Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its second Japanese guest of honor today. Japanese rock band OKAMOTO’S will perform at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.
OKAMOTO’S is a four-piece rock band from Shinjuku, Tokyo with Okamoto Sho on vocals, Okamoto Kouki on guitar, Hama Okamoto on bass, and Okamoto Reiji on drums. All band members use “Okamoto” as their last names, paying respect to both the avant-garde artist Taro Okamoto and the legendary punk band Ramones. The band made their major debut when they were only 18, and have released nine singles and eight albums to date.
“I’m excited to have this opportunity to experience OKAMOTO’S live at Anime Boston. Their hard rocking style is reminiscent of the Ramones, which I listened to in high school! Fans who know them primarily from their anime theme songs will get to hear more of this incredible band,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.
Famous for their modern take on nostalgic, retro-rock and pop, their danceable tunes make them darlings of the festival circuit in Japan. At the same time, their songs have also been chosen to be theme songs for major TV anime series, such as “Yokubo wo Sakebe!!!!” for Naruto Shippuden, “HEADHUNT” for Durarara!!, and “Beautiful Days” for Gintama.
In 2010, OKAMOTO’S became the youngest Japanese male act to perform at SXSW, followed by a seven-city tour in America, a tour in Australia, and many shows in Asia, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and Vietnam. They have also toured with The Verbs in Japan, and were tapped to be guest acts of Paul Weller’s Japan tour, garnering rave reviews. Transgressing generations and musical genres, the band collaborates with top-notch artists on recording projects and live sessions, expanding their scope of activities on a worldwide basis.
Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi, Lex Lang, and Sandy Fox.
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.
Futurama stars John DiMaggio, Billy West, and Maurice LaMarche plus Executive Producer David X. Cohen and host Jessica Marshall-Gardiner appear at the Hollywood Improv on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM! Hot off of sold-out shows… don’t miss this chance to experience the most horrifically entertaining treasures ever mistakenly put down on tape by William Shatner, Richard Nixon, and many more.
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February 1, 2017 by Joe Fauvel
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Meet, RIKI RACHTMAN at Spooky Empire, this April 21-23, 2017 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, FL.
MTV fans will remember RIKI RACHTMAN as the host of “Headbangers Ball” from 1990-95. He’s also known as owner of the legendary “Cathouse” club in Hollywood, a national radio personality, and the host of a rock and Nascar themed radio show called “Racing Rocks”.
Meet RIKI all weekend long at Spooky Empire! He will also be hosting the Q&A with DEE SNIDER.
Advanced tickets and hotel reservations are now available at www.spookyempire.com
The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts contains over four-hundred pages of fully-realized illustrations from the entire thirty-year history of The Legend of Zelda.
But enough about that, we want to see your artistic take on the world of Hyrule!
You have until Feb. 21 to submit your artwork. To enter, simply upload your Legend of Zelda inspired artwork to Instagram, tag @darkhorsecomics and use the hashtag #ZeldaArtContest in your caption.
One grand prize winner will receive The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts Limited Edition, The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts, and The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia!
Four runners up will receive The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts, and The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia and ALL entries will be considered to be featured on the official Dark Horse social media channels.
Winners will be selected by The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts editor Patrick Thorpe and will contacted by Feb. 24, 2017.
Rules and Regulations: DISCLAIMER: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Nintendo of America Inc. You are providing your information to Dark Horse Comics, Inc. and not to Instagram or Nintendo of America Inc. The information you provide will only be used for administering this contest and contacting the winner. © 2017 Nintendo. Games are property of their respective owners. All Rights Reserved. No purchase necessary. One online entry per person (per Instagram account). Contest entries only accepted if submitted by midnight (PST), February 21, 2017. Winner will be selected based upon the quality of submitted art (as determined at Dark Horse’s sole discretion) from all applicable entries and will be notified by February 24, 2017. Entry becomes the property of Dark Horse upon receipt. Entry constitutes agreement by winners to be publicized and permission to use each winner’s name for the purposes of promotion of the Contest without further compensation. Contest open to U.S. residents only. Must be 18 or older to enter. Odds of winning dependent on number of entrants. Rules and Regulations:
DISCLAIMER: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Nintendo of America Inc. You are providing your information to Dark Horse Comics, Inc. and not to Instagram or Nintendo of America Inc. The information you provide will only be used for administering this contest and contacting the winner.
© 2017 Nintendo. Games are property of their respective owners. All Rights Reserved.
No purchase necessary. One online entry per person (per Instagram account). Contest entries only accepted if submitted by midnight (PST), February 21, 2017. Winner will be selected based upon the quality of submitted art (as determined at Dark Horse’s sole discretion) from all applicable entries and will be notified by February 24, 2017. Entry becomes the property of Dark Horse upon receipt. Entry constitutes agreement by winners to be publicized and permission to use each winner’s name for the purposes of promotion of the Contest without further compensation. Contest open to U.S. residents only. Must be 18 or older to enter. Odds of winning dependent on number of entrants.
Michael Avon Oeming (Powers, Cave Carson, Thor, Mice Templar) and Taki Soma (Sinergy, Bitch Planet, Rapture) on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics!
I Like Comics
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Animation/illustration artist Louis Thomas appears at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday, February 18th at 6:00 PM. Louis will be signing his latest book Hug It Out, and talk to fans.
About the book:
Mom has had enough of Woody and Annie’s incessant fighting. When her pleas for sharing and apologizing are ignored, she demands they “hug it out.” At first, the warring siblings are confused. Hugging? But after a long afternoon of forced embraces, the brother and sister decide to call a truce to avoid yet another icky hug. However it doesn’t take long for them to miss that newfound closeness. And soon they’re looking for something to fight about so they can hug it out once more!
Adults will delight in a new solution to conflict, while kids will enjoy yelling “HUG IT OUT!” at each familiar situation. With subversive humor and smart, eye-catching illustrations, Louis Thomas’s debut is a cheeky tribute to sibling rivalry and (cuddly) compromise.
About the artist:
Louis Thomas is based in Paris, France. He graduated from CalArts and Gobelins then worked full-time in California for several animation studios such as Pixar and Cartoon Network. He then returned to France and started showing work in galleries and illustrating children’s books.
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David Oyelowo appears in conversation with Annette Insdorf for a preview screening of A United Kingdom on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM.
David Oyelowo has been acclaimed for his performance as Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, as well as diverse dramatic roles from Red Tails and The Paperboy to Lee Daniels’ The Butler (as the radicalized son of Forest Whitaker) and Queen of Katwe. His stage work includes the title role in the recent Othello (with Daniel Craig as Iago) for the NY Theatre Workshop. He has a voice role on Star Wars Rebels as the Imperial Agent Kallus.
A United Kingdom is based on the true story of Seretse Khama, an African prince who fell in love with a white British woman (Rosamund Pike) in the late 1940s. Their marriage sparked international controversy, especially given Britain’s economic interests in neighboring South Africa, which was implementing apartheid. Like director Amma Asante’s previous film Belle (2014) — about a female aristocrat of mixed English and African ancestry — it explores historical tensions of race and romance.
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York 10128
Writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Bitch Planet) and Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals, ODY-C) sign at Books with Pictures on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics!
Books with Pictures
1100 SE Division Street, Portland, Oregon 97202
Author Lee Zlotoff appears at the Cocteau Cinema on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM for a book signing and reading of his new book, The MacGyver Secret: Connect to your inner MacGyver and solve anything.
Lee Zlotoff is an award-winning writer, producer and director of film and television with over a hundred primetime credits to his name. Among his more notable creations is the iconic MacGyver TV series that has continued to run around the world for over 30 years since its debut in 1985. And is now returning in a new MacGyver series on CBS and an upcoming feature film from Lionsgate Studios. Lee is also a recipient of the coveted Audience Award from the Sundance Film Festival for his film ‘The Spitfire Grill’ which has gone on to become a highly successful musical.
Lee is a graduate of St. John’s College, with campuses in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM, where he served on the board of directors for over a decade and is now a member of the President’s Council.
Committed to supporting those who strive to improve global futures and outcomes, Lee is also the founder and director of The MacGyver Foundation, which receives a portion of the proceeds from every MacGyver project.
Jean Cocteau Cinema
418 Montezuma Ave Santa Fe NM 87501
Writers Brian K. Vaughan, Joe Casey, Steven T. Seagle, and Matt Hawkins appear at Meltdown Comics on Wednesday, February 1st at 6:00 PM to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Image Comics!
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