Charles Dunbar is graduate of Hunter College, CUNY, where he received a BA in Religion and Anthropology and an MA in Cultural Anthropology. His thesis, Pilgrimage, Pageantry and Fan Communities was published in 2011 and focused on anime convention participation, including spending habits, cosplay, demographics, communal behaviour and convention culture.
Charles has previously given talks before the Joseph Campbell Foundation, has worked in the music industry as an A&R talent scout and promoter, excavated a Roman Villa in the United Kingdom, studied Irish Literature at Trinity College in Dublin, acted as a teacher and mentor for at-risk students in a charter school, shipped books for a comic shop and had his own weekly radio show for 6 years.
These days you can usually find him at a Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, working diligently on whatever project is currently occupying his time, or traveling the roads of the East Coast to various anime conventions. In addition to his own site, he also has written for the websites Insert Disc and Real Otaku Gamer.
Katriel “Kit” Paige
Returning to ODUcon 2017 is cultural scholar and game developer Katriel Paige! Presenting a variety of analysis panels based on various properties, as well as panels on video game development, localization, and running your own panel. Find more of her writing at www.studyofanime.com
Kara Dennison has been part of the East Coast con scene since 2000, starting with her work in the webcomic world (conscrew.com) and branching out into staffing, interviewing, and event running. She works primarily for Onezumi Events, creators of (Re)Generation Who (regenerationwho.com) and the upcoming PotterVerse (potterversecon.com), and in 2015 conducted “Doctor Who” actor Tom Baker’s first American interview in nearly two decades.
When she’s not working with conventions, Kara spends a great deal of her time writing. Her work has appeared in “Associates of Sherlock Holmes” from Titan Books, “The Perennial Miss Wildthyme” and “A Target for Tommy” from Obverse Books, and “Nocturnal Natures” from Zimbell House Publishing. She’s also a regular writer for Crunchyroll News and one of the two creators of the English-language light novel series “Owl’s Flower.” (owlsflower.com)
Kara works from a converted NASA lab in Newport News, which she shares with four guinea pigs and a bass guitar. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.
Geek Night Comedy
Geek Night Comedy is a stand-up comedy show created and run by comedians Tim Loulies, Sid Bridge and Derek Williams. In its three-year history, the group has run successful shows at the Virginia Beach Funny Bone, the Orlando Improv, the Richmond Funny Bone and at conventions throughout Virginia. Our Funny Bone shows have been received news coverage from local TV stations, as well as print coverage in The Virginian-Pilot, the Virginia Beach Beacon, and Inside Business. Charity is important to us, and our stand up shows have raised funds for various charities including ALS-TDI, Emory University’s ALS Center, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Friday Night Fanfiction
Join Stevo Bortz and his fellow hosts as they trudge their way through fanfiction of your worst nightmares. WARNING: this content is not for the faint of heart. Take it in at your own risk. Listen to their podcast at http://nerdyshow.com/fridaynightfanfiction/.