Answering the Call to Adventure: The Road to Becoming a Magical Girl (Dunbar) – The hero goes forth from her home, and enters into the great unknown. But how does this story impact the magical girl on her journey? This panel explores goddess culture, classical mythology, and magic in the mahoushoujo. Please Note: this panel is part of the “Fractured Persona” panel scheduled on Saturday from 3pm-4pm in Panel 2.
ACard Game Called Tarot(Tsang) – For the SECOND YEAR, AUSA is offering attendees a crash course in Tarot Cards. This panel will cover basics in styles, techniques, spreads, other types of divination, and more! There is even a raffle! Come here to learn and explore the mystical arts.
A Meiji Spirit Party (Tsang) – Breaking Isolationism leads to new fun ideas. Simple as that. During the Meiji Era, a new kind of party came into fruition. Diviners and mediums would be invited into a home as the centerpiece for all kinds of parties. Come and see how it happened and the methods used, like bones and tarot, to read the spirits and future.
Acting Real Talk (Grelle, Liebrecht, Oxley, Tipton)– Learn what it’s like to be an actor and what it takes. Attendees of all ages and levels of experience are welcome to come ask technical questions about the different kinds of acting, resources, training, etc.
Beginner’s Guide to Japanese MartialArts(Aldrich) – The martial arts of Japan – Karate, Jujitsu, Kendo, etc – are some of the most famous and well-known in the world. Yet how much do you really know about them? Come join this fast-paced exploration of Japan’s major martial arts, see their origins and discuss a basic overview of their differences.
Cool Japan: The Panel (Dunbar) – We watch anime. We read manga. We play games. And we love them dearly. But these modern media elements are the more recent and visible parts of a culture trade that has been going on for over a hundred years. Join anthropologist Charles Dunbar as he goes back and looks at how Japan and the United States have traded all sorts of properties, from music to fashion to zombies, and beyond.
Cloud Age Symphony: Steampunk in Anime (Hodge-Wetherbe) – Steampunk and its various spin off genres have influenced anime for years. In this panel we look at the anime that have taken inspiration from Steampunk, and examine how anime has in turn influenced some aspects of steampunk.
Fairy Tail Friday! (Saxton)– Join Jad Saxton (Carla) for a Fairy Tail-filled Friday panel!
Fan Fiction 101: The attack of the Mary Sues(Hodge-Wetherbe) – What’s a fan who truly loves their fandom to do when the property itself just isn’t enough? Write your own stories based on the fandom of course! In this workshop, we start with talking about the history of fan fiction in America, and move on to legal issues, critique, and avoiding the pitfalls of bad fan fiction writing.
Folk Culture in Modern Japan (Dunbar) – From deer dances to suicide forests, Japan has managed to blend together modern ideas with old ways, often in truly fascinating locations around the country. This panel explores some of these locations: Tono, the “home” of Japanese folklore; Aokigahara, the infamous Suicide Forest; Nikko, where shogun are buried and ghosts walk the streets; and Sakai-minato, where the yokai truly is king.
Funimation Broadcast Dub 101 (Grelle, Liebrecht, Oxley, Saxton, Solusod, Tipton) -Meant for attendees who are Funimation subscribers (or who are interested in becoming one). We will focus on and talk about broadcast dub shows which are only available to subscribers via the FUNimation website
Hayao Miyazaki: A Storyteller’s Journey (Dunbar) – The worlds of Ghibli are brimming with colorful characters, wondrous places, and sinister foes. This panel looks at these films, how they reflect the world we live in, and how they display the philosophies of a complicated man.
How the Meiji Period Created The Modern World (Aldrich) – Japan has influenced the world in ways subtle and sweeping, and it all traces back to the Meiji Era, when the tiny island nation went from feudal backwater to world superpower in the span of a couple of decades. Join this exploration of all the ways Japan has directly and indirectly created the modern world.
Hunting the Forest Spirit: Mythology and Anime(Hodge-Wetherbe) – Anime is full of mythological themes. From Miyazaki’s films to Princess Tutu In this workshop, we explore its mythological roots, examining both Japanese myth, and world myth cycles. Come see how a new art form spins ancient stories.
Inside the Voice Actors Studio (Grelle, Liebrecht, Oxley, Saxton, Solusod, Tipton) – Far too often, we see anime fans standing in line, waiting for an autograph from their favorite voice actor, only to fall silent and starstruck when face-to-face with them. If only there was some way to make these very real people more approachable and easier to talk to! This panel seeks to do exactly that, by asking our Voice Acting guests questions that are not about their career, but about who they really are. From first jobs and favorite ice cream flavors to what their ideal vacation spot is, you can expect to hear some great backstory on our guests. Who knows, maybe you’ll find that you have a lot more in common with them than you originally thought!
Let’s Play with Rides InReVellion– This is your chance to get up close and have fun with Rides In ReVellion! It’s fans verses band in a tournament of simple, silly games. Will our guests emerge triumphant or suffer the embarrassing consequences of failure?
Make Fetch Happen: Planning Your Cosplays (Mango Sirene) – Starting a costume is never easy, especially when you have no idea how to make something. Fortunately, there are a ton of fantastic resources available to help you find the info you need – and it’ll be much quicker than waiting for another cosplayer to try to answer your questions! Remember: it’s okay to ask for help – but the cosplay gods help those who help themselves, too! Mango Sirene will walk you through the process of planning a costume, sharing tips and tricks that will make research one of your favorite parts of cosplay!
Meet Alexis Tipton – Come meet Alexis Tipton and ask questions about her personal body of work. All Ages welcome!
Meet E. Jason Liebrecht – Come meet E. Jason Liebrecht and ask him questions about anime, his other work, and more.
Meet Jad Saxton – A Q & A where Jad answers any questions about Voice Acting and Anime or anything else fun! :)
Meet Josh Grelle – Come and meet Josh Grelle during this Q&A session where you can ask questions about acting, anime, and more
Meet Kate Oxley – Come and meet Kate Oxley during this Q&A session where you can ask questions about acting, anime, and more.
Meet Pscyche Corporation – Get to know our musical guest Psyche Corporation during this Q&A session where you can ask questions about music and more.
Meet the DJs! – Spend some time getting to know DJ Logicoma and Jacob Marley during this Q&A meetup session where you can ask questions about music, about being a DJ, and much more!
Oh My God, Danny Devito! I Love Your Work!: Branding and You (Mango Sirene) – When it comes to cosplay, your handle is your calling card. But have you ever wondered how cosplayers come up with their nicknames? How they design their logos? And what’s the next step? How do cosplayers unite their social media presence into an effortless functional system? How do they build a platform to connect with their fellow convention goers, photographers, and followers? Join Mango Sirene for some personal branding 101, where she’ll guide you through the tools you need to get started!
Oh My God, I Love Your Skit!: Producing Creative Cosplay Skits (Mango Sirene) – Have you ever wanted to write an amazing skit that wows the socks off the judges and the audience? Mango Sirene discusses the ins and outs of a successful masquerade skit, sharing her experience from seven years of theater, four years of presentation judging, and her own award-winning performances.
Party Unstoppable! (Tsang) – “I have friends, I definitely have friends, I’m here to ask if anyone here has friends?!” Sick of your usual con friends or just wanna meet new people. Come and build a new con adventuring party at Party Unstoppable! Join us for fun tricks and activities so that by the end, you will leave with a slew of new friends. If you get the reference, we can be friends too!
Professor Shyguy Acoustic Q&A – Come hear acoustic versions of chiptune songs and ask questions. Or just listen to questions being asked.
Professor Shyguy Dating Advice Panel – What makes me feel like I’m qualified to give advice on dating? Well, I’ve likely made the mistakes you’re having to deal with, but I eventually figured out what’s wrong.
Roll Your Heart Out!!! (Tsang) – Join us for an interactive role playing experience. This panel is designed to help expand the limits of imagination inspired by tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder. Newbie or Veteran? Doesn’t matter! This was designed to live and see roleplaying in a laidback, extremely interactive, and fun new way! Come join us on an amazing adventure that will be a once in a lifetime story that can never be repeated again!
Soul 2 Soul – Micah Solusod Q&A – Stop by and chat with Micah about what it’s like talking to yourself in a dark padded room. From anime to video games, Micah will take all of your questions and maybe even answer some.
Soul Sucking Snow Women: Mythological Horror in Anime(Hodge-Wetherbe) – Japan has a long tradition of monsters, demons, and ghosts in their folklore. Anime has dipped into these stories and given them a unique spin.. We’ll be sharing some of the weirdest and spookiest of the supernatural tradition, and see how anime is adapting them for a worldwide audience.
Ten Best American Anime Series (Aldrich) – Anime has spread into a worldwide phenomenon with many nations putting their local spin on these Japanese artform. Join this quick overview of ten of the best American-created anime series.
The Drawing Board w/ Micah Solusod – Have you ever wanted to draw a comic? Tell a story? Micah is super good at making stuff up and is here to offer tips and advice on creating original content.
The First Anime (Dunbar) – It’s Astro Boy, right? That series from 1963 that brought television animation to life and would go on to start the medium we call anime. Wait, it’s NOT? This panel explores animation in Japan from 1917 to 1963, when the first commercial productions appeared, tested the boundaries of the medium, were thrown back after the war, and evolved into the landmark shows of that first groundbreaking year.
The Globalization of Visual Kei (Rides in ReVellion) – Learn about the future of visual kei from the owner of V Star Promotion, an international marketing company that aims to make visual kei from Japan accessible to the rest of the world. This panel will feature special guest Ken from Art Elicia via Skype, and you may even walk away with some free stuff!
Top Ten Transformers Episodes (Aldrich) – One of the longest-running franchises in entertainment history, Transformers has spanned across innumerable television series. Come join this episode-by-episode breakdown of the ten single best episodes from Gen-1, Beast Wars, and even the Japanese-only series.
Women in Anime (Hodge-Wetherbe) – Women and girls have a strong presence in Anime, but how are they portrayed? How has anime influenced women in fan culture? We will look at both fictional anime women, and the women who love anime.Japan has influenced the world in ways subtle and sweeping, and it all traces back to the Meiji Era, when the tiny island nation went from feudal backwater to world superpower in the span of a couple of decades. Join this exploration of all the ways Japan has directly and indirectly created the modern world.
Writing 101 (Aldrich) – Few industries have gone through as many upheavals as the writing industry has seen in the past twenty years. The result is a confusing landscape of uncertainty for the seasoned veteran and the aspiring novice alike. Whether you’re a casual fan-fic writer or toiling away on the next Great American Novel, come to this industry panel where we will dispel some lingering myths of the writing profession and discuss functional ways to take your writing to the next level.
Writing Discussions (Tsang) – Returning for the FIFTH YEAR at AUSA, we will be having an open discussion about writing in all forms. Whether you write fanfics, manga, novels, short stories, professional pieces, or more you’re welcome to join us and talk about the process or anything writing related! This is a fun opportunity to network with other peers and enthusiasts learn tips and tricks of the craft.
Yokai Girls Gone Wild (Dunbar) – Female Monsters of Japan- Japanese folklore is full of angry, vengeful spirits and monsters, and more than half of those are of the female variety. This panel explores the creepy, the quirky, and the angry women who populate Japan’s hidden world, what to look out for, how to survive encounters with them, and how they reflect Japanese views on femininity and female life.