Friday, July 16, 2010

GatchaCon Update

GatchaCon takes place this year, as it has for the past thirteen years, at the San Diego Comic Con (July 22-25, 2010), and this time, I can make it! The main Gatchafan activities at the con will be our daily lunchtime meetings in the table area in the Sails Pavilion. Look for a group of folks in black GatchaCon t-shirts around noon on all four days. We might also have the "battle flag" with us—a black flag with the bird-head insignia in red. You can't miss it. Come by and say hello. We're a friendly bunch.

Unfortunately there's no Gatchaman programming in the convention schedule this year, but Battle of the Planets fans will be interested in the Cartoon Voices II panel (Sunday at 11:15-12:30, Room 6A), which will include Janet Waldo, the voice of Princess. Gatchaman fans will be interested in the Dark Horse panel featuring Yoshitaka Amano (who worked as a character designer during all three series). Amano will also be signing autographs at the Dark Horse Comics booth (2615) on Saturday from 11:00-12:00, and on Sunday from 1:00-2:00. You'll need a ticket to attend the signing; someone at the Dark Horse booth should be able to offer more information.

While it isn't Gatchaman, other Tatsunoko programs will be shown in the Anime Room in Marriott Hall 6. Friday and Saturday, Tekkaman Blade runs at 11:40am and Casshern Sins will run at 5:45pm.

A thorough search of the dealer's room always seems to yield some sort of Gatchaman merchandise. Try Anime Link (Booth 400) and (Booth G09 and G10) for cels. Alex Ross's booth (Booth 2419) might have some art he did for the Gatchaman DVDs/Top Cow Battle of the Planets comic covers. It also wouldn't hurt to swing by the Capcom booth to see if they have any goodies from last year's Tatsunoko vs. Capcom promotion.

Hope to see you there, and as always, big thanks to Tatsunokofan for the information.


James said...

Hi Wendy,

Just so you'll know, Amano didn't do the designs for Jun, Katse, or Nambu. All of the main characters for "Gatchaman" were designed by Tatsuo Yoshida. For the original "Gatchaman," all Amano did was design guest characters.

The myth that Amano created those three characters stems from the Amano art book "Imagine," which included a lot of artwork Amano did for Tatsunoko. In a section focusing on the various Tatsunoko shows he worked on, the Gatchaman portion is illustrated by images of Jun, Katse, and Nambu, but these are merely examples of characters from the series, not examples of characters Amano designed.

For proof of this, look no further than the interview Amano gave for the DVD release of the "Gatchaman" movie. Pretty much the first thing he says is that Yoshida did the main characters, and he only did guest characters.

Wendy said...

Methinks it's time for me to turn in my fan card. :#|