Wednesday, January 21, 2009


This is the 11th year Burbank Public Library will offer its TEEN ANIME FESTIVAL, and we have a lot of treats in store. First of all, our presenter line-up is better than ever. The list of eminent guests (in alphabetical order) includes:

Phil Bourssa (Warner Bros.--Justice League DVD, Spiderman)
Philip Dimitriadis (3D environmental artist)
Joaquim Dos Santos (director of GI Joe)
Taliesin Jaffe (actor/voiceover/producer)
Shaunt Nigoghossian (Film Roman, assistant director on King of the Hill)
Jim Pascoe (new manga author from Tokyo Pop)
Joe Pearson (Crash Bandicoot)
Mark Pudleiner (Renegade Animation Studios)
Chance Raspberry (The Simpsons)
Snakebite (Photoshop artist)
and last but definitely not least...
Charles Zembillas (The Animation Academy, Spyro the Dragon, Jak and Daxter)

Some of our guests will speak, others will offer demonstrations of their art or craft, and several will participate at the end of the day in a portfolio review for aspiring teen artists.

In addition we will (of course) be screening new anime; there will be drawings for some great prizes; we will continue the tradition of a cosplay pageant; and there will be a candy sushi-making demonstration.

This festival is for teens, so the lower limit is 6th grade. Although we do not anticipate turning anyone away, we are asking you to call and make a reservation by leaving your full name (first and last) and telephone number at 818 238-5589. (You will not receive a return call--if you have left a message, please assume you are on the list.) Teens who have signed up in this way will be admitted first.

Please join us at the Buena Vista Branch on SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, from noon to 4:00 p.m.!

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