When I was a CPAC I asked the venders to tell me about their initiatives to help raise money for Japan, there were a few who where raising money to send over to Japan, but unfortunately only one ever got back to me!
On January 27 I posted an interview with the founders of KeepAnimeAlive.com, Colin Harvie and Chris Perry, about their desire to take a stand against piracy and fansubs and to try and inform the anime public about its harms and their impact on the industry. This week, as posted on Monday’s Reference Resource Mondays, KeepAnimeAlive made a fairly big announcement: ANIMAINE, which is happening November 18-20 at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn & Governors Conference Center in South Portland Maine. Naturally, I had to ask them a couple of questions about this con, and just like back in January, they were gracious enough to answer these questions via email.
Yesterday I went on a one trip journey towards Times Square, considered one of the locales in the grand state of New York City, Manhattan. On my journey for knowledge, research, and power, I stopped by Japanese Bookstore Kinokuniya, getting ready to do my research on a Mangaka who somehow came to America (after being at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival over the weekend) when three things became apparent.
I think most anime fans who have gone to conventions or are just fans of anime in general know exactly who Uncle Yo is. If they don’t, well they do now! A hilariously funny man on stage and very passionate about his anime on and off it, at Castle Point Anime Convention I was able to ask Uncle Yo a few questions right after his performance.
In this day and age in the anime industry, voice actors dubbing anime have become scarce. Some companies have turned to just purchasing the rights and just selling them with subtitles (I’m looking at you, Section23films), while others aren’t able to at all (see: anime companies that have shut down). But there are still voice actors in the anime industry and many good ones as well. On Sunday I got the chance to interview Michele Knotz, the voice of Jessie and Nurse Joy in Pokemon, and Bill Rogers, the voice of Brock, at Castle Point Anime Convention.
Well, my goal is to have interviews from different people every Thursday, so I apologize for a lack of one last week. But I hope to make this a long trend here, so today, I’m interviewing the mastermind behind Shoujo Manga.com, Emily. If you’re not sure on what Shoujo to read, Emily will have a good list–and as the title implies, it can be random.
For years now there has been a fine line that existed that has one side supporting the creators of their favorite anime and manga, purchasing some or all of their merchandise; while we have the other side who want to read the latest Weekly Shonen Jump quickly or watch the anime as it comes out illegally, as it costs no money to do either.
However, a movement started during the summer that ANN posted in September called ”Sustain the Industry,” which was started by a fan to encourage others to make a monthly purchase of an anime or manga product and post a video on Youtube showing what they brought (along with the receipt). On Jan 14, KeepAnimeAlive.com, a site discouraging illegal downloads and promoting the anime industry, was launched. I recently reached out to the founders of KAA, Colin Harvie and Chris Perry, and they took the time to answer a few questions I sent by e-mail.