Dark Horse Brings Eiji Otsuka to Anime Expo 2014

July 1, 2014 by  
Filed under Anime, California, Convention News, Manga

Press Release:otsuka

Dark Horse is about to head down to the largest Japanese fan convention in the Western Hemisphere, Anime Expo, this 4th of July weekend in Los Angeles. We’ll have a booth and panels, but what’s most exciting for us is that one of our Japanese creators, Eiji Otsuka, the writer of MPD Psycho and The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, will also be at Anime Expo!

First, on Thursday, July 3 at 4:45 PM in Live Programming 4, you’ll want to check out the special guest lecture Mr. Otsuka is presenting at AX, “The Rebirth of the Saga and the Fabrication of History: Gundam, the Aum Cult, and Attack on Titan.” Those of you familiar with his manga know that Otsuka isn’t afraid to explore the provocative links between politics and pop culture; in addition to being a manga creator, Otsuka has been an editor, writer, and critic for decades, and you can expect to come away informed.

Second, we’re very honored to announce that Eiji Otsuka will be signing autographs for fans between 3 and 4 P.M. on Friday at the Dark Horse booth, located at area 1323/1325 in the Exhibitor Hall (it’s OK to show up earlier to get a place in line). In addition to signing his books, we will also have a limited number of complimentary shikishi (the traditional square, gilt-edged Japanese signing boards) available for fans to use, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dark Horse is presenting three panels at Anime Expo:

On Thursday, July 3 at 7:30 P.M. in Live Programming 3 is the Dark Horse Manga panel. We’ll be talking about our Japanese artbook, novel, and manga releases in 2014-2015, including announcements of new titles! We will also be taking audience questions and doing special giveaways.

On Saturday, July 5 at 12:30 P.M.in Live Programming 4 is our Oh My Goddess! 20th Anniversary Panel. Next to Hellboy, Oh My Goddess! is our longest-running title, and we’ll be looking back at the history, formats, and production of OMG! over the last two decades. We’ll have announcements and giveaways here too!

On Sunday, July 6 at 11 A.M. in Live Programming 3 is our Neon Genesis Evangelion panel. We will be discussing not only the manga, but any and all aspects of Evangelion and its cultural influence. It’s open to audience discussion, and once again, look out for announcements and giveaways.

One last thing: it won’t be on sale for a few more weeks, but we’ll have a special advance display copy of Dragon Girl & Monkey King: The Art of Katsuya Terada available at our AX booth; just let us know if you’d like to look through it. We’ll see you soon!

Unrest at Anime Expo?

January 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Anime, California, Convention News

Anime News Network is reporting that the “majority of [Anime Expo's] division managers have resigned over disputes with the Board of Directors of the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA)” and that “over 80% of the AX staff are ready to resign in support of their division heads.”

They note, “Recent discontent regarding the new CEO (Michael Lattanzio), the SPJA Board of Directors, and their business decisions has caused strife amongst the staff.”

For the complete story, visit Anime News Network.

Scene on Video: Gatchaman Trailer at Anime Expo

This is a poor quality recording, but I’m running it because it came from Anime Expo, and hey, it’s Gatchaman! As a long-time Battle of the Planets fans, I’m eager to see this reach the big screen.

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Anime Expo 2009

Not being a huge anime fan, the experience was similar to that of E3, where I had to adjust to the passion of the fans for an industry I had no experience or knowledge of. But while E3 was more of a show for industry people, Anime Expo was clearly for the fans. It was extremely unnerving to see so many people dressed in costume (Cosplay), and the Expo went on into the wee hours of the night. Here are some of the costumes at the show, to show you a glimpse of the fantasy world of Anime Expo.
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Welcome to Anime Expo!Crowds walking in the lobby.

Ad for Final Fantasy near Anime Expo.

Hot girls in purple.

Hot girls in purple.

Asian guy with blonde hair. Lot of that going on at Anime Expo.

Asian guy with blonde hair. Lot of that going on at Anime Expo.

Best costume of the day. Sexy Felicia.

Best costume of the day. Sexy Felicia.

Joker made an appearance.

Joker made an appearance.

Dhalsim and Cammy make an appearance.

Dhalsim and Cammy make an appearance.

You can wear whatever you want if you carry a big gun.

You can wear whatever you want if you carry a big gun.

Boo!

Boo!

Is this too much white?

Is this too much white?

Stripper heels...

Stripper heels...

I like big butts and I cannot lie...

I like big butts and I cannot lie...

Little girls sing and dance to some J-pop beats.

Little girls sing and dance to some J-pop beats.

Clap your hands like this!

Clap your hands like this!

Strike a pose.

Strike a pose.

A girl and her penguin.

A girl and her penguin.

Pokemon! Gotta catch em all!

Pokemon! Gotta catch em all!

Frilly dresses.

Frilly dresses.

300 masks for sale!

300 masks for sale!

Simon says slouch forward!

Simon says slouch forward!

Samurai swords on display.

Hats galore!

Hats galore!

Go go Power Rangers!

Go go Power Rangers!

Karaoke time!

Karaoke time!

Rock and roll.

Rock and roll.

FF7. Best game ever.

FF7. Best game ever.

Hai yah!

Hai yah!

Naruto!

Naruto!

Anime Expo (July 2009)

Convention Website: http://www.anime-expo.org/

Date(s):: July 2-5, 2009

Location: Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

Number of Dealers/Exhibitors Tables:: NA

Projected Attendance:: NA

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