Two New BAAF Guests

posted on by George Phillips
Tommy Ohtsuka (Saber Marionette, Orphen, Slayers Special), and Yoshihiro Komada (the manga version of Slayers Premium), both of Studio Zombie, are the latest confirmed guests of the Big Apple Anime Fest this fall.

JUNE 6, 2002-New York (NY): The Big Apple Anime Fest (BAAF), a weekend long celebration of Anime Manga Culture announced that manga artist, Tommy Ohtsuka, and manga writer, Yoshihiro Komada, the co-founders of Studio Zombie, have been confirmed as guests of honor at BAAF 2002. Ohtsuka and Komada will be appearing at both BAAF 2002 and Anime Expo NY (AXNY) events in Times Square, August 30 ~ September 2, 2002.

As the Red & Black Sponsor of AXNY, its highest-level sponsor category, BAAF, which has been called "The Cannes Film Festival of Anime Manga Culture", will be overseeing a variety of activities during the labor-day weekend festivities, including many Guest of Honor appearances, the BAAF Film Festival, and the BAAF Symposium.

Mr. Tommy Ohtsuka, co-founder of Studio Zombie, had his humble beginnings as a manga artist at Waseda University's "Easy-Man" manga club. After honing his talents as a comic artist (and meeting future partner Yoshihiro Komada in the process), Ohtsuka became an office worker. After unexpectedly bumping into his old friend Komada, he quit his job to help found the studio, debuting Shinobu Spirit, which ran in Comic Dragon Magazine in 1997.

Among Otsuka's many hit series are Saber Marionette, Orphen, and Slayers Special, which has been appearing in Dragon Jr. magazine since 1999. Collaborating with Komada, he has also worked on the manga version of the film Slayers Premium, and together they are working on the new Slayers project, Sui-Ryu-Oh no Kishi. Ohtsuka's other projects include The Slayers card game and Pah nano ga goo, a strip in Bandai Visual's promotional magazine BEAT.

Mr. Yoshihiro Komada, co-founder of Studio Zombie, met his future partner Tommy Ohtsuka at Waseda University's manga club "Easy-Man." But it wasn't until years later when they bumped into each other on the street that the ball started rolling on the team that would bring the insanely popular Slayers anime to manga pages. Komada quit his desk job and became the team' s full-time writer.

Among Komada's many works is the manga version of Slayers Premium. Originally a movie, Komada wasn't satisfied with a simple manga adaptation, and added new twists and features that only appear in the manga version. Lately, he's been working on a new Slayers series called Sui Ryu-Oh no Kishi, featuring new characters and twists in the expanding Slayers universe!

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