With voice actor Mike Pollock (the voice of Dr Eggman, Bonaparte in Yu-Gi-Oh, and the narrator in Pokémon amongst dozens of other anime/gaming titles), David Vincent (Grimmjow from Bleach and many other anime titles), and many other guests announced, London Anime Con (20th-21st July) at the Rocket Centre is set to be a must-not-miss summer-event. Crammed full of anime, gaming and cosplay it offers not just a convention, but includes massive parties going on to 1am each night as part of the ticket.
You get all this and more for just £17 for the entire weekend, offering unbeatable value if you book now at http://www.londonanimecon.com The convention also offers low-priced hostel accommodation upon registering for those who are on a tight-budget.
Mike Pollock will be present for a free Sunday signing session as part of a special Super-Sonic-Sunday @ London Anime Con. He has featured in over 30 titles and you can view his full profile on wikipedia. Mike shall also be hosting a Q&A as well as a Voice-Acting workshop.
Both days will feature a massively expanded Cosplay and Gaming element, including the Masquerade, Cosplay Auction, Cosplay talks and panels, photoshoots and much more!
Gaming tournaments will include DDR, Smash, SSIV, Blazblue, Marvel v Capcom, Mario Kart, Halo 4, Gears of War, , retro speedruns on Sonic, Mario and more and all gaming tournaments will have cash prizes.
New to this London Anime Con will be the Cosplay Stars. At least ten of the best cosplayers from the UK (and a few from Europe) are being bought together to guest at the event and showcase their amazing costumes on the Sunday as part of what shall be a massively expanded Cosplay Masquerade.
Attendees will also be invited to participate, with the winner getting a £50 cash-prize and becoming a Cosplay Star for the next event! The Otaku Fashion Show will also take place on the Sunday, offering attendees and aspiring models to show off their unique style, be it lolita, goth, steampunk or anything different and special.
The event is also to have even more of a festival and party vibe with marquees set up in the large courtyard area next to the venue. This expansion shall give more space for attendees to relax and unwind. New areas will include a Maid Cafe, Cosplay Chillout Zone, internet shows chillout, an expanded anime screening area and a new LAN Zone for games such as Minecraft and League of Legends. That’s in addition to the Video Gaming Zone, Exhibitors, two stages of events, TCG Zone, Artist Alley and more to provide an action packed weekend.
To celebrate the event the organisers are currently running a series of ticket facebook contests hosted by their Cosplay Stars, (another new addition to the show with over 12 of the most well known cosplayers in the UK and Europe attending) with pairs of tickets up for grabs.
London Anime Con is well-known as being one of the world’s best anime events for live-music. Headlining this year are Yama-B, famously known as the co-founder and of top power metal band Galneryus. Top bands Of Fire and Fate and Legend In Japan will also be performing.
This is just a small sample of what London Anime Con has on offer, with more activities to engage in than ever before on both days. The event advises to make sure to come for both Saturday and Sunday to catch all the events and to experience everything on offer.
• You can read a full preview of what the event has in store at http://www.londonanimecon.com/activities.php
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.