Greg Ayres and Jonathan Klein added as Guests to AniMinneapolis 2014

January 22, 2014 by  
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AniMinneapolis announces two more guests

Minneapolis, MN – January 8, 2014 – AniMinneapolis announced earlier today that two new guests, Greg Ayres and Jonathan Klein, will be appearing at the convention in May in downtown Minneapolis.

Jonathan KleinJonathan Klein is an English language producer and director of Videogames and Anime at his company, New Generation Pictures, Inc. He has produced and/or directed the English voices on many popular anime titles, such as Hellsing & Hellsing Ultimate, Paranoia Agent, Ergo-Proxy, R.O.D the TV, Haibane Renmei, Texhnolyze and many others. Recently he directed Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians and Xtreme Xecutor for Funimation. He has also produced and/or directed the English voices on such videogames as Final Fantasy IV (DS version), Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers, Star Ocean IV, Valkrie Profile II & VP: Covenant of The Plume, The Guided Fate Paradox, Rune Factory 3, Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and every version of Capcom’s Street Fighter since Street Fighter IV, and a whole lot more. Jonathan is also involved in the production of several other Marvel Comics related videogames which he’ll talk about at the convention.

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 at the anime studios with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones of a different variety behind “the decks”. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, Greg has really enjoyed the opportunity 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 for music with anyone who will listen.

The two guests will both be signing autographs and doing panels at AniMinneapolis, which will be held from May 23-25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. You can see the announcement at http://animecon.org/posts/975-Jonathan-Klein-and-Greg-Ayres-at-AniMinneapolis.

This year will feature AniMinneapolis’s first ever charity auction. 100% of proceeds will be going to charities such as St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, as the convention auctions off rare and limited edition anime collectibles. Thanks to New Generation Pictures and future sponsors the convention will be auctioning off over 50 of the most rare and unique anime pieces that can be found.

Jonathan and Greg join a growing guest list that includes Chris Rager, Eric Stuart, Linkara, Jad Saxton, Leah Clark, and Steam Powered Giraffe. The full list, including bios for each, can be found at http://animinneapolis.com/guests

AniMinneapolis costs only $45 to attend for the weekend for attendees who register in advance, before March 31. Interested anime fans can register at http://animinneapolis.com/registration.

Steam Powered Giraffe come to AniMinneapolis 2014

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Steam Powered Giraffe come to AniMinneapolis

Steam Powered GiraffeMinneapolis, MN – December 20, 2013 – AniMinneapolis, one of the largest anime and comic cons in Minneapolis, announced today they will be featuring a performance by steampunk-band Steam Powered Giraffe. Guests attending the convention so far include Steam Powered Giraffe, Leah Clark, Jad Saxton, Linkara, Chris Rager, Eric Stuart, and Dr. Awkward. The anime convention will be held May 23-25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis downtown.

ABOUT STEAM POWERED GIRAFFE
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 robots started street busking as these quirky characters in January 2008 at Balboa Park, California, and instantly drew the attention of Southern California. Since then they’ve 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.

The 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. The band will be performing likely on Friday evening. SPG played at Meta Con in Minneapolis last September. Their performance announcement was first posted at http://animecon.org/posts/967-Steam-Powered-Giraffe-come-to-AniMinneapolis

ABOUT ANIMINNEAPOLIS
AniMinneapolis is one of the most anticipated and exciting conventions in the Midwest, expecting to bring together 4,000+ anime fans for a weekend of anime, music, manga, video games, and more. Fans attending will be able to participate in 100s of events, in addition to special concerts and interactive events. Admission is cheap at just $40 for the weekend until the end of the year, and interested fans can register at http://animinneapolis.com/registration

The full and updated guest list can always be found at http://animinneapolis.com/guests

AniMinneapolis 2013 Adds Voice Actor Spike Spencer

October 3, 2012 by  
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AniMinneapolis 2013 Announces Spike Spencer

Spike SpencerMinneapolis, MN – September 24, 2012 – The Minneapolis anime convention, AniMinneapolis, announced today that voice actor Spike Spencer will be appearing at the convention in 2013.

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 websites:http://www.spikespencer.com and http://www.almostevilminions.com

Spike Spencer will be joining a flock of other special guests, beginning with previously announced voice actor Sonny Strait. Past guests at the Minneapolis anime convention have included Quinton Flynn, YTCracker, StarF, Dr. Awkward, Vic Mignogna, Wendy Powell, Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe, Greg Ayres, Linkara, and many others. Guests for 2013 will be announced as soon as possible up through the upcoming convention, and a full list can be found at http://animinneapolis.com/guests

AniMinneapolis is a weekend convention focused on Japanese animation, arts, and culture. The 2013 convention will be held June 28-30 at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and is expected to bring a convergence of over 3,000 fans. More information can be found at http://animinneapolis.com/

AniMinneapolis is organized by AnimeCon.org. More information can be found at http://animecon.org AnimeCon.org and AniMinneapolis are organized by fans, for fans.

Voice Actor and Illustrator Sonny Strait to Attend AniMinneapolis 2013

September 14, 2012 by  
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SONNY STRAIT TO ATTEND ANIMINNEAPOLIS

KrillinBloomington, MN – September 11, 2012 – The Minneapolis anime convention, AniMinneapolis, announced today that voice actor Sonny Strait will be attending in 2013. Sonny Strait is best known for voices such as the original Tom from Toonami, Lupin the III, and Maes Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist. AniMinneapolis 2013 will be held at the Doubletree in Bloomington, Minneapolis from June 28-30, 2013.

Sonny Strait is 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.

AniMinneapolis is a three day convention that connects over 3,000 anime fans with exhibitors, artists, voice actors, directors, musicians, and other fans. The convention includes over 100 events every year ranging from a Date Auction to a Cosplay Masquerade. On the convention’s website at http://animinneapolis.com/registration fans can register in advance for only $35.

Interested fans can visit AniMinneapolis.com to learn more.