First Details For Anime Feature Inside Portland’s Comic ConPortland, OR (March 31, 2018) – Portland’s Rose City Comic Con (RCCC) today announced the launch of Animebashi powered by Tokyo Otaku Mode – an exciting new feature inside this year’s RCCC on Sept. 7-9, 2018 in the Oregon Convention Center. Animebashi powered by Tokyo Otaku Mode is part of RCCC, and RCCC admission includes access to this new hub highlighting Japanese pop culture guests, activities, exhibits, and special events. Animebashi’s first announcements include voice actors Max Mittelman, Lex Lang, Ray Chase, Robbie Daymond, and Sandy Fox, and the official Pacific Northwest stop of the Dragon Ball North America Tour.
Rose City Comic Con, launched in 2012, draws 70,000 fans from throughout Portland, Seattle, and as far away as Vancouver and California. It’s been home to guests including Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, Peter Capaldi, Felicia Day, Matt Fraction, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Brian Michael Bendis and showcased publishers such as Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Skybound, Valiant, IDW, and BOOM.
One of the fastest growing pop culture events in the US, RCCC features a wealth of comic book, television, and movie guests, features, and exhibits, and with the launch of Animebashi powered by Tokyo Otaku Mode, RCCC will now welcome the worlds of anime and manga.
“Every year, fans ask us for anime and manga guests and events,” said Ron Brister, founder of Rose City Comic Con. “We’re listening and are excited to give our community three full days of unique anime guests and special events as part of RCCC this year. Bashi is a Japanese word for bridge, and we look for Animebashi to be our bridge to Japan!”
Animebashi is created in partnership with Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll, RCCC’s sister show in New York, NY. Anime NYC, which takes place each November, is New York City’s largest anime convention, and the Anime NYC team will work with RCCC to build Animebashi into an exciting, authentic experience for all participants.
Numerous guest and special event announcements will be made throughout the summer, with Animebashi powered by Tokyo Otaku Mode kicking off with a bevy of news:
- Animebashi welcomes Tokyo Otaku Mode as its title sponsor. Based in Tokyo, Japan and with a US headquarters in Portland, Tokyo Otaku Mode is an online portal bringing official and original Japanese toys, accessories, and apparel to fans around the globe. Tokyo Otaku Mode also shares the latest Japanese pop culture news through its Facebook page, which has over 20 million likes as of May 2018. More Tokyo Otaku Mode details will be revealed soon.
- Animebashi welcomes the Dragon Ball North America Tour. The Dragon Ball North America Tour is a traveling celebration of all things Dragon Ball, and Portland is its official Pacific Northwest stop. The tour will feature exclusives and activities from Dragon Ball FighterZ, Dragon Ball Legends, the Dragon Ball Super Card Game, Bluefin, Tamashii Nations, Figure-Rise, Bandai Shokugan, Gashapon, Banpresto, Dragon Stars, and more.
- Voice actors Max Mittelman, Lex Lang, Ray Chase, Robbie Daymond, and Sandy Fox will all take part as official guests – signing autographs and speaking with fans. Max Mittelman is most known as Saitama in One-Punch Man, Resasuke in Aggretsuko, and Ritsu Kageyama in Mob Psycho 100; Lex Lang is known for voicing WarGreymon and Omnimon in Digimon, Soichiro Kuzuki in Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, and voice directing Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans; Ray Chase is known as Noctis Lucis Caelum in Final Fantasy XV and Roswaal L. Mathers in Re:Zero; Robbie Daymond is known for his role as Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon Crystal, Prompto in Final Fantasy XV, and Mumen Rider in One-Punch Man; and Sandy Fox is most known as Chibiusa and Black Lady in Sailor Moon Crystal.
- Abby Denson, artist, cartoonist, and author of the Cool Japan Guide and Cool Tokyo Guide, the first graphic novel travel guides to Japan, will sign copies of her books and speak with fans about the best places to visit, eat, and have fun in Japan.
Animebashi powered by Tokyo Otaku Mode is fully part of Rose City Comic Con. It will include a dedicated 10,000+ square foot pavilion on the RCCC show floor, talks and signings with anime guests from America and Japan, and discussions and screenings with anime and manga publishers and experts – and all of this is free with a RCCC badge. All its events all included with admission into RCCC, and there’s no separate ticket for Animebashi.
Rose City Comic Con will continue to announce Animebashi guests and events throughout the summer, and fans wanting to learn the latest news can follow RCCC on Facebook and Twitter. Tickets to Rose City Comic Con – which include access to all Animebashi features – are available now.
About Rose City Comic Con:
Rose City Comic Con is Portland, Oregon’s comic and pop culture convention. Launched by Ron and Paula Brister in 2011, RCCC is one of the largest and fastest growing fan conventions in the United States. Rose City’s 2018 event will be September 7-9, at the Oregon Convention Center. For more, visit rosecitycomiccon.com.
About Anime NYC Powered By Crunchyroll:
Anime NYC is New York City’s anime convention! A showcase of the best of Japanese pop culture in the biggest city in America, Anime NYC brings anime fans and publishers together for three days of unique exhibits, exclusive screenings, extensive panels, and appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan. This year’s event takes place November 16-18 in New York’s Javits Center, and we invite you to join over 30,000 fans for a celebration of Japanese animation, manga, cosplay, movies, food, fashion, travel, technology, toys, and games in the heart of NYC! For more, visit animenyc.com.
About LeftField Media:
LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the ever-evolving needs of businesses and their consumers as well as new opportunities created by change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to business. LeftField’s portfolio includes Play Fair (playfairny.com), a family-focused celebration of toys and play built with the Toy Association; Awesome Con (awesomecon.com), Washington DC’s Comic Con; Rose City Comic Con (rosecitycomiccon.com), Portland, Oregon’s Comic Con; Anime NYC (animenyc.com), a Japanese pop culture festival presented by Crunchyroll; and the Classic Auto Show (theclassicautoshow.com), a classic and vintage auto show launched in Los Angeles. LeftField Media is headquartered in historic Trumbull, CT. (leftfieldmedia.com)