Japan's first North American Summit! + AA reg starts 3/3
Why is anime so popular with western fans? Japan wants to know! The Consulate-General of Japan in Denver and the Rocky Mountain Anime Association aim to try and find the reason why, with the blessings of the Japanese government. Approximately 200 invited guests and six keynote speakers will discuss anime’s history, production and cultural appeal with solo lectures and a full-panel roundtable. This is the first time Japan has explored this issue in North America.
In addition to Consul-General Ikuhiko Ono, SANA will host the following experts: Jerry Beck (animation historian, former studio owner and co-founder of popular blog “Cartoon Brew”), Christopher Bevins (ADR director, script adaptor and voice actor), Dr. Ian Condry (cultural anthropologist and associate professor of Japanese cultural studies at MIT), Dr. Alisa Freedman (author and associate professor of Japanese literature and film at University of Oregon), Kevin McKeever (director of marketing at Harmony Gold) and Sarah Sullivan (convention and events manager, FUNimation Entertainment).
Want to go? Due to limited time and space, this March 23 event is invitation only. But members of the general public can win access by participating in the essay contest explaining why anime appeals to them. Entries are due by March 15. Good luck!
After SANA, the RMAA will share the results with the Consulate General of Japan and their colleagues in Tokyo. Plus, various lectures and roundtables will be accessible on iTunes (as downloadable podcasts), as well as our official YouTube channel.
Interested in an Artists Alley table? Registration begins March 3 and ends March 17. Winners will be announced on March 24.