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February 18, 2009

News for Castle Point Anime Convention 2009:

Castle Point Anime Convention announces Michele Knotz and Bill Rogers

HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY - February 18th, 2009 - The Castle Point Anime Convention is pleased to announce special guests Michele Knotz and Bill Rogers!

Voice actress Michele Knotz joins us as a special guest for the upcoming Castle Point Anime Convention. Michele is well known for her roles of Misty, Jessie, May, and Nurse Joy in "Pokemon". Michele has also voiced Ogiue Chika in the "Genshiken" OVA's and Koyuki Asagiri in "Kujibiki Unbalance."

A native of the Jersey Shore, Michele Knotz has always had a passion for acting. She was cast in her first animated voice-acting role as Hajime Yagi in "The World of Narue" in 2003. Since then she has also voiced Takako Kawashima in "Shootfighter Tekken," Matsumoto and various additional characters in "To Heart," and Razali, Cindy, Greta, and The Fairy in "The Third." In 2006, Michele landed the lead roles, Jessie, May, Misty and Nurse Joy for the Pokémon 10th Anniversary Special, "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon," and continued to voice these characters throughout Season 9 of "Pokémon, the Battle Frontier." She has also voiced the characters May, Jessie, and Manaphy for the Pokémon Movie 9, "Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea." She voiced Chikorita in the Pokémon Special, "Pokémon Mystery Dungeon, Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate." Along with human-speaking characters, she has voiced various Pokémon in the series such as Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Chimecho, Beautifly, Masquerain, Dustox, Cacnea, Seedot and many others. You can catch Michele as May, Jessie, Misty and Nurse Joy at; an interactive web site dedicated to educating children in Math, Science and Language Arts. In Seasons 10 and 11 of "Pokémon, Diamond and Pearl," she returned as Jessie and Nurse Joy as well as the Pokédex, Piplup, and many other Pokémon characters. Michele voiced the Pokémon Trainer, Squirtle and various other Pokémon for the Nintendo Wii video game: "Super Smash Bros. Brawl." She has also voiced Ogiue Chika in the "Genshiken" OVA's and Koyuki Asagiri in "Kujibiki Unbalance." Michele is extremely excited and happy to be a guest at Castle Point Anime Convention this year and can't wait to meet all the fans throughout the weekend!

Voice actor Bill Rogers also joins us as a special guest. Bill is well known for his roles in "Pokemon" as the voice of Brock, "Gravitation" as Touma Seguch, "Genshiken" as Tanaka Souichiro, and many others.

Since his debut in Assemble Insert back in 2001, Bill has been providing voices to some of your favorite characters in some of your favorite shows. If you've watched KO Beast, His and Her Circumstances, Joe vs. Joe, Madara, To Heart, Gokudo, or Comic Party you've probably heard his voice. But he is best known for his work in Gravitation (Touma Seguch), Boogiepop Phantom (Yamamoto), Genshiken (Tanaka Souichiro), Shingu (Kanata Mouken) and more recently in The Third (Kevin). He can also be heard on Saturday mornings as the voice of Brock in Pokémon, (as well as various creatures that appear in that show). Outside of the anime field, Bill has worked on the children's show Tarchin and Friends, and the series of Universal Safety Squad educational films. In the world of video games, Bill has lent his voice to the X-Box game Bullet Witch as well as supplying the voices for Red, Yellow and other fun characters in m&m's Adventure and m&m's Kart Racing for the Wii console. He has also voiced various Pokémon including Bonsly, Weavile and the legendary Lucario in the Wii smash hit Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

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ABOUT CASTLE POINT ANIME CONVENTION: Castle Point Anime Convention is created and organized by the members of the Stevens Anime Club and will be held on March 29th, 2009 on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Castle Point Anime Convention is just minutes away from New York City and is easily accessible by PATH, NJ Transit, ferry, and bus. Castle Point Anime Convention aims to promote anime, manga, and Japanese culture as well as providing a fun experience for attendees.