I was momentarily shocked, but not ultimately surprised, to hear of Anime Insider
's demise this past Thursday. My thoughts go out to Summer, Angela, and everyone else for whom this will mean financial trouble in dire economic times. As I was away from home, I could not comment on the news earlier, but now that I'm back, please indulge one the magazine's long-time freelancers as she takes a short walk down memory lane.Anime Insider
is my oldest freelancing gig, and I have contributed work to every issue of the magazine starting with #21
(June 2005) and ending with its final issue, #67
(April 2009). Zac gave me my proverbial break in the industry when he recruited me out of the blue one day four years ago to write their Manga Department, which included news items, puff pieces, and release schedules. I had no background in freelance writing or journalism (ha ha) up until that point, nor had I ever considered trying it, but for various reasons I soon realized it was an experience I found invaluable. In subsequent years, I also worked directly under Todd and Angela, writing the occasional feature in addition to the usual Manga Department. I am still quite proud of a shoujo manga feature that appeared in the June 2007 issue, titled “Golden Girls: The origins of shojo comics are more surprising than you might believe.”
Anyway, it has been an honor and a pleasure to have worked with Anime Insider
and those involved with it. I feel like a page has been turned; let's hope that this is only the prologue.