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2019 Industry Guest Announcement: Darius Hambleton

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Darius Hambleton proudly sponsored by our friends at Japanime Games! Darius Hambleton has always been a lifelong fan of comics, anime, video games and board games. While Strange Machine Games was founded by co-owner Jeff Mechlinski in 2015, in late 2017 Darius joined forces to take Strange Machine Games to the next level. SMG aims to make the most dynamic and interesting Board Game and RPG products on the…

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2019 Industry Guest Announcement: Jason Thompson

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Jason Thompson proudly sponsored by our friends at Japanime Games! Jason Thompson is the designer of the tabletop game Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics and co-designer of Cartooner (with Jumana Al Hashal).As the author of Manga: The Complete Guide, a manga reviewer for Otaku USA and Anime News Network, and a manga editor for VIZ for over 10 years (including working as the launch editor of the USA edition of SHONEN JUMP), he has…

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2019 Industry Guest Announcement: Eric Price

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Eric Price proudly sponsored by our friends at Japanime Games! Eric Price is the founder and President of Japanime Games. He began his journey in Table Top gaming in the 1990’s buying and trading collectible card games. Since establishing Japanime Games in 2010, Eric has produced over 30 titles from designers all over the world, and Japanime Games titles are now produced in 8 languages. Eric travels to Japan…

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2019 Industry Guest Announcement: Brett Finnell

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Brett Finnell proudly sponsored by our friends at Japanime Games! Brett Finnell has been designing board games since 2016 and watching anime since the late 80s. His first published title is Love Battle! High School, which translates the crazy antics of the harem genre into a playful but tactical board game. Brett tries to find interesting niche themes that reflect his eclectic tastes and turn them into games that…

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2019 Industry Announcement: Lumica

Lumica Corporation is the leading manufacturer of glow light products for both fishing range and novelty range. The company was established in 1979 in Fukuoka, Japan and now we have group companies in Korea, China, UK, Spain and USA. Schedule of Events

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2019 Industry Announcement: Crunchyroll

Please join us in giving a warm Anime Central welcome to Crunchyroll as a 2019 Industry Partner! Crunchyroll is a leading global destination and platform for Japanese anime and Asian content. Crunchyroll delivers more than 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of officially-licensed content from leading Asian media producers directly to viewers translated professionally in multiple languages within minutes of TV broadcast, through applications including Crunchyroll for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, Windows Phone, Playstation®3, Playstation®4, Playstation®Vita, Xbox LIVE® on Xbox 360…

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2019 Performer Announcement: Oriana Perón

Oriana Perón has been a cosplayer since 2006, when she first attended Anime Central, and a Drag Queen since 2013! She is an Indiana University-trained costume designer and wig stylist. “The Queen of Cosplay,” she is a highly sought-after performer and judge of cosplay competitions across the U.S. She independently produces and currently hosts Rupaul’s Drag Race live stream with Oriana Perón at The Back Door in Bloomington Indiana and is the Show Director for Drag Show Brunch at Scholar’s Keep. Oriana’s current goal is to bring ‘Queer…

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2019 Industry Announcement: Eleven Arts

ELEVEN ARTS is the distributor behind some of your favorite anime films, including Penguin Highway, Maquia, Liz and the Blue Bird, A Silent Voice, and many more! Visit our booth to purchase DVD/Blu-rays of our latest films, and buy exclusive merchandise.

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2019 Industry Announcement: Japanese Culture Center

The Japanese Culture Center was established in 1977 in Chicago by Aikido Shihan (Teacher of Teachers) and Zen Master Fumio Toyoda to make some of the martial arts, crafts, and philosophical riches of Japan available to the public. Today the JCC continues this tradition, offering classes in over a dozen martial and cultural arts. The Center is not a museum where lifeless objects are displayed; it is a school where living skills are passed on person to person from generation to generation.…

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