Dec22 Guests

James Welker is a professor in the Department of Cross-Cultural Studies at Kanagawa University in Yokohama, Japan. He researches gender and sexuality in postwar and contemporary Japan, with an emphasis on the consumers and producers of queer media, the lesbian community, and radical feminism, as well as the globalization of Japanese popular culture. He is currently researching the global fandom of queer media from Japan, including boys love (BL), yuri, and trans manga, anime, and other media, and the relationship between that fandom and local LGBTQ+ cultures. He is the author of Transfigurations: Redefining Women in Late Twentieth-Century Japan (forthcoming) and the editor of Queer Transfigurations: Boys Love Media in Asia (forthcoming), BL ga hiraku tobira: Hen’yō suru Ajia no sekushuariti to jendā (BL opening doors: Sexuality and gender...

Dr. Yoni Sobin, PsyD, a self-proclaimed “Nerd Therapist,” is a clinical psychologist in private practice based out of New York City who specializes in treating OCD and anxiety disorders, using cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy approaches. He loves incorporating pop culture directly into the course of a patient’s treatment and using fandom to help patients live their best life. In his spare time, he enjoys Lord of the Rings on repeat, reading graphic novels, and building Lego. Sometimes he tries to move metal with his mind and fails. Yoni finds joy in (over)analyzing the psychological makeup of fictional characters. Dr. Sobin has contributed to “THE JOKER PSYCHOLOGY: EVIL CLOWNS AND THE WOMEN WHO LOVE THEM,” and joined many...

David Goldberg is a translator and managing editor for the independent adult manga imprint J18 Publishing as well as smaller imprint Summer Salt. He oversees staff hiring and license acquisition, and is responsible for shepherding Japanese-language comics through the translation and lettering process to yield an English-language product fans overseas can enjoy. He was one of the first translators who began approaching Twitter and Pixiv artists to jointly translate and distribute their comics online, promoting obtaining permission from artists before reposting translations of their content. (He continues to translate webcomics in his spare time from his Twitter account @rotoscopic.) David lives in the Kanto region of Japan. His hobbies include cooking and riding his bicycle inadvisably long distances. (Headshot artist: @ImpShii)...

Dr. Eric Wesselmann, PhD is a social psychologist who studies the dynamics of social inclusion and exclusion in daily life. He has taught several classes connecting psychology to topics such as popular films, fandom, and both the Batman and X-Men media franchises. He has contributed chapters to eight volumes of the Popular Culture Psychology series (e.g., The Joker Psychology, Wonder Woman Psychology). Eric regularly discusses the overlap between psychology and popular culture topics at conventions both local and national. He has contributed to several podcasts for WGLT Psych Geeks and writes essays on psychology and cult films called FilmCULTure. You can Follow Dr. Eric Wesselmann at: Twitter: @EricWesselmann...

Erica Friedman is the Founder of Yuricon. She has lectured at dozens of conventions and presented at film festivals. She has edited manga for JManga, Seven Seas and Udon Entertainent, most recently Riyoko Ikeda’s epic historical classic, The Rose of Versailles. She has written news and event reports, interviews Yuri creators and reviews Yuri anime, manga and related media on her blog Okazu since 2002....

Scott Jordan, Ph.D. is a cognitive psychologist who studies the neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy of cooperative behavior. With over 150 publications, he currently serves as Chair of the Department of Psychology at Illinois State University. He regularly contributes to Sperling’s Popular Culture Psychology series and other outlets to reveal connections between pop-culture narratives, psychology, and the realities of lived life. Examples include: Exploring the hidden kingdoms of assumption: Interview with Christopher Priest on Black Panther, culture, and the art of changing minds (Black Panther Psychology), Whose mind is it, anyway? Defending conscious will in a Purple Man’s world (Daredevil Psychology), and The welcoming Spiderverse: Finding your ‘self’ in a web of others(Pop Mythology).  He has also published a peer-reviewed, scientific song about the ‘self’...

Carola has her fingers in a multitude of pies, from organizing to lecturing, but the sweetest tasting one is Boys Love stories. She first fell in love with BL as a teen, and once she realized she could write these stories herself, there was no turning back. As an indie author, she made her debut with the novel SNOW in 2009, followed by Jaded and Love Addict. In her writing, she pursues what makes her own heart race when reading her favorite BL stories, while also incorporating elements of a more realistic nature. Chosen family and mental health are two such topics, paired with a solid dose of spice and angst. 2021 will see the release of her new novel Change of...

Kelly McMahon is an illustrator and graphic designer from Australia. She uses thoughtful details combined with a sophisticated use of colour and shape to create a unique minimalist style. Her colourful designs have been featured in collaborations with comic books, actors, conventions and production studios around the world. In 2021 she successfully kickstarted Imperium, a deck of playing cards inspired by a fantasy realm ruled by powerful women from four nations. Kelly continues to expand her range of accessories, wall art and playing cards. Store: www.kellymcmahondesign.com Socials: https://www.instagram.com/kmmcmdraws/...

Andres Perez is the creator and writer of the giant robot indie comic "Primal Warrior Draco Azul." He is also a freelance editor who has worked on projects such as the giant monster comic "Nagoraiar: Against the Terror of the Moon" as well as the mythology-themed novel series "Gods' Wrath: Tournament of the Divine." He recently entered the realm of prose writing with the novel-length anthology "Primal Warrior Draco Azul: Full Metal Chronicles." Outside of literature and comics, Andres is an aspiring film critic who makes reviews and podcasts covering movies, television, comics, and games on his YouTube channel, "KaijuNoir." In 2018, both Andres and thriller novelist Matthew Dennion started the ongoing Kaiju vs Cancer charity where they raise money for...

Author A.C. Greenlee is an award-winning creator of Paranormal Romance, High Fantasy, AMBW Romance and Adventure novels. In 2012, Greenlee's debut novel, Guardian of the Hellmouth, was released via Lillium Publishing House LLC and quickly became a fan favorite. With short stories and novellas like Dead Like Me, Blood Fantasy and Cocaine and Catwalks published under the same house, she draws in readers from all over the world with her unique story-telling style and penchant for detail and descriptive writing. An avid gamer, you will most frequently find her farming experience in an online multiplayer game, or progressing up the military ranks in competitive first-person shooters–when she's not writing of course. With a Graduate degree in Creative Writing under her belt, A.C. is...