Anime Central (ACEN) Has long been my home convention. As a lifetime Chicago resident growing up going to Whizcon and ACEN was the hi-light of my years. As I got older ACEN got bigger, eventually expanding so much that it ended up being the largest midwest anime convention. Now in its 20th year ACEN is back and bigger than ever. Taking place next weekend (may 18th) ACEN will feature a full line up of content from my favorite company VIZ media.

This year, VIZ Media and ACen will welcome Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou, the creators of the DEADMAN WONDERLAND manga series, as official Guests of Honor. VIZ and acen will hold a variety of events, including panel discussions and autograph sessions. ACen attendees are also invited to learn the latest news during VIZ Media’s official panel and celebrate the Guardians of Love and Justice at the official SAILOR MOON panel with an autograph session to follow.

The full schedule includes:

  • Two panel opportunities to see the DEADMAN WONDERLAND creators (Saturday 3:30PM at the DEADMAN WONDERLAND Panel and Sunday 12PM at the VIZ Media panel), and two exclusive onsite autograph sessions following each panel!
  • The return of the fan-favorite SAILOR MOON Panel on Saturday at 1:30PM, featuring special English-language voice cast guests and lots of sparkle & fun! Following the panel at 4:30PM, Cherami Leigh, Lauren Landa and Erica Mendez will also appear at an onsite autograph signing!
  • More fun than you can… STAND! Stop by the JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Pose Off, located on the show floor by the VIZ Media booth to get a free art card set!
  • The VIZ Media booth, home to retail exclusives including a DEADMAN WONDERLAND manga bundle w/ gift with purchase pin, an exclusive SAILOR MOON SUPERS t-shirt, RWBY: OFFICIAL MANGA ANTHOLOGY Vol. 1 with exclusive poster, and more!


Saturday, May 19th


1:30pm – 3pm                   SAILOR MOON Panel

(Panel Room 1)

Everyone’s favorite Guardian of Love and Justice returns to the Windy City with a fabulous panel filled with sparkle and fun! Join the SAILOR MOON cast for a delightful time filled with news, updates and, more!


3:30pm – 5pm                   DEADMAN WONDERLAND Panel

(Panel Room 1)

Revisit Tokyo’s most macabre theme park with the creators of DEADMAN WONDERLAND, Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou, in their first US appearance! Learn about the birth of the hit series, get a chance to win some limited-edition prizes, and watch a live character drawing!


Sunday, May 20th


12pm – 1:30pm                 VIZ MEDIA Panel

(Panel Room 1)

Celebrate some of your favorite titles like BORUTO, SAILOR MOON, JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE and more! We’ll also be revisiting the world of one of Tokyo’s most insane prisons with the creators of DEADMAN WONDERLAND. We’ve got a full lineup of news, sneak peeks and exclusive insights from our special guests!


On-Site Autograph Sessions Include:

DEADMAN WONDERLAND Creators Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou

  • Saturday, May 19th at 5:30pm (Signings 2) – limited to 80 people
  • Sunday, May 20th at 3pm (Signings 1) – limited to 80 people

SAILOR MOON English Voice Cast (Cherami Leigh, Lauren Landa, and Erica Mendez)

  • Saturday, May 19th at 4:30pm (Signings 3) – limited to 100 people


Signing session attendees will each receive an exclusive poster from VIZ Media for guests to autograph. Official signings are ticketed before the event. Please visit ACen’s Autograph Policy page for more information, at



Located on the show floor by VIZ Media Booth #IND 5


It’s more fun than you can… STAND! Strike a pose with one of our JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE cosplayers and epic, life-sized Jotaro statue, and get a free art card set featuring favorite characters from STARDUST CRUSADERS and a JOJO’S-themed tattoo! While supplies last.


VIZ Media’s retail area in its booth will offer a variety of must-have convention exclusives. Each purchase comes with a special VIZ Media exclusive tote bag available in three distinct designs. Select from SAILOR MOON, BORUTO, and POKÉMON.