Baltimore, MD (May 22, 2013) –
Otakon is pleased to announce the first time US convention
appearances of animators and character designers Shingo Adachi
and Tetsuya Kawakami
most recent notable work is on Sword Art Online
is an animator, character designer, and episodic director originally from Osaka. He
began his career Working!!
Studio. Adachi debuted as a character designer while Working!!
EXE+ and as an animation director with Megaman
EXE. Some of Adachi's recent
works include Sword Art Online
(Character Designer/ Chief Animation Director), WORKING!!
(Character Designer/ Chief Animation Director) and Shooting Star Rockman
Designer/Animation Director).Tetsuya Kawakami
is an animator and character designer originally from Osaka. He began his
for Studio Mu
. His debut as a character designer was with Shigofumi
: Letters from
the Departed and his debut as the key animation director with A Certain Magical Index
. Some of
Kawakami most notable works include Sword Art Online
(SubCharacter Design/ Chief Animation
Director), and Oreimo
(Chief Animation Director).
With support from Aniplex
, this will be Shingo Adachi
and Tetsuya Kawakami
's first time appearing
at a convention here in the US. They are looking forward to share their works including Sword Art
Online and more at Otakon.
Otakon 2013 will be held August 9-11 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.
ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its twentieth year, Otakon is an annual
celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of
fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding
of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently,
Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, citywide events, drawing over 32,000 people for three days
each year (for a paid attendance of over 89,000 turnstile attendees). Otakon is a membership based
convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvaniabased, 501(c)3 educational nonprofit whose
mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and
entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an allvolunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for
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