Last weekend I attended the fifth Anime NYC convention held at the Jacob K. Javitz center.
Anime NYC is New York City’s anime convention! A showcase of the best of Japanese pop culture in the biggest city in America, Anime NYC brings anime fans together for three days of unique exhibits, exclusive screenings, and appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan!
Anime NYC is a creation of LeftField Media, an event company made of dedicated fans and convention organizers. Anime NYC is built with tremendous support from Crunchyroll and publishers across the Japanese pop culture industry. LeftField Media is part of the Clarion Events family.
This convention was great for artists and fans alike. It featured a range of panelists, exhibitors, and had a fantastic size Artist Alley. There were so many awesome cosplayers in attendance. I had some fun photographing some attendees and got to chat with some talented creators, and check out some merch.
Please enjoy this gallery of
photos from Anime NYC 2022!
Series/Creators to check out!
Greg Burnham – Author/Writer, Editor and Publisher
Marcus Williams – Illustrator, Writer and Co-Creator
From the minds of illustrator/writer, Marcus Williams and Writer/editor Greg Burnham comes the “Tuskegee Heirs: Flames of Destiny” comic series. What started as a conversation highlighting the lack of content that exposes youth to the history of aviation, quickly became a springboard to craft something unique. Combining futuristic science fiction, action adventure, real history, and the inspiring story of the WWII fighter pilots, the duo aims to pay homage to the historic Tuskegee Airmen, all while bringing forth a new set of young heroes. The team definitely intends to push this project towards an animated series, or even a movie.
Tuskegee Heirs: “Flames of Destiny” is a futuristic sci-fi action-adventure comic book series set at the end of the 21st century. The story follows a squadron of young, gifted aviators, who are forced to become Earth’s strongest line of defense against a menacing race of artificially intelligent villains bent on destroying civilization.
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Michael Toney: Artist
✒ Design Director currently exploring illustration
Black Anime: Lost Chill-dren of Diaspora:
Black Anime Lost Chill-dren of the Diaspora is an art book comprised of 94 pages of original black anime content. The book is split into 4 sections: Original characters, Future stories, Fan-art, and growth. All the characters themselves are just as diverse and different as the different types of black people all over the world, which I felt like I didn’t see.
In 2014 I made a vow to myself to draw every day no matter what. The more I drew, something started to occur to me. Most if not all of the characters I drew were White or Japanese and if I did draw a black person he wasn’t intended to be the main character.
In 2016 I decided that I would get out of my comfort zone and only draw predominantly black people. The more I drew, the more I realized something was still off–my characters were missing a spark. That spark was the tie-in of black culture and mythology. I determined that all of my characters and stories would draw from African mythology and the African diaspora. Unknowingly this was the start of Black Anime Lost Chill-dren of the Diaspora. – Mike Toney