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November 8, 2011

News for AniMinneapolis 2012:

AniMinneapolis announces Dr. Awkward and Sonny Strait

Bloomington, MN - November 1, 2011 - AniMinneapolis is excited to announce that Sonny Strait will be appearing at the 2012 Anime Minneapolis convention, in addition to the return of Nerdcore rapper Dr. Awkward. AniMinneapolis had over 1200 attendees and 11 guests in 2011, and will be returning even bigger for 2012. The convention is scheduled for June 29 - July 1, 2012 at the Ramada Inn just outside of the Mall of America.

Dr. Awkward is a Scrub Club Records Nerdcore rapper with several hit songs and performances at Nerdapalooza and after parties at Comic Con, Florida's Nerd Invasion, and Texas' Comicpalooza. In 2009, Dr. Awkward released his first solo project "Next Gen," in which Doc proclaims that he is the future of Nerdcore Hip Hop. The EP was hailed as an instant classic, with hits like "Geekquilibrium" and "Imposter." Dr. Awkward release his latest album, "Unlimited" in April 2010, which features an amazing fusion of Nerdcore, Hip Hop, and R&B.

Sonny Strait is known for several voices, ranging from Krillin in DBZ to Lupin III in Lupin III. He's also known as an illustrator for one of the most famous, independently published comic book series Elfquest. Sonny Strait has over 20 years of experience in the arts.

Besides Dragonball Z's Krillin he has worked on many popular animated characters including Maes Hughes from Full Metal Alchemist, Usopp from One Piece and Cartoon Network's laid back, robot host Toonami Tom. He has also worked as a writer and director on several TV series including Dragonball Z, Case Closed and Lupin the Third.

Both Sonny Strait and Dr. Awkward will be doing panels and giving out autographs, and Dr. Awkward will be performing at the AniMinneapolis Nerdcore concert. Other convention events include anime screenings, a date auction, a formal dance, two rave dances, free ramen, and dozens of panels, workshops, and events.

AniMinneapolis is a three-day anime convention, focusing on Japanese animation, arts, and pop culture. Over a thousand anime fans came to AniMinneapolis last year. The convention focuses on several exciting events, which include a cosplay masquerade, anime screenings, cultural and fan panels, and video game tournaments. In addition, there is a dealer's room filled with anime vendors, and an artist alley featuring several great artists.

Hotel rooms for the convention are only $99 a night at the Ramada, and can be found online at

Registration to attend the convention can be done in advance for only $25 per person until April 15th. Attendees can also register at the door, if there is enough space available, for $35 per person. More details are on the convention's website: