AnimeDecember 19, 2016
Camden Hills Regional High School
Almost every year I go to Camden by the Sea. A horse and wagon with bells are jingling, Santa comes through town as part of the parade, the stores are open, and the star glows on top of Mount Battie. In addition there are tables outside the stores where organizations and many student groups are selling baked goods, wreaths, and raffle tickets. I try to support as many of the student groups as possible. I was surprised this year to find a table of students from Camden Hills Regional High School representing the Anime club. They were selling t-shirts and I was glad to speak to the artist. I followed up and sent questions and this is what I learned. These questions were answered by two students, Olivia and Rob.
1. Tell the blog readers about the Anime club at Camden Hills Regional High School (CHRHS).
The CHRHS Anime Club was started by a group of students three years ago. They wanted to share their love of Anime in film, art and cosplay so they got together informally to discuss new ideas. After a couple of months and the group was growing, they asked to form a club. At this point, they asked Lisa Delfino to be their advisor, since they were using her room. The next year, these students applied to the School Board for club status. They were granted temporary status for two years. This year, 2016-17, year three, the Anime Club became official.
2. Are there other Anime clubs in Maine or beyond? As far as we know, there doesn’t seem to be any high school Anime Clubs. There are some at Colleges. The CHRHS Anime Club T-shirt was created by Olivia Bubar and Robert “Dodge” Gieseman.
3. How did you get started drawing Anime – what draws you to this type of art?
Olivia: My friend introduced me to it when I was about 10 years old. When I saw it I told myself “I love this style of art!” I am a sophomore (10th grade). I love comic books and graphic novels like Spiderman. I make my own super heroes.
Rob: A few years ago I got started watching Anime and was fascinated with Japanese culture. Then I started drawing it was with a story idea. I wanted to write a graphic novel. I thought the Anime style would be the best choice. I think I was 11 years old. Right now I am in 9th grade (freshman) I am so inspired by comics such as Deadpool or Dr. Strange.
4. Tell the blog readers about your drawing and creation of the t-shirt? Is it a fundraiser for something or does the money go to you as the artist or what is the plan?
Olivia: Rob started doodling on the whiteboard and I drew my character next to his.
Rob: We were coming up with ideas for a t-shirt fundraiser and we came up with a simple design using chibis.
Olivia: Chibis are a much smaller and cuter Anime. My character is Shelby and Rob’s is Toby. They are original characters because we can’t copy anybody’s ideas.
Rob: After we drew the characters on the whiteboard, I took a picture and drew it from the screen in pencil and then Olivia did a marker outline adding the tail on the Neko girl. We took the paper copy to Maine Printing and Embroidery in Warren and they printed it.
The t-shirt was created to raise money for the Anime Club to attend the Anime Convention in Boston April 1, 2017. Money from the shirt will go toward the $55 entrance fee per person.
5. What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
Rob: I have been so inspired by Anime, that I want to go to Japan and study Anime and become a writer/illustrator. I am thinking about the Design Technology program at Mid-Coast School of Technology for a start on illustrating.
Olivia: My answer is pretty much the same as Rob’s. I want to be an illustrator. I am not so sure about using computers for drawing, but I would like to see how to use computers for animation. I am also thinking about going to Mid-Coast School of Technology for Design Technology.
If you know of other Anime clubs in Maine please be sure and let us know them please!