Press Release: A-list voice actor Quinton Flynn, known for characters such as Reno, Axel, and Kon, will be appearing at the Anime-zing! anime convention in the Quad Cities from May 3-5, 2013.
Quinton’s voice has been burning up film and television as such characters like Axel in Kingdom Hearts, Reno in Final Fantasy: Advent Children, Raiden in MGS, and Iruka-sensei in Naruto ever since he first arrived in Los Angeles from his native Cleveland. He is an A-list voice actor, having played such famous animated characters as Jonny Quest, Spiderman, Speed Racer, The Human Torch, Timon, Snowbell in Stuart Little, among countless others. His television and film appearances include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, King of Queens, Animaniacs, Woody Woodpecker, Robot Chicken, Digimon Data Squad, Blood+, and many more.
Quinton joins previously announced guests V is for Villains and Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged creator LittleKuriboh, aka Martin Billany. All of the convention's guests will be participating in various Q&A sessions and autograph signings throughout the weekend.
Anime-zing! is an anime convention in Iowa featuring approximately 100 different scheduled events, ranging from foam weapon combat to anime screenings to a masquerade cosplay costume contest. Featured events include a date auction, fantasy formal dance, and techno rave dances, in addition to an exhibit hall filled with dealers and artists selling anime merchandise.
Anime-zing! 2013 expects almost 1,000 fans to gather at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Davenport, Iowa from May 3-5. Admission to the convention currently costs only $27 if paid in advance at http://qcanimezing.com/register
Attendees can also book hotel rooms if they would like to stay for the duration of the convention online at http://qcanimezing.com/location
Press Release: Anime-zing!, the largest anime convention in the Quad Cities, is excited to announce headlining DJs for it's 2012 convention will be DJ Jinrei, PREYX, DJ Osos, and Lucid Beats.
Andre Smith, better known under the alias "JINREI" (jin'ray) broke into the scene in 2005 working under the long running promotion Nostalgia.LA with his live mixing on vinyl. Jinrei is originally from Bristol, England and grew up partially here in the US in San Francisco in a Korean district early getting involved in Korean then later Japanese Dance Pop music which was one of the biggest influence to come in his music. Later working with other promotions and headlining DJs, Jinrei mastered his craft with everything EDM from Dance Fusions to French House with Japanese/Korean original remixes.
A well seasoned veteran in putting people on the dance floor whether setting the mood lounge style or hitting the room with rare bangers for a high energy crowd. Jinrei has done shows with Cosmic Gate, DJ.Amaya, ZEDD, DJ.Diamond, Steve Aoki and many more big names as well as running his own nights in LA, OC & Vegas.. Jinrei is that go-to guy to setup the headliner or just plain ole wake the crowd up.
Performing alongside DJ Jinrei will be PREYX, who regularly performs alongside DJ Jinrei, and helps DJ Jinrei with his weekly UStream music program that features live DJs and interviews from Japan and the local scene. Their channel can be found at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/animixes-digital-dance
In addition to Jinrei and PREYX, Anime-zing! will feature DJ Oso who is a regular at Midwest anime conventions, in addition to dance club DJ, Lucid Beats.
This year's Anime-zing! Iowa anime convention will feature several special guests, a cosplay masquerade with cash awards, and a huge selection from anime vendors and artists. Last year's event drew over five hundred people to the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport and guests included Johnny Yong Bosch, Eyeshine, Sonny Strait, Robert Axelrod, Trevor Mueller, Russell Lissau, Samurai Dan, and Lady Jillian.
Events at Anime-zing! 2012 will include several autograph signings with the special guests, a dealer's room, multiple rave dances, a fantasy cosplay ball, video gaming tournaments, guest Q&A sessions, panels, workshops, board gaming, collectible card gaming, anime screenings, and a hall cosplay contest. Anime-zing! also features a ConSweet hospitality suite offering attendees free rice, free cup ramen, and free soda all weekend. Attendees can book hotel rooms for only $95 per night at www.qcanimezing.com/location
"This year's rave dance will be bigger and better than ever," said organizer Ryan Kopf.
Anime-zing! is an annual three-day expo celebrating the arts and culture of Japan, particularly focused on Japanese animation ("anime"). The weekend-long event includes aspects from all pop-culture fandoms, ranging from Japanese Anime, Lolita Fashion, MLP, Internet culture, Steampunk, Sci-Fi, and more. Information about the convention, including a list of events and guests can be found online at www.qcanimezing.com
Press Release: Anime-zing! 2012 is excited to announce that Cristina Vee and Trevor Mueller will be attending the 2012 Anime-zing! anime convention in Davenport, Iowa. Christina and Trevor will be joining Robert Axelrod and Sonny Strait, in addition to still unannounced guests, for a three-day weekend including autograph signings, Q&A sessions, and various panels.
Cristina Vee is an actress known for her work in animation and video games. She has had much success as a voice over actor with leading roles in anime such as Tekken: Blood Vengeance (Alisa), K-ON! (Mio), The Familiar of Zero (Louise), and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (Nanoha). She is widely known as the voice of Noel Vermillion, Nu-12, Lambda-11, and Mu-13 in the Blazblue frachise. Other credits include roles in Dynasty Warriors 7 (Lian Shi), Sakura Wars (Anri Yoshino), Rune Factory Frontier (Cinnamon), Ar Tonelico Qoga (Saki, Sarapatra, Filament, Sakia), and Hyperdimension Neptunia (Compa). She is currently directing the voice over for the already popular indie fighter Skullgirls.
Cristina also gathered a following after posting videos on YouTube. Her songs have garnered over ten million views on her channels alone. She released her first single, a theme song for an English language dating sim, Remember Me on iTunes last May with new songs in the works to be released in the near future. Her singing can also be heard in K-ON! volumes 2,3, 4, and her version of Super Driver can be heard in an episode of the ASOS Brigade in the Haruhi Suzumiya: Season 2 DVDs. In the past she sang in Broccolis DUP USA. She is currently promoting K-ON! with live concerts featuring the English voice over actresses of the series main cast.
On camera, she hosted season 2 of AnimeTV, played Haruhi Suzumiya in the ASOS Brigade season 2, and starred in the full length feature Broken Spirits.
Trevor Mueller, born in Ann Arbor, MI, was shocked to discover his latent writing abilities at an early age. “Am I from another planet?” he used to ponder as a child, but alas he soon discovered that he was a mere mortal by crashing his bike into a tree.
Trevor works at an advertising agency by day, and writes comics by night. He is the writer / artist / creator of several popular webcomic series including the fantasy epic THE TEMPLE OF A THOUSAND TEARS and the teen-rated gag strip @$$HOLE!, both of which are self-published and have been nominated for several web comic awards. His web comic work can be found on his website, www.trevoramueller.com, along with his near-daily updates of movie, video game, and comic reviews.
In addition to self-published web comics, Trevor has also written and self-published several other works including the all-ages stories ALBERT THE ALIEN and JUNKYARD CHASE. He has also contributed stories to several anthologies, including HOPE: THE HERO INITIATIVE from Ronin Studios and READING WITH PICTURES from the non-profit of the same name that advocates the use of comics in the classroom to promote literacy and improve education for all students.
In 2009 Trevor joined Reading With Pictures as their Marketing Director, combining his love of comics, education, and advertising. Trevor gives lectures and presentations throughout the mid-west at conventions and schools on several topics, including the power of combining creativity and literacy. Trevor resides in the city of Chicago, with his cat Waffles.
This year's Anime-zing! anime convention will feature several special guests of honor, a bigger cosplay masquerade, and a diverse selection from anime vendors and artists. Last year's event drew over 580 people to the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport and guests included Johnny Yong Bosch, Eyeshine, Sonny Strait, Robert Axelrod, Trevor Mueller, Russell Lissau, Samurai Dan, and Lady Jillian.
Events at Anime-zing! 2012 will include autograph signings, an expanded cosplay masquerade, a dealer's room, a rave dance, a formal ball, video gaming tournaments, guest discussions, panels, workshops, board gaming, collectible card gaming, anime screenings, and a hall cosplay contest. Anime-zing! also features a ConSuite hospitality suite offering attendees free ramen, free rice, and free soda all weekend. Hotel rooms can be booked for only $95 per night.
"This year's convention is going to be better than ever," said organizer Ryan Kopf.
Dealer booths are also available, for $90 per 10' x 10' section, including one badge per section. Artist alley tables will be available for $55, including one badge.
Anime-zing! is a three-day festival celebrating Japanese animation and Japanese culture, along with the fandom surrounding them. Activities ranging from various cosplay events and video game tournaments to Japanese conversation lessons and Japanese brush writing lessons. More information about events and registration can be found on the convention website, at http://www.qcanimezing.com
Press Release: The midwest's Anime-zing! anime convention is excited to announce the return of both Robert Axelrod and Sonny Strait for the 2012 Anime-zing! convention. Anime-zing! will be held June 1-3, 2012 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Davenport, Iowa. Hundreds of attendees are expected to gather in celebration of Japanese arts, animation, cosplay, and pop culture.
Robert Axelrod has done everything from commercials and theater to rock music and voice acting. Born and raised in New York City, he did commercials and theater as a child and teen, eventually ending up in the Soho Avant-garde Theater scene in a show called "Little Trips", then Off-Broadway in a play called "The Destroyers". Axelrod left acting for the world of music. He spent eight years as a working rock musician playing electric bass and singing in folk, rock, and soul bands. Music brought him to Los Angeles where he decided to return to acting, a decision he never regrets.
Since then, Mr. Axelrod has appeared in over thirty feature films including four with Charles Bronson, the Sci-Fi hit remake "The Blob" with Kevin Dillon and many others. Television appearances include guest star roles on "Amazing Stories", "Star Trek Voyager", "Tim And Eric's Awesome Show", and "The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He also starred in the Michael Jackson music video "Stranger in Moscow".
Mr. Axelrod is also a busy voice actor. He is the voice of Lord Zedd and Finster on the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers". The Lord Zedd voice is one of the most recognizable character voices around. He voiced Armadillomon and Wizardmon on "Digimon, Microchip, The Punisher's sidekick, on "Spiderman", Rico on "Robotech", and has voiced countless Anime features including "Akira", "The Big O", "Cowboy Bebop", "Brain Scratch", et al. As Lord Zedd, he starred in both the first Power Rangers feature film and the wildly popular live show that toured the country. He was a regular character on Saban Entertainment's "Wowser" series (as Ratso Catso), "Journey To The Heart of the World" (as Scarface), "Hallo Spencer" (as Elmer), and more. He just finished narrating the mockumentary "Safety First: The Rise of Women and voicing four Anime series, "Gaiking", "Danguard Ace", "Captain Horlock", "The Adventures of Nadja", and "Fist of the North Star".
Sonny Strait, with over 20 years experience in the arts, is most recognized as the voice of Krillin in DBZ and Lupin in Lupin III, and as an illustrator for, arguably, the most famous, independently published comic book series Elfquest.
As a voice actor, Sonny is considered to be one of the most recognized voice actors in the business.Besides Dragonball Z's Krillin he has worked on many popular animated characters including Maes Hughes from Full Metal Alchemist, Usopp from One Piece and Cartoon Network's laid back, robot host Toonami Tom. He has also worked as a writer and director on several TV series including Dragonball Z, Case Closed and Lupin the Third.
As a comic book artist he has 17 published works to date including his débuted self-published series Mr. Average featured in The Comics Journal and Elfquest which was published by both WARP Graphics and DC Comics. Sonny is considered one of the top Elfquest artists from its over 30 year history.
In 2007 Sonny wrote and illustrated a graphic novel about a reluctant punk rock, faerie princess named Goat. The book, called We Shadows, was published by Tokyopop and was nominated by The American Library Association for Best Graphic Novel in 2008. The book received glowing reviews in many trade magazines including Publishers Weekly, Newtype, Play and Anime Insider.
Currently Sonny is reprising his roles in both the new Dragonball Z and Full Metal Alchemist series and plays the title role in the Xbox game S'plosion Man. Sonny also began illustrating Marvel Comic's sketch cards recently for Rittenhouse and fetches ebay prices up to $800 per card for his depictions of Marvel's superheroes.
Guests will be doing panels, participating in Q&As, and signing autographs throughout the weekend. More information on Anime-zing!'s guests from this year and last year can be found online at http://www.qcanimezing.com/guests
Events at Anime-zing! 2012 will include an expanded cosplay masquerade, a dealer's room, two rave dances, a formal ball, video gaming tournaments, guest discussions, autograph sessions, panels, workshops, board gaming, collectible card gaming, anime screenings, and a hall cosplay contest. Anime-zing! also features a ConSuite hospitality suite offering attendees free ramen, free rice, and free soda all weekend.
Hotel rooms can be booked for only $95 per night by following the instructions at http://www.qcanimezing.com/location
Attendees can pre-register online for only $25 for person at http://www.qcanimezing.com/register
Press Release: The organizers of the third annual Anime-zing! anime festival today announced that the Quad Cities anime convention will be held June 1-3, 2012 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Davenport, Iowa. This year's convention will feature several special guests of honor, a bigger cosplay masquerade, and a diverse selection from anime vendors and artists. Last year's event drew over 580 people to the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport. Guests included Johnny Yong Bosch, Eyeshine, Sonny Strait, Robert Axelrod, Trevor Mueller, Russell Lissau, Samurai Dan, and Lady Jillian.
Events at Anime-zing! 2012 will include an expanded cosplay masquerade, a dealer's room, a rave dance, a formal ball, video gaming tournaments, guest discussions, panels, workshops, board gaming, collectible card gaming, anime screenings, and a hall cosplay contest. Anime-zing! also features a ConSuite hospitality suite offering attendees free ramen, free rice, and free soda all weekend. Hotel rooms can be booked for only $95 per night.
"Rooms are closer to the events, so there's a lot less walking," said organizer Ryan Kopf. "The new hotel is absolutely perfect for an anime convention."
Early all-weekend pre-registration for the convention is $25 through March 3rd, 2012. Late pre-registration is $30 until May 3rd, 2012, while badges can be purchased at the door for only $35 per person. This one price is for the entire weekend. One-day-only badges will be available at the door for $25 per day.
"This year's convention will be both better and less expensive," said convention executive Jesse Larson. "It was already amazing last year."
Dealer booths are also available, for $90 per 10' x 10' section, including one badge per section. Artist alley tables will be available for $55, including one badge.
Anime-zing! is a three-day festival celebrating Japanese animation and Japanese culture, along with the fandom surrounding them. Activities ranging from various cosplay events and video game tournaments to Japanese conversation lessons and Japanese brush writing lessons. More information about events and registration can be found on the convention website, at www.qcanimezing.com.
Press Release: Voice actors Quinton Flynn and Chris Rager will be returning to Anime-SPARK! for the second year, as Anime-SPARK! returns to the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Anime-SPARK! will be held February 16-19, 2012, and registration is $30 through October 20th, 2011.
Quinton Flynn, a native of Cleveland, is most well known for providing the voices for Reno in Final Fantasy: Advent Children and Kon from Bleach. He was also featured as Axel in Square-Enix's Kingdom Hearts series, and he was also Raiden in the Metal Gear Solid series. His anime credits include Iruka-sensei and Deidara in Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, Marcus Damon in Digimon Data Squad, Carl in Blood+ and Doctor Riddles in Zatch Bell!
His roles outside of anime include famous animated characters such as Jonny Quest, Spiderman, Speed Racer, The Human Torch, Timon, Snowbell in Stuart Little, just to name a few. His television and film appearances include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, King of Queens, Animaniacs, Woody Woodpecker, Robot Chicken, and many more.
Chris Rager is especially known as the voice behind Mr. Hercule Satan and King Yemma in Dragonball Z. He was also featured as Arlong, the leader of the fish people on the popular "One Piece," among several other characters. Chris has been heard in T.V. commercial ads across the country for companies like Taco Bell, Southwest Airlines and Visa. Although he enjoys the T.V. exposure, Christopher holds voice acting closer to his heart. You may have also heard Chris in Animes such as Blue Gender, Case Closed, Black Cat, Desert Punk, Lupin III, Full Metal Alchemist, Yu Yu Hakusho, Samuri 7 and Sgt. Frog. Chris has also been heard in such video games Spike out: Battle Street, Stuntman Ignition, Bloodrayne, Roadkill and many others.
Quinton Flynn and Chris Rager will be participating in fan discussions, answer questions, and signing autographs throughout the convention.
Anime-SPARK! is the first winter Iowa anime convention. Events include a cosplay contest, video gaming, anime screenings, dealers, an artist alley, contests, fan panels, workshops, Japanese lessons, cultural events, a ConSuite with free ramen, rice and soda, and many more. Registration for the convention can be found online at http://www.animespark.org/
QC Anime-zing! is excited to announce that Anime-SPARK!, Iowa's winter anime convention, will be returning February 16-19, 2012 to the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The convention, held in partnership with MaiOtaku.com, will have a valentine's theme for the second year.
Davenport, IA – March 7, 2011 – QC Anime-zing!, the largest three-day anime convention to come to the Iowa/Illinois border, is excited to announce that voice actor Spike Spencer, artist/writer John Bivens, and martial art instructors Samurai Dan and Lady Jillian will be appearing at the convention this June 17-19, 2011. The "animazing" convention will take place at the RiverCenter in Davenport, Iowa, which features over 100,000 square feet of event space.
Anime-SPARK! is excited to announce that full-time martial arts instructors, Samurai Dan and Jillian Coglan, will be joining the convention coming up next month. The convention will be held February 10-14, 2011 at the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Press Release for January 20th, 2011