“I’ve come to trust DMP with not only my money, but with Tezuka’s reputation. I know that DMP will do their best to honor him and create a high-quality, wonderfully translated volume at a price that won’t break the bank.”
—Mahlon Landis, Clockwork Apple Kickstarter campaign backer
Mahlon is our very first Clockwork Apple Kickstarter campaign backer, but she’s definitely not a first timer! She hails from Oklahoma and is about to graduate with a degree in Language Arts Education. (Yay! Congratulations, Mahlon!) She loves “reading, writing, baking, ballet dancing, and getting crafty in [her] free time.” Besides her interest in anime and manga, she’s learning to code this year, so if anyone has website or book recommendations for HTML/CSS, Java, or Python lessons, we’re sure she’d be happy to hear them. (About learning to code, she says, “It’s kind of difficult, but it’ll be totally worth it in the end.”) A lady with a long list of favorites, Mahlon has been a fan of anime and manga for almost eleven years, and we’re glad she was willing to answer a few of our questions in what little spare time she has!
Digital Manga, Inc.: What was your first introduction to Osamu Tezuka’s work?
Mahlon Landis: My first job was shelving books at a local library, and one day I stumbled across Tezuka’s Buddha. It looked pretty interesting and different, so I checked it out and zoomed through all of the volumes in the matter of a month. It was moving, gorgeous to look at, and highly entertaining, which is something I’ve come to realize is the norm for Tezuka’s works.
DMI: What keeps you coming back for more?
ML: His ability to create incredibly human tales is amazing to me, and I keep coming back to him because I know I’ll always feel enlightened once I finish one of his books.
DMI: You’re the first backer to support this campaign! What enticed you to pledge so quickly?
ML: This is the fourth Tezuka Kickstarter that I’ve had the privilege of backing, and through all of that I’ve come to trust DMP with not only my money, but with Tezuka’s reputation. I know that DMP will do their best to honor him and create a high-quality, wonderfully translated volume at a price that won’t break the bank (which is important for a poor college kid like myself). I know that DMP will do the job right, and that’s why I jumped the gun and pledged so quickly.
DMI: You’re trying to convince a friend to also support this campaign; what do you tell them?
ML: Hey, you. Yeah, you. Manga is awesome. Tezuka is awesome! Don’t you want an opportunity to bring more Tezuka to the English-speaking world? Maybe want some cool swag, or a chance to get your name in the book? Want to be a part of something AWESOME? Then go pledge today! I promise you won’t regret it.
Currently, Mahlon is reading Kyoko Okazaki’s Helter Skelter and watching Sailor Moon Crystal and Ore Monogatri!! Check out her great list of favorites!
Anime: Princess Tutu and The Twelve Kingdoms
Manga: Naoki Urasawa’s Monster and Tezuka’s Buddha
Movie: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
Book: A Clockwork Orange
Thank you again for your time, Mahlon, and we hope your pledge to Clockwork Apple lives up to your expectations!
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!