Reactor Convention Makes Its First Guest Announcements for 2007

CHICAGO, IL (June 6th, 2007) - Reactor, a leading midwestern anime and comic book culture-building organization, is pleased to announce the first wave of confirmed guests for its 2007 fall convention.

"We are extremely excited about our guests for this year," said James Alsup, executive director for Reactor. "We're adding some exciting new faces and bringing back some popular old ones. We think our attendees will like what we have planned for them for this year?s event, which brings the best of comic book and anime worlds together."

New to Reactor for this year is Studio ONY, the husband and wife team of Richard and Shannon Townsend. Studio ONY produces the popular webcomic Otaku-no-Yen (Geeks Without Money). A self-taught artist in the manga and anime style, Shannon discovered anime more than a decade ago. Her work has been published in the Teenagers From Outer Space RPG book The Landing, Game Pro Magazine, and Katmandu Annual.

After a stint as a writer for A2 Press, a gaming Chicago gaming company, Richard Townsend decided to join his wife in the webcomic realm. He also speaks at libraries to help educate parents about anime and manga, spearheading numerous panels at conventions each year.

Industry veteran Keith Burgess returns to Reactor this year. The outspoken director of fan relations for Manga Entertainment is also an accomplished voice actor with several major roles to his credit. Notable roles include Akuma in the Street Fighter animated movies, Chinko Drill in Dead Leaves, and Suiko in Karas. When not traveling or working in the recording studio, Keith also serves as the executive producer of Firemonkey Productions.

Fan favorite Felipe Smith also joins Reactor?s extensive roster. Felipe's artistic talent has been showcased globally, including in both Argentina and Holland. In the U.S., Felipe is best known for his work on the underground comic MBQ. MBQ has garnered a diverse fanbase, with famous people such as Snoop Dogg supporting the semi-autobiographical comic.

College professor, sculptor and artist Melly Curphy's work has been seen in the cult favorite "A Scanner Darkly." As a freelance artist, Melly also designs highly detailed monster toys and costumes.

About Reactor

Created for fans by fans, Reactor reaches beyond current trends to introduce emerging artists and premiere pop culture products. Creative fan panels, seminars, and social activities make Reactor attractive to both new and experienced fans.

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