More Guests of Honor Announced for New York Anime Festival!

Official Press Release

Norwalk, CT - The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) today announced that Kobun Shizuno and Aimee Major Steinberger will appear as Guests of Honor at its inaugural event December 7-9 in New York City. Mr. Shizuno is a rising star in the world of Japanese animation and will soon be globally known for his directorial role in the upcoming Neon Genesis Evangelion feature films. Aimee Major Steinberger is a veteran American animator who has worked on television series including The Simpsons and Futurama. Ms. Steinberger is now writing and illustrating a book of her adventures in the worlds of cosplay, doll collecting, and other otaku pursuits, Japan Ai: A Tall Girl's Adventures in Japan, to be published this winter by Go! Comi.

"The New York Anime Festival is honored to welcome Mr. Shizuno and Ms. Steinberger," NYAF Show Manager John McGeary said. "Their appearance at our festival will be a huge attraction and we are certainly grateful for their participation. Mr. Shizuno's works, from the classics that gave him his start, to the upcoming installments of the Evangelion saga, are enormously impressive. Meanwhile, Ms. Steinberger has been involved in the production of some of America's most-beloved cartoons while also becoming one of the leading American figures in the Japanese pop culture movement. We are certainly fortunate to have both these artists contribute their time and talent to our show.


Born in 1972 in Tokyo, Japan, Kobun Shizuno studied at the Yoyogi Animation School and made his debut in the anime world as the Assistant Director of Giant Robo: The Animation. He has since served as Director or Co-Director of many of America's biggest anime series including Burst Angel and Elfen Lied as well as fan favorites such as Case Closed, Ai Yori Aoshi, Peacemaker, Princess Nine, and Final Fantasy: Unlimited. Fans of Saturday morning cartoons will recognize Mr. Shizuno as the Director of GI Joe: Sigma 6. His largest projects, though, are his current ones, as Mr. Shizuno is directing an upcoming Fist of the North Star motion picture and serving as Co-Director for the new Neon Genesis Evangelion feature films, the first of which -- Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone -- will premiere this September in theatres in Japan. Mr. Shizuno's appearance at the New York Anime Festival is presented by TenBu Productions.


Aimee Major Steinberger grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. She is a professional animator and layout artist whose work can be seen on The Simpsons and Futurama as well as in Disney's Three Caballeros ride at Epcot's Gran Fiesta Tour and the Warner Bros. film Looney Tunes Back in Action. She is well-known in the doll world as a staff writer for Haute Doll Magazine and an administrator for denofangels.com, the largest English-language Asian ball-jointed doll website and forum in the world. Her passion for costumes has earned her multiple cosplaying awards, including Best in Show at several of the world's largest conventions. She now lives in California and is directing her interest in Japanese classical and popular culture into the book Japan Ai: A Tall Girl's Adventures in Japan, to be published this winter by Go! Comi. For more information on Aimee Major Steinberger, visit aimeemajor.com. Aimee Major Steinberger is sponsored at the New York Anime Festival by Go! Comi.

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