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PRs: Anime Midwest adds Steam Powered Giraffe and Quinton Flynn

By Petrea Mitchell| January 31, 2013 | Comments Off

Announcement #1:

The most exciting 3-day geek convention to hit Chicago has fans fired up about today’s announcement that robot steampunk band Steam Powered Giraffe will be performing at the convention in 2013. Over three thousand people are expected to converge on the Hyatt Regency O’Hare to celebrate Anime Midwest’s Chicago anime convention, and almost a thousand of them are expected to enjoy Steam Powered Giraffe’s live performance on the convention’s grand stage.

The robots of Steam Powered Giraffe are like nothing you’ve ever seen. The malfunctioning joke-spewing metal men play a collection of original Vaudeville inspired tunes fused with modern flare and executed in a super-sleek, one-of-a-kind performance. More than just a band, Steam Powered Giraffe is an experience that must be seen and heard by the entire family.

The artists behind the SPG robots started street busking as these quirky characters back in January 2008 at Balboa Park, California, instantly drawing the attention of Southern California. They have since performed at such venues as The San Diego Fair, The San Diego Zoo, The Wild Animal Park, Legoland, Ontario Mills, and numerous Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Steampunk Conventions.

Their act combines the visual of robot pantomime with sketches, pop culture references, improvised comedic dialogue, and of course, original music. From their heartwarming nostalgic melodies to their funky cabaret rock, Steam Powered Giraffe’s songs are memorable, infectious, and as unique as the robots themselves.

This announcement is just one of the elements of a Chicago Steampunk convention blended into Anime Midwest, as Anime Midwest also includes the adventures of a Steampunk airship crew and numerous Steampunk panels and events.

Thousands of fans raved about Anime Midwest 2012, which drew well over a thousand attendees to Lisle, receiving praise for exceptionally friendly staff and a ConSweet that included unlimited access to free ramen and soda. Anime Midwest this year will include a ConSweet that features plenty of Mt. Dew and cup ramen noodles, as just one of the many unique parts of the convention. Events at Anime Midwest include Karaoke, Cosplay Contests, Dealers & Artist Rooms, Panels, Workshops, Guest Autographs, and a whole bunch of other things that are listed at http://animemidwest.com/events.

Rooms at Anime Midwest’s hotel cost $99 per night, and can be booked
online from http://animemidwest.com/location.

Registration for the convention costs $30 online in advance, or up to
$40 at the door for the weekend. Registration information is available
at http://animemidwest.com/register.

Anime Midwest will be held July 5-7, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare
in Rosemont, Illinois. More details about the entire event can be found
at http://animemidwest.com/.

Announcement #2:

Chicago’s hot new anime convention, Anime Midwest, is pleased to announce that A-list voice actor Quinton Flynn will be appearing at Anime Midwest 2013 to sign autographs and participate in Q & A sessions throughout the weekend. Anime Midwest will be held July 5-7, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare right next to the O’Hare airport. The convention’s website is http://animemidwest.com.

Quinton’s voice has been burning up film and television ever since arriving in LA from native Cleveland, as such extremely popular characters as Axel in Kingdom Hearts, Reno in Final Fantasy: Advent Children, Raiden in MGS, and Iruka-sensei in Naruto.

Quinton is an A-list voice actor, having played dozens of famous animated characters such as Jonny Quest, Spiderman, Speed Racer, The Human Torch, Timon, Snowbell in Stuart Little, among countless others. His television and film appearances include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, King of Queens, Animaniacs, Woody Woodpecker, Robot Chicken, Digimon Data Squad, Blood+, and many more. Voice acting is in his blood, as even his younger brother, Bart Flynn, is also a voice actor, the two of them have both voiced characters on The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.

Fans will get several chances to ask Quinton questions during Q&A
sessions throughout the weekend, in addition to getting free autographs. Previously announced guests include GLaDOS from Portal (Ellen McLain), Doug Walker (The Nostalgia Critic), Todd Haberkorn, Sonny Strait, Spike Spencer, Dr. Awkward, YTCracker, The Pillowcases, V is for Villains, Russell Lissau, Alan Evans, Trevor Mueller, Steve Horton, and Sleeping Samurai. A full list of guests can be found at href="http://animemidwest.com/guests">http://animemidwest.com/guests.

Anime Midwest is a top-notch anime convention held in Chicago, with epic events every year ranging from a Lolita Fashion Show to a Fantasy Ball. Featured events are listed at http://animemidwest.com/events.

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