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News ArticlesOctober 7, 2009
Robotech Comic Creators Reunite at Zenkaikon!
The 2009 Robotech Convention Tour to wrap in Philadelphia as the crew from Comico to Eternity to DC gather for the first time in decades!
Author: Kevin McKeever & Tommy Yune

UPDATE (10/27/09):

The staff of Zenkaikon wishes to thank everyone who has made pre-registration for Zenkaikon 2009 such an extraordinary success. Due to an overwhelming 160% increase in pre-registrations over the previous year, Zenkaikon has announced that it will be capping attendance each day of Zenkaikon 2009. In order to give as many attendees as possible the opportunity to pre-register, online registration will remain open through Wednesday, November 4, 2009 (three days before the event). Attendees who pre-register are guaranteed admission to the convention, and will be able to check in starting at 8AM on Saturday (an hour before general admission). Any questions regarding registration or the attendance cap can be directed to


The 2009 Robotech Convention Tour celebrates its final stop for 2009 at Zenkaikon, the Philadelphia area's fastest-growing anime convention, on November 7th & 8th! To wrap up this year's tour and to kick off the 25th Anniversary of Robotech, Harmony Gold and Zenkaikon have assembled a diverse list of Robotech guests for a blowout!


• Robert Axelrod — voice of Rico in Robotech: The Macross Saga
• Gerry Giovinco — co-founder of Comico, artist and letterer - Macross / Robotech: The Macross Saga
• Chris Kalnick — inker of Robotech: The Macross Saga, Robotech Masters
• Mike Leeke — penciler of Robotech: The Macross Saga
• Rich Rankin — inker of Robotech: The Macross Saga, Robotech Masters, Robotech: The New Generation
• Bill Spangler — writer of Robotech: The Malcontent Uprisings, Invid War, Return To Macross
• Neil Vokes — penciler of Robotech: The Macross Saga, Robotech Masters, Robotech: The Graphic Novel
• Tommy Yune — director of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles


Radisson Valley Forge Hotel
1160 First Avenue
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
(610) 337-2000

Zenkaikon 2009 will be held on November 7 & 8, 2009 at a new venue, the Radisson Valley Forge Hotel, which is conveniently located minutes from all surrounding highways, including I-476, I-76, Route 422, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Zenkaikon is only 20-minutes from Philadelphia, 20-minutes from the Philadelphia International Airport, and 20-minutes from I-95. The hotel is also adjacent to the historic Valley Forge National Park and the East Coast's largest shopping experience, the King of Prussia Mall.


$40 – Full weekend (both days)
$23 – Saturday only
$20 – Sunday only


Zenkaikon has reserved a block of rooms for its 2009 convention attendees at the Radisson Valley Forge Hotel. Click here to reserve a room for the discounted rate of $109 per night* between Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 8, 2009.

Attendees who wish to book additional nights, or would rather make reservations by phone, can also call the Radisson directly at (610) 337-2000 and ask for the "Zenkaikon Room Block." If you experience any issues with reserving a room in the block, or have any hotel-related questions, please contact


• Saturday, November 7th •

ROBERT AXELROD: Life with Lord Zedd & Beyond
11:00AM @ Panel Room 2 (Conestoga Room)

11:00AM @ Panel Room 1 (Buchanan Room)

ANIME IN CHINA with Kevin McKeever
1:00PM @ Panel Room 1 (Buchanan Room)

AUTOGRAPH SESSION with Robert Axelrod
1:00PM @ Otaku Lounge (Bryn Mawr Room)

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANIME with Robert Axelrod
4:00PM @ Main Events

ROBOTECH: Past & Future with the Comico Crew
5:00PM @ Panel Room 2 (Conestoga Room)

BE A VOICE OVER STAR with Robert Axelrod
6:15PM @ Panel Room 1 (Buchanan Room)

• Sunday, November 8th •

ROBOTECH: Free-For-All
11:00AM @ Panel 1 (Buchanan Room)

1:00PM @ Panel 1 (Buchanan Room)

ADR WRITING with Robert Axelrod
2:00PM @ Panel 1 (Buchanan Room)


Discuss Zenkaikon in the event forum

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Check out the list of other cities from the 2009 Robotech Convention Tour

Do you run a convention and want the Robotech Tour to make a stop at your event in 2010? Then contact Kevin McKeever at for more information.

Special Thanks to Zenkaikon Convention Chair Matilda “Mattie” Madden, for all of her efforts to bring the tour to Philly!


Zenkaikon 2009 will be held on November 7 and 8 at the Radisson Valley Forge Hotel.

The incredible lineup of Robotech guests at Zenkaikon include (left to right, top to bottom) voice actor Robert Axelrod, Comico co-founder Gerry Giovinco, inker Chris Kalnick, penciler Mike Leeke, marketing coordinator Kevin McKeever, inker Rich Rankin, writer Bill Spangler, penciler Neil Vokes, and creative director Tommy Yune!

Yeah, you know you're a real old school 80's fan if you have one of these in your collection.

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