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!