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February 25, 2015

Backer Spotlight: There’s still time to become Infamous!

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Alabaster is a story I’ve been waiting to read for seven years. If we do not succeed, I have no idea how much longer I will have to wait.” —Linnea Harper, ‘Infamous’ Alabaster backer

Like all of our wonderful backers during this Kickstarter campaign to publish and print Alabaster, Linnea is one of a kind in the best kind of way! “Hello, my name is Linnea,” she says, “and I am a geek.” Her favorite manga-ka—aside from Osamu Tezuka, of course—are Moto Hagio, Naoki Urwasawa, Fumi Yoshinaga, and CLAMP. She loves live music and has a weakness for songs about werewolves. (Any good werewolf song suggestions you can share with us, Linnea?) As always, we jumped right in with the God of Manga himself, Osamu Tezuka.

Linnea Harper at Kickstarter

Linnea also backed our Ludwig B Kickstarter, plus several other titles from DMI!

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

Linnea Harper: Back in the late 90s I found a copy of Viz’s translation of Black Jack on the shelves of a Borders. Viz translated 17 of the 200+ Black Jack stories. After that I looked around for more stuff “by this Tezuka guy.” The only thing was Astro Boy and I didn’t think I could afford a series that long… I was still in school. So for years that was it. Then I graduated from college during the “Global Financial Crisis” and had a 14 month period of unemployment. I spent a lot of time at the local library, which is where I found the manga Metropolis and Pluto, which borrows characters and plot from Tezuka’s Astro Boy. I started getting inter-library loans for any Tezuka I could get my hands on.

DMI: What keeps you coming back for more?

LH: His characters. For a man that’s known for robots, his characters are so human. Thanks to the star system that Tezuka used, we can watch his actors make the same mistakes over and over. Or sometimes evolve and learn… Or even devolve into someone worse. But we know them. Because they are like us. Proud like Black Jack, ambitious like Rock Holmes, single-minded like Acetylene, self-sacrificing like Astro. Human follies for human characters. Mistakes will be made, but hopefully they will learn from it in their next story.

DMI: You originally pledged for the F-Laser tier; what made you up your pledge to become Infamous?

LH: Alabaster is a story I’ve been waiting to read for seven years. If we do not succeed, I have no idea how much longer I will have to wait. So I’m looking at the difference between the tiers as expedited shipping.

DMI: We’re right there with you on that one! What would you tell another person who’s already a backer to convince him or her to take the plunge and increase their pledge, too?

LH: As someone who needed the library to re-discover Tezuka, I ask you to consider the ‘Philanthropist’ and ‘Mastermind’ tiers. Please help spread our love for Tezuka to those who haven’t been introduced to his work yet.

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us, Linnea. We hope you’ve inspired new and returning backers to support this great campaign; we don’t want to make you wait any longer to read Alabaster. Seven whole years is certainly long enough!

Related updates include our interview with the very first backer of this campaign, Daniel, and an interview with one of our generous international backers, Stephanie!

We have just over two days left in this campaign! Please support our goal to bring Tezuka’s work to the English-speaking world. Thank you all. We look forward to bringing Alabaster to you  soon. We can do this together; ganbatte!

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