Press Releases

2005 Press Releases

December 30, 2005
Sakura-Con welcomes GameWorks as a new sponsor
Sakura-Con has announced that GameWorks is sponsoring the convention and that the first 6000 pre-registrants (until February 28th) will each receive 30 minutes of free gameplay from GameWorks in Seattle, WA. (This includes anyone who has already pre-registered as well.)
December 28, 2005
First round of guests for AnimeNEXT 2006 announced
AnimeNEXT has announced that Vic Mignogna, Laura Bailey, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Lauren Goodnight and Bill Rogers will be guests at its 2006 convention this June in Secaucus, New Jersey.
December 23, 2005
Central Park Media and The New England Anime Society celebrate 2006
Central Park Media has issued a press release to help promote The New England Anime Society's anime screenings at First Night Boston this New Year's Eve from 1pm to 11pm at the Hynes Convention Center.
December 19, 2005
Ushicon announces offical guest list and promo item for Ushicon GO!
Ushicon has announced their full guest list. It consists of Ikuko Itoh, Keitarou Arima, Steve Bennett, Doug Smith, Rivkah, Greg Ayres, Laura Bailey, Yuri Lowenthal, and Carrie Savage.
December 14, 2005
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Anime (SPJA) begins search for head
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Anime (SPJA), the parent organization of Anime Expo, is continuing to search for a Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
December 13, 2005
MatsuriCon announces first guests
MatsuriCon in Worthington, Ohio has announced that Johnny Yong Bosch, Christy Lijewski, William Sebree (DDRNinja), and Eyeshine will be guests at the convention this coming April.
December 13, 2005
Llamacon 2006 announces new guests
Llamacon 2006 has announced that voice actor Daniel Kevin Harrison and web comic creator Brian Wilson will be guests at the western Massachusetts convention in February.
December 8, 2005
OhayoCon announces final additions to guest list
OhayoCon 2006 has announced the following final additions to its guest list: Chris Sabat and Tiffany Grant, director Matt Greenfield, and artists Dave Merrill and Shaindle Minuk. Also, The Spoony Bards will be opening for Peelander-Z.
December 1, 2005
Comic-Con and Wizard conventions form marketing partnership
New York Comic-Con has announced that it has formed a marketing partnership with Wizard Conventions that will provide both companies with the opportunity to leverage their own brands at each other's shows.
November 30, 2005
Llamacon 2006 announces high school promotion
Llamacon has issued a press release to announce discounted rates for the one-day February convention.
November 21, 2005
eigoMANGA announces Rumble Invasion in SF and LA
eigoMANGA, the publishers for the Japanese-influenced comic book series Rumble Pak, is producing a two-city comic book rock concert tour at Things from Another World in San Francisco and the Los Angeles area (Universal City) called Rumble Invasion 2005.
November 21, 2005
MTAC welcomes Caitlin Glass to 2006 guest lineup
Middle Tennessee Anime Convention has announced that voice actress Caitlin Glass will be joining their guest list.
November 21, 2005
Llamacon 2006 announces new guests
Llamacon 2006 has announced that cosplay band Bad Luck and webcomic artist Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content will be present at the convention this coming February.
November 21, 2005
MatsuriCon offers special holiday registrations
MatsuriCon is offering $25 single rate and $22 per person group rates as part of a special promotion for the holiday season. As part of registering by mail before December 7th, registrants have the option of receiving a special collectors confirmation post-card in the mail around Christmas time.
November 16, 2005
American Red Cross to conduct blood drive at AX2006
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) has issued a press release stating that the American Red Cross will be conducting a blood drive during Anime Expo 2006, July 1-4 in Anaheim, CA.
November 14, 2005
Anime Vegas 2005 video blog is online
If you missed Anime Vegas in October or want to re-live the convention, you can now find an Anime Vegas video blog online.
November 13, 2005
Anime Boston 2006 announces its first round of guests
Anime Boston 2006 has announced its first round of guests: voice actors Greg Ayres, Steven J. Blum, Richard Epcar, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and artists Robert and Emily DeJesus. Anime Boston will be held May 26-28, 2006 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.
November 8, 2005
Sakura-Con announces first American guest
Sakura-Con has announced that voice actor, writer, director and producer Tony Oliver will be a guest at their convention in March 2006.
November 8, 2005
Anime South schedule posted as hotel block fills
Anime South has issued a press release to notify people that their schedule has been posted and the hotel has very little space available.
November 5, 2005
DC Anime Club to host End of the Year Cosplay Party
The DC Anime Club and Anime FX will be hosting an End of the Year Cosplay Party on December 3rd. Entry is $10 and entering the video game tournament or cosplay contest will cost an additional $5.
November 5, 2005 at Fan Expo in Chile
The 2005 Robotech Convention Tour makes its first Latin American stop at the inaugural Fan Expo in Santiago, Chile on November 12-13th! Guests include Greg Snegoff, Jesús Barrero, Patricia Acevedo, Michael Bradley, and Tommy Yune.
November 4, 2005
Supanova Pop Culture Expo announces podcast
Supanova Pop Culture Expo, the largest convention of its kind in Australia, has issued a press release to announce a podcast featuring audio from its guest panels. Current podcast episodes feature guests such as Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, and Sonny Strait.
November 1, 2005
Peelander-Z Mini Tour sponsored by AnimeNext
AnimeNext is sponsoring Peelander-Z's tour of the northeast. Performances can be found this week in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York.
October 25, 2005
Bakuretsu Con announces numbers and 2006 date
Bakuretsu Con has announced that 450 attendees were at their convention in Vermont this past weekend. Next year's Bakuretsu Con is scheduled for November 3rd through 5th, 2006.
October 22, 2005
Simon's Rock Anime Club announces Llamacon 2006
Llamacon will take place in Great Barrington, MA on February 25, 2006. The convention will focus on fan-created works such as AMVs, documentaries, cosplay, and fanfic.
October 16, 2005
MTAC to feature guests Steve Blum, Vic Mignogna, and Greg Ayres
MTAC has announced that Steve Blum, Vic Mignogna, and Greg Ayres will be attending the convention from April 21st through 23rd, 2006.
September 26, 2005
SPJA/Anime Expo 2006 searches for a new CEO
Jennifer Pon has stepped down as the current Chief Executive Officer for the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Anime, Anime Expo's parent organization. Chad Kime, SPJA Board Member, will act as the interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found.
September 16, 2005
Bakuretsu Con's hotel has sold out
Bakuretsu Con's primary hotel has sold out, but overflow hotel space is available at neighboring hotels. Bakuretsu Con will be held October 21-23 in Burlington, VT.
September 13, 2005
Sakura-Con's room block at the Grand Hyatt has been sold out
Sakura-Con has issued a press release announcing that their room block at the Grand Hyatt is full. Space is still available at nearby hotels, but going fast. Pre-registrations are also reported to be up over 45% from last year at this time.
August 29, 2005
Pokémon fans invited to free festival
Pokemon USA announces five city "Pokémon Rocks America 2005" tour in San Jose, Phoenix, Dallas, Chicago, and Boston.
August 29, 2005
Onna! announces J-rock band Gelatine as musical guest
Onna! has announced Gelatine, a New York City-based J-Rock band, as a musical guest. Onna! will be held October 8-10 at the Gateway Hilton in Newark, NJ.
August 23, 2005
Robotech to be honored at Seattle event
As part of the celebration of Robotech's 20th Anniversary the North American Science Fiction Convention, Cascadia Con, and The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame will honor Robotech with an award for its contribution to the genre of Science Fiction on Wednesday August 31st at 7 p.m.
August 16, 2005
AnimeUSA announces musical guest of honor
AnimeUSA has announced that Move will be performing at their 7th annual convention this November in Tyson's Corner, VA.
August 16, 2005
Fullmetal Alchemist and Shaman King director Seiji Mizushima visits Long Beach
The Pacific Media Association (PMA) has announced the appearance of Mr. Seiji Mizushima at Pacific Media Expo during Labor Day weekend, September 3-5, 2005 at Long Beach Convention Center.
August 16, 2005
Kumoricon announces guests and events
Kumoricon (September 3-5, 2005) will feature theaters, panels, cosplay, gaming and a list of distinguished guests including; Joshua Seth, Greg Dean, Dr. Antonia Levi, Toshifumi Yoshida, Brad DeMoss and Bakazoku.
August 10, 2005
Bakuretsu Con announces Amy Howard-Wilson as a guest
Bakuretsu Con has announced that Amy Howard-Wilson will be attending the Vermont convention this October.
August 10, 2005
Anime Evolution outlines events and guest list
Anime Evolution has issued a press release outlining its programming and its guest list.
August 9, 2005
Anime Boston, Hynes Convention Center, Sheraton Boston confirm contract for AB 2007
Planning ahead, the dates for Anime Boston 2007 have been announced as April 20-22, 2007. This will move the event back to its usual April timeframe rather than Anime Boston 2006's May 26-28, 2006 dates. Both events will take place at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel.
July 28, 2005
MechaCon to premiere Transformers: The Movie - Reconstructed
MechaCon announced Wednesday that it will screen "Transformers: The Movie - Reconstructed" during its inaugural convention in Lafayette, LA. The film is a brand new telecine, providing a 16:9 widesceen anamorphic version of the film, literally re-constructed from the original picture negative.
July 22, 2005
AFO6 announces updated guest list and events
Anime Festival Orlando has announced that Tony Oliver, Steve Yun, Tom Bateman, Chris Sabat, Bob Bergen, Michael Richard Dobson, Lex Lang, Sandy Fox, Steve Bennett, Doug Smith and Jan Scott-Frazier are all on the guest list for this August's convention.
July 7, 2005
MomoCon announces 2006 dates
MomoCon has announced that its 2006 convention will be held March 18th and 19th at the Georgia Tech Student Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
July 5, 2005
MTAC announces the open of pre-registration
Middle Tennessee Anime Convention has opened pre-registration for their April 2006 convention.
July 5, 2005
Anime South 2005 announces more guests and founder membership sell-out
Anime South 2005 has announced that voice actress Lauren Goodnight and photographer Maboroshi will be guests at the convention this November in Destin, Florida.
July 5, 2005
Ai-Kon moves to the Winnipeg Convention Centre
Ai-Kon in Winnipeg, Manitoba has formally announced that it will be moving to the Winnipeg Convention Centre for its 2005 convention on the weekend of August 12-14.
June 25, 2005
Lane Libraries in Fairfield, Ohio announces anime festival
If you're in the Fairfield, Ohio area on July 9th, you may want to check out Toshokan Fest at the Fairfield Lane Library from 10 to 6pm.
June 24, 2005
O-Chibicon announces events for August event
O-ChibiCon in Houston, TX has sent out a brief press release listing some of the events planned for their August convention.
June 23, 2005
AX to send two cosplayers to the World Cosplay Summit
Anime Expo has announced that they will be holding a contest with TV Aichi to send two cosplayers to the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Japan during the Nagoya World's Fair.
June 23, 2005
Sakura-Con moves to the Washington State Convention and Trade Center
Sakura-Con 2006 will be held March 24th - 26th, 2006 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. This move will increase the convention's space by 200%.
June 19, 2005
Anime Los Angeles announces flyer design competitions
Submit a great flyer design to Anime Los Angeles and you could win a batch of cookies.
June 18, 2005
Anime Los Angeles 2 announces discounted memberships
In addition to discounted memberships for students or parents-in-tow, Anime Los Angeles has also announced some guests and events.
June 17, 2005
AX announces screening schedule and themed nights
The latest press release from Anime Expo announces some of their 35mm film screenings, video room blocks, and "Midnight Madness".
June 14, 2005
Anime Expo finalizes its guest list
Anime Expo has announced the final addition to its list of guests: Ugetsu Hakua, Tsuneo Kobayashi, and Greg Ayres.
June 8, 2005
More guests added to Anime Expo's lineup
Anime Expo has added the following guests to its lineup: Ryo Horikawa, Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Osamu Kobayashi, Tomokazu Seki, Miho Shimogasa, Akihito Yamashita and Kotoko. The additions also include AX's first official North American voice actor guests, Crispin Freeman and Colleen Clinkenbeard.
June 7, 2005
Anime Expo announces online registration
In the latest in a series of announcements, Anime Expo has issued a press release to notify people that online pre-registration and payment are now available.
June 6, 2005
Anime Expo announces the North American debut of musician Kotoko
Anime Expo sent out another press release today to announce a concert hosted by Kotoko and a "bomb-shell surprise appearance" by a guest involved with the Hellsing OAV series.
June 6, 2005
Anime Expo revamps its weapons policy
Anime Expo has published their new weapons policy in the form of a press release. Anyone planning to cosplay with prop weapons or wearing an authentic real-world uniform should review the policy.
June 3, 2005
MTAC announces 2006 location
Middle Tennessee Anime Convention has announced the location for its 2006 convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
June 2, 2005
Anime Weekend Atlanta announces its guest list
Anime Weekend Atlanta has announced its guest list. The list includes Stan Sakai, Jessica Boone, Sasha Paysinger, Vic Mignogna, Luci Christian, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Lauren Goodnight, Mariela Ortiz, Mike Sinterniklaas, David Williams, Matt Greenfield, Robert & Emily DeJesus, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, Rikki Simons, Neil Nadelman and Lisa Furukawa Ray
May 30, 2005
Anime convention returns to Las Vegas
Anime Vegas has issued a press release outlining some of the guests and events they will have in their second year.
May 23, 2005
Anime Expo announces rules for its free manga library
Anime Expo has issued a press release with the rules for its free manga library.
May 17, 2005
Akitaro Daichi and Reiko Yasuhara to attend AnimeNEXT 2005
AnimeNEXT has announced that anime director and writer Akitaro Daichi and singer and voice actress Reiko Yasuhara have accepted invitations to appear at the event on June 17-19.
April 25, 2005
East Meets South announces a second event
The "insane people" from East Meets South have announced a new cosplay event called "Southern Masquerade Experience" in a brief news release.
April 16, 2005
Anime South announces 2005 guests and 2006 convention dates
Anime South has published a press release announcing Marc Matney and Mirana Reveier as guests at their 2005 convention on November 18-20th in Destin, Florida. Their 2006 convention will be held November 3-5, 2006.
March 22, 2005
Wasabi Animusical to premiere at JACON 2005
A group known as Wasabi Anime has created the "Wasabi Animusical", a musical based on anime, manga, video games, cosplay, and more. It will be presented at this year's JACON on April 15th.
March 14, 2005
Sakura-Con announces guests of honor
Sakura-Con has announced the following guests of honor: artist Hiroshi Nagahama, actresses Ikue Ohtani and Run Sasaki, video game composer Hiroki Kikuta, director Tatsuo Sato, Harmony Gold Coordinator of Special Events Tom Bateman, Harmony Gold Creative Director Tommy Yune, web comic artists Greg Dean and Gabe and Tycho, voice actor Travis Willingham, and J-pop group Angela.
March 7, 2005
Anime Boston announces guests of honor Daisuke Moriyama, Scott McNeil, Monica Rial, and Brianne Siddall
Anime Boston 2005 has announced that the creator of Chrno Crusade, Daisuke Moriyama, as well as voice actors Scott McNeil, Monica Rial, and Brianne Siddall will be guests of honor at the convention from April 29th through May 1st at the Hynes Convention Center.
March 2, 2005
MTAC announces new guests and Robotech tour
MTAC in Nashville, TN has announced voice actors Laura Bailey and Colleen Clinkenbeard will be attending as guests. MTAC will also be one of the stops on the 20th Anniversary Robotech Convention Tour sponsored by Harmony Gold. Also, in recognition of their chairman's birthday, MTAC has extended pre-registration until March 9th.
March 1, 2005
Metrocon announces Lupin the 3rd creator, Monkey Punch, as guest
Metrocon has announced that the creator of Lupin the 3rd, Monkey Punch, will be attending their convention as a guest of honor this June.
February 27, 2005
Yuricon announces four special guests for the Yuri Revolution Event in Tokyo
Yuricon has announced that Natsuko Mori, Akiko Mizoguchi, Eriko Tadeno, and Rica Takashima will be guests at the Yuri Revolution event in Tokyo, Japan, on April 16, 2005.
February 26, 2005
More voice actors announced for Anime Boston 2005
Anime Boston has announced its next round of voice acting guests. The announcement includes Johnny Yong Bosch, Melissa Fahn, Cynthia Martinez, and Chris Patton. Another guest announcement is expected soon.
February 22, 2005
Anime Expo announces first three Japanese guests
The SPJA has announced the first three guests for Anime Expo 2005: artist Kazue Yamamoto, character designer and animation director Hiroshi Osaka, and voice actress and singer Maaya Sakamoto.
February 21, 2005
Bakuretsu Con announces guests
Bakuretsu Con has announced that AMV and fan parody creator Scott Melzer and web comic artist Michael "Mookie" Terracciano will be guests at the October convention.
February 21, 2005
New guests and events announced for Sogen Con
Sogen Con has announced the attendance of Michael Coleman, Luci Christian, Christine Auten, Tiffany Grant, Robert DeJesus, Emily DeJesus, Chugworth Academy, VG Cats, and Kumiko Kato.
February 17, 2005
AnimeNEXT matches tsunami relief donations
AnimeNEXT has announced that they will match donations made through its web site to UNICEF for tsunami victims in southeast Asia up to $5000.
February 16, 2005
Anime Overdose announces English-language premiere of A Tree of Palme
Anime Overdose has announced that they will be holding the English-language premiere of A Tree of Palme, a film by Takashi Nakamura. Producer Janice Williams and Actress Kira Vincent-Davis will be on hand after the film for a Q&A session.
February 9, 2005
Anime Expo announces a 24-hour manga library
The SPJA has announced that Anime Expo 2005 will have a 24-hour manga library. Over 2,000 manga books will be available to check out and read at the convention.
February 3, 2005
Yoko Ishida to perform in concert at Anime Boston 2005
Anime Boston has announced Yoko Ishida as their first-ever musical guest. She has performed the themes to series such as Pretear, A Little Snow Fairy Sugar, and Ai Yori Aoshi.
January 30, 2005
Onna! announces first confirmed guests
Onna!, the new convention from the Shoujo Arts Society and Yurikon, has announced its first two guests: Paige Braddock and Sin Comix.
January 27, 2005
Anime Overdose announces additional anime-related content and guests
Anime Overdose has announced the attendance of Family Guy voice actress and writer Alex Borstein, director Moon-saeng Kim, producer Kay Hwang, and animation veteran Ken Pontac.
January 22, 2005
Maaya Sakamoto scheduled to appear at AnimeFest 2005
AnimeFest 2005 announced yesterday that Maaya Sakamoto will be attending as a J-Pop Guest of Honor. Maaya Sakamoto is perhaps best known as the singer on the themes to Escaflowne, RahXephon, Card Captor Sakura, and Wolf's Rain.
January 18, 2005
Shoujo Arts Society and Yurikon announce Onna! convention
Shoujo Arts Society and Yurikon LLC have announced their new convention, Onna!. Onna! will take the ideas behind Shoujocon and Yuricon, two separate conventions focusing on women in anime and manga, and promote them in a single setting.
January 17, 2005
Three new guests announced for MTAC Go
MTAC (Middle Tennessee Anime Convention) has announced three additions to its guest list: voice actors Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, and Vic Mignogna.
January 13, 2005
Robotech convention tour to start at Kunicon St. Louis
Kunicon St Louis has invited the entire team of Tommy Yune, Kevin McKeever, Tom Bateman and Steve Yun as guests of honor as well as Richard Epcar who appears as Vince Grant in the new Robotech sequel. In addition to these guests, and Kunicon are planning several events to celebrate Robotech's 20th anniversary.
January 12, 2005
Anime Central announces its first round of guests
Anime Central has announced its first round of guests which includes voice actors Michelle Ruff, Beau Billingslea, Richard Epcar, Greg Ayres, Chris Patton, and Monica Rial, as well as artists Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, Rikki Simons, Doug Smith, Robert and Emily DeJesus, and Bruce Lewis, and director / translator / con personality Jan Scott Frazier.
January 12, 2005
Takeshi Mori to attend Anime Overdose
Anime Overdose has issued a press release to announce the attendance of Takeshi Mori, the director of Gunsmith Cats, Vandread Kimagure Orange Road, Stratos 4, and many other titles.

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