Anime Expo Announces Exclusive 1st Ever Industry Round Robin Panel

Major Industry Players Participate in an Exclusive Industry Wide Panel at Anime Expo®

Anaheim, California (June 8, 2006) — Anime Expo® 2006 (AX2006) invites industry giants to a historic Round Robin discussion panel during the nations largest Anime/Manga convention's 15th year anniversary at the Anaheim Convention Center July 1-4, 2006. More information is available at

Moderated by an internationally respected critic and historian of animation who has written on the subject of anime for the New York Times, TV Guide, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, Modern Maturity, Film Comment, the Hollywood Reporter, the Manchester Guardian, and National Public Radio's Day To Day. The panel will consist of Chief Executive Officers (CEO), Presidents, Vice Presidents and other levels of upper management from companies such as ADV, Anime Expo®, Bandai Visual, Bang Zoom! Entertainment, E-Manga, FUNimation, Geneon Entertainment, Go! Media, Gonzo International, Society for the Promotion of Japanese Anime (SPJA), The Right Stuff, TokyoPop, Urban Vision Entertainment and Viz, LLC.

This Round Robin panel, entitled “ANIMATION EXPLOSION!”, will occur on July 1, 2006 (Saturday) from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm to a closed audience of only invited press. Topics to be discussed are the art, culture and commerce of animation while focusing on how Asian animation has affected consumer tastes, artistic styles and production here in the U.S. Additional topics to be covered will be industry status, industry obstacles and the future of the anime/manga industry. Attendees will be able to view the discussion on the AXBackstage website.

Individuals can now register via online ( for Anime Expo® 2006.

About Anime Expo®
Located in Anaheim, California - Anime Expo®, the North America's largest anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the industry to conduct business. AX 2006 will be held July 1 – 4, 2006 at the Anaheim Convention Center. More information can be found at its official website (

About SPJA
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more popularly known by its entertainment property – Anime Expo®. More information can be found at its official website (

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