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Gacharic Spin To Perform At The 2015 J-Pop Summit!

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Gacharic Spin – an all-girl pop/rock band with influences ranging from dance and pop to rock and industrial – will be appearing for a special concert performance at the 2015 J-Pop Summit on Saturday, August 8th.

Follow the jump for details and to check out a couple impressive videos (these women can play!).

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2015 J-Pop Summit Introduces Japanese Technology Via Interactive Pavilion!

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Japan is known for its cutting edge technology and the 2015 J-Pop Summit is introducing its Interactive Pavilion to showcase some of the coolest new Japanese tech to North America.

The tech will be broken into three segments: Home, Work and Mobility – featuring the latest innovations from companies like Ricoh, Canon, Toshiba, and Jins. Plus, Kodansha Comics will be bringing the  Colossal Titan from its hit manga series Attack on titan.

2015 J-Pop Summit will take place August 8th and 9th at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco’s Marina district. Follow the jump for much more…

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2015 J-Pop Summit Unveils Opening Day Programming!

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Are you ready to rock? Need a laugh? both needs will be met, J-Pop style, during the opening day at the 2015 J-Pop Summit.

The Summit will feature live performances by a host of J-Pop acts including: JAM Project, Eir Aoi, Gacharic Spin, JinnyOops!, Akabane Vulgars on Strong Bypass, Faint?Star, FES?TIVE, Comedy Duo Jaru Jaru, and A Cappella Group Little Glee Monster, among others.

I find myself intrigued by the six-member all-female a cappella group, Little Glee Monster and wondering how comedy duo Jaru Jaru will be received. JAM Project (pictured above) – composed of five members, all of whom who renowned for their vocal work on anime shows – could also be very interesting.

For details on all the first day performers, follow the jump.

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VIZ Media Announces Plans and Activities – Including Sailor Moon Day – for 2015 Anime Expo!

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VIZ Media might just be taking over the 2015 Anime Expo, what with all the panels and activities it has planned for the four-day event.

To begin with, VIZ will celebrate Sailor Moon Day on Friday, July 3rd – which will see the publisher host a panel, an autograph session, a photo op and a cosplay gathering.

As well, VIZ plans panels and other events including the Shojo Beat Prize Wheel, Sailor Moon Tiara Giveaway & Quest for the Time Key and a poster giveaway. Plus, the appearance of Kanisama Kiss creator Julietta Suzuli for a panel and two autograph session.

A host of VIZ 2015 Anime Expo exclusives will be available at the VIZ retail area including (but not limited to): One Piece Exclusive Manga Replicas; Naruto Exclusive Manga Replicas; Weekly Shonen  Jump Annual Digital Subscription (Includes exclusive Game Mat and Collectible Yearbook (featuring NARUTO) and an exclusive YU-GI-OH! Promo Card: Frightfur Tiger); Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Exclusive 3D Poster, and Sailor Moon R Part 1 Limited Edition Combo Pack, prestreet with a gift with purchase.

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Kanisama Kiss Creator Named Special GoH at 2015 Anime Expo!

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Julietta Suzuki, creator of hit shojo manga series Kanisama Kiss, has been named a Special Guest of Honor at the 2015 Anime Expo.

Ms. Suzuki will appear in a panel and appear for two autograph sessions. This is her first-ever professional appearance outside Japan.

For further details, follow the jump.

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Illustrator Yusuke Nakamura Named a Guest of Honor at 2015 J-Pop Festival!

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Renowned contemporary pop artist Yusuke Nakamura – designer of album covers for Asian Kung Fu Generation as well as book covers for Tokuya Higashigawa’s Solve the Mystery after the Dinner and Tomihiko Morimi’s The Tatami Galaxy and Yoru ha Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome – has been named a Guest of Honor for the 2015 J-Pop Festival. The festival will take place on Saturday, August 8th and Sunday August 9th at the historic Fort Mason Center in San Francisco’s Marina district.

Details follow the jump.

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Fans of “Once Upon A Time” Set to Takeover Anaheim at RegalCon

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Anaheim brace yourself! Fans of the hit ABC series “Once Upon a Time” are headed your way May 8-10 in the first ever Regal Con fan convention. Your favorite stars such as Lana Parrilla (Evil Queen/Regina Mills), Rebecca Mader (Zelena/Wicked Witch) and Emilie de Ravin (Belle) just to name a few, are set to make an appearance with Q&A sessions, photo ops and VIP mixers not to mention a concert from rock group 45 Spacer where they will debut their latest tracks.

Ticket prices and convention detail after the jump!

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BOOM! Studios Announces Panels and Exclusives For Baltimore Comic-Con!

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BOOM! Studios wants to talk to you about what editors do (you know you want to know); show off some previously unseen work by legendary Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, and share with you the company’s achievements ad plans for the future and, not incidentally, provide you with some unique variant covers (like the cover for George Péréz’s Sirens #1 shown above) that will be exclusive to Baltimore Comic-Con attendees.

Learn the details (and feast your eyes on the artwork) after the jump. Baltimore Comic-Con runs from September 5th to 7th.

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Levitz, Martin, Stelfreeze, and Story Return to the Baltimore Comic-Con!

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Baltimore’s Inner Harbor comes alive with the Baltimore Comic-Con 3-day event Friday, September 5th thru Sunday, September 7 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Returning in 2014 are Paul Levitz, Laura Martin, Brian Stelfreeze, and Karl Story.

More details about the convention after the jump!

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Death Note Creator Takeshi Obata Appearing at New York Comic Con 2014!

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If you’ve read Death Note, Bakuman or All You Need Is Kill, then you know the talent possessed by manga artist Takeshi Obata. Obata will be appearing at New York Comic Con 2014 where he will be taking part on panels and having autograph sessions.

New York Comic Con 2014 will take place at the Javits Center October 9-12. Obata will be in attendance on October 9th and 10th. For details, follow the jump.

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