– I grew up in rural Wisconsin with my Mom, Dad, and younger brother. I started getting interested in comics/manga when I realized that my family’s internet wasn’t good enough to consistently play anime/animated shows, but could load manga/comic pages with much delay.

– I don’t think I ever really had a fictional character as a role model, but Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid was the first piece of media I remember consciously experiencing. So I think he and that game had a pretty big impact on shaping my taste in media.

– I write about news, events, and issues in all forms of entertainment, with a focus on anime and gaming. When I’m not writing about the weirder side of entertainment, I’m usually talking about it on my podcast, Voluntary Viewing.





Lucas DeRuyter

Lucas DeRuyter

Anime Vertical Core Team Member at Fandom

– I’d tell newcomers to keep at their passion. Success isn’t a straight line and is vaguely defined anyway. You’re going to have to make compromises, but so long as you’re proud of what you’re making, you’re on the right track.

– I’m always pitching to different outlets, but I’m also producing nearly daily podcasts on Voluntary Viewing and trying to put more time into my blog, BaddaBing BaddaBlog.





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