Otakon 2010 Welcomes Michael Sinterniklaas

Baltimore, MD (July 7, 2010) – In a welcome addition, Otakon will once more host triple threat Michael Sinterniklaas. A 16-year veteran of the anime industry, Sinterniklaas founded the recording studio NYAV Post LLC in 2000, which now has facilities in both New York and Los Angeles.

Sinterniklaas has been busy at work this year voice acting in and directing two new “top secret” original animated series, one for Cartoon Network and one for Nickelodeon, that will premiere later this year, as well as the second season of Speed Racer for Nicktoons. In the world of anime, Sinterniklaas has been directing Sunrise's new hit Gundam Unicorn OAV, and producing and acting in Funimation's two new Slayers series in the role of Xellos. His other acting projects this year include Funimation's Eden of the East and Basara, as well as Viz Media's Naruto, Monster and Bleach.

His game credits include the Basara video game for CAPCOM, and the final boss Orphan in Final Fantasy XIII. Last but not least, Sinterniklaas finished up season four of Adult Swim's The Venture Brothers, in which he plays Dean Venture.

In the realm of live action, Sinterniklaas lent his voice to the Russian blockbuster The Black Lightning as the lead Dima, and getting out of the booth for a stint, Michael got in front of the camera to shoot the feature film Trivial Pursuits, which is just about to wrap up post production.

Other work fans might recognize include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, Kappa Mikey, Yu-Gi- Oh!, Shaman King, Freedom, Fullmetal Alchemist, The Sky Crawlers, Gao Gai Gar, Kurokami, Pokémon, Samurai 7, D Grey-Man, Berserk, Mushi Shi, Burst Angel, Magic Users Club, Jungle Emperor Leo and Glass Fleet, to name but a few.

Otakon 2010 will be held July 30 – August 1 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its seventeenth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 25,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 70,000 "turnstile" attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp

For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2010, see http://www.otakon.com/

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