Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale Debuts at Anime Boston 2017

Anime Boston 2017 will host the the English dub premiere of SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE: ORDINAL SCALE before its North American tour. Be one of the first to watch this amazing dub on the big screen before it’s released anywhere! After the screening, AB 2017 guests Cherami Leigh (Asuna), Michelle Ruff (Sinon), and Patrick Seitz (Agil) will take center stage and for a special Q&A session!

About Sword Art Online:
The animated TV series Sword Art Online is based on author Reki Kawahara’s light novel (winner of the 15th Dengeki Novel Award Grand Prize) in which the protagonist Kirito fights to survive in the mysterious next-gen VRMMORPG called “Sword Art Online.” Since the first volume of the novel was published in April 2009, the series has proved extremely popular, with cumulative sales exceeding 12.5 million units in Japan and 19 million worldwide, spawning two TV anime adaptations, video games, comic books, and merchandise.

Story of Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale-:
In 2022, the world of virtual reality was upended by the arrival of a new invention from a genius programmer, Akihiko Kayaba, called NerveGear. It was the first full-dive system, and with it, came endless possibilities to VRMMORPGs.

In 2026, a new machine called the Augma is developed to compete against the NerveGear and its successor, the Amusphere. A next-gen wearable device, the Augma doesn’t have a full-dive function like its predecessors. Instead, it uses Augmented Reality (AR) to get players into the game. It is safe, user-friendly and lets users play while they are conscious, making it an instant hit on the market. The most popular game on the system is “Ordinal Scale” (aka: OS), an ARMMORPG developed exclusively for the Augma.

Asuna and the gang have already been playing OS for a while, by the time Kirito decides to join them. They’re about to find out that Ordinal Scale isn’t all fun and games

TCBS – Toronto Comic Book Show (April 2017)

TCBS

Convention Name
TCBS Spring 2017 – Toronto Comic Book Show
Convention Website Address
http://www.torontocomicbookshow.com
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
04/30/2017
About This Convention
Sunday April 30th 10AM-4PM
Toronto Plaza Hotel
1677 Wilson AveThe hottest show in the country is back! TCBS Spring 2017!

Over 60 vendor tables packed with JUST BOOOK!

The largest selection of key books under one roof! Priced to move! Our vendors are always wheeling and dealing so bring cash! ATM on site too!

Key Books, Graded Books, Tens of thousands of $1 books and so much more! Books from all your favourite heroes including Avengers,Batman, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Superman, Wonder Woman to name just a few! Tons of independent and trade paper backs too!

Prizes all day long! Arrive early for a chance at huge EARLY BIRD PRIZE – Batman Adventures #12 (1st appearance of Harley Quinn)

Admission just $5.00, Kids under 12 are FREE!

FREE RAFFLE TICKET for everyone!

Venue Name and Address
Toronto Plaza Hotel
1677 Wilson Ave
Toronto, Ontario m3l1a5
Canada
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
50
Projected Attendance
1,500
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Anime
Additional Categories
  • Comic Books

TCBS

SC Comicon (March 2017)

SC Comicon

Convention Name
SC Comicon
Convention Website Address
http://www.sccomicon.com
This convention will take place:
  • over multiple days.
Start Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
03/25/2017
End Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
03/26/2017
About This Convention
Hosted by Borderlands Comics and Games, SC Comicon is the Upstate’s premier comics and pop-culture convention.

This family-friendly event in Greenville, SC has something for fans of all ages—from the top creators in comics and celebrity guests, to games, toys and collectibles, and cosplayers…plus plenty of events and contests for the kids.

Join us for the 2017 SC Comicon — our annual celebration of all things geek!

Venue Name and Address
TD Convention Center
1 Exposition Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
United States
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Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables
300
Projected Attendance
15,000
Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Comic Books
Additional Categories
  • Anime
  • Gaming
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Collectibles
Guests
Shannon Purser, Spencer Wilding, Paul McGillion, Veronica Taylor, Mark Waid, Neal Adams, Frank Cho and MORE!

Robot Zero – Not At Comic Con! (March 2017)

Robot Zero Comics

Convention Name
Robot Zero – Not At Comic Con!
Convention Website Address
https://www.facebook.com/events/1236941239723281/
This convention will take place:
  • for one day only.
Date (Format mm/dd/yyyy)
03/18/2017
About This Convention
Not going to the big comic convention in Cleveland? Then join Robot Zero Comics and our guest artists at Briquettes Smokehouse in Ashtabula Saturday, March 18th for #NotAtComicCon – A pop up comic shop and artist signing! Meet comic book artists that are currently working with Marvel, DC, Image, and Darkhorse comics!

Artists in Attendance:

P. Craig Russell – A graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in painting, Russell has run the gamut in comics. After establishing a name for himself at Marvel on Killraven and Dr. Strange, he went on to become one of the pioneers in opening new vistas for this underestimated field with, among other works, adaptations of operas by Mozart (THE MAGIC FLUTE), Strauss (SALOME) and Wagner (THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG). Craig has completed five volumes of comic-book adaptations of the FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE and has beautifully brought to life characters as diverse as Batman, Conan, Hellboy, The Spirit, Death and The Sandman. His more recent work includes comic book adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s CORALINE and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK.

Find him on Facebook at – The Art of P. Craig Russell
Find more of his work at – artofpcraigrussell.com

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Matt Horak – Art Director for EarthQuaker Devices in Akron and has been drawing since he was three years old! Matt is currently the artist for Marvel Comics ongoing series “The Punisher”. He’s also illustrated Rob Liefeld’s “Covenant”, Earthquaker’s Octoskull comic book, and recently made an appearance at Ghengis Con Cleveland’s popular Small Press and Underground Comic Convention!

Find him on Twitter: @MattHorak
See more of his work at – http://matthorak.tumblr.com/

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Jeremy Freeman – An artist who has been inking comics professionally since 2003. He is a founding member of Ten Ton Studios and has worked for several companies including Tokyopop, Image, and Marvel Comics.

Notable works include inks on Cable & Deadpool, Jim Henson’s Return to Labyrinth vol. 1, Psy-comm vol. 1 – 3, Squadron Supreme, Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four, Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes, and many others

When not working on comics, The Jeremy Freeman is a big fan of anime and taking care of his two awesome pugs.

Find out more at – antalas.deviantart.com/ and tentonstudios.com/forum/

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Tessa LeBaron – An artist from northeast Ohio.
Art has always been my passion and gateway to unsaid thoughts. My mind speaks on paper and I visually communicate with my ideas. I don’t have a specific theme I express, I create all kinds of work such as portraits, animals, vibrant landscapes, and emotional figures.

Even though I like to focus internally, I am fascinated by everything that surrounds me: abstract elements, the subconscious mind, and all kinds of music.

I work with mostly acrylic and watercolor. There is a certain flow and washy affect in my work with vibrant colors and energy. Sometimes my work is crazy with paint everywhere, yet illustrative and detailed. I want my art to leave a creative impression in
this world, giving something for people to observe and wonder upon.

Venue Name and Address
405 Morton Drive
Ashtabula, Ohio 44004
United States
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Please select the Category that best describes the convention
Anime
Additional Categories
  • Comic Books
  • Collectibles
Guests
P Craig Russell, Matt Horak, Jeremy Freeman, Tessa Lebaron

Signing - P. Craig Russell, Matt Horak, Jeremy Freeman, Tessa Lebaron

Stan Lee pulls out of Big Apple con, Jim Lee steps in!

News via Big Apple con’s website:

Big Apple Comic Con has just been informed that due to health issues Stan Lee will not be appearing at the convention Saturday March 11th or Sunday March 12th.

 For those wanting to purchase items autographed by Stan, the Stan Lee Collectibles booth will be in hand with a variety of signed items.

Let’s all wish Stan well and party like you know he wants us to!

In his place will be legendary Jim Lee!

Visit bigapplecc.com for more info!

Melbourne Toy & Comic Con is March 19th!

Guest at the show…We are featuring Tugg the Superhero Dog. Come meet John Beatty, Barry and Jenni Gregory, Roland Mann , Martin Pierro, Jon Pinto, Tim Proctor, Jess Blais. Over 50 vendors with toys, comics, collectibles and more. Costume contest, face painting, photo booth, kids activity zone and more.

Visit their website HERE!

LeSean Thomas & Roland Kelts Added to Anime Boston 2017

Press Release:

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its fourteenth and fifteenth North American guests of honor today.  Producer and Director LeSean Thomas and author Roland Kelts will appear at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

South Bronx NYC native LeSean Thomas is a television animation producer, director and illustrator operating out of Los Angeles, California.

His most recent works are as Creative Producer and Supervising director of Black Dynamite: The Animated Series on The Cartoon Network’s ADULT SWIM programming block; storyboard and animation production artist on The Legend of Korra (Book 1) animated TV series for NICKELODEON Animation; as well as Director/Lead Character Designer for Aaron McGruder’s Peabody Award-winning The Boondocks animated TV series (seasons 1 & 2) for SONY PICTURES TELEVISION. He recently produced, directed and wrote an animated pilot Cannon Busters with Satelight Animation Studio Japan based on the creator-owned comic book of the same name, set to release in 2017.

In October, Thomas partnered with Crunchyroll, a global leader in SVOD platforming focused on East Asian media, for an exclusive deal to co-produce his original anime creation Children of Ether; a release date has yet to be determined.

Roland Kelts is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller, Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US. As a journalist, essayist and columnist, he writes for several publications, such as: The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek Japan, The Los Angeles Times, The Yomiuri, and The Japan Times, and is considered an authority on contemporary Japanese culture and media. He is a frequent commentator on CNN, NPR, NHK and the BBC. Recently, Kelts delivered lectures for TED Talks in Tokyo and The World Economic Forum in Tianjin. He is currently a 2017 Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, where he is working on a new book.

Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi, Lex Lang, Sandy Fox, OKAMOTO’S, Michelle Ruff, Johnny Yong Bosch, Naokatsu Tsuda, Brina Palencia, Toru Furuya, Kyle Colby Jones, Bryson Baugus, Greg Ayres, Lisa Ortiz, Shingo Natsume, Robbie Daymond, Patrick Seitz, Hirokatsu Kihara, Cherami Leigh, Christopher R. Sabat, and Masahiko Minami.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes record their #1 ranked comedy podcast 
Jay & Silent Bob Get Old – live.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the legendary duo sharing stories on stage together!
Tickets go on sale March 9th at 10am EST.

DON’T MISS THIS RARE PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes will be posing for photo ops in an exclusive BOSTON COMIC CON experience. Don’t miss out on this very rare opportunity to strike a pose with the legendary Jay & Silent Bob for only $80!

*NOTE: Photo Ops will go on sale alongside all other guests, 3-4 weeks before the event. Admission to BOSTON COMIC CON is required for all photo ops.

Big guest list announced for Daytona Comic Book Convention

Lots of guest for all to meet at the April 23, 2017 Daytona Beach Comic Book Convention.

Special guest is Tugg the superhero dog.

Comic Book Guest

John Beatty, artist/ inker/ Marvel / DC / Image / Dark Horse — added 02/10/2017
Bill Black, artist / writer / publisher / film producer/maker
John Crowther, creator and writer of “Rochelle The Teen Cockroach”
Nicola Cuti, artist / writer / editor
Mark S. Dail, artist / inker
Jake Estrada, writer / artist / publisher
Jim Fern, artist / illustrator
Barry Gregory, writer / artist / publisher
Jenni Gregory, creator / writer/ artistist
Viet Huynh, custom action figures
Kevin LaPorte, writer / editor / publisher
Joe Lovece, author
Javier Lugo, artist / creator
Roland Mann, writer / editor
George Moss, design and illustration
Christopher Orta, artist
Martin T. Pierro, owner / publisher / author for Cosmic Times
Monica RavenWolf, artist, illustrator
Joe Rivera, artist/ inker/ Marvel / DC / Image / Dark Horse / Valiant
Richard Savidge, artist
Tim Tyler, artist
Nikolai Volkoff, wrestling legend and collaborator with John Crowther in a new comic book series which chronicles his life.
Jeff Whiting, artist / inker
Jade Woodruff, creator, writer, artist, Bento Studios

Media Guest

King of the B movies Joel D. Wynkoop, actress M. Catherine Wynkoop, actor Tom Antalek, pod cast and radio Super Radio Bros, daily podcast the Riley and Kimmy Show.

Entertainment

Face painting and balloon creations by Fun Faces Balloon Creations

Lots of vendors with comics from the golden age to the present. Toys, action figures, collectibles and more for sale. Floor plan, advance tickets and vendor list along with more info on guest can be found at our web site.
http://daytonabeachcomicconvention.com/

Anime Boston 2017 New Guests Announced

Press Release:

Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, has announced Hirokatsu Kihara, Masahiko Minami, Cherami Leigh, and Christopher Sabat will appears as guests at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Formerly involved with the production desk at Studio Ghibli, Hirokatsu Kihara worked closely with director Hayao Miyazaki on such hit titles as Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service.

Hirokatsu Kihara is probably best known for his work in the Horror genre.  There, he has been a crucial contributor, working on such titles as Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment and Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan, which are known in Japan as Shin Mimibukuro.  In addition, he has written books such as Tsukumo Kwaidan, Utsushiyo-kaidan, and Kinkiro.  Nowadays, he continues to write ghost stories, MCs at monster conventions, and shares his knowledge and experiences at events worldwide.

“We are so honored to have Hirokatsu Kihara at Anime Boston. Kihara-san is a pioneer in the horror genre, as well as having worked on Studio Ghibli classics such as My Neighbor Totoro  and Kiki’s Delivery Service, under Miyazaki himself,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chair.

Masahiko Minami was born on August 24, 1961 and is from the Mie Prefecture in Japan. After graduating from the Theater Arts Department of Osaka University of the Arts, he joined the anime production company Nihon Sunrise (now SUNRISE INC.) and produced several shows such as: Whirl Wind! Iron Leaguer, Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Escaflowne, and Cowboy Bebop.

In 1998, he decided to leave SUNRISE to start BONES INC., with animators Hiroshi Osaka and Toshihiro Kawamoto, where he now doubles as both the President and a Producer. Under BONES, he has produced Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka Seven, My Hero Academia, Space Dandy, Mob Psycho 100, and many more!

“We are deeply honored to present Masahiko Minami at Anime Boston. Minami-san has produced some of my personal favorites, such as Cowboy Bebop, RahXephon, and Full Metal Alchemist. As a founder and current president of BONES INC., Minami-san is one of the true giants of anime,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

Cherami Leigh has been in the industry for 20 years. She has been in over 75 commercials, and has worked on over 100 anime projects including: Lucy in Fairy Tail; Asuna in Sword Art Online; Road in D. Grayman; Lizzie in Black Butler; Mai in Ghost Hunt; and Patty in Soul Eater. Cherami has worked on over 20 video games, including Borderlands 2- in which she plays the popular DLC- Gaige. She voices Sailor Venus in Sailor Moon; Tome in Mob Psycho 100; Kudelia in Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans; Illia in RWBY; and Makoto in the upcoming Persona 5.

Cherami was recently announced to be playing Sarada in Boruto: Naruto The Movie, as well as multiple characters in Fire Emblem: Heroes. She is a series regular on the Sprout hit- Zou; a lead role in the animated feature Ribbit; has guest starred on Doc McStuffins; and plays Peanut Big Top in the La La Loopsy Girls. She starred in Shane Dawson’s Not Cool and the Starz Original Series The Chair. She appeared in the Emmy Award Winning Temple Grandin, as well as Friday Night Lights, The Deep End, Chase, Shameless, Bones, and Longmire to name a few.

“It’s always such a delight to host Cherami at Anime Boston. I look forward to the pleasure of working with her and watching her interacting with her fans!” said Victor Lee, Convention Chair.

Christopher R. Sabat (@Chris24_Sabat on Twitter) has lived on a diet of Senzu Beans for over 15 years. As the Voice Director for Dragonball Z, the voice actor behind Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Mr. Popo, Korin, Burter, Shenron, Zarbon, Guru, and countless others, you could almost say he is the “voice” of Dragonball Z.

Chris has lent his voice to countless other roles including: Alex Luis Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist; Elfman in Fairy Tail; Roronoa Zoro in One Piece; Ayame Sohma in Fruits Basket; Saiga Tatsumi in Speed Grapher; Kurogane in Tsubasa Chronicles; Daisuke Jigen in Lupin III;

Father Tres in Trinity Blood; Braun in Steins;Gate; Giroro in Sgt. Frog; Pokémon: Black and White as TV announcer; Cliff (ep 46) Rundas in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption; Garterbelt in Panty and Stocking; Sakaki in Kenichi;  Masa in My Bride is a Mermaid; Saito in Darker Than Black; Woerman in Attack on Titan; Alex D in Deus Ex: Invisible War; Captain Smiley & Star in Comic Jumper; and many others.

Most recently, he was cast in Psycho-Pass 2 as Sakuya Tougane; Hak in Yoma of the Dawn; and Batou in Ghost In The Shell: Arise.

Added Victor Lee, “Christopher is one of the most prolific talents in the anime industry, having both voiced and directed in some of the most famous titles in the medium. We can’t wait!”

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.

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