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

January 25 & 26, 2014
Hyatt Regency Hotel
San Francisco Airport

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2014 Registration

Attendee Registration
Register at the Convention! Online sales have ended, but at-door registration is still available.

Pre-Show Entertainment

Swap Meet
Friday night Swap Meet, from 8:30pm to 10:30pm!

Speedrunning!
Friday night Speedrunning demonstration, starting at 8:30pm!

Events

Guest of Honor Events

For fans eager to learn our Guests unique insider perspectives into the cartoon, anime, and video games world, catching their discussions, tutorials, presentation, and panels is essential. 

A Pleasant Interlude With Happy Tree Friends

Happy Tree Friends
With Ken Pontac (Writer).
Sat at 3 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 2.

Remember the first time you saw Happy Tree Friends, before you knew what the joke was? You kind of wondered what your friend who said, "Dude! You have to check this out!" was so excited about. It was just a bunch of cute little animals doing stupid things until, suddenly... something happened and you got the joke. The sick crew who work on Happy Tree Friends LOVE to see people get the joke for the first time, so bring a friend who's never seen the show, and blow their minds a little.

AOD Guests Play Cards Against Humanity! (18+)

With Melissa Hutchison (Voice Actor) & AOD Staff.
Sat at 11 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 1.
Also categorized as AOD at Nite.

The title says it all! If you like Cards Against Humanity, this is not to be missed. Ken Pontac, last year's winner, returns to defend his title. Which of our other illustrious Guests of Honor will be up for the challenge?

Breaking Into Voice Acting

With Adam Harrington, Erik Braa & Owen Thomas.
Sun at 4 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 2.
Also categorized as Career, Industry, Panels.

Think you've got what it takes to become a professional voice actor? Learn the ins and outs of starting your voice acting career (and get the inside scoop on some of your favorite video games) from veteran voice actors Adam Harrington, Erik Braa & Owen Thomas (of League of Legends/The Walking Dead/The Sims/The Wolf Among Us/Bioshock/Assassin's Creed/Monkey Island/Rift/The Godfather/Star Trek Online/Back to the Future/Many More) and hosts of the video game voice acting Q&A show: "In the Booth With Adam & Erik (Featuring Owen's Corner)" Find out what it takes to break into the video game voice acting business from the voices behind some of your favorite gaming characters!

 

Comic Manga Production

With Tommy Yune (Creative Director at Harmony Gold USA).
Sat at 5 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 3.
Also categorized as Career, Industry.

Tommy Yune, a veteran of hit comic franchises, such as Speed Racer, Robotech, Voltron, and Danger Girl, covers modern production techniques and new options available to aspiring creators as the industry undergoes a shift to digital media.

Cristina Vee Q&A

With Cristina Vee (Voice Actor).
Sun at 11 am for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 1.

From Mio Akiyama in K-ON to Homura Akemi in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Cristina Vee has had a number of impressive roles in both anime and video games under her belt. Come find out how she went from anime fan to behind the mic in the recording studio at this Q&A session! Who knows, you might even be treated to some silly hijinks and singing from Cristina herself!

How Do I Tumblr? (16+)

With Noelle Stevenson (Illustrator).
Sun at 2 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 4.
Also categorized as Career, Writing.

Tumblr famous-person Noelle Stevenson (aka Gingerhaze), creator of The Broship of the Rings and one of the geniuses behind The Hawkeye Initiative, presents a brief primer on the do's and don't's of creating, sharing, finding and promoting fan content on the world wide web. WARNING: this panel may involve sexy fanart of attractive people.

Indie Video Game Development

With Tommy Yune (Creative Director at Harmony Gold USA) & Keith Kaisershot.
Sun at 3 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 2.
Also categorized as Video Gaming.

Tommy Yune, designer and producer behind the Robotech video games and The Journeyman Project series, and mobile game developer Keith Kaisershot, discuss independent game development and how the rise of mobile gaming and open-source software has leveled the playing field in the industry.

Inside Voice Acting

With Melissa Hutchison (Voice Actor) & Cristina Vee (Voice Actor).
Sat at 11 am for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 1.

From Clementine to Homura, these two have played some of the most iconic characters in video games and anime. Learn what goes behind the scenes in the voice acting industry from Melissa Hutchinson and Cristina Vee.

Late Night Trivia Quiz with AOD Guests of Honor

With AOD Staff, Melissa Hutchison (Voice Actor), Michael Sinterniklaas (Voice Actor/Voice Director) & Ken Pontac (Writer).
Sat at 9 pm for 120 minutes.
In room Live Events 1.
Also categorized as AOD at Nite.

Once again, our Late Night Trivia Quiz is back, but with a whole new format. Come down to watch AOD Guests of Honor compete, pitting their knowledge and their wits against one another. There are questions, and a very pink swear bucket. If you don't know what this means, satisfy your curiosity and stop by. If you know what this means, then you already know we're having a good time.

As always, our contestant guests are playing for their charities.  Be sure to give them your love and support!

League of Legends Voice Actors

With Melissa Hutchison (Voice Actor), Adam Harrington, Erik Braa, Owen Thomas, Rashida Clendening, Chuck Kourouklis, Brian Sommer, Gavin Hammon, Cia Court, AJ Mazur & Cristina Vee (Voice Actor).
Sun at 1 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 1.
Also categorized as Video Gaming.

A bunch of League of Legends Voice Actors have gotten together to discuss League of Legends! If you're a League of Legends fan this is where you should be!

Crazy Update!: We've just confirmed that, besides Melissa Hutchison and Cristina Vee, the following League of Legends voice actors are also presenting: Adam Harrington (Shaco/Mordekaiser/Ryze/Karthus/Kassadin), Erik Braa (Draven/Jax), Owen Thomas (Twisted Fate/Viktor), Rashida Clendening (Karma), Chuck Kourouklis (Darius), Brian Sommer (Tryndamere/Warwick/Willump), Gavin Hammon (Varus/Blood Lord Vlad/Pantheon), and Cia Court (VI). Additionally, the panel is moderated by the extraordinary AJ Mazur. The epicness of this panel is off the charts!

LittleKuriboh Unabridged

With Martin Billany a.k.a. LittleKuriboh (Illustrator).
Sat at 2 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 2.

Join LittleKuriboh, creator of Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged and expert beard grower, in a live Q&A session. There's also video screenings and other malarkey!

Live Dubbing With Michael Sinterniklaas

With Michael Sinterniklaas (Voice Actor/Voice Director).
Sat at 10 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 2.
Also categorized as AOD at Nite.

Ever wonder what it takes to bring a voice onto screen? Ever wanted to try voice acting for yourself? Join Michael Sinterniklaas as he hosts a live dubbing panel where you the audience members are the stars!

Naruto The Abridged Comedy Fandub Spoof Series Panel (18+)

With Martin Billany a.k.a. LittleKuriboh (Illustrator).
Sat at 9 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 2.
Also categorized as Anime, AOD at Nite.

LittleKuriboh hosts a mature look into the makings of his fan based parody of a fan based parody. Will he become Third Hokage? Why is the Rower so amazing? Will the Abridged Movie ever be finished? Find out the answer to none of these questions right here!

Opening Ceremonies

With AOD Staff, Cristina Vee (Voice Actor), Ken Pontac (Writer), Martin Billany a.k.a. LittleKuriboh (Illustrator), Melissa Hutchison (Voice Actor), Michael Sinterniklaas (Voice Actor/Voice Director), Noelle Stevenson (Illustrator) & Tommy Yune (Creative Director at Harmony Gold USA).
Sat at 10 am for 60 minutes.
In room Main Stage.

Bring along anyone who want to know what this whole Convention things is about — the Opening Ceremony is open to the public — no badge or registration is required.

Be the first to meet all of our awesome Guests of Honor.  You also get a preview of all the great music, events, panels, workshops, contests, artists, and prizes you'll be experiencing at AOD this weekend.

Robotech Industry Panel

With Tommy Yune (Creative Director at Harmony Gold USA).
Sat at 1 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 1.
Also categorized as Anime, Industry.

Join Harmony Gold's Tommy Yune as he showcases the latest Robotech projects, including the highly anticipated Voltron crossover, and provides a sneak peek at exciting new projects on the horizon.

Sketchfest with Noelle Stevenson

With Noelle Stevenson (Illustrator).
Sun at 11 am for 120 minutes.
In room Live Events 2.

Join Noelle Stevenson (aka Gingerhaze) for a two-hour request-driven doodle free-for-all... There is Hulkeye! There are cute Russians! And, yes... THERE IS POKEYMANS!

The Dubbing Process with Michael Sinterniklaas

With Michael Sinterniklaas (Voice Actor/Voice Director).
Sat at 1 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 2.
Also categorized as Industry.

Learn about how your favorite shows get dubbed from the man who's done it all! Voice actor, director, and producer Michael Sinterniklaas explains the process behind localizing and dubbing anime.

The Walking Dead Panel

With Melissa Hutchison (Voice Actor), Nic Vigil, Nicki Rapp, Rashida Clendening, Chuck Kourouklis, Cissy Jones, Gavin Hammon, Brian Sommer, Adam Harrington, Erik Braa & Owen Thomas.
Sun at Noon for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 1.
Also categorized as Video Gaming, Industry.

Come Join fellow fans of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead in a panel hosted by the voice of Clementine, Melissa Hutchinson!

Crazy panel update: The following other Walking Dead voice actors are joining Melissa on stage: Nic Vigil (Carley WD Season 1), Nicki Rapp (Lily WD Season 1), Rashida Clendening (Tavia WD 400 Days), Chuck Kourouklis (Hershel WD Season 1), Cissy Jones (Katjaa/Jolene/Brie WD Season 1) (Shel/Dee WD 400 Days), Gavin Hammon (Kenny WD Season 1), Brian Sommer (Danny St. John WD Season 1) (Pete WD Season 2), Adam Harrington (Andy St. John WD Season 1) (Leland/Jerry WD 400 Days), Erik Braa (Danny400 Days), and Owen Thomas (Omid). That's a crazy big portion of the cast!

Voice Duels with LittleKuriboh

With Martin Billany a.k.a. LittleKuriboh (Illustrator).
Sun at 4 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 1.

Fancy yourself an impressionist? It's voice versus voice! Take part in a live contest with LittleKuriboh as host as he pits you against a bevy of hopefuls in an attempt to out-voice the others!

Web Comics 101

With Noelle Stevenson (Illustrator).
Sat at 11 am for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 3.
Also categorized as Writing.

Take a peek inside Noelle Stevenson (aka Gingerhaze)'s scripting, drawing, and coloring process for her award-wining webcomic NIMONA

Writing For Animation

With Tommy Yune (Creative Director at Harmony Gold USA) & Ken Pontac (Writer).
Sat at 11 am for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 2.
Also categorized as Writing.

Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. ~Gene Fowler

The infinite void of the empty page, the crushing deadlines, the ridiculous demands of the network executives... does this sound like the life for you? Decide for yourself when cartoon veterans Ken Pontac and Tommy Yune overcome their Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to relate their anus-clenching adventures in the bloody trenches of television and feature animation.

Just joking, kids, writing for animation is FUN!