This August's Otakon 20 is getting a very special guest in the form of director, screenwriter, and music producer Shinichiro Watanabe. Watanabe is best known as the director of 1998's Cowboy Bebop, as well as 2004's record-scratchin' period piece Samurai Champloo. He most recently helmed the jazzy Kids on the Slope anime.
Shinichiro Watanabe last appeared at Otakon in 1999. Otakon 20 takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center from August 9-11.
From Otakon's 2013 Guests page:
Born in 1965 in Kyoto, Japan, Shinichiro Watanabe is a Japanese film director, screenwriter, and music producer. As a former employee of SUNRISE, he has supervised the episode direction and storyboards of many SUNRISE titles. He made his directorial debut as co-director of Macross Plus. As a Director, he has worked on numerous high profile titles such as Cowboy Bebop (TV and Movie),The Animatrix - Kid's Story, A Detective Story, Samurai Champloo, and more recently Kids on the Slope. As a Music Producer, he was worked on such titles asMichiko to Hatchin and Lupin the 3rd - A Woman Called Fujiko Mine.