Gilles Poitras

Gilles Poitras is a California librarian who first discovered anime in 1977. As a fan of films he was attracted by the use of cinematic efffects in ways that he had never seen in animation. He has been interviewed in several documentaries on anime and writes a monthly column on anime for Newtype USA magazine.


  • "I've worked on over 20,000 pages of manga over the last ten years, and I still learned quite a bit from this fascinating book. For anyone with more than the most casual interest in anime and manga, The Anime Companion should be on their coffee table right next to the remote control."
    Toren Smith, Studio Proteus
  • "Absolutely oozing with good stuff to know, and comes recommended to the hilt."
  • "For the anime beginner, this is a great place to start."