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August 8 - August 10, 2014
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Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Home  //  Guests  //  Guests: 2013 Special Guests
Guests: 2013 Special Guests

This year several long time veterans come together to take an introspective look back at how the anime industry has developed over the years. Join us in welcoming as Special Guests:


Ken Iyadomi

Global Content Business Consultant for Namco Bandai Games, and currently working for PAC-MAN Ghostly Adventure Animation project, Formally known as President and CEO, Bandai Entertainment, Inc. (2007-2013 March),

Introduced many Japanese Animation to North America since 1989 such as Gunbuster, Gundam Franchise, Cowboy Bebop, Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and K-ON!

Also known for producing the Ghost in the Shell first movie and Ghost in the Shell SAC, Escaflowne movie and Eureka Seven TV series.

Shin Kurokawa Shin Kurokawa

Before switching over to the Japanese side of Anime production, and eventually into the world of post-production, restoration and CGI / Visual Effects for Hollywood movies and TV, Shin played a significant role in the modern US Anime industry since the late 1980's, while in his teens, as a co-founding member of the US-based Anime company, AnimEigo. Though his recent work all involve cutting-edge technology, he is an old-school, hand-painted-on-cel Anime fan at heart, preferring the "cheesiest shows" from the 70's he watched during his formative years in Tokyo, all while learning how to play disco music on the piano.

To commemorate Otakon's 20th, we are thrilled to have Shin and his fellow industry veteran pals to talk about what it was like to be a part of the Anime industry "back in the day".

Trish Ledoux Trish Ledoux

Writer, translator, actor, producer: "Animerica" founding editor Trish Ledoux has been active in anime and manga since the earliest days of the U.S. industry. Before becoming editor of "Animerica," Trish was editor of the Berkeley-based "Animag," one of the country's first professional anime magazines.

Trish has either written, translated or adapted from Japanese into English hundreds of projects. Among the many she has worked on, she counts "Galaxy Express," "Maison Ikkoku" and, of course, "Ranma 1/2" as her favorites. Trish is also the author, with Doug Ranney, of "The Complete Anime Guide," and editor, with Julie Davis, of "Anime Interviews: The First Five Years of Animerica."

As an actor, Trish is known for surprise cameo roles in fan favorites such as "Macross II" and "Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture." As a lead, she starred as "Princess Kahm" in the L.A. Hero anime adaptation of Johji Manabe's "Outlanders." As a producer, she has worked on "Project ARMS" and "Trouble Chocolate." She currently lives in Seattle with husband Toshifumi Yoshida and their son, Hajime.

Kevin McKeever Kevin McKeever

A graduate of the lighting design program from Emerson College, Kevin has been working in the entertainment industry for nearly 15 years. He has worked in theater production at world class venues such as the Goodspeed Opera House, the Emerson Majestic Theater, Foxwoods Casino, and the Mohegan Sun Resort which he helped open in 1996.

His television production credits include Jackass, Kids Say the Darnedest Things, Guinness Book of World Records, Krypton Factor,Farmclub.com, The 60's as well as various television commercials. His film credits include Mystery Men, For Love of the Game, and Billy Frankenstein. Kevin has also served as Assistant VP of Production for feature film producer and New York Times best-selling author Lynda Obst.

Kevin's first official assignment in the Robotech universe was as an audit of Robotech's television ratings and viewer demographics during its original run in the 1980s. Kevin's analysis of the ratings in a cost effective manner along with his years of production experience made him a natural candidate for the Robotech team.

Robert Napton Robert Napton

A graduate of the lighting design program from Emerson College, Kevin has been working in the entertainment industry for nearly 15 years. He has worked in theater production at world class venues such as the Goodspeed Opera House, the Emerson Majestic Theater, Foxwoods Casino, and the Mohegan Sun Resort which he helped open in 1996.

Robert Napton started in the US anime industry at Books Nippan/US Renditions in the late 1980s working on such projects as the Robotech CD and later served as a producer on the first licensed subtitle releases Gunbuster, Black Magic M66, and Appleseed.

He then joined Ken Iyadomi's LA Hero working on Giant Robo, The Guyver, and Macross II.

Robert moved from anime to comic book writing when he joined Image comics in the early 1990s.

He returned to the industry in 2004 at Bandai Entertainment as founding editor of the manga division. He later took on the dual role of director of marketing. When Bandai closed 8 years later he rode off into the anime sunset...kind of.

Toshifumi Yoshida Toshifumi Yoshida

Toshi has spent half his life reading comic books and watching cartoons for a living. During those two decades, he has worked on an anime magazine called "Animag," spent twelve years producing anime at Viz Media and two years as a producer at Bandai Entertainment.

Toshi's past credits include producing the English-language versions of "Ranma 1/2," "Inuyasha," "Kurokami: The Animation," and "Gurren Lagann" as well as numerous amounts of manga translations such as "Negima!" for Del Rey, "Eureka Seven" for Bandai Entertainment, and "Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service" for Dark Horse. For the last three years, he has been a producer for The Pokemon Company International, overseeing the localization of the "Pokemon" TV series and movies into English as well as 16+ languages across Europe and Latin America.

Toshi has been coming to Otakon off and on since 1997 and is happy to be back as a guest. He looks forward to hanging out again with everyone this year. As usual, if you're looking for Toshi, try looking for him in the "office" (a.k.a. hotel bar) first.

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