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Brent Allison

Associate Professor
University of North Georgia
Athens, GA USA

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After a childhood partly "wasted" on Mazinger-Z and Hyakujuu-Ou Go-Lion (Tranzor-Z and Voltron in the U.S.), I came into my adolescent years unaware that some of my childhood TV diet came from Japan originally. I spent my undergraduate and Master's degree years at Clemson University studying U.S. and Western European history and financial managment (to get that "real job"), but my graduate school years held different plans.

I thought little of Japanese animation until I finished my M.Ed. and came to the University of Georgia's Department of Social Foundations of Education in 2000 to begin work on a Ph.D. During my first week at UGA, I came across a group of students who showcased the anime that I had (re)familiarized myself with at technology conventions. I joined this club where I kindled a powerful interest in this unique medium of entertainment from Japan.

I currently make my living as an assistant professor at University of North Georgia. Today, I also serve on the editorial board of the anime, manga, and video game-oriented academic journal Mechademia as well as on the editorial board of the Journal of Fandom Studies. I'm also faculty advisor of UNG - Oconee Campus's anime club Anime Anonymous.

Personal Fun Fact: I share the same birthday as Astro Boy - April 7th.



Convention Guest Appearances:
   Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits 2004 - September 24-26 in Minneapolis, MN
   Techwood Con 2005 - January 7-9 in Atlanta, GA
   Momo-con 2005 - March 26-27 in Atlanta, GA
   Middle Tennessee Anime Convention 2005 - April 1-3 in Nashville, TN
   Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits 2005 - September 30 - October 2 in Minneapolis, MN
   MomoCon 2006 - March 18-19 in Atlanta, GA
   Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits 2006 - September 29 - October 1 in Minneapolis, MN
   MomoCon 2007 - March 17-18 in Atlanta, GA
   Chibi-Pa 2007 - October 19-21 in West Palm Beach, FL
   MomoCon 2008 - March 15-16 in Atlanta, GA
   MomoCon 2009 - March 14-15 in Atlanta, GA
   Dragon*Con 2009 - September 4-7 in Atlanta, GA
   Omnicon 2010 - April 10-11 in Cookeville, TN
   MomoCon 2011 - March 12-13 in Atlanta, GA
   Omnicon 2011 - April 2-3 in Cookeville, TN
   MomoCon 2012 - March 16-18 in Atlanta, GA
   MomoCon 2013 - March 8-10 in Atlanta, GA
   Seishun-Con 2013 - June 28-30 in Atlanta, GA
   MomoCon 2014 - May 23-25 in Atlanta, GA
   MomoCon 2015 - May 28-31 in Atlanta, GA
   MomoCon 2016 - May 26-29 in Atlanta, GA
   MomoCon 2017 - May 25-28 in Atlanta, GA
22 guest appearances

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