Otakon 2014 to Host Sailor Moon SaturdayJul 23rd 2014
Baltimore, MD (July 22, 2014) – Viz Media and Otakorp, Inc. are pleased to announce special programming for Saturday at Otakon 2014, which will see an official celebration of 20 years of Sailor Moon. The day will be filled with screenings, panels, autograph sessions, and special events.
On Saturday morning, cosplayers will attempt to break the record (set last month at Anime Expo) for the largest gathering of Sailor Moon cosplayers in the U.S.
In the afternoon, Otakon will host a special screening of the new dubbed classic Sailor Moon episodes, presented by Viz, with a Q&A featuring the official English voices of Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask, Stephanie Sheh and Robbie Daymond. This event will also include an advance screening of two additional episodes never seen before.
Otakon will also host the Official Sailor Moon Autograph Session, which will feature both cast members as well as an exclusive poster.
In the evening, there will be screening of the first two episodes of the new series, Sailor Moon Crystal.
In addition to these specific events, Viz will be present throughout the weekend in the Dealers' Hall, and will also bring several unique items for Otakon:
1. Sailor Moon Coin - Exclusive color for Otakon 2014! These are the 1.5" metal medallion coins for the official Sailor Moon stamp rally. Fans can get one for free just for completing the Sailor Moon stamp rally. Just ask one of the official Sailor Guardians at the VIZ booth to get your stamp card and help Sailor Moon defeat the Dark Kingdom! *Limited quantity per day*
2. Sailor Moon premiere event shirt - Exclusive to Otakon 2014 and only a limited quantity will be available! These stylish shirts are super soft 100% premium cotton in deep heather silver with bright metallic pink lettering. Both ladies' and men's sizes available (S, M, L, XL, XXL). Once they are gone, they are gone forever, so be sure to come to the VIZ booth to get yours and show your support for Sailor Moon in North America!
3. Sailor Moon Event Poster - Printed on elegant matte finish thick card stock, these 12" X 18" posters will be given out at the Official Sailor Moon panel as well as at the Official Sailor Moon Autograph Session with Stephanie Sheh and Robbie Daymond, voices of Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask! They are free, but quantities are limited.
In addition to all the official events on Saturday, there are many unofficial activities throughout the weekend in honor of Sailor Moon. For times and locations, please check the official Otakon schedule when it becomes available.
Otakon 2014 will be held August 8-10 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.
ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its twenty first 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, city-wide events, drawing over 34,000 people for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 100,000 turnstile attendees). Otakon is a membership based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.
For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2014, see http://www.otakon.com/