Article by PatrickD    (11-13-07 04:24 PM)
Steve Pearl, the moderator of the rec.arts.anime.info newsgroup from its inception in 1993 until 2001, has passed away over the weekend. The rec.arts.anime newsgroups have been pivotal areas for discussion and news within the online English-speaking anime fandom since before the creation of the modern web browser. Pearl was also the author of the rec.arts.anime.misc list of frequently asked questions and the Anime/Manga Convention Guide. In 1992, he co-founded the Atlantic Anime Alliance, a social group of anime fans in the New York City area. He attended various Northeast anime conventions, including every Otakon from 1994 to 2000, as a fan guest of honor, and for a time, worked as a consultant for NuTech Digital.

In 1995, former Gainax president Toshio Okada -- who is known in Japan as the Otaking, after the title of the highest level of otaku in Gainax's Otaku no Video anime -- met Pearl at the Anime East convention. Okada then bestowed on him the title of the "American Otaking."

Pearl had been suffering from diabetes for a number of years, and recently underwent a leg amputation.

 
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11-14-07 02:46 AM - Post#1672    
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Such sad news. He was one of the original anime fans of the Internet age, and was a big-time fan for years before that. His contributions to the anime community cannot be overstated.

 
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11-14-07 02:53 PM - Post#1673    
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In researching information on a lot of the older conventions listed on this site, I referenced Steve's work heavily. I regret I never had a chance to sit down and talk with him about conventions...and sadly never will.
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11-14-07 03:34 PM - Post#1674    
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I remember hearing about his leg amputation. I offer my condolences.

 
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11-15-07 02:33 AM - Post#1684    
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Steve and I both believed in DVD releases. Most people don't even realize there was heavy, heavy initial resistance by anime studios in this country to place anime onto DVD. Right Stuf management was so opposed to it, Jeff Thompson asked me collect at least 200 petition signatures to even get Tylor considered for a DVD release. Thankfully, the petition got 500 signees in less than 2 weeks and we had our DVD release. Steve was such a driving force for DVD adoption. At Katsucon 2000, he made this bold statement: "I don't consider a title released until it's on DVD.". This was all the way back in 2000, when the sub/dub wars, due to the rising costs of having 2 VHS tapes (one subbed, one dubbed), was peaking. Tragically, both have passed away and it really tears me apart that we're losing so much of the Old Guard so prematurely.

 
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