1998-1999 As my destructive-phase blooms, I seek fiction to indulge it and discover action-cartoons. Not only am I watching the cartoons the "cool kids" watch, but I'm learning that cartoons can be something other than idiotic humor. They can be awesome. Batman and Johnny Quest are my bread and butter, as well as anime like Drangon Ball Z. I try out things like Gundam Wing, but it goes straight over my head.
1999-2001 Golden age of Toonami. Come home and watch it every day, sometimes with friends. My dad also starts bringing home DC comics form me to read. Dissjointed, but Superman teaches me a lot about printed art and violence.
2002 Adult Swim airs with newer, more mature action cartoons (almost solely anime) with themes too mature for "kids" in the daytime. A young moralfag at the time, I felt I wasn't supposed to be watching it, but did it in secret anyway, being introduced to animated violence for the first time with things like Yu Yu Hakusho, as well as the fact cartoons can have sex and swearing. Later that year, my underdeveloped mind is further educated on how epic animation can be with things like Inuyasha, which I at the time found impressive. My drawing-style evolves and becomes anime-esque instead of stick-figures thanks to comic-books.