The New York Anime Festival (NYAF) today announced that Kobun Shizuno and Aimee Major Steinberger will appear as Guests of Honor at its inaugural event December 7-9 in New York City. Mr. Shizuno is a rising star in the world of Japanese animation and will soon be globally known for his directorial role in the upcoming Neon Genesis Evangelion feature films. Aimee Major Steinberger is a veteran American animator who has worked on television series including The Simpsons and Futurama. Ms. Steinberger is now writing and illustrating a book of her adventures in the worlds of cosplay, doll collecting, and other otaku pursuits, Japan Ai: A Tall Girl’s Adventures in Japan, to be published this winter by Go! Comi.
“The New York Anime Festival is honored to welcome Mr. Shizuno and Ms. Steinberger,” NYAF Show Manager John McGeary said. “Their appearance at our festival will be a huge attraction and we are certainly grateful for their participation. Mr. Shizuno’s works, from the classics that gave him his start, to the upcoming installments of the Evangelion saga, are enormously impressive. Meanwhile, Ms. Steinberger has been involved in the production of some of America’s most-beloved cartoons while also becoming one of the leading American figures in the Japanese pop culture movement. We are certainly fortunate to have both these artists contribute their time and talent to our show.’