J.Walt Adamczyk is an interactive designer, filmmaker, graphic artist, composer, and programmer. He has been at the forefront of interactive art, expanding the uses of interactive graphics for Disney, Sony, and others. He lives in the Los Angeles area.

Beverly Akerman is a soccer mom, a recovering research scientist, and a Montreal writer. When she grows up, she hopes to be a novelist.

Eleanor Allen is co-editor of PWAContact, Canada's newsletter for professional writers. She's a divergent thinker's divergent thinker with degrees in fine art, political science, and engineering.

Madeline Ashby has lived on the outskirts of Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, and Toronto. Her work has been published in Mondo Manga Magazine, and the New York Review of Science Fiction. You can read her blog at

Jeff Boman is a freelance writer and a graduate of Concordia University's Animation program.

Charlie Bonifacio has been drawing animation for over 34 years, mostly for Nelvana, Don Bluth and Disney. He has coached artists by directing animation and posing, taught animation for over seven years and continues to do lectures and promote drawing as an essential aspect of the art. A founding partner of Squeeze Productions, Charlie hopes to culture one of the small pockets of 2D animators that hang on to the traditional art while dancing through the digital age.

Armen Boudjikanian is a digital and traditional animator residing in Montreal. He has a BFA in Film Animation from Concordia University. He lives his life frame-by-frame currently in "pose-to-pose" mode. He hopes that one day, it will be "straight ahead."

Terrence Briggs, the all-purpose animation fan, welcomes all e-mail and rec.arts.animation posts.

Aaron H. Bynum is a freelance writer and former full-time college student in English Studies, now seeking full-time employment. He spends most of his time writing all sorts of literature, keeping a very close eye on both Eastern and Western animation industries, reading philosophy, sleeping in, and writing some more.

Mike Caputo lives and works in New York City (Staten Island, to be exact) as a 2D and 3D animator, as well as a producer for corporate video productions. He's been happily writing for fps since the early 1990s.

André R. Coutu is the technical director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival and one of the co-founders of the Ottawa Film Forum blog/podcast website, which focuses on Ottawa's film scene. He is currently struggling to adapt the story of the Donner Party into a feature-length film.

Marco de Blois is animation curator at Cinémathèque Québecoise, a film and television archive based in Montreal, where he works to popularize the knowledge of animation by organizing retrospectives and theme-oriented screenings. He is also a member of the editorial board of the cinema magazine 24 images.

Janeann Dill is an artist, filmmaker, scholar and Jules Engel biographer. She is a visiting assistant professor in the New College at the University of Alabama where she teaches an interdisciplinary seminar in creativity.

Patrick Drazen is old enough to remember when the first anime were shown in the US. Since then, he's written Anime Explosion, published by Stone Bridge Press, and has been a freelance contributor to Animation magazine. In 2006 he hosted the Smithsonian Institution's Anime Marathon, part of Washington, DC's Cherry Blossom Festival.

Marc Elias is an art director and animation enthusiast living in Montreal, Quebec. He wants a complete set of Looney Tunes on DVD more than anyone has ever wanted anything ever in the history of the world ever.

Noell Wolfgram Evans is a playwright living in Columbus, Ohio. Winner of the 2002 Thurber Treat Award, he enjoys a number of things, mainly laughing with his family.

Jessica Fernandes is a freelance writer and Flash animator by day, a 2D/3D digital artist by night, and passionate about all things animation-related. She currently writes for fps and and looks forward to a time when sleep is no longer necessary.

Pierre Floquet teaches English and is head of the language department at ENSEIRB, Bordeaux University. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis in 1996 on linguistics applied to cinema, focusing on Tex Avery's comic language. Since then, he has organized several Avery retrospectives and conferences at the Annecy Festival, France (1998), in Italy (1998, 1999) and Norway (2001); he has also widened his interests to include live action cinema, participating in books and journals in Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Spain and the United States. He is presently editing a book called Cinémanimation.

Matt Forsythe is a Montreal-based writer, illustrator, and comic book creator. His comic, Ojingogo, was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2005. He also contributes regularly to the popular illustration site Drawn!

Jake Friedman is a New York-based animator. Visit him at

Erik Goulet has been active in the film industry for the past 12 years. He is currently a software product specialist at Softimage, and teaches puppet animation at Concordia University. In his spare time, he continues to produce puppet-based animated shorts.

George Griffin is an independent animator living in New York City.

Marc Hairston has been an animation fan since his misspent youth watching Rocky and Bullwinkle and Speed Racer. He is on the editorial board of Mechademia, the new academic journal about anime and manga published by the University of Minnesota Press. His alter ego is Dr. Marc Hairston, a mild-mannered space physicist at the University of Texas at Dallas. And for the record, he thinks big eyes are cute.

Amy Harlib is a 40-something lifelong avid lover of SF&F literature, animation and graphic novels, retired with plenty of time to indulge in her passions. She lives in New York City and welcomes intelligent feedback and discussion about the genres.

Ruth Hayes produces experimental works in film, video and digital media as well as flipbooks and other pre-cinema formats. She earned her MFA in Experimental Animation at California Institute of the Arts, and currently is a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College. For more information on her work or to order flipbooks and/or zoetropes, please visit

Carl Gustav Horn is co-author of Japan Edge from Cadence, and the forthcoming Strange Colors: The Power of Japanese Animation from Dark Horse. His heavy essay, "This Model Comes with Genuine Sorrow" appeared in the recent Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence ani-manga box set, and a rather lighter piece on Shojo Beat in the June 2005 issue of Wired.

Artist/filmmaker Luke Jaeger grew up in Brooklyn and attended Yale University, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Massachusetts College of Art. His animated films have been shown in festivals and theaters worldwide. There is nothing in his childhood to explain his ongoing fascination with abandoned highways and desolate industrial sites.

Melissa D. Johnson is a freelance writer currently residing in west Tokyo, Japan. For the past ten years she has researched various aspects of Japanese pop culture, particularly those pertaining to women's entertainment. She is an equal-opportunity animation-lover, however, whose interest and research has spread to most forms of animation for female audiences.

Alia Quart Khan lives in Montreal but hails from scenic Switzerland. She isn't quite sure how she got her Master's degree in film and television studies, and currently works in communications and public relations. The ultimate goal is to apply her OCD tendencies to the film industry and to one day see her name scroll across a screen—in what specific capacity has yet to be ascertained.

Saskia Latendresse spends her free time playing cello, doing calligraphy, reading and writing. She also watches animation while she waits for the next Satoshi Kon film.

Andrew Leal is an animation and comics buff who has contributed to the web publications Comixpedia and Graphic Novel Review. He has also written multiple pieces for Animation Art and The Animated Movie Guide, both edited by Jerry Beck. His own website, Toonjunkies, is a slowly advancing, perpetual work-in-progress attempt to collect thorough and accurate credits for animated theatrical releases.

Jeff LeBlanc is a Montreal-based animator, comic book artist, letterer, book illustrator, graphic designer, and creator of jaunty fonts. Hes about to add sf magazine editor to that list, because he foolishly yearns for his very own slush pile.

Dr. John A. Lent has researched Asian mass communications, including animation and cartooning, since 1964. Author or editor of 60 books, he is founding editor of International Journal of Comic Art and Berita, editor-in-chief of Asian Cinema, chair of Asian Cinema Studies Society, and founding chair of Asian Popular Culture Division of Popular Culture Association and Comic Art Working Group of IAMCR. Among his books is Animation in Asia and the Pacific (John Libbey, 2001).

Mark Mayerson lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and has worked for more than 25 years in the animation business. He is the creator of the CGI children's series Monster By Mistake. Mark currently teaches animation at Sheridan College and is working toward a master's degree at York University. He also runs the blog Mayerson on Animation.

Victoria Meng is a doctoral student in the Critical Studies department of the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA. She has also produced experimental animated shorts.

Bob Miller has written extensively on the animation industry since 1985, with articles published in Starlog, Comics Scene, Comics Buyer's Guide, Animation Magazine, Animato! and the online Animation World Magazine. He is also a contributing author to Jerry Beck's The Animated Movie Guide. Look for Bob's coverage of the Ghibli Museum in Starlog #354.

Jonathan Moy is a freelance film reviewer residing in Northern California's Bay Area. He holds a degree in film theory from San Francisco State University and is an avid animation fan. He has been known to guest lecture in SFSU's Variations in Human Sexuality course regarding the virtues and vices of hentai anime.

Arin Murphy-Hiscock is married to an animator; occasionally gets nostalgic for the six years she worked at Nebula, Montreal's now-defunct fantasy/science fiction bookstore; and has spent years writing, acting, teaching, and generally re-interpreting reality. When she grows up she'd like to be involved in voice acting, but for now she'll keep on with the professional writing and editing gig she has going.

Jim Omura is a freelance technical writer who has followed Japanese manga and anime as a hobby for many years. His current interests included the state of Canadian health care, mobile technology, digital multimedia and robotics.

Mark Osborne, a graduate of CalArts Experimental Animation and Guggenheim Fellow, has been nominated for an Academy Award for his stop-motion animated short film More. He's also directed several live-action projects including a feature film, Dropping Out, as well as segments for the SpongeBob SquarePants TV show and feature film in 2004. Mark is currently one of the directors of the DreamWorks CG animated feature Kung Fu Panda, due out in theaters the summer of 2008.

Fred Patten began writing articles and reviews of SF, comics and animation for fanzines in the 1960s and for popular culture magazines since the 1980s, specializing in anime. He was a co-founder of the first Japanese animation fan club in 1977 and is still its Secretary. He currently writes for monthly magazines Animation World Magazine and Newtype USA, among others. His first book as an editor, Best in Show: Fifteen Years of Outstanding Furry Fiction, was published by Sofawolf Press in July 2004.

Brett Rogers is an attorney and freelance writer in New York City. He has written about animation for over ten years and has been featured in publications including Animation World Magazine, Animerica and Andy Mangel's book, Animation on DVD.

Scott Schmeisser is a computer programmer in the videogame industry. In his spare time he plays guitar in a punk band and, unsurprisingly, also plays video games. He has a beautiful wife who likes anime and comic books almost as much as he does. Yeah, his life is pretty much perfect.

Jeremy Schwartz is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker. When given the chance, he lectures on television animation and interactive media. He is currently working on his masters degree in animation at the California Institute of the Arts.

Shuzo John Shiota is the president and CEO of Polygon Pictures in Tokyo.

Patrick Smith wanted to be a professional skateboarder, but hurt himself and became an animator. His films have been featured on MTV, several Spike and Mike collections, and hundreds of international film festivals. He's also the creator of the Zoloft "blob" character, which he conceived under the influence of alcohol, a known depressant.

A Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Sheila Sofian holds a BFA in Film/Video from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Experimental Animation from the California Institute of the Arts. Her award-winning films have been shown at numerous international and domestic film festivals. She is currently Chair of the Animation Program at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California.

Gunnar Strøm, a former secretary general and vice president of ASIFA, is an associate professor at Volda University College in Norway. He has written books and articles on animation, documentaries and music videos. He has programmed for and been on juries at film festivals worldwide.

Ravi Swami is a London, UK-based animation director and designer with 25 years' experience who recently served on the short film jury of the British Animation Awards 2006. He makes transcendental animation and a mean masala dosa.

Emru Townsend sees the connections between Japanese and American animation, stop-motion and CGI, the art and the industry, the fiercely independent and the relentlessly commercial. He has been preaching his Unified Animation Theory worldview since 1989, and is the founding editor of fps.

Tamu Townsend is a technical writer by day, fps publicist, marketing/sponsorship co-ordinator and events producer during the early morning, lunchtime and at night. Long-suffering sibling of fps editor Emru Townsend, she shares his love and enthusiasm for animation. She is often mistaken for a cartoon character.

Jason Vanderhill is a longtime fan of animation. He would one day like to see a dedicated animation collection in every fine art museum on Earth.

Michael Ventrella is the founder of Animato! magazine and an animation buff whose views on animation have been quoted and printed in places as varied as Entertainment Weekly and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In real life he is an attorney and a smart aleck.

Noel Vera is a film critic for Businessworld, consultant for the Udine Far East Film Festival and Cinemanila Film Festival, and amateur anime enthusiast.

A fan of animation, comic books and science fiction, René Walling was the driving force behind fps during Emru's hiatus. He now sticks to writing for fps and chairing Anticipation, the 67th Worldcon which will be held in Montreal in 2009. He has occasionally been known to work as a graphic designer.

Jennifer Wand is an editor and writer in the Washington, DC area. She graduated from Boston University with a minor concentration in Japanese language and literature, and subsequently spent a year in Japan. She has long been involved in almost every aspect of anime fandom.

Science fiction author Cynthia Ward lives in Seattle. Her most recent story, The Woman Who Married a Wolf, appears in the anthology Garden of the Perverse: Fairy Tales for Twisted Adults. Locus Online posted her overview of Hayao Miyazaki's US DVDs. With the author Nisi Shawl, she has co-authored the writing manual Writing the Other: A Practical Guide, the companion book to their Writing the Other fiction workshop. Cynthia is at work on her first novel, tentatively titled The Killing Moon.

Ceri Young is a freelance writer and editor with an interest in all forms of storytelling, including animation, video games and graphic novels. She lives in Montreal, Quebec.
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