Popular American Comic Book Creators Join Anime Convention Lineup
J. Torres, Sanford Greene, and C.B. Cebulski throw their creative hats in the ring as celebrity guests at upcoming Anime Reactor convention
CHICAGO (December 13, 2002)— Anime Reactor, a premiere convention that aims to bridge Japanese anime and American comic book cultures, is pleased to add C.B Cebulski, J. Torres, and Sanford Greene to its cavalcade of guests.
“Our first three American guests will definitely help us in our goal to bring the anime and comic book worlds together,” says Anime Reactor Executive Director James Alsup. “Anyone who has read J.’s work or seen Sanford’s art can tell that they’ve been influenced by anime. C.B. has worked behind the scenes in Japan and America for quite a while.”
C. B. Cebulski, an associate editor at Marvel Comics, has worked for years to help manga and anime secure a strong foothold in the American mainstream market. Cebulski was one of the first American editors to work directly with Japanese artists to create manga and anime product specifically for Western audiences. He has been instrumental in bringing manga titles like PLASTIC LITTLE, DARK ANGEL, and NADESICO to US audiences. Cebulski worked closely with Kia Asamiya to produce the DARK ANGEL: PHOENIX RESURRECTION comic book series, the first color manga to land on American shores in over 10 years. He also worked with such creators as Yoshitoshi ABe (Serial Experiments Lain) and Range Murata (Blue Submarine No. 6) on their critically acclaimed art collections.
J. Torres is a contributing writer to X-MEN UNLIMITED and the MANGAVERSE line for Marvel Comics. His other credits include SIDEKICKS, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa (2000 Harvey Award nominee for Best New Talent); the NANOBOTZ back-up feature in ROBO DOJO, published by DC/Wildstorm; as well as JASON & THE ARGOBOTS and ALISON DARE (2001 Eisner Award nominee for Best All-Ages Series) published by Oni Press. Torres was born in Manila, Philippines, raised in Montreal, Canada, and currently resides in Toronto.
Sanford Greene is a relative newcomer to the industry. His credits include work on STAR WARS TALES, PLANET OF THE APES, G.I. JOE BATTLEFILES, and THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN. Sanford has also served as the character designer for EXALTED by White Wolf Games. Anime Reactor will be Sanford’s first US anime convention appearance.
Created for fans by fans, Anime Reactor reaches beyond current Anime trends to introduce emerging artists and premiere Japanese anime products. Creative fan panels, seminars, and social activities make Anime Reactor attractive to both new and experienced fans.