Gilles Poitras

Gilles Poitras is a Canadian author of books relating to anime and manga, topics that he first discovered in 1977.[1] He is a librarian at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.[2][3] In addition to the books he has authored, Poitras also regularly contributed columns to Newtype USA, a former monthly magazine which covered anime and manga industry and related popular culture.[4]

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Poitras standing next to a stage holding a microphone.
Gilles Poitras at FanimeCon 2018
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Poitras has appeared in several documentaries discussing various aspects of anime and manga fan culture,[5] and has been a guest at over 35 fan and industry conventions.[6]


Born in Quebec, Poitras has two Master's degrees, a Library Science Master's from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master's in Theology from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.[7]


Listed chronologically in ascending order:

  • Poitras, Gilles (1999-09-01). The Anime Companion: What's Japanese in Japanese Animation?. Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-880656-32-7. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  • —— (2001-12-01). Anime Essentials: Every Thing a Fan Needs to Know. Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-880656-53-2. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  • —— (2005-06-01). The Anime Companion 2: More What's Japanese in Japanese Animation?. Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 978-1-880656-96-9. Retrieved 2019-06-03.


  1. ^ Lavin, Kate (2005-09-24). "Local writer's latest book explains culture". The San Francisco Examiner (82). p. 16. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  2. ^ "FanimeCon - Day One - Gilles Poitras". Archived from the original on 2000-12-02. Retrieved 2007-09-07.
  3. ^ "Gilles Poitras - Anime Convention Personality of the Week". A Fan's View of Anime Conventions. 2000-08-20. Archived from the original on 2001-01-11. Retrieved 2007-09-07.
  4. ^ "Gilles Poitras". Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  5. ^ "Gilles Poitras (I)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  6. ^ "Gilles Poitras". 2019. Retrieved 2019-06-03.
  7. ^ "Gilles Poitras". Anime Fest. 2016. Retrieved 2018-10-15.

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