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

Industry

Check out these one-of-a-kind opportunities to meet and talk with Animation Industry insiders, get the scoop on what's coming down the pipeline, and learn the tips and tricks of the trade!

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, Guests, 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!

 

Charity Auction

Auctioneer Scott Rux and AOD 2012 Guest of Honor Stephanie Sheh
Sat at 5 pm for 90 minutes.
In room Live Events 1.
Also categorized as 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.

For AOD 2014, our home charity is the California Academy of Sciences. Most items from the Charity Auction will support this wonderful institution.

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

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, Guests.

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.

Composing for Animation & Video Games

With Aivi Tran.
Sun at 1 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 2.
Also categorized as Performances/Music.

Join Aivi Tran (Steven Universe, Cryamore, The Black  Box) of Aivi and Surasshu and Tommy Pedrini (Bravoman, The Impresario, Adventure Time: Hey Ice King...) of Cats on Mars and ULTRANIMBUS for a discussion on creating music for animation and video games. Our panelists are reflecting on the musical creative process, collaborating with other musicians and artists, and how these processes change when applied to specialized media.

Crunchyroll Industry Panel!

With Victoria Holden (Social Media Marketing Manager at Crunchyroll).
Sat at 4 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 1.
Also categorized as Anime.

What is Crunchyroll? Crunchyroll is the leader in anime streaming direct to your home with over 25,000 episodes and 15,000 hours of latest and hottest Anime & Asian Drama 1 hour after TV broadcast.

Welcome to the Crunchyroll Industry Panel! Come by, hang out and see what Crunchyroll has in store for the upcoming anime season! We’re announcing our simulcast lineup as well as showing off what shows we absolutely loved this season that you might have missed! We have memberships and Crunchyroll merchandise to give away, so come on down!

Inside Anime Production

With Charlene Ingram (Senior Animation Marketing Manager at VIZ Media), Mitsuko Kitajima (Associate Producer, TV at VIZ Media) & Reginald Rhoades (Associate Producer, Animation Products at VIZ Media).
Sat at Noon for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 1.
Also categorized as Anime.

Want to find out everything it takes to bring the anime you love over to North America for a full release? Join members of the VIZ animation team as we talk about all the steps it takes to bring anime to you! 

Localizing a legend: How SEGA brought Hatsune Miku to the West

With Aaron Webber (Brand Manager at SEGA of America) & Sam Mullen (Producer at SEGA of America).
Sat at 3 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 1.
Also categorized as Performances/Music.

Hatsune Miku’s first western video game arrived in 2013, and it all happened thanks to an amazing story involving Miku fans like you. Come learn how SEGA was able to release Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F for PS3, and what it’s like to localize a game like Hatsune Miku for Western audiences!

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, Guests.

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.

SuperSonic: A detailed look at the history of Sonic the Hedgehog

The first Sonic The Hedgehog incarnation
With Aaron Webber (Brand Manager at SEGA of America).
Sun at 3 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 1.
Also categorized as Video Gaming.

Sonic fans and Genesis lovers, unite! Take a look back in time at the creation, rise, and stardom of Sonic the Hedgehog, and his growth all the way to present day. In this interactive panel, you can learn about Sonic and score some free Sonic merchandise for participating! 

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 Guests.

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, Guests.

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!

What's Hot at VIZ?

With Charlene Ingram (Senior Animation Marketing Manager at VIZ Media) & Mark de Vera (Publishing Sales Coordinator at VIZ Media).
Sat at 2 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 1.
Also categorized as Anime.

Join VIZ Media staff and find out all about the latest in manga and anime! Charlene Ingram, Senior Animation Marketing Manager, and Mark de Vera, Publishing Sales Coordinator, talk about breaking news, upcoming releases and other cool announcements!

Women in the Video Gaming Industry

With Jenny Ly (Business Development Account Manager at Wargaming.net).
Sat at 6 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 3.
Also categorized as Career, Video Gaming.

As players and fans, we imagine the fame and glory associated with working at a prestigious video game company. Let's face it. Breaking into the video game industry isn't easy. Sometimes, it seems even harder if you're female. Join us for career advice and Q&A session with Jenny Ly, a Business Developer at Wargaming.net.