Alias: Sombra (Malamutt)
Profession: Full time college student (major traditional animation); part time freelance artist
Fandoms “affiliated” with: Anime, Furry, Super Sentai, Kamen Rider
Favorite series/movies: Durarara!!, Paprika, Paranoia Agent, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Engine Sentai Go-Onger, Mahou Sentai Magiranger, Kamen Rider OOO, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, Detective Conan
Okay, I’m fairly new to the Super Sentai and Kamen Rider franchises, but from what I’ve seen I believe it will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Anyways, I’ve been a fan of anime since I was little. My first introduction to it was the Miyazaki film, My Neighbor Totoro. A film I loved as a child and one that I still love today. Being little at the time, I didn’t make any distinction between “this is from America” and “this is from Japan” so I enjoyed the film because it was cute. Once I got a bit older and introduced to wonders like Pokemon, Dragonball (Z), Sailor Moon, and the like, that’s when I really got into this anime stuff. While most kids grew out of those shows, I continued to watch them. CardCaptors, Digimon, Beyblade, One Piece, Naruto…although many of these shows were edited beyond belief (One Piece) for child audiences I still found myself enjoying them. But of course as you grow up, your tastes change as well so I watched more and more works like Princess Mononoke, Paranoia Agent, Paprika, Death Note, and other shows that cater to an older audience.
As for the furry fandom, I suppose I could say I was subconsciously a part of it since a kid. Most of my favorite movies were the Disney movies with animals as the main characters (The Fox and the Hound, The Lion King, etc.). Not to mention that animals were and still are my favorite subject to draw. To find that there was a specific fandom for that was pretty awesome. Not to mention the level of creativity and skill that many people in the fandom have. From illustrators, comic artists, animators, musicians, writers, comedians, costume makers, and artisan crafts, you can find just about anything and there’s an audience for it. It’s a group of people who celebrate each others creativity and I think that’s something special.
Aside from being an illustrator and watching anime and tokusatsu, my hobbies include being an amateur costume maker, writing (as this blog illustrates), singing, playing violin and piano, and hanging out with friends.