With just over a month to go, T-MODE 2010 is gearing up for a party like no other. The popular local anime and gaming convention makes its triumphant return April 16-18, 2010, and will be held this year at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town, just steps from the King Street Metro.
T-MODE offers a chance to get up close and personal with some of your favorite guests, including voice actors Wendee Lee (“Cowboy Bebop,” “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”… enough shows that we could be here all day!), Todd Haberkorn (“D.Gray-Man,” “Claymore”) and Cristina Vee (“Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha,” “Anime TV”); author Roland Kelts (“Japanamerica”); musician Random (“Mega Ran”) and webcomic artists Jessi and Matt Pascal (“Geeks Next Door”) – with more surprises in store as the convention draws closer.
Along with guests and performances, T-MODE 2010 presents video game tournaments, a Cosplay Variety Show and Masquerade Prom, live event sessions, an interactive video room, the Otaku Bazaar with vendors and artists and much, much more. T-MODE also offers several different membership options, including its signature collection of Otaku Passports for fans who prefer closer interaction with the convention guests. For a truly unforgettable weekend, check out the Otaku Passport Premier. Only five of these very special memberships will be sold, but T-MODE guarantees a VIP fan experience like no other. Registration is still open and available online at www.tmode.org.
T-MODE is where Asian, western and urban pop culture collide into a completely fun and unique convention experience. Held in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, T-MODE is a “fun-sized” event that celebrates the fusion of anime, gaming, music, cosplay, and all things otaku. T-MODE also strives to create a friendly and more personal atmosphere for convention attendees.
For more information about T-MODE and T-MODE 2010, please visit our Web site: www.tmode.org.
Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Castle in The Sky are now available on Blu-ray and DVD, and to celebrate, Kinokuniya Bookstore in NYC is throwing a special Ponyo Day this Saturday, March 6!
Headlining the day will be Mr. Roland Kelts author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US, and the forthcoming novel, Access. Kelts has interviewed Hayao Miyazaki on several occasions, most recently this past summer in California. Kelts will share clips and insights of his meetings with Miyazaki-san.
In addition to Mr. Kelts’s appearance, Ponyo Day will include…
Learn to Draw Ghibli Characters with Misako Rocks!
Learn Japanese through Ponyo with Hills Learning
Samurai Beat Radio interactive Ponyo discussion
How We Grew Up With Ghibli panel with anime industry professionals
Kid-friendly activities all day long
The day runs from 1-5 PM and wraps at 5 with a raffle from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and the New York Anime Festival.
Kinokuniya Bookstore is at 1073 Avenue of the Americas in NYC