San Japan Announces Second Round of Guests for 2010 Convention

The Protomen making a grand Rock Opera music performance in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – February 16th, 2010 – San Japan, San Antonio's major Japanese Culture and Anime Convention, has announced the second round of guests for its upcoming convention happening on July 9th-11th, 2010. San Japan is proud to announce that the rock opera band The Protomen will making their San Antonio musical debut performance along with appearances by manga writer Tina Anderson and cosplay group We *Heart* Card Games Productions.

The Protomen were conceived in 1987, when a diminutive Mississippi child was given a gift for his kindergarten graduation — A small grey cartridge with a rather misrepresentative cover art. At that moment, six other children, of varied statures and geographical locales, were also given these cartridges, and thus their grooming began. Sixteen years later, in the middle of the state of volunteers and under the tutelage of Doug Mitchell, their paths converged, their fates were made known, and their assembly was made complete. They then set out their mission: to purge the world of the evil that had been brought on by the new wave of music with naught to say and to revive the rock opera. They retreated from the world into an underground bunker called the Thundercon, where they remain to this day, planning their insurrection against evil and deciphering the ancient writings on the wall thereof that the old story might be told. According to the most recent information available, the Protomen are tenfold in number

Tina Anderson is an American gensaku-sha [writer of manga] whose titles have been published in North America by Yaoi Press and Class Comics and in Germany by The Wild Side and Fireangels Verlag. Her best known works include the WW2 drama Only Words, the short King's Masterpiece for the popular Yaoi Hentai series, and the historical horror novel Gadarene. She'll have three new titles coming up this year from Digital Manga Publishing, via their site: the ice-age yaoi comedy Loud Snow [illustrated by fellow guest Amelie Belcher], Volume 2 of the critically acclaimed yaoi Games with Me, and the gangster romance Roulette.

Ex-Shadow and Malindachan have been actively making cosplay costumes and attending conventions since 2007. They have continued to challenge themselves and rise to the occasion with each new character they bring to life, and have won many awards for their accomplishments. These two cosplayers are members of a cosplay circle known as “We *Heart* Card Games” Productions, a group of friends from Missouri that come from different cosplay backgrounds but all share a common interest: cosplaying and having as much fun as possible.

San Japan will be happening will on the weekend of July 9th – 11th, 2010 in the middle of the famous Riverwalk at the new convention location to happen at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, adjacent to the Rivercenter Mall. Pre-registration is currently open for $30 for a discount 3-day weekend pass. Hotel rooms will be available at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel for a special convention rate of $117 per night (normal nightly rate is $219). Pre-registration is open until June 10th and the discount hotel rates are available until June 17th, . For more information on registration along with streaming music tracks of the performing music guests can be found at the official San Japan website at

San Japan, LLC, is a not-for-profit organization devoted to bringing an appreciation of Japanese culture “state-side” through a variety of high-quality educational activities and entertainment events. In addition to the planned annual convention, San Antonio's first major Japanese culture and Anime convention, San Japan also participates throughout the Alamo City in a number of events such as the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures Asian Cultural Fair.

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