The Incredible Legacy of Cowboy Bebop

By: Acey R. Cowboy Bebop debuted in Japan 21 years ago in Japan. It has, in that time, become a staple in the anime scene, with an incredible ability to convey a story, in which  everyone can find something to love. From the characters to the pacing, to the incredible soundtrack, Cowboy Bebop has managed […]

Otafest & the Spirit of Generosity

Hello, everyone! I’d love to share a little story with you all: a tale which has repeated itself over and over every year since it first came to be. In planning for Otafest 2009, back when Otafest was still at the University of Calgary, our attendance numbers had been rising steadily to include about 4 […]

Anime is Gay: The Intersection of Queer and Anime Culture

Anime is Gay

As a young anime fan, I never imagined that such an ugly and dismissive statement would lead me to a such wonderful and inclusive community. I was like every teen trying to figure out their path in the world, but with some added roadblocks: I was queer, AND I was a nerd. While queer representation […]

Welcome to the Otafest Homecoming

By: Sarah W.| Photo: Yugophoto| Two decades of Otafest. I’m writing this article from southwest Ontario, where I’ll be traveling from to get to the convention this year. I’m thinking about my friend Red who I’ll be meeting at the con, and our friend Sel who can’t join for the first time since 2008 since […]