Dec21 Guests

Karen "Kat" Schrier (she/they) is a game designer, producer, and educator. She is an Associate Professor and Director of the Games & Emerging Media program at Marist College, where she researches games for learning, inclusion, and compassion. She also currently consults as a Game Designer for the World Health Organization (WHO) and is co-PI on a Templeton Foundation Grant on VR and empathy. Previously, she was a Belfer Fellow for the Center for Technology & Society at the ADL. Prior to becoming a full-time academic, she worked at Scholastic, BrainPOP, and Nickelodeon. Dr. Schrier is the author/editor of over 100 published works, including We the Gamers: How Games Teach Ethics and Civics (Oxford University Press), the Learning, Education & Games series (ETC Press/Carnegie Mellon), and Knowledge Games (Johns Hopkins University Press). She holds...

Kristine Michelle Santos is an assistant professor in the Japanese Studies Program and History Department at the Ateneo de Manila University. Her research looks into women's queer and transformative literacies and cultures, such as Boys Love (BL), within Japan and in Southeast Asia. Her recent publications, "Queer Affective Literacies: Examining "Rotten" Women's Literacies in Japan" in Critical Arts (2020) and “The Bitches of Boys Love Comics: The Pornographic Response of Japan’s Rotten Women,” in Porn Studies (2020) highlight these queer transformative literacies and their transnational impacts....

Matthew Meyer is an illustrator and folklorist based in Japan. He received his BFA in illustration from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2005. His work is focused on Japanese folklore, particularly yokai studies. He is the author of The Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (2012), The Hour of Meeting Evil Spirits (2015), The Book of the Hakutaku (2018), and The Fox’s Wedding (2021). He is also the creator of yokai.com, an online illustrated database of Japanese ghosts and monsters. Website http://yokai.com Patreon https://patreon.com/osarusan...

Laura is co-founder of LunaBeat, an indie game studio making VR & PC games. She works with Scott Adelman, and they've been a team since 2012. Between them they've published 50+ games on mobile, PC, AR & VR. They're currently focused on VR games, and their current Kickstarted game "Paranormal Detective: Escape from the 90's" will be released in January 2022. They also successfully Kickstarted the game's prequel, "Paranormal Detective: Escape from the 80's". See all of their games at lunabeat.com!...

Masafumi Monden is a fashion and cultural studies scholar at the University of Sydney specializing in Japanese culture. He writes and teaches on modern Japanese cultural history, art and popular culture, gender studies, literature, and international relations focusing on the socio-political and cultural history between Australia and Asia. His first book, Japanese Fashion Cultures: Dress and Gender in Contemporary Japan (2015, Bloomsbury Academic) was an interdisciplinary study of the relationship between clothing, gender and identity in modern Japan and the West, and how history framed the development of aesthetics and gender perception. Masafumi’s current projects include the cultural history of fashion, consumerism, aesthetics and the body in modern Japan, and the cultural history between Australia and Japan.  ...

Lucy Fraser is Lecturer in Japanese at The University of Queensland, where she teaches the Japanese language and literature. Her research interests include gender in literature and popular culture in both Japanese and English. She is the author of The Pleasures of Metamorphosis: Japanese and English Fairy Tale Transformations of “The Little Mermaid” (Wayne State University Press, 2017), and the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Gender and Japanese Culture (Routledge, 2020). She has translated contemporary literature by Kawakami Hiromi and Hoshino Tomoyuki, and literary and cultural studies criticism by renowned Japanese scholars including Honda Masuko and Fujimoto Yukari....

Kathleen Gannon is a graduate of Lesley University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy. As a lifelong anime and comic book fan, she has seen the power of media in her personal life and through her work with clients as a clinician. Her master’s thesis, “Parasocial Relationships with Fictional Characters in Therapy,” is published through Digital Commons and her work has been quoted in various articles about pop culture. In her spare time, she is currently working on her first novel....

Sky LaRell Anderson, Ph.D., is an award-winning researcher, educator, and game designer. He is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media Arts in the Department of Emerging Media at the University of St. Thomas. He researches disability and mental health as portrayed in game design and game cultures. He teaches game design, visual media theory, and other topics related to digital culture. He makes games ranging from the silly (Fetch Quest: The Tiniest RPG) to the extremely personal (D.Personal, XXMormon). Play his games for free at SkyLaRell.net....

Angela Shanté is the award-winning author of The Noisy Classroom, a picture book that she wrote about her third-grade classroom to help soothe childhood anxiety associated with school and change. In the classroom, she taught emergent learners through college; specializing in literacy and curriculum development. After leaving the classroom Angela worked in publishing for traditional and educational publishers as an Editor, Children’s Book Acquisition Editor, and Consultant. With one leg in education and the other in the creative world, Angela divides her time around her passion (1) advocating for more diversity in publishing, (2) working as an educational consultant, (3) running Sunday Dinner Publishing, and (4) hosting the podcast First Generation Problems. Angela currently lives in Southern California with her...

Trista Bytes is a full-time presenter, content creator & Twitch Partner with over 6 years of experience as a variety and comedy entertainer.  Trista has worked their way from a part-time hobbyist Youtuber to a full-time career in the industry, making the leap to full-time Twitch streamer at the start of 2020. Trista's channel is best described as nostalgia, comedy, and nonsense! From retro and indie games to journeys back with the 80s and 90s throwbacks to a whole host of improv comedy characters who appear on chat's command; it's a fun, chaotic, and wholesome place to hang out 5 days a week on Twitch. The channel & its community is also connected to several charities with £10,000 raised over 2020...