Florida Supercon Team Announces Launch of Animate! Miami for January 2013

October 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Anime, Convention News, Florida, Top Stories

High School of the Dead

Press Release:

ANIMATE! MIAMI ANNOUNCED FOR JANUARY 18 – 20, 2013

3 day Anime, Animation and Cosplay Festival in Miami, FL.
www.animatemiami.com

Miami, FL – Animate! Miami is a NEW convention dedicated to Anime, Animation and Cosplay set for January 18 – 20, 2013 at the Miami Airport Convention Center. Animate! Miami is a 3 day festival that will feature celebrity guests, artists, writers, filmmakers, bands, vendors and exhibitors, as well as hundreds of events, including: celebrity Q&A’s, costume contests, cosplay photo shoots, industry panels, live music, video games and much more! Animate! Miami is organized by the same team that puts on the massive Florida Supercon in Miami each year, and will serve as a second event for fans to enjoy.

The first five guests have already been confirmed for Animate! Miami, with dozens of celebrity guests are expected to be announced as the event nears. The initial guest list includes:

Monica Rial: Monica has been working in the anime voice over industry for 13 years. As an actress for ADV Films and Funimation Entertainment she has lent her voice to over 250 anime including: High School of the Dead (Shizuka), Soul Eater (Tsubaki), Air TV (Misuzu), Azumanga Daioh (Nyamo), Baccano! (Chane), Black Butler (Mei Ren), Black Cat (Kyoko), Burst Angel (Jo), Chrome Shelled Regios (Felli), Chrono Crusade (Fiore), Claymore (Miria), DN Angel (Towa), D. Gray-man (Lero/Lulu Bell), E.F. a Tale of Memories (Chihiro), Excel Saga (Hyatt), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), Full Metal Panic (Kyoko), Ghost Stories (Momoko), Gunslinger Girl (Angelica), Hetalia (Flying Mint Bunny/ Belarus), Kurau Phantom Memory (Kurau), Moon Phase (Hazuki), Negima (Konoka/Kazumi/Satsuki), Noir (Kirika), One Piece (Tashigi/Carue/Kuina), Ouran Host Club (Renge), Princess Jellyfish (Mayaya), Rahxephon (Haruka), School Sergeant Frog (Momoka), Shuffle! (Asa), Speed Grapher (Kagura), Spiral (Rio), Tsubasa Chronicles (Sakura), Witchblade (Maria) and many more. She can be heard on the Cartoon Network in Shinchan (Ai), Fullmetal Alchemist (Lyra/Dante), Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (May Chang), Case Closed (Amy) and Trinity Blood (Vanessa). You can also catch her on Nicktoons and the CW as Bulma in Dragonball Z Kai. She is also an ADR script adaptor and occasionally a director for Funimation Entertainment.

Brittney Karbowski: Brittney is an Anime Voice Actress for many Funimation and ADV releases including: Soul Eater (Blackstar), Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Selim Bradley/Pride), Xenosaga (M.O.M.O.), Pani Poni Dash! (Himeko), Coyote Ragtime Show (Franca), Kanon (Ayu Tsukimiya), Yumeria (Mone), Godanner (Momoko), Gilgamesh (Fuko), Ouran High School Host Club (Hinako), Negima!? (Anya), Sasami: Magical Girls Club (Anri Misugi), Air Gear (Reng Fa), One Piece (Apis), Le Chevalier D’Eon (Anna Rochefort), Claymore (Riful), Hell Girl (Minami Shibuya) and more! Brittney is more than just a voice actor, and can be seen in the feature films Up & Down, Puncture (co-starring with Chris Evans) and Code of Evil.

John Swasey: According to Anime News Network, John Swasey is the most prolific male voice actor in North America with more roles and titles under his belt than any other male voice actor. John has voiced hundreds of shows and characters with ADV Films, Funimation, Sentai Films, Gearbox, and Illumitoons just to name a few. Being more of the character actor type has given John the freedom to voice bazillions of characters such as Gendo in Evangelion, the Captain in Halo (VG), Lord Death in Soul Eater, Hoenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Salvador in Borderland II (VG), Kogoro in Sgt. Frog, Huang in Darker than Black, Vulcan in Orphen, Ken in Kaleido Star, Captain Ahab in Hakugei The Legend of Moby Dick, Rikudoh in RahXephon, Mister in Coyote Ragtime Show, as well as roles in the live action films 2009 Lost Memories, Conduct Zero, Yesterday, Jungle Juice, and the Gamera trilogy. In 2004, John jumped to the other side of the “mic” to direct. Some of the shows he has directed include Welcome to the N.H.K., AirGear, Wandaba Style, St. Seiya, Shadow Skill, E’s Otherwise, Michel, Jinki Extend and Shinobi.

Maggie Flecknoe: Maggie is a voice, stage, film and television actress, writer, producer, and host of the nationally syndicated television segment “The Online Dish” for Tribune and The CW Affiliate KIAH-TV Ch. 39. Maggie is best known to Anime fans for her roles in High School of the Dead (Saya Takagi), Clanned (Yukine Miyazama), Samurai Girls (Hanzo Hattori), Pani Poni Dash (Ichijo), Best Student Council (Mami Aoki), Broken Blade (Lee), Comic Party Revolution (Sawada), Demon King Daimao (Korone), Devil May Cry (Cindy), Ghost Hound (Aya Komagusu), Heaven’s Memo Pad (Miku Kimura), ICE (Aoi), Kanon (Shiori Misaka), Kiba (Aisha), Legends of the Dark King (Isabella), Needless (Aruka Schild, Seto), Night Raid 1931 (Lili, Shunyo Akitsuki), Pani Poni Dash! (Ichijo), Project Blue Earth SOS (Maggie), Red Garden (Rachel Benning), Shattered Angels (Setsuna), Tokyo Majin (Hinano Oribe, Sera Rikudo), The World God Only Knows (Kusunoki Kasuga, Miss Nikido), Venus Versus Virus (Risa) and Xam’d Lost Memories (Prois Sukakki) to name a few. When she’s not acting, Maggie is broadcasting. She was an entertainment reporter and traffic anchor for 790 “The Sports Animal” and a reporter and producer for News Radio 740 KTRH.

Mark X Laskowski: Mark has appeared in numerous anime series over the past sixteen years. Mark has recently starred as Kōta Hirano in High School of the Dead and in Clanned After Story as Tajima. His other vast credits include: Air Gear (Issa “Buccha” Mihotoke), Angel Beats! (Igarashi), Angelic Layer (Masaharu Ogata), Area 88 (Bucksy), The Book of Bantorra (Relia Bookwat), Coicent (Yellow Brother), Comic Party Revolution (Yosshi), Cyber Team in Akihabara, Diamond Daydreams, Excel Saga (Norikuni Iwata), Ghost Hound (Eiichi Ooya, Hiroshi Furusawa), Gintama: The Movie (Shinpachi Shimura), Godannar (Morimoto), The Guin Saga, Guyver: The Bio-Boosted Armor (Elegen), Halo Legends (Teenage Boy, Marine), Intrigue in the Bakumatsu, Kiba (Stonos, Xeed), Kurau Phantom Memory, Legends of the Dark Kings (Juza, Hucker), Martian Successor Nadesico, Nerima Daikon Brothers, Night Raid 1931, Noir, Papuwa (Nagoya Willow, Great Man-God, Blue Scat Mouse), Pumpkin Scissors (Paulo), RahXephon, Sister Princess, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross (Warera Nantes), UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie, Xam’d Lost Memories and more!

Some of the amazing events planned for Animate! Miami include:

  • Q&A’s with all of our attending guests
  • Fan panels for anime, animation, cosplay and video games.
  • Industry panels for anime and animation.
  • Costume Competition with over $1,500 in cash and prizes
  • Dozens of Cosplay Photo Shoots for cosplayers and photographers
  • Supercon Championship Wrestling featuring Cobra Commander, The Joker, The Mario Bros., The Geico Caveman and more!
  • Live Musical Performances
  • Live Stand Up Comedy
  • Anime Screenings and Anime Music Videos
  • Video Game Tournaments
  • A 50,000 square feet exhibition room with over 200 booths and tables featuring vendors, celebrity guests, artists, filmmakers and exhibits.

Complete information and up to the minute updates can be found at www.animatemiami.com and www.facebook.com/animatemiami

The convention hours of operation are:
Friday, January 18: 2:00pm – 3:00am
Saturday, January 19: 11:00am – 3:00am
Sunday, January 20: 11:00am – 3:00am
THE MIAMI AIRPORT CONVENTION CENTER is located at 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126

Florida Supercon (July 2011)

Convention Florida Supercon
Convention Website http://www.floridasupercon.com
Start Date 07/01/2011 (UPDATED)
End Date 07/04/2011 (UPDATED)
About This Convention: FLORIDA SUPERCON: South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game, Fantasy and Sci-Fi Convention returns July 1-4, 2011 to the Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Convention Center in Miami, FL. 

Florida Supercon is a 3 day festival dedicated to Comic Books, Anime, Animation, Video Games, Fantasy and Sci-Fi featuring celebrity guests,comic book creators, voice actors, industry guests, cosplayers, artists, writers, panels, Q&A’s, films & shorts, costume & cosplay contests,vendors, parties, anime, workshops, video gaming and more! 2011 will be the 6th annual Florida Supercon

Convention Guests Here are some of the guests that have already signed up for FSC 2011 

Comic Book Creators
Charlie Adlard
Ariel Olivetti
Jim McCann
Allen Bellman
Greg Horn
Joe Jusko
John Layman
Jose Delbo
Ken Lashley
Dennis Calero
Mike Perkins
Paul Gulacy
Brad Walker
Mark Sparacio
Tommy Castillo
Rob Hunter
Luis Diaz
Vinnie Tartamella
Terry Cronin
Austin Janowsky
Greg Kirkpatrick
Damion Hendricks
Manny Aguilera
Deleon Walters
Cayce Moyer

Voice Actors
Brittney Karbowski
Dana Snyder

Cosplay Guests
Pikmin Link
Outland Armour

PLUS: HUNDRED’S MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!!!

Venue Name Miami Mart Airport Convention Center
Venue Address 711 NW 72nd Ave
Miami, FL 33126
United States
Number of Dealer/Exhibitor Tables 150
Projected Attendance 8000
What category best describes your convention? Comic Books
What other categories might be appropriate for your convention? - Anime
- Collectibles
- Comic Books
- Gaming
- Horror
- Science Fiction and Fantasy

Florida Supercon Adds Guests and Launches New Website

FLORIDA SUPERCON 2009
FSC LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE AND ADDS NEW GUESTS FOR JUNE 18-20, 2010 SHOW

Miami, FL – As the 5th annual Florida Supercon grows closer, dozens of exciting new guests have been added from the worlds of Comic Books, Anime, Animation, Sci-Fi, Video Games, Horror, Comedy and more! In addition to the exciting new guests that have been added, a new website has been launched to support the event. The new website can be viewed at www.supercon.tv

Florida Supercon (FSC) returns to Miami for its 5th year as it takes over the entire Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Hotel and Convention Center. South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game and Sci-Fi / Fantasy Festival is set for Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20, 2010.  The 5th FSC will be the largest yet, with almost 150,000 square feet of event space, plus more guest celebrities and artists than ever before!

Florida Supercon is a three day festival that includes celebrity guests, comic book publishers, artists, writers, vendors, Q&A’s, parties, costume contests, anime programming, cosplay, panels, photo shoots, live music, video games and more. The event kicks off at 12:00PM, Friday, June 18 and the fun continues almost around the clock until 6:00PM, Sunday, June 20.

Over 80 guests have already been announced for FSC 2010, and that number continues to grow every week. Some of the guests already lined up for FSC 2010 include:

Comic Book artists and writers such as Ariel Olivetti, Bill Sienkiewicz, Khoi Pham, Rafa Sandoval, Dennis Calero, Brad Walker, Paul Gulacy, Fred Van Lente, Filip Sablik, Georges Jeanty, Dick Giordano, Dustin Weaver, Steve Kurth, Shawn Crystal, Joe Jusko, Allen Bellman, Clayton Henry, Derec Donovan, Alex Saviuk, Pat Broderick, Rob Hunter, Greg “Dark One” Williams, Vinnie Tartamella, Dick Kulpa and more!

Anime and Animation voice actors like Troy Baker (Naruto, Code Geass), Richard Horvitz (Invader Zim), Larry Kenney (Thundercats), Brittney Karbowski (Xenosaga, Pani Poni Dash), Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen), Charles Fleischer (Roger Rabbit), Brad Kesten (Charlie Brown), Angela Lee-Sloan (Lucy in Peanuts), Stacy H. Tolkin (Sally in Peanuts) and more!

Legendary Filmmakers Lloyd Kaufman and Hershell Gordon Lewis.

Movie and TV Celebrities such as Tia Carrere (Wayne’s World, Relic Hunter), John Wesley Shipp (The Flash), Charles Fleischer (Back to the Future II), Julie McCullough (Growing Pains, The Blob), Louise Robey (Friday the 13th the series), Rebecca Staab (Fantastic Four), Michelle Lintel (The Black Scorpion), Sinn “Kizarny” Bodhi (WWE) and more!

Musical Guests like MC Frontalot, Robbed By A Flute, Sci-Fried, The Pursuit, Murderous Rampage and more!

Cosplay and Entertainment Guests such as the 3000 Brigade (Smash Bros. Show), Supercon Championship Wrestling, Wasabi Anime, Outland Armour and more!

Stand Up Comedy Guests like Lisa Corrao, The Revenge of the Nerds Comedy Show, Julie McCullough and more!

Additional guests can be found at on the Florida Supercon website at www.supercon.tv

This years FSC will have dedicated programming tracks for each of the genre’s being celebrated. Some of the amazing events include:

  • Q&A’s with most of our attending guests
  • Comic art portfolio reviews for aspiring artists
  • Fan panels for all aspects of the show (Comics, Anime, Animation, Sci-Fi etc.)
  • Industry panels for breaking into Comics, Anime, Animation etc…
  • The FSC Costume Competition (with over $3,000 in cash and prizes)
  • The FSC Cosplay Skit Contest
  • Rumble Roses Cosplay Wrestling
  • The Otaku Insomnia Rave
  • Cosplay Deviant’s Hentai Cafe
  • Cosplay RockBand
  • Supercon Championship Wrestling’s “Supercon Mania!”
  • The Smash Brothers 3000 Super Show
  • Filmmaking workshops with Hershell Gordon Lewis
  • The FSC Film Festival
  • Live Musical Performances
  • Live stand up comedy
  • Over 100 video game stations
  • Video game tournaments
  • A 50,000 square feet exhibition room with over 300 booths and tables featuring vendors, celebrity guests, artists, filmmakers and exhibits.

Complete information on these and dozens of more events taking place all weekend can be found at www.supercon.tv

The convention hours of operation are:

FRIDAY, JUNE 18: 12:00PM – 2:00AM

SATURDAY, JUNE 19: 11:00AM – 2:00AM

SUNDAY, JUNE 20: 11:00AM – 6:00PM

THE DOUBLE TREE MIAMI AIRPORT HOTEL & CONVENTION CENTER is located at 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126. The Double Tree has over 150,000 square feet of total convention space to accommodate the growing attendance of Animation Supercon. Discounted room rates for convention are available. See our website www.supercon.tv for details.

Florida Supercon Announces First Guests for 2010

NEW DATES, FIRST GUESTS & MORE ANNOUNCED FOR FLORIDA SUPERCON 2010
South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game and Sci-Fi / Fantasy Festival returns JUNE 18-20, 2010

www.floridasupercon.com

Miami, FL – Florida Supercon (FSC) returns to Miami for its 5th year as it takes over the entire Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Convention Center. South Florida’s Comic Book, Anime, Animation, Video Game and Sci-Fi / Fantasy Festival is set for Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20, 2010. The 5th FSC will be the largest yet, with almost 150,000 square feet of event space, plus more guest celebrities and artists than ever before!

Florida SuperconFlorida Supercon is a three day festival that includes celebrity guests, comic book publishers, artists, writers, vendors, Q&A’s, parties, costume contests, anime programming, cosplay, panels, photo shoots, live music, video games and more. The event kicks off at 12:00PM, Friday, June 18 and the fun continues almost around the clock until 6:00PM, Sunday, June 20.

Ticket, Vendor, Artist and Exhibitor information is available now online at www.floridasupercon.com

Over 30 guests have already been lined up for FSC 2010, including Comic Book guests: Bill Sienkiewicz, Dennis Calero, Dick Giordano, Joe Jusko, Clayton Henry, Fred Van Lente, Allen Bellman, Georges Jeanty, Pat Broderick, Kristen Sorra, Derec Donovan, Tom Gordon III, Pat Bastienne, Rob Hunter, Alex Saviuk, Terry Cronin, Pat Martin, Ricky Carralero, Ralph Cabrera, Greg Kirkpatrick and Media guests: Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment), MC Frontalot (Musical Guest), Brittney Karbowski (Anime Voice Actress), Christopher Smith (Anime Voice Actor), Dana Snyder (Voice Actor), plus the cast of Peanuts/Charlie Brown: Brad Kesten (Charlie Brown), Angela Lee-Sloan (Lucy) and Stacy Heather Tolkin (Sally).

More guests will be announced in the coming weeks and months as we get closer to the show.

For a detailed schedule and updates visit: www.floridasupercon.com

The convention hours of operation are:
FRIDAY, JUNE 18: 12:00PM – 2:00AM
SATURDAY, JUNE 19: 11:00AM – 2:00AM
SUNDAY, JUNE 20: 11:00AM – 6:00PM

The Double Tree Miami Airport Hotel & convention center is located at 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126. The Double Tree has almost 150,000 square feet of total convention space to accommodate the growing attendance of Florida Supercon. The Doubletree Hotel will be extending a special rate of $99 per night for hotel rooms. See our website www.floridasupercon.com for details.

Soul Eater English Cast to Appear at NY Anime Festival

September 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Anime, Convention News, New York

SOUL EATER ENGLISH CAST TO APPEAR AT NY ANIME FESTIVAL

Supernatural Anime Series Receives English-Language Debut In NYC

Norwalk, CT, September 3, 2009: The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) today announced the main cast of FUNimation Entertainment’s upcoming supernatural anime series Soul Eater — Laura Bailey, Micah Solusod, Brittney Karbowski, Monica Rial, Todd Haberkorn, Jamie Marchi, and Cherami Leigh — will appear together for the first time at this September’s NYAF, and this cast appearance will serve as the pinnacle of a weekend of Soul Eater activities, including the English language premiere of the series. The cast along with Soul Eater Director Zach Bolton and Producer Masazumi Kato will join Yoshiyuki Tomino — the Director of Mobile Suit Gundam — and Yui Makino — the voice of Sakura in Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle — as guests at NYAF. Other than Soul Eater, NYAF premieres include Gurren Lagann: The Movie – Childhood’s End, Cencoroll, and 20th Century Boys.

Soul Eater

Soul Eater

Soul Eater, based on a manga by Atsushi Ohkubo, follows Maka, Black Star, and Death The Kid, three students determined to turn their partners — living weapons — into powerful death scythes, weapons fit for Death himself. Charged with the task of collecting and devouring the tainted souls of ninety-nine humans and one witch, Maka and her fellow meisters strive to master their weapons as they face off against the bizarre and dangerous minions of the underworld. Laura Bailey stars as the voice of Maka, Micah Solusod portrays Soul, Brittney Karbowski plays Black Star, Monica Rial is Tsubaki, Todd Haberkorn voices Death The Kid, Jamie Marchi is Liz, and Cherami Leigh voices Patty.

Producer Masazumi Kato will be coming all the way from Japan, where he’s been in charge of the overall promotion for Soul Eater, including advertisements, publicity, and DVDs.

“We’re honored to partner with our friends at FUNimation to bring the main cast of Soul Eater to NYAF,” New York Anime Festival Show Manager Lance Fensterman said. “Soul Eater will be one of the biggest titles of 2010, and we’re excited to give it the launch it deserves in NYC!”

“The premiere of Soul Eater on a stage as big as New York City? Now, that’s cool,” Soul Eater ADR Director Zach Bolton said.

NYAF’s Soul Eater activity schedule follows…

Yen Plus Giveaway

Be one of the first 200 fans to come by the FUNimation booth any day of the show to take home a free copy of the latest issue of Yen Press’s Yen Plus magazine. Yen Press is the US publisher of the Soul Eater manga, and Soul Eater is serialized each month inside Yen Plus.

Friday – 1:00 PM – FUNimation Booth (303)

Saturday and Sunday – 10:00 AM – FUNimation Booth (303)

Cast Signing

Meet Laura Bailey (Maka), Micah Solusod (Soul), Brittney Karbowski (Black Star), Monica Rial (Tsubaki), Todd Haberkorn (Death The Kid), Jamie Marchi (Liz), Cherami Leigh (Patty), and Director Zach Bolton at a special signing at the FUNimation Booth!

Friday – 4:00 to 5:30 PM – FUNimation Booth (303)

Saturday – 3:30 to 5:00 PM – FUNimation Booth (303)

Chalk Mural

Eric Maruscak is an artist who specializes in massive murals drawn in chalk. He’s appeared at New York Comic Con and other conventions around the country, and he’s at NYAF this year creating a giant illustration of Maka, Black Star, and Death The Kid. Check out Eric’s work throughout the show to see Soul Eater larger than life!

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – All Day – Front of Exhibit Hall

Soul Eater Panel and Screening

Laura Bailey (Maka), Micah Solusod (Soul), Brittney Karbowski (Black Star), Monica Rial (Tsubaki), Todd Haberkorn (Death The Kid), Jamie Marchi (Liz), Cherami Leigh (Patty), and Director Zach Bolton along with Producer Masazumi Kato and representatives from both FUNimation and Yen Press present the first three episodes of FUNimation’s Soul Eater! Be one of the first fans to see what’ll be one of 2010′s biggest shows, and get the inside scoop about what’s ahead from the women and men at Soul Eater’s center!

Saturday – 1:00 to 3:00 PM – ANA Theater (1A08 )

Soul Eater Cosplay Meet Up

Come by chalk artist Eric Maruscak’s Soul Eater mural on Sunday at 1 PM for a Soul Eater group photo! FUNimation’s asking all Soul Eater cosplayers to show up to get their pictures taken with Eric’s completed work of art and the American cast of Soul Eater, and, then, stay tuned to funimation.com and newyorkanimefestival.com for the photo once the show’s over!

Sunday – 1:00 PM – Front of Exhibit Hall

For Soul Eater cast bios or to purchase NYAF tickets, please visit the show’s official site (www.nyanimefestival.com). For the latest announcements, please visit NYAF’s official blog (www.mediumatlarge.net) or follow NYAF on Twitter (www.twitter.com/NY_Anime_Fest). For more on Soul Eater, visit the show’s official site (www.funimation.com/souleater).


ABOUT FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT:

FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States. FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.

ABOUT THE NEW YORK ANIME FESTIVAL:

The New York Anime Festival takes place September 25-27, 2009 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan and is organized by Reed Exhibitions, the creators of New York Comic Con. The New York Anime Festival showcases the best of anime pop culture, including the latest anime, manga, Japanese cinema, music, and games, and anime-influenced comics, animation, and films from around the world. The festival features exclusive and extensive screenings, a gala cosplay masquerade, sessions with the some of the biggest names in anime from Japan, Asia, and America, and explores the Japanese cultural experience with displays of both traditional and cutting-edge Japanese life. Further information can be found at newyorkanimefestival.com.

ABOUT REED EXHIBITIONS POP CULTURE GROUP:

The Pop Culture Group at Reed Exhibitions owns and operates the New York Comic Con (NYCC), the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and the New York Anime Festival (NYAF). New York Comic Con was launched in 2006 and quickly became a dominant presence in the pop culture world of public events. In 2009, 452 companies exhibited at NYCC for a total of 84,000 square feet of paid exhibit space, and it has been ranked by Crain’s New York Business as the second-largest annual event in NYC. C2E2, which will debut April 16 – 18 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center, is modeled after NYCC and will provide fans the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite writers, creators, and artists, as well as to see, hear and learn about the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. The Pop Culture Group also operates the recently-launched UFC Fan Expo in partnership with the UFC – the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization – and it formed a strategic partnership with Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2008 and will work closely with PAX on the launch of PAX East in Boston in 2010.