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17th October 2012

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The New York Comic-Con 2012 Retrospect!

New York Comic-Con 2012 during Friday night, October 12, 2012.

Forsooth, as I have returned from the crazy masses of pop culture fans that attended New York Comic-Con this past October 11-14. I can definitely say that it was a blast to be at as I have gotten to see almost all the Japanese guests that attended the event. The spirit of Tokyo was definitely thriving (albeit a small one) in NYCC.

The only problem I have is that the Jacob Javits Center (the building it’s hosted in) is still not the greatest convention center for a pop culture convention. When you have an organization like JManga complaining about the building, you know there are problems. As NYCC continues to grow and become even more like San-Diego Comic-Con, will there be any extra room for more than 116,000+ folks? Compared to San Diego, you have to travel a bit far to get to the good restaurants/bars around NYC and the Jacob Javits Center is much smaller than the San Diego Convention Center. However, NYCC seems to have more anime/manga-related content than SDCC. 

Another thing I realized after attending NYCC was how much I missed New York Anime Festival. While the likes of Danny Choo, Yu Asakawa, Yoshitaka Amano, Moyoco Anno, Masakazu Ishiguro, and Masakazu Katsura are very notable guests, how can NYCC top Danny Choo? Though we should leave it in the hands of folks like Japan Foundation to bring notable Japanese talent overseas. New York definitely deserves another anime convention as there are notable differences that make Japanese pop culture stand out compared to American pop culture. 

In any case, Japanese pop culture was still alive in the East Coast’s premier pop culture event thanks to the efforts of the Japan Foundation, Vertical Inc., SUNRISE, Viki, Dark Horse Comics, and JManga. すべてのありがとうございました!

Enjoy the photos below!


Tagged: New York Anime FestivalNYCCNYCC 2012New Yorkcomic book conventionspop culture conventionsanime conventionsJapan FoundationJapanese pop culturephotosnew york comic con

5th November 2011


Tiger & Bunny Clip - Masayuki Ozaki at New York Comic-Con

There’s a brief snap of me at the 00:31 mark!!! :D

Anywho, I’m glad Ozaki had a great time at New York Comic-Con. Yes, WE ALL LOVE TIGER & BUNNY HERE IN NEW YORK CITY. Manhattan IS Tiger & Bunny. I’m still amazed at how the series has related to many fans all over the world. NYC really is one of the most diverse places on Earth. Thankfully, the Sunrise crew didn’t choose L.A. or else everything could have been too glitzy & materialistic.

Much thanks to my friend, Bobbie, for showing me the video!


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22nd October 2011

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Photos from New York Comic-Con 2011

Enjoy the shots I took from New York Comic-Con 2011!


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21st October 2011

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New York Comic-Con 2011 Adventure Log!

New York Comic-Con 2011 entrance on Thursday

On October 13-16, 2011, the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention landed upon New York City once again with an infusion of comic book artists, celebrities, video game developers, and of course, a LARGE number of cosplayers. New York Comic-Con 2011 managed to draw an attendance of 105,000 over the span of 4 days. A lot of things happened, so get ready for a somewhat extensive recap.

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Tagged: Kodansha ComicsNYCC 2011New York Anime FestivalNew York Comic-ConShueisha PublishingVIZ MediaYen Pressanimemangapop culture conventionsvideo gamesVertical Publishing

28th September 2011

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Plans for New York Comic-Con 2011

New York Comic-Con 2011 logo.

Hey everyone, I just want to give a quick update on what’s going to happen regarding what I’m doing at New York Comic-Con.

First off, I will be attending the convention on Friday. I might attend the following panels.

"Unusual Manga Genres" (11:00am - 12:00pm) at Anime Stage

Sorry, Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Square Enix’s panel on the game is at the same time). I just don’t care about you at all.

"Is ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ A Superhero?" (12:15pm - 1:15pm) at Room 1B03 or "YEN PRESS" at Room 1A02

In my opinion, Lisbeth Salander is one of the most unique heroines in recent memory. I truly think that she’s a good role model for young girls who are struggling to survive. Though that Yen Press panel entices me too.

"Mythbusters: Anime Edition" (2:00pm - 3:00pm) at Anime Stage

This intrigues me to a huge degree as I have watched the TV show before with my cousin.

"Hiro Mashima & Kodansha Comics" (6:30pm - 7:30pm) at Room 1A24

I never was interested in Fairy Tail, but I am going to the panel to support Kodansha USA’s efforts.

"Vertical Inc. Industry Panel" (8:45pm - 9:45pm) at Room 1A03 

I love stuff from Vertical. THANK YOU FOR PICKING UP GTO: SHONAN 14 DAYS!

On Saturday, I will be cosplaying as Cold-Blooded Tough Guy Takasugi-Kun from 3Z Ginpachi Sensei and hopefully will be wielding the infamous "Patriot".

I will be attending the following panels:

"Sunrise" (12:00pm - 1:00pm) at Room 1A03 

I will be attending with a friend who will be cosplaying Tsukuyo to promote Gintama to everyone!

"Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3" (2:45pm - 3:45pm) at American Airlines Theater, Room 1A06

Phoenix Wright reveal (who I HOPE WILL BE REVEALED in this panel) will be EPIC.

"CBLDF: Defending Manga" (7:30pm - 8:30pm) at Room 1A23

If you consider yourself a serious manga fan, I highly recommend you check this panel out. Seriously.

Sorry, I will not be attending the Cosplay Masquerade, though I might sneak a peek and whack people with the Patriot.

On Sunday, this is what I hope to be attending:

"VIZ Media" (10:45am - 11:45am) at Room 1A23 

I should make a petition to bring back Gintama :P

"Tiger & Bunny" (1:15pm - 2:15pm) at Room 1A03

I will be attending this panel with a friend. One of my favorite animes due to its Western influence.

"Anime News Network Panel" (2:30pm - 3:30pm) at Room 1A15

One of my Google Reader sites and always a pleasure to visit. This will be my first time going to one of their panels.

So, I think that covers up my plans for the convention. Of course, things will be tentative. I will also be shopping for Gintama merchandise.

If anyone wants to meet me in person and talk about a variety of things, feel free to tweet me (if I have reception in that god-forsaken Javitz Center). For those who are interested, I have indeed moved into a new home and still trying to settle in. No home Internet right now and I am writing this entry at a library in Manhattan. I just realized how much I miss blogging and I hope to get back to it soon. In so many ways, Manga Therapy is “therapy” for me. I don’t want to take that for granted.

That’s about it for now. See you guys soon!


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