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October 4, 2011

News for Kawaii Kon 2012:

Kawaii Kon's second guest announcements for its 2012 convention

Honolulu, HI - October 4, 2011 - Kawaii Kon, Hawaii's premier anime convention and conference is sad to announce that due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, Todd Haberkorn will not appear at the 2012 show. However, Kawaii Kon is proud to announce the addition Johnny Yong Bosch and Eyeshine to the guest lineup!

Johnny Yong Bosch - Voice Actor/Musician
Johnny is best known for portraying Adam Park in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and being the English voice of Vash the Stampede in Trigun, as well as the voice of Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, Itsuki Koizumi in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kiba in Wolf's Rain, Renton Thurston in Eureka Seven, Emil Castagnier in Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, Shotaro Kaneda in Akira, and Nero in Devil May Cry 4. He's also a two-time American Anime Award nominee.

Eyeshine - Rock Band
Eyeshine is a four piece, "edge rock" band originating in West Hills, California. The band consists of Johnny Yong Bosch, Maurice Salmin, Eddie Colmenares, and Tori Dozier. They are currently one of the most promising unsigned bands coming out of California playing shows all over the United States.
The origins of Eyeshine date back almost a decade when Bosch and Maurice Salmin began playing together in a church band. Eventually deciding to take a shot at writing and performing their own music, the band went through many incarnations before deciding on the name Eyeshine. Their full-length debut album Red Stripes/White Lights was released in the early spring of 2008. My Paper Kingdom was released on June 5, 2009. In addition to My Paper Kingdom, Eyeshine will be releasing an all-acoustic album entitled Afterglow and an untitled third CD in the near future.
Bosch got the name "Eyeshine" from an episode of the Crocodile Hunter. Steve Irwin was rescuing crocodiles in the darkness and kept repeating that he could spot them by their 'eyeshine' from his lantern.

About Kawaii Kon: Kawaii Kon is dedicated to creating a broader awareness of, and appreciation for Japanese animation by celebrating the richness of this artform. Through cooperation with the community, Kawaii Kon hopes to facilitate growth of the anime, manga and related industries in Hawaii and beyond. In addition to providing a central event for fans and enthusiasts, Kawaii Kon seeks to become a vehicle for sharing and disseminating industry information. Kawaii Kon also provides the community and related industries the opportunity to network and conduct business.

Kawaii Kon will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center from March 16th to 18th, 2012. For more information please visit: