GR: What about anime? What was the first series you really got into? Do you prefer subtitles or dubs?
Nikki: I believe it was about three or four years ago when I first watched Fullmetal Alchemist on Adult Swim. It was weird at first but then I got hooked onto the show and before I knew it, I was glued onto the television screen. I really loved the character development and you start to get immersed in the world created by Hiromu Arakawa.
At first I actually preferred dubs, but then Iâ€™ve heard that subtitles are much better. Personally I like dubs better because it allows me to pay more attention to whatâ€™s going on in the anime.
Above: Nikkiâ€™s Sackboy L, based on the devious detective from the Death Note anime/manga series
Above: A closer look at L
GR: What are you watching right now? Any recommendations?
Nikki: Iâ€™m currently watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. At first I was hesitant in watching it because Iâ€™ve seen the first one already, but this show is meant to tell the story in a different way. I thought that I would give it a chance.
I also watched FLCL, Ergo Proxy and Death Note recently. I would really recommend FMA and Death Note. Both of those are remarkably well done.
GR: So youâ€™re a Full Metal Alchemist fan! What do you think about the second anime adaptation thatâ€™s currently airing?
Nikki: I like how some scenes show what was only explained in the first FMA series. However, there are still parts of the first one that I like better. One example was the episode where Ed becomes a State Alchemist. FMA Brotherhood rushed a little bit on that story. The first FMA had more feeling to it in that episode. There a lot of things that are similar as well.
GR: Why Sackboy? What made you want to start crotcheting game/anime-themed Sackboys?
Nikki: I first heard about Little Big Planet from commercials about it on television. I had made a totoro before that and I wanted to see if I could make a Sackboy. He was just such a cute character so I decided to crochet one. The first one I made had a smile on his face and the second one I attempted had an â€œopen-mouthâ€ smile on him. People on YouTube had asked me to do a tutorial on a doll so I did it on the Sackboy. Then a friend of mine suggested that I make an Ico Sackboy doll. After that people have requested that I do several different Sackboys.
GR: Do you have a favorite creation?
Nikki: I really love the Ico Sackboy doll I made. Heâ€™s adorable.
Above: Nikkiâ€™s favorite creation: the Ico Sackboy!
GR: Do you have any plans on selling your creations?
I have had a lot of people asking me if I would sell them but Iâ€™m sad to say that I donâ€™t. It just takes a lot of time to make and Iâ€™m pretty busy with school and family already. Also, I donâ€™t think that I will be able to keep with the demand if there ever was one.
Above: If you want to stay up to date on the latest from Nikki, you can follow herYouTube channeland check out herblog
June 2, 2010
Fan Art versus Official Art
A showdown between fan-made creations and their official counterparts
Big Daddy sculpture carved with chainsaw
VIDEO: See this sharp wood carver turn a tree into a life-sized Big Daddy