After finishing school, he joined the United States Marine Corps as an ammunition and ordnance technician, and was stationed in Okinawa Japan (where he discovered anime, but that's another story). The base there didn't have much to offer, so some weekends he would go to the Base Exchange at Kadena Air Force Base, which included a bookstore.
Somehow, a copy of "Critters" had found its way to this bookstore, 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 "normal".
 Fandom involvement
One day by chance Shep went to San Diego 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.
- Nyanki on DeviantArt
- Shep on Fur Affinity
- Rossweisse Comic and Art on Fur Affinity
- Shep on Pixiv (Japanese only)
- Ted Sheppard on Facebook
- Ted Sheppard on YouTube