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Helen McCarthy


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Biography:
Researched and curated the first ever anime programme at a British convention at Eastcon 90. Founded and edited the first regular anime newsletter in Britain, ANIME UK, from 1990; it morphed into the first British professional anime magazine in 1991. Attended Sheffield event Animeday 1991-4, chaired the 1994 convention AUKCon at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London. Wrote the first book in English dedicated to Japanese animation in 1993, co-authored the first book on an anime genre in 1998, and wrote the first book on a single anime director in 1990. Co-authored 'the Haillwell of anime', THE ANIME ENCYCLOPEDIA, in 2001.

ANIME UK magazine won the Osamu Tezuka Award in 1995. Helen won the Japan Festival Award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of Japanese culture in 1997, and the IMAF Award for Outstanding Achievemtn in 2006.

   

 

Convention Guest Appearances:
1993
   Anime America 1993 - June 25-27 in Santa Clara, CA
   Anime Expo 1993 - July 2-4 in Oakland, CA
1994
   ANIMEast 1994 - November 11-13 in East Brunswick, NJ
1995
   Minami Con 1995 - July 21 in Portsmouth, UK
   Anime East 1995 - November 10-12 in East Brunswick, NJ
1996
   Katsucon 1996 - March 8-10 in Virginia Beach, VA
1998
   Shinnenkai 1998 - January 2-5 in London, UK
1999
   AyaNext 1999 - November 5-7 in Birmingham, UK
2002
   A-Kon 2002 - May 31 - June 2 in Dallas, TX
2003
   A-Kon 2003 - May 30 - June 1 in Dallas, TX
2004
   A-Kon 2004 - June 4-6 in Dallas, TX
   Anime Weekend Atlanta 2004 - September 24-26 in Atlanta, GA
   F.A.C.T.S. 2004 - October 9-10 in Ghent, Belgium
2005
   A-Kon 2005 - June 3-5 in Dallas, TX
2006
   A-Kon 2006 - June 9-11 in Dallas, TX
2007
   A-Kon 2007 - June 1-3 in Dallas, TX
   Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits 2007 - September 28-30 in Minneapolis, MN
   FuyuCon 2007 - October 19-21 in Nottingham, UK
2008
   A-Kon 2008 - May 30 - June 1 in Dallas, TX
   Chibicon 2008 - September 20-21 in Derby, UK
2009
   A-Kon 2009 - May 29-31 in Dallas, TX
   Anime Weekend Atlanta 2009 - September 18-20 in Atlanta, GA
   J-CultureCon 2009 - October 17 in Derby, UK
   FuyuCon 2009 - October 23-25 in Northampton, UK cancelled appearance
2010
   Japanese Art Festival 2010 - February 27-28 in Richmond, UK
   Anime 2010 - May 21-23 in Almelo, Netherlands
   A-Kon 2010 - June 4-6 in Dallas, TX
   AnimeIowa 2010 - July 30 - August 1 in Coralville, IA
   Japanese Art Festival 2010 - August 21-22 in London, UK
   Alcon 2010 - September 9-12 in Leicester, UK
   Anime Weekend Atlanta 2010 - September 17-19 in Atlanta, GA
   London Movie Comic & Media Expo 2010 - October 30-31 in London, UK
2011
   Animé Los Angeles 2011 - January 7-9 in Los Angeles, CA
   Anime North 2011 - May 27-29 in Toronto, ON
   London Movie Comic & Media Expo 2011 - May 27-29 in London, UK
   A-Kon 2011 - June 10-12 in Dallas, TX
   AnimeIowa 2011 - July 29-31 in Coralville, IA
2012
   Anime North 2012 - May 25-27 in Toronto, ON
   A-Kon 2012 - June 1-3 in Dallas, TX
   J-Con 2012 - September 14-15 in Derby, UK
2013
   Anime Central 2013 - May 17-19 in Rosemont, IL
2014
   S-Con 2014 - April 6 in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, UK
   Anime Central 2014 - May 16-18 in Rosemont, IL
   A-Kon 2014 - June 6-8 in Dallas, TX
2015
   Ohayocon 2015 - January 30 - February 1 in Columbus, OH
44 guest appearances

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