Star Wars Rebels’ Steve Blum & Mary Elizabeth McGlynn Appear at Anime Boston 2018

Press Release:

Voice Actors Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Steve Blum will be appearing at Anime Boston, the largest anime convention in New England, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA on March 30th through April 1, 2018.

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice over actress, writer, singer, and director. As an actress, she is currently playing Governor Pryce in Star Wars Rebels, Dr. Maheswaran in Steven Universe, Zahra Hydrus in Geek & Sundry’s Critical Role, Valkyrie in Lego Marvel’s Avengers, Talis in StarCraft II, Johanna in Heroes of the Storm, Queen Metalia in Sailor Moon Crystal, and Brooha in Glitter Force.

Mary Elizabeth portrayed Major Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society, and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress. Some of her other popular roles are Cornelia in Code Geass, Kurenai from Naruto, Julia from Cowboy Bebop, Zanpakuto from Bleach, Helba and Bordeau from .hack, Jagura from Wolf’s Rain, Nuriko in Fushigi Yuugi, and Caroline from Vampire Hunter D.

“Mary Elizabeth McGlynn has one of the most recognizable voices in anime. Female heroes have long had a prominent place in anime and Mary’s portrayal of Major Kusanagi in the Ghost in the Shell series stands as the most iconic,” said Victor Lee, Convention Chair.

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, the villain Amon in Legend of Korra, Wolverine from several incarnations of X-Men, Orochimaru, Zabuza, and others from Naruto, Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy VII, Leeron from Gurren Lagann, Storm Troopers and many others in most of the Star Wars games, dozens of Digimon, and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records as Most Prolific Voice Actor in Video Games – appearing in almost 300 games (now approaching 400!)

Currently you can find him as Zeb Orrelios and other characters in the incredible saga that is Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD, as Shoe and Sparky in Laika’s The Boxtrolls, and as astronaut Quentin Thomas on Hip Hop superstar LOGIC’s amazing album The Incredible True Story and his latest release Everybody.

Added Victor Lee, “What more can be said about Steve Blum? If you watched anime, you’ve heard his voice. If you don’t think you’ve heard his voice, you’ve probably heard his voice. It’s been too long since Steve was last in Boston!”

Previously announced guests include FLOW, Asaka, Greg Ayres, Monica Rial, Hideyuki Tomioka, Katsuyuki Sumizawa, Hirokatsu Kihara, Michihiko Suwa, Kaoru Wada, Kaiji Tang, Josh Grelle, Amanda C. Miller, Jez Roth, Rachel Robinson, Christopher Bevins, J. Michael Tatum, Brandon McInnis, Caitlynn French, Scott Gibbs, and Yūji Mutō.

About Anime Boston: With nearly 26,000 attendees in 2017, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2018 is scheduled for Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1 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.

CA – 2nd Annual Black Comic Creator Day

Brandon Easton, Don Walker, Saddler Ward, more sign at The Comic Bug on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from noon till 4:00 PM for the 2nd Annual Black Comic Creator Day in honor of the upcoming release of BLACK PANTHER.

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The Comic Bug
1807 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 372-6704

CA – Vampire Hunter D Signing

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Writer Brandon Easton (Marvel’s AGENT CARTER, M.A.S.K.) appears at Geoffrey’s Comics on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm to sign the hot new VAMPIRE HUNTER D series.

Brandon will also be signing the acclaimed ANDRE THE GIANT: CLOSER TO HEAVEN, CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES, and TRANSFORMERS: DEVIATIONS!

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Geoffrey’s Comics
15900 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite B, Gardena, CA 90250
(310) 538-3198

CA – M.A.S.K. #1 Signing

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Screenwriter Brandon Easton (Marvel’s AGENT CARTER, VAMPIRE HUNTER D) appears at The Comic Bug on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 to sign the hot new M.A.S.K. series.

Brandon will also be signing the acclaimed ANDRE THE GIANT: CLOSER TO HEAVEN, CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES, and TRANSFORMERS: DEVIATIONS!

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The Comic Bug
4267 Overland Ave. Culver City, CA 90230

CA – MASK Revolution #1 Signing

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Screenwriter Brandon Easton (Marvel’s AGENT CARTER, VAMPIRE HUNTER D, CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES) appear at The Comic Bug on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 11:00 AM till 5:00 PM to sign the hot new M.A.S.K. REVOLUTION one-shot from IDW Publishing‘s incredible REVOLUTION event.

Brandon will also be signing the acclaimed ANDRE THE GIANT: CLOSER TO HEAVEN and TRANSFORMERS: DEVIATIONS!

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The Comic Bug
4267 Overland Ave. Culver City, CA 90230

Final Fantasy Artist Yoshitaka Amano to be a Spotlight Guest at NYCC 2012

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Press Release:

VISIONARY ILLUSTRATOR YOSHITAKA AMANO TO BE  SPOTLIGHT GUEST AT NEW YORK COMIC CON

Amano To Attend In Cooperation With Dark Horse Comics

Norwalk, CT, September 7, 2012: New York Comic Con (NYCC) is today proud to announce Yoshitaka Amano, the illustrator most known for sculpting the worlds of Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D, will travel from Tokyo to attend this year’s NYCC as a Spotlight Guest. New York Comic Con, which will take place October 11 – 14, 2012 at NYC’s Javits Center, is one of New York’s largest annual events, last year attracting over 100,000 attendees. Amano joins a broad spectrum of already-announced guests including Brian K. Vaughan, Mike Mignola, Christopher Lloyd, Joshua Gates and Anne Rice. Amano’s appearance at New York Comic Con is in partnership with Dark Horse Comics, who will release The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy, a giant-sized collection of Amano’s art, on October 17.

Yoshitaka Amano, born in 1952 in Shizuoka, Japan, got his start as an illustrator working as a character designer at Tatsunoko Productions in the 1960s. At Tatsunoko, he lent his pen and spirit to create the looks of such iconic anime series as Gatchaman and Time Bokan. In the 1980s, Amano began his work on Final Fantasy, creating the visuals of the ever-evolving series’s characters and worlds, and Vampire Hunter D, defining the appearance of the world-famous vampire slayer. Amano’s work began to attract serious international acclaim in the next decade, and the 1990s saw the start of global exhibitions of Amano’s creations in cities including New York, Los Angeles, France, Germany and Hong Kong. The year 2000 saw Amano — now known the world over — partnering with Neil Gaiman for the Eisner-Award Winning Sandman: The Dream Hunters. At present, Amano is at work on a computer-generated film, Deva Zan.

Amano will participate at New York Comic Con speaking about his career — specifically his groundbreaking work on Final Fantasy — and signing autographs for attendees. Full details about his panel and signings will be made available in the near future.

“I am very honored to welcome Yoshitaka Amano to New York Comic Con,” notes Lance Fensterman, Group Vice President for ReedPOP and Show Manager for NYCC. “Amano is a legend and inspiration for fans and professionals on both sides of the Pacific; his illustrations have shaped careers and sculpted dreams. We’re uniquely excited, as well, as while Amano was born and lives in Japan, he set up a studio in SoHo in 1996, so NYCC is a little bit of a homecoming. We look forward tremendously to his return to New York City!”

Tickets for New York Comic Con 2012 are currently available for purchase at www.NewYorkComicCon.com. Companies interested in exhibiting at New York Comic Con should contact Larry Settembrini atLarry@ReedPOP.com. Other information about the show, as well as news about ReedPOP, which organizes a range of pop culture events, is available at facebook.com/NewYorkComicCon and twitter.com/NY_Comic_Con . Previously announced guests at New York Comic Con include: Anne Rice, Sean Astin, Joshua Gates, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Joe Quesada, Axel Alonso and Brian K. Vaughan, among others. Officials note that many more guests will be announced over the coming weeks and fans should keep their eyes on NYCC’s website for additional announcements.

ABOUT SKY: THE ART OF FINAL FANTASY: Yoshitaka Amano is one of the world’s foremost fantasy artists and the limited-edition The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy boxed set is a giant-sized, signed collection of five books plus bonus items that showcase Amano’s ethereal illustrations for the first ten Final Fantasy  games! The 12′” high, 11″ wide and 3 1/2″ deep box that encloses The Sky has a hinged lid featuring artwork from Amano inside and out. Its contents include: * Three 11 3/4″ x 10 1/2″ hardcover books, printed on high-quality stock. Volume 1 (144 pages) contains Amano’s work for Final Fantasy I-III. Volume 2 (276 pages) contains his contributions for Final Fantasy IV-VI, and volume 3 (156 pages) features his art for Final Fantasy VII-X. * All About Yoshitaka Amano, an 8 1/4″ x 8 1/4″ 128-page softcover full of photographs and images, the most extensive look ever in English at the artist, including an interview with Amano, a timeline of his career, a glimpse into his studio in SoHo, his favorite places in New York, a visual index of each illustration that appears in the three The Sky hardcover art books, and more! * A 2 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ Final Fantasy  animation flip book designed by Amano, containing two different “movies.” * A 10 1/4″ x 11″ acetate print with silver ink. * Two 5 3/4″ x 8 1/4″ postcards featuring the interior and exterior artwork used on the box. * And finally, a 5 3/4″ x 8 1/4″ card signed by Yoshitaka Amano! Sky releases on October 17, 2012 through Dark Horse for a price of $139.99.

ABOUT REEDPOP: ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions which is exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture arena. ReedPOP is dedicated to producing celebrations of popular culture throughout the world that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences for consumers and fans. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) Prime & East, Star Wars Celebration, Fantasy Football Fest and the UFC Fan Expo. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals producing shows for other fans, thus making them uniquely qualified to service those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.