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Shoujocon announces Guests

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
Azusa Kurokawa, Bill Timoney and more.

Excerpts from Press release:

Shoujocon, the world's first convention dedicated to the celebration of girls' and women's anime (animation) and manga (comics) from Japan, is proud to announce their 2002 Guest Roster. Taking place July 19-22, 2002 at the East Brunswick Hilton and Towers, Shoujocon will provide programming and events that cater to fans of such anime and manga series as Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura and Knight Hunters (Weiss Kreuz), among others.

Shoujocon's scheduled Guests will include personalities both in the professional anime and manga industry, as well as fan-run organizations that promote women's roles in the publication and readership of female-oriented comics in North America. The 2002 Guests are as follows:

Azusa Kurokawa, Shoujocon's Japanese Guest of Honor, is a professional mangaka (comics artist) who has published 18 tankoubon (anthologies/graphic novels) including Kaeranai Natsu, Amai sankaku, and Shounen Shinshi S. Diverse in style and story, Ms. Kurokawa's works run the gamut from shoujo (girls' and women's comics) to shounen (boys' comics) to ladies' stories to yaoi (male/male stories geared to a predominantly female readership).

Bill Timoney, also known as Billy Regan, comes to Shoujocon as its 2002 North American Industry Guest. Bill is a professional voice actor, director and casting director who has done work with dubbing many anime series popular with shoujo fans such as Record of Lodoss War, Trigun, Lain, and Cowboy Bebop, to name just a few.

Umbrella Studios, Shoujocon's 2002 Fan Guests of Honor, is a fan-run online and print publishing enterprise as well as a club consisting of shoujo fans and friends with a deep love for beautiful stories and art. They specialize in short-run self-publishing of both fanworks and original comics and anthologies and have produced over forty publications in the past three years.

Friends of Lulu, the Organization Guests for 2002, are a non-profit group created by comic fans and professionals to promote both women's roles in the American comic book industry, and more female readership of comics. Its members work to break through the stereotypes in the comic book area and to create opportunities for female fans and creators alike to succeed.

Please note that scheduled guests are subject to change.

For more information about Shoujocon, its guests and the Shoujo Arts Society, please visit Shoujocon on the World Wide Web, at http://www.shoujocon.com/.

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