posted on 2002-05-29 11:55 EDT
Big Apple Anime Fest announces Gundam
Creator as Guest
Excerpts from press release:
Yoshiyuki Tomino, creator of the ever-growing Gundam saga has been confirmed as a guest of honor at BAAF 2002. Tomino will be appearing at both BAAF 2002 and Anime Expo NY (AXNY) events in Times Square, August 30 ~ September 2, 2002.
Yoshiyuki Tomino's "Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack" will be one of the featured films to be screened over the holiday weekend and this showing will be the New York premiere of the movie. BAAF is planning for a panel discussion on Tomino's works following the premiere of the film. Tomino will also be making a special guest appearance at the Virgin Megastore where he will greet fans and sign autographs.
Yoshiyuki Tomino began his career in 1963, as part of the creative team behind TV's popular "Astro Boy". After a decade of refining his craft as a freelancer, working on and studying the various genres of anime, he created "Reideen the Brave" in 1975. Tomino's directorial debut, the mecha series, was the first of many that he would create during the following years. These shows included 1977's "Zanbot 3" (a groundbreaking series that featured its heroes being blamed for a catastrophe and later killed), and of course, the immortal "Gundam" series, which recently enjoyed its 20th anniversary celebration. Gundam's various spin-offs (including Tomino's own "Gundam Z," "Gundam ZZ," "Turn-A Gundam" and "Char's Counterattack") have enjoyed considerable success around the world and are considered classics by many anime fans. Tomino's other more recent works include "Brain Powerd" and "Garzey's Wing."