Otakon Welcomes Back Peter S. Beagle

Baltimore, MD (July 18, 2012) - Otakon welcomes back writer Peter S. Beagle.

Peter S. Beagle was born in 1939 and raised in the Bronx, where he grew up surrounded by the
arts and education: both his parents were teachers, three of his uncles were gallery painters, and
his immigrant grandfather was a respected writer, in Hebrew, of Jewish fiction and folktales. As a
child Peter used to sit by himself in the stairwell of his apartment building, making up stories.
Today, thanks to classics like “The Last Unicorn”, “A Fine and Private Place”, and “Two Hearts,”
he is a living fantasy icon. Peter has written many teleplays and screenplays, including the
animated versions of The Lord of the Rings and The Last Unicorn, plus the fan-favorite “Sarek”
episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. His nonfiction book “I See By My Outfit” is considered
a classic of American travel writing, and he is also a gifted poet, lyricist, and singer/songwriter. He
currently makes his home in Oakland, California.

Already a famous book and movie, in 2011 “The Last Unicorn” also became a bestselling graphic
novel from IDW Publishing.

Otakon 2012 will be held July 27 – 29 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore,

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its nineteenth 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
31,000 people for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 85,000 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 2012, see http://www.otakon.com/

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