Small cover art for the Anime Essentials

Previous Author Appearances

Signings, presentations and other public appearences regarding anime and manga I have done.
Small cover art for the book

For coming events see my Author Appearances page.

November 1999 (late)

Gary Burbank Show I was interviewed live over the phone about anime. It went very well they had the right questions and since this show is syndicated nationwide was good publicity for the book and anime.

December 5th 1998

@ 11:00 AM - 4:30

Paradigm Animation
2438 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, California 94704
I was signing the book and talking to folks. Hugo had me in the hallway. It also was one of the coldest days of the winter with a wind blowing through the Mall as they were replacing the doors. Thank god for the hot chocolate at Istanbul Express, I bought a large one and wrapped my hands around it.

Monday December 28, 1998
@ 3 - 3:30 PM

KPFA Radio in Berkeley
94.1 FM
A half hour live broadcast. This went quite well Denny asked some good questions. I just wish it had been longer as there is always so much to say about anime.

Saturday, January 16, 1999
@ 10:30 AM-1:30 PM


Palace of Fine Arts Marina Blvd. @ Lyon St. San Francisco.

A three hour introduction to anime for people visiting the Exploratorium, in the McBean Theater. Wow! This was quite something.

Wednesday January 20, 1999
@ 3 PM

Golden Gate University Bookstore
62 first St.
San Francisco
The turnout was small but it was fun with some faculty joining in. Several kids wandered in and helped themselves to snacks.

Thursday January 28, 1999
@ 6-8:30 PM

University of San Francisco
Center for the Pacific Rim
Lone Mountain Campus Room 100.
2800 Turk St.
San Francisco

"Japan: Year in Review Series" Part II: Arts and Culture

Other speakers were Jun Ishimuro, Publications Manager for Ansel Adams Books, and former Kinokuniya buyer, on current books in translation; Alvin Lu of the Bay Guardian on popular music, and Audie Bock, Japanese film specialist on recent film. The program will be moderated by Stephen Roddy, Director of the MA Program in Asia Pacific Studies

This went quite well with about 70 folks attending. Each speaker seemed to have something to add to the discussion on the topics of the others, which was very handy.

February 10
@ 6:30 PM

Berkeley Cable Channel 25 My first TV appearance. It was fun, kinda chaotic, kinda Stoney. In fact it was on Stoney Burk's show which means rebroadcasts in various parts of the US.

February 20
@ 1-3 PM

Cartoon Art Museum
814 Mission near 4th
San Francisco
This was fun and we plan to do it again as the room was filled to capacity.

March 5
@ 7 PM

Eastwind Books of Berkeley
2066 University Ave
Near the UC Theater
I had to drag myself out of bed, well not quite that bad, as I had a cold. luckily since it was a two person event it was easier to do, and talking about anime and manga helped tap some energy reserves.

March 14
@ 9 PM or so

KTEH Channel 54 in San Jose This went well, I was on for very short periods of time but lots of folks at FanimeCon told me they saw me on the program.

March 19-21


Some Fanimecon coverage, no pixs of me tho'

This was fun, I not only got to hang out and talk to the other Guests of Honor but got to observe the working of a con from behind the scenes. I even got Mr Yamaga to sign my copy of Otaku no Video and Ippongi Bang to sign her CD-ROM and a dojinshi. I did the road show and it went off well with many new older (more aged) fans and parents of fans attending who all asked very good questions.

Linus Lam's coverage of Fanimecon.

Peter L. Ward's FanimeCon 99 Online Photo Album.

March 24
@ 5:15-7:30

Vista College
Rm 111
2020 Milvia Street
Berkeley, Ca 94704.
It was a dark and stormy night. Plus it was just before the spring break. Even so the turnout was good and the questions excellent.

April 3
@ 1 pm

Kinokuniya Bookstores
1581 Webster St
San Francisco
Mostly a Q&A session after I did an introduction to anime as a window to Japanese culture. I even got to do a 'standing in one place tour' of the store which sells lots of good anime and manga related stuff.

April 17
@ 1 PM

Gilroy Public Library
7387 Rosanna St
Gilroy CA 95020
April 17 @ 4 PM
Morgan Hill Library
17575 Peak Avenue
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

Yep two in one day. Lets see how I hold up.

These two went off pretty good especially since it was such lovely weather.

June 26
@ 1 PM

Union City Public Library
34007 Alvarado-Niles Road
Union City, 94587
The "Japanese Animation Below the Surface" road show. I got an apology from the library for not having done much advertising.
Glad in a way they didn't as there were about 70 people in a room that barely held them. One of the staff even brought his cell collection for folks to look at. I had lots of fun talking to the attendees afterwards.

July 16-18

Anime Expo
Anaheim Hilton & Towers
Anaheim, CA

I did my Japanese Animation Below the Surface presentation for new fans & talked about Stone Bridge Press' anime related books on Saturday.

The fun for me was getting to meet so many industry folks that I had only corresponded with over the years.

July 24

Los Altos Public Library
13 S.San Antonio Road
Los Altos 94022-3049

Cupertino Community Library
10400 Torre Ave.
Cupertino, CA. 95014-3254

Another two in one day presentation. The crowd in Los Altos was small but they had very good questions. Cupertino was a larger draw and seemed to have a good time.

July 28

Japan Society presents:

Comic Relief: Adventures in Anime and Manga
Dolby Laboratories
Presentation Studio
100 Potrero Avenue (at Alameda St.)
San Francisco

Dolby Labs has the coolest little theater, great seats and sound (of course) they even showed a clip, in Japanese, from Mononoke Hime which they had on 35 mm film.

The sake was good too.

Co-sponsored with the Cartoon Art Museum in cooperation with Stone Bridge Press

August 14

Campbell Community Library
77 Harrison Ave.,
Campbell CA. 95008-1499

About 15 people at this event. Some interesting questions including regarding local Japanese TV shows. A couple of weeks ago I was given a review copy of a tape which I donated to the library and two lucky winners got to place holds on it so they will be the first to check it out.

September 3 - 5
Anime Fest

I did my Japanese Animation Below the Surface presentation twice and was on a panel. This is a nice small con worth checking out as its not as hectic as the big ones and has several 24 hour video rooms, in fact the panel room was a video room after hours.

October 16

Margaret Troke Branch
Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library
502 W. Benjamin Holt Drive
Stockton CA 95207
Contact: Jennifer Smith

Japanese Animation Below the Surface.

The program is in celebration of Teen Read Week. After all subtitles require reading.

October 23
6 - 8 PM

Cartoon Art Museum
814 Mission, Second Floor
San Francisco

Opening reception for: Anime Made In Japan an exhibit of cels and artifacts. The Museum is near the Sony Metrion complex.

For more information see

October 26
6-7:30 PM

San Francisco Public Library
Main Library
Koret Auditorium
Fred Schodt and me together in one place. The turnout was small partly due to the Datebook reporting the time wrong. But the questions were very good and Rory from Comic Relief was there to sell books so we signed several copies for attendies.

November 5

Pleasant HILL
Barnes & Noble
Pleasant Hill B&N
Pretty nice event about 20 something people at the highest point

November 6
Saturday 1-3 pm

The East San Jose Carnegie Library
1102 E. Santa Clara St.; San Jose, CA
Corner of East Santa Clara & 23rd Streets.)
(408) 998-2069.

Japanese Animation Below the Surface.

Soon it will be the first aniversary of the release of the Anime Companion which started all of these speaking events for me.

Small turnout but not too bad.

November 28
7:30 pm

Pacific Film Archives
Berkeley, CA

This was a short introduction to a sell out crowd. I had to keep it to 10 minutes due to there being a special showing of Nausicaa after the Ponpoko showing. I had a nasty head cold but folks have told me I did a good job and they could not tell I was sick.

The scheduled showing that evening was for Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko.

January 29

2000 Regional
Japan Bowl
JCCCNC Building
I did aproximately an hour long presentation on anime at the requerst fo the Japan Society. This was interesting as it was the only non-anime con event I have done where there were people who knew much about anime.

- Until February 27

Cartoon Art Museum
814 Mission Street, Second Floor
San Francisco, CA
Anime Made in Japan - extended until February 27
Not really an appearance but an art show I co-curated with Mike Glad who provided many of the cells from his extensive collection. Much of the other material was loaned by Paradigm in Berkeley.
If you are attending Fanime 2K and visit The City you may want to drop by and check this out. West of the Metrion complex on Mission street in the same building as Catholic Charities.

February 24-27

Fanime 2K
Westin Hotel in Santa Clara

I'll be unveiled the The Onsen Mark project. Had lots of fun at panels and hanging around with folks in the common areas and dealers room. Got interviewed by a student doing a school paper and hit the brandy a little too hard in the green room.

For more on Fanime 2K see:

Linus Lam Network

April 8 - 1 PM

Empire Library
San Jose

Again the Japanese Animation Below the Surface presentation.

This worked fairly well, the audience was mostly fans who had good questions and comments. Plus the Library was close fo Japantown so I picked up a few things at Nikaku.

A-Kon 11
Dallas TX
I was on lots of panels, which is something I like doing. I also got to meet Helen McCarthy and Steve Kyte face to face and hang out a bit with them, which for a fan of their work was a great thing. In spite of some techinal problems and general fatigue I had a good time and was able to pull off my panels pretty well.
Baltimore, Maryland
August 4-6
Had lots of fun, Otakon and Fanimecon have been the two most fun cons I have been to. I did presentations, sat on panels, watched a little anime, chatted with some of the Japanese guests and avoided going out for karaoke with Boa, tho' they really tried to get me to go with them. BTW Boa's album, renamed simply Boa, is due out for U. S. & Canadian release in January 2001

December 9 2000

Anime Film Festival
8:30 AM - to - 5:00 PM

This is put on by the Japanese Pop-Culture Class at California State University Monterey Bay

Fun event, good questions in my presentation. Many of the attendies were relatively new to anime.

January 9th

6:30 PM

Borders Books & Music
400 Post Street
San Francisco, CA  94102

Pretty much my stock bookstore event. Talking a little and Q & A with book signing.

It was a cold wet night so the turnout was relatively small but still the questions were good.

March 1st 7:30 PM

Barnes & Noble in Pleasant Hill
552 Contra Costa Blvd., Suite 90
Pleasant Hill, CA  94523
Call 925-609-7060 for information
The turn out was very small. But it was a cold week night which could have had an effect on the amount of people in the store being low.

March 22 7:00 PM

Borders books Stonestown Galleria
233 Winston Drive
San Francisco, CA  94132
A presentation along with a book signing. Such a small turnout that probably will not be doing many bookstore events in the future.

March 30 - April 1

Fanime Con 2001 San Jose, California One of my favorite cons, I highly recommend this one if you only can attend only one con this year.

April 4
7 PM

Exploratorium Museum
3601 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA
A lively audience ranging from small kids, who I think got bored at times with me talking, to grandparents.

April 19
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Boettcher Auditorium on the University of Denver campus The turnout was smaller than hoped for, about 15-20, but the questions were good and one father seemed in danger of developing an interest in anime.

April 20
Two events in the same day


Japan Society of New Mexico
University of New Mexico events

The noon event at the University of New Mexico had over 100 attending, some had to leave near the end as classes demanded their attention. The questions were good and showed some interesting knoledge on the part of some of the attendies.

The Alameda Community Center event also had good attendance with plenty of adults and again good questions.

The next day I was treated to the Atomic Museum which had an exhibit of spy movie and TV show related objects Maxwell Smart's shoe is really cheap looking up close.

July 12
@ 6 PM

World Affairs Council of Northern California
2 nd Floor
312 Sutter Street
San Francisco
Attendance was very good, mostly adults and a few kids. The audience had as usual good questions and a strong willingness to learn. They also seemed to really enjoy the clips I showed them.

August 10-12

Baltimore, Maryland
A truly fun con. If you get a chance come to it and prepare for a great time.

September 1-2

YAOIcon 2001
San Francisco
 YAOI is something I have known to exist for some time but frankly does not interest me much as entertainment. So when I was asked to attend this local con as a guest I felt this was an opportumity to explore this side of female fandom by asking the fans about their interest.

October 5-7

Animecon UK
Britannia Adelphi Hotel
Due to the recent attacks and my mother's concerns about my flying I have reluctantly cancelled attending Animecon UK.

October 28
@ 4 PM

Barnes & Noble
Shattuck at Dwight
My usual presentation with ongoing Q & A and book signing.
April 26-28 2002
Santa Clara Westin Hotel & Convention Center
Silicon Valley's (or as we call it locally Silly Valley) own anime con. I love this con, of all the cons I go to this is on of the most fun.
June 9
Los Medanos College
Pittsburg, CA

A new con, as it is new it will be small and such cons are often lots of fun.

I'll only be there on Sunday as I work Saturdays.

July 26-28
Otakon 2002
Again will be attending one of my favorite cons.

May 3-4

Anime Overdose
Santa Clara University

This is a new event for the SF Bay Area, small new events can be a bit rough but lots of fun.
I'll be doing two panels the first, at 1:00PM "Anime in the USA"
The second "Anime and Japanese Culture: Its role, and Third Impact," 3:30PM - 5:00PM.
June 20-22
Santa Clara Westin Hotel & Convention Center
The San Francisco Bay area's major anime con. I love this con, of all the cons I go to this is on of the most fun.
September 13-14
Japan Town Anime Faire

The first general anime con for San Francisco,

I'll be doing a panel on Saturday and some signings.


February 10
6 - 8 PM
World Affairs Council
San Francisco

Sponsored by the
Japan Society of Northern California, the Center for the Pacific Rim, USF and the World Affairs Council.

2003 Year in Review: Arts, Culture and Society Panel .

The event went very well.

Mariko Horikawa from the Yomiuri Shimbun was the moderator, Dana Lewis contributing editor and columnist for Newsweek Japan and well known manga translator spoke first followed by me and then Peter Goodman Stone Bridge Press publisher and editor-in-chief (as well as my book publisher). there were about 90 folk in the audience and the questions and comments were interesting. I even made a few more industry contacts after the event when we were all milling around.

March 6
Anime Overdose
Santa Clara University

This year they will have a dealer's room.

I am not sure what I will be doing yet as planning is still in a very early stage.

April 19
6:30-8:00 PM
Pinole Library


Details to follow. Subject to change.

May 28-31
FanimeCon 2004
San Jose CA
I've been a guest for the past several years. No word yet about this year's con, but in any case I will be there one way or another.

Japan's Pop Culture Revolution

January 26
Registration/Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Program: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

World Affairs Council Building
312 Sutter St., 2nd Floor
San Francisco
(Map & Directions)

Sponsored by the
Japan Society of Northern California, the Center for the Pacific Rim, USF and the World Affairs Council.

Japan's Pop Culture Revolution
2004 Year in Review: Arts, Culture and Society Panel .

Members & Co-sponsors: $10
Non-members: $15
Students (with ID): free


Patrick Macias: author of TokyoScope: The Japanese Cult Film Companion and the co-author of Cruising the Anime City ­ An Otaku Guide to Neo-Tokyo
Eric Nakamura
: Founder and CEO of Giant Robot Factory Incorporated, Publisher and Co-Editor of Giant Robot magazine
Gilles Poitras: one of America's leading experts on anime
Alvin Lu
(moderator): Editorial Director of San Francisco-based manga publisher Viz

More information.

Anime Overdose

March 4 to 6, 2005
San Francisco
Holiday Inn
Golden Gateway

(Easy walking distance to Japantown)

Anime Overdose moves from the South Bay to San Francisco.

This is the third Anime Overdose and the most ambitious with a major lineup of guests.

Given it's location it will be easily accessible by mass transit from anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area. For those outside the area there is easy access from local airports and Amtrak stations. This means you don't have to stay in a San Francisco hotel but can stay in Oakland, Berkeley or other local city for lower room rates.

Cutie Honey

Sunday March 13
9:15 PM

Castro Theater
San Francisco

Cutie Honey

I will be introducing the film.

For more information see:

April 2

Smithsonian's Freer Gallery

On Saturday April 2 I will be doing presentations at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery as part of their anime film series.    

I get in on Friday evening and leave Sunday afternoon so I will limit my sightseeing to the Freer.

Fanime 2005

San Jose California
May 27-30

Just got back yesterday evening (May 30).

Last year I told the organizers that they could give me more than the three panels and meet the guests reception they usually had me do. This year I had seven panels, one interview, two autograph sessions, and judged in the Cosplay competition. I think they were punishing me for asking for more things to do. [grin]

It all worked out fine, especially since they provided free massages (by Ray Greer of Sunnyvale) and had a Peets coffee shop in one of the hotels. As I was explaining to one of the attendees, it was either an occasional triple espresso from Peets or I start stalking staff to eat their livers.

During the opening ceremony when Maria Yamamoto was on stage my best friend, who was my guest to the con, asked if Maria could be any cuter. I said yes and the following morning Maria showed up in the green room is a very sweet little outfit, Cindy turned to me and said that I had been right.

A repeat guest was Hiroyuki Yamaga, president of Gainax, who has been attending this convention for years, this was his ninth. He says it reminds him of the science fiction cons he worked at as a student at the Ōsaka Art Institute. His first film, scripted and directed when he was 24, Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise significantly raised the bar for quality in anime in 1988. It is still one of my favorite films.

At one of the dinners I found out that Steven Bennett likes kabuki, his mother used to take him to the Kabukiza in Tokyo when he was a teen. That led to asking Yamaga-san if he studied kabuki as part of his film major. His response was no but that kabuki still has a strong influence in Japanese cinema and anime. Steve told me about ghost story play that I have to track down the title of. Alas I know it is not one of the ones available on DVD

Ric Meyers was also there doing panels and workshops on Chinese cinema. It was good to meet him after reading his columns for so many years. He's quite fun to talk to. We discussed some joint projects, I'll say more once we actually start doing them.

It was work but also alot of fun.

I'm still a bit tired after a good night's sleep and have to get the stiffness out of my back and shoulders. I also need to finish my monthly column for Newtype USA, this time I'm writing on Japanese tattoos.

Well time to get some coffee and start the day.

September 24, 1-3 PM

Cartoon Art Museum

655 Mission St (near 3rd)
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 227-8666

Book signing & short presentation.

The presentation is at 1 in the paid portion of the museum, but that's OK they have great exhibits.

Afterwards I'll sign copies of the book and chat with folks.

Small but interesting group of folks. Good discussion about anime and manga. I thought one girl was going to fly out of her chair when I mentioned that Saigo In Rurouni Kenshin really existed.

October 8

Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) trade show

Saturday, October 8, 12:30 pm in the autographing area or the Stone Bridge Press booth (they didn't specify, but typically booth signings are on the other day) at the California Trade Show at the Oakland Convention Center/ Oakland City Center Marriott.

Recipients are charged $1, which goes to the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE).

Good turnout I signed over 40 books in half an hour, my hand was starting to go ferrel towards the end which made my signature slopier.

October 17
9:30:00 AM - 3:30:00 PM

Cleveland OH

 An Introduction to Anime and Manga for All

This is a workshop for librarians on anime, manga and US fan culture. Tha link above has information on registering.

In spite of the fact that I had a cold I think it went OK. The organizers have promised me information from the feed bacvk forms so I can improve this presentation.,


Anime for Parents and Other Grown-ups

Thursday, March 16, 2006
San Francisco Piublic Library Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch
351 9th Ave. (near Clement)
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

An introduction to the world of anime (Japanese animation) and manga you've been waiting for. We'll explore the history and nature of storytelling in anime, selecting titles for children and for sophisticated adult film viewers, significant artists in the industry, navigating the American fan scene and any other topic of your choice. Short video clips will be included.

It was a dark and stormy night so only 6 fgoks showed up. But it was a good group with interesting questions.

May 26-29, 2006

Fanime 2006
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, CA

My favorite anime convention for the San Francisco Bay Area.

They will be keeping me busy with at least 6 panels and presentations planned. Their dealer's room will be eating a large amount of my free time, and cash, as there is just so much cool stuff there.

August 4-6, 2006

AOD 2006
Cathedral Hill Hotel
San Francisco, CA

San Francisco has three anime conventions, an easy thing to do in such a busy easy to get to city.

One, YAOI-Con you have to be over 18 to go to. Actually they lie the con is in Milbrae which is near to SF and BART will take you close. Perhaps they will bring it back to SF some day/

Then there is the fun Japantown Anime Faire, in 2005 in December.

Me in 2006 I'll be a guest at AOD for the fourth year in a row.

November 3, 7 PM
Cody's Books
2 Stockton Street (near Market St, the Apple Store and Virgin Records
San Francisco, CA 94108
MANGA (Japanese Comics) and ANIME (Japanese Animation) FOR PARENTS (and OTHER GROWNUPS).
Please spread the word on this one.

If you cannot make it still drop by and visit the store sometime, they have two manga sections, one for kids.

I'll be presenting an overview of the history of anime and manga; what differentiates them from American entertainment; their visual structure; the nature of storytelling in both; selected titles for children; works for sophisticated adult film viewers; significant artists and companies in the industry; and navigating the American fan scene. Questions are encouraged, and short video clips will be shown.
San Francisco
Sunday, May 13
How To View Manga And Anime With Your Kids
A special program for parents and older relatives of kids. I will cover the differences between Japanese animation and US animation, major genres, positive as well as problematic content, and answer questions. The room is not booked after the scheduled time so we can run over if attendees wish.
Asian Art Museum
Spring Family Festival
Education Resource Room 1:30-2:30
San Jose
May 25 - 28
FanimeCon 2007
Again I am delighted to be a guest at one of my favorite anime conventions. My schedule is still in planning, in fact I won't really know what they are having me do until I arrive. However expect I will be doing my popular Anime for Parents panel again.
San Jose Convention Center
San Francisco
Saturday June 23
Japanese Culture in Japanese Animation
I will be introducing the popular Japanese animated feature Whisper of the Heart (subtitled) from the internationally famous Studio Ghibli.
Afterwards there will be a Q&A session.
A PDF of the flier is here.
1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
San Francisco Public Library
Main Library Koret Auditorium
San Francisco
Sunday July 1
Japanese Culture in Japanese Animation
I will be introducing the Japanese animated feature Millennium Actress (subtitled) directed by the internationally award winning Kon Satoshi.
Event details on the SFPL Website events page.
Afterwards there will be a Q&A session.
A PDF of the flier is here (warning this is a large file).
1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
San Francisco Public Library
Main Library Koret Auditorium
San Francisco
Saturday July 7
Asian Art Museum
Blast Off!
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
I will be doing a panel with noted translator and author Frederik Schodt.
This part of the Tezuka: Marvel of Manga exhibition.
San Francisco
Saturday July 28
Asian Art Museum
Anime and Manga for Beginners
I will be doing an introduction to anime and manga detailing many interesting aspects of these forms of story telling.
If you assume anime and manga are like American cartoons and comic books you should attend and discover why you are mistaken
This part of the Tezuka: Marvel of Manga exhibition.
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Samsung Hall.

@ 7 PM

I've been bad
I will fill in the gap here with what I did.
San Jose
May 27 - 20
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
FanimeCon 2011
Again I am delighted to be a guest at one of my favorite anime conventions.
This year I am again doing:
- Anime and Manga for Grownups
- Older Titles for Newer Fans (with the delightful Jonathan Osborne)
- Anime for Parents
- and a new panel Be You Otaku?
I may also crash some other panels or put my input from the rows of the audience.
San Francisco
June 7
San Francisco Public Library
Main Library
Latino/Hispanic B
100 Larkin St.
Anime and Manga for Grown-Ups
I will be doing a general presentation on anime and manga that would be enjoyable for adults.
"There is a strong cultural assumption in the US that all animation and comic books are juvenile forms of entertainment. The mediums are actually far richer than that, and nowhere else is this truer than in Japan. The Japanese have developed a rich industry producing thousands of titles both in print and animated. Any genre you are familiar with has been mined and combined with visuals to help tell the story. Don't assume everything is family entertainment or sitcoms. Join us to explore works that range from respectable literature to delightful trash, and everything in between."

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