San Francisco's Anime, Video Game, and Cartoon Convention!



Without the generous support of the fan costuming community, AOD would not be what it is today. We are proud to host a number of Cosplay oriented events, including tournaments, fashion shows, design workshops, and photography tutorials.

Basic LED Lighting for Cosplay

With Cherry Tea Girl & Ohmi.
Sat at 3 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 4.
Also categorized as Creative Events, Panels.

Ever wondered how to incorporate lights to your cosplay costumes and just don't know where to begin? Then this panel is for you. We go over the basics of electric circuits to help you get started. We also show examples of techniques from previous light-up cosplay projects.

Cosplay Portrait Booth

Chronic Guest of Honor Ken Pontac demonstrates our stage's utility
In room Exhibit Hall.

AOD is proud to bring back the Free Cosplay Photo stage to our attendees. Professional lighting, backdrops, and other equipment will be available for anyone to use to snap photos of their favorite cosplayers — completely free of charge. Bring your camera and your cosplayer down to Portrait Stage and check it out. AOD staff are on hand to answer questions, but the stage setup is designed for photographers of any skill level.

Operates both Saturday and Sunday.

Hall Costuming Awards

With AOD Staff.
Sun at 3 pm for 30 minutes.
In room Events 4.
Also categorized as Contests.

For anyone who wears a costume to AOD, you are welcome to enter in our Hall Cosplay Contest!  The contest awards special prizes in two categories: Best Video Game Costume, and the Acme Award for the best costume from or inspired by a western cartoon.  The winners of each of these awards receive $100 cash and Best Video Game Costume will also win a copy of Demon Gaze from NIS America! If you love cosplay, make sure that our hall cosplay judges get you entered in the contest! The winners are announced at the Hall Cosplay awards on Sunday.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter, make sure our cosplay staffers in the bright blue vests get your picture and contact information at the con. As usual, they are roaming the halls of the convention, taking pictures and collecting some information from people wearing costumes. They are asking for your name, the character you are dressed as, and what the source is, and optionally you may give them your cell phone number or email (so we can contact winners).

  • Attendees may enter as many costumes as they are able to.
  • You must have a valid badge in order to enter.
  • If you do not give us a valid way to contact you, you forfeit your prize.
  • Costumes that win awards at the Masquerade are not eligible for Hall Costuming awards.
  • Cosplay Staff may not enter.

The winners are chosen by AOD Staff. Awards are given in the afternoon on Sunday. You must either be present or leave us a way to contact you to win; if not, then the next winner present or we have contact information for receives the award.

If you entered last year and didn't hear if you won anything because you weren't at the awards ceremony, please check with us this year! We still have some unclaimed hall cosplay awards!

How To Be Your Character Without Really Trying

With Random Encounters.
Sat at Noon for 60 minutes.
In room Events 3.
Also categorized as Panels.

A WILD PHOTOGRAPHER APPEARS! Do you strike a pose? Stop, drop and roll? Or freeze up like a deer in the headlights?! Never fear! HTBYCWRT is here! Learn to feel more comfortable on camera through this casual discussion of body knowledge and facial expressions, prop wielding, character acting and more.  (For Voice Acting tips, be sure to also check out How Does I Voice Act with Marianne Miller!)



A Cosplayer at AOD 2014
With AOD Staff.
Sat at 7 pm for 120 minutes.
In room Events 1.
Also categorized as AOD at Nite.

Always a staple of AOD, costumers gather together to compete and show off their talents. Your favorite character, your own creation, or references to insane internet memes, we've seen it all compete on stage in the Masquerade costume contest, competing for the coveted "Best of Show" prize. This year's Best of Show receives $500, Runner-up Best of Show receives $250, and Best Construction/Best Presentation receive $125 each! All winning groups also receive trophies. 

Sign up for the Masquerade

Tea Time Cafe

In room Maid Cafe.
Also categorized as Performances/Music.

Cafe hours are Saturday, 11am to 5pm, and Sunday, 11am to 3pm

Our Dearest Goshujinsama,

We are Tea Time Cafe, an Akihabara-style Maid and Butler Cafe! Our group is over 30 members strong, and it is our pleasure to not only bring the Maid Cafe culture of Japan to America, but to let people step away from the chaotic excitement of the convention for some rest and enjoy delicious food and play games with our beautiful maids and handsome butlers! Our mission is to simply create a fun, safe, and relaxing environment for all convention goers. We serve snacks and drinks, but more importantly our maids and butlers are there to serve and make sure you have smile on your face when you enter and leave our cafe. In so, we invite you to join us at AOD and have the amazing experience and the royal treatment. We eagerly await your arrival!

  • Purchase Online Tickets
    (or purchase tickets at the AOD Registration Desk)
  • Polaroid Pictures: $2 each
  • Raffle Tickets: 1 ticket = $1, 5 tickets = $3, 10 tickets = $5

Our raffle prize for this AOD is an Attack On Titan Nendoroid set which includes: Colossal Titan, Eren, Mikasa, Levi, and Armin! We are announcing the winners on Sunday when the café closes at 3pm.

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