Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime and Japanese culture are one admittedly large sphere. After discovering the medium through Dragonball Z in high school, he spent his formative college years indulging in giant robots, Pokemon, JRPGs, and Ruruouni Kenshin. He never expected his coursework in cultural anthropology to intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe decided to troll him hardcore for his obliviousness.
After spending years attending his local science-fiction convention, Charles began attending anime conventions in earnest in 2007. He bumped them up drastically while undertaking fieldwork for his MA in Anthropology, where he researched and wrote on fandom, convention culture, and the changing dynamic of anime fan practices. He never stopped attending conventions, coming back year after year to both indulge his love of anime conventions and educate his fellow fans on all manners of mythology, Japanese sacred culture, fan cultures, and whatever else grabs his interests. He is currently working on two books related to these pursuits, dabbling in game scripts, writing his own ghost stories inspired by the folklore he devours, and traveling around the country speaking at conventions, libraries, and the occasional university. You can read his ideas and ruminations on his official website and Twitter, and purchase his books at Black Market Eagle.