Hello to everyone. I'm Serenade; Jeff in real life. I'm very new to the manga producing community, and am really horrible at drawing manga. That's why I'm here though, to get better.
I've grown up with manga and anime (at least the titles that make it to America); everything from Dragonball, to Elfen Lied, to Clannad. I've never had a lot of motivation or direction in my life, and so far life hasn't been easy for me. I've been a delinquent in school, my parents have mostly abandoned me, and I've even been admitted to a hospital for the mentally ill. But I've just recently decided that it's my dream to move to Japan and become a Mangaka, and I will turn my life around and work hard to make it happen. Having grown up in the U.S. and not knowing a word of Japanese, the odds are definitely against me... But this is the first thing I've found that I actually want to do. Not because of the money or the life style (the reasons that I thought would ultimately pull me into a career), but because I have a passion for this kind of thing. I want to tell stories and pull insane things out of my imagination for everyone else to enjoy, and I want to do it through manga. I am going to take Japanese language courses in college, as well as illustration courses, and hopefully I'll be able to attend college in Japan in the future. If I ever do accomplish my dream of becoming a Mangaka, the continuation of that dream is to produce a great manga that will become an anime and make it right back here to America.
But for now I'm just starting out, and I have a lot to learn. Truth be told I'm actually really intimidated and humble due to my serious lack of knowledge, so, one step at a time I suppose. But again, that's what I'm here to fix. On a final note, I hope I meet a lot of nice people who share my passion here to become friends with.