Hetalia Invades Matsuricon

Matsuricon announces finalized guest list, including 3 from "Hetalia: Axis Powers!

COLUMBUS, OH - July 29, 2010 - Matsuricon is happy to announce it's final round of guest - artist Michael Poe from Caffeine Angel Studios and Studio Akumakaze, along with voice actors Brina Palencia, Scott Freeman, and Eric Vale

Michael Poe is the creator of the award-winning online comics Errant Story and Exploitation Now. Poe has continued to work in webcomics for more than a decade, and was one of the first in the field to also be successfully published in print. Poe's comics can be found online at www.ErrantStory.com and www.ExploitationNow.com.

Studio Akumakaze is a comic book studio based out of Dayton, Ohio. Best known for their sci-fi manga-style comic Scrap, they have gone from a gathering of four guys in June 2007 to one of the rising stars of independent comics. Representing the studio this year is Jahmal Ard, Chris Hoskins, Bjay Johnson, Jacob Newell, and Julie Wright.

Brina Palencia is a voice actress, and music director for Funimation and an assistant director for Okratron5000. Her voice acting highlights include: Nina Tucker in Full Metal Alchemist, Yue in Negima, Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece, Yin in Darker Than Black, Priscilla in Claymore, Ennis in Baccano, Rei Ayanami in Evangelion 1.0, Juliet in Romeo X Juliet, and Yumi Azusa in Soul Eater.

Scott has been working at Funimation roughly five years as a voice actor. Only in the last year or so he has begun playing larger parts, and his success in voice acting has grown. A few of the titles he can be heard in are Hetalia (as Britain), Pirates: One Piece (as Yasopp and Kamakiri), Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie - Conqueror of Shamballa, Big Windup, Desert Punk, Initial D, KenIchi, Linebarrels of Iron, Romeo X Juliet, Soul Eater, and The Tower of Druaga series.

Eric Vale is going to take over the world. Actually, he's just an actor who has spent a lot of time under lock and key in sound booths voicing anime characters such as Trunks in Dragon Ball Z, Sanji in One Piece, Yuki in Fruits Basket, and Kymblee in Fullmetal Alchemist among many others. Eric has also spent time as an ADR director in addition to scripting over fifty anime programs as Head Writer with FUNimation Productions.

Matsuricon also has voice actor/singer Stephanie Young, animator/musician David Brehm, voice actors Micah Solusod, Sonny Strait, Kyle Hebert, Internet Personality Doug "The Nostalgia Critic" Walker, Robotech Marketing Coordinator Kevin McKeever, and artists No Need for Bushido and Mindy Timpone.

Remember to stay tuned to our website at www.matsuricon.org, our twitter feed (@matsuricon), and our Facebook for the latest news and happenings with Matsuricon!

About MatsuriCon:
Matsuricon is an annual Japanese pop-culture event that focuses primarily on Japanese animation (known as "anime"), manga (Japanese graphic novels), and video games. We also showcase both American and Japanese popular culture, due to the natural overlap of fandom from both genres.

We are considered a "family friendly" event. Most of our panels are all ages unless otherwise stated. We do showcase certain events that are not appropriate for attendees under the age of 18, and our convention staffers check the IDs of all attendees before they enter these events. Because of our "family friendly" image, our mascots are a "traditional" Japanese family consisting of a father, a mother, a son, a daughter, and a dog.

Matsuricon's goal is to promote the cultural awareness of japanese pop-culture through related events, special guest speakers and cultural presentations.

Matsuricon 2010 is from August 13-15th, 2010 at the Doubletree Columbus-Worthington. More info can be found at www.matsuricon.org.

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