Anime Evolution Announces Dates and First Guests

May 30th 2006
Asian Popular Entertainment Event Highlights Multimedia, International and Local Talent

Vancouver, BC Canada – May 29, 2006 - Anime Evolution (AE 2006) is primed to be Vancouver's premiere Asian entertainment event where industry and audiences interact directly in an informal setting. This three-day Japanese Animation Convention, expected to draw over 3,500 people, will bring together art, animation, video games, TV, film and music in a celebration of Asian popular culture and multimedia. All are welcome to attend the event, which draws largely on Vancouver's local talent pool of gifted actors and artists, as well as film and animation studios, comic book publishers, and game developers. Festivities will take place Saturday August 19 to Monday August 21, 2006 at Simon Fraser University's Burnaby Campus. Events will take place at various locations on campus and the convention runs 24 hours a day.

Over the course of the weekend, AE 2006 will feature Q&A's and workshops with professional voice actors, directors, artists, animators and game developers. In addition, visitors can participate in a cultural festival, video screening & video game rooms and live performances by DJs, bands and improv actors. Attendees can also expect to see convention goers engaged in more unusual activities like an Anime-Idol competition, a collectable card game room and dramatic costume play - or "cosplay" - where anime fans don costumes representing anime characters and participate in a fashion show. The convention art gallery will be open to submissions from all AE 2006 attendees, and there will be an "Artists' Alley" where visitors can buy and sell original works of art. A dealers area will also be available for attendees to purchase their favourite comic books, videos and other animation related items.

AE 2006 is proud to be sponsored by the Art Institute of Vancouver. For more information on the event or to pre-register for a convention membership, please visit our website at www.animeevolution.com.

For further information, please contact:

Edmund Yee [email protected]

AE 2006 Communications Director



List of Confirmed Guests
Musical Guests

* Kumiko Kato

Kumiko Kato is an up-coming starlet on the Japanese Pop (J-Pop) music scene. Currently, Kumiko is preparing her first album, produced by a mix of top producers from America and Japan.

* ZZ

ZZ is a high energy Japanese Rock (J-Rock) band who will be performing at Anime Evolution as our second musical guests from Japan. ZZ will be performing for us as part of their first North American Tour. This five member band performs the third ending song for the anime series One Piece and the opening theme song for the anime series Samurai Gun. ZZ will be the second part of our main concert following Kumiko Kato's performance.

Both artists will be hosting panels and autograph sessions, and will have copies of their CDs for sale at our convention.

Industry Guest

* Harmony Gold - Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles

Anime Evolution is pleased to announce that we are a stop on the 2006 Robotech Convention Tour! We are planning special panels on the groundbreaking original series and the highly anticipated sequel Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles! Anime Evolution will have more information on who will be attending from Harmony Gold in a few weeks. Meanwhile, visit their website, www.Robotech.com and check out their new trailer!
Voice Director Guests

* Rob Bakewell

Rob Bakewell has worked with Westwood Media since July 1999. He started as the Talent Coordinator on Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam & Zoids. He has voice directed such series as Trouble Chocolate, Project ARMS, Infinite Ryvius, Galaxy Angel (seasons 3 and 4), Popotan, Earth Defense Family, the 50th anniversary Tetsujin 28, Hikaru no Go and the feature Junkers, Come Here. This is Rob's three-peat to Anime Evolution, and he's pleased to be invited back.

Voice Acting Guests

* Michael Coleman

Michael Coleman established himself as a popular voice talent with appearances on popular anime and animation series as well live-action film and television. He is also an accomplished screenwriter and comedian. Among his credits are X-Men, Dragon Ball Z, Quintuplets, Ranma ½, Cardcaptors and Project ARMS. He is best known for his roles as “Chic Craate” from Infinite Ryvius and “Stan” from Hamtaro. Most recently, Michael appeared in the award-winning movie The Delicate Art of Parking. Michael is a local boy and this is his third appearance at AE.

* Michael Richard Dobson

Michael Richard Dobson, an accomplished award-winning actor, established himself as one of Vancouver's busiest and most versatile actors. He is in literally thousands of commercials, video games, and animated shows, as well as live action work in features, TV movies and television series and also a teacher and mentor to many of his peers. His best known movies and series include: Jin-Roh, Dragon Ball Z, Gundam Wing, Gundam Seed, Escaflowne and Hamataro.

* Keith Miller

Eighteen-year-old Keith Miller has been acting for over 13 years. Not only involved in on-screen roles and commercials, he is also quite successful in the voice-over industry. He enjoyed playing the voice of Bradley Morton in “What About Mimi?” for three seasons. He played a variety of characters in shows such as Gundam Seed, Infinite Ryvius and Inuyasha. His latest role is Kimihiro in “Hikaru no Go.”
Comic Guests

* Greg and Elizabeth Dean

Greg and Elizabeth are the team behind the web comic “Real Life Comics” at www.reallifecomics.com. Real Life Comics takes a fictional and funny look at their own lives with a quirky cast of characters and situations.

* David Stanworth

David has been interested in video games and animation for his entire life. When he realized he's FAR too worthless to do either he stuck with comics. Snafu-Comics started in the summer of 2002 and has quickly grown to incorporate five separate comics: ‘Snafu’, ‘Power Puff Girl Doujinshi’, ‘Grim Tales’, ‘Tin: The Incompetent Ninja’ and ‘Training Wheels’. Two more comics are already scheduled to become a part of the of the Snafu-Comics family. Expect teaser images at Anime Evolution!

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