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

 

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

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.
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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

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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



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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.

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.

"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

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!!!

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