Press Release: Anime Midwest, a three-day two-night anime convention in Chicago, is happy to announce several comic book guests will be appearing at the 2013 convention. Russell Lissau, Alan Evans, Trevor Mueller, and Steve Horton will be appearing at the 2013 anime and comic convention.
By day, Russell Lissau is known as a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in suburban Chicago. By night, he battles against evil by writing comic books including THE BATMAN STRIKES!, THE 29 and SHREK. He broke into comics in 2005 with the lead story in BATMAN ALLIES SECRET FILES AND ORIGINS. (A lifelong Batman fan who dressed up as the Caped Crusader as a child, he can't believe his luck.) Never one to shy away from a crowd, Lissau also leads workshops at libraries throughout the Chicago area about writing comics.
Alan Evans is the artist and creator of the #1 wrestling webcomic, Rival Angels. Rival Angels, started in 2007, has become a hit with critics, fans and professionals having been nominated for such awards as Best Comic, Best Long Form and Best Character. In addition, he's done spot illustration work for several wrestling companies and flatting work for The Dreamer, DC, Hi-Fi Color Design, Digital Webbing and many other independent studios. He loves drawing backgrounds, likes riding his bike and is also a fan of characters with the name, "Alan." Visit Alan online to check out his latest work, including Rival Angels at RivalAngels.com.
Trevor Mueller 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. 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. 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. Trevor resides in the city of Chicago, with his cat Waffles.
Steve Horton is a two-time Harvey-nominated writer of comics: Amala's Blade for DARK HORSE PRESENTS, soon to be a miniseries in 2013, One Giant Step for READING WITH PICTURES, Bizarro for SUPERMAN 80-PAGE GIANT and Captain Marvel for DC HOLIDAY SPECIAL.
All of Anime Midwest's comic convention guests will be participating in autograph signings and panels throughout the weekend. The complete guest list can be found at http://animemidwest.com/guests
Anime Midwest will be held July 5-7, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. Attendees can register for only $30 in advance online at http://animemidwest.com/register
Rooms for the convention at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Chicago are only $99 per night, and can be booked at http://animemidwest.com/location
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.