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May 24, 2010

News for FanimeCon 2010:

FanimeCon announces performer Karen Dyer as guest of honor

San Jose, CA (May 23, 2010) - FanimeCon proudly announces Karen Dyer, the voice and motion of Sheva Aloma from Resident Evil 5, as a Guest of Honor at FanimeCon 2010 (May 28 to May 31 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center). Karen Dyer will appear on Stage Zero to perform her new singles "Candy Love" and "Intuition" from her upcoming Eva La Dare album, and she will reveal details about her latest action feature film project collaboration with actor/producer Reuben Landon. Karen will also hold autograph sessions and give panels about burlesque, dating, and being a strong woman in the entertainment industry. Her panels will occupy the time slots previously vacated by Keith Burgess, who expresses his regrets for being unable to attend FanimeCon this year.

Karen Dyer was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This first generation Jamaican-American with Irish and East Indian roots began her career as a 10-year-old triple threat. After working for eight years in professional theater productions, commercials, and print campaigns, she traveled the world for three years performing as a back-up singer and dancer for Latin superstar Chayanne.

Since moving to LA, she has worked and performed with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Mike Myers, Ray Romano, Aretha Franklin, Will Smith, Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno, just to name a few. Her film and television credits include starring roles in "Corrupt" with Ice-T and "Urban Menace" with Snoop Dogg, as well as roles in "Tortilla Soup" with Hector Elizando, Mike Binder's "Sex Monster" with Mariel Hemingway, "According To Jim", "Malcolm In The Middle", "Spin City", "Everybody Loves Raymond", "General Hospital", "Thank You for Smoking", and the "Idlewild" musical film starring Andre 3000 and Big Boi of OutKast.

Also known for her cirque skills, Karen performs as her burlesque alter ego, Eva La Dare, a fire-breathing/-eating/-twirling, nine-foot-tall stilt performer, juggler, and web aerialist. Past credits include Royal Hanneford Circus, Universoul Circus, the Grammy Awards with Ricky Martin, Motown 45 with Lionel Ritchie, Britney Spear's music video "Oops! I Did It Again", Austin Powers - Goldmember, Jane's Addiction Tour, as well as many other live performances around the world. Besides doing numerous TV appearances in 2008 with T-Pain and Ludacris for T-Pain's Thr33 Ringz album release, she was also featured as the fire-pastied nymph and funky stiltwalker on Lil Wayne's 2008-2009 "I Am Music" Tour.

Among FanimeCon members, Karen is probably best known as the voice and motion of Capcom's newest female lead character, Sheva Aloma, from the video game Resident Evil 5. The video game role introduced her to the world of video games and anime, and it earned her the award for Best Supporting Role at the 2009 MTV Game Awards. The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences also nominated her, along with Jack Black and Mark Hamill, for Outstanding Character Performance in 2010. Karen Dyer made an unannounced appearance at FanimeCon 2009, where convention members quickly grew to adore her. FanimeCon is excited about having her back for 2010.

About FanimeCon - FanimeCon is Northern California's largest matsuri ("celebration") of anime, manga, and related arts and cultures. Held annually over Memorial Day Weekend, FanimeCon entertained over 15,000 people in 2009. FanimeCon is "By Fans, For Fans" and is run entirely by volunteers who love putting together a weekend full of activities and events that feature anime, manga, cosplay, music, video/tabletop gaming, guests from around the world and much, much more! FanimeCon 2010 will be held from May 28th to May 31st in downtown San Jose. To learn more and find out what's in store, please visit

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