Category Archives: AnimeIowa 2019

Guest Announcement: Joan Gordon

The AnimeIowa Guests Team is pleased to announce Joan Gordon as our Artist Guest of Honor for AnimeIowa 2019.

Joan Gordon has been an anime addict since 1999. She tried to kick the habit, but the kawaii otaku force was too strong. To feed her addiction to collect all the animes, she took up the lucrative business of illustration to fuel her addiction. Fighting sleep deprivation by daylight, drawing art waaaay past midnight, never running from a deadline, she is the one named Joan Gordon.

She intensively studied the magic of Drawing, and has a shiny Bachelors of Fine Arts degree to show for it. Joan honed her shoujo powers by mastering watercolors and digital media, to create peaceful imagery ranging from fanart to realistic depictions of animals in space.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day.

There are many days to celebrate during the year some are filled with luck and end at a pot of gold.  Others are made up of friends and those who have become our family of choice.   Conventions like AnimeIowa are a chance to gather, have fun and celebrate Anime and Japanese culture.  The convention is less than 4 months away.  Don’t forget to Register !

Don’t forget to Register

Guest Announcement: IA

AnimeIowa is pleased to announce that IA will be a 2019 Guest of Honor, and she will be putting on a film concert at the convention.

IA is a virtual artist who has a voice with the VOCALOID 3 library (IA -ARIA ON THE PLANETES and IA ROCKS) and with the CeVIO library (IA English). Since she was born as a virtual artist in 2012, she has been collaborating with various artists such as TeddyLoid and Jin on projects such as the Kagerou Project.

Her first live concert in North America was in July 2015, at the Los Angeles Anime Expo, in front of a sold-out crowd of two thousand. Considering that this was her first live, it was a spectacular success! In September of the same year, her first solo live, IA – 1st Live Concert in Japan-PARTY A GO-GO, was held at the Akasaka Blitz in Tokyo. This concert was also resounding success and as a result, she ended up holding a successful world tour in cities such as New York; London; Shanghai; Hong Kong; Mexico City; San Jose, Costa Rica; Melbourne; Montreal; Santiago, Chile; and Madrid. In addition, her film concerts were featured in more than one hundred cities around the world, drawing an audience of over thirty thousand.

In March 2018, on her latest album, IA/04, she sang her songs in English for the very first time. In June 2018, at the Digital Art Festival held in Enghien-les-Bains, France, IA’s latest performance, which was a pre-production performance of the MUSICAL & LIVE SHOW – ARIA, was held. She received high critical acclaim for it at each level of the French media outlets, including national TV. In September 2018, she served as an ambassador (a virtual ambassador) to the 30th IOI (International Olympiad in Informatics) in Japan, which hosted participants from 85 countries. In 2019, IA started her ARIA World Tour, which began with her anniversary performance in Japan on January 26th and 27th. Her first live performance in North America is going to be in Houston, Texas in June.
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Guest Announcement: Kohei & TiA

The AnimeIowa Guests Team welcomes Kohei & TiA as our musical guests for AnimeIowa 2019!

TiA is a Recording Artist in Japan who did the ending theme “Ryuusei” for Naruto, as well as “Promise” which was used as the second opening for Yakitate!! Japan. Her first album received a Gold Disc Award, and she won McDonald’s Gospelfest 2016 as the first Japanese female artist, and has been featured in the New York Times, FOX TV, and NY1 in 2018.

 

 

Kohei is an international ambassador singer (commended by IFA United Nations) who hails from Tokyo, Japan. He is also an Apollo winner in 2014, and a finalist in McDonald’s Gospelfest for the years of 2016, 2017, and 2018. He has served as an official emcee at Japan Fes in 2017 and 2018, and has been featured on television with appearances on the Steve Harvey Show and M-On TV with Japanese recording artist The Rampage from Exile Tribe.

Kohei is releasing his new songs ‘All About You’, ‘Power to the People’, and a cover of the Naruto song ‘Haruka Kanata’.