Anime Supercon Adds Nightmare Before Christmas Star Chris Sarandon to Oct. 31-Nov.2, 2008 Convention

OCT. 31 - NOV. 2, 2008


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Miami, FL - Anime Supercon is back and better than ever! South Florida's Anime, Animation, Manga, Comic Book & Cosplay Convention is set for the weekend of October 31, November 1 & November 2. Get ready for the biggest Halloween party in the south east in a new location: The Downtown Miami Hilton. The show will include celebrity guests, artists, writers, vendors, industry guests, Q&A's, parties, costume contests, anime programming, manga, cosplay, workshops, panels, cosplay photo shoots, raves and more!

Anime Supercon is proud to announce the addition of Chris Sarandon to our growing guest list. Chris Sarandon is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. He is best known for his role as Prince Humperdinck in the film The Princess Bride, as the voice of Jack Skellington from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas and its spin-offs, and for his Oscar-nominated performance as Leon in Dog Day Afternoon.

In 1968, Sarandon moved to New York, where he landed his first television role as Dr. Tom Halverson on The Guiding Light (1969-1973). He also appeared in the primetime TV movies The Satan Murders (1974) and Thursday's Game before landing the role of Al Pacino's overwrought transsexual wife in Dog Day Afternoon (1975), a performance which earned him nominations for Best New Male Star of the Year at the Golden Globes and the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award. He also appeared in a series of television roles, some of which (such as A Tale of Two Cities in 1980) mirrored his affinity for the classics. He also took roles in horror films, this time in co-leads, opposite the late Margaux Hemingway in the thriller Lipstick (1976) and as a demon in the shocker The Sentinel (1977). To avoid being type cast as creepy characters, Chris took on various roles in the years to come, portraying the title role in the made for television movie The Day Christ Died (1980). He received accolades for his portrayal of Sydney Carton in a made for television version of A Tale of Two Cities (1980), co-starred with Dennis Hopper in The Osterman Weekend (1983), which was based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name and co-starred with Goldie Hawn in Protocol (1984). These were followed by another success as the hypnotic vampire-next-door in the horror classic Fright Night (1985).

He is best known in the film industry for his role as Prince Humperdinck in Rob Reiner's 1987 film The Princess Bride and as the voice of Jack Skellington, the main character in Tim Burton's animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), and has since reprised the role in many other spinoff productions, including the Squaresoft/Disney video games Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II and the Capcom sequel to the original film, Oogie's Revenge. Sarandon also reprised his role as Jack Skellington for "Haunted Mansion Holiday", a three-month overlay of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, where Jack and his friends take over the Mansion in an attempt to run Christmas, much like his character in the film.

Other guests set for Anime Supercon include:

Yuri Lowenthal: Superstar voice actor Yuri Lowenthal is known the world over as Sasuke in Naruto (anime, movie and video games). In addition, Yuri is the voice of Superman in Superman and the Legion of Superheroes, The Prince in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, Ben in Ben 10: Alien Force, Marcus in Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles and dozens more! More information on Yuri can be found at

Steve Downes: The voice of Master Chief in the Halo series of video games makes his first ever convention appearance at A.S.C. In addition to his work on Halo, Steve is the voice of Gunnar in Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator and is the announcer for the Super Smash Bros. commercials.

Tara Platt: Superstar voice actress Tara Platt is best known as the voice of Temari of the Sand in Naruto. Her other roles include Dream Girl in Superman and the Legion of Superheroes, Genie - Isabel & Cassie in Halo 2, The Queen in MAR and dozens more. More information on Tara can be found at

Tommy Yune: Part of the Robotech 2008 tour, Tommy is a comic book creator and animator. In the comic book world, Tommy is known for his work on Speed Racer, Transformers, Battle of the Planets, Danger Girl: Kamikaze and Robotech. His video game credits include FX Fighter, Robotech: Battlecry and The Journeyman Project series. Tommy's first work in feature animation was creating the computer-generated opening sequence of Kevin Altieri's Gen 13. In 2001, he left Wildstorm to become creative director at Harmony Gold USA for the relaunch of Robotech. He is one of the persons behind the story of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles and directed the film.

Richard Epcar: Part of the Robotech 2008 tour, Richard is an American voice actor known for his work in Robotech (Ben Dixon, Lunk), Robotech II (Vince Grant), Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles (Vince Grant), Ghost in the Shell (Batou) and dozens more. In addition, he is also well-known for some of his past work in various Saban action shows. Some of his best-known roles from that era include the voice of Lightningborg in Beetleborgs Metallix, Barbarax in Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy, and Colonel Icebot in VR Troopers. He has also voiced many minor characters in the Power Rangers franchise.

Kevin Mckeever: Part of the Robotech 2008 tour, Kevin has been working in the entertainment industry for nearly 15 years and is the current Operations Coordinator for Harmony Gold as he works on marketing and production for the Robotech franchise.

DJ Heavygrinder: One of the hottest new DJ's to emerge from the West Coast's underground dance scene, DJ Heavygrinder made her way to LA after growing up in Japan and loves to spin hard house and drum and bass.

Tadahisa Yoshida: Japanese Visual Kei and JRock superstar Tadahisa Yoshida returns to Supercon for a second appearance. A singer/songwriter, Tada writes and performs all his own music and has been taking the west coast scene by storm.

akai SKY: akai SKY stands as the premier American JRock band in Northern California. The San Francisco-based band fuses Japanese pop lyrics and heavy rock sounds to create a unique mesh of music. The band tours all across California, as well as throughout the country, including Nevada and Texas. With a plethora of shows under their belts, akai SKY strives to share their distinctive sound with the international music scene.

Spike Spencer: Spike is a voice actor best known for his work on Neon Genesis Evangelion (Shinji Ikari), Martian Successor Nadesico (Akito Tenkawa) and Excel Saga (Shioji). A true renaissance man, Spike has a varied resume of regular acting work for television and film, plus has done extensive work for radio and video games (including World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade).

Dana Snyder: Dana may be best known as the voice of Master Shake in the Adult Swim series Aqua Teen Hunger Force, but his extensive list of credits also includes Chowder (Gazpacho), The Venture Brothers (The Alchemist), Squidbillies (Granny), Minoriteam (Dr. Wang), Sealab 2021 and Robot Chicken. Contrary to popular belief, Dana was NOT the "Food-Way Woman" in The Shawshank Redemption.

Ellyn Stern: An accomplished voice actress, Ellyn is best known for her work in anime such as Bleach (Masaki Kurosaki), Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (Haraway), Genma Wars, MAR & more! Ellyn is also the wife of fellow voice actor Richard Epcar.

Kill Miss Pretty: Spooky, punky, electro-popsters, Kill Miss Pretty spin their web of sound any way they choose, blending Rock, electronics, synthesis, groove and FUN into an over-the-top feast for the senses. Comprised of married super-duo Alicia "the Flexible" (Industrial Nation cover girl) on vocals, Russ (Cleopatra Records' Numb Ones) on Guitar/Synth/Programming, and all around wonder-chum Martin on bass, KMP has taken off on a fantastical journey that could lead them just about anywhere. Fans of the Faint and Jucifer will revel in KMP delectable grooves, while affecionados of fugazi-tinged razor guitar will find them irresistable. More information on KMP can be found at

George Moss: A guest artist, George is an accomplished artist and designer. His work can be found at and George's work has graced prints, CD's and T-Shirts.

Heather Scott: A guest artist, Heather's credits include Sivoa, Wyrm Eat Brain and Samurai Mushroom.

Chickenbox!: Musical guests Chickenbox! return to A.S.C. to bring their unique style of punk rock to the fans and to eat their food as well.

The convention hours of operation are:
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31: 4:00PM - 3:00AM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2: 11:00AM - 6:00PM

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Anime Supercon Tickets are currently available online.
General Admission (3) Day Weekend Pass
$30 if reserved between August 2 and October 1, 2008
$35 if reserved between October 1 and October 30, 2008
General Admission at the door is $35 for a weekend pass. Single day passes will be $20 for Friday or Sunday and $25 for Saturday.

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