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

January 25 & 26, 2014
Hyatt Regency Hotel
San Francisco Airport


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2014 Registration

Attendee Registration
Register at the Convention! Online sales have ended, but at-door registration is still available.

Pre-Show Entertainment

Swap Meet
Friday night Swap Meet, from 8:30pm to 10:30pm!

Friday night Speedrunning demonstration, starting at 8:30pm!



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.

Aloria & Dressing the Warrior

With Collin Phillips & Zachary Morris.
Sat at 6 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 4.

Ever wonder just how to wear your Kimono? Or why a Hakama is important to a swordsman? Why the pleats? And just exactly how can you move in all this cotton? We have the answers for you!

Cosplay Cosmetology

With Captain Li Hellsing.
Sun at 10 am for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 3.

Learn to complete your cosplays by enhancing your own features with makeup, hair styling and wig styling. Learn some theater makeup tricks, how to make your own wig, eye lash extension help, and maintaining your wigs and extensions.

Cosplay Photography at Cons: What You Can Do to Make Friends & Strangers Look Awesome

With Elliott Trinidad.
Sat at 5 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 4.

In the age of image sharing, wearing a good costume is only half the battle: it ought to be well-documented too! Whether you're using a point-&-shoot on your con buddies, or a hefty DSLR for love of the medium, this panel shares insight unique to shooting at conventions that you won't find in a typical Photography 101. Some topics include hall photography vs. scheduled photography, making the most of limited convention spaces, photographer etiquette, and how to get your pics out into the world.

Cosplay Portrait Booth

In room Dealers Room.

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.

Costume Repair Station

New this year we have a cosplay repair available in the Cosplay Office! If you need a quick fix there will be hot glue, scissors, and needle and thread available for attendees to use, so stop by (and maybe sign up for our cosplay contests while you're at it!)

Hall Costuming Awards

Sun at 3 pm for 30 minutes.
In room Main Stage.
Also categorized as Contests.

The Hall Cosplay Contest has two special prizes: 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! Also, Each day Viz is sponsoring a special award for the best costume from Naruto worn at AOD! If you love Naruto and 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.

To enter, make sure our cosplay staffers 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.


Sat at 7 pm for 120 minutes.
In room Main Stage.
Also categorized as Contests.

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. [Masquerade Rules and Signup info]