ConnectiCon 2005 Guest of Honor Announcement

ConnectiCon releases 3rd Annual Summer Anime/Gaming Convention Guests of Honor

HARTFORD, CT - March 22, 2005

ConnectiCon is held annually on the 3rd full weekend in July and draws fans of animation, comics, board games, role playing games, console and PC games, fantasy and science fiction. ConnectiCon attracts the attention of fans from all over the world. Attendance at this year's event is expected to be around 2,500 members up from nearly 1,800 in 2004 and 800 in 2003.

ConnectiCon also brings in guests from within the industries artists, writers, actors, musicians, game developers/designers, and directors to share their knowledge with the fans. Guests of Honor this year include:

Michael "Piano Squall" Gluck is a cosplaying pianist specializing in game and anime music performance. In his own words:
"It all started back in elementary school. I played my first Final Fantasy and fell in love with the music. At that point, I took up the piano to learn my favorite Final Fantasy songs and never stopped playing. Today, I enjoy arranging and performing just about any game or anime song that I hear."
Piano Squall has performed live at anime conventions such as Otakon, Kunicon, Connecticon 2004, and many more. He also tours at colleges around the country and enjoys giving concerts to raise money for various charities.
"There is nothing I love more than using my music to make people happy. I am honored to perform for you at Connecticon 2005."

Tiffany Grant is very excited to be attending her first ConnectiCon! Best known as Asuka from NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Tiffany was the first voice actor hired by AD Vision back in February 1994.
Since then, she has voiced characters well in over 550 TV episodes, OVAs & movies including Satellaݩn CHRONO CRUSADE, Kome in BLUE SEED, Madame President in GOLDEN BOY, Becky in GUN SMITH CATS, Dug Fin in DRAGON HALF, Kaorin in AZUMANGA DAIOH, Gema in PANYO PANYO DIGI CHARAT, Suzume in CYBER TEAM IN AKIHABARA and Dr. Tsukumoݩn WANDABA STYLE.
Ms. Grant has written the English dubbing scripts for the recent releases of ANGELIC LAYER, SISTER PRINCESS and HELLO KITTY'S ANIMATION THEATER as well as having adapted scripts for several of ADV's subtitled projects including fan favorite MIYUKI CHAN IN WONDERLAND and the live action film TOKYO - THE LAST MEGALOPOLIS.
Non-anime work includes the movie ARLINGTON ROAD (with Jeff Bridges), and the independent films FOUR DEEP and LAUGHING BOY (I have DVDs!) which has played to enthusiastic film festival & convention audiences in numerous cities including Chicago, New York, and L.A.
Tiffany has years of experience in theatre, commercials, industrial films, and many other odd jobs too numerous to mention. She also has an incurable Hello Kitty addiction! For more info, please visit: www.eva-r.com/tiff

David Williams has been with ADV Films from the company's beginnings when his living room was used as a production facility for their first show, Devil Hunter Yohko. A Jack-of-all-trades, he's worked as an ADR Director on several shows including D.N.Angel, Angelic Layer, Pretear, Najica, Aquarian Age, the original Nuku Nuku OVAs, Dirty Pair and others. As a DVD Producer he was the creative force behind the AD Vid-notes feature on several ADV titles and was intimately involved in DVD authoring and production. As some would say evil, company representative, he appears in online forums and, along with his traveling companion-the Suck Bunny, attends anime conventions where he is often seen giving out DVDs, manga, toys and other items to deserving (or sometimes just insane) fans. And his evil roots go deep as long before there was an anime industry in North America, he was simply a fan of anime, helping to create and organize anime clubs and screenings at conventions in his hometown of Houston, Texas. You can follow his antics (when he's not to busy to update) on his journal: http://www.livejournal.com/~dlw_fan_service

Chris "CJ" Johnston is the senior editor of Newtype USA, the English-language edition of Newtype-Japan's #1 source for information on anime and manga. But the job isn't just about getting paid to watch hours upon hours of anime, read manga and interview voice actors. It also includes lots of less glamorous (but still fun!) activities like planning, writing and editing the magazine's original US content, as well as helping adapt Newtype Japan's content for an English-speaking audience. Newtype USA recently celebrated its second year of publication.

Mike Connor writes and draws a bunch of webcomics, Noobity Comics being his most popular. A Connecticut resident with goals, or maybe delusions, of being able to make my way into publishing without ever once needing to use the accounting degree he's currently going for. (should there be more?) His my main draw as it is, is the aptly named "Noobity". He'd intended on having a storyline and this well-thought-out and funny bunch of revolving comics, but that never came to pass. Now it's just something kinda funny, and with absolutely no plot whatsoever, to keep everyone coming back to hear news about "Of Harmony", his print comic.

Please visit the ConnectiCon website: www.ConnectiCon.org for more up to the minute Guest of Honor information.

ABOUT CONNECTICON: ConnectiCon is a fan-based convention organized by fans for fans. ConnectiCon's mission is to improve the image of anime, comics, games, fantasy and science fiction as healthy, enjoyable forms of alternative educational entertainment.

ConnectiCon offers over 2,000 hours of planned events over three days including screenings of popular or up and coming anime, science fiction and fantasy movies and television series. Panels and workshops on costuming, drawing, animation cell painting, sculpting, voice acting, game design and other topics that would be of interest to our members. Video game tournaments for Halo 2, Dance Dance Revolution, Karaoke Revolution, Super Smash Brothers Melee, Mario Kart Double Dash, Burnout 3 Crash Party, Soul Calibur 2, and many more. Board game tournaments for Monopoly, Risk, Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico, Attika, Axis & Allies and others. RPGA (Role playing game association) sanctioned Dungeons and Dragons, Spycraft, D20 Modern and other events. Tabletop miniatures battle games such as Warhammer, Warhammer 40k, HeavyGear, Battletech, MageKnight, HeroClix, MechWarrior, and dozens of other games. ConnectiCon also features many special events like dances, costume & skit contests, and concerts!

ConnectiCon will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center on July 15-17, 2005 beginning at 8am on Friday and ending at 6pm on Sunday. Memberships for all three days are only $30 until May 1, 2005; $40 until June 25, 2005. Memberships will also be available at the convention. Pre-registration is available at the Dragon's Lair in West Hartford, CT; Sarge's Comics in New London, CT; DJ's Comics in Wallingford, CT; and Modern Myths in North Hampton, MA. Additional locations may follow.

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