Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, announced its fourteenth and fifteenth North American guests of honor today. Producer and Director LeSean Thomas and author Roland Kelts will appear at Anime Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Mass, on March 31 through April 2, 2017.
South Bronx NYC native LeSean Thomas is a television animation producer, director and illustrator operating out of Los Angeles, California.
His most recent works are as Creative Producer and Supervising director of Black Dynamite: The Animated Series on The Cartoon Network’s ADULT SWIM programming block; storyboard and animation production artist on The Legend of Korra (Book 1) animated TV series for NICKELODEON Animation; as well as Director/Lead Character Designer for Aaron McGruder’s Peabody Award-winning The Boondocks animated TV series (seasons 1 & 2) for SONY PICTURES TELEVISION. He recently produced, directed and wrote an animated pilot Cannon Busters with Satelight Animation Studio Japan based on the creator-owned comic book of the same name, set to release in 2017.
In October, Thomas partnered with Crunchyroll, a global leader in SVOD platforming focused on East Asian media, for an exclusive deal to co-produce his original anime creation Children of Ether; a release date has yet to be determined.
Roland Kelts is the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller, Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US. As a journalist, essayist and columnist, he writes for several publications, such as: The New Yorker, Time, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Newsweek Japan, The Los Angeles Times, The Yomiuri, and The Japan Times, and is considered an authority on contemporary Japanese culture and media. He is a frequent commentator on CNN, NPR, NHK and the BBC. Recently, Kelts delivered lectures for TED Talks in Tokyo and The World Economic Forum in Tianjin. He is currently a 2017 Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, where he is working on a new book.
Previously announced guests include Puffy AmiYumi, Lex Lang, Sandy Fox, OKAMOTO’S, Michelle Ruff, Johnny Yong Bosch, Naokatsu Tsuda, Brina Palencia, Toru Furuya, Kyle Colby Jones, Bryson Baugus, Greg Ayres, Lisa Ortiz, Shingo Natsume, Robbie Daymond, Patrick Seitz, Hirokatsu Kihara, Cherami Leigh, Christopher R. Sabat, and Masahiko Minami.
About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at www.animeboston.com.
About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.
Legendary artist DENYS COWAN lectures at The Comic Bug’s Monthly Comic Creator Group this Saturday February 27th. Please note, this event is at the Manhattan Beach location from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mr. Cowan has worked on some amazing books from BATMAN: BLIND JUSTICE, to his critically acclaimed run on THE QUESTION to several issues of the original POWER MAN & IRON FIST and we are honored to have him! Denys is also one of the founders of Milestone Media and has served as a producer on the animated BOONDOCKS and STATIC SHOCK. Thanks to Don Walker for setting it all up.
Denys will be offering insight, advice and sharing some fun stories from his illustrious career! Don’t miss it!
The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Writer/creator Greg Weisman (Star Wars Rebels, Kanan: The Last Padawan, Gargoyles, Young Justice) appears at Meltdown Comics on Friday October 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM for an exclusive Q&A session discussing his audioplay RAIN OF THE GHOSTS moderated by Anderson Cowan. The event will feature special guests from the cast and crew of the audioplay including Voice Actors: Ed Asner, Vanessa Marshall, Elisa Gabrielli, and more TBA; Composers: Kristopher Carter and Lolita Ritmanis; Co-Producer: Curtis Koller. Admission ($30) includes one FREE autograph from each panel member. A portion of the proceeds benefit Comfort Zone Camp.
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Are you an aspiring artist and/or student interested in pursuing a career in TV animation production? Curious to know some of the inner workings of some of your favorite animated TV shows? Then look no further than ” Drawing The Line: Breaking into TV Animation.”
This highly informative panel will feature discussions, tips and information on breaking into the industry as told by artists and directors from some of today’s hottest animated TV shows.
The panel features Emmy Award-winning Character Designer Phil Bourassa (FlashPoint: Paradox/Young Justice), Storyboard Artist Chris Copeland (Marvel’s Avengers: Assemble), Director/storyboard artist Jay Oliva ( FlashPoint: Paradox/Dark Knight Returns Parts 1 and 2/ Man of Steel) Creative Producer/Director LeSean Thomas (Black Dynamite: The Animated Series/The Boondocks) Director Alan Wan ( Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Producer Tim Yoon (The Legend of Korra Books 1 and 2), moderated by Will Feng (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Thundercats).
A staggering collection of talent you will not want to miss. The panel will be held at Long Beach Comic Con on Saturday November 23rd at 5:00pm in Room 104A!
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Director Jay Oliva and Dialogue Director Andrea Romano host a screening of The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 at the Paley Center in Manhattan on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm!
Paley Center for Media
25 West 52 Street, New York, NY 10019
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Tom Kenny hosts an all-star reading of “A Christmas Carol” featuring voice over legends including: Jeff Bennett, Corey Burton, Jim Cummings, Grey DeLisle-Griffin, Jess Harnell, Rob Paulsen, Tara Strong, Kari Wahlgren, Billy West…..and MORE special guests! They are raising moeny to donate to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief. For additional donations the entire cast will sign autographs plus there will be a silent auction. Don’t miss it!
When: Sunday 12/09/12 3:00 PM
18 & over
Two items minimum per person
Seating First Come First Serve
All Shows Have Adult Content
Door Time: 02:15 PM
Jon Lovitz Comedy Club
1000 Universal Studios Blvd #222, Universal City, CA 91608
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Michael Jai White, Byron Minns, Scott Sanders, Brian Ash, and Chris Hardwick appear on Monday, April 4th, 2011 from 6:30 – 11:30PM.
6:30 PM Screening
8:00 PM LIVE Podcast
9:00 PM Comic Book Signing and Live Music
Chris Hardwick leads a panel that includes Michael Jai White (“Black Dynamite”, co-writer), Byron Minns (“Bullhorn”, co-writer), Scott Sanders (director, co-writer), Brian Ash (comic author, writer for The Boondocks) to chat about the making of the greatest Blaxploitation comedy of all time, and its extension into the comic world. There will also be a live music performance by the film’s score-master Adrian Younge and The Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra.
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046