Press Releases

February 3, 2011

News for AniMinneapolis 2011:

AniMinneapolis announces Shannon and Richard Townsend

Minneapolis, MN - February 2, 2011 - AniMinneapolis, an anime convention happening July 8-10 in Minneapolis, is excited to announce guests Richard Townsend and Shannon Townsend. AniMinneapolis is a brand-new anime convention, featuring cosplay, anime, video games, a rave, free ramen, dealers, artists, and more. More information about the convention can be found online at

After a stint as a writer for A2 Press, a gaming company out of Chicago, Richard decided to try his hand at working alongside his wife Shannon. Richard's main focus of late is the webcomic "Otaku -no- Yen" (aka. Geeks Without Money), which updates twice a week. Richard is also developing a card game that Studio ONY hopes to release in the next few years, as well as a brand new comic project that will take Studio ONY into new and exciting directions. He also plays a mean round of Rock Band and loves to kill zombies.

Shannon has been drawing almost her entire life, but at the age of 16 she discovered Anime, and she's never been the same since. Self taught in the art style of Anime and Manga, Shannon has worked on numerous freelance projects over the years for everything from board games to websites and children's books. She now spends her time working on Otaku -no- Yen and planning Studio ONY's upcoming comic projects with her husband and writer Richard. When she isn't drawing, she's a belly dance instructor and poi spinner.

More about Richard and Shannon can be found online at

Registration for AniMinneapolis is only $20 through March 20th. AniMinneapolis will also be accepting artist alley and dealer registrations in late February.