Stan Sakai, Sergio Aragonès, Mark Evanier, William Stout, Tone Rodriguez, Bill Morrison, and many more appear at Meltdown Comics on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM to sign THE SAKAI PROJECT!
On Saturday, August 16, twenty-two members of the cartooning community will descend upon Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard to sign copies of Dark Horse Comics’ recently released book “The Sakai Project” to help raise money for the medical bills of fellow cartoonist Stan Sakai, creator of Dark Horse’s “Usagi Yojimbo” comic book, now in its thirtieth year.
Fundraising efforts were initially spearheaded by the Comic Art Professional Society (CAPS), an organization of professional comic book artists and writers of which Stan Sakai is a member. Organized by artist Tone Rodriguez, CAPS began collecting original art last December for an online auction to lend a helping hand to Sakai, whose wife Sharon has been suffering from an inoperable brain tumor. As art poured in from the cartooning community, many pieces were custom drawings of Stan’s samurai rabbit creation Usagi Yojimbo.
Bill Morrison, a member of CAPS and an art director at Bongo Comics (publisher of “The Simpsons”), approached Sakai’s publisher, Dark Horse, about collecting these wonderful images into a book to also benefit the Sakais. Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson was enthusiastic about the idea, and offered to pay for the book’s publication so that all sales could go to the Sakais. Bill Morrison proceeded to volunteer his time to edit the book in tandem with Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley which was designed voluntarily by noted book designer Serban Cristescu. The result is a beautiful 160-paged hardcover art book featuring interpretations of Usagi Yojimbo by some of the top cartoonists in comics today.
Between the online auction and the book, the cartooning community came together in a unique way to help one of their own. Now twenty-one artists local to Los Angeles will gather one more time to help their friend with a fundraising book signing event.
Attending the signing event will be “The Sakai Project” contributors Sergio Aragonès (“Groo the Wanderer”, “MAD Magazine”), Mark Evanier (“Groo” writer), Tom Luth (“Groo” and “Usagi” colorist), William Stout (noted illustrator), Ricardo Delgado (“Age of Reptiles”), Jeff Keane (“Family Circus”), Rubèn Procopio (“Batman 66”), Dean Yeagle (“Playboy”), Bill Morrison (editor of “The Sakai Project”), Tone Rodriguez (“The Simpsons” comics), Steven E. Gordon, Anson Jew, Benton Jew, Aidan Casserly, Chad Frye, Brad Rader, Patrick Scullin, Robert Stanley, Mark Dos Santos and Mike Kazaleh all joining with Stan Sakai (“Usagi Yojimbo”) himself.
Books will be sold for $45 each, or if fans already have the book, they will be charged a nominal $15 to have their books signed by the artists in attendance.
In addition to “The Sakai Project” book, there will be limited edition prints available exclusively at the event of four images from the book by artists attending the signing: Sergio Aragonès, Stan Sakai, William Stout, and Bill Morrison.
The event will take place on August 16 from 4-6pm at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046. Thanks to Meltdown, all proceeds go to Sharon & Stan Sakai to help with their medical bills.
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
ANIMATION SUPERCON 2009 announced for Oct. 2-4, 2009
Featuring cast reunions from Futurama & Pinky & The Brain
Plus, stars of Ren and Stimpy, Looney Tunes, Gears of War, Final Fantasy, Transformers, Family Guy, G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons and more!
FINAL GUEST LIST & EVENTS ANNOUNCED
Miami, FL – Animation Supercon replaces Anime Supercon as it returns for a 4th year to an all new, bigger & better location; the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center. Animation Supercon will replace Anime Supercon as the shows focus shifts to encompass the entire animation world, and not just Japanese anime. Set for October 2-4, Animation Supercon is a three day festival and convention dedicated to Animation, Cartoons, Anime, Comic Books and Video Games.
Animation Supercon will feature celebrity guests, artists, animators, writers, vendors, Q&A’s, parties, costume contests, anime programming, cosplay, panels, photo shoots, live music, video games and more as it takes over 100,000+ square feet of the Doubletree Miami Airport Hotel and Convention Center. The event kicks off at 3:30PM, Friday, October 2 and the fun continues almost around the clock until 6:00PM, Sunday, October 4.
Over the weekend-long event, attendees will have a chance to meet and converse with celebrity guests and artists from all corners of the industry. Our guest list includes two very special cast reunions from Futurama and Pinky & The Brain. The line up for this years event includes:
Billy West: Star of Futurama (Philip J. Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Zapp Brannigan, Dr. Zoidberg), Ren and Stimpy (Ren and Stimpy), Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd), Doug (Doug) and TheWoody Woodpecker Show (Woody Woodpecker).
David X. Cohen: Co-Creator, Head Writer and Executive Producer of Futurama. Writer, Editor and Producer of the Simpsons and Writer for Beevis and Butthead.
John DiMaggio: Star of Futurama (Bender, Flexo, Elzar), Gears of War (Marcus Fenix), Chowder (Shnitzel), Final Fantasy XII (Gilgamesh, Migelo), Samurai Jack (The Scotsman) and Princess Mononoke (Gonza).
Phil LaMarr: Star of Futurama (Hermes Conrad, Rev. Lionel Preacherbot), Samurai Jack (Samurai Jack), Family Guy (Ollie Williams, The Judge), Transformers: Animated (Jazz, Omega Supreme, Jetstorm), Mad TV, Justice League (Green Lantern), Static Shock (Static) and Final Fantasy XII (Reddas).
Maurice LaMarche: Star of Futurama (Kif, Morbo, Calculon, Lrr, Donbot, Hedonist Bot), Pinky and The Brain (The Brain), Tripping the Rift (Gus), Xiaolin Showdown (Master Fung), Inspector Gadget(Inspector Gadget), Tiny Toon Adventures (Dizzy Devil), Transformers (Six Gun) and The Critic (Jeremy Hawke).
Rob Paulsen: Star of Pinky and The Brain (Pinky), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Raphael), The Tick (Arthur), Animaniacs (Yakko), Transformers (Air Raid, Slingshot), GI Joe (Snowjob, Tripwire) andFraggle Rock (Boober, Sprocket).
Bill Morrison: Concept Artist of Futurama and Co-Founder / Creative Director for Bongo Comics. Bill’s artist credits, as artist/writer/editor for Bongo Comics include Futurama Comics, Bartman Comics, Bongo Comics, Radioactive Man, Itchy and Scratchy, Simpsons Comics, Bart Simpson and Treehouse of Horror. In addition, Bill was the writer/artist for Captain Carrot and The Final Ark (DC Comics) and poster artist for Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
Mike Kazaleh: Animator and Comic Book Artist. Animation credits include: The Simpsons, Cool World, Mighty Mouse, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Tiny Toon Adv., Filmmation and Bashki Animation. Comic Book credits include: Futurama Comics, The Simpsons, Ren and Stimpy, Usagi Yojimbo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mighty Mouse and Superfriends.
Allen Bellman: Golden Age Comic Book artist for Timely / Marvel and Lev Gleason. Mr. Bellman’s credits include Captain America, The Patriot, Let’s Play Detective, The Human Torch, The Sub-Mariner, All Select Comics, Marvel Mystery Comics and All Winners Comics.
Richard Green: Richard is and artist and animator, who has extensive animation credits with Disney Studios. His work can be seen in Beauty and the Beast (asst. animator for Lumiere), Rescuers Down Under, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Goofy and Mickey Mouse.
Pat Broderick: Animator and Comic Book Artist. Artist for Green Lantern, Batman, Captain Marvel, Firestorm, Spider-Man and Superman. Animation designer and concept artist on Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
Select Start: Musical guests, Select Start is the fusion of six musicians who combine their mutual love for video games, music and their instruments (two violins, a cello, guitar, piano and flute) to create a musical experience and sound unique to the video game music world.
Terry Cronin and Pat Martin: Representing 3Boys Productions, Terry and Pat are the creators of independent comic book Students of The Unusual.
Goatslacker: Musical guest Goatslacker is a chip music composer armed with dual 1989 Nintendo Game Boys and and his custom keyboard.
Austin Janowsky: Austin is a veteran artist and inker, whose credits include Iron Man: The End, Stanley The Snowman, Judo Girl, Cracked Magazine, X-Men Unlimited, Witch Girl Tales, Tomb Raiderand Bubba The Redneck Werewolf.
Nakia Mann: Comic Book Artist of Zoom Suit and Codename: Power.
Additional guests can be found at on the Animation Supercon website at www.animationsupercon.com
Some of the featured events at Animation Supercon include:
The Futurama Cast Reunion Q&A: Meet the cast of Futurama, together on one stage. All our celebrity guests will have individual 1 hour Q&A sessions over the course of the weekend, but the main event is on Sunday, when Billy West, John DiMaggio, Phil LaMarr, David X. Cohen and Maurice LaMarche take the stage to speak with fans about all things Futurama. (Sunday 2pm-3:15pm)
The Pinky and the Brain Cast Reunion Q&A: Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche are Pinky and the Brain… and on Saturday afternoon, they’ll be together again on stage to speak with fans about one of the most popular cartoons of all time. (Saturday 12pm-1pm)
Supercon Mania Revenge!: Supercon Championship Wrestling returns! It’s been 4 months since Supercon Mania 1 and Carl still retains the SCW World Heavyweight Championship…. but how long can he hang on to it? Supercon Mania is back for 2 nights at ASC as Carl, Cobra Commander, The Joker, Luigi, Wolverine, The Baroness, The Monopoly Man, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Elektra, Jason Vorhees, Afro Samurai, The Geico Caveman, Harley Quinn, The Ghostbusters and more descend on Miami in search of glory and gold. It’s day two of Supercon Mania: Revenge! What happened on Friday night? Did Carl hold on to the title or lose to the #1 contender? Will he be back to defend??? And will Cobra Commander ever get his REVENGE? (Friday 10pm-11:30pm and Saturday 9:45pm-11:15pm)
Animation Supercon Costume Competition: Cosplayers from around the state will compete in South Florida’s premiere costume competition, where they will battle it out for over $3,000 in cash and prizes. (Saturday 8:30pm – 9:45pm)
Select Start in Concert: One of the most unique bands around, Select Start will perform many video game favorites via classical music instruments. (Saturday 5:15pm-6:15pm and Sunday 12pm-1pm)
Animation Supercon Cosplay Contest: Supercon’s famous Cosplay Contest is back, where cosplayers of all ages get a chance to compete and show off their acting skills as they perform skits as their favorite animation or anime character. (Sunday 12pm-1pm)
The Bongo Comics Q&A: The creators and editors of Futurama and Simpsons comics will be on hand to meet with fans and discuss the world of comics and how they relate to Futurama and The Simpsons. Bill Morrison (Creative Director, Writer, Artist and Editor) and Mike Kazaleh (Artist) will be hosting the panel. (Saturday 5:45pm-6:45pm)
Video Gaming: Animation Supercon will have around the clock video gaming events, tournaments and free play hosted by Infinite Bits Gaming, Noobie Games and VG Party Games.
Exhibition Room: Animation Supercon will have a 50,000 square feet exhibition room with over 150 vendor, guest and artist booths and tables. (Friday 3:30pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-5pm)
Complete information on these and dozens of more events taking place all weekend can be found at www.animationsupercon.com
The convention hours of operation are:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2: 3:30PM – 2:00AM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3: 11:00AM – 2:00AM
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4: 11:00AM – 6:00PM
Tickets are currently available online and at select vendors.
General Admission (3) Day Weekend Pass:
$35 if reserved in advance online
General Admission at the door is $40 for a weekend pass. Single day passes will be $20 for Friday or Sunday and $25 for Saturday. Children under 10 receive free admission. Parents, Police officers, Fire Fighters and Military receive a $10 discount.
Special V.I.P. tickets are available as well.
The Double Tree Miami Airport Hotel & convention center is located at 711 NW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33126. The Double Tree has over 100,000 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.animationsupercon.com for details.