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

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

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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

Speakers & Panels

AOD fans and community members have prepared their original presentations and picture shows to teach, discuss, and debate all manner of outlandish and eccentric topics. From trendy Japanese dances to in-depth genre discussions, our panelists really know their stuff. 

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 Guests, Industry.

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 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, Guests.

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?

Basic LED Lighting for Cosplay

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

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.

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, Guests.

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.

Crunchyroll Industry Panel

With Tiffany Chen (Marketing Manager at Crunchyroll) & Victoria Holden (Social Media Manager at Crunchyroll).
Sat at 2 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as Anime, Industry.

Join the Crunchyroll staff as they share announcements, news, and insights into the world of international anime streaming!

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, Guests, Industry.

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.

Easy Animation with Live2D

With Zhiyuan Xu.
Sat at 11 am for 60 minutes.
In room Events 3.
Also categorized as Creative Events.

Live2D is a tool which allows artists to animate quickly and easily. Used by companies such as SQUARE ENIX and NAMCO BANDAI Games, it also allows developers to quickly integrate these animations into games and other applications. If you’re an artist or programmer, stop by this panel to learn more!

Fan Fiction Iron Chef

With AOD Staff.
Sat at 4 pm for 120 minutes.
In room Events 5.
Also categorized as Creative Events.

You're given a scenario, a location and at least two characters (you can pull additional characters if needed, up to five) and the theme is given to you at the start of the working hour as the secret ingredient! You then have one hour to produce a work of 1,000 words minimum in one hour. ALLEZ ÉCRIR!

Fan Fiction Mashups and Reboots

With AOD Staff.
Sat at 7 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 5.
Also categorized as Creative Events.

So, how many ways can you retell the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, now that the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are in the public domain? Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe just one big nod to fan fiction? How much does the Star Trek franchise owe to fan fiction? And what purpose does the special collection at Iowa State University serve, collecting fan works in all their forms for posterity? A quick look at textual poaching in popular culture – it’s not as new as the internet. Is it really just for fans?

From Fan To Pro

With Steven Savage.
Sat at 4 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 3.
Also categorized as Career, Fandom.

Steve Savage, the Geek Job Guru, takes a hard look at how hobbies can improve your career.  Your fandom is the tool you need to unlock a real career in tough times and a crazy career market.

Geek Professional Networking

With Steven Savage.
Sat at 5 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 3.
Also categorized as Career, Fandom.

For people serious about geek careers. Wether you're an old pro or a new student, looking for talent for your Kickstarter, or seeking some new contracts, come together and connect! We're discussing careers, cooperation - and seeing how some of us might team up in the future.

How Anime Gets Made

With Evan Minto (Programmer/Journalist).
Sat at 1 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 4.

Sure, you watch anime, but do you know how it's made? Evan Minto of AniGamers.com and Otaku USA Magazine presents this in-depth look at the anime production process, showing how a project goes from an idea to a finished product. Topics include storyboarding, background art, voice acting, and of course, the actual process of animating the show, with an eye to how all these parts work together.

How Does I Voice Act?

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

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 be awesome being a queer geek

With Matt Conn (CEO at MidBoss), John James (Director at Read Only Memories) & Toni Rocca (President at GX3).
Sat at 2 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 4.
Also categorized as Fandom.

The team from GaymerX talks about ways that you can have an awesome time being queer and geek, some of our favorite anime and anime related games, and answer questions about GaymerX !

How To Be Your Character Without Really Trying

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

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!)

 

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, Guests.

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

How To Make Japanese Curry

A delicious curry dish
With Steven Savage.
Sat at Noon for 60 minutes.
In room Events 4.
Also categorized as Creative Events.

Everyone loves Japanese Curry - and you don't need to make it with store-bought cubes! Find out about the history of the dish, how you can make it at home - and how to create your own, personal version!

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, Guests.

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 Guests.

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

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 Guests.

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, Guests.

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, Guests.

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, Guests.

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

Philosophy in Anime

With Ryan Devine, Elizabeth Schweizer, Anna Livak-Hale, Eric Livak-Hale.
Sun at 11 am for 90 minutes.
In room Events 3.
Also categorized as Creative Events.

How do the deeper scenes of our favorite shows relate to real philosophies? Has anime lead to you asking yourself the bigger questions: Who am I? What is the meaning of life? What is the value of relationships? We will discuss shows including Evangelion, Madoka, and Sailor Moon.

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 Guests.

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 Guests.

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, Guests.

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, Guests, Industry.

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

Running a Video Games Community

With South Bay Button Mashers.
Sat at 5 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 4.
Also categorized as Fandom.

Video games community South Bay Button Mashers goes over some of the ways they take their collective passion for video games and form a community around it. Audience members learn about the significance of taking video games, a widely online entertainment medium, offline to create rich social experiences & friendships.

Running a Voice Acting Studio

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

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

SEGA 3D Classics – Remastering Masterpieces

With Sam Mullen (Localization Producer at SEGA of America) & Julian Mehlfeld (Community Manager at SEGA of America).
Sun at 11 am for 60 minutes.
In room Events 1.
Also categorized as Industry.

Join SEGA as they walk you through the magic of the SEGA 3D Classics, which include games such as Sonic The Hedgehog, Space Harrier, and Streets of Rage, and learn about the level of detail that has gone into recreating these classic titles in 3D, now available on Nintendo 3DS. Topics include transforming 2D to 3D, recreating arcade machines, and other SEGA tidbits.

Sekai Project Industry Panel

With Christopher Ling (Co-Founder at Sekai Project) & Raymond Qian (Co-Founder at Sekai Project).
Sat at 6 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as Anime, Industry.

Sekai Project is an upcoming localization company that focuses on Japanese media content. From manga to visual novels, we are out there to look for the next big thing. This panel is covering current and upcoming projects.

Self-Publishing: Writing the book you couldn’t find for yourself

With Steven Savage & Kevin Andrew Murphy.
Sat at 2 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 5.
Also categorized as Creative Events.

Two self-published authors sit down to discuss the motivations, hard work and rewards creating books to fulfill a need they identified themselves.  Whether it was to make a guide to go with a gaming system, a fictional work or an accompanying work for a seminar – how do you know your idea is suitable for success?  Where does one begin?

Sexual Tropes in Fan Fiction (18+)

With AOD Staff.
Sat at 9 pm for 90 minutes.
In room Events 5.
Also categorized as AOD at Nite, Creative Events.

If the internet is for Porn, what are you doing writing fan fiction? Oh, wait. Oh, wait a moment there indeed – what IS going on there? What does sex in fan fiction have to do with feminism, gender identity/expression, rape culture, AIDS, pedophilia, gamergate, harassment and the like? Slash, Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, Ships (those that do and do not go bump in the night), no the anatomy DOES NOT do that, and more.

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 Guests.

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.

Speedrun Q&A

Sat at 8 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as AOD at Nite, Gaming, Speedrun.

Join prominent streamers and speedrunners Romscout, Spikevegeta, Trihex, and Vulajin as they talk about the art and science of completing video games as quickly as possible! These fine gamers join AOD fresh off of their appearances at Awesome Games Done Quick 2015, which raised over $1.5 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Feel free to ask about everything from video games and Twitch memes to afro maintenance and fitness!

The End Of The Anime Industry As We Know It

With Kevin McKeever (Vice President of Marketing at Harmony Gold).
Sat at 3 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 3.
Also categorized as Industry.

Over the past 3 years fans have watched in horror as reports of layoffs, production cutbacks and corporate failures have hit the anime industry. Fans are now asking: Does the industry have a bright future? Join Harmony Gold’s Vice President of Marketing, Kevin McKeever as he shows how the industry got here and where it is going. 

The Rise of CG Anime

With Evan Minto (Programmer/Journalist).
Sun at Noon for 60 minutes.
In room Events 4.
Also categorized as Anime.

Despite the success of Pixar and Dreamworks in the US, anime has been slow to adopt 3-D animation. Still, computer-generated anime has been around in all shapes and sizes for decades. From low-poly helicopters to spectacular sci-fi feature films, AniGamers.com and Otaku USA Magazine contributor Evan Minto navigates the history of CG anime and the production process behind it in this multimedia presentation.

Turning Your Fandom into Academic Success

With Ryan Devine, Elizabeth Schweizer, Anna Livak-Hale, Eric Livak-Hale.
Sat at 11 am for 60 minutes.
In room Events 4.
Also categorized as Creative Events.

Are you a super fan of anime, video games, comics, or other geeky hobbies? Of course you are! Are you still in school/have a student in your household? This panel will help turn that passion for your fandom into good grades with tips on how to write academic papers about the media you love!

Video Game Musicals with Random Encounters

With Random Encounters.
Sat at 4 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 4.

Zelda, Pokémon, Sonic and your other favorite video games get a Disney musical makeover from the geeky YouTube team RANDOM ENCOUNTERS! WARNING: This show contains catchy songs, nerdy humor and the dreaded Marshmallow Zone.  Singalongs are welcome.

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 Guests.

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!

Why We Write

With AOD Staff.
Sat at 1 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 5.
Also categorized as Creative Events.

Why do we write fan fiction? What is the appeal, why it is fun? Does it provide a sandbox for aspiring writers to improve their craft? Or does it just fulfill a need to perform? Does the desire for “more” justify co-opting someone else’s work to make it your own? How does writing fan fiction feature into your development as a writer in your own right?

Working in the Anime Industry

With Tiffany Chen (Marketing Manager at Crunchyroll), Victoria Holden (Social Media Manager at Crunchyroll), Evan Minto (Programmer/Journalist) & Natalie Szweda (Crunchyroll).
Sun at 1 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as Anime, Industry.

Interested in what it's like to turn your hobby into a career? Meet with staff from Crunchyroll, ranging from marketers to engineers, as they share their secrets on how to get a job in the industry and what's it's like to live the anime life!

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, Guests.

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!

Writing for Tabletop Gaming

With Kevin Andrew Murphy.
Sun at 1 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 5.
Also categorized as Creative Events.

Writing for tabletop gaming has three facets: original fiction, scripting which consists of a set of dramatis personae, passages of dialogue, multitude of possible outcomes and the travelogue the game takes as play progresses.  Sit down with Kevin Andrew Murphy, writer for various gaming systems, as he takes you through the creative process of writing for tabletop gaming systems.

Writing Nuts and Bolts

With AOD Staff.
Sat at 11 am for 60 minutes.
In room Events 5.
Also categorized as Creative Events.

We're analyzing world building, character creation (and development), plot and point of view. How can we use the English language for its intended purpose as communication, effectively and efficiently with proper grammar structure, spelling? Also, does writing fan fiction prepare you for anything else? What does the ability to write also prepare you for?

YouTube Horror Stories

With Random Encounters.
Sat at 7 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 2.
Also categorized as AOD at Nite.

Camera dead?  Check.  Actor didn't show?  Check.  Furiously penning a script on set?  Double check.  YouTubing may LOOK simple, but making so many videos in such short time leaves plenty to go wrong... and when it does, you wind up with a panel like this!

YouTubing Like A BOSS with Random Encounters

With Random Encounters.
Sun at 1 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Events 4.
Also categorized as Career.

Thinking about a cool career on YouTube?  Learn the ins and outs of creating a popular YouTube channel, from writing and marketing to corporate networking and, of course, forging a relationship with your fans! ;)