Anime Midwest 2014 Announces Akinori Isobe and Masumi Kano

April 15, 2014 by  
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Rosemont, Illinois – April 2, 2014 – President of Baby The Stars Shine Bright Akinori Isobe and designer Masumi Kano will be coming to Chicago in July for Anime Midwest. Anime Midwest is a Chicago anime and Japanese culture convention happening July 4-6, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare.

Established in 1988, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright is a lolita fashion clothing brand founded by Akinori and Fumiyo Isobe in Tokyo, Japan. The sister brand, Alice and the Pirates, was created in 2004. Currently, BABY, the Stars Shine Bright boasts 28 shops across Japan, with flagship stores in both Paris and San Francisco. Akinori Isobe is current President of Baby The Stars Shine Bright.

Masumi Kano graduated from Bunka Women’s University and after graduation she started working for Baby The Stars Shine Bright as a designer.

Anime Midwest and BABY are hosting a Lolita Tea Party, with tickets scheduled to go on sale on April 5th.

The convention will also feature a BABY The Stars Shine Bright fashion show. Model applications, etc, will be available online soon at

More about the anime convention’s guests at

Almost 10,000 anime fans will come to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare from July 4-6, 2014 to take part in cosplay, concerts, gaming tournaments, formal dances, and more. Anime fans can make new friends, meet voice actors, and have a lot of fun. The convention also provides a ConSweet full of free soda and ramen. Pre-registration is encouraged, and can be found at

Greg Ayres will be coming to Anime Midwest 2014

January 14, 2014 by  
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Anime Midwest announces Greg Ayres

Greg AyresRosemont, Illinois – January 8, 2014 – Anime Midwest, Chicago’s newest and fastest growing anime convention, is excited to announce that veteran voice actor and DJ Greg Ayres will be coming to Anime Midwest 2014. Greg will be signing autographs, speaking in panels, and DJing during the convention’s rave dance.

Greg Ayres can usually be found rockin’ out somewhere, whether animated or not. From the loud-mouthed Hideki in Nerima Daikon Brothers, to Koyuki, singing with the the band in Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad, he’s always glad to shake things up a bit. He is thrilled to be able to add the roles of Uesugi Kenshin in Sengoku Basara, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, and Abe in Big Windup to his list of new roles. He can also be head as Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories , Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Negi Springfield in Negima, Heihachi in Samurai 7, Jr. in Xenosaga:The Animation, Tsujido in Speed Grapher, Roan in Ragnorok The Animation, Yamazaki in Welcome to the NHK, Nowy in Glass Fleet, Gau Ban in Shadow Skill, Pope Alessandro XVIII in Trinity Blood, and a bunch of other titles he’ll probably forget to mention. Funimation has recently announced that Greg will voice the role of Kouta Tsuchiya in it’s upcoming release of Baka and Test.

When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of another variety behind “the decks”. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, Greg has really enjoyed the oppor- tunity of doing something else that he truly loves at conventions. From packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), Greg never misses an opportunity to share his love of music with anyone who will listen.

Greg Ayres joins a huge guest list, which can be seen at

Anime Midwest is a 3-day anime convention unlike any other, bringing together over 200 events and panels to its nearly 10,000 attendees. Events cover everything from lolita fashion shows to guest Q&A sessions. Anime Midwest 2014 takes place from July 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. More information, and $40 registration, can be found online at

Anime Midwest Presents Steam Powered Giraffe in 2013

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Anime Midwest Presents Steam Powered Giraffe in 2013

Chicago, Illinois – January 29, 2013 – The most exciting 3-day geek convention to hit Chicago has fans fired up about today’s announcement that robot steampunk band Steam Powered Giraffe will be performing at the convention in 2013. Over three thousand people are expected to converge on the Hyatt Regency O’Hare to celebrate Anime Midwest’s Chicago anime convention, and almost a thousand of them are expected to enjoy Steam Powered Giraffe’s live performance on the convention’s grand stage.

The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe are like nothing you’ve ever seen. The malfunctioning joke-spewing metal men play a collection of original Vaudeville inspired tunes fused with modern flare and executed in a super-sleek, one-of-a-kind performance. More than just a band, Steam Powered Giraffe is an experience that must be seen and heard by the entire family.

The artists behind the SPG robots started street busking as these quirky characters back in January 2008 at Balboa Park, California, instantly drawing the attention of Southern California. They have since performed at such venues as The San Diego Fair, The San Diego Zoo, The Wild Animal Park, Legoland, Ontario Mills, and numerous Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Steampunk Conventions.

Their act combines the visual of robot pantomime with sketches, pop culture references, improvised comedic dialogue, and of course, original music. From their heartwarming nostalgic melodies to their funky cabaret rock, Steam Powered Giraffe’s songs are memorable, infectious, and as unique as the robots themselves.

This announcement is just one of the elements of a Chicago Steampunk convention blended into Anime Midwest, as Anime Midwest also includes the adventures of a Steampunk airship crew and numerous Steampunk panels and events.

Thousands of fans raved about Anime Midwest 2012, which drew well over a thousand attendees to Lisle, receiving praise for exceptionally friendly staff and a ConSweet that included unlimited access to free ramen and soda. Anime Midwest this year will include a ConSweet that features plenty of Mt. Dew and cup ramen noodles, as just one of the many unique parts of the convention. Events at Anime Midwest include Karaoke, Cosplay Contests, Dealers & Artist Rooms, Panels, Workshops, Guest Autographs, and a whole bunch of other things that are listed at

Rooms at Anime Midwest’s hotel cost $99 per night, and can be booked online from

Registration for the convention costs $30 online in advance, or up to $40 at the door for the weekend. Registration information is available at

Anime Midwest will be held July 5-7, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. More details about the entire event can be found at

Anime Midwest Announces Musical Guests for 2013

November 9, 2012 by  
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Chicago anime con announces 2013 musical lineup

V is for VillainsRosemont, Illinois – November 7, 2012 – This July three famous musical guests are slated to perform at Chicago’s anime convention, Anime Midwest. Carnival and Noir rockband V is for Villains, original Nerdy rapper YTCracker, and the next generation Nerd Superstar Doctor Awkward will all be performing at Anime Midwest from July 5-7, 2013.

V is for Villains is a new breed of entertainment, mixing the visual styles of Steampunk and Carnival and Noir with the musical taste of Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy, and your favorite film score. V is for Villains takes fans on a journey through the imagination, ready to light the world on fire. Most groups often claim to be out for “world domination,” but V is for Villains just may actually mean it. Their website is at

YTCracker is a rapper, former cracker, and Internet entrepreneur. YTCracker began producing rap music in 1998 in the genre that has since become known as nerdcore hip hop. YTCracker is a self-proclaimed “jack of all trades”, also making a name for himself as a professional disc jockey, computer programmer, graphics designer and webmaster. His website is at

Dr. Awkward is a Nerdcore rapper with several hit songs and performances at Nerdapalooza and after parties at Comic Con, Florida’s Nerd Invasion, and Texas’ Comicpalooza. In 2009, Dr. Awkward released his first solo project “Next Gen,” in which Doc proclaims that he is the future of Nerdcore Hip Hop. The EP was hailed as an instant classic, with hits like “Geekquilibrium” and “Imposter.” Dr. Awkward release his latest album, “Unlimited” in April 2010, which features an amazing fusion of Nerdcore, Hip Hop, and R&B. His website is

All three, in addition to previously announced guests The Pillowcases and other to be announced groups, will be performing during the convention on Friday or Saturday.

Anime Midwest features three days overflowing with events, panels, autograph sessions, cosplay events, concerts, dances, balls, and beyond, even including a ConSweet filled with unlimited free Ramen, Rice, and Soda. Over 3,000+ people are expected to gather at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare for this anime convention in Chicago from July 5-7, 2013. Registration is currently open online for only $30.

More information can be found at Anime Midwest’s official website,

Voice Actor Sonny Strait to attend Anime Midwest

October 30, 2012 by  
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Sonny Strait to attend Anime Midwest

Rosemont, Illinois – September 23, 2012 – Anime Midwest in Chicago is happy to announce that popular voice actor Sonny Strait will be attending the convention on July 5-7, 2013. Best known for voices such as Maes Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sonny has been the voice behind dozens of popular characters over the past dozen years.

Sonny Strait is most well-known for several voices, ranging from Krillin in DBZ to Lupin III in Lupin III. He’s also known as an illustrator for one of the most famous, independently published comic book series Elfquest. Sonny Strait has over 20 years of experience in the arts.

Besides Dragonball Z’s Krillin he has worked on many popular animated characters including Maes Hughes from Full Metal Alchemist, Usopp from One Piece and Cartoon Network’s laid back, robot host Toonami Tom. He has also worked as a writer and director on several TV series including Dragonball Z, Case Closed and Lupin the Third.

Sonny Strait joins previously announced guests Doug Walker, of, and voice actor Todd Haberkorn. Guests at Anime Midwest will be appearing in discussion panels and signing autographs throughout the weekend.

Anime Midwest is an anime convention in Chicago, held over the fourth of July weekend. The convention connects thousands of fans with special guests, exhibitors, artists, musicians, and beyond, with hundreds of events every year. Advance registration is only $30, and can be found online at

Anime Midwest 2013 will be held July 5-7, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Information about the hotel and booking rooms can be found online at

Anime Midwest Adds Spike Spencer for 2013

October 25, 2012 by  
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Anime Midwest Announces Spike Spencer

Spike SpencerChicago, Illinois – October 25, 2012 – The Chicago anime convention Anime Midwest is excited to announce that voice actor Spike Spencer will be attending the 2013 convention in Chicago this July.

Spike Spencer has voiced hundreds of episodes of Anime including such notable titles as Evangelion, Bleach, Vampire Knight, Durarara!, Battle Angel, Suikoden, Orphen, Spriggan, Nadesico, Mar, PreTear, Buso Renkin, Gundam, Code Geass 2, and Kekkaishi. His video game credits include Bioshock:Infinite, Saints Row 3, World of Warcraft, Tales of Vesperia, BlazBlue, Dynasty and Samurai Warriors, Steambot Chronicles, Star Ocean 2, Lunar: Silver Star Harmony, and many others. Spike has also lent his voice to numerous radio and TV commercials.

An accomplished actor, he has worked with such notable stars as Tommy Lee Jones, Sandra Bullock, Frank Langella, Tia Carrere, and Scott Glenn and has been on set with many other stars. Spike is also an author, including “How to Be A Frickin Genius Voice Actor, Step One,” “What Happens At The Con, Stays At The Con?,” And “Don’t Kill Your Date (And Other Cooking Tips)”-(Coming soon). Spike is also a screenwriter with several projects in various stages. Spike is soon to begin production on his first feature film that he scripted, “Dwindle Down.”

Spike is also an avid sailor, cook, traveler, and enjoys a good bit of dancing from time to time. You can find more about him from his official website at

Spike Spencer appears at Anime Midwest alongside other notable voice actors including Todd Haberkorn and Sonny Strait, in addition to numerous additional guests including Doug Walker, and The Pillowcases. More guests for 2013 are expected to be announced and posted at

Anime Midwest is a three-day anime convention in Chicago focused on Japanese animation, Japanese culture, and the fandoms surrounding them. The 2013 chicago anime convention will be held July 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. Over 3,000 people are expected to converge on Rosemont for the convention. More information can be found at

Anime Midwest Announces Comic Book Guests for 2013

October 19, 2012 by  
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Anime Midwest Announces Comic Book Guests

Rosemont, IL – October 16, 2012 – Anime Midwest, a three-day two-night anime convention in Chicago, is happy to announce several comic book guests will be appearing at the 2013 convention. Russell Lissau, Alan Evans, Trevor Mueller, and Steve Horton will be appearing at the 2013 anime and comic convention.

By day, Russell Lissau is known as a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in suburban Chicago. By night, he battles against evil by writing comic books including THE BATMAN STRIKES!, THE 29 and SHREK. He broke into comics in 2005 with the lead story in BATMAN ALLIES SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS. (A lifelong Batman fan who dressed up as the Caped Crusader as a child, he can’t believe his luck.) Never one to shy away from a crowd, Lissau also leads workshops at libraries throughout the Chicago area about writing comics.

Alan Evans is the artist and creator of the #1 wrestling webcomic, Rival Angels. Rival Angels, started in 2007, has become a hit with critics, fans and professionals having been nominated for such awards as Best Comic, Best Long Form and Best Character. In addition, he’s done spot illustration work for several wrestling companies and flatting work for The Dreamer, DC, Hi-Fi Color Design, Digital Webbing and many other independent studios. He loves drawing backgrounds, likes riding his bike and is also a fan of characters with the name, “Alan.” Visit Alan online to check out his latest work, including Rival Angels at

Rival Angels

Trevor Mueller works at an advertising agency by day and writes comics by night. He is the writer/artist/creator of several popular webcomic series including the fantasy epic THE TEMPLE OF A THOUSAND TEARS and the teen-rated gag strip @$$HOLE!, both of which are self-published and have been nominated for several web comic awards. In addition to self-published web comics, Trevor has also written and self-published several other works including the all-ages stories ALBERT THE ALIEN and JUNKYARD CHASE. His web comic work can be found on his website,, along with his near-daily updates of movie, video game, and comic reviews. Trevor resides in the city of Chicago, with his cat Waffles.

Steve Horton is a two-time Harvey-nominated writer of comics: Amala’s Blade for DARK HORSE PRESENTS, soon to be a miniseries in 2013, One Giant Step for READING WITH PICTURES, Bizarro for SUPERMAN 80-PAGE GIANT and Captain Marvel for DC HOLIDAY SPECIAL.

All of Anime Midwest’s comic convention guests will be participating in autograph signings and panels throughout the weekend. The complete guest list can be found at

Anime Midwest will be held July 5-7, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. Attendees can register for only $30 in advance online at

Rooms for the convention at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago are only $99 per night, and can be booked at