Anime Expo Announces New Form of Convention Communication Between Attendees and Amazing Oppurtunies

Jun 26th 2006
I-Show and the Gallery of Fantastic Art Brings Opportunities to All

Anaheim, California (June 26, 2006) ­In the attempt to bring new communication technologies and opportunities for attendees and artists at Anime Expo®, AX2006 announces the launch of the Anime Expo® I-Show (I-Show)and special exclusive opportunities which will be available ONLY at the Gallery of Fantastic Art (GoFA) at the nations largest Anime/Manga convention's 15th year anniversary at the Anaheim Convention Center July 1-4, 2006. More information is available at www.anime-expo.org.

The Anime Expo® I-Show is an informational and entertainment show used during intermission and seating periods between regularly programmed events. Similar to seating times at movie theaters, I-Show will feature Anime/Manga related trivia and information from organizations/industry companies including attendees who wish to send information to one another for meetings, cosplay gatherings and messages. Additionally I-Show will also provide information about events occurring on that day at Anime Expo®. It will also include updates and changes to scheduling that may affect programmed events.

The I-Show will name locations where attendees can purchase in-expensive advertisement slides to relay messages and contact each other. These slides will be available for purchase at the convention through the AX Merchandise area. Attendees interested in communicating on the I-Show will fill out a form when they buy their ad space at the AX Merchandise booth in which they can place their message on. The I-Show will also accept pre-printed ads, from attendees, in both color and black and white files on either CD or DVD (720 x 480 in size, landscape format, Image Files accepted ­ tiff, jpg and bmp. Ads will be in the I-Show the day after day of purchase.

The Gallery of Fantastic Art (GoFA), in conjunction with the Anime Expo® Art Show, is sponsoring an Illustration Contest open to all AX attendees! GoFA invites you to submit an illustration of any theme that best represents your portfolio. Illustrations must be submitted to GoFA (located next to the Art Show in the Exhibit Hall) by the end of the second day of the convention (Sunday, July 2nd). The GoFA staff will announce a winner the following day. The winner will be awarded a cash prize and a portfolio review by the director of GoFA himself! Only one entry per entrant, art must be their own original art (probably no fanart allowed), art must be submitted by 6pm day 2.

Previous galleries at Anime Expo have showcased valuable works by Murata Range, Shou Tajima, Yutaka Izubuti, Yuuji Kaida, Kia Asamiya, Takada Akemi, Yoshitoshi ABe, and production art from Samurai 7. This year they have teamed up with Geneon to bring us a stunning "Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo" gallery!

Individuals can now register via online (www.anime-expo.org ) for Anime Expo® 2006.

About Anime Expo®
Located in Anaheim, California - Anime Expo®, the North America¹s 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 (http://www.anime-expo.org/).

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 (http://www.spja.org/ ).

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