Press Releases

November 1, 2011

News for Anime USA 2011:

Anime USA 2011 announces Monica Rial and final round of webcomics guests

Anime USA 2011 announces Tamuran and Shadowbinders as webcomics guest for this year's convention on November 18-20th at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.

H. A. "Chezhnian" Kennedy and Erin Fitzgerald are the respective creator/writer and artist/co-writer of Tamuran, a manga-style epic fantasy webcomic. Tamuran is the story of a young royal heir suddenly turned king-in-exile and his quest to save his kingdom from the country of powerful, grudge-bearing sorcerers that has taken it over. The young king must travel far across the wilds of his dying land, accompanied only by a few unlikely and unexpected protectors - who include a wild elf whose entire clan has mysteriously disappeared, a shapeshifting girl from a magical ascended race who knows little of the mortal world, and a huge man-eating forest beast with an academic bent. Their comic can be found at

Created by former Disney comics alumn Thom Pratt (drawing under the pen name of "Kneon Transitt") and his wife Kambrea Pratt, the Shadowbinders webcomic set sail online in 2010 and hasn't slowed down since. Shadowbinders has found an audience in fans of steampunk, anime and young adult literature, in addition to fans of traditional comic books. The comic can be read online for free at, and a print collection will be available this Fall. Their comic can be found at

Registrations are at $43 until October 30th along with further information about the con can be found at

Arlington, VA-October 31, 2011-Anime USA 2011 announces Monica Rial as a Voice Actress Guest for this year's convention on November 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA.

Monica Rial has been working in the anime voice over industry for 12 years.Some of her key roles include Burst Angel (Jo), Chrome Shelled Regios (Felli), Hetalia (Flying Mint Bunny/ Belarus), High School of the Dead (Shizuka), Kiddy Grade (Lumiere), One Piece (Tashigi/Carue/Kuina), Ouran Host Club (Renge), Rahxephon (Haruka), Sacred Blacksmith (Lisa), Sekirei (Miya), Sergeant Frog (Momoka), Shuffle! (Asa), Speed Grapher (Kagura), Tears to Tiara (Octavia), and many more.

She can be heard on the Cartoon Network in Shinchan (Ai), Fullmetal Alchemist (Lyra/Dante), Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (May Chang), Case Closed (Amy) and Trinity Blood (Vanessa). You can also catch her on Nicktoons and the CW as Bulma in Dragonball Z Kai and is performing the role Mirajane in Fairy Tail coming to DVD on November 22nd. Along with her long career in voice acting, She is an ADR script adaptor and director for Funimation Entertainment.

Further information about Anime USA can be found at, including details about our still-open pre-registration program.

About Anime USA: In 1999 Anime USA began as a northern Virginia convention started by fans, and in 2004 become a non-profit educational organization. Our mission is to educate the public about and promote Japanese arts and popular culture. As in the beginning, we remain a convention of fans, by fans, and for fans. Anime USA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.