"Futuristic" video games!

Panels 4 :: Sunday - 11:00 PM

1 hour

Join us for an entertaining panel about video games and anime which predicted the future and totally got it wrong! Examples include: world ending by 1997, Megaman taking place by 2010. LA falling into the sea by 2007! USA and Soviet Union deadlocked in the Cold War and fighting in space at 2017!


An Intro to Bronies

Panels 2 :: Friday - 8:00 PM

1 hour

You've probably seen them around- the animated equine enthusiasts, otherwise known as "bronies." Who are they, and what is this unusual pony-centered culture of theirs? Sac Brony Expo presents a panel geared towards entertaining those within the fandom and informing those who are simply curious!


Artist Alley: Survival Guide

Panels 4 :: Friday - 9:00 PM

1 hour

Sponsored by Jackie Lo Art.

16+

Ever thought of sitting behind Artist Alley? Feeling tired and frustrated behind the table? Bad customers or business? This panel will help you deal with situations and problems that ALL of us have to deal with behind artist alley. It's not a guide to start Artist Alley, it's HOW TO SURVIVE IT.


Best Recent Anime

Panels 4 :: Friday - 11:00 PM

1 hour

Sponsored by Arizona Midnight Channel.

Still waiting for new releases to air on Adult Swim? Looking for a new show to watch? Want to watch some shows hot of the Nihongo airwaves? Join the Midnight Channel as we tell you the best new anime to watch.


Cafe Verfuhren: BL Butler Cafe

Panels 4 :: Saturday - 11:00 AM

1 hour

16+

Come meet the butlers of Cafe Verfuhren for some light entertainments and pampering. Find out about our past, current and future projects. We can't wait to serve you


Collegiate Anime Clubs

Panels 4 :: Sunday - 11:00 AM

1 hour

Interested in how college anime clubs work? Applying for college and want to know which ones have great anime communities? Meet the leaders of some of the biggest and most active anime clubs in the country!


Demons!

Panels 4 :: Saturday - 11:00PM

1 hour

16+

Everybody loves demons. This panel will explore how works such as Devilman, Doomed Megalopolis, and Urotsukidoji form a bridge between Japanese yokai myth and the hellspawn of Christian mythology.


Diversity In Cosplay

Panels 2 :: Sunday - 2:00 PM

1 hour

Sponsored by Chocolate Covered Cosplay.

We will be discussing convention sociology and having an open discussion about diversity in the cosplay community. We will discuss our upcoming plans & why it is hard being a geek right now.


Fansubbing for Dummies

Panels 4 :: Monday - 11:00 AM

1 hour

Fansubbing veterans Doremi-fansubs presents an overlook on the whole fansubbing process, including a demo on translation, timing, encoding, and release distribution. A complete history on the evolution of fansubs will also be presented, from 2000 to 2013.


Female Characters in Anime

Panels 1 :: Sunday - 12:00 PM

1 hour

16+

Want to make your own manga but aren't sure how to write an interesting female character? Come learn about character traits, storytelling, and some pitfalls to avoid. Further discussion topics include culture, gender, Lolicon, and the portrayal of women in comics.


FFTC!: Collaborating

Panels 1 :: Sunday - 4:00 PM

1 hour

Collaborating on a project with others can be a fun & rewarding experience, or a painful & exhausting endeavor. Join the hosts of "From Fan to Creator!" panels & comic artists Heather Jaeger & Melissa McCommon for an hour of tips, tricks, & stories of their collaborative experiences in comics.


FFTC!: Laying the Foundations

Panels 2 :: Saturday - 5:00 PM

1 hour

Have an awesome idea for a comic, but don't know where to start? This panel is the place for you! Learn what you need to survive in this tough industry, taught by the hosts of "From Fan to Creator!" panels & comic artists Heather Jaeger & Melissa McCommon. Both amateurs & professionals are welcome!


Figure Collecting for Noobs

Panels 2 :: Saturday - 10:00 AM

1 hour

PHOTO_ONLY.

Ever fallen in love with a lady made of plastic? Been heartbroken after you tried to find a sold-out figure you never knew existed? Too daunted by hefty price tags to even think about buying your waifu? The solution to these problems and more, presented by cosplayer and figure collector, Luluko.


h.NAOTO Tokyo Fashion

Panels 2 :: Friday - 9:00 PM

1 hour

Sponsored by Kincs (h.NAOTO).

introducing latest fashion from Tokyo Japan! ? h.NAOTO is a leading fashion brand that specializes in combining between gothic, lolita, and punk styles into one unique design!! It always been fascinating and intriguing for the american consumers!


Handling Cosplay Harassment

Panels 3 :: Saturday - 9:00 AM

1 hour

Sponsored by 16Bit Sirens.

Have you ever experienced harassment while in cosplay? You are not alone. Come join the founders of the Cosplay =/= Consent movement as they discuss the best ways to handle harassment in the cosplay community, share true stories, and answer questions. You have a voice, come learn how best to use it!


Henshin! Tokusatsu Panel

Panels 4 :: Sunday - 9:00 PM

1 hour

Sponsored by Plastic Joint.

Are you a fan of Kamen Rider and Super Sentai? Ever wondered the origin of Power Rangers? Are you tokusatsu toy collector? Then come on over, as Plastic Joint crew discusses history of Tokusatsu and answer all your burning questions!


How 2 Dota 2

Panels 3 :: Saturday - 4:00 PM

1 hour

16+

New to DotA 2? Already pub stomping as we speak? Then this panel is just for you! I'll be explaining both basic gameplay elements and advanced strategies, as well as my own list of DOs and DON'Ts. We'll follow up with a lengthy Q&A. Prepare to be called terrible.


How to Make Your Own Comic

Panels 1 :: Sunday - 6:00 PM

1 hour

Have an awesome idea for a comic, but don't know where to start? This panel is the place for you! Learn what you need to survive in this tough industry, taught by the hosts of "From Fan to Creator!" panels & comic artists Heather Jaeger & Melissa McCommon. Both amateurs & professionals are welcome!


Inuyasha as Romance

Panals 4 :: Saturday - 10:00 PM

1 hour

Rumiko Takahashi's classic series is described as ""a feudal fairy tale."" It is not a fairy tale, but a perfect example of the medieval romance, with a miko priestess replacing the knight errant. We will discuss how the series works within this literary tradition.


Japanese Food: A History

Panels 2 :: Friday - 7:00 PM

1 hour

Sponsored by Bento Anarchy.

A tale surprisingly full of intrigue, romanticism and the unique evolution of a national cuisine. Exploring Japanese food from the Medieval era through to the modern delights of curry and ramen, with a nod to an occasional Mountain Whale and black market.


Japanese History Part 1

Panels 4 :: Saturday - 7:00 PM

1 hour

Interested in learning about Japanese History? This panel will provide a quick and entertaining introduction to Japanese History. This first half will go over Japanese history up to 1603.


Japanese History Part 2

Panels 1 :: Sunday - 3:00 PM

1 hour

Want to learn even more about Japanese History? This second half of an introduction to Japanese history will cover events after 1603, including the Edo period, the Meiji Restoration and WW2.


Learn Japanese with Hentai

Panels 2 :: Sunday - 12:00 AM

1 hour

18+

Ever wanted to learn what was going on during those H scenes you've been skipping every night? Come over and learn a bit of Japanese and improve your ability to understand what terrible things are actually happening.


Loli vs. Lolita

Panels 4 :: Sunday - 12:00 PM

1 hour

16+

Ever wondered about the connection between Loli and Lolita? Actually, there is none! Come find out the key differences between Loli and Lolita, as well as the basics of each one.


Long Live Lolita!

Meeting Room 212 :: Sunday - 10:00 AM

2 hours

Come and join us for a celebration of lolita fashion! We will offer a brief overview of the style, a short fashion show with local lolitas, and an exhibit of independent lolita designers' work. There will also be a Q&A session and games (with prizes!).


Magikarp: A History

Panels 3 :: Friday - 5:00 PM

2 hours

"Magikarp splashes lively, energetic child." ~Professor Oak. Join us to learn about everyone's favorite pokémon, Magikarp! We'll teach you everything from the anime, to the real world, to the video games and beyond. New, improved, and now 2 hours long!


Mecha Model Mayhem!

Panels 1 :: Sunday - 9:00 AM

1 hour

Gundam, Armored Core, Macross and more! If you love to recreate your favorite mecha in plastic, this is for you! Topics include: Building, Painting and more! Bring your best mecha work and win a free T-Shirt courtesy of KVLTWORX!


Philosophy in Anime

Panels 1 :: Monday - 11:00 AM

1 hour

How do the deeper scenes of our favorite shows relate to real philosophies? Has anime lead to you asking yourself the bigger questions: Who am I? What is the meaning of life? What is the value of relationships? We will examine shows including Evangelion, Madoka, and Sailor Moon. Let's Discuss!


Pokemon Adventures and You

Panels 3 :: Saturday - 12:00 PM

1 hour

Have you ever wondered where Ash came from? Are you a Red cosplayer who keeps being mistaken for Ash? How come we can see a pokémon's health and stats? Do pokémon really die? Why was Red on Mt. Silver anyway and just who is Red? Curious? Well then this panel is for you.


PVC Panic: Figure Fanaticism

Panels 2 :: Sunday - 5:00 PM

2 hours

16+

Japan's collector-grade figure industry continues to grow, and so do foreign collectors! Otaku USA writer Heidi Kemps is back to give new and old hobbyists alike insight into the world of anime and gaming figures. Bring questions and discussions!


RPG design for Anime fans!

Panels 2 :: Friday - 4:00 PM

1 hour

Sponsored by Cel*Style.

16+

Where are the table top RPGs for anime and manga fans? Why have fans been using stiff, flavorless systems to play games centered around the exciting, vibrant, fluid worlds and characters of their favorite shows and manga? Join Cel*Style game designers for a discussion on making games for anime fans!


Shin Megami Tensei

Panels 3 :: Sunday - 9:00 AM

1 hour

16+

A lot of people have heard about Persona 4, but do you know about the more mysterious entries of the SMT series? Come join the Midnight Channel as we talk about one of Japans biggest and most controversial Cult Classic game series. Learn about one of the greatest and darkest RPGs in history! Hee-Ho!


So You Wanna Learn Japanese?

Panels 1 :: Friday - 5:00 PM

2 hours

Are you interested in learning Japanese? A beginner or intermediate learner? Want to hear the journey of an experienced learner (plus some weeaboo stories)? Come learn the basics of Japanese (including writing kanji) and the best ways to practice so that you won't have to face the same obstacles.


Space Combat and Realism

Panels 3 :: Sunday - 1:00 PM

1 hour

How can real physics make the space battles in your story more entertaining? And why do you put fins on a rocketship, for crying out loud!? In this panel, we discuss how realistic space battles can make your science fiction more exciting.


Super Sentai vs Power Rangers

Panels 2 :: ,"Sunday - 9:00 AM

1 hour

Are you a fan of Power Rangers, but have no idea where it truly began? Are you a Super Sentai fan, and want to know more about it's American adaptation? Well, in this panel, we'll be comparing Super Sentai and Power Rangers. So come join us for a super showy hour!


The Dark Side of Magical Girls

Panels 4 :: Friday - 10:00 PM

1 hour

Think sparkles, rainbows, and cute girls are all there is to a Magical Girl anime? Think again! Join us for this look at the darker themes present in this genre, and see why those themes are actually a positive thing.


The History of Lolis

Panels 3 :: Sunday - 12:00 AM

1 hour

16+

Discussing and explaining the decades of history on the loli phenomenon.


The IDOLM@STER: A Fan Panel!

Panels 2 :: Monday - 11:00 AM

1 hour

The Idolm@ster; a huge game phenomenon. Where did most of its culture originate? Are you also a Producer-san? Whether you're a new fan or a veteran Producer, come learn about favorite idols, learn concert calls, talk tactics, and exchange info with other "-P"s. Are you [READY!!]? #idolsports


Together, We Ride! Fire Emblem

Panels 2 :: Sunday - 7:00 PM

1 hour

16+

Most of us have fond memories of our Nintendos. What's your favorite nintendo franchise? Zelda? Metroid? Mario? What about Fire Emblem? Do you know about Fire Emblem? ...yeah didn't think so. Let us inform you about the rich history of the most under appreciated Nintendo franchise of all time.


Tokusatsu: Live Action Anime

**This panel has been canceled**

Panels 1 :: Sunday - 6:00 PM

1 hour

Contrary to popular belief, Super Sentai and Kamen Rider are merely two of many Tokusatsu. Our fun and informative panel will take you on a journey around the world to show you how Tokusatsu has evolved outside Japan and made an impression on almost all of today's hit fantasy action series.


Tribute to Cab Calloway

Panels 2 :: Sunday - 1:00 PM

1 hour

Sponsored by Animation Liberation Magazine.

Cab Calloway (1907 - 1994) is most famous for being a Jazz bandleader in the 1930's. However, he also lent his voice and his character to many animation shorts--which included original jazz scores as well as rotoscoping. Join us as we showcase some of his best animation works!


Tricking in Anime and Cinema

Panels 2 :: Saturday - 4:00 PM

1 hour

Ever wonder what all the crazy flips, kicks, and twists are about in Legend of Korra or in your favorite martial arts movies? Tricking is a fresh underground sport which is defined as an aesthetic blend of "tricks" based


Visually Stunning Anime

Panels 1 :: Saturday - 2:00 PM

1 hour

Sponsored by Arizona Midnight Channel.

Animation is an art form, there is no denying this. But there are some series that make the others seem like crayon drawings on the fridge! Join the Midnight Channel as we explore the most beautiful and unique pieces of animation out of Japan, covering box offices successes, to obscure hidden gems.


Vocaloid: The Fan Phenomenon

Panels 2 :: Monday - 12:00 PM

1 hour

Vocaloid: is it an anime, manga, or game? How did it become an international sensation? Come see what the buzz is all about, and maybe you'll even become a fan yourself!


Want To Be An Indie Author

Panels 4 :: Saturday - 3:00 PM

1 hour

Ever wanted to write a book? Wrote a book but no one seems to want to publish it? Regardless of which stage you're at, Ahmed Al-Sheikh, author of the action fantasy Lunen: Triblood , will share his experiences as an indie author, followed by a Q&A session.


What the Heck is Touhou?

Panels 3 :: Sunday - 5:00 PM

1 hour

You've seen it, you heard it, and you watched it on YouTube, Pixiv, and NicoNico Douga, and at conventions like Comiket. Why is it the most popular fan franchise in internet history?


What's Wrong with CAPCPOM?

Panels 3 :: Sunday - 7:00 PM

2 hours

16+

Capcom, the time has come. Yes, we've had a run-in before when we bashed the Resident Evil series, but things have gotten worse. Much worse. Donte. 60fps. DLC. Trollno. SFxTekken. RE6. Spelling errors. Mega Man. We won't hold back, and neither should you.


Women in the Leijiverse

Panels 1 :: Friday - 3:00 PM

1 hour

This panel will discuss female characters in Leiji Matsumoto's anime/manga, and how they fill fairy tale roles. We will examine his works, from Queen Millenia to Galaxy Express 999, and how the representation of women as magical and mysterious fits the themes of Matsumoto's work.


WTF: Anime 4 You

Panels 3 :: Monday - 11:00 AM

1 hour

Sponsored by Arizona Midnight Channel.

16+

Oh my Glob! Did you hear, Japan is a crazy place, and it always is full of surprises. But sometimes, they make things make you go WTF. Join the Midnight Channel on a roller coaster of CRAZY ANIME


Yu-Gi-Oh! 5DXAL Fanpanel

Panels 4 :: Friday - 8:00 PM

1 hour

It's time to duel, get your game on, and rev it up! (and maybe KATTOBINGU) Got a BURNING SOUL question? Come in for Yugi-news, trivia, and prizes! Hosted by slifertheskydragon and friends!


Yugioh! Fan Panel

Panels 2 :: Saturday - 8:00 PM

1 hour

Get ready to duel! The Yugioh! Fan Panel is a place for all Yugioh enthusiasts to enjoy the series that continues to be an international phenomenon! Learn the latest news, play games, win prizes, meet your fellow fans, and much more!


Zombie Apocalypse & You

Panels 2 :: Sunday - 8:00 PM

2 hours

16+

A comprehensive conspectus consisting of exploration of the repercussions and ramifications of the inevitable Zombie Plague Outbreak. Topics Include: zombies in pop-culture, zombie myths, new-world survival strategies, undead self-defense, and Q&A.