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

Anime Midwest Presents Steam Powered Giraffe in 2013

Steam Powered Giraffe

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Anime Midwest Presents Steam Powered Giraffe in 2013

Chicago, Illinois – January 29, 2013 – The most exciting 3-day geek convention to hit Chicago has fans fired up about today’s announcement that robot steampunk band Steam Powered Giraffe will be performing at the convention in 2013. Over three thousand people are expected to converge on the Hyatt Regency O’Hare to celebrate Anime Midwest’s Chicago anime convention, and almost a thousand of them are expected to enjoy Steam Powered Giraffe’s live performance on the convention’s grand stage.

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 SPG robots started street busking as these quirky characters back in January 2008 at Balboa Park, California, instantly drawing the attention of Southern California. They have since 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.

Their 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.

This announcement is just one of the elements of a Chicago Steampunk convention blended into Anime Midwest, as Anime Midwest also includes the adventures of a Steampunk airship crew and numerous Steampunk panels and events.

Thousands of fans raved about Anime Midwest 2012, which drew well over a thousand attendees to Lisle, receiving praise for exceptionally friendly staff and a ConSweet that included unlimited access to free ramen and soda. Anime Midwest this year will include a ConSweet that features plenty of Mt. Dew and cup ramen noodles, as just one of the many unique parts of the convention. Events at Anime Midwest include Karaoke, Cosplay Contests, Dealers & Artist Rooms, Panels, Workshops, Guest Autographs, and a whole bunch of other things that are listed at http://animemidwest.com/events

Rooms at Anime Midwest’s hotel cost $99 per night, and can be booked online from http://animemidwest.com/location

Registration for the convention costs $30 online in advance, or up to $40 at the door for the weekend. Registration information is available at http://animemidwest.com/register

Anime Midwest will be held July 5-7, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. More details about the entire event can be found athttp://animemidwest.com/

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