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We are currently putting on a series of digital events throughout ACen weekend so we can all still come together and celebrate our community! These events will take place May 14th through May 17th, 2020.  We will be posting the schedule of events soon on our website and social media accounts.

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Many of our Retailers and Artists make their living by exhibiting at shows like ours across the country. Attendees have asked us how they can support them through these times. We encourage the community, if they can, to support these groups by purchasing their merchandise. Let’s all do what we can to support them digitally since we can not join together in person this year!

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Hiroshi Seko: 2020 Guest Announcement

Hiroshi Seko is a veteran Japanese screenplay writer born and raised in Nagoya. In 2005, he joined Gainax. He was first in charge of the scripts for Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (2007) and continued on to Gurren Lagann Parallel Works 2 (2009). He later became a freelance writer after working on Attack on Titan (2013), and continues to contribute his writing for TV series such as Inuyashiki, Seraph of the End, BANANAFISH, Dorohedoro, and his latest hit series Vinland…

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Shuhei Yabuta: 2020 Guest Announcement

Shuhei Yabuta was born in 1980 in Yokohama, and spent his childhood in Greenwich, Connecticut. In 2004, Yabuta began his career in 3DCG and filming for video games, anime and slot machine. He started working mainly on anime with IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix (2005), and continued on to pursue his career as the 3D CG director for Iron Man (the anime series) in 2010. Yabuta began to learn storyboarding and directing from the TV series Sunday Without God (2013), and…

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Soapbubble Auditions 2020

It’s about that time where we will be opening up Soapbubble auditions for dancers and DJs for 2020! This year the Soapbubble will be our EDM event on the Friday night of our convention. Auditions for DJs Send a 10-minute demo showcasing your genre of choice and technical skill to soapbubble@acen.org. Along with your demo, you need to include a resume of the gigs you have performed at and details of your DJ experience. The best of the submissions will be…

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Tia Ballard: 2020 Guest Announcement

Tia Ballard is a Texas gal born in the briar patch of Paris, Texas. She began her career in the industry while still in college, and has worked professionally as an actor, writer, and director. She graduated with a double Bachelors in Speech & Communication and Theatre Arts from Texas A&M, and also has both an Associates and a teaching degree. Currently she is directing the dub of the anime adaptions of A3! and starring as Nene in Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun.…

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Monica Rial: 2020 Guest Announcement

Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for over 20 years and is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the US. She has lent her voice to hundreds of anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Card Captor Sakura: Clear Card (Sakura), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman Wonderland (Shiro), Fairy Tail (Mirajane), Food Wars (Jun), Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (May Chang), Golden Kamuy (Asirpa), ID: Invaded (Hondomachi), Maid-sama (Misaki), My Hero Academia (Tsuyu),…

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Tony Oliver: 2020 Guest Announcement

TONY OLIVER, who was named to IMDB’s top 20 all time Anime Voice Actors list, began his career as an actor on stage and camera performing in several feature films and dozens of plays. He found success as a voice over artist, lending his voice to one of the first foreign made animated features to receive wide US release The Sea Prince and the Fire Child. His first foray into television was as the voice of Rick Hunter in the…

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Eric Maruscak: 2020 Special Entertainer

Eric Maruscak is an artist who has been appearing at conventions across the United States, making giant chalk murals as performance art since 2006. He has appeared at Anime Central for our 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 convention’s creating such works as the a Madoka Magika mural, as well as appearing at a number of New York Comic Cons, the San Diego Comic Con, the New York Anime Festival, the Baltimore Otakon, the Penny Arcade Expo, Star…

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2020 Guest Announcement: OLDCODEX

OLDCODEX is a Japanese band formed in 2009.  With a unique combination of vocalist Ta_2 and painter YORKE., OLDCODEX performs songs of rock and dance music elements while creating artistic visuals to please the eyes as well. OLDCODEX has provided their songs to several hit anime titles including Free!, Free!: Eternal Summer, Free!: Dive to the Future, all 3 seasons and movies of Kuroko’s Basketball, God Eater, Servamp, and more. Their band name OLDCODEX was created by combining the words…

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2020 Guest Announcement: Luci Christian

Luci Christian is a voice actress and ADR script writer at Funimation and Seraphim Digital/Sentai Filmworks. In 2007, the American Anime Awards nominated her for Best Actress for her work in Princess Tutu as the lead role of Ahiru, and Best Actress in a Comedy for her work in Desert Punk, Negima and Nerima Daikon Brothers. Luci has provided many voices for English versions of Japanese anime series and films. Most recently she can be heard as Yurin in Dragon Ball…

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