San Francisco's Anime, Video Game, and Cartoon Convention!

January 31-February 1, 2015
Hyatt Regency Hotel
San Francisco Airport

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2015 Registration

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Artist Alley
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Dealers Room
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Events

Events at AOD 2015

As the San Francisco Animation Convention featuring cartoons, Japanese animation, video games, and everything related, we feature many exciting things for this year's convention! Check out our dozens of exciting events as you customize your AOD experience. 

AOD at Nite

Cosplayers having fun at AOD 2012

AOD at Night will be back for its fifth year! Check out this awesome blend of late-night events. Stay after dinner, stay the night, and enjoy our outstanding selction of night events!

Artist Alley

Categorized as Shopping.

For a list of all of our artists, and a map of the room, please see our Artist Alley page.

Our Artist Alley features the best local community artists. They come to show off their work, take commissions, and make a name for themselves. We provide a casual atmosphere where you interact with the artists one-on-one, so you work with them, and maybe even learn something new. The Artist Alley is located within the Dealers Room at 2015, and shares the same open hours.

Charity Auction

Auctioneer Scott Rux and AOD 2012 Guest of Honor Stephanie Sheh
Categorized as Industry, Shopping.

AOD is proud to help raise funds for community causes. Our staff, our guests of honor, and our friends in the industry have all given their time and items to the Charity Auction. Each year, the items range from the unique, to the mysterious, to the out-of-print and the absolutely surprising. Posters, DVDs, signed artwork, video games, voice work, consoles, collectables, and even intangible things, it's all here. Place your bids at the Charity Auction and support a good cause! Read more about AOD's charity work.

AOD's featured charity is the California Academy of Sciences. Located in San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Park, inspires lifelong curiosity for the natural world for its visitors. Home to Steinhart Aquarium, Kimball Natural History Museum, Morrison Planetarium, and world-class research and education programs, the California Academy of Sciences is one of San Francisco's most entertaining educational attractions. www.calacademy.org

Dealers Room

Categorized as Shopping.

For a list of all of our dealers, and a map of the room, please see our Dealers Room page.

What would AOD be without the Dealers Hall? Going on strong with ten sold out years in a row, the Dealers Hall is back with a vengeance, for another deal-packed exhibit extravaganza extraordinaire. The Dealers Room is open to the public on both days of the convention.

Events Featuring the Guests of Honor

Attendees having a great time at AOD 2011

Hear what our guests have to say, and meet them too! Starting with Opening Ceremonies and at events throughout the entire rest of the convention, our Guests show off new material, lead discussions about their work, share their industry insider knowledge, and meet with fans.

Karaoke

Categorized as AOD at Nite.

We have open mic karaoke, featuring your favorite anime, video game, and j-rock/j-pop songs! Come sign your heart out, or just hang out and cheer your friends on!

Masquerade

A Cosplayer at AOD 2014
In room Main Stage.
Categorized as AOD at Nite, Contests, Costuming.

Always a staple of AOD, costumers gather together to compete and show off their talents. Your favorite character, your own creation, or references to insane internet memes, we've seen it all compete on stage in the Masquerade costume contest, competing for the coveted "Best of Show" prize. This year's Best of Show receives $500, Runner-up Best of Show receives $250, and Best Construction/Best Presentation receive $125 each! All winning groups also receive trophies. [Masquerade Rules and Signup Information]

Music & Performances

Attendees enjoying live video game music at AOD 2014

We've got a slew of talented performers in the works! This year AOD will have not just one, but two stages for musical and other performances!

Shopping

One vendor's toy selection

Between our Dealers Hall, which is always filled to the brim with unique and original vendors, the Artist Alley, where community artists gather to present their skills, and the Charity Auction, where exclusive items are sold to bidders eager to help a good cause, AOD is filled with one-of-a-kind shopping opportunities that you can't find anywhere else.

Speakers and Panels

We are featuring a selection of both industry and fan-run panels and presentations focusing on anime, video games, and other topics of related interest. 

Speedrunners

AOD 2015 is featuing Speedrunning Live! Speedrunning is playing a game with the intent of completing it as fast as possible. People speedrun to challenge themselves, to see a game pushed to the limits, and to get extra replay value out of a game. Details to be announced shortly.

Tabletop Gaming

Small sample of our board games available for play
Categorized as Tabletop Gaming.

Kill the Monsters, Steal the Treasure, Karate Chop Your Buddy! Come join us for Munchkin Fu, eight other Munchkin variations, and all the rest of the Board Games we have for you to play in the Board Game Room. We are teaching you to play Apples to Apples and see who associates what words with which (often very wrong but funny) ideas; join us for some Killer Bunnies or Zombies mayhem, lose yourself in Betrayal At House On The Hill, let us show you the new variations of Risk, and even play great out of print games like Pokemon the board game. A valid photo ID is required to check out games and borrowed games must remain in the room at all times. We also welcome people bringing their own games and decks of Magic the Gathering or other card games to play

Video Gaming/e-Sports

Categorized as VG Tournaments.

The game room features both a coin op arcade as well as the latest console games.  The arcade features many rare imports, as well as a collection of classics you know and love.  Throughout the weekend, the arcade staff are rolling out surprises, fun events, and a very unique prize game.

The console section features the latest releases on Xbox 360, PS3, and PS4.  We'll be featuring the following games and  tournaments throughout the weekend, with prizes and glory for the winners:

  • Arcana Heart 3 Love Max
  • Ultra Street Fighter 4
  • Persona 4 Ultimax
  • Ultimate Marvel 3
  • Guilty Gear Xrd

Video Screenings

Screening at AOD2015 include Sword Art Online 2
Categorized as Anime.

AOD is screening an amazing variety of new and exclusive titles from the leading anime distributors.

Writing Workshops

Do your characters connect with your readers? Do your conflicts engage their emotions? Do your environments trigger their imaginations? If you're looking to take your writing to the next level, these events are for you: writers and people who love writing. Whether you are a published author or just like reading fanfics, AOD has a writing workshop for you!