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NYCC 2012 – a con in review



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A week before the con began, weekend badges were already sold out for New York Comic Con. Friday and Saturday badges were not that far behind. (Or was it Sunday for Kids Free day?) New York’s singular con for the masses of sci-fi, fantasy, gaming, entertainment, authors and music fans convening on the singular convention

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NYCC 2012 – NIS America Inc. Anime Panel



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The panelists were Anime Producer Hiraoka Mitsu, Localization Director Eugene Chen and Marketing Ryan Phillips. Even though it was an anime panel, they were able to announce one video game title-which is not Halo as the panelist said jokingly-Mugen Souls. The trailer was narrated by a girl in a sweet high voice. It grew on

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NYCC 2012 – Viz Media News



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Candice Uyloan, of Viz Marketing hosted the panel. I stepped in late just as she was introducing Toshin (Fighting Spirit) which is Viz’s new merchandise line via Cafe Press. It’s an interesting marketing idea for official merchandise since the concept of Cafe Press is making your own things in your own style. Toshin allows fans

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NYCC 2012 – Tiger & Bunny: Insider’s Panel



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Joshua Lopez of Viz Media began the panel. He worked on the subtitled, dubbed and Japanese version of Tiger and Bunny, the series everyone came to hear about. He introduced Katsura Masakazu-sensei first. He started drawing manga in the 80′s with Video Girl Ai, I’s and Zetman as well as being the character designer for

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NYCC 2012 – JManga: The Future of Digital Manga



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During the prize portion of the panel, prizes were given out again by shouts, jumping and calling attention to the self. The loudest fan to shout ‘Jmanga yomitai!’ or ‘I want to read Jmanga!’ was given 5000 points (which is 10 manga on the site.)

 
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NYCC 2012 – Vertical Inc. Presents: Moyoco Anno



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Anno-sensei writes for the josei demographic, manga for young women as opposed to young girls. Though there is a long history of josei in Japan-about 35-40 years-there isn’t that big of a presense in the US. Not to say that there aren’t that many josei fans in the US, just that the market doesn’t release

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NYCC 2012 – Blue Exorcist Screening and Q&A



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The dub of the third episode of Blue Exorcist was shown when I entered the room. I settled myself in the back. I really enjoyed the English version. Bryce Papenbrook was wonderful as Okumura Rin and Johnny Yong Bosch as Yukio was perfect. The script had some profanity in it that I’m not sure I

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NYCC 2012 – JManga Presents: Masakazu Ishiguro



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Marketing VP Robert Newman opened the panel by greeting the crowd. They handed out the special clearfiles of Soredemo Machi wa Mwatteiru aka. And Yet the Town Moves that Ishiguro-sensei designed for NYCC. A quick runthrough of Jmanga was given. Its a site supported by 40 major Japanese publishing companies and the goal is to

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NYCC 2012 – Japan Foundation Presents: Yu Asakawa



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The panel is unique on several levels. One is that the host is Danny Choo, a celebrity in his own right. He spoke British English very quickly and it was hard to follow him at times. His Japanese is fluent of course but thankfully was at a normal pace. Asakawa Yu actually spoke English quite

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