Harmony Gold’s Steve Yun covers the history of the tele- vision series that introduced a generation to anime and discusses new releases in the wake of the announcement of the live-action feature film.
Here’s your chance to ask J. Michael Tatum all the ques- tions you’ve wanted answer for about voice acting, ADR work, and That Anime Show.
Anime often has a short time to catch your attention and much of that time is focused on the introduction. Indeed, the opening is often the first chance to look into the show itself. “A Minute of Your Time” traces the evolution of the anime opening in terms of art styles, music choices and inserted symbolism, to show that sometimes the openers offer a deeper look into the changing face of anime than the show itself.
So, you know that new series called My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic? Want to see what it’s all about? Princess Celestia herself will teach you everything you need to know and introduce you to the ponies (and bronies) of Equestria! Songs, interviews and quizzes with prizes await. It’s where magic makes it all complete!
This panel deals with the pros and cons of working in digital, print or both. Chris will cover things a webcomic creator needs to be aware of for print and what print cre- ators need to be aware of for the web.
For a fifth consecutive year, the smorgasbord of laughs is open! Not even the world of children (TV, music, toys, etc) is safe from this horde of AMV editors. Context? What’s that? Who cares!
Join The Clockwork Dolls’ Colette Lovelace as she explores the intricate rules and values of Victorian etiquette. Learn fascinating facts about the Victorian approach to courting, parties, and day-to-day living, marveling at how outdated some customs seem while others fit perfectly into modern society!
Meagan Marie draws from her experience at Game Inform- er (magazine) and Crystal Dynamics (development studio) to offer up tricks and tips for breaking into the gaming industry. Come prepared with questions (or a résumé if you’re an over-achiever!) for the Q&A session at the con- clusion of the panel.
Join comic artist, humorist, and cartoon connoisseur Kevin Bolk as he shows off clips from some of the best, worst, and most obscure cartoons from his vast and eclectic VHS collection. Dinosaurs shoot laser beams; Mr. T will punch a shark; and Snow White will meet the Harlem Globetrotters. Warning: this panel may contain Paw Paw Bears.
This is a panel about how to not be That Person. Don't be somebody else's con horror story: come to this panel. Discussing cleanliness, glomping, vandalism, being nice to cosplayers, and generally how to be the Best Congoer Ever - while telling the best Con Horror Stories we know.
Sushi, tempura, ramen, green tea, pocky... for some, this might be the extent of their experience with Japanese food. However, Japanese cuisine is so much more than that – like... RIDICULOUSLY more than that. Also, there’s a good chance that you might have never really had good Japanese food in the first place, especially if you don’t live in New York or another big city. This panel will discuss some of the most popular and delicious Japanese dishes, including both washoku (traditional cuisine) and yoshoku (Western-inspired cuisine), authentic vs. “counterfeit” vari- ations, and how to find great Japanese food in your area. If you like great food, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t attend this panel. Itadakimasu!
Ryokucha (green tea) is ingrained in the culture and daily life of the Japanese. Utilizing a different growth and pro- cessing method than other green teas, its unique taste also includes a wealth of health benefits. This panel will showcase all the different types of ryokucha, appropriate brewing techniques and a robust tasting seminar of loose leaf and ready-to-drink teas. If you are an existing fan of tea, or only barely interested, this is a panel not to miss!
Robert Aldrich knows a lot of things about a lot of varied subjects. Come spend an hour with him; you’re sure to learn something new.
Want to find that special someone that loves Pocky just as much as you? Then come to our special Otaku-themed speed dating panel! We’ll give our attendants five to eight minutes of time to converse, test your compatibility, or just chat about the latest chapter of your favorite manga, and then swap Wonderland-style to the next person and give it another shot. Who knows? Towards the end, you just might find your Prince Charming or perfect princess or cute tsun- dere schoolgirl you were just too shy to talk to before.
Before she began the twelve years of writing her feudal fairytale, Inuyasha, Rumiko Takahashi had already re- ceived the title of the “Queen of Manga”. 30 years after her first appearance, Urusei Yatsura’s Lum still continues to be made into new figurines and used in commercial promo- tions. This panel will recount Takahashi’s early years and the three series that solidified her legacy: Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku and Ranma 1⁄2.
Axis Powers Hetalia may be much more than a goofy comedy with lots of doujin fodder; it may be the biggest boon to history teachers in years! Anything getting teens to do independent research on topics from Frederick the Great to the Russo-Japanese war is awesome! This panel will discuss the real history behind some of the scenes, costume designs, and obscure jokes in Hetalia. What’s the outfit Prussia wears when he gloats over Austria? Who is “William I” and why does Japan want to emulate his wail? Answers to these and many other questions await!
Need a little geek humor in your life? Then hit up this pan- el – it’s a complete geek-focused nerdcore comedy show complete with anime, sci-fi, robots, aliens, the horrors of geek life, geek dating, and prizes. Some material is 13+, with mature topics being discussed by immature people.
We all remember when cartoons were nice and safe for kids... or were they? Sift through the subtext and you can see how shocking and tradition-defying they were – and still are – to this day.
Think that “Guests Uncensored” was wild? You haven’t heard anything yet. Peek behind the curtain and hear the crazy stories of our staff and other conventions’ staff interacting with each other and attendees.
Jan delivers a high energy experiential autobiographi- cal (often interactive) monologue about her experiences living and working abroad and around the US as well as stories from her eclectic career. Never rehearsed or scripted, the experience is unique each time and has been a favorite at anime cons for over 13 years.
Join Richard Epcar as he shares hilarious outtakes of Lupin the Third, Noein, and Bobobo-bobobobo.
This panel is a spin-off of The Dating Game from TV, but with anime and video game characters. For those too young to remember the source material, it’s an audience interactive game where a ‘bachelor’ or ‘bachelorette’ tries to win a blind ‘date’ with one of the contestants!
Spend an hour watching examples of why Japanese TV is so much better (or perhaps worse) than ours. There will be music videos, comedy, game shows, weird commercials, pro- wrestling highlights, and whatever else we could find. This has nothing to do with anime, so leave the kids at the door.
The world is filled with many beautiful things such as love. This panel will be about love... well, a special kind of love. It’s the love that includes S/M, yaoi, yuri, futanari, Goo girls, shotas, lolis and much more. The panelists will examine the psychological reasoning behind hentai and some of its more popular fetishes. Some of the questions the panelists will investigate are:
Does liking loli or shota make one a pedophile?
If you’re a girl likes Yaoi, does that make you gay?
If you’re a guy and like futanari, does it not make you gay? It should prove to be an enlightening discussion.
Kawaii pop idols! Music videos! Dancing! Hilarious Japa- nese TV antics! Crazy fanbase! You won’t find a bigger or more popular girl group in Japan these days than AKB48. They top the music charts with their catchy singles. Their forty-eight faces appear everywhere: magazines, TV, advertisements, EVERYWHERE! This panel hopefully will convert you to be a part of the giant AKB48 fanbase by introducing you to the wonder of AKB48.
In a world of legal ambiguity, frequent lawsuits, and intense fandom, it’s easy to run afoul of copyrights. Come talk with artist and comicker Garth Graham as he lays down the basics of copyright, clears away common misconceptions, and does his best to chart the muddy course of just what copyrights mean for artists: how they protect their work and how to avoid stepping on the toes of other creators.
To combat Earth’s mightiest villains, the webcomics artists here at Katsucon have banded together. However, due to Earth’s badly polluted atmosphere, their powers can only sustain them for sixty minutes. Go, webcomic artists! Fight in the name of love and justice!
How does casting work? Why did that one character have that weird accent? What do directors listen for in an audi- tion or demo? Join voice directors Christopher Bevins and Christopher Ayres (and maybe a couple of voice directors NOT named Chris) as they share insights and anecdotes from their years of experience on “the other side of the mic” and answer all your questions relating to the dub recording process!
Did you come away from the earlier Geek Comedy Tour panels with even more questions? Well, now’s your chance to ask them.
Assemble your steampunk wardrobe from thrift shops, Etsy, historic and modern patterns, specialty vendors, and bespoke tailors. The Steampunk Family and friends will show off styles and hand out tips for the look that suits your ideals, your talents, and your budget.