Sakura-Con Announces First 2007 Guests

Aug 2nd 2006
Seattle, WA- 8-01-2006 ANCEA (Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association) is proud to present the 10th annual Sakura-Con April 6-8th, 2007 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in beautiful Downtown Seattle. Sakura-Con is the oldest and most well attended anime convention in the Pacific Northwest. Member attendance for Sakura-Con 2007 is modestly projected to hit at least 9,000 individuals; with most members attending all three days! For 10 years Sakura-Con has been proudly all ages, all volunteer, non-profit and "for the fans, by the fans". Sakura-Con is a chance to celebrate the Japanese media fans love most-anime, manga, music and gaming-while exploring the broader world of Asian arts and culture!

Tenth anniversaries are special "once in a lifetime" events and Sakura-Con 2007 is no exception. All the great programming fans expect and more will be back, such as: industry guests, martial arts, cultural demonstrations, contests, music, cosplay (costuming), AMV's, discussion panels and film screenings. Special announcements are in the works. Be sure to keep checking www.sakuracon.org for the latest news.

For the first announcement of this special anniversary year- Sakura-Con wishes to warmly welcome Vic Mignoga for his first Sakura-Con and returning guest Doug Smith. Thank you to both guests for graciously agreeing to join the celebration!

Vic Mignogna is a well known professional music composer/producer and veteran actor who is currently known as the voice of Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist. Vic has seemingly countless anime voice acting credits to his name. Most recently he is playing the role of Hikaru in ADV's Macross. Vic is known for such roles as Dark in D.N.Angel, Tatsu in Peacemaker, Kurz in Full Metal Panic!, Broly in Dragon Ball Z, Kougagai in Saiyuki, Mamoru in RahXephon, Hiroki in Princess Nine, Goemon in Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Shougou in Megazone 23, Gawl in Generator Gawl, and in Playstation II games Unlimited Saga and Yū Yū Hakusho.

Doug Smith is a talented graphic artist and actor. He is best known to many anime fans for the lead character role of Kintaro Oe; the "learn by living" playboy hero of the Goldenboy series. Doug has also voiced leading and major characters in over 20 series including: Plastic Little, Bubblegum Crisis 2040, Dragon Night, Steam Detectives, and Blue Seed. But Sakura-Con will always remember and appreciate Doug most as the designer of our official logo. It's only fitting that he will be joining us for our 10th Anniversary.

Please join us for Sakura-Con 2007 as we celebrate our 10th amazing year. Pre-Register now and save substantially versus at door prices. For more information please visit our website at http://www.sakuracon.org.

FULL CONVENTION MEMBERSHIP RATES
$40 until 9-15-2006
$60 at the door
Children age 6-12 are half-price
Children under 6 are free

ANCEA is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about popular and traditional Asian media and culture.

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