June21 Guest Speaker

Dr. Dave Tomczyk, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Game Design at Quinnipiac University, focuses his research on a variety of topics ranging from entrepreneurship pedagogy, to motivations for incorporating as alternative business types, to the effects of video games on mindsets and skills. He most recently has presented on how to use board games in the classroom at the Eastern Management Association. Dave sits on the Electronic Gaming Federation's Board of Governors and is in the process of publishing a cooperative board game, Catharsis, which can be found here....

Dr. Elizabeth Gackstetter Nichols, Professor of Spanish at Drury University, specializes in the area of Women and Gender Studies with current research interests in Latin American and International Beauty Practices, Cosplay and Popular Culture. Dr. Nichols is the author of a variety of books, articles and encyclopedia entries in her research fields, including: Popular Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, Beauty, Virtue, Honor and Success in Venezuela 1850-2015 and Beauty Around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia. Dr. Nichols’ current investigations focus on the international practice of cosplay, or “costume-play” in the United States, Mexico and across the Americas. She is a cosplayer herself, a cosplay mom and an advocate for fan-led artistic creativity.  She blogs at www.cosplaymom.com. ...

After graduating high school in Whistler, B.C., Canada in 2016, with no firm plans for attending university yet, I set my sights on Japan. While spending the next year studying at a Japanese language school in Tokyo, I discovered my passion for translation as I learned to read manga in Japanese. When I felt that my skills were good enough, I began a personal project working directly with artists to translate their manga, which is how I met David Goldberg. He assisted me to gain employment, working with him at J18 Publishing. I also work with Seven Seas Entertainment and indie publisher Glacier Bay Books....

Brian Baynes lives in Richmond, Virginia, and has published Bubbles Fanzine since 2019. He's been involved in running Richmond Zine Fest since 2012 and is a huge fan of Zippy The Pinhead....

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...

Dr. Joshua Paul Dale specializes in Cute Studies, a new academic field. He was awarded a four-year grant by the JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) to study the Japanese kawaii and American cute aesthetics in 2020. Dale is a co-editor of The Aesthetics and Affects of Cuteness (Routledge 2017) and the editor of “Cute Studies,” a themed issue of the East Asian Journal of Popular Culture (Intellect 2016). His book Irresistible: How Cuteness Wired our Brains and Conquered the World is forthcoming from Profile Books. Dale has been featured as an expert on cuteness by media outlets such as CNN, National Geographic, The Guardian, The Cut, Refinery29, and Discover Magazine. Dale is a professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Tokyo Gakugei University. His...

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)...

Beast is an animator who has worked on a variety of Japanese anime....

Helalipop Cosplay is a female Muslim cosplayer who incorporates her Bangladeshi heritage and religious background into her creations. She reimagines and transforms mainstream superheroes and villains into female characters that wear hijab and have attire that billow in the wind. When she is not dissecting a character to cosplay, she works as an engineer in New York City....

Dr. Harpreet Malla, registered psychologist,  identifies as a 1.5 generation Indian-American feminist and enjoys navigating the cultural nuances those experiences have brought her. Dr. Malla has a passion for working with identity development as it pertains to LGBTQ, bicultural, and BIPOC populations and recently has seen a rise in couples navigating arranged or other nontraditional marital practices in her work, including interracial/interfaith couples and those in poly constellations. Dr. Malla is also the Diversity Chair for the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, is currently authoring a book chapter, and has spoken as an educator at several corporations, universities, and conferences. In her spare time, she enjoys delighting in the MCU & DCEU, analyzing narratives and infusing pop psychology in pop culture, making soap, traveling, and...