Guest Information

Steve Bennett


Co-Founder
Studio Ironcat
Seattle, WA USA

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Biography:
Steve was born at Tachikawa Air Force Base in Tokyo, Japan. He grew up in a military family--his mom is from Japan and his dad was US Army. He lived in many places growing up--Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Germany, as well as Japan.

When Steve was a teenager his father got stationed in Korea and his mother moved Steve and his four brothers back to Tokyo to stay with family. While he was there, he was lucky enough to land a part-time job working with Noburu Furusei (New Dominion Tank Police, Lupin III, etc.) at Studio Aoehyma. Steve worked on series like Only You and Yamamoto, and learned as much as he could before the family returned to the States.

In 1995, Steve attended his first US convention--Katsucon 1. Since then, he's become a regular at conventions, as well as doing guest speaker gigs at institutions such as the Iowa Museum of Art, the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and Loyola University.

From 1997 to 2004, Steve's company-Studio Ironcat-published several manga titles in English. After Stuido Ironcat closed, Steve continued freelancing and got into webcomics, such as The Angel of St. Thomas, Shakespeare Rodeo, Life With Steve, and Aliens of Extraordinary Ability.

In December, 2008, Steve and his wife Nikki moved back to Japan and resided in the little city of Iwakuni (below Hiroshima.) Steve's new gig--Production Artist for the Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni.

After seven awesome years exploring Japan and Asia, he just recently moved back to the States to the Seattle area. He has found another niche-designing covers for Nikki's books, as well as other covers for her publication company, Firedrake Books. He has also gotten into tattoo design and am thinking up new comics.

 

 

Convention Guest Appearances:
1995
   Katsucon 1995 - February 17-19 in Virginia Beach, VA
   Otakon 1995 - September 1-4 in State College, PA
   Anime East 1995 - November 10-12 in East Brunswick, NJ
1996
   Katsucon 1996 - March 8-10 in Virginia Beach, VA
   Otakon 1996 - August 9-11 in Hunt Valley, MD
1997
   Katsucon 1997 - March 7-9 in Virginia Beach, VA
   Anime Express 1997 - April 25-27 in Daytona Beach, FL
   AnimeIowa 1997 - September 19-21 in Iowa City, IA
1998
   Katsucon 1998 - February 27 - March 1 in Alexandria, VA
   Animazement 1998 - March 20-22 in Raleigh, NC
   Anime Express 1998 - March 27-29 in Daytona Beach, FL
   Project: A-Kon 1998 - May 29-31 in Dallas, TX
   Nan Desu Kon 1998 - July 17-19 in Denver, CO
   AnimeIowa 1998 - September 18-20 in Iowa City, IA
1999
   Katsucon 1999 - February 12-14 in Arlington, VA
   FanimeCon 1999 - March 19-21 in San Jose, CA
   Project: A-Kon 1999 - June 4-6 in Dallas, TX
   Nekocon 1999 - November 5-7 in Virginia Beach, VA
2000
   Katsucon 2000 - February 11-13 in Arlington, VA
   FanimeCon 2000 - February 24-27 in Santa Clara, CA
   Otakon 2000 - August 4-6 in Baltimore, MD
   Anime Festival Orlando 2000 - August 19-20 in Kissimmee, FL
   AnimeIowa 2000 - September 1-3 in Cedar Rapids, IA
   Middle Tennessee Anime Convention 2000 - September 2 in Nashville, TN convention cancelled
   Anime USA 2000 - September 8-10 in Arlington, VA
   Anime Weekend Atlanta 2000 - October 6-8 in Dunwoody, GA
   Nekocon 2000 - October 27-29 in Chesapeake, VA
   SugoiCon 2000 - November 10-12 in Erlanger, KY
   Aka Kon 2000 - November 26-27 in Vancouver, BC
2001
   Katsucon 2001 - February 16-18 in Arlington, VA
   Anime Express 2001 - March 23-25 in Daytona Beach, FL
   FanimeCon 2001 - March 30 - April 1 in Santa Clara, CA
   Sakura-Con 2001 - April 27-29 in Everett, WA
   Anime North 2001 - May 25-27 in Rexdale, ON
   Anime Mid-Atlantic 2001 - June 15-17 in Richmond, VA
   JAFAX 2001 - June 23-24 in Allendale, MI
   Anime Festival Orlando 2001 - July 27-29 in Altamonte Springs, FL
   Otakon 2001 - August 10-12 in Baltimore, MD
   AnimeFEST 2001 - August 31 - September 3 in Dallas, TX
   Anime USA 2001 - October 12-14 in Arlington, VA
   SugoiCon 2001 - November 9-11 in Erlanger, KY
   Aka Kon 2001 - November 16-18 in Richmond, BC
2002
   Katsucon 2002 - February 15-17 in Baltimore, MD
   Anime Express 2002 - March 22-24 in Daytona Beach, FL
   Anime Central 2002 - April 19-21 in Rosemont, IL
   FanimeCon 2002 - April 26-28 in Santa Clara, CA
   Anime North 2002 - May 24-26 in Toronto, ON
   A-Kon 2002 - May 31 - June 2 in Dallas, TX
   Anime Mid-Atlantic 2002 - June 14-16 in Richmond, VA
   JAFAX 2002 - June 22-23 in Allendale, MI
   Otakon 2002 - July 26-28 in Baltimore, MD
   Middle Tennessee Anime Convention 2002 - August 9-11 in Nashville, TN
   Anime Festival Orlando 2002 - August 16-18 in Kissimmee, FL
   AnimeIowa 2002 - August 23-25 in Cedar Rapids, IA
   Numa Rei-No Con 2002 - September 7-8 in Kenner, LA
   Nan Desu Kan 2002 - September 20-22 in Denver, CO
   Anime Weekend Atlanta 2002 - September 27-29 in Atlanta, GA
   Anime USA 2002 - October 11-13 in Vienna, VA
   SugoiCon 2002 - October 18-20 in Erlanger, KY
   Nekocon 2002 - November 8-10 in Virginia Beach, VA
   C-kon 2002 - November 15-17 in Indianapolis, IN
2003
   Ohayocon 2003 - January 10-12 in Columbus, OH
   Ushicon 2003 - January 31 - February 2 in Austin, TX
   Katsucon 2003 - February 14-16 in Arlington, VA
   Anime Boston 2003 - April 18-20 in Boston, MA
   Anime North 2003 - May 16-18 in Toronto, ON
   A-Kon 2003 - May 30 - June 1 in Dallas, TX
   FanimeCon 2003 - June 20-22 in Santa Clara, CA
   Ikasucon 2003 - July 25-27 in Cincinnati, OH
   Anime Festival Orlando 2003 - August 1-3 in Orlando, FL
   Otakon 2003 - August 8-10 in Baltimore, MD
   AnimeIowa 2003 - August 22-24 in Cedar Rapids, IA
   Anime Weekend Atlanta 2003 - September 26-28 in Atlanta, GA
   AnimeNEXT 2003 - October 3-5 in Rye Brook, NY
   Kazecon 2003 - October 10-12 in Rosemont, IL
   Anime Reactor 2003 - October 24-26 in Rosemont, IL
   Nekocon 2003 - November 7-9 in Virginia Beach, VA
   Anime USA 2003 - November 21-23 in Vienna, VA
   ItzaCon 2003 - November 29-30 in Dallas, TX
   Numa Rei-No Con 2003 - December 12-14 in Metairie, LA
2004
   Ohayocon 2004 - January 23-25 in Columbus, OH
   Ushicon 2004 - January 30 - February 1 in Austin, TX
   Katsucon 2004 - February 13-15 in Arlington, VA
   Tekkoshocon 2004 - March 12-14 in Cranberry Township, PA
   Anime Express 2004 - March 19-21 in Daytona Beach, FL
   PersaCon 2004 - April 30 - May 2 in Madison, AL
   Anime North 2004 - May 21-23 in Toronto, ON
   Anime Mid-Atlantic 2004 - May 28-30 in Richmond, VA
   A-Kon 2004 - June 4-6 in Dallas, TX
   Ikasucon 2004 - July 16-18 in Cincinnati, OH
   O-ChibiCon 2004 - August 6-8 in Houston, TX cancelled appearance
   Anime Festival Orlando 2004 - August 6-8 in Orlando, FL
   Anime Reactor 2004 - October 22-24 in Rosemont, IL
   Anime USA 2004 - October 29-31 in Vienna, VA
   Nekocon 2004 - November 5-7 in Chesapeake, VA
   OtakuCon Miami Beach 2004 - December 17-19 in Miami, FL
2005
   Ohayocon 2005 - January 14-16 in Columbus, OH
   Ushicon 2005 - January 21-23 in Austin, TX
   Numa Rei-No Con 2005 - February 11-13 in Westwego, LA
   Kunicon St. Louis 2005 - March 4-6 in St. Louis, MO
   KamiKazeCon 2005 - March 25-27 in Houston, TX
   CNUcon 2005 - April 8-10 in Newport News, VA
   PersaCon 2005 - April 29 - May 1 in Madison, AL
   FanimeCon 2005 - May 27-30 in San Jose, CA
   A-Kon 2005 - June 3-5 in Dallas, TX
   Anime Mid-Atlantic 2005 - June 17-19 in Richmond, VA cancelled appearance
   Kunicon Denver 2005 - June 17-19 in Denver, CO
   ConnectiCon 2005 - July 15-17 in Hartford, CT
   Ikasucon 2005 - July 15-17 in Cincinnati, OH
   Anime Festival Orlando 2005 - August 5-7 in Orlando, FL
   Ani-Magic 2005 - September 30 - October 2 in Lancaster, CA
   Reactor 2005 - October 21-23 in Lincolnwood, IL
   Anime Vegas 2005 - October 28-30 in Las Vegas, NV
   Nekocon 2005 - November 4-6 in Hampton, VA
2006
   Ushicon 2006 - January 27-29 in Austin, TX
   Katsucon 2006 - February 17-19 in Washington, DC
   Naka-Kon 2006 - March 4-5 in Lawrence, KS
   Anime Express 2006 - March 17-19 in Daytona Beach, FL
   CNUcon 2006 - March 31 - April 2 in Newport News, VA
   Mobicon 2006 - May 19-21 in Mobile, AL
   Anime North 2006 - May 26-28 in Toronto, ON
   Metrocon 2006 - June 2-4 in Tampa, FL
   A-Kon 2006 - June 9-11 in Dallas, TX
   Anime Mid-Atlantic 2006 - June 16-18 in Richmond, VA
   AnimeIowa 2006 - August 4-6 in Cedar Rapids, IA
   Shimakon 2006 - September 22-24 in South Padre Island, TX
   Nan Desu Kan 2006 - October 6-8 in Denver, CO
   Metrocon: Amano's World 2006 - October 14-15 in Tampa, FL
   Bakuretsu Con 2006 - November 3-5 in Colchester, VT
   Nekocon 2006 - November 3-5 in Hampton, VA cancelled appearance
   Anime NebrasKon 2006 - November 17-19 in Lincoln, NE
   Phoenix Anime Festival 2006 - December 1-3 in Phoenix, AZ
2007
   Ikkicon 2007 - February 2-4 in Austin, TX
   Katsucon 2007 - February 16-18 in Washington, DC
   Naka-Kon 2007 - March 2-4 in Kansas City, MO
   Anime St. Louis 2007 - April 20-22 in St. Louis, MO
   Tora-Con 2007 - April 28 in Rochester, NY cancelled appearance
   Anime Central 2007 - May 11-13 in Rosemont, IL
   Mobicon 2007 - May 18-20 in Mobile, AL
   Anime North 2007 - May 25-27 in Toronto, ON
   A-Kon 2007 - June 1-3 in Dallas, TX
   PersaCon 2007 - June 15-17 in Huntsville, AL
   Metrocon 2007 - July 6-8 in Tampa, FL
   ConnectiCon 2007 - July 13-15 in Hartford, CT
   Nan Desu Kan 2007 - September 14-16 in Denver, CO
   Shimakon 2007 - October 5-7 in South Padre Island, TX cancelled appearance
   Oni-Con 2007 - October 19-21 in Houston, TX cancelled appearance
   JaniCon 2007 - November 2-4 in Jacksonville, FL
   Bakuretsu Con 2007 - November 9-11 in Colchester, VT
   Anime NebrasKon 2007 - November 16-18 in Lincoln, NE
   Anime South 2007 - December 28-30 in Destin, FL
2008
   Ikkicon 2008 - February 8-10 in Austin, TX
   Katsucon 2008 - February 15-17 in Washington, DC
   Anime Express 2008 - March 21-23 in Daytona Beach, FL
   Anime St. Louis 2008 - March 28-30 in St. Louis, MO
   JACON 2008 - May 16-18 in Orlando, FL
   Anime North 2008 - May 23-25 in Toronto, ON
   A-Kon 2008 - May 30 - June 1 in Dallas, TX
   AnimeNEXT 2008 - June 20-22 in Secaucus, NJ
   PersaCon 2008 - June 27-29 in Huntsville, AL
   Metrocon 2008 - July 18-20 in Tampa, FL
   Otaku Mex 2008 - September 5-7 in Albuquerque, NM
   Nan Desu Kan 2008 - September 12-14 in Denver, CO
   Shimakon 2008 - October 3-5 in South Padre Island, TX convention postponed
   SITACon 2008 - October 10-12 in Utica, NY
   Anime X Gamer Experience 2008 - October 17-19 in St. Augustine, FL
   Tigercon 2008 - November 1 in Towson, MD cancelled appearance
2009
   Katsucon 2009 - February 13-15 in Arlington, VA
   Anime St. Louis 2009 - March 27-29 in St. Charles, MO
   JACON 2009 - May 22-24 in Orlando, FL
   A-Kon 2009 - May 29-31 in Dallas, TX
   Ani-Magic 2009 - October 9-11 in Palmdale, CA
2010
   Anime North 2010 - May 28-30 in Toronto, ON
   A-Kon 2010 - June 4-6 in Dallas, TX
2011
   Katsucon 2011 - February 18-20 in National Harbor, MD
   A-Kon 2011 - June 10-12 in Dallas, TX cancelled appearance
2012
   Anime North 2012 - May 25-27 in Toronto, ON
   A-Kon 2012 - June 1-3 in Dallas, TX
2013
   Katsucon 2013 - February 15-17 in National Harbor, MD
   BelleCON 2013 - May 10-12 in Jacksonville, FL
   Anime North 2013 - May 24-26 in Toronto, ON
2014
   Katsucon 2014 - February 14-16 in National Harbor, MD
   Youmacon 2014 - October 30 - November 2 in Detroit, MI
2016
   Katsucon 2016 - February 12-14 in National Harbor, MD
   Florida Anime Experience 2016 - April 22-24 in Kissimmee, FL
   Anime North 2016 - May 27-29 in Toronto, ON
   A-Kon 2016 - June 3-5 in Dallas, TX
   Metrocon 2016 - July 21-24 in Tampa, FL
   AnimeIowa 2016 - July 29-31 in Coralville, IA
   Anime Iwai 2016 - November 11-13 in Deerfield Beach, FL
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