Editorials

Zac Bertschy: In Memoriam


To be honest, this is one of those pieces that none of us ever wishes we had to write, as there are just no words to really describe what any of us are feeling. Zac Bertschy was a true friend to all of us in the community, and he’s left a truly indelible mark on so many of our lives. I only had the pleasure of speaking with him a few times on the convention circuit, but it was hard to really deny his infectious enthusiasm or his great admiration for his team members and colleagues alike.

He was a brilliant person, and a friend to all of us. To all of Zac’s family, friends, and to the team members at Anime News Network, you have our team’s best wishes and my deepest condolences.

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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