Carrie Fisher Awakens Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo Crowd!

The force is awake with the crowd at 2016 Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo as Carrie and Gary Fisher, the iconic actress of Princess Leia from the Star Wars series wowed the crowd with anecdotes of her career, opened up about personal life of mental illness and rehab, and  truly inspired the crowd with her humor and no fucks given attitude.

In the fifth anniversary of Edmonton’s biggest entertainment and comic expo, there was more laughs, costumes, and celebrities  than ever before!

Stan Lee visits Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo 2015!!

EXCELSIOR!

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Edmonton, AB (September 27, 2015) The Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo closed today after welcoming 50,000 guests for the 4th annual event. The event attracted stars and artist from around the world, hundreds of exhibitors and vendors, and some of the best comic artists the industry – all fueled by  over 500 incredible local volunteers.

AKB48 to perform in New York May 10!

Thanks AKBar48’s Jul3 and JPHiP NEWS Ping for the heads up!

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JAPAN DAY 2015 WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY, MAY 10TH This year’s Japan Day will feature a special performance by AKB48. Check out a video message from (from the left) Saho Iwatate, Ryoka Oshima, Tomu Muto, Haruna Kojima, Rina Hirata, and Rena Nozawa, the six members that will be coming to Japan Day!

3:30pm ~ AKB48 – Dance & Vocal
3:50pm ~ Finale

SOURCE: http://www.japandaynyc.org/

DISCUSS: http://forum.jphip.com/index.php?topic=39101.0

VAMPS TOURS USA AGAIN! KICKS OFF IN NEW YORK, DROPS INTERNATIONAL EDITION OF NEW ALBUM BLOODSUCKERS

VAMPS will follow March 23rd international CD release with multi-city tour and May 1st headlining show at New York City’s Best Buy Theater

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VAMPS, the Japanese rock band formed by HYDE (L’Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust), will perform a headlining show at New York City’s Best Buy Theater on May 1st.

Morning Musume。’14 Holds Solo Concert in New York City

Morning Musume。'14 performs "One・Two・Three"

On October 5th, popular Japanese idol group Morning Musume。’14 held a concert in New York City at Times Square’s Best Buy Theater. While the most diehard fans had started lining up soon after midnight, by the afternoon the line had grown to wrap around the entire block. Read on for the full details!

J-Pop Summit Festival 2014: the biggest one yet!

San Francisco’s J-Pop Summit Festival (July 19-20, 2014) may have been more than two months ago, but the memories will live on!

Pop duo Yanakiku reaching out to the crowd

Pop duo Yanakiku reaching out to the crowd

An annual fixture in San Francisco’s Japantown since 2009, I’ve been a regular attendee since 2010, and I was able to witness the event evolve from a single day exhibition into an extravagant star-driven party encompassing two different parts of the city! Last year already featured an impressive guest lineup that included the likes of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and LovendoЯ, so expectations for this year were set high, and thankfully it did not disappoint.

Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo (Edmonton Expo) attracts record attendance of 47,000

A growing ‘geek’ movement, additional third day (Friday), expanded exhibition space, and starry line-up result in record-breaking numbers exceeding pre-event expectations (35,000) 
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Edmonton, AB (Sunday, September 28), 10:00 pm MST The third annual Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo (Edmonton Expo) concluded today in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, after welcoming more than 47,000 fans over three days – a 20,000 increase over 2013. Attendance exceeded the expectations of show presenters, who estimated the show would attract 35,000, suggesting that Edmonton Expo’s growth will be something to watch in the coming years. Presenters attribute the increase to a growing movement for people to embrace what makes them ‘geeky’, the expansion of the show to three days (adding Friday evening), increased exhibition space, and an attractive line up of workshops, panels, attractions, and invited guests.
“Edmonton Expo is actually growing at a faster rate than any of the other shows I work with, including the Calgary Expo. Edmonton is a proud nerdy city, and I can’t wait to see how this show grows in the coming years,” said Emily Expo, Edmonton Expo’s host and spokesperson, who also represents Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, and Saskatoon Comic & Entertainment Expo. “The tremendous growth of this convention is a true testament of the passion and dedication of our fans, volunteers, exhibitors, and guests. We’re so proud of how the nerd community has come together to create this fantastic event.”
ABOUT EDMONTON EXPO
The 2014 Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo was held September 26-28 in Halls D,E,F,G and H at the Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For more information and tickets, visit edmontonexpo.com
 For official photo stream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/edmontonexpo/.
 
ABOUT THE COMIC & ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
The Comic & Entertainment Expo group is a presents events that showcase pop culture including comics, sci-fi, gaming, anime, and horror. Established in 2006 in Calgary with the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, the group now includes the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo and Saskatoon Comic & Entertainment Expo, and welcomes over 100,000 fans each year.
2014 Edmonton Expo Guests: J. August Richards (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Angel), Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory, Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), Kanal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal, Casino Royale), Summer Glau (Firefly, Serentiy, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, Person of Interest), Jim Beaver (Supernatural, Deadwood), Rachel Skarsten and Richard Howland (Lost Girl), Garret Wang (Star Trek: Voyager), Noah Wyle (Falling Skies, ER, Donnie Darko), Doug Jones (Falling Skies, Pan’s Labyrinth), Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon A time, Mass Effect) Grant Imahara (Mythbusters, Star Trek Continues, The Guild), Jessica Nigri, Cosplay star, Dean Cain (Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Lawrence Gillard Jr. (The Walking Dead), Dirk Benedict (The A-Team,  Battlestar Gallactica), Burn Gorman (Pacific Rim, Torchwood, Game of Thrones), and Dwight Schultz (The A-Team, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Princess Mononke). Voice Guests include: Dante Basco (Hook, Avatar: The Last Airbender, American Dragon: Jake Long), Brendan Hunter (Dragon Ball), Mark Meer (Mass Effect, Red Sand), Rino Romano (The Batman, Godzilla: The Series, Spider-Man Unlimited), and Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time, Team America: World Police, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs).

SOURCE: Official Press Release (thank you Alex Kingcott, Expo Media)

Edmonton Expo 2013 – BACK! And BIGGER BETTER THAN EVER!

Edmonton’s show for everything pop culture returned bigger and better than ever with more exhibitors artists writers performers packing the weekend.  The fans did not disappoint as cosplay was taken to the next level, and who better to share the experience than OH! Jessica Nigri who appeared on behalf of the fine folks at Cherry Sauce Clothing!!

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The panels were the main feature. JPHiP caught up with the festivities on Sunday and we were blown away. First we had cult hero Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite fame. He admitted that he felt right at home at conventions such as Edmonton Expo.  “I love geeky stuff,” he said imitating his character. The Zelda fan entertained the crowd with his dance moves and interpretation of what it would be like if he was cast as Batman’s sidekick Robin.

JPHiP Interview: J☆Dee’Z @ Japan Expo USA

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The four-member junior dance group J☆Dee’Z is made up of Meik, Nono, ami, and leader MOMOKA. These four girls are ridiculously cute and JPHiP got to interview them at the first Japan Expo USA, held in Santa Clara.

JPHiP Interview: 1000say @ Japan Expo USA

The members of 1000say (from left to right) keyboardist MICHELLE, bassist API, guitarist MAN, and drummer NON

The members of 1000say (from left to right) keyboardist MICHELLE, bassist API, guitarist MAN, and drummer NON flash the JPHiP sign.

The Japanese indie band 1000say (A THOUSAND SAY) made their US debut at the first Japan Expo USA, held on August 23rd-25th in Santa Clara, California. Undoubtedly the coolest musical guests in attendance, 1000say has been featured at Japan Expo since 2011’s Japan Expo Paris. JPHiP’s Tris-chan and Slack caught up to the band on the last day of the convention to interview their members, vocalist/guitarist MAN, vocalist/bassist API, keyboardist MICHELLE, and drummer NON.

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