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Amanda Sun

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.


Benoît Cécyre

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.


David Stephenson

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.


Harry Snowboy and Juliana Matoush-Snowboy

Harry Snowboy - James Bay Cree - Medicine Man/Shaman and Jedi Knight

Juliana Matoush-Snowboy - James Bay Cree - Ceremonial woman/healer

Both Harry and Juliana Snowboy run Cree ceremonies focused on healing both people and the environment around us. They work with numerous spirits associated with the environment and natural world. This is the first Anime Convention for them both.

They will be on a panel discussing the environment and The Little People as understood by the Celtic people, Shinto (Japanese folk and imperial religion), and the Cree. Plaza A ballroom, 8 pm at the Intercontinental Plaza Hotel. Hope you can make it!


Kari Maaren

Kari Maaren is a wandering English professor who has turned grumpiness into an art form. She has a completed webcomic, West of Bathurst, and an active one, It Never Rains. She writes and performs geeky ukulele music about Batman, genre literature, and various types of monsters, and in 2013, she won a Prix Aurora Award for doing so. She has produced three CDs, the solo albums Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off and Everybody Hates Elves and the compilation (with the band Copy Red Leader) Pirate Elves in Space; she also maintains a ridiculously active YouTube channel. She has co-written a musical, Cross Purposes, for the Calgary Fringe Festival. Otherwise, she spends her time marking papers about irony and playing bad-tempered music on the accordion.


Marie Bilodeau

"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.



Master Andy Producer or M☆A☆P san as he likes to be called, is among the first Otakus in Japan who followed and actively supported Vocaloid movement since the early beginning. He knows absolutely everything about it.

As a pioneer, M☆A☆P san wants Vocaloid to keep spreading all over the world.

Unit all the otakus in the world through creativity for a better understanding of the otaku culture is now his life purpose. To make this happen, he's sharing his love for the Otaku culture through panels, workshops and his youtube channel called ANIME TORONTO FM.

His knowledge and his passion regarding Vocaloid is so amazing that he even got the attention of the team of Yamaha Canada in charge of Vocaloid and Crypton (Hatsune Miku).


Peter Chiykowski

Peter Chiykowski makes interesting stuff for a living. He’s mostly known as creator of Rock, Paper, Cynic, an online geek culture webcomic that won Best Graphic Novel from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. About 250,000 silly people read it and hardcore geeks like George Takei and Nathan Fillion have shared his comics and jokes.

His first published book of comics, The HMS Bad Idea, is due to hit bookstores on May 19. It features six years of the best Rock, Paper, Cynic material plus 40 guest illustrations from artists like Kari Maaren (West of Bathurst), Ryan North (Adventure Time, Dinosaur Comics), Rob DenBleyker (Cyanide and Happiness) and more.

When he isn't making comics, Peter is writing songs under the name Rock/Paper/Cynic. His first album of tunes, tentatively titled Telephone Broken, is launching on Kickstarter on June 25. It will feature music distribution via carrier pigeon, space laser, and fortune cookie. (Yes, seriously.)


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.

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