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February 9, 2015

Backer Spotlight: Our very first ‘Alabaster’ backer!

“What could be better than supporting a gripping title from a true master with minimal risk?!” —Daniel Taylor, Alabaster Kickstarter campaign backer

What would we do without the strong support of Osamu Tezuka fans? It’s always great to see enthusiastic backers who are as excited as we are to bring this great artist’s work to the United States and the English-speaking world. One very enthusiastic backer, Daniel from the Cincinnati metropolitan area, snagged the honor of being the very first to support our Alabaster campaign. As a fifteen-years-and-counting manga and anime fan, Daniel looks for over-the-top storylines and strong female protagonists. His favorite non-Tezuka series include (but are not limited to!) Revolutionary Girl Utena, Yakitate!! Ja-pan, and With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child. We asked Daniel a few questions to get to know him better, and we hope his answers will inspire you to tell your friends about this great campaign so they can support Tezuka’s work, too. ^_^

"You're the first backer of this project!"

“You’re the first backer of this project!”

Digital Manga, Inc.: What was your first introduction to Osamu Tezuka’s work?

Daniel Taylor: My first real exposure to Osamu Tezuka was five years ago through a manga and anime podcast highlighting more obscure titles. The first work I read was Ode to Kirihito, followed quickly by MW and Apollo’s Song. I am always surprised by both the breadth and depth of Tezuka’s works. Not only did his works cover everything from a children’s story about a magical unicorn to a very adult story about an artist following his muse into the depths of depravity, but he always showed an impressive understanding of whatever subject he tackled, such as his detailed drawings of human anatomy in Black Jack, although his medical degree certainly gave him a leg up in this regard.

DMI: What keeps you coming back for more?

DT: The thing that always keeps me excited to read another Tezuka work is the desire to see just how bold, moving, humorous, or intense Tezuka could be, and he never shied away from being any combination of these traits in each work he created.

DMI: You’re the first backer to support this campaign! What enticed you to pledge so quickly?

DT: The most exciting thing for me about this campaign is the title itself. Alabaster has been a work I have been interested in reading for some time, as Tezuka’s darker works were what first drew me to him. Tezuka had a wonderful way of showing how horribly humans can behave toward one another, yet he never gave the impression that he thinks humanity is hopeless. Hearing that Alabaster is often considered Tezuka’s darkest work, I am very intrigued at seeing how he handled that idea this time around. Additionally, I am always glad to see a Digital Manga kickstarter. This is my fifth Tezuka title to support, and Digital Manga has always done a great job communicating with backers and allowing people a great chance to be involved with the process.

DMI: You’re trying to convince a friend to also support this campaign; what do you tell them?

DT: I think the storyline of this title really speaks for itself. Alabaster features an extremely grim-sounding story, and this is the type of story that I believe Tezuka excelled at the most. Also, Digital Manga has a proven record for reliability and quality of releases through Kickstarter, so that eliminates the cause of concern associated with many unproven project creators. What could be better than supporting a gripping title from a true master with minimal risk?!

To chat more with Daniel about Tezuka, manga, and anime, you can connect with him @Happy_Natto on Twitter. (Among other skills, he’s also an avid knitter and baker! Maybe he can share some homemade tips with us in time for Valentine’s Day and White Day.) Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, Daniel, and we look forward to bringing Tezuka’s work to the world with you. ^_^

If you know someone who might be interested in supporting Digital Manga’s efforts to publish Osamu Tezuka’s work in English, please have them take a look at the campaign page!

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