Guests of Honor

Gilles Poitras

February 05, 2020

Since retiring former librarian Gilles Poitras is using his expanded spare time to read manga, watch anime, research Japan, and take naps. He also hopes to have more visits to Tokyo a city which is the subject of his latest book, Tokyo Stroll, due out in August. The book is a guide to the best Tokyo neighborhoods to randomly wander about in. Currently, he is working on two other books at a far-too-slow pace.

After discovering world cinema and anime in college, Gilles began exploring what little was then known in English about anime. In 1990 he received a phone call from a friend who had discovered a new student club at U.C. Berkeley, Cal Animage Alpha, devoted to anime and began attending their meetings. He was hooked.

Since then, Gilles has written three books on anime; The Anime Companion, Anime Essentials and the Anime Companion 2. He has also written for NewType USA and Otaku USA, and was a member of the senior board of Mechademia.

Over the years he has done in-depth presentations on anime for many organizations -including the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Smithsonian, and Pixar- as well as at many conventions. Gilles has been a long-time guest at FanimeCon, and this year he will offer fun and informative panels on traveling to Tokyo just in time for the 2020 Olympics, with a focus on food in Tokyo! Welcome back, Gilles!

Erika Harlacher

May 27, 2019

Erika Harlacher is a Los Angeles-based voice actress working in anime, video games, and cartoons. Some of her most notable roles include: Ann Takamaki (Persona 5), Sailor Star Maker (Sailor Moon), Violet Evergarden (Violet Evergarden), Elizabeth Liones (Seven Deadly Sins), Yukiko Shirato (Megalo Box), Ruler/Jeanne d’Arc (Fate/Apocrypha), Kyoko Kirigiri and Kaede Akamatsu (the Danganronpa games), Kurapika (Hunter X Hunter), Yumeko Jabami (Kakegurui), Juna Crawford (Trails of Cold Steel III), Koharu Hidaka (Hi Score Girl), Ami Kawashima (Toradora!), Hailey Anne (Yokai Watch), Crusch Karsten (Re:Zero), Luna (Konosuba), Sukuyo Mankanshoku (Kill La Kill), Sadira (Killer Instinct), Siune and Sasha (Sword Art Online), Asseylum Vers Allusia (Aldnoah.Zero), Mimori Togo (Yuki Yuna is a Hero), Emi Igawa (Your Lie in April), Claudia Enfield (The Asterisk War), Al (Lost Song), Ayesha Altugle (Atelier Ayesha), Bubbleisha (Shopkins), and many more.

FanimeCon is excited to have Erika as our first Guest of Honor for 2020!

Social Media:
Twitter: @ErikaHarlacher
Instagram: @withakinsta