AG, in conjunction with The Shay and Wilson Show, will be providing real-time coverage of AWA 2013! Here's a rundown of what to look forward to
Metrocon 2013 July 26-28 located in Tampa Florida. (AKA Florida's largest anime con). This year will be Metrocon's 11th year running. If you don't know a whole lot about Metrocon, it's an event based convention with many great events shows going on throughout the weekend with a chance to attend awesome panels and meet special guest in between. Each year the convention owners (Nick & Alex A.K.A. Team Dynamite Productions) Have promised that the year we reach 10,000 in attendance we'd become a 4 day con. This year it's attendance record reached over 9,000 with 9,915. So close yet so far we missed 85 people
With that being said, Metrocon will be without a doubt a four day con in 2015! Wether it'll be Tues-Sun or Fri-Mon is still TBD. Next years dates will be July 11-13th. The theme for next year will also be Old School Vs. New School OR Past Vs. Present (they haven't decided exactly what they'll call it, but you get the drift)
At 1:00 on Friday con attendees were allowed to pour into the main events room for the first time since the previous year to see opening ceremonies. After walking around a few bleachers
When it was first announced that comicon and the new york anime festival were merging and becoming one event, I have to admit I had my reservations. Reed exhibitions, the company that organizes each event, clearly has a host of good reasons to combined both. New York Anime Fest is mostly just a dealer's room with some panels tacked on (not nearly the variety of entertainment that other cons offer), so it would mesh well with a larger event. Comicon doesn't have as obvious of a gain, but it could be argued that US comics are losing younger audiences to anime and manga, so some cross-pollination might be good there. Whatever the reasons, there were a lot of worries that the cons would be diminished slightly by the merge.
And they were right, more or less. Anime events were fairly under-represented in this con. The anime area was literally tucked away in the corner of the convention. It wasn't as much of a merger as it was a co-existing. This was clearest when walking from one section to the other, where the average age of the persons around you would drop by 15 or 20 years. So yes, from an anime
The magic of JAFAX has returned this year with JAFAX 15: Rise of the Machines.
For those unaware of what JAFAX is, it is a small Anime/Japanese convention in Allendale, Michigan, at Grand Valley State University. It started in 1995 by Rob Grimes who wanted to share his love of animation and all things Japan with West Michigan. It's a two day event and the best part about it, it's free! No admission fees or registration. JAFAX 9 was the first with a theme and it was Anime Luau.
It's like any other con with showrooms, panels, guests, cosplay fashion shows, contests, The rooms for anime shows vary from year to year. There is always a theme room, an adult themed room, two different series rooms. subbed, classics, fan subs, staff choice, live action and anime roulette.
Guests include Robert and Emily DeJesus which operate Studio Capsule and they have done animation and illustration for Marvel Comics, PlayStation Magazine, Hasbro, Guitar World Magazine, 989 Studios, Ohayo Con, and many more. Dragon Spirit Studios, they are a studio that does japanese animated art. James Dawsey he is the author and illustrator of Shadowchasers. Tiffany Grant is a voice actress that worked
Anime Expo has announced that it will host Tokyo expatriate blogger and Mirai Fusion founder Danny Choo at the July 1-4 convention in Los Angeles.
Choo is best known for cosplaying in Tokyo as an Imperial Stormtrooper from the Star Wars films. In March, Choo revealed that he had set up the anime production studio Mirai Fusion. Later that month, Choo revealed the title of the anime that Mirai Fusion has been planning: Chinka (鎮火 or literally, "put out a fire"). The anime takes place in a mountain town plagued by the legendary arsonist Akaneko. A girl named Chinka with the superhuman ability to smell out fires appears and assists the local fire brigade to find the true identity of Akaneko.
FanimeCon 2010 has announced that rock band FLOW will attend the convention as a guest of honor. They will perform a concert on May 28 and participate in a Q&A panel and autograph session.
FLOW has provided theme songs for anime series such as "Naruto," "Code Geass," and "Eureka Seven."
FanimeCon 2010 is being held at the San Jose Convention Center on May 28-31, 2010. Other guests of honor include LM.C and Halko Momoi.
Anime Expo has announced that the female idol group AKB48 will be performing at the July 1-4 convention in Los Angeles. Producer and songwriter Yasushi Akimoto founded AKB48 in 2005 as an idol group permanently stationed in Tokyo's Akihabara otaku shopping district. AKB48 will perform a concert at the Nokia Theater on July 1. The members will also hold attendee panels, meet-and-greet sessions, and autograph sessions during the convention.
FanimeCon has announced that it will host the J-Rock band FLOW at the May 28-31 convention in San Jose, California. FLOW has performed theme songs for Naruto, Naruto Shippūden, Code Geass, Eureka Seven, Persona -trinity soul-, and Heroman. The band will be performing on Friday, May 28, as part of the FanimeCon's 2010 MusicFest.
FanimeCon will also host Rune Soldier Louie illustrator Mamoru Yokota, Gainax studio co-founder and executive director Hiroyuki Yamaga, voice actress and singer Halko Momoi (Ai Yori Aoshi's Chika Minazuki, My Bride is a Mermaid's San Seto, Tales of the Abyss' Anise Tatlin), the J-rock band LM.C, and game creators Daisuke Ishiwatari and Toshimichi Mori.
FanimeCon has announced that it will host Rune Soldier Louie illustrator Mamoru Yokota at the May 28-31 convention in San Jose, California.
Yokota provided the illustrations for the Rune Soldier Louie light novels, and then later provided the character designs for the anime adaptation. Yokota also worked as a producer for both the Air movie and Toei Animation's Kanon television series, and also worked as an animation director for the Death Note television series.
Anime Expo has announced that it will host Japanese singer-songwriter MELL at the July 1-4 event in Los Angeles. The singer's voice can be heard on the soundtracks of such anime series as Black Lagoon, Hayate the Combat Butler, Rideback, Shakugan no Shana, and Sky Girls. She also wrote the lyrics for many of the theme songs she sang.