Gilles Poitras didn’t know much about anime until a friend called him and introduced him to the Cal Animage Alpha student club at U.C. Berkeley. As a repeat Guest of Honor at FanimeCon, he has kept busy throughout the years as the senior board member of Mechademia and has authored The Anime Companion, Anime Essentials, and the Anime Companion 2, and written articles in both Newtype USA and Otaku USA. Gilles Poitras has been a longtime friend and guest of FanimeCon and we’re excited to have him as a returning guest for 2015. More information on Gilles can be found on his Twitter page, and on his blog where he shares recommendations for anime, manga, and other works within the fandom.