Featured Artist: Lina Ngo

Her name is Lina and she loves Prince of Tennis, that is all you need to know.
  • Q: Where did you go to school?
  • I got my BFA in illustration at Columbia College Chicago.
  • Q: When did you first realize that you wanted to work in animation?
  • I don’t think I ever came to the realization until I unexpectedly got the job. I was really unclear in my path but I’ve always loved anime! It raised me with its own two hands.
  • Q: Who is your biggest inspiration?
  • That is such a difficult question, although my heart is fickle, Little Thunder is someone I’ve been following for most of my creative career! I love her whimsical storytelling and completely unapologetic attitude towards her themes and content. And she’s HOT. Goals.
  • Q: What is your favorite animated movie/show?
  • Prince of Tennis is my all time favorite anime ever and no one believes me when I say that. It’s probably the nostalgia factor but the way this show almost makes tennis feel second place to the character development and story is what makes me rewatch it… every year. It also helps that it’s absolutely ridiculous and all the characters are unique and lovable. Please imagine Wimbleton but placed in the DBZ universe and everyone is like 13 years old. I only accepted this feature so I could talk about Prince of Tennis (am I allowed to say that).
  • Q: What would you say to those who are not getting hired by a studio or having trouble finding a job?
  • I think what people find the most appealing is passion and vulnerability. I don’t think you need to cookie cut yourself to fit into the industry. If you can showcase your truest self, people will see that and naturally gravitate.
  • Q: What are some stories of your path to art and animation? 
  • I got my job through a twitter DM! Who would’ve thought that drawing anime boys on social media would take me so far. 
  • Q: What’s it like working in Austin? And how is the creative community here?
  • Texas is hot but Austin is pretty a pretty cool city. I’m a hermit but everyone I’ve met is real open minded.
  • Q: What is the best part about your job and working on Castlevania?
  • I love being part of this team! Everyone is so driven, talented, and work so hard to create an amazing show.
  • Q: What do you love most about Castlevania?
  • Alucard… and his daddy issues? But also strong women.
  • Q: Who is your favorite character?
  • I love Alucard. That’s all I gotta say.
  • Q: Most challenging part of working on Castlevania?
  • The style is really difficult! It’s really detailed and precise so adjusting to it takes a lot of effort. 
  • Q: Any cool little known facts about production (funny stories/cool animation tricks/etc)?
  • We have like 500 refrigerators in the office and they are all full (I don’t actually know how many there are but every single one I’ve opened has been filled to the brim).
  • Q: If you could be any anime character who would it be and why?
  • Ryosuke Takahashi from Initial D. Rich, smart, cool car.

About the Author
Hailing from "Parts Unknown" Virginia, Ryan scoured the United Stated searching for a place to call home. After a short stint in the "Entertainment Capital of the World" Ryan wandered into Austin with nothing but a Gameboy Color, his Star Wars Blu-Ray Collection, and too much hair product. Now a Production Coordinator at Powerhouse Animation, Ryan works all across the board on studio projects. A word of caution though, there are rumors that if you look in the mirror and say his name three times he will appear behind you and beg you to watch the Prequels with him.