Event: Fanfiction The Show – Sailor Moon


fanfiction_sm2014In case you missed the mentions on our Facebook page and you didn’t hear about this at Anime North – there will be a Sailor Moon themed comedy show on Thursday, June 19th in Toronto.

Fanfiction the Show: Sailor Moon will be featuring both Toby Proctor (Tuxedo Mask #2) and Linda Ballantyne (Sailor Moon #3) this year. Toby also participated last year. At Anime North this year, Toby described it as a comedy show based on Sailor Moon fanfiction with some “blue” humour. He also mentioned that last year it featured Tuxedo Mask being on a dating show where he was asking questions of Sailor Senshi daters.

For fans interested in catching the show next week, it will be at the Comedy Bar, located at 945 Bloor st. west in downtown Toronto (closest subway station is Ossington).

According to the event page on Facebook, doors will open at 7:30pm. The poster indicates that the show is scheduled to start at 9:30pm. The start time has been updated to 9pm, as indicated on the event page on Facebook.

I spoke with someone at the NXNE office, and she indicated that there are two ways for fans to get tickets for the show. You can either have an NXNE wristband (limited seats available) or you can purchase a $10 ticket at the door. The show organizer has also indicated that you can pre-purchase tickets via Comedy Bar (we suggest calling them as we couldn’t find a ticket ordering link on their website).

The artwork featured on the poster, by the way, is by Stjepan Sejic.

Edit: Start time of the show and ticketing information updated.

Edit 2: Poster updated with new time.

Paypal Ordering Now Available for Sailor Moon Reflections

sm_reflections_cvrIn case you missed it in our sidebar, there is now an option to pre-order a hardcopy (soft cover or hard cover) of the Sailor Moon Reflections book by Roland Parliament using Paypal.

To get your autographed hardcopy of this behind-the-scenes look at recording the original Sailor Moon, you have two options:

When pre-ordering, please indicate whether you want softcover ($20) or hardcover ($30), and indicate your desired personalization/salutation. For Paypal orders, you will need to fill in the correct amount and your personalization desired. The shipping cost is extra and covers mailing it to you after it is autographed.

If you pre-order by mail, please send a $10 cheque or money order made out to Roland Parliament as your deposit.

E-books will be $4.99 and do not require pre-ordering.

*prices are subject to change, but Roland has asked us to list these prices for now*

As mentioned previously, the book is just about ready to go to print. Now is a great time to submit your pre-orders so you can be guaranteed to get a copy that Roland has autographed for you.

Happy reading!

Video: Sailor Moon Resurgent Panel at Anime North 2014

I missed a couple minutes at the beginning, but here is video coverage of the panel on Friday. Hope you enjoy!

Sailor Moon Guests Appearing at Otakon 2014


Fans in the Baltimore, Maryland area will be able to see Linda Ballantyne, Katie Griffin, and John Stocker at Otakon 2014, from August 8th-10th.

Otakon will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore. To attend Otakon, you will need a weekend pass, currently being sold via their website at $80. Children 8 and under are free. They have an attendance cap of 35,000 people.

In Memoriam: Kirsten Bishop

On April 15th, 2014 Kirsten Bishop (real name: Kirsten Bishopric) passed away at the age of 50 after battling lung cancer for about a year. She is survived by her husband, two children, two step-children, her mother, and her brother.

As quoted in The Globe and Mail, Kirsten had this to say about her career:

“Over the years … I’ve played debutantes and psychos, corrupt cops, zombies, Soviet spies, mermaids, frazzled moms, cartoon lunatics, depraved whores, aliens and even dead bodies. At age 11, I appeared in [David] Cronenberg’s first, thoroughly gruesome film, Shivers, where an octopus climbed down my throat.”

Sailor Moon fans will remember Kirsten as the voice of the “cartoon lunatic” Zoisite (or Zoycite in the original English dub). She brought a distinctive voice to the character and an iconic laugh. She also played Emerald,  Kaori Knight, Telulu, and Lady Badiyanu (among others).

Her acting debut on stage was at 19, at the Stratford Festival. From then on, she worked as an actor on stage, on television, and in film. Her specialties were made for TV movies and voice acting.

One of her most lucrative television commercials was for Weetabix, where she played a pregnant mother speaking to her unborn baby. Her brother, Thor, recalls that the commercial kept being played for years. the residuals came close to $100,000.

Kirsten underwent treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, and The Globe and Mail notes that one of the doctors recognized her name from her role in Sailor Moon:

When she was receiving care at Princess Margaret Hospital, one of the doctors recognized her name from the most popular voice-over series she ever worked for: Sailor Moon. It was an animated feature made in Japan and Ms. Bishopric did several voices when it was dubbed into English, but she was best known as the voice of Zoisite, one of the main characters.

Sailor Moon was a bit of a cult thing. The doctor at the hospital recognized her name from the credits. Kirsten sometimes went to Sailor Moon conventions,” [her husband] Mr. Roberts said.


You can read Kirsten’s complete obituary on The Globe and Mail.

We will remember Kirsten as a voice who convincingly made Zoisite “beautiful” and, although it was a point of controversy among the fandom that an originally male role was played by a woman, she inspired many a fan to try to imitate her signature laugh.

Our sympathies to her family and loved ones.