Alina was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. To survive the harsh Canadian winters, she took to doodling funny animals on any available surface in her feeble attempts to stay warm. After high school, Alina took classical animation courses and went to the University of Saskatchewan in pursuit of her BFA (which remains uncompleted). She followed this up with a 3-D animation certificate, just for good measure. Alina is a firm believer in overkill.
Over the years, Alina has lived in Alberta, Fiji, Arizona and China. She really gets around! At various times she has applied her talents as a web-designer, costume artist, art gallery director, graphic artist, and digital effects artist. Her talents can be viewed in such projects as Wapos Bay (a Gemini-Award-winning children’s animation show for Canadian television), and in her online webcomic, Weregeek.
Alina is a proud member of Little Pine First Nation, a Cree Indian reservation in central Saskatchewan. She enjoys painting miniatures, reading comics (web or print!), LARPing, designing elaborate costumes for LARPs, anime (Full Metal Alchemist, Cowboy Bebop, any of the works of Hayao Miyazaki), Mythbusters, various role-playing games (primarily Shadowrun, Unknown Armies and RIFTS), science fiction DVDs (Babylon 5, Firefly) and console video gaming (Katamari Damacy, God of War, Legend of Zelda). She has two siblings, a devoted boyfriend, and a pet hedgehog called Hazel.