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Welcome Literary Guest: Victor Manuel, Renaissance Man

Victor Manuel comes to us from the hills West of Dallas, Texas. He is a definite Renaissance Man – because he goes to a lot of renaissance festivals.

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He edits for Mothership Zeta magazine, writes science fiction and horror, runs his own webcomic, and in his spare time he designs computer networks and repairs broken tree limbs.

His greatest achievement to date is winning the Texas State Bat’letlh tournament two years running. His superpower is Epic Timing, and his weakness is wrong angles.

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You can visit him online at www.VictorLMan

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Video Game Tournament Host: Gaijin Goombah!

After gaining a degree in International Relations, living abroad, and spending two years in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, Gaijin Goombah decided to devote his YouTube career to teaching multiculturalism around the world through the medium of video games.

From recent to retro, he explains a multitude of cultural references found in these games, and how video games can better educate the world about not only different cultures, but also perspectives and ways of thinking. Together with the other Game Theorists, MatPat, Drake, and Ronnie Oni Edwards, Gaijin pursues something more than just mind-rotting in games; Education and understanding of the world we live in.

You can watch his videos (like the one above) on Youtube.com/user/GaijinGoomba or follow him on Twitter.com/GaijinGoombah

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Spring 2016 Guest: Samantha Cartwright of 5amSam Cosplay

Samantha Cartwright has been actively involved in anime, cosplay, and conventions for twelve years. With a working knowledge of about 200 hundred animes, she has created convention panels, games and participated in many fan-based discussions. She has created cosplay outfits for herself and others. Her latest creation was a commissioned cosplay costume.

Her top Five animes, although difficult to narrow down, are D. Gray-man, Attack on Titan, Tokyo Ghoul, Naruto, and Full Metal Alchemist – but the list can go on and on.

She has created and participated in many different panels and games, including: Cosplay 101, How to survive an Anime Con, Five Nights at Freddy’s (18+), D. Gray-Man, Kuroko no Basketball, Wheel of Anime, Welcome to Night Vale, Cosplay warm up, Cosplay Survival Guide, Ready Set Cosplay, and All About Cosplay.

She and her sister Rachel Cartwright perform as Kashi Shoga (Lyric Gingers). They have been singing together since… forever! You see they are Twins! They sang choral in high school, competed in numerous venues, they have placed in many, and Rachel won the School Idol. Rachel has auditioned for “American Idol” and “The Voice”.

Anime, cosplay, conventions and singing has played a large part of their short lives. They love to spread the joy that Anime has given them, in the hopes of bringing attention to this Grand adventure Called Anime.

You can find Samantha as 5amSam Cosplay on Instagram and Tumblr.

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