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Tommy Yune

Tommy Yune is a South Korean-born American comic book writer & artist who became known for his manga-style work on Speed Racer, which influenced the comic industry revival of classic anime shows such as Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato, Battle of the Planets/Gatchaman and Robotech. His video game credits include FX Fighter, Robotech: Battlecry, and the award-winning The Journeyman Project series.

Yune first began in comics with the 1992 cult anthropomorphic series Buster the Amazing Bear and joined Jim Lee at Wildstorm Productions after a number of years as a video game designer. After writing and illustrating Speed Racer in 1999, he followed up with two more manga-style miniseries, Racer X and Danger Girl: Kamikaze. His original Speed Racer runs were collected as the graphic novels titled Born to Race and Racer-X: Origins.

His first work in feature animation was creating the computer-generated opening sequence of Kevin Altieri’s Gen¹³. In 2001, he left Wildstorm to become creative director at Harmony Gold USA for the relaunch of Robotech. He is one of the writers of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, the OVA (Original Video Animation) continuation of the Robotech saga.

In 2011, he was promoted to Vice President: Animation at Harmony Gold USA. Two years later, he helped write and produce Robotech: Love Live Alive while Gregory Snegoff directed.  Currently, as the Creative Director of Robotech for Harmony Gold USA (the show’s producers), Tommy is working on the live-action cinematic Robotech adaptation, which is currently being developed with Sony.

Steve Yun

While still a young college student and part-time hacker in 1998, Steve Yun got his first job at an anime company as a digital animator. It was a dream come true for any fan who grew up on Robotech and Macross to be working somewhere in the anime industry. After slaving away through 80 hour work weeks and one really bad 100 hour work week where he started hallucinating from being awake too long, Steve called it quits and went back to Riverside where he got his B.A. in Creative Writing. Stay in school, kids!

Fresh out of college and eager to work in the anime industry again, Steve joined Harmony Gold to build the Robotech.com website, and has since co-produced and associate-produced several other projects as well, including the Macross restoration, the Robotech:Battlecry video game, the Robotech: Invasion video game, Robotech Remastered and Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles.

Steve was also one of the producers of the 30th anniversary edition of the Robotech Soundtrack. He spent several years working to assemble and remaster hundreds of hours of music that spans the entire Robotech saga. He was able to recover the original 24-track master tapes, discovering music and songs that had been lost for decades. This massive 3-CD set is the most comprehensive collection of songs and background music (BMG, or score).

Since its launch, Robotech.com has  been one of the busiest anime-related destinations on the internet, being the subject of a Slashdot article, a Conan O’Brien feature and mentioned on countless anime websites.

Dexter Odani

Thanks to his Japanese immigrant mother’s influence, Dexter Odani is truly a life long anime fan. He was raised on the original 1st wave of anime – Tetsuwan Atom/Astro Boy, Tetsujin-28/Gigantor & Mach GoGoGo!/Speed Racer – as well as the classics (Uchū Senkan Yamato/Space Battleship Yamato/Star Blazers, Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets/G-Force, Brave Raideen, Mazinger-Z/Great Mazinger, UFO Robot Grendizer).

As he grew up, Mr. Odani’s love for anime continued, expanding into various genres: Cowboy Bebop, the Vision of Escaflowne, Kare Kano/His & Hers Circumstances, BubbleGum Crisis, the Dirty Pair, eX-Driver, Aa! Megami-sama/Oh My Goddess!, ROD: Read or Die amongst others.

In 1985, his life completely changed. That’s when he discovered ROBOTECH and his love for that series served to motivate him to not only produce “Robotech: the Inside Story,” a 1986 documentary that gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how Harmony Gold USA  (the producers of Robotech) translated the 3 original Japanese language series (Macross, Southern Cross & Mospeada) that were combined to create Robotech, but it drove him to successfully become the only Robotech intern, which evolved into the Fan Liaison position, with Harmony Gold USA. 

 

Under the Black Flag

We are Under the Black Flag 🏴‍☠️ – a Combat Entertainment group who frequents Renaissance Faires, business events, private parties, and cons all over California! Welcome to our ship – the  Wilhelmina and our Roguish encampment where you may take pictures and learn some Piratical history!

If there is anything you would like to use or want to do for your pictures please ask us and we will try to accommodate if possible. Do not climb up anywhere on to the ship without permission as it is a prop and you could get hurt!

 

Updated: April 21, 2019