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Saturday, February 5th, 2011
5:25 pm - An Open Letter to Pokefans

First off, I just want to say thank you for all your love and support these past five years. It has been a blessing to be the voice of Brock and I had a great run. I have many fond memories.

From being cast back in January 2006, to our promotional appearance at San Diego Comic Con that summer (my first every SDCC appearance), to the excitement of recording every week and watching every weekend. This has been my longest run as a character in any medium, and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

In my five years, I recorded over 200 episodes (I believe 236, but I might be off), 5 movies and a few specials. In that time, I have also supplied voices to numerous creatures and guest characters, but Brock has always been there through it all.

Today’s episode saw Brock leave the team to pursue a career as a Pokemon doctor. And as he heads off to Pewter city, everyone wishes him much success. But just because he’s no longer part of the traveling party, it doesn’t mean his adventures are over.

And neither are mine.  :)

In my career, I continue to work on many other productions (stage, film and voice). Plus, I have had the good fortune to continue working behind the scenes on Pokemon and I hope you’ll all continue to follow Ash’s adventures when they take him to Unova next week.

To my fans, thank you again for everything. I have met many of you over these last five years and it’s always nice to hear your kind words of support. Voice actors spend a good portion of their time enclosed in a small booth with only a microphone in front of them. Don’t get my wrong, I love my job, and it is so great putting everything into a performance, but it is equally thrilling to hear that what I’m doing is so well received by so many. I hope to meet many more of you in the future and I hope you’ll continue to follow my adventures.

 

It’s been one heck of a ride, and I’ve loved every minute!

Bill Rogers

 

 

If you wish to continue to follow my adventures, please be sure to visit these site:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/billsvoice/96294771575

http://www.youtube.com/user/billrogersvoice

http://twitter.com/billsvoice

 



current mood: grateful

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Thursday, February 4th, 2010
2:12 pm - m&m Adventure video online
Just posted a video clip from the m&m Adventure game. I supplied the voice for Red, Yellow and a variety of other in game characters. The game came out in December of 2008, and while it's far from the platforming genius of games like Crash Bandicoot or Jak and Daxter, I was still happy to have worked on a platforming style game from a notable franchise.
You can find the clip here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeLe2yYo-tk

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Saturday, January 30th, 2010
3:49 am - convention interview
Speaking of conventions, I thought I might also mention that I recently had an interview with the cool folks over at animecons.com and they added it to their January podcast. You can watch it as part of their show or see the entire interview clip here:

http://www.animecons.com/podcast/extras/bill_rogers.shtml

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3:42 am - convention update
Just wanted to let you all know that I am in the process of setting up some con appearances for 2010.
At this point in time, I have two confirmed appearances.
March 26-28: I-CON 29 in Stony Brook, NY  (http://www.iconsf.org)
April 11: Castle Point Anime Convention in Hoboken, NJ (http://www.castlepointanime.com)

The holidays kinda slowed some stuff down, but things are starting to get rolling again. Not only am I in discussions with some other conventions to make appearances, but I am also trying to get some of my VA pals involved with some of the shows. Gravitation and Genshiken fans should note that some of my cast mates have voiced a definite interest in joining me for some cons and there will be some cool upcoming announcements for them as well. I'll keep you updated as things develop.

current mood: excited

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Saturday, November 7th, 2009
1:28 am - Poke Movie Trilogy

So I just found out that Cartoon Network will be airing the latest Pokemon movie (#12 Arceus and the Jewel of Life) on Friday 11/20 (just two weeks from now). This is the last in the Palkia/Dialga trilogy and if you missed the first two they will be shown this coming Wed (11/11). It's a cool set of films and I am very happy to be a part of them. Hope you'll all check them out. Check your local Cartoon Network listings for exact showtimes (although I think the 11/11 showings are in the AM, and the premiere on 11/20 should be in the PM).

Also a trailer can be seen here:
http://www.pokemonarceus.com



current mood: happy

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
7:03 pm - Big Bald Broadcast
So a few weeks ago while I was at AnimeNext, I had a chance to be a guest on "The Big Bald Broadcast" which is a podcast hosted by fellow voice actor Kyle Hebert.
Michele Knotz was with me and we had a great deal of fun. We didn't really talk much about our careers per se, but we had a great time geeking out, discussing movie and video games, and other fun stuff.
If you get a chance you should check it out:

http://blog.thebigbaldbroadcast.com/?p=327





current mood: amused

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Friday, July 3rd, 2009
4:41 am - Catch up on Season 1 before Season 2 hits stores!
Do you wanna watch the first season of Genshiken, but have limited funds? Well, Right Stuf has made it easier for you to finally make the plunge.
From now until 7/8, you can get the whole first season in a 3 disc economy priced box set. Normally this set sells for $40, but for this week only you can get it for $23.99 (that's 40% off). It's a great way to gear up for Season 2.
And once again, as I have stated in the past, I don't make any money from promoting the show, but when more people buy the products I dub, the companies I work for make money which can then be used to acquire other great shows that I can work on, which indirectly affects me. And then there is also the fact that this show is just so damned good, I wish I could just give everyone a copy to watch, but since I'm a poor voice actor, all I can do is point out when the show is really cheap so that everyone can get a copy of their own without going bankrupt. So what are you waiting for, head over here now:

http://www.rightstuf.com/cgi-bin/catalogmgr/VEJ33vIouM3JzAcGxZ/browse/item/72456/4/0/0

You know you want to.

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Saturday, June 20th, 2009
2:03 am - More Genshiken on the horizon
Hey gang, it's time to head back to the club.

This week was especially fun for me as I got to go up to Headline and work on Vol. 1 of Genshiken 2.
Originally slated for a June release, this volume has been pushed ahead to 8/25/09. Which meant lots of waiting around for yours truly. But it was worth the wait. I had a blast working on it and I hope it shows in the final release.
We also had the good fortune of doing the Gravitation/Genshiken panel at AnimeNext last weekend, which I felt was really helpful as I finally got to meet the voice of Sasahara, Mr. Michael Perreca (who is just a wonderful guy). I also had the chance to catch up with Joe DiGiorgi, Bill Timoney, Georgette Reilly, Michelle Knotz and Rome Elliot. Getting together with the cast to meet the fans before launching ourselves into another season was especially satisfying as I felt that now we are more connected as a group and the show has a more ensemble feel to it. Not that the first season (or the OVAs for that matter) were any less important, but as an actor who started off doing lots of stage productions, it's always nice to get a feeling of being part of a group. I think it would be really cool if we can all return next year and do another panel after all the recording has been finalized. Maybe even get the rest of the cast to stop by (I really wish we could've had Carol Jacobanis and Kenneth Robert Marlo with us, but unfortunately our Saki and Kosaka had other plans. And no, not together.)
Turnout for the panel could've been a little better than it ended up being, but it was still a whole lot of awesome. I noticed that most of the fans at the panel were actually Gravi fans, and I hope we converted a few over to give Genshiken a chance. It's just such a great show that really has a strong place in the fan community (being an anime about anime fans). So if you know an anime fan who hasn't seen it, make sure you show it to them. Let's build up the Genshiken fan base so that next year the room will be filled to bursting with fanboy (and fangirl) love.
And don't forget to run over to Amazon or RightStuf.com and pre-order Genshiken 2. I don't make any extra money from the sales of the show or from promoting it. It's just a show that deserves to get more recognition.

current mood: excited

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Friday, June 19th, 2009
12:25 am - "When puppets go bad" or "why I don't trust car dealers".
OK, so earlier this year, Rt.23 Automall here in NJ decided they wanted to start up a new ad campaign with a loveable muppety mascot named Spike (he's a porcupine). The fine folks at SGW (who make lots of cool ads for lots of cool clients) decided to help them out with this project. A puppet was made and a voice needed to be cast to bring the little guy to life.
In comes me.
With the help of SGW's wonderful green screen studios and cameraman/assistant puppeteer Cesar Cruz, we put together a fun ad introducing Spike as the new "president of Rt.23 automall" just in time for President's Day.
Things seemed to be going along swimmingly, until Rt.23 decided they didn't dig the muppety sounds I had laid down. They wanted something cool and hip, more "Chester Cheetah". So I went back in and did re-records. Then the audio was too slow for the amount of time they had for the spot (a 30 second commercial) so some audio/video had to be sped up (which explains why he looks like he's having a seizure during the end clip).
Then the president decided that HE wanted to voice the character, since HE was the president of Rt.23 Automall. When that didn't work, the whole thing ended up getting shitcanned.
Luckily, my pal Cesar had saved the video and sent it to me. And now it can be shared with all my "close personal friends" on the world wide internet.
Go here to enjoy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn1mwH4QCJA

current mood: rejected

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Thursday, June 11th, 2009
12:26 am - Gravitation/Genshiken Panel Info
OK, so here's the straight skinny. (not really sure why I said that)

The Gravitation/Genshiken panel will take place at 1PM on Sunday June 14th at the AnimeNext convention in Somerset, NJ. (www.animenext.org)
Guests will include:

Michelle Knotz - Ogiue Chika (Genshiken)
Michael Perreca - Kanji Sasahara (Genshiken) & Additional voices (Gravitation)
Rome Elliot - Eiri Yuki (Gravitation) & Kugayama Mitsunori (Genshiken)
Bill Rogers - Touma Seguchi (Gravitation) & Tanaka Souichiro (Genshiken)
Billy Regan - Mr. Sakano (Gravitation) & Madarame Harunobu (Genshiken)
Georgette Reilly - Miku (Gravitation) & Additional voices (Genshiken)
Joe DiGiorgi - Ken (Gravitation) & Additional voices (Genshiken)

We will be showing clips from the shows, chatting about our work on both series and answering questions from the fans.
Afterwards, there will be an autograph signing from 2:30-4PM.

Please note that this panel/signing will be your only way to meet Rome Elliot, Billy Regan, and Georgette Reilly as due to their busy schedules, they are unable to be available the whole convention weekend. However, special arrangements were made to get them in for this appearance and they are VERY excited to meet their fans.

So tell your friends!
Seven actors! Tons of screaming fans!! It's gonna be AWESOME!!!



current mood: excited

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Friday, May 29th, 2009
2:15 am - Gravitation & Genshiken fans take note!
As I posted recently, I will be once again returning to AnimeNext this year (now in it's new location in Somerset, NJ). The convention is gearing up to be another great one with the recently announced addition of VA veteran Mike Pollock (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0689685) returning for another appearance as well as a "first ever convention appearance" by the talented Stacie Renna (http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0719609).

But things are getting even better! Those who attended last year may remember that Rich McNanna, Michele Knotz, Joe DiGiorgi and I did both a Gravitation and a Genshiken panel. Well, we felt that a lot of material that was discussed in one panel was also discussed in the other. So this year, there will be a combined panel. But this year will be even better as the convention is currently in the process of getting some more of the great voice talent that worked on both shows to make appearances. They will all converge on one big panel (which is tentatively scheduled for Sunday 6/14) which will also be followed by an autograph session.

So get in line folks, this one promises to be HUGE!!! Not only will you be able to ask your favorite VAs questions about your favorite shows, but you can then get your favorite piece of paraphernalia signed by said voice actors immediately afterwards. So get your DVDs, wall scrolls, art books and kumagoro plush packed, because this promises to be one of the most unique gatherings ever. Not only does this promise to be the largest gathering of VAs for these shows in one room, but at this point in time, I can promise at least one appearance by a VA that has NEVER done a con appearance before.

So if you are part of a Gravitation or Genshiken fan group or mailing list, please help me spread the word. Let's make this thing one of the biggest turnouts for AnimeNext ever! I will be announcing more as things are locked in for the con, but you can also keep an eye on http://www.animenext.org for more info.

current mood: excited

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
5:37 am - Fun with YouTube Part 2!
Hey gang!

Head on over to:
http://www.youtube.com/billrogersvoice

where you can find all sorts of cool and exciting clips from my career!
I'll try to update as often as I can.

Enjoy!

current mood: excited

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
4:05 am - AnimeNext is just 7 weeks away
I had wanted to make a post earlier to let everyone know that I will be returning to AnimeNext again this year. I look forward to seeing everyone again as we head to a new convention location in Somerset NJ.
You can get all the info here:
http://www.animenext.org/

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Saturday, March 28th, 2009
7:55 pm - More convention goodness
Whelp, as I mentioned earlier this month, I will be at the Castle Point Anime Convention tomorrow.
One of their people put together a video flier in the tradition of the old 8bit style NES games.
It can be found here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZo0W3zJS5o&feature=channel_page

Also wanted to let you all know that I will be at Florida Supercon June 5th-7th.
I've never done a convention in Florida before, and this one's got Bruce Campbell as a guest so that's pretty damned cool as well.

Info can be found at:
http://www.floridasupercon.com/

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Thursday, March 12th, 2009
1:23 am - Fun with YouTube
Hey gang,

I realized that I never mentioned these clips on my LJ.

For a fun interview at T-Mode 07 go here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usG3bFPn6SM&feature=channel_page

To see a sample of the web cartoon project Blue & Blond (with me as the voice of Sunkist) go here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXgscD_glpI&feature=channel_page

I am currently in the process of setting up my own YouTube page so that I can display lots more fun stuff on the web. I'll give y'all an update when it's ready.

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
3:58 pm - Dark Passages
Well, due to a lousy economy, we have had trouble getting investors, but Cesar Cruz is still moving forward with his film "Dark Passages". His production company OutWorld Entertainment has set up a web page for the film and they have a few announcements about cast, crew and special musical composer. Check it out at:
http://www.outworldentertainment.com/DarkPassages/

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Sunday, March 1st, 2009
2:52 am - Castle Point - Sunday 3/29
Hey,

Just wanted to let you guys know that I will be at Castle Point Anime Convention in Hoboken, NJ on Sunday March 29. Just four weeks away.
The convention is a one day event at the Stevens Institute of Technology.
For more information visit:
http://www.castlepointanime.com/

Hope to see ya there!

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Saturday, February 7th, 2009
7:54 pm - Pokemon update
Hey gang, hope you've been enjoying the latest season of Pokemon. Just wanted to let you know that next week's episode is a really fun Brock story. Titled "Doc Brock" it really helps to show just how important Brock is to the group. It airs next Saturday (2/14) at 9AM on Cartoon Network, so I hope you can all catch it.
Also the day after that (Sunday 2/15) is the world premiere of Pokemon Movie 11. The DVD won't hit stores until late March. Although, at this point, I'm not sure if it will coincide with the 3/22 release of Pokemon Platinum for the Nintendo DS or if it will be released on 3/31 as Amazon seems to be listing. Either way, the CN showing is still over a month before the video release so if you can't wait to see it, this is your best chance.

Enjoy!

PS - I'm currently in the process on finalizing some convention appearances, so expect another update soon.

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Thursday, January 8th, 2009
10:00 pm - Onward to 2009!
Well, things are looking good for 2009.

The "M&M Adventure" game that I worked on over the summer is now available for the Wii (with a PS2 version due out in the next month or two). It's not perfect, but I am enjoying it much more than 2007's "M&M Kart Racing" game. In this one, I return as the voice of Red & Yellow, although this time you can tell which is which (a problem that plagued KR). Red, Yellow and Green are the only three playable characters this time and the game is a lot like a "Crash Bandicoot" or "Jak & Daxter" type game. I also provide the voices for a few of the level bosses in the game as well, but they are in the later stages so you'll need to play for a while to hear 'em. Look for the game at your local Best Buy or on Amazon.com for just $20. The PS2 version is listed for a 2/10/09 release at $12.99!

I also recently got called back from a hiatus at Everest studios (home of the Ebru network) to work on some more shows. (http://www.ebru.tv/en)
While I was saddened to see production for "Tarchin and Friends" move to CA, I am currently doing some work on "Cold February" among others. Dubbing live action is a little different than animation or puppets, but it's still an interesting process.

My pal Cesar is optimistic that "Dark Passages" will be moving forward in 2009. We suffered a few setbacks in 2008, as he had other projects to work on, but I am hoping to get back in front of the camera again. Check out "www.outworldentertainment.com" for more info.

And of interesting note, I just got an email from Chase Wilson about another safety film project that is upcoming. I have worked with them on the Universal Safety Squad films in the past and I am looking forward to working them again.

Not too shabby for the first week of the new year.
I'll keep ya posted!

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Monday, October 20th, 2008
6:07 am - Back from Zenkaikon
Hey, had a great time at Zenkaikon this last weekend.
The two day event was short but sweet, and a welcome break from my hectic schedule.
That pretty much wraps my con schedule for the 2008 season, but I'm sure there will be more great fun in 2009.

current mood: satisfied

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