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

Attendee Registration
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Artist Alley
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Events

All Events

Here's a list of all events scheduled for AOD, on one convenient page!

AOD at Nite

Cosplayers having fun at AOD 2012
Also categorized as AOD at Nite.

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

Also categorized as Shopping.

If you are an artist and need more information about Artist Alley, please see our artist's information 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
Also 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

Also categorized as Shopping.

 If you are a dealer looking for information about Dealers Room, please see our dealer's information 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.

Easy Animation with Live2D

Live2D is a tool which allows artists to animate quickly and easily. Used by companies such as SQUARE ENIX and NAMCO BANDAI Games, it also allows developers to quickly integrate these animations into games and other applications. If you’re an artist or programmer, stop by this panel to learn more!

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. 

From Fan To Pro

Also categorized as Career.

Steve Savage, the Geek Job Guru, takes a hard look at how hobbies can improve your career.  Your fandom is the tool you need to unlock a real career in tough times and a crazy career market.

Geek Professional Networking

Also categorized as Career.

For people serious about geek careers.  Wether you're an old pro or a new student, looking for talent for your Kickstarter, or seeking some new contracts, come together and connect! We're discussing careers, cooperation - and seeing how some of us might team up in the future

Hall Costuming Awards

Also categorized as Contests, Costuming.

The Hall Cosplay Contest has two special prizes: Best Video Game Costume and the Acme Award for the best costume from or inspired by a western cartoon! The winners of each of these awards receive $100 cash!  If you love  cosplay, make sure that our hall cosplay judges get you entered in the contest! The winners are announced at the Hall Cosplay awards on Sunday.

To enter, make sure our cosplay staffers get your picture and contact information at the con. As usual, they are roaming the halls of the convention, taking pictures and collecting some information from people wearing costumes. They are asking for your name, the character you are dressed as, and what the source is, and optionally you may give them your cell phone number or email (so we can contact winners).

  • Attendees may enter as many costumes as they are able to.
  • You must have a valid badge in order to enter.
  • If you do not give us a valid way to contact you, you forfeit your prize.
  • Costumes that win awards at the Masquerade are not eligible for Hall Costuming awards.
  • Cosplay Staff may not enter.

The winners are chosen by AOD Staff. Awards are given in the afternoon on Sunday. You must either be present or leave us a way to contact you to win; if not, then the next winner present or we have contact information for receives the award.

How Anime Gets Made

Sure, you watch anime, but do you know how it's made? Evan Minto of AniGamers.com and Otaku USA Magazine presents this in-depth look at the anime production process, showing how a project goes from an idea to a finished product. Topics include storyboarding, background art, voice acting, and of course, the actual process of animating the show, with an eye to how all these parts work together.

How To Make Japanese Curry

Everyone loves Japanese Curry - and you don't need to make it with store-bought cubes! Find out about the history of the dish, how you can make it at home - and how to create your own, personal version!

Karaoke

Also categorized as AOD at Nite, Performances/Music.

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

Also categorized as 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

AOD 2013 attendees enjoying a show

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!

SBA0048's Second Stage: Shoujo Tachi yo!

Also categorized as Performances/Music.

SBA0048 returns to AOD with their next stage, Shoujo Tachi Yo! Come watch these idols sing and dance to some of your AKB48 favorites, and perhaps discover new ones as well. We're waiting to meet you!

Speakers and Panels

Also categorized as Anime.

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.

Tabletop Gaming

Small sample of our board games available for play
Also 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

Ti@Mi Odottemita and Utattemita Live

Also categorized as Performances/Music.

Tiffany and Ami from Ti@Mi are back to dance and sing anime songs, idol songs, Vocaloid songs and more! Bring your hype and energy!

Video Gaming/e-Sports

Also categorized as VG Tournaments.

AOD will be featuring both open play and tournaments in console, arcade and PC gaming.

Video Screenings

Screening at AOD2014
Also 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!