I’m still getting caught up from being in Japan last week, but I figured I’d better address something that happened right before I left the country since (you know) if it’s on the Internet it MUST be true, right?
Last year, Wasabi Anime® (Green Mustard Entertainment, Inc.) added two new conventions to our lineup – PinUpalooza and WasabiCon – which has kept us busier than expected. Currently, we also have two additional new shows in the design phase for later this year and 2014. As such, myself and the Wasabi Anime Team are pursuing other opportunities and will no longer be directly involved with Project Anime. The conference will be run exclusively by the SPJA (the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation) going forward.
Also: the decision to part ways on Project Anime was not an easy one, but it WAS an amicable one. Marc Perez and his team have the full support of myself and GME as they continue to expand Project Anime under the vision we designed together… connecting organizers of Japanese culture conventions with rights holders, production & distribution companies, vendors and each other for the purpose of enhancing and growing the Japanese culture industry domestically and internationally. As a matter of fact, I made it a point to attend the Project Anime Japan Industry Party in Tokyo last week to show my support personally – hence the cool photo in this post.
As one of the conference’s original architects and as the guy who named “Project Anime,” I look forward to seeing the SPJA expand the concept further in the coming years.
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