October 26, 2007
News for San Japan 2007:
Our Lady of the Lake University hosts Zero Day Anime convention
SAN ANTONIO (October 26, 2007) - Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) will host the "Zero Day Anime" convention on Saturday Nov. 10 to celebrate the Japanese culture and specifically, the art of anime, the distinctive style of Japanese animation that has grown in popularity worldwide.
Sponsored by San Japan, a non-profit group devoted to bringing Japanese cultural awareness to San Antonio, event proceeds will support the OLLU Anime Club and the Congregation of Divine Providence. The convention runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in various locations on the OLLU campus, including the University Wellness & Activities Center gym and in the Providence Hall, West Social Room.
Highlights include appearances by actor Josh Grelle, who has voiced characters in anime series like Comic Party Revolution, Gatchaman and Air Gear ; Samantha Inoue-Harte, a voice actor known for her roles in over 30 anime series and movies including Final Fantasy: Unlimited; Larissa Wolcott, a voice actor who is most famous for her role as Excel from Excel Saga; and anime artist Amelie Belcher, known as "the angriest chick on the net" and creator of the popular web comic, "The Real Life Adventures of Amelie."
A dealers' room will offer merchandise for sale, including anime DVDs, CDs, posters, toys and Japanese cultural items. A Cosplay Contest (a fusion of the words "costume" and "role play") will be held where anime fanatics dress in elaborate, often handmade, costumes that represent their favorite anime character.
Other convention activities will include a dance with live music from local punk/rock band, The Snags, various panel discussions and a video room showcasing anime throughout the day.
About Our Lady of the Lake University
Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), founded in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, is a co-educational liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 2,800 students. The university offers 56 bachelor's degree programs, 48 master's degree programs and two doctoral degree programs. Academic degree programs are offered in the arts, sciences, business, education, professional studies and social work. OLLU also offers a dual-language (English and Spanish) certification option with all undergraduate degree programs. Classes are offered in daytime, evening and weekend formats.