Gary Sohmers is one of the founders of Pop Culture Expo in Boston during Memorial Day weekend this year — plus, he is officially the coolest person we’ve had the pleasure of having on the podcast! He spoke to us about his vision for Pop Culture Expo and the industry as he has seen it evolve over the years.
Warner Brother’s (and the Warner Sister) Animaniacs shaped my childhood and fed my already wacky-off-putting-sense-of-humor. Rob Paulsen, known as the voice of Yakko and Pinky, has been doing a live version his podcast show to the Jon Lovitz Podcast Theater, bringing along his fellow voice actors to talk and sing to fans. On Friday night, April 12th 2013, he finally brought his co-stars to the show, Tress MacNeille (Dot) and Jess Harnell (Wakko). I was lucky enough to snag tickets to this sold out show and finally see all three of my childhood heroes on stage.
I didn’t really realize how big the Doctor Who universe was until I went to Gallifrey One this past weekend. I didn’t realize that there is also an ongoing audio series! They are known as the Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories.Â I attended the panel called Travels With the Doctor with three of the voice actors: Beth Chalmers, Lisa Greenwood and Philip Olivier.
Olivier is particularly popular among Whovians who were familiar with the audio stories. I think it was mostly because he’s good looking and he plays one of the Doctor’s companions, a character named Hex. Greenwood also plays a companion to the 6th Dcotor named Flip and Chalmers plays a companion to the 7th Doctor named Raine. Love their characters’ names, personally.
On St. Patrick’s Day, Meltdown Comics hosted a charity art event called We Heart Japan. Since I would be missing the rest of the charity art shows that weekend, I wanted to attend at least one event– and it has been awhile since I’ve made a stop at Meltdown Comics! My friend and co-worker, Liz Ohanesian, covered the event that night for LA Weekly and I accompanied her as her photographer. I got to watch her be a pro and interview some of the voice actors and artists that night!
The event was Â put together by Stephanie Sheh, an American voice actress who has worked within the anime industry primarily. She recruited a long list of voice actors to come out and do autograph signings. Among the few actors present were Wendee Lee, Crispin Freeman, Travis Willingham and Daran Norris. There were a lot of wonderful artwork that were donated by different artists inside Meltdown’s art gallery.
We also got to see friends all night. Mike of The Wandering Kaijyu and Daniella of All About Manga were both present at the party. My friend, Shing,creator of Marlowe the Monster, was one of the artist who donated art and also volunteered for most of the night.
Money raised during the event and from the art sales went towards the aid of victims in Japan from the earthquake and tsunami.
Check out Liz’s blog on LA Weekly’s Style Council for a full report: Voice Actors, Artists and Anime Fans Say ‘We Heart Japan’ at Meltdown Comics.