Remember in the year 2000 when Dragon Ball Z was just about the most popular ‘thing’ in the known universe? You probably do. You were most likely one of the millions of people tuning in.
The other day Australian anime distributor Madman stumbled across an treasure trove of fan art sent their way in 2000-2001, at the peak of Dragon Ball Z’s popularity. Honestly, it’s like looking into weird time portal.
I just love these so much. As a kid I used to draw (terribly) and I’d draw the things I was obsessed with at the time — Asterix, Spiderman, stuff like that — and I see that impulse in every single one of these drawings. It’s heart warming.
It’s a reminder of what it was like to just be a simple, honest fan of something. At that age you don’t really know why you like something, you just do. And you love it enough to spend all your spare time drawing pictures of your favourite characters.
There’s something really gorgeous about this terrible art. I can’t get enough of it.
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