FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will bring character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, and mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane to New York Comic Con as guests. They will appear at a 20th anniversary retrospective for the Cowboy Bebop anime.
FUNimation is hosting a campaign to win a dinner with all three staff members. Entries are open to those who are attending and have purchased FUNimation’s Cowboy Bebop 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition. Three random winners will be selected from all entries submitted before July 13, 2018.
A co-founder of the BONES animation studio, Kawamoto is best known as the animation director and character designer for Cowboy Bebop and Wolf’s Rain. His other designer credits include Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, Golden Boy, Noragami, and Blood Blockade Battlefront. He also served as a key animation director for Sword of the Stranger, Escaflowne: The Movie, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Eureka Seven. His career as an animator includes titles such as the first Mobile Suit Gundam series in 1979, Nadia – Secret of Blue Water, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
Nobumoto debuted as a scriptwriter after winning the Third Fuji TV Young Scenario Grand Prix. She has written for live-action, animation, and stage. She handled series composition for Cowboy Bebop and Wolf’s Rain, and wrote the screenplay for Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, and collaborated with Satoshi Kon on Tokyo Godfathers. She has also contributed scripts for Space Dandy, Macross Plus, and Samurai Champloo.
Yamane began his career as a mechanical designer after approaching the animation planning and production company ARTMIC with a project. He later went independent, and has since provided mechanical design for anime such as Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne: The Movie, Infinite Ryvius, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed, and Mobile Fighter G Gundam.
New York Comic Con will be held at the Javits Center in New York City from October 4-7, 2018.