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Voice Acting in Anime and Video Games – Comikaze Expo Panel

I truly admire voice actors for what they do. It’s a hard job and it is often underappreciated in entertainment. To do it well requires a greater range well beyond good theatrical acting since one is limited only to the voice and with so many restrictions on it and many “normal” actors can get quickly overwhelmed by the process.

Voice actor panels at conventions are chances -more rare for some more than others –  to have a frank conversation going between the actors and their fans. It is a cool opportunity to hear actors of all sorts speak about their experiences and personal thoughts but I find it even more intriguing when it involves actors that most fans know more by how they sound like than how they look like.

 

Some familiar faces….. 

The voice actor panel at Comikaze was a great way to start that Sunday morning.  It is not often that one can get   Stephanie Sheh (Orihime Inoue), Wendee Lee (Faye Valentine),  Spike Spencer (Shinj  Ikari), Christopher Smith (Tenchi Masaki),and  J. Patrick Lawlor (Bean Bandit) in the same room.

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We Heart Japan at Meltdown Comics

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  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.

Click here to check out my LA Weekly Slideshow and see more photos from the event!