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JAM Project to Appear at Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon

Otakorp, Inc. is pleased to announce that anisong super-group JAM Project will be the first of several featured artists to appear as part of the Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon.

This is JAM Project’s fourth collaboration with Otakorp, Inc.  JAM Project made its US debut at Otakon 2008.  They returned for Otakon Music Fest in 2012, and made a brief appearance at Otakon Vegas 2015 in conjunction with the Anisong World Tour Lantis Festival in Las Vegas held nearby.  This will mark their first return to Otakon proper.

Anisong World Maturi is partnering with Otakorp, Inc. to present headline concerts on Friday and Saturday during Otakon, as well as other events throughout the weekend.  Specific concert details, including times, locations, and participating artists, will be announced over the coming months.

Otakon 2017 will be held August 11-13, 2017 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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Anisong World Matsuri to Make East Coast U.S. Debut at Otakon

awm-logoOtakorp, Inc. has announced that the Anisong World Matsuri will make its East Coast U.S. debut at Otakon, August 11-13, 2017 in Washington DC.

Focused on music and animation, the Anisong World Matsuri is a festival featuring collaboration among several leading Japanese entertainment companies including Lantis Co., Ltd., AMUSE Inc., BANDAI VISUAL CO. LTD., BANDAI NAMCO Live Creative Inc.

Anisong World Maturi is partnering with Otakorp, Inc. to present headline concerts on Friday and Saturday during Otakon, as well as other events throughout the weekend.  Specific concert details, including times, locations, and participating artists, will be announced over the coming months.

This will be the 24th Otakon convention, and the first to be held in its new home in Washington, DC.  After 17 years in Baltimore, Otakon takes up residence at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center beginning in 2017.

Otakon 2017 will be held August 11-13, 2017 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

VIZ Media Plugs in With Super Mario Adventures and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

SuperMarioAdventuresVIZ Media at Otakon announced that they’re preparing to deliver two fresh doses of video game-inspired manga excitement as it announces the acquisition of the publishing rights for the classic series Super Mario Adventures, as well as The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the latest manga title inspired by the beloved ‘80s-era video game title.

Super Mario Adventures is set for release in October of this year; The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is scheduled to launch in March 2017.

New VIZ Media Manga Publishing Acquisitions:

SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES · Available October 2016

Long out of print, this stunning, full-color graphic novel features a story by Kentaro Takekuma and art by Charlie Nozawa, and will become available once again for the first time in more than 20 years!! Super Mario Adventures, inspired by the bestselling Super Mario™ video game franchise, is a collection of comics that originally ran in Nintendo Power™ magazine in 1992-93.

The peril-plagued Princess Toadstool is kidnapped by the diabolical deadbeat Bowser™ but super plumbers Mario™ and Luigi™ hatch a plan with their new friend Yoshi™ to rescue her. Are the Super Mario Bros’ plans a pipe dream? Can they stop the Koopa King before he forces the Princess to be his bride?!

 

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: TWILIGHT PRINCESS · Available Spring 2017

The newest series from THE Legend of Zelda manga creator Akira Himekawa continues the fantastic adventures inspired by the video game of the same name and is set for an English debut in March 2017.

Once upon a time, wizards tried to conquer the Sacred Realm of Hyrule. The Spirits of Light sealed the wizards’ power within the Shadow Crystal and banished them to the Twilight Realm beyond the Mirror of Twilight. Now, an evil menace is trying to find Midna, Princess of the Twilight Realm, and the fragments of the Shadow Crystal to gain the power to rule over both the Twilight Realm and the World of Light.

VIZ Media also publishes the bestselling The Legend of Zelda manga series and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Around the Tubes

Transformers-movieposter-westIt’s new comic book tomorrow! What are folks looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below. We’ll have our picks in a few hours.

Until then, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – Sean Gordon Murphy to Exclusively Draw Batman for the Next Two Years – Yes please!

The Comichron – July 2016 comics sales estimates: 16 issues top 100,000 copies sold, DC takes 30 of Top 40  – Congrats to DC!

iO9 – The 10 Most Overly-Specific Supervillains in Comics – Agree? Disagree?

Comics Bulletin – Amanda Waller: DC’s Most Terrifying Woman – Yes. Yes she is.

Kotaku – Women Sported Some Killer Overwatch Cosplay At Baltimore’s Otakon – Some awesome cosplay.

Kotaku – Lego Is About As Fun As The U.S. Capitol Building Is Going To Get – Want!

Black Nerds – 30 Years Ago the World Lost Optimus Prime (And Everything It Meant to Me) – Admit it, you cried too!

 

Otakon Makes First Guest Announcement for 2017

Vic MignognaAs Otakon prepares for a move to Washington, D.C., voice actor Vic Mignogna has signed on as the first official guest, according to Otakorp Inc. Mignogna is known for his roles in dozens of popular anime series, such as “Fullmetal Alchemist,” “Pokemon” and “Dragonball Z.”Mignogna has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old, but his anime career

Mignogna has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old, but his anime career
started about fifteen years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then, he has been in more than 300 animated series and video games, known for such

Since then, he has been in more than 300 animated series and video games, known for such roles as Edward Elric in “Fullmetal Alchemist”; Tamaki Suou in “Ouran High School Host Club”; Zero in “Vampire Knight”; Death Scythe in “Soul Eater”; Fai in “Tsubasa Chronicle”; Keldeo in “Pokemon”; Dark in “DN Angel”; Kurz in “Full Metal Panic”; Broly in “Dragonball Z”; Ikkaku in “Bleach”; Obito/Nagato in “Naruto”; Yoshimori in “Kekkaishi”; Yukito in “Air”; Takanaga in “Wallflower”; Luciano in “Code Geass”; Virgil Walsh in “Trinity Blood”;  Hikaru in “Macross”; “Space Dandy”; “Tiger & Bunny”; “Digimon Fusion”; “Sword Art Online”; “Nura”; “La Grange” and many more. Mignogna is currently playing characters in “Free!”; “Black Butler”; “Escaflowne”; “Durarara”‘;

Mignogna is currently playing characters in “Free!”; “Black Butler”; “Escaflowne”; “Durarara”‘; “RWBY”; “Garo”; “Sailor Moon”; “World Of Warcraft”; “Karneval”; “Attack On Titan”; and several others. Mignogna also played roles in G4’s “Wolverine” and “Iron Man” series, and the original “Mass Effect” movie. He has also voiced roles in a large number of video games, including “Soul Calibur,” “Disgaea,” “Dynasty Warriors,” “Persona III,” “Avengers,” “Pac Man,” “Sonic Colours,” “DBZ,” “Bleach,” “FMA” and more. But even longer than his voice acting, Mignogna has been a professional music

But even longer than his voice acting, Mignogna has been a professional music composer/singer/producer who has written and produced hundreds of pieces for TV, radio and CD. He sings the themes for shows like “One Piece” & “DBGT,” and has produced several CDs of his own original music, all available on iTunes. Finally, in addition to anime and music, Mignogna has a degree in film and is deeply involved as

Finally, in addition to anime and music, Mignogna has a degree in film and is deeply involved as an actor and director in several web series. He is executive producer of the award-winning web series “Star Trek Continues,” where he is not only directing but fulfilling a childhood dream of playing the iconic role of Captain Kirk. Mignogna works regularly: writing, producing and directing video and film productions of all kinds.

Otakon 2017 will be held August 11-13, 2017 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

LeSean Thomas to be Guest at Otakon 2016

LeSean-ThomasLeSean Thomas, known for his work on “The Boondocks” and “The Legend of Kora” and the lead creative force behind the “Cannon Busters” pilot by Satelight, will be a guest at Otakon 2016, according to Otakorp Inc.

Thomas is a television animation producer, director and illustrator operating out of Los Angeles, California. He is known for his work on “The Boondocks” “The Legend Of Korra” (Book 1) and “Black Dynamite: The Animated Series.”

He is the creator, producer, director and writer of ”Cannon Busters,” the animated pilot, with Japanese animation studio Satelight (“Macross Delta,” “Basquash! Fairy Tail”) based on his creator-owned comic book of the same name.

Otakon 2016 will be held August 12-14 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

Lotus Juice, Hirata Shihoko to Perform at Otakon Matsuri 2016

Lotus-JuiceLotus Juice, a rap pioneer known for his Japanese anime and game music, and Hirata Shihoko, a singer heard on the game “Persona 4,” will both perform at the 2016 Otakon Matsuri.

One of the pioneers in rap for official Japanese anime and game music, Lotus Juice draws inspiration from 90’s hip-hop, J-Pop, dub, rock, comedy, love and many more. He is well-known for his works with Shoji Meguro from Atlus Japan, ripping the mic on the track “Mass Destruction” on the game “Persona 3.” He has been traveling around the world from Argentina, Mexico, to the USA, performing at anime and game conventions in front of his international fans. His unique flow has caught the attention of Taque Iwasaki, and their collaboration has gained substantial recognition. He is currently working on his third album.

Lotus Juice provided music for much of the “Persona” series, including multiple theme songs for “Persona 3: The Movie OST”; “Persona 3 The Movie: Falling Down” main theme song, “Light In Starless Sky”; “Persona 3 The Movie: Summer Knight’s Dream” main theme song, “Fate is in Our Hands”; “Persona 3” (“Mass Destruction,” “Deep Breath Deep Breath,” “Burn My Dread – Last Battle”); “Persona 3 Fes” (“P3 Fes,” “Mass Destruction – P3fes Version”); “Persona 3 Portable” (“Wiping All Out”); “Persona 2 OP”(“Unbreakable Tie”); “Persona: Trinity Soul” (“Reverse The Destiny,” “Soul Drive”); “Persona 4: The Animation” (“Sky’s The Limit,” “Key Plus Words,” “Beauty Of Destiny.”)

His work for anime includes: “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure”; “Soul Eater”; “Noragami”; “The Irregular At Magic High School”; “Black Butler”; “Katanagatari”; “Kamisama No Memo Cho”; “C”; “Persona 4 Animation”; “Persona 4 Animation Golden”; “Magic Kaito”; “Bungo Stray Dogs.”

Shihoko-HirataShihoko Hirata’s adorable soft-spoken personality may deceive you in person; but when she is on stage, her voice illuminates the venue with power and soul. She grew up listening to mainly funk and soul, and her talent was recognized by Shoji Meguro in his works for “Persona 4.” The game has gained international recognition and is still loved by many fans around the world. The soundtrack to “Persona 4” earned a Nihon Gold Disc Award for Soundtrack.

The Otakon Matsuri is an outdoor street festival that will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
on Thursday, August 11 at Baltimore’s beautiful West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. Admission is free to both the Otakorp membership as well as to the general public. The event features many attractions to keep attendees well-occupied: games, contests, prizes, live entertainment, great food, and even Otakon guests, who have been known to stop by and take part in the festivities.

Otakon 2016 will be held August 12-14 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

Diana Garnet to Perform at Otakon Matsuri

Diana-GarnetDiana Garnet, one of the few prominent foreign artists signed to a major Japanese record label, will perform at the 2016 Otakon Matsuri, Otakorp Inc. has announced.

Born in Washington D.C., U.S.A., Garnet  was heavily influenced by her anime-loving father, and was immersed into anime culture at a young age. Hearing “Yuzurenai Negai” by Naomi Tamura inspired her lifetime goal to become a singer in Japan.

On her third trip to Japan, she began to work as a middle-school English teacher, when a life-changing opportunity arose. In 2013, she took part in a nationwide karaoke TV show for foreigners, called “Nodojiman! THE WORLD 2013 Spring” on NTV and was crowned the winner, also securing a major label debut at the same time.

After releasing cover works for her first single and mini-album, Garnet’s first original single, “Spinning World,” was chosen as the ending theme song for the mega-hit anime, “Naruto: Shippuden,” making her the first female solo foreign artist to sing an anime theme song.

Since then, she has also featured in FLOW’s best album as a guest vocalist, and was also tapped as one of the “likely breakout stars of 2015” in Yahoo! Japan’s Video Topic Awards.

Her second original single,  “Nankai! Mystery,” was chosen as the theme song for the NHK E-TV anime “Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note,” which will air from October 2015 to March 2016, further elevating her status among anime and mass audiences alike.

The Otakon Matsuri is an outdoor street festival that will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 11 at Baltimore’s beautiful West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. Admission is free to both the Otakorp membership as well as to the general public. The event features many attractions to keep attendees well-occupied: games, contests, prizes, live entertainment, great food, and even Otakon guests, who have been known to stop by and take part in the festivities.

Otakon 2016 will be held August 12-14 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

Jason Charles Miller to Perform at Otakon Matsuri

2016-jason-charles-millerJason Charles Miller, an accomplished and multi-faceted performer with more than two decades of professional experience as a musician, songwriter, singer and voice actor, will perform at the 2016 Otakon Matsuri.

Originally from Clifton, Va., Miller now lives in Los Angeles, where he owns and runs the successful recording complex, Central Command Studios.

Miller has co-written songs with artists Marilyn Manson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ben Moody of Evanescence, Chuck Goff of the Toby Keith Band, Jeordie White of Nine Inch Nails, Driver Williams of the Eric Church Band, Otherwise, Rev Theory and living legend Paul Anka. Songs he’s written can currently be heard on HBO’s True Blood and Hung, WWE Friday Night Smackdown, The NFL Today, Dateline NBC, and the wildly popular web series The Guild, CoOptitude, The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy and Critical Role.

He co-wrote the smash single “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin” for the Disney Channel hit movie, Teen Beach Movie. The soundtrack was #1 on the Billboard charts, and “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin” was nominated for a Radio Disney Award. Miller also penned the all-star collaboration “Forever In Our Hearts,” a song to benefit the victims of the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, which included Brian McKnight, Mya, Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach, Nate Dogg and many more.

He’s produced songs for artists as varied as Bret Michaels, Felicia Day, Godhead, Psyclon 9, Tina Guo and YouTube sensation Drew Tabor.

As a solo artist, Miller has opened for country greats Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Gary Allan, Eric Church, Justin Moore, Big Kenny of Big and Rich, and Jerrod Niemann.

Miller is also widely recognized as the frontman and founder of the rock band Godhead, the only band ever signed to Marilyn Manson’s Posthuman Records. The band has sold more than 250,000 albums and toured the world with the likes of Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, Disturbed, GWAR, Slipknot, Rammstein, Linkin Park and Korn frontman Jonathan Davis.

In addition, Miller has received two Gold Record Awards for sales: one for the Godhead song “Penetrate” on the Queen of the Damned movie soundtrack, and the other for the song “The End Has Come,” which he wrote and performed with Evanescence founder Ben Moody for the movie The Punisher. He also recently sang two songs on the critically-acclaimed soundtrack for the video game Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and has even sung backup for Robert Smith of The Cure on the Reeves Gabrels/Robert Smith song, “Yesterday’s Gone.”

As a voice actor, Jason has appeared in over 60 animated productions and dozens of video games and live action productions. Some career highlights include Neverwinter: Underdark (Drizzt Do’Urden), The Legend of Korra (The Sheriff), Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Firefall (Captain Wallach, Sergeant Lewis) Avatar: The Last Airbender, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn(Raubahn Aldynn), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (Dollman and Black Condor), Moribito,Guardian of the Spirit (Shinji), The Wonder Woman Animated Movie (Thraxx), Code Geass(Urabe), World of Warcraft (Prince Valanar, Commander Stoutbeard, Terrath the Steady, Hagrim Hopebreaker), Super Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter X Tekken, Ultra Street Fighter 4 (Guy),Resident Evil 5 (Robert Kendo), Dragon’s Dogma (Ser Wesley, Ser Jakys), Star Craft 2, Diablo III(Radek the Fence), Guild Wars 2 (Ben Tenstrikes, Big Nose Ted, Stefan Barush, Seneschal Elam) and has even narrated a film for NASA, “Bennu’s Journey,” which appears in museums and planetariums around the country.

You can see Miller on screen as Strike Leader Jackson in the SyFy original movie, Battle Planet, as the dastardly villain Kowboy Killa in Chatroom of Solitude on Stan Lee’s World of Heroes network, playing himself in Season 5 of The Guild, and squabbling with Lewis Black and Andy Dick in various productions on Comedy Central.

Miller has been featured in magazines such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, Guitar World, Inside Kung Fu and many more. He’s also appeared on MTV, MTV2, Fuse and VH1. Touted by many critics as one of rock and country’s best and most consistent live singers, he continues to wow live audiences all over the world.

The Otakon Matsuri is an outdoor street festival that will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 11 at Baltimore’s beautiful West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. Admission is free to both the Otakorp membership as well as to the general public. The event features many attractions to keep attendees well-occupied: games, contests, prizes, live entertainment, great food, and even Otakon guests, who have been known to stop by and take part in the festivities.

Otakon 2016 will be held August 12-14 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.

If You Paid for Wifi at the Baltimore Convention Center, Heads Up (Updated)

wifiSection 333 of the Communications Act prohibits willful interference with any licensed or authorized radio communications. Virginia based M.C. Dean didn’t get that memo, and is looking at a large fine by the FCC for blocking individual WiFi hotspots at the Baltimore Convention Center. M.C. Dean provides electrical, communications, and telecom services for the convention center. Exhibitors were charged hundreds (and some thousands) of dollars if the wanted to access the center’s WiFi network.

In October the FCC received a complaint from a company who offered competing WiFi services that M.C. Dean was inhibiting other hotspots and users keeping their connections. FCC investigators looked into it, visiting the convention center three times and confirming that actions by M.C. Dean were causing the disconnection. A staffer for the company acknowledged the blocking but that visitors could use the center’s WiFi which is available for free in the lobby. It’s not free on the exhibitor floor. Prices to access from there were anywhere from $795 to $1,095. There is also some evidence the company’s actions extended beyond the convention center and extended beyond its walls.

The company has defended their actions saying it was to improve security and reliability. The FCC has alleged how that’s the case hasn’t been answered.

The FCC is proposing a fine of $718,000 and you can read the FCC’s full take here. Due to the company’s profitability from this, as well as the amount of times they did it, the FCC has come down pretty hard with this one.

I reached out to conventions such as Otakon and Baltimore Comic Con as well as vendors and exhibitors at the show. Baltimore Comic Con got back to me saying their process has exhibitors paying M.C. Dean directly for WiFi services, and that they themselves didn’t use the WiFi themselves, sticking with the cellular network and MiFi. Otakon did respond having received my inquiry, but I haven’t gotten their full details by time of publishing. This will be updated if any further statement is received.

I spoke to numerous exhibitors and vendors. None I spoke to used the WiFi offered by M.C. Dean, with many of them citing the price as to why not. One comic publisher said:

We didn’t use the WiFi at the con this year. When we were told that WiFi was going to cost us over $1,000 on the exhibit floor, at first we thought that couldn’t be right. But when we realized that was indeed the case, we used the Hotspot on one of our staffers’ cell phones instead, and it worked great.

I hope no one paid that fee!

That publisher said their Hotspot did work fine from the floor.

We’ll continue to follow the story and follow-up during next year’s Otakon and Baltimore Comic Con to see if pricing has changed.

It is also unknown if individuals who paid for the service are able or will receive restitution (reading the FCC’s document, I didn’t see anything about that). Individuals who feel they should, should probably contact the FCC or their lawyer.

Update: We have received a statement from Otakon.

Otakorp is aware of the recent FCC investigation and is monitoring the developments closely.  Otakorp/Otakon makes very limited use of wireless internet in the BCC.  We’re looking forward to working with the BCC and MC Dean for our final year in Baltimore.

– Nick  Avgerinos, Otakorp Vice President.

(via Consumerist)

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