    If anything is revolting it’s people making thoughtless and disparaging comments without a second thought as to who the seller might be, how much they may have contributed to the project (both monetarily and personally), and what their current situation is now.

    September 8, 2009 | 11:56 pm

    I usually don’t post ‘me too’ but in this case, I must say thank you as well for putting out the effort and keeping us posted on the progress! I wish you luck with the other publishers. Thank you!

    September 9, 2009 | 9:05 am

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

    Ammon Allen
    September 12, 2009 | 9:26 am

    Your efforts are and will continue to be appreciated. We’re all looking forward to having a copy of the book!

    September 18, 2009 | 12:31 am

    Saludos desde España! Noooo. Please, second printing!

    October 3, 2009 | 11:34 am

    Dear Dice

    Thank you for all your efforts. But perhaps we can also do something …mmm…like signing the petition addressed to publisher…just to show how many people want badly this 2nd edition to be brought to life. What do you think?

    October 17, 2009 | 1:23 am

    I just wanted to say that I was very inspired by this project and I ended up doing a version of Totoro + Mary Poppins ( Thanks so much for organizing this event. I got to see some of the originals at the Cartoon Art Museum and they were fabulous!

    November 2, 2009 | 1:37 pm

    Your efforts are much appreciated, and sorry to hear the publisher has pulled out. Thank you for trying for so long and so hard to arrange this.

    February 25, 2010 | 6:18 am

    My daughter and I would love to see this book reprinted, just so we may own reproductions of such beautifully imagined art. Thanks for your continued efforts.

    March 18, 2010 | 9:49 am

    hi i would like to participate on the totoro project by donating my artwork.. im a big fan of Totoro animation pls visit my totoro artwork fan art

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