Bring the family nerds to Anime Central, May 18-20, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, and stay at the nearby and affordable Elk Grove Chicago Hotel!
Among other delights, Anime Central will welcome Takeshi Nogami as a 2018 Guest of Honor! He is a Mangaka and artist with current projects such as “Girls und Panzer – The Samurai,” “Warrior with the Red Ribbon,” and “Maki the Shidenkai Pilot!”
Other guests include: Erica Mendez (voice actress); Troy Oliver (Top 20 all-time anime voice actors); Mitsuo Iso (freelance animator, director, and screenwriter); Project B.B. Concept Art (a crossover/unification between Kenichi Sonoda’s action works such as Gunsmith Cats and Riding Bean); Takahiro Yoshimatsu (“Hunter x Hunter,” “Slayers the Movie,” “TRIGUN,” “Jubei-chan,” “Muryou Gakuen Senki,” “Ninja Scroll,” “Fullmetal Alchemist Chibi Party,” “Panyo Panyo Digi Carat,” and “Digi Carat, the Super Milk Chan Show” and many more);
Mamoru Yokota (producer for “Air Movie,” “Kanon TV show” and the animation director for “Death Note.” He was the character designer for “Magical Kanan,” “Angelium,” “Rune Soldier Louie” and “Naruto Shippuden”); Bryce Papenbrook professional voice over artist since the age of eight; Kenichi Sonada original creator of “riding Bean,” as well as director, character designer, mechanic setting designer, and storyboard artist, becoming one of the few mangaka to contribute heavily to the storyboarding of an adaptation of their own manga); Cherami Leigh (over 100 anime projects including “Lucy” in “Fairy Tail, “Asuna” in “Sword Art Online”, “Road” in “D. Grayman,” “Lizzie” in “Black Butler,” “Mai” in “Ghost Hunt”); and many more!
The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center is located at 5555 North River Road in Rosemont. For tickets and a full schedule of events, go online to http://www.acen.org/ registrations/registration-info/ and follow the prompts.
The Elk Grove Chicago Hotel, located just minutes away from Anime Central at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, offers affordable, comfortable rooms with amenities such as an indoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. Our local shuttle can take you to Woodfield Mall, Allstate Arena, and O’Hare Field. Ask about our popular Park, Stay and Fly special rates!