Friday, December 4, 2015

Steve Wozniak Introduces Tokyo Comic Con


Sister Event to Silicon Valley Comic Con, the Inaugural Tokyo Comic Con Will Take Place December 3-4, 2016 

Woz Celebrates with “Star Wars” Actors Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine) and Ray Park (Darth Maul) at Unveiling Today in Japan
TOKYO – Dec. 4, 2015 – Not only is Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak presenting Silicon Valley Comic Con in March, but he is in Tokyo today to unveil his role in bringing the first-ever American-style Tokyo Comic Con (TCC) to Japan at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center from December 3 – 4, 2016.  A sister event to Woz’s SVCC coming to San Jose, CA in March 2016, Tokyo Comic Con will bring a new American-style pop culture experience to Japan, uniquely featuring top international celebrities from movies and TV shows, and providing a special experience for fans to meet their favorite stars, take photos together, and sign autographs.

“Tokyo Comic Con 2016 will celebrate pop culture and technology in one of the world’s coolest cities,” said Woz. “From Godzilla to Pokemon to Power Rangers, Japan exports many pop culture trends to the rest of the world. Even the moral codes of the “Star Wars” Jedi are based on some of Japan’s historical samurai culture. In 2016, we will come full circle back to Japan to blend pop culture from Japan and the USA at Tokyo Comic Con.”
Steve Wozniak unveils Tokyo Comic Con at a special fan event in Japan. The inaugural Tokyo Comic Con will take place at the Mukahari Messe Convention Center from December 3 - 4, 2016.
Steve Wozniak is joined by actor Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars' Emperor Palpatine), cosplay artist Nekomi Otogi, actress Mika Mifune and actor Ray Park (Star Wars' Darth Maul) to celebrate the unveil of Tokyo Comic Con at a special fan event taking place December 5-6, 2015. The inaugural Tokyo Comic Con will take place December 3-4, 2016 at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center.

Tokyo Comic Con will celebrate the best in entertainment and technology under one big roof. Different genres and artists in comics, cosplay, science fiction, fantasy, anime and more will be in the spotlight, while panels, talks, autograph sessions, photo ops, and many more events will ensure fans can enjoy special experiences with their favorite celebrities and content.

In addition to showcasing pop culture favorites, Tokyo Comic Con will celebrate Japan’s technology leaders who provide innovative products in Japan and around the world. TCC will focus mainly on consumer technologies that impact our daily lives, such as mobile devices, apps, and games. As new developments like AI, robots, driverless cars and more are captivating our imaginations, Tokyo Comic Con will also showcase the cutting edge of what is coming next. Tokyo Comic Con tickets will go on sale next March.

At the announcement event in Japan, Woz welcomed Ian McDiarmid, best known for his role as Emperor Palpatine, and Ray Park, who portrayed Darth Maul in the “Star Wars” films. This weekend, December 5-6, 2015, fans will be able to meet Ian and Ray at a special fan event at the Shinagawa InterCity Hall to celebrate the countdown to Tokyo Comic Con 2016. Tickets for photos and autographs with the celebrities this weekend are available at, or on site at the Shinagawa InterCity Hall while supplies last.