Author of the 2003 Anime Explosion: The What? Why? and Wow! of Japanese Animation, Patrick Drazen has presented at the 2004 Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits, at Yaoi-Con in 2002, at the 2006 Cherry Blossom Festival Anime Marathon at the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and for several years at Anime Central in his hometown of Chicago. He's written on anime for Animation magazine and SFX, on manga for Time Out New York, sits on the Editorial Board for Mechademia Journal, and has participated in a panel discussion in 2006 with Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino as part of the Chicago International Film Festival.