My name is Gabrial Canada. I am a card carying mutant from Indianapolis Indiana. I even wrote an article about it. Say it loud I'm mutant and proud (LINK). It details my genetic condition known as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome or more commonly as being double jointed.
I got interested in Anime at an early age creeping out of bed as early as four thirty just to watch a block of cartoon programing that included Dragonball, Ronin Warriors, Tekaman Blade, and the henshin spoofing Samurai Pizza Cats. How could a young easily influenced mind not fall in love with anime after exposure to all of that nineties insanity!
For the last six years I've hosted Anime screenings and discussion meetups in Indianapolis through the Indy Anime Underground. We have over three hundred members and have worked with the Japanese Society of Indiana to promote anime at large scale events in the past. Including the bridges to Japan exhibit at the Indiana State Fair. With over a quarter of a million attendees it became the largest Japanese cultural even in America that year.
I look forward to talking Anime in the UK. I am familiar with British fandom through its ofshoots here in the states. I recently worked with BBC Home Entertainment to host official screenings of classic episodes of Doctor Who in the months leading up to the fiftieth anniversary of the show.