Monday, April 21, 2014
Saturday, March 02, 2013
The Convention season has started again, with anime and manga focused-Katsucon having been at National Harbor last month, and Emerald City Comicon kicking off the comic book cons in Seattle this weekend. Six months ago, I attended AnimeUSA at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park, where it had moved after being in Crystal City in Arlington. The following interview was done with one of the con organizers, Rob Barba, for a Washington City Paper article that didn't gel. But everyone I see at AnimeUSA looks like they're having a great deal of fun, so perhaps it's not too soon to start planning to attend this September's event.
Mike Rhode: How’d you personally get into comics?
Rob Barba: I'm the writer for a webcomic, Claude & Monet (www.claudeandmo.net); due to its anime style, I felt working with a convention would be a good way to gain both exposure and experience. The former I've got, but the latter my cup runneth over. I can honestly say that in my eight years of working with Anime USA, it's been a worthy experience.
MR: How is AnimeUSA different than a standard comics con?
RB: We focus both on manga, manwha, and manhua (Japanese, Korean and Chinese comics, respectively) as well as webcomics. In the former case, these are the basis of anime, which has been on the rise for a number of years. For the latter, it will be the future of how comics are produced, and we felt it was important to be at the forefront of exposing our audience to this medium.
MR: How many years has it run, and how many years have you been a part of it?
RB: Anime USA has been around since 1998. I joined in 2004, after I moved into the area.
MR: How many people did you have?
RB: We had an attendance of roughly 3800 people. While this number is roughly the same as last year, we believe that the move to the new hotel as well as the tragic events of Hurricane Sandy had an effect on our attendance. We plan for greater growth next year.
MR: How did the weather such as Sandy and the following Noreaster affect 2012's con?
RB: Quite a bit, to be honest. The result was a wholesale cancellation of various panels, vendors coming from the north, and even many of our own staff. As mentioned before, attendance took a hit because of it. Still, I believe we did our best to regroup and move forward for our fans.
MR: Why did you move to the hotel in DC this year?
RB: The Marriott was best suited for our needs after an exhaustive search for a new location. With a layout suitable for panels, workshops and the like; plenty of picturesque locations for cosplayer photography, and room to grow, we were hard-pressed not to chose this site. Combined with the attentive staff of the Marriott, it sealed the deal for us.
MR: Any guests you are particularly proud of having come in 2012? Favorite guests of past years?
RB: Phil Lamarr, as he is one of the largest guests we have had to date. Caitlin Glass is also a fan favorite. The list of favorites for previous years is too long to mention, but includes folks like Steven Bloom, Monica Rial and others.
MR: Is there anything special about 2012 not mentioned yet?
RB: If people enjoyed 2012, wait until they see what we have planned for 2013. While I can't comment due to contractual reasons, I can say that the marquee guest for next year will be one the fans have been clamoring for, for quite some time.
Friday, November 09, 2012
Local cartoonists Jamie Noguchi, Tony Tribby and Alexa Polito have tables, as does the Snow By Night webcomic team.
Jamie Noguchi, whose new book is Erfworld vol. 1.
Tony Tribby, whose new book is 'Death is Good'.
Alexa Polito, whose selling a minicomic sketchbook, 'Rough Sex vol. 1'.
...and there are the cosplayers too...
...I'm not sure that costume is anime/manga influenced, but the next one is Lady Deadpool from Marvel Comics...
...and these are real police officers enjoying their surroundings.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Here's their first AnimeUSA podcast which features staff members Theo Bugtong (Director of Marketing), Tom Stidman (Director of Guests), and Mark Pope (Vice Chair of Programming).
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Here's pictures of the Baltimore Comic-Con 2011 show. There's a bunch of local Washington creators in the pictures - check out the photo's name, rather than the captions which I haven't finished yet.
Shannon Gallant & Herb Trimpe, two G.I. Joe comic book artists.
Buzzboy's John Gallagher.
A dedicated cosplayer.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Chris Wanamaker, (202) 262 2083 email@example.com
DC Anime Club
Presents Lolita Picnic
DC Anime Club on October 2, 2010 at DC Freer Gallery Garden from 12:30pm-5:00pm will have a Lolita Picnic. For those who are unfamiliar, Lolita is a fashion subculture in Japan that is primarily influenced by Victorian children clothing, as well as costumes from the Rococo period. Lolita has made this into a unique fashion by adding gothic and original design elements to the look. From this, Lolita fashion has evolved into several different sub ...styles and has created a devoted subculture in Japan. The Lolita look consists primarily of a knee-length skirt or dress, headdress, blouse, petticoat, knee-high socks or stockings, and rocking horse or high heel/platform shoes.
Attendees are encouraged to bring food, since there will be a potluck with the photo shoot.
We will meet up at Smithsonian Subway Station (Blue/Orange Line) at 12pm, then proceed to the Mall. Come in your best Lolita outfits.
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
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This event is free and open to the public for Ages 13 and up.
About DC Anime Club:
DC Anime Club was established in 2003 to introduce and educate people in the Washington, DC area about East Asian culture, through viewing and discussion of Japanese animation (also known as anime) and Japanese comics (manga).
We also work to provide a positive, alternative activity to the youth in the area by exposing them to foreign culture, encouraging artistic expression and creativity, and providing opportunities for participation in community activities and leadership.
DC Anime Club is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. Contributions to DC Anime Club are tax deductible to the extent allowable under the law.
DC Anime Club has been featured in many newspapers and publications .
In addition to our bi-meetings, the club holds an Art Show, a Cosplay Party fundraising event, and anime lectures at local schools . Our club works with the Japan Information and Culture Center, Embassy of Japan, Smithsonian Freer Gallery and DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival on their anime screenings. Our Marketing Team has helped promote performances for several Japanese bands such as Puffy Ami Yumi, Pine am, The Slants, The Captains and Ayabie.
DC Anime Club was founded by Chris Wanamaker (President), Jules Chang (former Vice President) and Craig Vaughn (Vice President) on Saturday June 5, 2003. We have a strong membership that continues to grow.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Evan Dorkin's perhaps ashamed to be caught buying a mainstream comic strip book from Richard Thompson.
After talking about the Thomas Boatwright painting of Lamont Cranston I bought, Jim Amash drew this Shadow sketch for me.
Richard Thompson is a fan of Kate Beaton.
Raina Telgemeier and her fine Smile.
And then there's Dazzler.
More pictures online here. Labels to follow.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, October 12, 2009
The Joker - an excellent version that reminded me of Marshall Rogers' art.
The Ghostbusters posed with a family, and doesn't the one on the right really look like Dan Ackroyd?
Rorschach, Nite Owl and Poison Ivy - a teamup that Alan Moore will never want to see.
Scarlet Witch and the White Queen.
Scarlet Witch, #21 henchman of the Monarch from the Venture Bros cartoon, and the White Queen.
Here's an article about the cosplay contest - "Comic book fans get in character: Baltimore Comic-Con's debut costume contest draws dozens of colorful entrants," By Tricia Bishop, Baltimore Sun October 12, 2009.
I'm sure Bruce Guthrie will have plenty of photographs on his website of the cosplayers (link towards the right - over there).
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
And then not online is a story about an upcoming event with the DC Anime Club at the Japanese Information and Culture Center - Dixon, Glenn. 2008. Playing and dress-up: Cosplayes act the parts from manga to anime to video games. [Washington Post] Express (January 17). Apparently there will be a cosplay get-together there tomorrow night.
The Express is still running 5 strips or panels, including Bizarro.
The Post has a big strip by Mark Zingarelli on the front of the Home section - my copy will go to Michigan State U's comic art collection.
The Onion has an article about Original Sin cider's ad campaign by cartoonist R. Black. Can't find it online yet, but it's page 32 of the DC edition.