Amanda Sun is the author of The Paper Gods, a YA Paranormal series set in Japan. The first book, INK, is an Indigo Top Teen Pick of 2013 and made the Summer 2013 Indie Kids Next List. An archaeologist by training, her intense fear of spiders keeps her indoors where she writes novels instead. She will write your name in Egyptian Hieroglyphic if you ask, though. The Paper Gods is inspired by her time living in Osaka and travelling throughout Japan. She currently lives in Toronto, where she keeps busy knitting Companion Cubes, gaming, and making elaborate cosplays. Visit her on the web at www.AmandaSunBooks.com and on Twitter at @Amanda_Sun.
Born in quebec and schooled at Sheridan Mr CÉCYRE is returning to Anime North once again.
Based in the Ottawa area he has worked for Atkinson’s Films, Hinton, Lacewood Productions, Fundbag Animation Studios, Dynomight Cartoons and is currently uprating his skills to include computer animation. His tasks included Sheet direction, posing, storyboards, assistant-animation and animation and some supervision. The projects included Teddy Ruxpin, Dennis the menace, The Racoons, The Nutracker Prince, Papyrus, Monster Force, For Better or For Worse, Blazing Dragons, Watership Down, Tales from the Cryptkeeper, Magic School Bus, Neverending Story, Pink Panther, Ace Ventura, Arsene Lupin, , The Critic, Sniz and Fondue, Spicy city and quite a few more. Aside from discussing his favourite series (and bashing a few things he abhors) he can be found discussing the merits of various forms of animations and the various aspects of film making, censorship, and other aspects of the creative process.
Overqualified doctoral space physicist. During a subversive career of 30 years' thinking failed to be restrained by mind contracting. Declined management position on space station. Despite management warnings published original scientific papers. Unmanageable and incorrigible thinker, presented results of 5th. Cosmic Study at International Astronautical Federation 1999.
Ejected by government in 1996, last known location, the Village (Merrickville) south of Ottawa. For over twenty five years panelist and presenter at science fiction conventions, and for fifteen years at anime conventions. Artisan level cosplayer. Web page: www.ncf.ca/~ah728
Most dangerous thought contaminant. Management level personnel should not approach but order policy wonks to suppress.
Derwin Mak's anthology of Chinese themed science fiction and fantasy, The Dragon and the Stars, won the Aurora Award for Best Related Work in English. His novel The Shrine of the Siren Stone is a romance between an otaku and an android maid in a future Japan where Shinto and Buddhism continue to be important. Derwin also wrote articles about anime and East Asian pop culture for the magazines Parsec and RicePaper.
Karen Dales is the award winning author of The Chosen Chronicles. Her novel, Angel of Death won two Siren Books awards in 2010: Best Horror and Best Book of the Year. Shadow of Death won the Sizzling Hot Book of the Month (August 2011) and was runner up for the Sizzling Hot Book of the Year. She is currently working on the next in the series -- Thanatos. When she's not writing or editing, Karen can be found watching anime with her family. She has been an author guest at Fan Expo, Polaris, ConCept and Ad Astra. You can find more about her and The Chosen Chronicles at her website: www.karendales.com
Animator of FantaSize and creator of Medieval Canada, Les is now focused on producing comics to be released soon on www.darkainarts.com for free.
"Anime-like levels of destruction" is one of Marie Bilodeau's favourite reviews for her writing. Her space fantasy series, Destiny, (Destiny’s Blood and Destiny's Fall,) was a two-time finalist in the Aurora Awards and won the Bronze Medal for Science-Fiction in the Foreword Book Awards. She is also the author of the Heirs of a Broken Land, a fantasy trilogy described as “fresh and exciting” by Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo award-winning author of WAKE. Her short stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies and have also been nominated twice for the Aurora Awards. Marie is a professional storyteller, telling adaptations of fairy tales and myths, as well as original stories of her own creation. Find out more at www.mariebilodeau.com.
Shelley TSivia Rabinovitch
Shelley TSivia Rabinovitch is a cultural anthropologist with a Ph.D in religious studies from the University of Ottawa. She started to write academic papers on comic books and other 'offbeat' topics during her B.A. days and has seen no reason to stop since then. Shelley is one of the co-founders of the Ottawa Science Fiction Society, a filker from way back, and holds numerous convention awards for costuming (back before the term "cosplay" was even coined). She isn't otaku, but is fascinated with the differences between Anime and western forms of animation.
Shelley teaches at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, focussing on the intersection(s) of women's studies, ritual studies, religion, and cultural studies. She was the 2006 Part Time Professor of the Year at UOttawa, and her class "Magic, Witchcraft, and Occult Phenomenon" has been the most popular course there for many years. She has published two books as well as numerous book chapters on paganism and Wicca in both the academic and popular press. When not busy with academe, she is also known as "Baroness TSivia bas Tamara v'Amberview" in the Society for Creative Anachronism, her main hobby for over 40 years.