Mar 162011

Los Angeles, CA (March 16, 2011) – In response to the calamitous events unfolding in Japan, individuals and organizations around the world have banded together to show their support and concern, and thus, the WE HEART JAPAN project was born. More information can be found at

This Thursday, WE HEART JAPAN brings anime, art, and autographs to MELTDOWN COMICS (7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046). Thanks to generous sponsorships and donations from HARMONY GOLD, GENEON ENTERTAINMENT, PACIFIC MEDIA EXPOMX, COSPLAY IN AMERICA, BANDAI ENTERTAINMENT, AM22M, CRUNCHYROLL, NAN DESU KAN, SWEET STREETS LA, LOVE THE TRUTH CLOTHING, and more, WE HEART JAPAN will feature a silent auction with art from Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe, Sweet Streets LA, Cathy Clark, Zane DeGaine, Kevissimo, Dekker Dreyer, Aaron Bjork, Shibuya Girls Pop, Sam Randazzo, Sawdust Bear, Sasha Palacio, Sara Tea, Patrick Smith, Eron Rauch, and many more! In addition, prizes will be raffled off over the course of the night!

All proceeds will go to the “Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund” which provides support to organizations in Japan that are taking part in the relief effort, as well as to ensure longer-term support for local organizations working hard to rebuild their communities. Visit here for more details:

Special Guests Include:
Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz)
Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
Stephanie Sheh (Naruto, Bleach, Eureka 7)
Troy Baker (Generator Rex, Bleach, The Avengers)
Richard Epcar (Ghost in the Shell, Mr. Men, Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe)
Wendee Lee (Cowboy Bebop, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Bleach)
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Naruto, Ghost in the Shell, Silent Hill)
Daran Norris (Team America, Fairly Odd Parents, T.U.F.F. Puppy)
Liam O’brien (Naruto, Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy, X-men: Destiny)
Ellyn Stern (Blue Dragon, Noein, Bleach)
Michelle Ruff (Gurren Lagan, Digimon Data Squad, Gungrave)
DC Douglas (Resident Evil, Mass Effect 2, Kyo Kara Maoh!)
Crispin Freeman (Hellsing, Blood+, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Slayers)
Sam Riegel (Naruto, Yûgiô,Texhnolyze, Fallout: New Vegas)
JB Blanc (Darksiders, Iron Cross, The Unit, CSI: New York, Nikita)
Tony Oliver (Bleach, Robotech, Lucky Star)

Featuring music by COUNT NINJULA
Free drinks provided by ARTA TEQUILA, COMIKAZE EXPO, and H2OM WATER

DATE: Thursday, March 17, 2011
TIME: 8:00pm – 11:00pm
LOCATION: Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

For the latest information, please visit

We Heart Japan is a collective of anime and comic industry professionals who want to give back to the community. We Heart Japan is throwing a couple charity events this month to benefit Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster relief efforts; the first being an art auction with signings, and the second being a movie screening later this month. We’re currently reaching out to local artists to donate pieces for our auctions. More information can be found at

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