Ted Sheppard

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Ted Sheppard
TedSheppard Photo.JPG
Born July 30, 1967[1]
Date of death June 5, 2021
Death place Tucson, Arizona, USA
Profession or hobby Artist
Character species n/a

Ted Sheppard, or just Shep, also known as Nyanki, was a known greymuzzle artist and MILFur that had been active since the early days of the fandom, who lived in Tucson, Arizona, USA.


After finishing school, Sheppard joined the United States Marine Corps as an ammunition and ordnance technician, and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan (where he discovered anime). The base there didn't have much to offer, so some weekends he would go to the Base Exchange at the Kadena Air Force Base, which included a bookstore.

There, he found a copy of Critters, which inspired him to attempt drawing comics seriously. While stationed at Camp Pendelton in California he had access to real comic shops and started reading a lot of comics, both anthropomorphic and non.

Ted Sheppard was an avid weapons enthusiast and gun owner/collector, with a large cache of mostly historical (functional) firearms and uniforms.[2][3] He was a member of the Tucson Mob.

Fandom involvement[edit]

One day by chance Shep went to San Diego, California for the weekend, and came across the San Diego Comic Con which was still rather small at the time. The following year, he returned, this time taking notice of the furry fandom and visiting the Furry Party at a hotel after the con. Here he was introduced to fanzines, which he soon became active in. These eventually lead to drawing for Furrlough.

Known for both his military and historical comics, he also does cheesecake pin-ups and anime fan art. He has been a member of Rowrbrazzle and Huzzah, as well as doing the long-running story Stosstrupp in Furrlough, Rossweisse in Furversion (currently being continued on Fur Affinity) and has contributed art to many fanzines over the years.


Ted Sheppard booking picture (Tucson Police Department)
Ted Sheppard processing picture (Arizona Department of Correctionts)

On December 11, 2013, Ted Sheppard was arrested on suspicion of uploading child pornography following an investigation that started back in November when the Tucson Police's Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.[4]

The investigation led officers to a residence in the 1600 block of West Woodbridge Court, where, in December 11, 2013, a search warrant was served at the domicile with the assistance from the U.S. Marshals. During the service of the search warrant, detectives located Sheppard's large collection of weapons, and numerous potential explosive devices, inside the home.[5]

Detectives from the Organized Crime Unit as well as Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives personnel responded to assist with the investigation regarding the weapons found. Sheppard was booked into the Pima County Jail for ten counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and was subsequently released without bail under his own recognizance until the appointed court date.

Sheppard was sentenced on June 4, 2014,[1] to five years' imprisonment.

Sheppard was released from prison on August 2, 2018, after a decision from the State Clemency Board.[6]

Here's the story regarding the above, per Fragman1919A4: "He was arrested for uploading 3 images of child porn. He spent nearly 5 years in prison. He was part of a web-sharing service that mainly shared architectural and ruin photos and someone dumped a couple of photos on the file-sharing program which were downloaded, then uploaded on the group before Ted even knew they were there. I know. I paid his lawyer. When Ted stood before the Hon. Judge Fields, he was rather angry. The Judge lit into the attending Assistant D.A. over their going after someone who had unknowingly posted 3 images. The Bailiff said he'd never seen a judge so angry at a prosecutor. People into such porn don't have 3 images. They have hundreds, or thousands, like Mitch Beiro did. On his lawyer's advice, Ted took a plea bargain because if a jury didn't like him in a court case he could have gotten a far worse sentence. Ted was never guilty. He was caught up in a legal war on child porn, and despite being innocent, was run through the system designed to punish some of the worst people in society. Despite his innocence, the system that normally rightfully goes hammer and tongs against offenders caught him up and he paid for something he was never guilty of. "


On June 5, 2021, several people posted on their Fur Affinity pages that Sheppard had died[7] from an unknown illness (reportedly Lupus) he had been battling for the last two years.[8] He was 53 years old.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Ted Sheppard inmate information at the Arizona Department of Corrections. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  2. 100 Years of Service post on Fur Affinity. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  3. A quiet Tucson Mob moment. post on Fur Affinity. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  4. Tucson man accused of uploading child porn news report on KVOA, News 4 Tucson. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  5. Tucson man arrested on suspicion of uploading child pornography article on the Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved February 5, 2014.
  6. Inmate Database on the Arizona Department of Corrections (Search for Ted Sheppard under Inactive). Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  7. Farewell my friend post on Fur Affinity. Retrieved June 5.
  8. Good Bye Ted Sheppard post on Fur Affinity. Retrieved June 5.

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