Anime fan and convention panelist originally from the Midwest; now relocated to the SoCal desert. Watching anime since the early 90s. Started with Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, and the Sci-fi channel's offerings (Akira, Robot Carnival, Venus Wars, Vampire Hunter D, etc.). Limited access to the medium stunted my growth as an anime fan for a time, but I was able to rediscover it with Evangelion while in college. Since then, it's been "no looking back".
Favorites include: Satoshi Kon, Evangelion, Yoshitoshi ABe, Sayo Yamamoto, Kawajiri, Planetes, and Battle Angel to name a few. Always up for a good sci-fi offering or psychological thriller!
I've been presenting panels at conventions throughout the past four years, including FanimeCon, Anime Los Angeles, Otakon Las Vegas, A-Kon, Naka-Kon (Kansas City), Anime Weekend Atlanta, Anime Central, Anime Fest Wichita, and Izumicon (Oklahoma City). Panel subjects range from studios, individual directors / creators, horror, sci-fi, aging fandom, and adult (non-hentai) themes.