Press Releases

November 16, 2007

News for Providence Anime Conference 2008:

Providence Anime Conference 2008 announces launch date and Robotech Convention Tour

Boston, November 16, 2007: The Providence Anime Conference (PAC), Rhode Island's first anime convention, is pleased to officially announce a launch date of October 3 - 5, 2008, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island. The world's first convention exclusively for anime fans 21 and up, Providence Anime Conference is designed to appeal to older fans' curiosity, enthusiasm, and even nostalgia, featuring video tracks and live events that include an evening reception as well as academic, industry, and professional programming. Attendees will also enjoy the convenience of a venue with easy access to hotels, shopping, transportation, and local attractions.

In furtherance of its mission, Providence Anime Conference is proud to be a host venue for the 2008 Robotech Convention Tour. Special guest Kevin McKeever, from the Harmony Gold production staff, will be in attendance to discuss the classic anime saga that's sure to strike a familiar chord with many attendees. McKeever will also discuss current Robotech news, including the recent release of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles.

Providence Anime Conference attendance will be limited to just 2000 attendees, allowing fans and guests alike to enjoy this uniquely congenial event created by the New England Anime Society (NEAS), the organization behind the successful, all-ages Anime Boston convention. "We're thrilled to bring something new and different to the world of anime events--we've got a great show planned, in a fantastic setting," says Jon Niehof, PAC Conference Chair and NEAS board member. Niehof adds, "Building on our experience with Anime Boston, PAC will provide a home for everyone who grew up watching 'those cartoons' and later discovered the medium of anime and the culture behind it. Of course we invite those new to the scene as well, and welcome everyone involved in producing this art and bringing it to the US."

About Providence Anime Conference (PAC):
Providence Anime Conference is Rhode Island's first anime convention and the first anime event in the world designed for anime fans 21 and above. This limited admission event will be held in the Rhode Island Convention Center from October 3 - 5, 2008, featuring anime screenings and unique live programming that includes academic, industry, and professional panels. Providence Anime Conference is a volunteer-run event organized by the non-profit New England Anime Society; for more information, please visit the Providence Anime Conference web site at

About the New England Anime Society (NEAS):
The New England Anime Society is a non-profit, Massachusetts-based organization dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. NEAS-run events include Providence Anime Conference, Anime Boston (the largest Japanese animation convention in the northeast), and anime screenings at First Night Boston. For more information, please visit the NEAS website at

About Kevin McKeever (Robotech/Harmony Gold):
A born New Englander, Kevin McKeever's first official Robotech assignment was an audit of Robotech TV ratings and viewer demographics during its original 1980s run. He now pulls double duty in production and marketing for Harmony Gold, the production and distribution company keeping the Robotech flame alive and well in the United States. With nearly 15 years in the entertainment industry, Kevin has worked in television production (including Jackass, Kids Say the Darnedest Things, Krypton Factor, and The 60's) and film (including Mystery Men, For Love of the Game, and Billy Frankenstein), as well as serving as Assistant VP of Production for feature film producer and New York Times best-selling author Lynda Obst. He will be attending Providence Anime Conference as part of the 2008 Robotech Convention Tour. For more information, please visit