THE BLACK MOON
ART, ANIME, AND JAPANESE CULTURE
 
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MISSION STATEMENT & STAFF INFORMATION
The BLACK MOON's original objective was to promote friendship, understanding, and cultural exchange between Japan and the world's people by building a viable web community accessible to all... and we remain committed to that original vision.
Gojira delivers our mail
You may contact the BLACK MOON, at:

BLACK MOON
P.O. BOX 5751
SHERMAN OAKS, CA 91413

E-mail: info@theblackmoon.com

Leader of the Black Moon Empire

Mark Vallen founded the Black Moon on February 13, 1997. Created as a small scale, nonprofit site for the general discussion of anime and Japanese culture, the site quickly grew to become an all encompassing project. Vallen-sama, having had a successful career in commercial illustration, has now happily turned his artistic talents entirely towards fine art and easel oil painting. He also webmasters several art related websites.

Pictured at left is Mr. Vallen (center) holding
a bottle of his favorite beverage... o-sake.

She is Ninja... not Geisha!
Jeannine Thorpe joined the Black Moon as a co-partner in July 2000. She brought to the project her insatiable love of anime and a great appreciation for the culture from which it sprang. In May-June 2000, Jeannine spent time in Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan where she participated in a program designed to teach English to Japanese students.

Jeannine is pictured at left reading her
favorite doujinshi.

Battle hardened and loyal
The Black Moon employs a large army of Samurai who are completely dedicated and loyal. They answer the e-mails, update the web pages, and do the other necessary tasks needed to run the Black Moon Shogunate. This army of highly disciplined warriors also serves as our bill collection agency, personal security force, and private militia.

Some of our volunteers are pictured at left
guarding our headquarters in Los Angeles.

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