Manga Creator Felipe Smith to Appear at Otakon® 2010

Baltimore, MD (July 8, 2010) – Manga artist/creator Felipe Smith will appear at Otakon 2010. Smith is one of the few successful non-Japanese mangaka working in Japan today.

Born in 1978 in Akron, Ohio, and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Smith graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. After winning second place in Tokyopop's 2004 Rising Stars of Manga, he published his first three-volume series, MBQ, through the same publisher.

In 2008 he earned the opportunity to publish his next series, PEEPO CHOO, in Morning 2 monthly magazine, published by Kodansha, Japan's largest publisher. PEEPO CHOO Vol. 1 is now available in the U.S., in English, through Vertical, Inc.

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.

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