Baltimore, MD (July 12, 2012) – We are pleased to announce that Director Shin Sasaki will join
us for Otakon 2012.
Shin Sasaki began his career at Sunrise in 1997. His initial foray into the anime industry was
publicity work on the Brave series and the Cowboy Bebop Theatrical Edition.
He has been involved with Gundam projects since 1999. He did publicity on Gundam Seed and
Gundam Seed Destiy, and as head of the Development and Sales Department, he did planning
work on all promotions, merchandising, and publishing initiatives. He was also involved in
producing plans and events for off-shoots from the main stories (like Gundam Seed Astray).
In recent years, he has been involved as a producer in almost every Gundam series, including
the Gundam 00 series, MS Igloo2, SD Gundam Sangokuden, Gundam UC, and Gundam Age.
At present, he is a director at both SUNRISE and NAMCO BANDAI Live Creative Inc., and serves
as a producer on Gundam music events and speaking events, and is exploring new possibilities
Otakon 2012 will be held July 27 – 29 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore,
ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its nineteenth year, Otakon is an
annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest
gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper
understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga,
video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore,
Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over
31,000 people for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 85,000 turnstile attendees).
Otakon is a membership based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based,
501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture,
primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid
staff – we are run by fans, for fans.
For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp
For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2012, see http://www.otakon.com/