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Ngozi Ukazu is the creator of the popular online graphic novel Check, Please!. She graduated from Yale University in 2013 and received a master’s in sequential art in 2015 from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Today, Ngozi talks about her work and its fandom.
How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?
The respectable answer would be through Livejournal, when I first discovered the Boostle fandom in 2004. But the embarrassing and more true answer is through my over-investment in Yugioh in 2003. I discovered, shocked -— oh my gosh. There are other weird kids on the Internet who think Seto Kaiba is hot. Boom. Fandom.