Wozniak — or Woz, as he’s known to many — made the announcement for the convention himself in Japan, alongside pop culture icons and “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” actors Ian McDiarmid and Ray Park. The two star are also set to appear this weekend at the Shinagawa InterCity Hall for a fan signing, as a countdown of sorts for the Tokyo Comic Con in less than a year.
“Tokyo Comic Con 2016 will celebrate pop culture and technology in one of the world’s coolest cities,” said Woz in a statement. “From Godzilla to Pokemon to Power Rangers, Japan exports many pop culture trends to the rest of the world. Even the moral codes of the “Star Wars” Jedi are based on some of Japan’s historical samurai culture. In 2016, we will come full circle back to Japan to blend pop culture from Japan and the USA at Tokyo Comic Con.”
The convention promises to bring an American-style pop culture to Japan with the event, while also spotlighting “Japan’s technology leaders,” with a focus on new consumer technologies, mobile apps and games.
Tokyo Comic Con follows after Silicon Valley Comic Con — Woz’s first sponsored Con — which is set for March 2016 in San Jose.
Tickets for Tokyo Comic Con go on sale in March over at their website.
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