Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime and Japanese culture are but one (admittedly large) sphere. After discovering the medium through Dragonball Z in high school, he spent his formative college years indulging in giant robots, Pokemon, JRPGs, and Rurouni Kenshin, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe decided to troll him hardcore for his obliviousness. After spending years attending his local SF con, Charles began attending anime cons in earnest in 2007, bumping them up drastically while undertaking fieldwork for his MA in Anthropology, where he researched and wrote on fandom, convention culture, and the changing dynamic of anime fan practices. He never stopped attending, coming back year after year to both indulge his love of anime conventions, and educate his fellow fans on all manner of mythology, Japanese sacred culture, fan cultures, and whatever else grabs his interests. He is currently working on a series of short books based around his lectures, writing yokai stories, and adapting his lectures for Youtube. You can read his ideas and ruminations at www.studyofanime.com or via Facebook.com/StudyofAnime
Creative Fabricators and Actors - Times Past Entertainment, Unlimited Design LTD., CarrHunger
CC - Born and raised in Toronto, by the age of 8 her father was already training her to be a reporter. It wasn’t long until she was media training and landed the position of Kind Metro on the Mister Toronto Show. From there it cascaded and never stopped. Years of live stage performance, Background, Camera, Master Control, Prop maker, Painter, Photography, Cameraperson, Tape Op, Interviewer, stage fighter, Mascot and Costumer gigs taught her that this lifestyle was as much part of her as breathing. The world of entertainment and media existed right along side her convention life. In 1984 her first full convention was Whofest in Buffalo. It began a non stop existence of masquerade competition, Concom, media relations, promotions, guest liaison, bridge/shuttle crew, Writer, Actor and so on and so one and so on. With both large and small productions under her belt she has learnt that the key to being one’s self is to never shy away from the challenges that move you ahead.
MH - Growing up in Brantford Ontario Martin would take care of his boredom by building props out of Lego (before kits existed) and robots worthy of scaring the neighbour’s dog, out of cardboard. It wasn’t until he went to Who Party 8 (1986) that he really considered turning his creative hobby side into an artistic career. When he met Christina Carr at Who Party 9 (1987) it was destined to be. He moved to Toronto and became part of the world of entertainment by accepting a job at a theatre lighting company while still fulfilling his geek side as a founding member (along side Christina Carr and Ed Charpentier) of the Not The BBC Props Department. Everything from the head of the Bridge crew for Toronto Trek (which included rebuilding the bridge and bringing it to code), to Building for stage and independent productions, to Commercials, Movies and Television. In his experience he can brag contributions to entertainment and fandom, as Lighting technician, Background, Mascot, Prop maker, Costumer, Painter, Stage fighter, Concom, Guest liaison, Bridge/shuttle crew, Writer, Actor and so on and so one and so on. With the approach of geeks are professionals too, he continues to be a major part of this industry and has no plans to stop.