Derek Padula is the Dragon Ball Scholar. He is an independent scholar who writes non-fiction books and articles about the culture, history, and fandom of the world’s most-recognized anime and manga.
He has sold over 18,500 books and has millions of readers of his website, established in 2007.
A Light of Hope
Derek is the co-creator of Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope, the live-action Dragon Ball Z web-series that went viral and gave hope to over 30 million fans.
“Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope was awesome! Excellent work, Derek. It’s what Dragonball Evolution should have been. … Give that guy a budget and turn him loose.”
– Ben Ramsey, Writer of Dragonball Evolution
If you are an agent or film maker interested in a live-action adaptation of Dragon Ball and would like to read a completed screenplay, please contact Derek today.
“Finally, the live-action Dragon Ball Z we deserve!”
Praise for his Books
“A true masterpiece. Highly recommended!”
“Essential reading for Dragon Ball fans.”
“The incredible insights will change the way you view the show forever.”
“For Dragon Ball fans who think they know everything.”
JAFAX, June 25-28, 2022
Grand Rapids Comic-Con, Nov. 11-13, 2022
“Praise Kami-sama (or perhaps Shenron) for giving us Derek Padula.” – MangaTherapy.com
“Padula has earned the respect of all the fans in the world, and his work is considered academic.” – RPP Noticias
“Thanks to the work of Derek Padula, the famous academic of Dragon Ball, fans of the franchise will discover new horizons they had never been able to imagine.” – Hobby Consolas
Geekdom101, El Comercio (Spanish) – (English), MistareFusion, PopAnimeComics, Real Gamer Newz, The CJK Workshop (podcast), G33king Out, The Midnight Wire, Film Combat Syndicate, Dragon-Ball-Z.net, The New School University, Anime3000 radio (podcast), The Collegiate, and TheThunderChild.
Writing and Development Credits
- Published 8 books about Dragon Ball
- Received an apology from the writer of Dragonball Evolution
- Wrote and co-created the first successful live-action Dragon Ball Z
- Interviewed over 30 official Dragon Ball writers, editors, composers, voice actors, and producers
- Discovered lost Dragon Ball lore
- Translated lost Akira Toriyama manga from Japanese
- Presented Dragon Ball’s culture at comic and anime conventions
- Received forewords to books from official Dragon Ball voice actors
- Edited and published the Dragon Ball Zeroverse manga
- Edited and published the Dragon Ball New Age manga
- Served as consultant for the Goku Vs. Superman DEATH BATTLE
- Over 75,000 followers
About Derek Padula
He has written about the culture and philosophy of Dragon Ball since 2003, and is an expert on Dragon Ball, martial arts, and philosophy. He has a B.A. in East Asian Studies and Chinese language from Western Michigan University. He is a former Shaolin Gong Fu instructor.
Derek has been described by his fans as, “a 21st century J.R.R. Tolkien of DBZ, and a man of honor and integrity.”
“Derek has written multiple books on the Dragon Ball universe and is considered an expert on that franchise and anime in general.” – Grand Rapids Comic-Con
Derek is represented by Guest Relation Guy.
Contact him to have Derek attend your convention.
Polygon: Consulted as expert on the history and context of Super Saiyan 5 and Dragon Ball AF.
Anime Impact: Wrote 4 chapters in this book about the 100 most meaningful anime. This includes Dragon Ball, Gundam, Pokemon, and Outlaw Star. Published April 15, 2018.
How Dragon Ball Inspired a Religious Movement: Interviewed with MEL Magazine for a story on Gokuism and The Church of Goku.
Ulyces: Consulted as expert on Dragon Ball and Akira Toriyama, for French magazine.
Shadowland Magazine: Wrote an article for this horror in cinema magazine titled Cell: The Perfect Monster.
Bleacher Report: Wrote an article on Mixed Martial Artist Marcus Brimage giving credit to Dragon Ball Z for his career choice
Presentations and Consulting
Derek is available as an expert on Dragon Ball and East Asian pop culture.
He has given seminars at anime conventions across the United States, and is available for presentations across the world.
- Dragon Ball Culture 101
- Dragon Ball Fashion
- Dragon Ball Martial Arts
- Dragon Ball’s 7 Religions
- Dragon Ball Spirituality
- Dragon Ball’s Truth and Wisdom
- Goku’s Hungry: The Food of Dragon Ball
- How to Name Your Comic Book Characters, Dragon Ball Style
- The Dragon World
- The Way of Goku
Invite Derek to your convention: contact him today.