January 31-February 1, 2015
Hyatt Regency Hotel
San Francisco Airport
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.
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.
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 will go over the basics of electric circuits to help you get started. We will also show examples of techniques from previous light-up cosplay projects.
Join the Crunchyroll staff as they share announcements, news, and insights into the world of international anime streaming!
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!
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 transformative works? 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?
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.
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
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.
Come and find out 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.
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! Come 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!)
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!
When the writer of MadWorld and Happy Tree Friends sits down with the voice of Duke Nukem and Big the Cat to swap war stories, you know sparks are gonna fly! Good thing the two animation 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?
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!
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!
Join Marianne Miller in a discussion about the presence of women and POCs in video games, anime, and TV Shows. This panel focuses on the good examples of strong non-white/non-male character writing and explores specific ways we can focus on improving future roles.
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.
Video games community South Bay Button Mashers will discuss some of the ways it takes its collective passion for video games and forms a community around it. Audience members will learn about the significance of taking video games, a widely online entertainment medium, offline to create rich social experiences & friendships.
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. Our panel will cover current and upcoming projects.
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 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.
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.
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 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 transformative work feature into your development as a writer in your own right?
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!
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!
World building, character creation (and development), plot and point of view. Plus, using 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?
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!