Kumoricon Announces its First Guests

Popular webcomic features CG-style art and highlights technology sphere

VANCOUVER, WA - Feb. 2, 2007 - Kumoricon proudly announces its first
guests of honor to its 5th-year anime convention, Applegeeks webcomic
artist Mohammad F. Haque "Hawk" and writer Ananth Panagariya.

Mohammad F. Haque draws Applegeeks and maintains the website. He also
works full-time at a firm in D.C. as a designer, illustrator, and
programmer. Hawk's artistic influences run the gamut, but there is a definite
mainstay in American comics--Spiderman and Batman are two of the
obvious ones. He has received an award nomination from CGTalk, the popular
online digital art forum. Hawk has also done work for a wide range of
people, mostly coloring: the Penny Arcade CCG, Megatokyo's Miho poster,
and the cover of Ctrl Alt Del: Vol. 1. He has also illustrated short
graphic stories Seven and Disconnect in the graphic novel anthologies
Disposable Parts and City Limits, respectively. Mohammad is also a college
graduate, having gained his degree from the University of Maryland,
College Park. His personal website can be found at www.hawkstudios.net,
which features a wide range of work.

Ananth Panagariya writes Applegeeks and other comic scripts in his
spare time. His interest has oscillated variously between American comics,
anime, manga, film, and more recently, American television (with the
advent of shows like LOST). He is currently working on a novel, and is
also an artist himself, able to draw with both real and digital media. He
graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2005,
and has since been working in the creative industry--first in VA, and
more recently at a firm in D.C. as a designer, illustrator, and most
recently animator. He has written graphic short stories for two graphic
novel anthologies: the stories are Seven, Disconnect, and
Transmigration--the first of which appeared in Disposable Parts, the last two appearing
in City Limits. His personal website is now a writing blog that can be
found at www.ahpcreate.com.


Kumoricon has moved to a new venue for its 5th year--the newly built
Vancouver Hilton and Convention center, located within the Portland, OR
metro area. Featuring anime viewing, cosplay, karaoke, fan fiction, a
large vendors' hall, a state-of-the-art gaming room, and much more,
Kumoricon promises an exciting experience for fans of anime, gaming, and
Japanese culture. Kumoricon's attendance has been growing every year with
2250 attendees in 2006.

Kumoricon well be held on Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3, 2007.
Pre-register now to save on your membership! Pre-registered attendees will
be mailed their souvenir badges to ensure a quick and easy entry into
the convention.
$30 until April 30
$35 until August 10
$40 at the door
Full details at www.kumoricon.org

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