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.
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.
Lee Kohse was born to a family of chupacabra herders in Northern California and as a child learned to draw in the dirt while mining dust for spaghetti western films. Although best known for his realistic renderings, Lee’s early influences were anime such as GoShogun, Robotech, Dominion, Appleseed, and Disney films. As a child he would run home from school everyday to watch Robotech so he could draw the various mecha and characters from that day’s episode. Animation like Robotech and Disney cartoons inspired Lee to become a story teller. Among his first projects as a professional illustrator was creating art for subculture and music magazines and creating the cult comic book Kindergoth.
After surviving a nasty case of Nerd Flu, Lee became a freelance artist working for clients including Lucasfilm, DreamWorks, Marvel, Disney, and has contributed art to such projects as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Voltron, Lord of the Rings, Aliens , as well as serving as Creative Director of Speed Racer. Currently Lee is working on a new graphic novel titled Nocturnity, various Star Wars projects, and is a Creative Streamer on Twitch.tv. You can find Lee creating art, having fun, and giving tips about the art industry, several times a week live at www.twitch.tv/kohseart.
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.
Updated: May 1, 2019