About Us


Name: Adam Arnold
Position: Co-Creator / Editor-In-Chief
Location: Leesburg, GA, U.S.A.
Fav. Anime: Azumanga Daioh, Tenchi Muyo!
Joined AF: January 1999... Co-Creator, baby!
Bio: I am a freelance writer that somehow managed to turn a hobby into a profession...or at least that's what I tell myself. I have been collecting stuff since I was little. You name it, it's probably somewhere in my room. I live the otaku life and I'm proud of it!


Name: Steve Diabo
Position: Co-Creator / Graphic Designer
Location: Montreal
Fav. Anime: It changes with my mood.
Joined AF: January 1999
Bio: "Hi. This is the imaginary bio display program at Animefringe.com. I'm afraid I wasn't able to retrieve the bio for Steve Diabo, sometimes mispelled as "Diablo" by some shipping companies. This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out."


Name: Janet Crocker
Position: Content Editor
Location: Denver, Colorado
Fav. Anime: Haibane Renmei
Joined AF: November 2003
Bio: I have an honours degree in English Literature from Queen's University. I'm married to a lovely artist/animator/school bus driver who introduced me to anime. I'm a proud Canadian, who almost has a job in the education system. When bandwidth allows, I am an avid fansub watcher of romance, mystery, supernatural, and pretty boy anime and hentai. I like to eat fish and I own two cats, Ceaite and Azrael. I also volunteer at a local animal shelter.


Name: Patrick King
Position: Senior Staff Writer
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Fav. Manga: Battle Angel Alita
Joined AF: February 2002
Bio: Patrick is currently working full-time for the second largest IT consulting firm in the world developing strange new code in languages unknown to mankind. He's in a long-term relationship with a great girl named Lauren, though marriage will come either when he can afford it or when she can take a break with Medical School. He dreams of both becoming a professional fiction writer and developing video games. To this day, his influence on area Waldenbooks locations is quite obvious when one notices the manga section is as large as the general fiction department at Jamestown Mall.


Name: Shannon Fay
Position: Assistant Editor
Location: St John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Fav. Manga: Kare Kano, Adolf
Joined AF: January 2005
Bio: High school senior, planning to study journalism next year in college. When not reading manga or American comics, Shannon enjoys watching foreign movies (especially ones from Asia). This, combined with her anime watching, has given her the super-power of being able to read sub-titles so fast it borders on pre-cognitive.


Name: Tim Henderson
Position: Assistant Graphics Editor, Contributing Writer
Location: Blue Mountains, Australia
Joined AF: July 2005
Fav. Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL
Bio: Student extraordinaire and general hopeless coffee addict, I come from more of a film study and indie animation practice background than one of literature or journalism. Officially declared The Friday F**kwit on national radio back in April 2005, I can tend to go to bizarre extremes to amuse myself, and have been known to sit for three hours with burning bleach on my scalp ‘just for kicks’. At present I am working on a couple of oversized projects, including trying to find a way to fabricate time so that I can re-discover what sleep actually feels like, but so far all I've learned are a few bizzare facts about fish.


Name: Andrew Chanthaphone
Position: Staff Writer
Location: Springfield, Virginia
Fav. Anime: Vampire Hunter D, Guyver
Joined AF: June 2004
Bio: I have a bachelor in MIS from Western New England College in MA and where I also played lacrosse and football. I'm currently one of the leads on my project for CGI-AMS. I love all mecha type anime and I also bodybuild. Currently single and looking.


Name: Joe Luscik
Position: Staff Writer
Location: Newton, New Jersery
Fav. Anime: Cowboy Bebop
Joined AF: November 2004
Bio: I am currently a senior at Susquehanna University working on a double major in Political Science and Economics. I'm going out with an incredible girl, who luckily enough also happens to love anime. Currently I have no clue what I want to do after graduation, but hopefully I'll come up with something soon. When not watching anime I love to run and am on my college's track team.


Name: Maria Lin
Position: Staff Writer
Location: New Jersey
Fav. Anime: Laputa: Castle in the Sky
Joined AF: May 2004
Bio: Arg! I'm still in High School! Pity me people! I've taken college courses already, and intend to major in East Asian studies. Really, I haven't lived enough of my life out to say anything about it. I learn Japanese in my spare time between sleep and anime, and I've been watching since I was 5 or so. I've got some Taiwanese in me, so my relatives sent me some movies and I was hooked.


Name: Susan Shu-Mei Hsu
Position: Contributing Writer
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Fav. Video Game: Kyo Kara Maoh!
Joined AF: January 2005
Bio: Manga Club member throughout highschool, 5th year member in UBC Anime, the 20/+ posters on my walls are anime-related, own Angel Box by Yuki Kaori Fourth Year UBC student


Name: Chris Istel
Position: Staff Writer
Location: West Coast, U.S.A.
Joined AF: November 2004
Fav. Anime: Voices of a Distant Star
Bio: *Endless hours of gaming and anime.*
My favorite video games are Final Fantasy VII and Quake for the PC and Love Hina has to be the best manga series EVER!


Name: Mandy Bevers
Position: Contributing Writer
Location: Indiana, U.S.A.
Fav. Video Game: Fullmetal Alchemist
Joined AF: January 2005
Bio: I'm currently attending college, working on a double major bachelor's degree in English and Social Science. I want to be a junior high/high school teacher one day. I wouldn't mind writing for Newtype, U.S.A. one day too. No offense to Animefringe...Love to watch anime and read...everything and write...everything.

Name: Lesley Smith
Position: Contributing Writer
Location: Aylsham, UK
Fav. Anime: Ah! My Goddess
Joined AF: January 2005
Bio: Well, I graduated from uni in 2004 with a B.A. Hons in Religious Studies and Theology and I'm now about to start a journalism course. I expect to end up working for a newspaper but I'd really like to work for a computer games magazine. I've been learning Japanese for about five years, so it will come in handy in my future career. When not watching anime, I enjoy playing computer games, going out to Chinese and Japanese restaurants, watching as many movies as possible and writing novels.

Name: Aaron H. Bynum
Position: Columnist
Location: Illinois, USA
Fav. Anime: Ghost In The Shell, Azumanga Daioh
Joined AF: First Quarter 2004
Bio: Currently a full-time student majoring in English Studies such as Writing and Literature, Aaron, is also a keen reader and writer aside from being an avid anime and manga fan. Oftentimes a rogue wanderer of the Internet and a quick thinking analyst of the arts, Aaron also enjoys watching movies, playing various sports, and most importantly sleeping.

Name: Ee Pin Pang
Position: Contributing Writer
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Fav. Video Game: Sakura Taisen
Joined AF: April 2005
Bio: Ee Pin is a graduate of Melbourne University, completing his degree in Arts (Media Commuications). Since graduation, he has been doing nothing but lazing at home, which includes watching anime, movies, listening to music and playing Warcraft 3. His ambitions include taking over the world (which has been done already so that's that), finish his unfinished book, and save young shojous from the wiles of tentacled creatures.

Name: Benedict Nguyen-Lee
Position: Contributing Writer
Location: Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Fav. Manga: Hikaru no Go, Kiddy Grade
Joined AF: June 2005
Bio: I'm going to attend the University of Texas at Dallas starting Fall 2005. I'm a bit undecided about my major right now, but I'm considering something in the social sciences. I probably began taking anime "seriously" as a hobby in the summer of 2002. Since then, I've been trying to get into helping the anime community in the best way I can. My most future goal would probably to at least understand the Japanese language decently.