Derek Padula

Biography

Derek Padula is the author of The Dao of Dragon Ball, the first book to reveal the deep history, philosophy and ancient cultural roots of the world’s #1 anime and manga.

Derek has been a fan of Dragon Ball since 1997 when he first watched the anime, and has seen every episode and read every chapter of the manga dozens of times. His love for Dragon Ball inspired him to begin martial arts training in Shaolin Gong Fu, and then Taiji Quan, Qi Gong, San Sau, Shotokan Karate, and Falun Dafa meditation. Derek earned his B.A. in East Asian Studies and a minor in Chinese from Western Michigan University. He studied abroad in Beijing, China where he trained with the Buddhist Shaolin Monks and a Daoist Taiji Sword Master.

He loves to design video games, speak at anime conventions, and wants to share his understanding of this profound series that continues to influence the lives of millions.

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Books

Dragon Ball Culture Volume 6: Gods
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,410. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Comics (nonfictional), Essay » Literature
Goku meets god! In Dragon Ball Culture Volume 6, we’ll reunite with Goku as he ascends to heaven, trains with Kami for 3 years, and battles the reincarnated Demon King Pikkoro!
Dragon Ball Culture Volume 5: Demons
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 84,080. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Comics (nonfictional)
Son Goku battles the demon king! In Dragon Ball Culture Volume 5 we’ll reunite with Goku and his friends as they compete in the 22nd Tenkaichi Budokai. Then we’ll join them as they fight in a life or death battle against the Demon King Pikkoro! Volume 5 explores Chapters 113 to 161 of the Dragon Ball manga. It's time to face your demons!
Dragon Ball Culture Volume 4: Westward
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 124,410. Language: American English. Published: June 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Comics (nonfictional), Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Goku goes west! His grand adventure begins anew as his martial arts master tells him to travel the world to increase his power. But what will happen when this naïve boy enters the real world and meets people who want to harm him? Will he be able to find his grandpa’s 4-Star dragon ball, or will the villainous Red Ribbon Army get to it first?!
Dragon Soul: 30 Years of Dragon Ball Fandom
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 159,000. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Comics (nonfictional), Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage
With a foreword from Christopher Sabat and Sean Schemmel, Dragon Soul: 30 Years of Dragon Ball Fandom is a grand celebration of the world's greatest anime and manga and it's momentous 30th Anniversary. Features 81 stories from fans in 25 countries, plus 27 stories from professionals who helped created Dragon Ball in 7 countries, and bring the series to fans across the world.
Dragon Ball Culture Volume 3: Battle
Series: Dragon Ball Culture. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,040. Language: American English. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Comics (nonfictional), Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Let the battle begin! In Dragon Ball Culture Volume 3: Battle, you’ll discover the origin of Goku’s training mentality. Travel alongside Goku as he becomes the disciple of the world’s greatest martial artist, meets his new training partner, and competes in the largest tournament on Earth. Will this wild monkey boy gain the discipline he needs to become the champion?
Dragon Ball Culture Volume 2: Adventure
Series: Dragon Ball Culture. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 151,950. Language: American English. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Comics (nonfictional), Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Son Goku’s adventure begins! Join me in Dragon Ball Culture Volume 2, as we travel along with Goku on his epic journey for greater strength. With each step that Goku takes, you’ll discover more of the hidden spirituality and symbolism in Dragon Ball that makes the series so successful. Not because of the action or the humor, but because it reminds you of what it means to be alive.
Dragon Ball Culture Volume 1: Origin
Series: Dragon Ball Culture. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,870. Language: American English. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Comics (nonfictional), Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
See Dragon Ball with new eyes. This book is your cultural tour guide of Dragon Ball, the world’s most recognized anime and manga series. Over 11 years in development, at over 2,000 pages, and featuring over 1,800 unique terms, Dragon Ball Culture is a 7 Volume analysis of your favorite series. You'll go on an adventure with Son Goku, and along the way you’ll be informed, entertained, and inspired.
Dragon Ball Z 'It's Over 9,000!' Cosmovisiones en Colisión
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 30,140. Language: Spanish. Published: June 29, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Comics (nonfictional), Nonfiction » Philosophy » Asian philosophy
Dragon Ball, creado por Akira Toriyama, es la serie manga y anime más reconocida de todo el mundo que destaca por haber entretenido a millones de fans de todo el globo. La rivalidad legendaria de los dos últimos Saiya-jins de sangre pura, Goku y Vegeta, es el ejemplo emblemático de un conflicto vitalicio que llena de inspiración a los fans, animándoles a traspasar sus propios límites personales.
Dragon Ball Z 'It's Over 9,000!' When Worldviews Collide
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 28,890. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Comics (nonfictional), Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball is the world’s most recognized anime and manga series, having entertained millions of fans across the globe. The legendary rivalry of the last two full blooded Saiya-jins, Goku and Vegeta, is the iconic example of a lifelong conflict that inspires fans to burst through their own personal limits. Dragon Ball Z "It's Over 9,000!" When Worldviews Collide redefines DBZ.

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