Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Learn more about the folks who work hard to bring you English-language editions of all your favorite fandom content!

Elly

Founder

Elly is the founder of Fandom Services, a translation service provider based in Clifton Park, New York. The company was founded with a goal to provide accurate translations of Japanese entertainment media to customers worldwide. We handle requests from both individuals with personal projects, as well as Asian television networks and other major Japanese multimedia distribution companies. Elly’s specialty is translating print media works, such as manga, doujinshi, comic books, scripts, advertisements, and poetry.

Elly is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and holds a B.A. in Japanese Studies. Her experience includes work as a Technical Translation Specialist for a Japanese semiconductor corporation, a live interpreter for business meetings, and a personal interpreter for expatriate Japanese moving to New York with their families. She also works as a personal interpreter for Sailor Moon franchise manager Fumio Osano.

Fun Facts About Elly

What is one of your favorite quotes?
“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.” – Maya Angelou

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Telepathic powers, like Emma Frost. Communicating telepathically instead of typing would free up a lot of time!

Are you involved in any volunteer or charity activities?
I am a regular contributor to the Franklin Community Center food pantry, and have participated in their Saratoga Holiday Assistance program for the last four years. To date I have “adopted” nine children and sponsored their holiday wish lists! I am heavily involved in coordinating charity 5K walks and runs to benefit local causes such as the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia, which I participated in both as a walker and corporate donor.

Dan

IT Specialist

Fandom Services is blessed to have Dan as our IT Specialist. Dan is experienced in managing the technological needs of both small and large organizations, and has developed our infrastructure to help us scale as our business grows. With over a decade of experience in network and systems administration, Dan’s expertise has guided Fandom Service’s development to provide the best possible support to our clientele. Dan holds an A.A.S. in Network Systems Administration, and is planned to graduate with a B.S. in Computer Sciences from SUNY Albany in 2015. He has continued to obtain a number of technical certifications relating to network and systems administration, including 3M certifications for deploying fiber-optic cabling. Most recently he has been taking part in a local WordPress development group in order to better support our business needs at Fandom Services.

Fun Facts About Dan

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would have to say that I would like to have the ability to teleport anywhere. This would give me the chance to go to so many more places as well as meet a lot more of my friends worldwide.

Do you have any special skills or weird talents?
I am proficient in playing the trombone. I played in many groups throughout high school and early college, and was ranked among the best in New York state during my high school senior year! I haven’t played lately, and sometimes get an itch to look around for where I can get back into that groove.

What is your favorite place in the world?
It feels weird answering with what I am about to do so with as I haven’t actually been there as of this typing, but I would have to answer Japan. My reasoning for answering with somewhere I haven’t been to is because many aspects of the country have had an influence on my life. I’ve always enjoyed their entertainment industry which has contributed a good amount into my life, giving me the drive to attain the skills that I have today in regards to server administration and running websites. I’ve enjoyed studying their culture as well as learning the language though sadly did not stick with that over time.

James

Senior Translation Specialist

As an avid fan of Japanese mecha anime, James began learning Japanese over a decade ago. Specializing in audio and video translations, James brings valuable experience to the Fandom Services team. As our lead translator, he handles all of the ins-and-outs of producing audio and video subtitles: from translation, video encoding, and timing to typesetting. A highly motivated individual, he is always the first to dive in to a new project to learn everything about the franchise involved. Throughout his life, he has remained interested in Japanese entertainment media and has translated a number of anime, manga, and video game titles for American companies.

He graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 2008 with a B.A. in Japanese Studies. He has worked as a freelance translator in a variety of fields, such as insurance, medicine, and education. James has spent the last several years dedicated to helping Japanese speakers receive access to health insurance as a certified language line specialist for New York State.

Fun Facts About James

What is one of your favorite quotes?
“I am the danger.” – Walter White, Breaking Bad

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Super elasticity! If you use it correctly it’s the most useful super power.

Do you have any special skills or odd talents?
I am an expert puzzle solver, and can beat any video game.

Jen

Design Specialist

Jen is a digital artist from Pennsylvania. Jen is a highly motivated artist who enjoys learning all the latest digital techniques and tricks. She began working as an artist at the age of 15 shortly after she received her first copy of Photoshop CS. Her passion for Japanese anime and manga inspired her to develop her artistic talent. She specializes in graphical design of manga, advertisements, and page layout. Jen is especially talented with digital remastering, and has handled our most challenging image rebuilding assignments with ease and confidence.

Jen is current pursuing higher education in the field of digital design. She has worked on a variety of freelance graphical design projects for manga and other print media for Fandom Services.

Fun Facts About Jen

What is one of your favorite quotes?
“The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up.” – Mark Twain

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Flying. It’s super convenient, and it’s completely environment-friendly!

What is your favorite time of year?
Spring. It’s that time of year when the days start to last longer, but the temperature isn’t too hot, or too cold.

Eliza

Event Planner

Eliza is a Chicago-transplant living in Brooklyn, NY and oversees all of Fandom Services’ event planning. She began doing small events for the lolita community in 2008 while in college at the University of Illinois at Chicago, like tea parties and weekend getaways to historical B+B’s, but is now taking on much more logistically complicated events like the Silver Millennium Masquerade Ball. When she’s not dealing with vendors or designing table decorations, Eliza spends most of her time either writing graphic novels that her wife illustrates, doing web design, and plotting new ways of stealing pure hearts.

Fun Facts About Eliza

What is your favorite type of music?
It’s a toss up between 80’s synth pop and movie soundtracks. I listen to a ton of soundtracks because lyrics interfere with my train of thought, and they’re really great for background while writing. My favorite composers are Giorgio Moroder, Ennio Morricone, and John Williams (because everything sounds like Harry Potter, and nothing hurts). I will eternally mourn Bowie.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Probability control. It’s basically omnipotence.

What is your alignment?
Team Chaotic Neutral.

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