Ian Wolf (born Ian Stewart Dunn) is an anime and manga critic, TV and radio reviewer, comedic data specialist, convention worker, ex-charity collection tub cleaner, Unsung Hero of the Edinburgh Fringe, and ex-Mastermind contestant, who also happens to have a mild form of Asperger’s Syndrome.
Born in Stockton-on-Tees in 1986, his first experience of Japanese animation and comics was, like many people of his generation, Pokemon, but his passion for it did not truly take off until he started his media studies degree at Teesside University in Middlesbrough in the mid-to-late 2000s.
His first online work however was connected to comedy, working as the “Data Specialist” for the British Comedy Guide, updating TV schedules, guides to shows, and collecting all sorts of comic date, ranging from year-long studies to find the most repeated British comedy show on British TV, to collecting every single review of every single comedy act at the Edinburgh Fringe since 2010. In 2015 he was recognised for his work and was given the “Unsung Hero” prize at the first ever Ham Fist Awards organised by the website FringePig. He also previously wrote a weekly TV and radio column for the northern comedy website Giggle Beats.
Concerning anime and manga, he started work on the website Anime UK News in early 2012, and a few months later began work for the magazine MyM (pronounced “My-M”) as their manga critic, although he does sometimes cover anime as well. He then started writing a weekly “Beginners Guide to Anime” series of articles for the website On The Box and later became editor of the website. Most recently he began reviewing for The Yaoi Addiction Society. He also worked for ONECon, the “Otakus North East Convention” in Middlesbrough as their “Manga Manager”.
He also has an interest in comedy writing, but he would admit to not being a huge success. He has had some paid contributions on BBC radio however.