Zenkaikon Announces New Guest, Robert Axelrod
- VALLEY FORGE, PENNSYLVANIA - February 8, 2009: The staff of Zenkaikon
is pleased to announce another guest for its 2009 convention, Robert
Axelrod. Mr. Axelrod has performed in countless anime and television
series since 1976, in both live action and voice acting roles.
About Robert Axelrod:
Robert Axelrod's career in show business runs the gamut. Born and
raised in New York City, he did commercials and theater there during
his childhood and teenage years. Eventually he ended up in the
Avant-garde theater scene in Soho, acting in a show called Little
Trips, as well as Off-Broadway in a play called The Destroyers. Around
this time, Mr. Axelrod left acting for the world of music. He spent
eight years as a rock musician playing electric bass, and singing in
folk, rock, and soul bands. Music brought him to Los Angeles, where he
decided to return to acting, a decision he has never regretted.
Since moving to L.A., Mr. Axelrod has appeared in over thirty feature
films including the sci-fi hit remake The Blob, and The Last Shot with
Alec Baldwin and Matthew Broderick. Television appearances include
guest star roles on Amazing Stories, Star Trek Voyager, and The Mighty
Morphin' Power Rangers. He also starred in the Michael Jackson music
video Stranger in Moscow.
As a voice actor, Mr. Axelrod has been busy. His most recognizable
roles are as the voice of Lord Zedd and Finster on The Mighty Morphin'
Power Rangers. As Lord Zedd, he starred in the first Power Rangers
feature film, as well as the wildly popular live show that toured the
country. He was also a regular character on Saban Entertainment's
Wowser series (Ratso Catso), Journey to the Heart of the World
(Scarface), and Hallo Spencer (Elmer). In addition, he voiced
Armadillomon and Wizardmon on Digimon and Microchip, the Punisher's
sidekick on Spiderman.
Mr. Axelrod has performed voices in countless anime features including
Akira, The Big O, Ghost in the Shell, Cowboy Bebop, and Brain Scratch.
He has just finished narrating the mockumentary Safety First: The
Rise of Women, as well as providing voices in two anime series
Gaiking and Danguard Ace.
Zenkaikon was formed by the merger of the anime and sci-fi convention
Zentrancon and the anime convention Kosaikon, both in the Philadelphia
area. In 2006, they put on their first event, which was a tremendous
success. Zenkaikon will return for its fourth installment on November
7 and 8, 2009, moving into the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge. The
convention will feature two days of programming with dealers, artists,
panels, performances, gaming, and more. The Zenkaikon staff wishes to
thank the many attendees who made the 2008 event such a huge success.
They hope to see this trend continue in 2009, and are actively
anticipating expansion with larger performance and panel areas, dealer
space, and video game rooms.
Zenkaikon 2009 Membership:
Pre-registration for Zenkaikon 2009 is currently open.
By June 6: One Day (Saturday or Sunday) $15.00, Two Day $28.00, Two
Day VIP $48
By October 6: Saturday $18.00, Sunday $15.00, Two Day $30.00, Two Day
At Door: Saturday $23.00, Sunday $20.00, Two Day $40.00, Two Day VIP n/a
Two day group rates are available.
Children under 6 years of age are free.
Visit www.zenkaikon.com to pre-register online, as well as to find
information on exhibitor space, panel registration, and Zenkaikon
rules and regulations. Printable forms for mail-in registrations are