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

January 31-February 1, 2015
Hyatt Regency Hotel
San Francisco Airport

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Event Schedule

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Friday Night Events

Swap Meet
Friday night Swap Meet, at 8:30pm

Super Smash Bros. Melee
Friday night video game tournament at 7pm

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

Events

Guest of Honor Events

For fans eager to learn our Guests unique insider perspectives into the cartoon, anime, and video games world, catching their discussions, tutorials, presentation, and panels is essential. 

A Pleasant Interlude With Happy Tree Friends

Happy Tree Friends
With Ken Pontac (Writer) & Warren Graff.
Sat at 4 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as Industry, Panels.

Remember the first time you saw Happy Tree Friends, before you knew what the joke was? You kind of wondered what your friend who said, “Dude! You have to check this out!” was so excited about. It was just a bunch of cute little animals doing stupid things until, suddenly…something happened and you got the joke. Series writers Ken Pontac and Warren Graff LOVE to see people get the joke for the first time, so bring a friend who’s never seen the show, and blow their minds a little.

AOD Guests Play Cards Against Humanity! (18+)

With Ken Pontac (Writer).
Sat at 11 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as AOD at Nite.

The title says it all! If you like Cards Against Humanity, this is not to be missed. Ken Pontac, last year's loser, returns to defend his title. Which of our other illustrious Guests of Honor will be up for the challenge?

AOD Guests Swap Stories and Exchange Fluids (18+)

With Jon St. John (Voice Actor), Ken Pontac (Writer) & Kevin McKeever (Vice President of Marketing at Harmony Gold).
Sat at 10 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as AOD at Nite, Panels.

When the writer of MadWorld and Happy Tree Friends sits down with the voice of Duke Nukem and Big the Cat and the Vice President of Marketing of Harmony Gold (Robotech) to swap war stories, you know sparks are gonna fly! Good thing the three animation industry veterans will each bring a bottle of their favorite libations to quench the flames. What did you THINK we meant by "exchange fluids," you filthy-minded degenerates?

Comic Creation 101

With Noelle Stevenson (Comic Artist and Writer).
Sat at 2 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 3.
Also categorized as Creative Events, Panels.

Take a peek inside Noelle Stevenson's writing, drawing & coloring processes for her award-winning webcomic NIMONA, as well as what she thinks about when she's writing scripts for Lumberjanes and Thor.

Do Anime Conventions Have A Future?

With Kevin McKeever (Vice President of Marketing at Harmony Gold).
Sun at 3 pm for 120 minutes.
In room Events 3.
Also categorized as Fandom, Industry, Panels.

Can anime conventions survive, let alone grow, in this tough economy? Join Robotech.com's Vice President of Marketing Kevin McKeever for an in depth look at these issues and the surprising answer.

How Does I Voice Act?

With Marianne Miller (Voice Actor).
Sun at 11 am for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as Panels.

Learn helpful tips on creating healthy voices with Marianne Miller, professional voice actor and trained singer. This panel focuses on techniques on creating different characters that sound believable without ruining your vocal chords.

How to Host a Good Anime Con Panel

With Kevin McKeever (Vice President of Marketing at Harmony Gold).
Sat at 1 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 3.
Also categorized as Anime, Creative Events, Fandom, Panels.

Ever wondered what makes a good anime convention panel? This is the place to find out.

Introduction to Independent Film Making

With Kevin McKeever (Vice President of Marketing at Harmony Gold).
Sat at 11 am for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as Creative Events, Panels.

Join industry veteran Kevin McKeever as he shows you the ins and outs of getting a career started in the world of independent filmmaking.

Kickin' Butt Then and Now

With Jon St. John (Voice Actor).
Sun at 2 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as Panels.

From video games to TV commercials to theme park voices. Jon St. John been there and done that. Come and find out how he became a Radio DJ at the age of 14, how he got the role of Duke Nukem, and much much more

Late Night Trivia Quiz with AOD Guests of Honor (Round 1)

With AOD Staff.
Sat at 9 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 1.
Also categorized as AOD at Nite.

Once again, our Late Night Trivia Quiz is back, but with a whole new format featuring two separate hour-long rounds. Come down to watch AOD Guests of Honor compete, pitting their knowledge and their wits against one another for a jackpot of up to $500! The charity swear bucket returns, and as always, all proceeds are donated to charities of our guests' choice. If you're intrigued, or just need a good alibi, join us in giving them your love and support! 

Late Night Trivia Quiz with AOD Guests of Honor (Round 2)

With AOD Staff.
Sat at 10 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 1.
Also categorized as AOD at Nite.

Once again, our Late Night Trivia Quiz is back, but with a whole new format featuring two separate hour-long rounds. Come down to watch AOD Guests of Honor compete, pitting their knowledge and their wits against one another for a jackpot of up to $500! The charity swear bucket returns, and as always, all proceeds are donated to charities of our guests' choice. If you're intrigued, or just need a good alibi, join us in giving them your love and support! 

LittleKuriboh Unabridged

Little Kuriboh at AOD 2014
With Martin Billany (aka Little Kuriboh) (Video Creator/Voice Actor).
Sat at Noon for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as Panels.

Join LittleKuriboh, creator of Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged and expert beard grower, in a live Q&A session. There's also video screenings and other malarkey!

Live Art Demo With Yuumei

With Wenqing Yan (aka Yuumei) (Artist and Designer).
Sun at 11 am for 60 minutes.
In room Events 4.
Also categorized as Creative Events, Panels.

Get a first hand look at the creation of digital art as Wenqing "Yuumei" Yan, creator of Knite and Fisheye Placebo, does a live art demo! Come join us as she demonstrates the various coloring and shading techniques that help bring her characters and scenery to life.

 

Naruto The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Panel (18+)

Host, LittleKuriboh
With Martin Billany (aka Little Kuriboh) (Video Creator/Voice Actor).
Sat at 9 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as Anime, AOD at Nite, Panels.

LittleKuriboh hosts a mature look into the makings of his fan based parody of a fan based parody. Will he become Third Hokage? Why is the Rower so amazing? Will the Abridged Movie ever be finished? Find out the answer to none of these questions right here!

New Sailor Moon with Robbie Daymond

With Robbie Daymond (Voice Actor).
Sun at 1 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 1.
Also categorized as Anime, Panels.

Voice actor Robbie Daymond, voice of the new Tuxedo Mask, shares his experiences working on the new Sailor Moon dub.

Opening Ceremonies

With AOD Staff, Jon St. John (Voice Actor), Ken Pontac (Writer), Kevin McKeever (Vice President of Marketing at Harmony Gold), Marianne Miller (Voice Actor), Martin Billany (aka Little Kuriboh) (Video Creator/Voice Actor), p19 (Artist/Ilustrator), Noelle Stevenson (Comic Artist and Writer), Robbie Daymond (Voice Actor) & Wenqing Yan (aka Yuumei) (Artist and Designer).
Sat at 10 am for 60 minutes.
In room Events 1.

Bring along anyone who want to know what this whole Convention thing is about.  The Opening Ceremony is open to the public — no badge or registration is required.

Be the first to meet all of our awesome Guests of Honor.  You also get a preview of all the great music, events, panels, workshops, contests, artists, and prizes you'll be experiencing at AOD this weekend.

Portrayal of Women in Media

With Marianne Miller (Voice Actor) & Noelle Stevenson (Comic Artist and Writer).
Sat at 1 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as Panels.

Join Marianne Miller and Noelle Stevenson in a discussion about the presence of women in video games, anime, and TV Shows. We focus on the good examples of strong non-white/non-male character writing and explore specific ways we can focus on improving future roles.

Q/A and Live Drawing with Japanese illustrator, p19!

With p19 (Artist/Ilustrator).
Sat at 3 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as Panels.

p19 is an up and coming illustrator from Japan who's done work on bishoujo games and light novel illustrations. She is talking about her work with Kadokawa and is also doing a live drawing demonstration.

Robotech Free For All

With Kevin McKeever (Vice President of Marketing at Harmony Gold).
Sun at 1 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 3.
Also categorized as Anime, Panels.

Did you miss Saturday's panel? Do you still have questions about the past, present or future of Robotech? Here's is your chance as Harmony Gold's Kevin McKeever opens the floor to fans in a town hall-style discussion!

 

Robotech Industry Panel

With Kevin McKeever (Vice President of Marketing at Harmony Gold).
Sat at 5 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as Anime, Industry, Panels.

Join Harmony Gold’s Kevin McKeever as he showcases all the latest live action and animated Robotech productions.

Running a Voice Acting Studio

With Robbie Daymond (Voice Actor).
Sat at 11 am for 60 minutes.
In room Events 1.
Also categorized as Panels.

Voice Actor Robbie Daymond gives you a behind the scenes look at the places where your favorite anime series are dubbed.

Sketchfest with Noelle Stevenson

With Noelle Stevenson (Comic Artist and Writer).
Sun at 3 pm for 120 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as Panels.

Join Noelle Stevenson (aka Gingerhaze) for a two-hour request-driven doodle free-for-all... from superheroes to Lord of the Rings to wacky fandom mashups (and yes, POKEYMANS!), request and ye shall receive. Click here for some of last year's masterpieces.

Voice Duels with LittleKuriboh

With Martin Billany (aka Little Kuriboh) (Video Creator/Voice Actor).
Sun at 3 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 1.
Also categorized as Panels.

Fancy yourself an impressionist? It's voice versus voice! Take part in a live contest with LittleKuriboh as host as he pits you against a bevy of hopefuls in an attempt to out-voice the others!

Writing For Animation, Video Games, and Comics

With Ken Pontac (Writer) & Noelle Stevenson (Comic Artist and Writer).
Sun at Noon for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as Creative Events, Panels.

The infinite void of the empty page, the crushing deadlines, the ridiculous demands of the executives… does this sound like the life for you? Decide for yourself when cartoon veterans Ken Pontac and Noelle Stevenson overcomes their Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to relate their anus-clenching adventures in the bloody trenches of television, feature animation, and comics.

Just joking, kids, writing for animation , video games, and comics is FUN!