Anime Expo® 2008 Takes Over the Los Angeles Convention CenterJul 3rd 2008
New Full Service Registration System a Huge Success
Los Angeles, California (July 3, 2008) — Over 8,000+ extremely ecstatic
pre-registered attendees were able to obtain their badges and convention
items a day prior to the convention, within a time span of 30 minutes of
average waiting time for each individual, on July 2, 2008. With over 25,000
pre-registered attendees to date and only a portion of the available
terminals used for the initial test, the new full service registration
system at the nation's largest anime and manga convention has been proven to
be a huge success and will be able to handle the additional flow of
attendees in the next few days. Anime Expo® 2008 will be held from July 3-6,
2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. More
information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org
“This is an amazing system. People were very happy as they were able to utilize the self registration system so efficiently and easily” states Elizabeth Wang Anime Expo® 2008 Registration Director.
This new system will be employed for the huge anticipation of attendees who are gathering at the nation's largest anime and manga convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center this 4th of July weekend. Many attendees will be able to enjoy the Studio Ghibli inspired decorated registration hall as well as the themed entertainment within the space as they await their turns on the new registration hall system.
AXBackstage offers visitors an insider's look at the hottest anime/manga titles, exclusive interviews with Guests attending this year's hottest convention, video coverage of convention activities, attendee and convention photos/images, news and related peripherals. In addition, visitors can download up to date information and change/corrections in scheduled events, activities and much more. AXBackstage has launched on the world wide web at www.axbackstage.org.
The full list of official Anime Expo® 2008 Guests of Honor include up and coming director Masahiro Ando, legendary American voice actor David Hayter, famed POKEMON director Masamitsu Hidaka, the dynamic duo known as Jyukai, renowned animator Hiromi Kato, celebrated veteran voice actor Toshihiko Seki, the new Japanese “It-Girl” Shokotan and the legendary character designer Takada Akemi.
Attendees that have pre-registered can also update their information and add
on orders for main event tickets via the Anime Expo® 2008 Online
Registration Area at www.anime-expo.org
Free shuttle services for all hotel attendees will be provided. Regular non-hotel attendees will have access to utilize the free shuttle services during designated hours as well. All schedules and routes will be posted in the lobby of each shuttle hotel. Frequency of service is pending local traffic, road conditions and can change without notice. Also, no shuttle service provided to the Holiday Inn City Center and the Figueroa Hotel (both are within walking distance of the Los Angeles Convention Center).
Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video
coverage site of the 2007 convention at www.AXBackstage.org
This year's Red & Black Sponsors are FUNimation and ImaginAsian Television. Platinum Sponsor is Imagi Studios. Gold Sponsor is Digital Manga Publishing. Silver Sponsor is Gaia Online. Patron Sponsors are Central Park Media and COPIC Markers.
About Anime Expo®
Located in Los Angeles, California - Anime Expo®, the nation's largest anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the industry to conduct business. AX 2008 will be held July 3 – July 6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information can be found at its website (www.anime-expo.org).
About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more popularly known by its entertainment property – Anime Expo®. More information can be found at its website (www.spja.org
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