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13 March 2010 by

Mike McFarland will be attending the Phoenix Comicon in May 2010

Phoenix, AZ March 12, 2010: Mike McFarland, an American voice actor known for his work on the Dragon Ball series and sequels, Fullmetal Alchemist, Fruits Basket, and Lupin the Third, will bring attending the Phoenix Comicon in 2010.

Dragon Ball introduced an entire generation to anime,” said Greg Fennell, Anime Programming Director for the Phoenix Comicon, “Being able to meet one of the actors who made that happen, well, it’s surreal and exciting!”

McFarland has contributed to several popular anime. Perhaps his favorite role out of all the anime characters he has brought to life was Master Roshi, the wise and powerful, yet stereotypical “dirty old man,” who trained the protagonist Son Goku in Dragon Ball and its subsequent sequals. The series is often called one of the best anime of all time and is a fan favorite. McFarland was also featured in the anime Fruits Basket where he played the man cursed to turn into a monkey if hugged by the opposite sex, Ritsu Sohma. Other anime in which McFarland appears include: Fullmetal AlchemistLupin the ThirdYu Yu HakushoBlue Gender,Kiddy GradeCase ClosedSpiral, and Parasite Dolls.

McFarland is very active in the behind the scenes work that brings anime to its fans, as well. He has worked as an ADR Driector and Dub Script Writer on multiple series, including Dragon Ball Z, and Fullmetal Alchemist.

“From acting to script writing, Mike has really been there and done that,” says Matt Solberg, Phoenix Comicon Convention Director, “I wonder if he has the t-shirt for it?”

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture event of the southwest, presenting guests and programming for hobbyists and fans by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, TV, and gaming industries.  Entering its ninth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 10,000+ attendees to its May 27-30, 2010 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency located in downtown Phoenix.

For more information, please go to http://www.phoenixcomicon.com.

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