Our fourteenth and fifteenth North American guests are LeSean Thomas and Roland Kelts
South Bronx NYC native LeSean Thomas is a television animation producer, director and illustrator operating out of Los Angeles, California.
His most recent works are as Creative Producer and Supervising director of Black Dynamite: The Animated Series on The Cartoon Network’s ADULT SWIM programming block; storyboard and animation production artist on The Legend of Korra (Book 1) animated TV series for NICKELODEON Animation; as well as Director/Lead Character Designer for Aaron McGruder’s Peabody Award-winning The Boondocks animated TV series (seasons 1 & 2) for SONY PICTURES TELEVISION. He recently produced, directed and wrote an animated pilot Cannon Busters (www.cannonbusters.com) with Satelight Animation Studio Japan based on the creator-owned comic book of the same name, set to release in 2017.
In October, Thomas partnered with Crunchyroll, a global leader in SVOD platforming focused on East Asian media, for an exclusive deal to co-produce his original anime creation Children of Ether; a release date has yet to be determined.
Roland Kelts is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller, Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US. As a journalist, essayist and columnist, he writes for several publications, such as: The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek Japan, The Los Angeles Times, The Yomiuri, and The Japan Times, and is considered an authority on contemporary Japanese culture and media. He is a frequent commentator on CNN, NPR, NHK and the BBC. Recently, Kelts delivered lectures for TED Talks in Tokyo and The World Economic Forum in Tianjin. He is currently a 2017 Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, where he is working on a new book.
Visit his blog at http://japanamerica.blogspot.com/.