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Jan Scott-Frazier


Director / Translator / Jane-of-all-trades
Denver, CO USA

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Biography:
In 1987, Jan's obsession with anime overpowered her common sense (and ardent desire to remain stuck forever as a Radio Shack salesperson) and she moved to Japan to pursue a career in the anime industry. She attended the International Animation Institute where she was made a teacher almost a year before graduation. She went on to work at a number of small production companies learning about the various stages of the animation production process. Despite the best efforts of the Japanese Immigration Bureau (bad attitude) and the Chinese Army (bad marksmanship) to keep her from her goal, Jan went to work for Artland in 1989 in the production department, a first for a foreigner. She worked on RikiOh 2, Locke the Superman (OVA), Shurato (OVA), Bubblegum Crash (OVA) and Tottoi (feature).
With the experience of teaching animation production techniques all around Asia, Jan founded her own full production company, TAO Corporation Ltd., in Bangkok, Thailand in 1991. TAO did work on Moldiver, Diary of Mikan, Genocyber and SWAT Kats amongst others. In 1994, Jan moved into consulting work, freelancing for Cambridge Animation Systems the developers of Animo (a computer assisted (2D) animation production system).
Also in 1994, Jan co-founded GENESIS Digital Publishing Company with Izumi Matsumoto (Kimagure Orange Road) where they created Comic ON, a CD-ROM manga compendium in which Jan made her manga debut with her original digital graphic novel Transcendence. The first volume of Comic ON was released in 1996 and it went on to be the one of the top selling non-game CD-ROM titles in Japan of that year.
In 1995 she went to work for Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell, Blood) as the president of Production I.G. USA and a producer and technical director on the Japanese side. She was technical director of the animation for the Grandstream Saga, Madou Monogatari, and Kyoushin Senki games as well as working on the Panzer Dragoon OVA. She left Production IG in early 1998 to pursue a career as a freelance director.
In 1999 Jan directed episodes of Susie-chan & Marvy (TV) and spent most of the year working on the development of original TV series projects.
In 2000, Jan moved back to the USA to work at Celsys USA on the development of the next generation of the RETAS digital production system. She continues to develop original projects for television, OVA, music video and feature film release, music videos and commercials.
Jan has traveled extensively throughout Asia and the US teaching animation techniques and speaking at conventions. She has also written and co-written magazine articles and textbooks about cel production, animation, and computer animation.
Jan also does body art (both henna art and tattoo design), plans and throws amazing parties, translates Japanese manga and anime shows into English and is working hard to learn to teach yoga.
She is currently writing a book about her experiences in the anime industry and cons which will be available in April or May of 2006.

 

 

Convention Guest Appearances:
1993
   Anime Expo 1993 - July 2-4 in Oakland, CA
1994
   Anime Expo 1994 - July 1-3 in Anaheim, CA
1995
   Katsucon 1995 - February 17-19 in Virginia Beach, VA
   Anime Expo 1995 - June 30 - July 2 in Los Angeles, CA
1996
   Katsucon 1996 - March 8-10 in Virginia Beach, VA
   Project: A-Kon 1996 - May 31 - June 2 in Addison, TX
   Anime Expo 1996 - June 28-30 in Anaheim, CA
1997
   Katsucon 1997 - March 7-9 in Virginia Beach, VA
   Project: A-Kon 1997 - May 30 - June 1 in Addison, TX
   Anime Expo 1997 - July 4-7 in Los Angeles, CA
   Otakon 1997 - August 8-10 in Hunt Valley, MD
1998
   Katsucon 1998 - February 27 - March 1 in Alexandria, VA
   Anime Express 1998 - March 27-29 in Daytona Beach, FL
   Anime Central 1998 - April 3-5 in Rosemont, IL
   Project: A-Kon 1998 - May 29-31 in Dallas, TX
   Anime Expo 1998 - July 3-5 in Anaheim, CA
   Nan Desu Kon 1998 - July 17-19 in Denver, CO
   Otakon 1998 - August 7-9 in Arlington, VA
   Nekocon 1998 - October 2-4 in Virginia Beach, VA
1999
   Katsucon 1999 - February 12-14 in Arlington, VA
   Anime Central 1999 - April 23-25 in Rosemont, IL
   Otakon 1999 - July 2-4 in Baltimore, MD
   Anime Expo 1999 - July 16-18 in Anaheim, CA
   Nan Desu Kon 1999 - September 24-26 in Lakewood, CO
   Anime USA 1999 - October 15-17 in Arlington, VA
   Nekocon 1999 - November 5-7 in Virginia Beach, VA
2000
   Anime Central 2000 - May 12-14 in Arlington Heights, IL
   Anime Expo 2000 - June 30 - July 3 in Anaheim, CA
   Otakon 2000 - August 4-6 in Baltimore, MD
   Anime USA 2000 - September 8-10 in Arlington, VA
   Nan Desu Kan 2000 - October 13-15 in Lakewood, CO
   Nekocon 2000 - October 27-29 in Chesapeake, VA
   SugoiCon 2000 - November 10-12 in Erlanger, KY
2001
   Ohayocon 2001 - January 26-28 in Cleveland, OH
   Katsucon 2001 - February 16-18 in Arlington, VA
   Anime Central 2001 - May 11-13 in Arlington Heights, IL
   Anime Mid-Atlantic 2001 - June 15-17 in Richmond, VA
   Anime Expo 2001 - July 5-8 in Long Beach, CA
   Otakon 2001 - August 10-12 in Baltimore, MD
   Nan Desu Kan 2001 - September 21-23 in Denver, CO
   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
   Ohayocon 2002 - January 11-13 in Independence, OH
   Katsucon 2002 - February 15-17 in Baltimore, MD
   Anime Central 2002 - April 19-21 in Rosemont, IL
   A-Kon 2002 - May 31 - June 2 in Dallas, TX
   Anime Mid-Atlantic 2002 - June 14-16 in Richmond, VA
   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
   AnimeFEST 2002 - August 30 - September 2 in Dallas, TX
   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
2003
   Ohayocon 2003 - January 10-12 in Columbus, OH
   Katsucon 2003 - February 14-16 in Arlington, VA
   Tekkoshocon 2003 - March 29-30 in Coraopolis, PA
   ChibiCon 2003 - May 2-4 in Madison, AL
   Anime Central 2003 - May 16-18 in Rosemont, IL
   A-Kon 2003 - May 30 - June 1 in Dallas, TX
   Anime Mid-Atlantic 2003 - June 13-15 in Richmond, VA
   JAFAX 2003 - June 21-22 in Allendale, MI
   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
   Nan Desu Kan 2003 - September 19-21 in Denver, CO
   Anime Weekend Atlanta 2003 - September 26-28 in Atlanta, GA
   AnimeNEXT 2003 - October 3-5 in Rye Brook, NY
   Nekocon 2003 - November 7-9 in Virginia Beach, VA
   Anime USA 2003 - November 21-23 in Vienna, VA
   Numa Rei-No Con 2003 - December 12-14 in Metairie, LA cancelled appearance
2004
   Ohayocon 2004 - January 23-25 in Columbus, OH
   Katsucon 2004 - February 13-15 in Arlington, VA
   PersaCon 2004 - April 30 - May 2 in Madison, AL
   A-Kon 2004 - June 4-6 in Dallas, TX
   JAFAX 2004 - June 26-27 in Allendale, MI
   Ikasucon 2004 - July 16-18 in Cincinnati, OH
   Anime Festival Orlando 2004 - August 6-8 in Orlando, FL
   Nan Desu Kan 2004 - September 17-19 in Aurora, CO
   Oni-Con 2004 - October 22-24 in Houston, TX
   Anime USA 2004 - October 29-31 in Vienna, VA
   Nekocon 2004 - November 5-7 in Chesapeake, VA
   SugoiCon 2004 - November 19-21 in Covington, KY
2005
   Ohayocon 2005 - January 14-16 in Columbus, OH
   KamiKazeCon 2005 - March 25-27 in Houston, TX
   Anime Central 2005 - May 13-15 in Rosemont, IL
   A-Kon 2005 - June 3-5 in Dallas, TX
   Kunicon Denver 2005 - June 17-19 in Denver, CO
   JAFAX 2005 - June 25-26 in Allendale, MI
   Ikasucon 2005 - July 15-17 in Cincinnati, OH
   Anime Festival Orlando 2005 - August 5-7 in Orlando, FL
   Nan Desu Kan 2005 - September 16-18 in Denver, CO
   Oni-Con 2005 - October 21-23 in Houston, TX
   SugoiCon 2005 - October 28-30 in Covington, KY
   Anime NebrasKon 2005 - November 4-6 in Lincoln, NE
2006
   Ohayocon 2006 - January 6-8 in Columbus, OH
   Katsucon 2006 - February 17-19 in Washington, DC
   Middle Tennessee Anime Convention 2006 - April 21-23 in Franklin, TN
   Shiokazecon 2006 - April 28-30 in Houston, TX
   Anime Central 2006 - May 5-7 in Rosemont, IL
   A-Kon 2006 - June 9-11 in Dallas, TX
   Ikasucon 2006 - July 14-16 in Cincinnati, OH
   Nan Desu Kan 2006 - October 6-8 in Denver, CO
   Oni-Con 2006 - October 20-22 in Houston, TX
   SugoiCon 2006 - October 27-29 in Erlanger, KY
   Anime NebrasKon 2006 - November 17-19 in Lincoln, NE
   Auchinawa 2006 - November 30 - December 3 in Glasgow, UK
2007
   Ohayocon 2007 - January 5-7 in Columbus, OH
   Katsucon 2007 - February 16-18 in Washington, DC
   Daigacon 2007 - March 2-4 in Bowling Green, KY
   Anime Central 2007 - May 11-13 in Rosemont, IL
   A-Kon 2007 - June 1-3 in Dallas, TX
   Ikasucon 2007 - August 10-12 in Fort Wayne, IN
   Nan Desu Kan 2007 - September 14-16 in Denver, CO
   Sogen Con 2007 - October 5-7 in Sioux Falls, SD
   Oni-Con 2007 - October 19-21 in Houston, TX
   JaniCon 2007 - November 2-4 in Jacksonville, FL
   SugoiCon 2007 - November 16-18 in Ft. Mitchell, KY
2008
   Ohayocon 2008 - January 4-6 in Columbus, OH
   Anime Wasabi 2008 - March 14-16 in Denver, CO
   JAFAX 2008 - June 21-22 in Allendale, MI
   Fandemonium 2008 - August 1-3 in Nampa, ID
   Otaku Mex 2008 - September 5-7 in Albuquerque, NM
   Nan Desu Kan 2008 - September 12-14 in Denver, CO
   Sogen Con 2008 - September 26-28 in Sioux Falls, SD
   SugoiCon 2008 - October 31 - November 2 in Ft. Mitchell, KY
   Auchinawa 2008 - November 14-16 in Glasgow, UK
   Oni-Con 2008 - December 19-21 in Houston, TX
2009
   Ikkicon 2009 - February 6-8 in Austin, TX
   AnimeLand Wasabi 2009 - March 27-29 in Denver, CO
   Animeland Vegas 2009 - May 1-3 in Las Vegas, NV
   A-Kon 2009 - May 29-31 in Dallas, TX
   JAFAX 2009 - June 27-28 in Allendale, MI
   Ai-Kon 2009 - July 24-26 in Winnipeg, MB
   Fandemonium 2009 - August 7-9 in Nampa, ID
   Nan Desu Kan 2009 - September 11-13 in Denver, CO
   AnimeLand Otaku Mex 2009 - September 25-27 in Albuquerque, NM
   Anime Detroit 2009 - October 2-4 in Troy, MI
   SugoiCon 2009 - October 30 - November 1 in Ft. Mitchell, KY
2010
   Ohayocon 2010 - January 29-31 in Columbus, OH
   Anime Detour 2010 - April 23-25 in Minneapolis, MN
   Middle Tennessee Anime Convention 2010 - April 30 - May 2 in Nashville, TN
   A-Kon 2010 - June 4-6 in Dallas, TX
   JAFAX 2010 - June 26-27 in Allendale, MI
   Kita-Kon 2010 - July 31 - August 1 in Thunder Bay, ON
   SugoiCon 2010 - November 5-7 in Ft. Mitchell, KY
   Auchinawa 2010 - November 19-21 in Edinburgh, UK
2011
   JAFAX 2011 - June 25-26 in Allendale, MI
   AnimeIowa 2011 - July 29-31 in Coralville, IA
   AnimeWorld Chicago 2011 - August 19-21 in Chicago, IL
   AnimeFest 2011 - September 2-5 in Dallas, TX
   Anime Banzai 2011 - October 21-23 in Layton, UT
2012
   Katsucon 2012 - February 17-19 in National Harbor, MD
   Animeland Wasabi 2012 - March 9-11 in Aurora, CO
   Nauticon 2012 - May 18-20 in Provincetown, MA
   JAFAX 2012 - June 23-24 in Allendale, MI
   Nan Desu Kan 2012 - September 14-16 in Denver, CO
   Nekocon 2012 - November 2-4 in Hampton, VA
2013
   SwampCon 2013 - January 12-13 in Gainesville, FL
   Ohayocon 2013 - January 18-20 in Columbus, OH
   Animeland Wasabi 2013 - March 1-3 in Denver, CO
   JAFAX 2013 - June 22-23 in Allendale, MI
   SNAFU Con 2013 - October 25-27 in Reno, NV
   Youmacon 2013 - October 31 - November 3 in Detroit, MI
2014
   Animeland Wasabi 2014 - February 28 - March 2 in Denver, CO
   Kitsune Kon 2014 - March 21-23 in Appleton, WI
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