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TEAM AFA 


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Chris Perkins [EDITOR |OWNER |WRITER | PODCAST]
is a freelance writer from the UKand the editor and founder of AFA.  A life-long lover of animation in all its forms, he got started writing for a number of UK-based anime sites before becoming a regular contributor to MyM Magazine. He can also found contributing to sites including NerdSpanThe Void and Anime Limited. Follow him on twitter.

Rachael Ward [US EDITOR |OWNER |WRITER | PODCAST]
 is a English film studies graduate with a passion for writing and storytelling and is the US Editor of AFA. Currently working part time while looking to apply to graduate school with a focus on Communication. Looking to make a career in Public Relations. Animation has always been a subject of fascination since she was young and Rachael is always looking to see how animators will push the envelope in order to bring stories to life for people of all ages. Check out her video game reviews on GotGame.com and follow her on Twitter

Jill Baker  [EDITOR AT LARGE | WRITER | PODCAST]
I am a pediatric ER nurse, biology major, writer, scientist, animation enthusiast, film critic, reader, friend, daughter, sister, aunt, geek, nerd, dork, member of Dumbledore's army, shieldmaiden, and gamer. Follow her on twitter and Tumblr


Denhery Olguin [SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER]
Social media manager for AFA. A huge fan of animation. Aspiring to be become a publicist. Follow her on TwitterInstagram, and Tumblr  



Dan Hamman [WRITER | PODCAST]
is a writer and animation artist from the UK. Follow him on twitter.


is a nomadic blogger with a Master's in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Currently based in Kolkata, India, she loves travelling, reading, and watching movies from non-Western countries. You can find her writing reviews of international books and movies on her blog  (and advocating for cultural exploration on twitter.)

J.J. Evangelista [WRITER] 
has always always been an avid fan of animation. "I grew watching Saturday morning cartoons, waking up in the wee hours just to catch my favorite episodes.
Some of my fondest memories are of going to the movies and seeing Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin for the first time. Yes, I'd seen other movies before, but these are the animated films that had a lasting effect on me. Disney, Looney Tunes, DiC Entertainment, Hanna-Barbera, Rankin-Bass, Don Bluth, Bagdasarian Productions, Nelvana, Warner Brothers, and of course Anime, it was all a part of my childhood, and a big part of my life as an adult."

Yvonne Grzenkowicz [WRITER | PODCAST]
is a NYC based animator/director. She creates hand drawn, 2d puppet, and 3d cg animated content for multiple platforms. She has extensive training  in character animation and a background in fine art (painting & drawing). She is also a NY writer/correspondent for AFA: Animation for Adults and she works with TAP (The Animation Project) teaching animation techniques and box
modeling to at-risk youth in the NYC area. Visit her website and follow her on twitter.


has been a fan of animation for many years watching many on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and in France. Having read a lot of reviews, commentaries, editorials, articles and academic papers on animation it was about time to create some content instead of just consuming it. He is a full-time physicist/engineer who enjoys sitting back with a good cup of coffee to watch some animation ... preferably with giant robots or mechanical suits in it.

Ali Harris  [WRITER | ARTIST IN RESIDENCE]
is a freelance character designer and concept artist with a B.A. in English Studies, and she is currently pursuing a M.S. in Marketing Communication. After earning her graduate degree, she plans to earn certifications in 2D animation and graphic design to expand her existing knowledge and skill set. For AFA, she serves as a film critic and artistic contributor and plans to create video reviews for the site’s YouTube page. To view her complete collection of magic and mayhem, visit her portfolio My Wildest Dreams). Also, check out her awesome DeviantArt gallery) to see her interpretations of beloved characters from movies, video games, and more! Be sure to keep up to date with Ali on Twitter. Apart from her AFA work, Ali also contributes to Movie Pilot

Sophia Chan  [WRITER]
Sophia is a freshman at New York University studying nursing and is currently finishing up her first year abroad in Italy. She has a passion for animation from all around the world, and has always wanted to write for an animation blog. She can play 7 instruments and currently has a youtube channel where she makes covers of songs from games and animation, or you can follow her on twitter


Sharon Lin [WRITER]
Sharon is a student in New York. She works on freelance projects in web development, mobile apps, graphic design, and photography. She enjoys film and animation, and has an appreciation for realism and the philosophical. She has written for YES! Magazine, The Huffington Post, and the Asbury Park Press. Follow her on twitter

Mark Brandon [WRITER]
Mark has been a fan of all things animated since he can remember, and a writer since he could put pen to paper. He has worn many hats, including journalist, recruiter, managing director, illustrator, club DJ, brand director and management consultant, but prefers his writer hat. He has completed two novels - one at age 9 and the other at age 40 - but not published either, perhaps due to too much hat-juggling.

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS




Joe Muzynski
My interests are in mythology, animation, comics, folklore, film, folk horror, and fiddle music. Not necessarily in that order, depending on what day it is. I am working on a book about Marvel Comics and religion, and dream of opening The Animation Theater, so you can come and watch animation on the big screen any time you want. Follow him on twitter.


Noah is s a New York-based writer and ANNY’s Correspondent for Animation For Adults.You can follow Noah on Twitter here, and you can follow ANNY on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their monthly independent animation screenings.

Jeremy Harrison 
is a long time fan of animation who was born and raised in the Windy City of the United States of America. Works at the City Colleges of Chicago as a Science and Math teacher. He not only talks to the students about science but current animated films and the history of animated films in general as well. When he can, he volunteers at the Adler Planetarium and at Facet theaters in Chicago. He has also helped write articles for the Nashville Pride covering various sporting events, art Showcases, Science Talks and of course a number of conventions dealing with comics and anime when he was earning his master's degree at Fisk University in Nashville TN. Currently, the mild mannered professor is going to be learning how to animate with ToonBoon, this summer to create his own science animation videos.



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