Press Releases

July 17, 2008

News for Providence Anime Conference 2008:

Providence Anime Conference announces new guest Christopher Ayres

Veteran voice actor to present 'Mock Combat for Cosplay' workshop

PROVIDENCE, July 17, 2008 – Providence Anime Conference (PAC) adds another anime industry veteran to its lineup with the announcement of new special guest Christopher Ayres. A noted voice actor and ADR director, Chris Ayres has acted professionally since the age of 6 and is the voice behind a multitude of anime characters; notable roles include Kei Kouron in Gantz, Suitengu in Speed Grapher, Von Kampher in Trinity Blood, Hayashimizu in Full Metal Panic Fummofu, Nakamaru in Maburaho, and many more. As an ADR director of ADV Films, he has worked on The Nerima Daikon Brothers, Xenosaga: The Animation, and Magikano. He is also a professional fight director who will be bringing his popular "Mock Combat for Cosplay" workshop to PAC. Further information about Chris can be found at his website,

Chris Ayres joins previously announced PAC guests Kevin McKeever (Harmony Gold), Adam Sheehan (FUNimation), Tom Wayland (TripWire Productions), and David Williams (ADV Films) for a unique combination of industry insiders. As the first anime convention exclusively for attendees 21 and up, PAC is committed to providing insight into the business behind the entertainment along with an enjoyable anime convention experience.

Information and registration for PAC can be found online at the PAC website or in-person at the PAC booth at ConnectiCon 2008 (August 1 – 3, Hartford, Connecticut) and Otakon 2008 (August 8 – 10, Baltimore, Maryland). For more details, please visit

About Providence Anime Conference: Providence Anime Conference is an event where adults can explore, discuss, and appreciate Japanese animation and comic media. With unique live programming including panels covering everything from anime academia to insider views on the industry, PAC offers both new and long-time fans the opportunity to converge in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. This limited admission event will be held in the Rhode Island Convention Center from October 3 - 5, 2008. Providence Anime Conference is a volunteer-run, non-profit event created by The New England Anime Society.

About The New England Anime Society: 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. Events run by NEAS include Providence Anime Conference, Anime Boston (the largest fan-run Japanese animation convention in the northeast), and anime screenings at First Night Boston. For more information, please see the NEAS web site at