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Blads and advanced copies Features planned in Wired, BoingBoing, NPR's "The Picture Show" Promotion targeting popular culture, photography, contemporary interior design and Japanophile/Asiaphile magazines and blogs. National radio and TV interviews Author speaking tour along the West Coast

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Patrick W. Galbraith: Patrick W. Galbraith is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. His research is focused on the impact material conditions have on fantasy, specifically how shifts in modes of capitalism and consumption impact "otaku" culture in Japan. His primary ethnographic field site is Akihabara in eastern Tokyo. He has worked as a freelance journalist specializing in Japanese popular culture since 2004, which culminated in his writing "The Otaku Encyclopedia" (Kodansha 2009)and co-founding His work has appeared in to Metropolis magazine, Otaku USA and on CNN Go. Androniki Christodoulou: Androniki Christodoulou is a freelance photographer in Tokyo. She moved to Japan after working as a photographer for the Athens Olympic Committee during the summer Olympics of 2004. She was born in Thessaloniki, Greece.


"(Galbriath has) cosplayed as Super Saiyan Goku from Dragon Ball Z and led audio tours of Akihabara not just as a scholar, but as a participant. That gives him a different perspective than some of his more theoretically minded colleagues. And it goes hand-in-hand with a strong sense of responsibility toward his subjects. With Otaku Spaces, he consciously set out to counter the myth of Miyazaki, the madman alone in his room...His check is the people he talks with, often spending hours on a single interview. As his work reveals, they can speak candidly and with remarkable self-awareness about being otaku -- whatever that means to them. Far from Miyazaki's empty room, they occupy spaces of life, surrounded by the things they love and eager to tell their own stories." - The Verge "Anyone who identifies as a fan of manga or anime should have a look inside, as well as anyone who calls themselves a collector. The themes are universal" - Collectors' Quest "A truly interesting book and a definite must have for fans of Japanese pop culture." - Forces of Geek "An enlightening and engaging volume...easy to recommend to anyone interested in otaku specifically or in Japanese pop culture in general." - Experiments in Manga

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