National Cartoonists Society Foundation Charity Auctions Live on Ebay

Press Release:

The National Cartoonists Society Foundation (NCSF) is pleased to announce that it has begun conducting its 2017 original art auction fundraiser using the Ebay platform.

There are over eighty items from the world of pop culture created by over seventy of the nation’s top cartoonists, illustrators, and animators past and present. While primarily featuring original hand-drawn artwork, also available will be limited edition prints, posters, sculptures, books, and other collectibles featuring your favorite characters from comic books, comic strips, and movies.

Some of the artists represented in the sale include Bruce Timm, Sergio Aragonès, Stan Sakai, Jack Davis, Jerry Robinson, Hilary Barta, Drew Johnson, Charlie Adlard, J.G. Jones, Patrick McDonnell, Lynn Johnston, Kazu Kibuishi, C.F. Payne, Jan Eliot, Jim Borgman, Rick Kirkman, Nico Marlet, Mo Willems, Paul Coker, Jr., Bill Morrison, Dean Yeagle, Mort Walker, Dan DeCarlo, Dan Piraro, Stephen Silver, and Oscar-winning Pete Docter to name a few.

All the money raised will go to the NCSF, a fully licensed 501(c)(3) charity, to help them continue their work in assisting cartoonists in need, providing scholarships to students, and further promoting the cartoon arts which has been the hallmark of the National Cartoonists Society since its inception in 1946.

Listings began posting on Ebay.com under seller name NCSFoundation on February 2nd, and auctions will last for ten days, ending on Sunday, February 12.

All the art may be viewed immediately on a special website from the NCSF found at ncsfoundation.blogspot.com

In addition, the NCS Foundation is a member of PayPal Giving Works, which means that anyone who sells items on Ebay may select the NCSF as a recipient of a portion of their sales. Please consider donating to the NCSF when you list your items.

Inaugural Texas Latino Comic Con Arrives this Summer

February 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Texas, Webcomics

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Our stories matter. The first ever Texas Latino Comic Con is coming to Dallas Texas July 29th. In collaboration with the Latino Cultural Center of Dallas, this comic convention is a first of its kind in Texas highlighting Latino artists, writers and creators in the comic book community. The convention will feature local artistic talent, a Latino character centered cosplay contest, and special guests. The event will be free for the public. In conjunction with Dusk and Rio Bravo Comics we are excited announce Texas Latino Comic Con. Our stories matter!

One of our first guest announcements is the creator of El Peso Hero, Hector Rodriguez. El Peso Hero has been one the most internationally talked about Latino superhero in decades. With modern social issues such immigration, human trafficking and institutional corruption, El Peso Hero has garnered attention and praise from the Latino community and been featured on Univision, CNN, Telemundo, Fusion, CW, La Reforma, PRI The World and countless of other media sites worldwide. It has even won the prestigious Emmy Award for best news story by Univision news anchor Angel Pedrero and has won an award by the Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for most innovative book. Among the appeal of the comic book is that El Peso Hero speaks only Spanish. All of the other characters in the comic book speak English. It is important to portray rich diversity.

The other guest announcement is Eliamaria M. Crawford, originally of San Angelo, Texas. Starting at a very young age Elia always had a passion. First in high school started drawing stick figure doodles as her primary go- and eventually started, what-was, her Elia in a Box webcomic then. She also had the privilege of drawing comics for her high school newspaper, the Campus Corral. Then in college she drew comics for the university newspaper, The Shorthorn, and started doing custom & freelance work. That is when Elia in a Box Comics, the brand, took off and she started doing cool projects from custom wedding graphics, to convention poster art, and even contributing comics to many zines and projects. From college she eventually did the hit book “Humans Really Irritate Me,” a collection of quotes of UTA’s Dr Allan Saxe, drawn in Elia’s unique style.

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For more information on Texas Latino Comic Con, please visit the official website at visit www.riobravocomics.com.

Michelle Ruff & Johnny Yong Bosch Added to Anime Boston 2017

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Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its second North American guests of honor today.  Voice actors Michelle Ruff and Johnny Yong Bosch will appear at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.

Michelle Ruff, originally a midwestern girl from The Motor City Madhouse, now hails from Sunny Los Angeles.  She’s a fan fave for numerous video games and anime titles. Michelle’s an MSU Grad with her Improv and Acting training from Chicago’s Second City Theatre, Player’s Workshop and Improv Olympic.

“Michelle makes her Anime Boston debut in March. Michelle has voiced characters ranging from Rukia from Bleach to Luna from Sailor Moon. Finally, her fans in Boston will get a chance to meet her!” exclaimed Victor Lee, Convention Chairman.

You can hear Michelle as some of your favorite anime characters including Sinon from Sword Art Online 2, Young Satoru from Erased, Sakuya Tachibana from God Eater, Rukia Kuchiki from Bleach, Yoko Littner from Gurren Lagann, Fujiko Mine from Lupin the Third, Yuki Nagato from The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Anri Sonohara from Durarara, Luna from Sailor Moon Classic and Sailor Moon Crystal, Yukari from the Persona 3 & 4 Series, Jill Valentine from Resident Evil Revelations, C-Viper from Street Fighter, Robin from Fire Emblem, Cream the Rabbit From Sonic the Hedgehog and many others.

Johnny Yong Bosch got his start fighting giant bugs as Adam Park, the Black Ranger, Green Zeo and Green Turbo Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It is a role that he would play for three and a half seasons on television, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in future Power Rangers seasons.

“We are so pleased to welcome Johnny back to Anime Boston. He’s portrayed some of the most iconic characters in anime and super sentai history, from the Black Power Ranger to Vash, Ichigo, Artemis and Jonathan Joestar. I’m sure his fans in Boston, both old and new, are excited to see him!” Victor Lee added.

After Power Rangers, Johnny became very involved in the world of voice over. His first major voice acting role was Vash the Stampede in Trigun. He later went on to voice Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Albert in The Count of Monte Cristo, Kiba in Wolf’s Rain, Itsuki in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, Izaya in Durarara, Yukio in Blue Exorcist, Sasori in Naruto, Guren in Tenkai Knights, Nobita in Doraemon, Artemis in Sailor Moon, Nagate in the Netflix Original “Knights of Sidonia” and many more.

Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi, Lex Lang, and Sandy Fox, and OKAMOTO’S.

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.

Emerald City Comicon 2017 Welcomes Favorite Comic Creators

February 6, 2017 by  
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The biggest names in comics join ECCC’s Autographing Area. Meet your favorite comic artists and authors including Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Brian Stelfreeze, Scott Snyder, and Gail Simone. Also check out Artist Alley, where you can peruse original art based on your favorite comic book, television and movie characters. Grab a commission or shop prints all four days of Emerald City Comicon!

Kelly Sue DeConnick (writer): BITCH PLANET (Image), PRETTY DEADLY (Image), CAPTAIN MARVEL (Marvel), OSBORN (Marvel) got her start in the comic industry adapting Japanese and Korean comics into English. Five years and more than ten thousand pages of adaptation later, she transitioned to American comics with 30 DAYS OF NIGHT: EBEN AND STELLA, for Steve Niles and IDW. Work for Image, Boom, Oni, Humanoids, Dark Horse, DC, Vertigo and Marvel soon followed. Today, DeConnick is best known for surprise hits like Carol Danvers’ rebranding as Captain Marvel and the Eisner-nominated mythological western, PRETTY DEADLY; the latter was co-created with artist Emma Ríos. DeConnick’s most recent venture, the sci-fi kidney-punch called BITCH PLANET, co-created with Valentine De Landro, launched to rave reviews in December 2014. DeConnick lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Matt Fraction, and their two children.

Matt Fraction (writer): SEX CRIMINALS (Image), ODY-C (Image), CASANOVA (Image), SATELLITE SAM (Image), HAWKEYE (Marvel) writes comic books out in the woods and lives with his wife, the writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, his two children, two dogs, a cat, a bearded dragon, and a yard full of coyotes and stags. Surely there is a metaphor there. He won the first-ever PEN USA Literary Award for Graphic Novels; he, or comics he’s a part of, have won Eisners, Harveys, and Eagles, which are like the Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes of comic books and all seem about as likely. He’s a New York Times best-selling donkus of comics like SEX CRIMINALS (winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best New Series, the 2014 Harvey Award for Best New Series, and named TIME Magazine’s Best Comic of 2013), SATELLITE SAM, ODY-C, HAWKEYE (winner of the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best Single Issue), and, oh, lordy, so many more.

Brian Stelfreeze is an American comic book artist. Stelfreeze is a painter, penciller, inker and colorist and has worked for nearly every major American comic book publisher. He is one of the original members of Atlanta’s Gaijin Studios. Stelfreeze began his career as the artist of the sci-fi miniseries CyCops in the mid-1980s. While Stelfreeze has been known throughout his career primarily as a cover artist, painting more than fifty cover illustrations for DC Comics’ Shadow of the Bat, he’s also produced a significant amount of sequential work, most notably of late with the miniseries Domino for Marvel Comics and Matador for DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint. Currently, Stelfreeze acts as art director for 12 Gauge Comics and occasionally has provided artwork for their series The Ride, and its prequel, Gun Candy. His latest work can be seen on the Walt Simonson-written Demon/Catwoman feature in DC Comics’ Wednesday Comics. Stelfreeze is the artist on the 2016 revival of Marvel’s Black Panther with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Scott Snyder has written comics for both DC and Marvel, including the bestselling series AMERICAN VAMPIRE, BATMAN and SWAMP THING, and is the author of the story collection Voodoo Heart (The Dial Press). He teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College, NYC and Columbia University. He lives on Long Island with his wife Jeanie, and his sons Jack and Emmett. He is a dedicated and un-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.

Gail Simone first caught the attention of the comics world on the world wide web, where her popular humor column “You’ll All Be Sorry!” was featured on Comic Book Resources. It wasn’t long before she was tapped to write The Simpsons for Bongo Comics, which led to working in the mainstream for Marvel Comics as the writer on Deadpool. Following her Marvel work, Simone began working for DC, where she is most known for her much-beloved run on BIRDS OF PREY. She has continued to write for DC and its many imprints on titles that include ROSE AND THORN, ACTION COMICS, TEEN TITANS, THE LEGION, VILLAINS UNITED, JLA CLASSIFIED, THE ALL-NEW ATOM, GEN13 and WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY. Her most recent projects include BATGIRL and THE MOVEMENT.

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Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) is the premier comic book & pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Join us March 2-5, 2017. For tickets and more information please go to the website: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

Reed Pop and the Emerald City Comic Con Nerdblock

ECCC-NerdblockWe’re excited to announce that Nerd Block has partnered up with ReedPOP once again to bring you the Limited Edition ECCC Block!

Attending Emerald City Comicon and want the hottest, most exclusive collectibles? Can’t make the event, but want to get your hands on epic merch and gear, only available at ECCC? We’ve got just the thing for you! Our ECCC Block has everything you need to become part of the Northwest’s premier comic book and pop culture convention. 2017 marks the con’s 15th year, making this a celebration you don’t want to miss!

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Stan Lee at Boston Comic Con in Final East Coast Appearance

Boston comic con Stan LeeStan Lee, creator of the X-Men, Spider-Man, and Iron Man returns to Boston by popular demand!

At 94, the legendary creator has enjoyed an extraordinary career that spans over seven decades. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet the legend himself at #BostonComicCon17 for his final East Coast appearance.

Tickets go on sale March 1st! www.BostonComicCon.com

DC Comics Announces 2017 Talent Workshops

February 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Everything Else

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In an effort to find new and aspiring comic book talent, DC Entertainment’s Talent Development Team is kicking off the 2017 Artists Workshop today, with online applications being accepted now through March 1st at DCComicsTalentWorkshop.com. DC’s Writers Workshop will begin accepting online applications on March 1, through March 31, 2017.

DC’s Talent Development Workshops are led by an all-star talent line-up including Jim Lee, Scott Snyder, Klaus Janson and Andy Kubert. The series of workshops are designed to give access and a voice to new and prospective talent, providing an opportunity to showcase their work following intensive DC workshop sessions.

DC’s Talent Development website offers extensive tips, advice and recommended reading to help potential applicants navigate the submission process. Both workshops will take place in fall 2017.

“Following a highly successful inaugural year that saw DC Workshop alum receiving numerous assignments on our books, we’re excited to embark upon a new search for up and coming talent with the 2017 Workshops,” stated DC Entertainment Vice President of Talent Development, Bobbie Chase.

About the Artists Workshop

The 2017 Artists Workshop was developed by DC with world-renowned artists Jim Lee, Klaus Janson, and Andy Kubert. Visit DCComicsTalentWorkshop.com/artists-workshop for more information on the program and to see our newest DC Artist Workshop alums.

Competitive candidates will have an established portfolio of sequential art. For the artists selected via the online submission process, the Workshop will provide the knowledge and exposure required to cross the threshold into the competitive world of comic book publishing. Chosen artists will be asked to complete art assignments that will be critiqued by several top DC Artists. If the artists achieve the level of work required for the course they will then be invited to a two-week, intensive workshop at DCE’s Burbank offices.

About the Writers Workshop

The 2017 Writers Workshop was developed by DC with bestselling writer Scott Snyder. For selected candidates, the 2017 DC Writers Workshop will run in the summer/fall as an online real-time, weekly interactive seminar, for thirteen consecutive weeks. Each seminar will teach a new skill essential for surviving and excelling in this highly competitive field.

Upon completion of the program, DCE’s Talent Development group will ensure successful participants are considered for positions on current DC titles.

Win a Trip to Niagara Falls Comic Con 2017

Win the ultimate Niagara Falls Comic Con ‏getaway valued at more than $2500! All you have to do is sign up for the newsletter at the link…

The Niagara Falls Comic Con Getaway Package includes:

• Two deluxe speed pass tickets giving you entry into the event all three days
• Overnight stay in Niagara Falls on Friday & Saturday at the Embassy Suites Fallsview
• Dinner for two on Saturday at the Keg Restaurant Fallsview
• Two Clifton Hill Fun Passes
• Helicopter ride for two over Niagara Falls
• One celebrity meet-and-greet with a guest of your choice

Entry Disclaimer:

By entering into the contest via Facebook, Twitter & Instagram, the contestants are providing information to Niagara Falls Comic Con and its e-newsletter mailing list and not to any of the above mentioned platforms.

Rates, Availability, General Hotel Information: 

• Friday June 2 to Sunday June 4 (2 Night Stay)
• Rooms are subject to availability
• Based on double occupancy, two night stay
• Incidentals are paid by guest at checkout
• Check in 4pm, Check out 11am

Voucher Information:

• Keg Restaurant Fallsview Vouchers are not redeemable for cash, have no cash value, cannot be combined (alcohol and gratuity not included) and are dine-in only. Valid with purchase of two adults entrees.
• Clifton Hill Fun Passes are not redeemable for cash, have no cash value and cannot be combined with any other offers.

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ABOUT NFCC 2017:
Niagara Falls Comic Con is set to take place over three days on June 2, 3 and 4, 2017!

The event takes place just steps away from the majestic Falls and will feature more than 200,000 square feet of exhibitors, comic books, movie cars, cosplay contests, celebrity autographs and photo-ops, a video gaming arena, Falls Horror Fest and more.

Celebrities already announced for the 2017 event include: Peter Mayhew (Star Wars), Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie); Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things), Sting (Wrestling Legend), John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard), Eric Braeden (Young & The Restless), Jason Mewes (Cinema Icon), Seth Gilliam (Walking Dead), Lee Meriwether (1966 Catwoman), Charles Martinet (Voice of Super Mario), and so many more.

Comic guests include: Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man), Whilce Portacio (Image co-founder), Colleen Doran (Amazing Fantastic Incredible Stan Lee), Tom Grummett (Superman), Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men), Francis Manapul (The Flash), Jorge Molina (Star Wars), Rob Guillory (Chew), Ken Lashley (Uncanny X-Men),  Marcus To (Nightwing), and more.

Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a Nintendo Classic video game tournament, get their picture taken with Optimus Prime, the Mystery Machine, the Flintstones Car, the Munsters Coach and the General Lee. Other attractions include an exact replica of The Walking Dead prison (complete with a 16’ Tower), screen used props and replicas from TV shows like Fraggle Rock and movies such as Dark Crystal and The Little Shop of Hours.

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Tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.niagarafallscomiccon.com

Atomic Crush Events Announces Comic Con Revolution for May 2017

Comic Con Revolution

ATOMIC CRUSH EVENTS ANNOUNCES COMIC CON REVOLUTION

The 1 Day Inaugural Event To Take Place At The Ontario Convention Center in Ontario California Saturday May 13, 2017

Comic Con Revolution Will Feature A Full Day of Programming and Cosplay Contest In Addition To Top Comic Talent

Screenwriter Doug Jung (Star Trek Beyond, God Particle, Scalped), Whilce Portacio (Comic Legend), Paolo Rivera (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953), Cat Staggs (Wonder Woman), Hope Larson (Batgirl), Tim Bradstreet (Marvel Covers), Todd Nauck (Spider-Man), Cosplayer and Gamer Raychul Moore and Many More

New York, NY – February 1, 2017  | Atomic Crush Events (ACE) is pleased to announce Comic Con Revolution (CCR).  The Inaugural 1-day event at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario California will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  CCR will feature a full day of programming, Cosplay Contest, exhibitors, vendors and a full guest list of top industry talent.

Guests currently scheduled to appear include screenwriter Doug Jung (Star Trek Beyond, God Particle, Scalped), Whilce Portacio (Comic Legend), Beth Sotelo (Grump), Paolo Rivera (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953), Cat Staggs (Wonder Woman), Hope Larson (Batgirl), Tim Bradstreet (Marvel Covers), Mike Kunkel (Herobear), Cosplayer & Gamer Raychul Moore, Todd Nauck (Spider-Man), Travis Hanson (The Bean), Ray-Anthony Height (Midnight Tiger), Scott Lobdell (Redhood and the Outlaws),  Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings), Scott Koblish (Deadpool), Livio Romandelli (Transformers), Producer Sandy King Carpenter (Ghosts of Mars, Vampires), Actor Tommy Walker (Netflix’s Daredevil), Dave Wagner (Dot Problems), Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Life After), Joel Gomez (Ma Muerta) and Mike Collins (ABC’s of Halloween).  Additional announcements will be made as guests continue to confirm and support the show.

“The team at Atomic Crush Events have a combined 60 plus of years of industry experience and have produced or attended more conventions then we can count,” said ACE co-founder Mike Scigliano.  He added, “We are using all this experience and knowledge to put together the strongest event we can.  We’re building this show as both a love letter to the comic creators we admire and the fans who enjoy their work.”

Information about Comic Con Revolution is available at www.comicconrevolution.com

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About Comic Con Revolution

Comic Con Revolution was founded on very simple principles.  We are excited to celebrate comics and the creative arts.  At the absolute core of what we do are the creators themselves.  The people who create the comics, games, toys, film, movies and more that we all love.  Without their tireless dedication to creating the fantastic worlds we all get lost in, events like Comic Con Revolution would not be possible.  We strive to create the best possible experience for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike.  Our team of event industry veterans are dedicated to working hard to create that experience for each of you.

About Atomic Crush Events

Atomic Crush Events is an event consultation and management company that was founded on experience and innovation.  Bringing together expertise in event management, marketing, sales and business development to create a unique team that can analyze and identify the best course of action when developing a live event.  Our philosophy is simple – create the best experience possible for attendees, exhibitors and guests alike.

More information is available at www.atomiccrushevents.com

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Anime Boston 2017 Welcomes Okamoto’s

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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.

For more information view their website at www.okamotos.net and their Facebook page.

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.

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