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2014 Panels

Our panels staff are currently processing panel submissions, we will make a frontpage announcement when the first batch is listed.

Updated - 10/01/2014

For up to date panel information/times please check the CSK (Convention Survival Kit)

Guest Panels
Fandom - Specific Anime/Game
Fandom - General/Culture
Cosplay
Writing - Fan Fiction and Original Stories
Drawing/Art
Video Games - Culture/Industry/etc.
Japanese and/or Asian Culture

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Current Panel Lineup

Guest Panels

Chris Patton Q & A
Guest: Chris Patton
Where: Stratus 5
When: Friday, 8:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Come ask Chris Patton questions and see if he will answer. 

Chris Patton Shares Too Much
Guest: Chris Patton
Where: Stratus 5
When: Saturday, 11:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Other: 18+ 
Everything you always wanted to know about Chris Patton, but were afraid to ask! Or something like that... This is a late-night, 18+ free-for-all of honesty, confessions, stories, and dirty, dirty words! You are free to ask Chris anything you want, and he promises to answer with complete honesty, candor, and tongue planted firmly in cheek. Nothing is barred, everything is on the table. And, hopefully this time multiple false fire alarms will not cut into the fun!

Living and Working in Japan (Richard Davis)
Guests: Chris Patton and Richard Davis
Where: Stratus 5
When: Saturday, 10:00 AM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Come learn more about living and working in Japan.

Convention Horror Stories
Guest: Jan Scott-Fraziar
Where: Stratus 5
When: Saturday, 3:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Few people in the anime industry have lived as storied a life as Jan has and she shares some of the more... interesting experiences she has had at cons over the past 20+ years.

Creativity and Mental Health
Guest: Jan Scott-Fraziar
Where: Stratus 6
When: Friday, 3:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
A look at both designing characters with psychological issues as well as how mental health affects creativity and how to work most effectively with it. Jan has a Bachelor’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and has had a private therapy practice for 3 years. 

Jan Scott-Fraziar Live
Guest: Jan Scott-Fraziar
Where: Stratus 5
When: Friday, 11:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Other: 18+
Jan delivers a high energy experiential autobiographical (sometimes interactive) talk about her experiences living and working abroad and around the USA 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 10 years.

Faith with Vic
Guest: Vic Mignogna
Where: Stratus 5
When: Sunday, 10:00 AM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Join Vic for a time of spiritual reflection and inspiration.

Vic’s Q & A Panel
Guest: Vic Mignogna
Where: Eclipse Expo
When: Saturday, 1:30 PM
How Long: 90 Minutes
Come have fun with Vic at this Q & A. 

Acting Workshop with Chuck Huber
Guest: Chuck Huber
Where: Stratus 5
When: Sunday, 2:00  PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
First twelve people in line get to participate; the rest can ask questions and will be the audience. Some basic improv/acting games and techniques.

The Electric Universe
Guest: Chuck Huber
Where: Stratus 5
When: Saturday, 4:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Get to know the new scientific theory (that anime discovered first) that makes hover craft, space travel, and telepathy totally doable. Participate in a group experiment testing whether you have eyes in the back of your head. Also, panel participant gets a Band-aid, which upon opening, will make them question the nature of reality.

My Little Brony - Don't Tread on Me Bro!
Guest: Warky
Where: Stratus 5
When: Saturday, 11:00 AM
How Long: 50 Minutes
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a phenomenon that has taken the country by storm! Come talk with Warky about the Brony within!


Para Para with Warky!

Guest: Warky
Where: Stratus 5
When: Sunday, 1:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Ever wanted to dance like the backstreet boys? Well neither have I, but in case you HAVE wanted to dance in sync with other people, then this panel is for you! Come learn how to Japanese dance to a popular Eurobeat song with Warky teaching you!

Wark After Dark! (18+)
Guest: Warky
Where: Stratus 5
When: Friday, 10:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Other: 18+
Come see Warky Unplucked in this meet and greet, question and answer panel where anything and everything goes!

Warky Sings Mormon Parody
Guest: Warky
Where: Stratus 5
When: Friday, 9:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Come and listen as Warky remixes some iconic songs into parodies about Mormons.

Yaoi Christmas Songs 18+
Guest: Warky
Where: Stratus 5
When: Saturday, 10:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Other: 18 +
Come enjoy the Yaoi as Warky brings in Christmas a little early with these fun songs!

FMA Through the Eyes of Mayes Hughes
Guest: Sonny Strait
Where: Stratus 5
When: Friday, 12:00 PM (Noon)
How Long: 50 Minutes
Sonny Strait, voice of beloved character Mayes Hughes, discusses the behind the scenes of one of the most popular anime series: Full Metal Alchemist. Learn how Sonny was type-cast in the role, some of the funny as well as poignant moments of recording and maybe even debate the possibility of a zombie Hughes movie.

Webcomics with Sonny Strait
Guest: Sonny Strait
Where: Stratus 5
When: Saturday, 9:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Sonny Strait is known for his voice acting but did you know he is also a published comic book artist? His work has been produced by such publishers as DC, Tokyopop, and Dark Horse Comics. Sonny is here to give you tips, tricks of the trade, and helpful hints to get your work out there for the waiting masses clamoring to see your genius.

 

Fandom - Specific Anime/Game

2p! Hetalia for All

Where: Stratus 8
When: Sunday, 11:00 AM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Hetalia: Axis Powers
Sometimes the 2p! side can get a little out of hand, so we're slapping a PG rating on it and answering good old fashioned questions! Just don't ask America about his economy...

Attack on Titan Fan Panel

Where: Stratus 5
When: Sunday, 11:00 AM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Attack on Titan/Shingeki No Kyojin
A panel based on the popular series, Attack on Titan (also known as Shingeki No Kyojin.) Ask your favorite character a question and play games! There will be no manga spoilers.

Banzai Bullet Dispute: A DanganRonpa Murder Mystery

Where: Stratus 7
When: Friday, 10:00 PM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
Fandom(s): DanganRonpa
Something is amiss in the elite anime convention, Anime Banzai, and it's up to you to solve it. Can you be our Super Convention Level Hope?

Bleach: The Ongoing Saga

Where: Stratus 8
When: Friday, 3:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Bleach
Love Bleach? This is the panel for you. Come discuss rumors about future events, your favorite characters, your favorite zanpaktous or anything thing else Bleach related!

Continuity of Kingdom Hearts

Where: Stratus 5
When: Saturday, 1:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Kingdom Hearts
Come discuss with us the possibilities in the next game and things that may or may not have confused you in other games.

DanganRonpa Fan-Interactive Q&A

Where: Stratus 8
When: Sunday, 3:00 PM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
Fandom(s): DanganRonpa
YOU, as your favorite student, will be answering the questions that you and your fellow fans submit! Come prepared to laugh, cry, get serious, and despair with us in this in-character panel! Upupu~

Godzilla Jeopardy!

Where: Stratus 5
When: Friday, 2:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Godzilla Franchise
How much do you know about our favorite monster? 5 contestants will test their knowledge! Questions will come from ALL 32 FILMS! [SPOILERS!] Prizes to all 5 contestants and stuff for the audience!

Hetalia: Survival Tips from a Nation

Where: Stratus 6
When: Saturday, 3:00 PM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
Fandom(s): Hetalia: Axis Powers
Find yourself on an island with Austria playing a piano in the water? Get some tips about how to survive an encounter with the anime nations and other stuff.

In the Name of the Moon I Will Punish You!

Where: Stratus 5
When: Sunday, 3:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Sailor Moon
For Love and Justice, the pretty sailor suited soldier Sailor Moon! In the name of the moon I will punish you! Come discuss what makes Sailor Moon so endearing to you, laugh at the cheesiness, and relive the epic moonlit romance.

Kagepro Truth or Dare

Where: Stratus 7
When: Friday, 9:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Vocaloid
Play truth or dare with your favourite Kagepro/Mekakucity characters!

Kuroshitsuji Truth or Dare

Where: Stratus 7
When: Sunday, 12:00 PM (Noon)
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
Fandom(s): Kuroshitsuji/Black Butler
Kuroshitsuji seasons I and II come together for Truth or Dare, as well as Ask the Cast.

Legends of Hyrule

Where: Stratus 5
When: Friday, 7:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Legend of Zelda Series
Come have fun at this fan panel of heroes, legends, villains, princesses, and all the adventures of the Legend of Zelda!

Long Live the Tutu!

Where: Status 6
When: Saturday, 2:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Princess Tutu
Come discuss your favorite Duck-turned-Prima Donna! We'll talk about everything from the culture behind the show to Duck's most hilarious antics. All you otakus who love stories, come, gather 'round.

Naruto: The Final Countdown

Where: Stratus 8
When: Friday, 6:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Naruto
Come discuss your favorite moments and characters in Naruto! We'll chat about the best arcs and most memorable episodes to celebrate the end of the manga this year.

One Piece Fan Panel

Where: Stratus 7
When: Sunday, 2:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): One Piece
Share in your love for the adventures of The Mugiwara Pirates. Explore the ever expanding seas of The New World, and talk about everything from fan theories, to what Devil Fruit you would eat.

Ouran High School Truth or Dare

Where: Stratus 5
When: Saturday, 12:00 PM (Noon)
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Ouran High School
By popular demand, the Ouran High School Host Club will be returning to Anime Banzai once more! This is your time to hang out with the hosts and once again have a good old fashioned truth or dare.

Pokemon Fan Myth and Theory

Where: Stratus 6
When: Saturday, 6:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Pokemon
This panel focuses on the lore of the Pokemon world as we try fill in the holes. What was the Kanto war? Which Pokemon truly mean to kill us? Join in the discussion and share your own theories!

Pokemon vs. Digimon!

Where: Stratus 7
When: Friday, 11:00 AM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Pokemon and Digimon
Join the battle between the digital and pocket monsters to determine which is the best! Which side will you choose?

Puella Magi Madoka Magica!

Where: Stratus 6
When: Friday, 9:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Puella Magi Madoka Magica
For the love of everything Madoka! Come geek out with other fans and get all those feels out of your system! There may be Spoilers! J

Sengoku Basara

Where: Stratus 6
When: Saturday, 9:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Sengoku Basara Series/Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings
Join us as we dive in to the world of Sengoku Basara as we discuss the anime and video games. Discover what makes this over-the-top fandom a real party!

Shinigami Women's Association: All's Fair in Love and Bankai

Where: Stratus 6
When: Friday, 10:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Bleach
I, Rangiku Matsumoto, invite men and women to join us in the pairing off of Shinigami, Espadas, and Humans to, well, each other! Leave all weaponry at the door, the debate will be bloody enough as is.

Sohma Family Confessions

Where: Stratus 7
When: Friday, 3:00 PM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
Fandom(s): Fruits Basket/Furuba/Fruba
Come and ask the Sohma family (and a rice ball) about their lives as cursed members of the Chinese Zodiac. Walk into our panel empty handed and leave with a piece of us (well, a prize).

Splash Free!

Where: Stratus 8
When: Saturday, 6:00 PM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
Fandom(s): Free!
Come and meet all of your favorite boys from Iwatobi and ask all of your burning questions!

State Alchemist Exam

Where: Stratus 8
When: Saturday, 8:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Full Metal Alchemist
Think you have what it takes to become one of Amestris’s elite? Prove your strength, intelligence, and courage in the exam and you may just walk away with a pocket watch and a title.

Studio Ghibli, Need I Say More?

Where: Stratus 5
When: Sunday, 4:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Multiple
From My Neighbor Totoro to Howl's Moving Castle, Studio Ghibli has released some wonderful films. Join us and be “spirited away” in a discussion about all that is Ghibli.

Thanks Naruto

Where: Stratus 8
When: Friday, 10:00 PM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
Fandom(s): Naruto
Since this is Naruto Last year, let’s remember what we loved and hated, but most of all just gather to say a fond goodbye and thanks for the memories (and the fishcakes.) 

Uta No Prince-Sama Serenade

Where: Stratus 8
When: Saturday, 9:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Uta no Prince-sama
Are you ready to be our princess? Come join the band members of Starish for a panel centered all around you as we perform some of the greatest songs of Uta Pri.

Viva! Tales of

Where: Stratus 6
When: Friday, 12:00 PM (Noon)
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
Fandom(s): Tales Of/Tales Series
Think you know the Tales series? Then prove it in a game of knowledge! Come in groups of five or be grouped up for a game of wits.

We Are Fairy Tail

Where: Stratus 8
When: Saturday, 3:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Fairy Tail
Join the Fairy Tail Guild of Utah to discuss theories, favorite moments and characters, and chat about the popular anime and manga series Fairy Tail!

Win a Date with STARISH

Where: Stratus 8
When: Friday, 4:00 PM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
Fandom(s): Uta no Prince-sama
Have you ever wanted to date a member of STARISH? Come play games for a chance to win!

Fandom - General/Culture

Anime 101: Surviving the Onslaught

Where: Stratus 5
When: Saturday, 2:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Multiple
So you mentioned to some Anime Geeks that you are new to Anime and you’re pretty sure there was a recommendation in the word dump that you got in return, but when you think you found the series they mentioned, it has over 200 episodes…. Learn how to navigate anime conversations, recognize the mega-series, and most importantly, what arcs to skip if you want to catch up.

Anime for Adults

Where: Stratus 6
When: Saturday, 11:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Other: 18 +
Fandom(s): Multiple
We focus on Anime for adults. This is about smart, honest and sexy anime for those who want mature anime. We discuss what makes anime adult and give suggestions on what to watch and avoid.

Anime Roast!

Where: Stratus 8
When: Saturday, 10:00 PM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
Fandom(s): Multiple
Is there a character from an Anime that you HATE sooo much or really just want to give them crap then come join us and ROAST THEM!!!

Anime that Scarred Me for Life

Where: Stratus 5
When: Sunday, 12:00 PM (Noon)
Length: 50 min
Fandom(s): Multiple
Otaku gather to share the horrors, pains, and life-changing experiences that anime has given them. Sit back and laugh, or cry, in this well too known exciting panel!

Can't Sleep, Con Will Eat Me

Where: Stratus 8
When: Friday, 9:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
This panel is a place to discuss how to handle information overload, schedule conflicts, lack of sleep, costuming issues, and other adventures involved in attending anime conventions.

Convention Survival

Where: Stratus 6
When: Friday, 3:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Are you new to conventions, a convention veteran, or a parent of an Anime fan? This is the panel for you! Learn about Anime conventions and enhance your convention experience.

Discoverers of Anime: Fans in the 80's

Where: Stratus 7
When: Friday, 12:00 PM (Noon)
How Long: 50 Minutes
Come to learn about Anime in the 80's, before it was the phenomenon it was today. Discuss how things have changed from when people living in Japan sent back videos and personal translations of Anime to where it is now.

Easy Plushie Making!

Where: Stratus 5
When: Saturday, 5:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
You've looked and looked, but can't find the perfect plushie of your favorite character… Well, here's your chance! Come learn the basics of how to make a plushie yourself!

Make and Take Kitty Ears

Where: Stratus 8 (All Instances)
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 9:30 AM
Length: 50 min
Other: 50 person cap, one art piece per person per workshop. No "holding" multiple places in line. Please have everyone who wants to make one come as this will be first come, first served. Thank you for showing this consideration to the other attendees.
Love those adorable kitty ears that anime girls and guys pop up whenever they're feeling mischievous? This panel helps you make cute fuzzy ears on a headband to be worn any time your personal sense of adventure allows. Come make a set!

Mom, Dad, I'm Otaku

Where: Stratus 7
When: Friday, 1:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Has making the choice to be an Otaku caused some distress in your family regarding your sanity and immortal soul? Come learn how to assuage common fears and help your family accept Anime culture.

Nendoroid! - Identifying Bootlegs

Where: Stratus 6
When: Saturday, 5:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Identifying bootlegs of nendoroids figures by knowing what to look for.

The Old School Anime Challenge

Where: Stratus 5
When: Friday, 3:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Multiple
Do you like older anime? Then come test your knowledge at The Old School Anime Challenge! (Please note: we will only be doing anime that was officially finished before 2003.)

TV Tropes in Anime: The Tricks and Trade of Writing Japanese Animation

Where: Stratus 6
When: Friday, 8:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Multiple
What makes a story what it is? Tropes, the devices used over and over again in fiction (Wilhelm Scream, Improbable Hairstyle) and their history will be discussed in this panel with hilarious examples.

What Makes a Great Protagonist?

Where: Stratus 8
When: Friday, 8:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Fandom(s): Multiple
Anime is full of main characters that are either created very well or examples of epic failures. We are here to discuss what qualities a main character needs to be unforgettable!

Wolves in Anime

Where: Stratus 5
When: Friday, 6:00 PM
Length: 50 min
Fandom(s): Multiple
Come discuss the wolves we all love to love and hate! Will cover popular anime and video games.

Yaoi Fans Anonymous

Where: Stratus 6
When: Friday, 11:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Other: 18 +
Fandom(s): Multiple
Are you a Yaoi Fan of any degree of rabidness, or are you just curious about the sub-culture? Come and discuss the Yaoi/Slash genres, meet your fellow geeks, and maybe learn about a new series or pairing to squee over.

Cosplay

“Freak'n Lasers!” and Other Cosplay Prop Fabrication Methods.

Where: Stratus 6
When: Saturday, 7:00 PM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
A tutorial type panel on fabrication methods including Laser Cutting and Etching, 3D Printing, Pepakura, Foam fabrication, Resin Casting, and some other budget constrained techniques of cosplay props.

Advanced Cosplay Photography

Where: Stratus 7
When: Sunday, 10:00 AM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
You've got the basics down, now come learn about professional cosplay photography, equipment, and studio rental. Be a part of this audience participation panel and you may be chosen to model live!

Better Cosplay Photography (On Any Budget)

Where: Stratus 6
When: Saturday, 11:00 AM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
Whether you want to become a world class photographer or you just want to make your Instagram photos better, we can help with tips and tricks for lighting, posing, and editing on any budget!

Cosplay, from Concept to Reality

Where: Stratus 7
When: Friday, 10:00 AM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Ever wondered how to make a cosplay look more than just a Halloween costume, but real? Come and learn tips and techniques on how to get started, fabric selection and sewing, materials, and more!

Cosplay on a Budget

Where: Stratus 5
When: Friday, 4:00 PM
Length: 50 min
Ever wanted to cosplay but could never afford it? Or simply trying to save money on the projects you are already working on? Come learn some tips of the trade on how to do a cosplay without going into debt!

How to Make a Cosplay Skit

Where: Stratus 6
When: Friday, 5:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Ever want to compete in a cosplay contest with a winning skit but you don't know how to create one? Successful cosplay actors have tips and advice to help your skit!

How to Make Japanese Armor Out of Plastic on a Budget

Where: Stratus 8
When: Saturday, 4:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
We will describe how to make Japanese medieval armor. We also have a set to show the public. We will tell them were we bought the items and how difficult it is to find.

How to Start Cosplay: A Beginner's Guide and Tips

Where: Stratus 8
When: Sunday, 12:00 PM (Noon)
How Long: 50 Minutes
A panel for new cosplayers (and old) that are confused at how to start or just don't know what to do. There will be tips, a guide and other things to help with cosplay or learn more about it.

One Sword: Three Creations

Where: Stratus 5
When: Friday, 1:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
One mighty sword built three different ways by three different prop makers?! Local prop creators from the Goombah Squad, Quantum Entanglement, and V-Fire share their unique prop design methods.

Prop Making: From Patterns to Paint

Where: Stratus 7
When: Friday, 7:00 PM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
Panel will discuss the entirety of the prop making process, from blueprint drafting to construction to painting. It will also detail the wide variety of materials available to propmakers.

Using Leather in Costumes

Where: Stratus 6
When: Friday, 2:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
How to make costumes and accessories with leather. Leather working 101: The Do's and Dont's.

Writing - Fan Fiction and Original Stories

Character Creation!

Where: Stratus 7
When: Friday, 2:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
You're almost done! You have the story down, the setting done, but no characters. Come to learn how to create emotional, real characters for your story!

Reading vs. Writing

Where: Stratus 8
When: Friday, 7:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Love reading specific stories, but hate writing them? Terrified of trying to write your first FanFiction? Learn some tips, tricks, as well as some do's and don'ts of FanFiction!

Help! The Evil Plot Bunnies of Doom are Eating Me!

Where: Stratus 7
When: Sunday, 4:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Need help fighting the plot bunnies for fics or story arcs in your epic that are attacking you? Come stock up on tricks for wrangling those rabbits into orderly plots, or just bounce your bunnies off everyone else’s to see what happens. We are not responsible if you leave with more than you came with.

How to Design Great Characters in Your Writing

Where: Stratus 8
When: Saturday, 5:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Creating great characters is an art and a craft, and is something many writers never master. We'll cover tips and tricks you've never thought of before to make your characters even better.

Is Your Character a Mary-sue?

Where: Stratus 6
When: Saturday, 1:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
What even IS a Mary-Sue? What do they do? How do you stop them? Did I make a Mary-Sue? Come find out what they are and how to stop them.

Drawing/Art

Animation 101

Where: Stratus 5
When: Friday, 5:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Come learn the basics of character animation! We'll go over both hand drawn and computer rigged 2D character movement so you can get a start on making your own anime!

Drawing Manga Digitally

Where: Stratus 7
When: Saturday, 10:00 AM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Going though the benefits of Manga studio 5 in developing a manga page from beginning to end. From sketch, ink and screen tones to some other features as well as the equipment required.

Fan Art Contest

Where: Stratus 8
When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 1:00 PM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
Compete against other artists and the clock! On the spot drawing contests will be held several times during the con, each with a different secret theme. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each session!

How to Draw Anime

Where: Stratus 6, Stratus 7
When: Friday, 11:00 AM, Saturday, 9:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes, 1 Hour 50 Minutes
How to draw people in anime.

How to Draw Anime: Advanced

Where: Stratus 6
When: Friday, 6:00 PM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
You have the basics down, but you don't really feel like you're quite good enough at drawing anime. Come to learn new tips and tricks that will get you to the next level!

Manga-ka: Creating Comics

Where: Stratus 5
When: Saturday, 6:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
We will teach you the in's and out's of creating interesting and beautiful manga. If you've ever thought about making your own this is the panel for you!

So You Wanna Make a Webcomic?

Where: Stratus 6
When: Friday, 10:00 AM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Let's get that story out of your head and onto that page! Join Jon Kim, chief line artist at "Level 30 Psychiatry," as he helps you get a start in sequential art. (Poor artwork ain't an excuse, pal!)

Video Games - Culture/Industry/etc.

Evolution of Trading Card Games

Where: Stratus 6
When: Friday, 4:00 PM
Length: 50 Minutes
This will be a panel dedicated to educating panel goers about the popularity of different card games and how they're played.

Japanese and/or Asian Culture

Suiseki: Japanese Stone Appreciation

Where: Stratus 7
When: Sunday, 3:00 PM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Do you like looking for shapes in the clouds? Do you like nature? Do you like rocks? Come learn about a Japanese art form related to bonsai, its history and application. Suiseki rocks!

Making of Kimono

Where: Stratus 5
When: Friday, 10:00 AM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
Ever wondered what goes into making a kimono? Come and learn how they are made, types of kimono, general wearing tips, and how you can make simplified cosplay versions and traditional real kimono.

Origami 101

Where: Stratus 8
When: Friday, Saturday, 11:00 AM
How Long: 1 Hour 50 Min
Introduction to the art of origami. A brief overview of the art, then a make and take to learn how to read the instructions and fold your own paper crane!

VOCALOID 101

Where: Stratus 7
When: Saturday, 11:00 PM
Length: 50 min
Come learn about the wonderful world of VOCALOID and how to search painlessly for VOCALOID music!

What’s New in Anime

Where: Stratus 5
When: Saturday, 7:00 PM
Length: 50 min
Fandom(s): Multiple
This panel is a prescription for those of you that are having difficulty in knowing what to watch. Join us in learning about what is new in the world of anime and get some ideas on what you should be watching.

YMO: How a Band from Japan Changed the World

Where: Stratus 6
When: Saturday, 10:00 AM
How Long: 50 Minutes
Yellow Magic Orchestra drastically redefined electronic music in the 70's and 80's before fading into obscurity. Listen to their incredible, lost sound and discover how YMO still influences us today.

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