Japanese Manga Artist Kia Asamiya Announced as a Official Guest of FanimeCon 2012

San Jose, CA (May 6, 2012) – FanimeCon announced today that Japanese manga artist Kia Asamiya will be appearing at FanimeCon 2012, taking place during Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28 in downtown San Jose, CA.

Kia Asamiya has been involved in print and visual media for almost three decades. He made his manga debut with the series Shin Seiki Vagrants in 1986, and then went on to work on Silent Möbius and Martian Successor Nadesico, both which were marketed into numerous media types. During the earlier parts of his career, Kia Asamiya used his real name, Michitaka Kikuchi, while he worked on anime titles such as Sonic Soldier Borgman and Project A-ko. After shifting his focus to becoming a manga artist, Kikuchi switched to the pen name, Kia Asamiya, while still maintaining a separate career as Kikuchi.

As a manga artist, Kia Asamiya has a large number of works in both American comics and Japanese manga. Asamiya's work includes Corrector Yui, Möbius Klein, Junk – Record of Last Hero and the manga adaptation of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Asamiya's contribution to American comics allowed him to work on some of his favorite franchises including Batman, Hellboy and Uncanny X-Men. He is continuing the series Kanojo no Carrera and Himegami Gadget on FLEX COMICS, as well as the monster design for the TV series Kamen Rider Fourze.

Kia Asamiya is well known for being accessible to fans. His website http://www.tron.co.jp is regularly updated with announcements, news, and information about his studio, TRON. He is also regularly involved with his Official Fan Club, providing updates and announcements regarding his work.

FanimeCon is excited to have Kia Asamiya as a Guest of Honor and look forward his interaction with convention members.The programming schedule for Kia Asamiya will be available on http://www.fanime.com as the convention draws closer.

About FanimeCon – FanimeCon is Northern California's largest anime convention. Packed with videos, costumes, music, games, parties, tournaments, panels, and guests from around the world, this annual celebration of Japanese art and popular culture entertains a colorful spectrum of fans and friends. FanimeCon is “By Fans, For Fans”, and over 20,000 enthusiasts joined the fun at FanimeCon 2011. FanimeCon will return to downtown San Jose during Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, 2012. For more information, please contact FanimeCon Marketing at [email protected] or visit www.fanime.com.

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