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    FanimeCon 2011 Updates

    New Guest of Honor and Featured Charities Announced Source: FanimeCon press releases Official Site: Special Thanks to Milton Le FanimeCon has provided some press updates regarding this year`s event, taking place Memorial Day weekend (May 27-30, 2011) at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center (150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose, CA 95113). FanimeCon 2011 Announces Animator Fumio Iida as a Guest of Honor FanimeCon welcomes animation director Fumio Iida, who will interact with fans during Gainax’s panels and autograph sessions at the 2011 show. In addition to being an animation director, Mr. Iida has experience as a character designer, illustrator, game creator, and manga artist. He draws manga under the name SUEZEN, and he has worked as an animator for companies like Tatsunoko Pro, Walt Disney Japan, 20th Century Fox, and now GAINAX. His credits include such acclaimed works as SUPER DIMENSION FORTRESS MACROSS: DO YOU REMEMBER LOVE? (????????? ??????????, Chou Jikyuu Yousai Macross: Ai, Oboete Imasuka, 1984), ROUJIN Z (???, 1991), and EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE (????????????: ?, Evangelion Shin Gekijoban: Ha, 2009). More information about FanimeCon 2011, including the times and places for Mr. Iida’s panels and autograph session, will be available at Visit the web site for the latest news about the convention as FanimeCon gears up for Memorial Day Weekend, 2011. FanimeCon Announces Featured Charities for 2011 San Jose, CA (May 16, 2011) – FanimeCon has chosen three featured charities for 2011: Cancer Support Community, American Red Cross of Silicon Valley, and APA of San Francisco. Fund-raising efforts will continue throughout the Memorial Day Weekend and culminate in a live Charity Auction event Sunday, May 29, at 3 p.m. in the San Jose Convention Center. FanimeCon’s Charity Auction receives donated goods and services from a variety of sources including dealers, sponsors, guests, industry, staff, and fans. Members bid on the goods in both silent and live auctions. FanimeCon’s parent organization, the Anime Resource Group, will match the entire dollar amount raised by the 2011 Charity Auction, and all of the proceeds will be divided evenly among the three chosen charities. Memorable donations from past years included unique artwork created by FanimeCon’s celebrity guests, autographed commemorative items, and a Nintendo Wii signed by many FanimeCon Guests of Honor across multiple years. Along with the auctions listed above, FanimeCon 2011 will also hold a special event to help support Japan after the devastating disaster struck in March. For a US$1 minimum donation, members will receive a sheet of origami paper to fold into a crane. In Japanese legend, cranes are said to live for a thousand years, and origami cranes symbolize world peace and wishes for recovery. All proceeds from the crane-folding event will go to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

    About FanimeCon

    FanimeCon is Northern California’s largest anime convention. Packed with videos, costumes, music, games, parties, tournaments, panels, and guests from around the world, this annual celebration of Japanese art and popular culture entertains a colorful spectrum of fans and friends. FanimeCon is “By Fans, For Fans”, and over 16,000 enthusiasts joined FanimeCon 2010. FanimeCon will return to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center during Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30, 2011. For more information, please contact FanimeCon Marketing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit
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