I'm a freelance artist/writer in Birmingham, AL. I first picked up a pencil and drew something while in kindergarten and developed an interest in comics in 5th grade (1994-1995).
I find the manga style to be easier to pick up on and keep consistent with. You can basically learn it from just watching TV and it can be done without reference lines (plus coloring isn't needed, I'm AWFUL at coloring). Even though I use a variation (or bastardization) of the manga style, I'm not a huge manga fan. I LOVE American style comics and storylines.
Some of my favorite titles are The Amazing Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man, and The Mighty Avengers/The New Avengers. My favorite characters are Taskmaster, Luke Cage, Storm, and Ms. Marvel.
If I had to pick a favorite manga I'd go with Bremen, Kinnikuman, Rosario+Vampire, and Bastard (thanks to my gf for recommending Bastard).
My other hobbies include brain teasers/puzzles, writing, reading (sword and sorcery), and heavy metal (LOVE TRUE METAL).