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

Writing

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 event for you!

Creating Continuity and the World Bible

With Michael Leonard.
Sat at 8 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 4.
Also categorized as AOD at Nite.

Want to learn how to create character sketch ups? How about how to create continuity throughout a fantasy world filled with effects that break the laws of physics? Or even how to make the ridiculous acceptable and dependable? We're going over everything you need to know to create your "World Bible" -- the key document that holds together the universe you are creating.

Creating Villains that Readers Love to Hate

With Michael Leonard.
Sun at 11 am for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 4.

We're discussing the process of creating villains that readers accept as real, and how to develop the villain up over time and get the reader emotional about the villain. We're also covering how to keep the sensation of danger and the possibility of failure vibrant and vivid, and when and why a reader rejects an event in the story as bogus or unrealistic. Writers, both experienced and aspiring, should not miss this important discussion. 

Epic Resume Go!

With Steven Savage.
Sat at Noon for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 3.
Also categorized as Career.

Get Geeky with your job search!  Steve Savage, the Geek Job Guru, discusses how to make that boring standby of the job search, the resume, into a creative writing exercise.  Get ready for the ultimate story - the one that gets you paid.

Fan Fiction Iron Chef

With AOD Staff.
Sun at Noon for 120 minutes.
In room Live Events 4.
Also categorized as Contests.

The Place: AOD 2014. The Setting: You, your keyboard and a jump drive. The Task: Take a location, a handful of characters and a scenario drawn entirely at random from three pools provided by the judges - plus one secret ingredient announced at the beginning of the battle - to create and deliver a fan fiction of at least 1,000 words in two hours. Cold. Dead. Start. Welcome to Iron Chef, fan fiction style. Are you writer enough for challenge?

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, Guests.

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.

The Reality of Creating and Publishing A Book

With Michael Leonard.
Sat at Noon for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 4.

Come join our in-depth examination of the cost of writing a book and manga. We are number crunching the data from traditional self published, traditional press, and e-books publications of novels, comics, and manga. And find out all the rest during the Q & A at the end. 

Turning Fandom into Academic Success

With Sushi & Chips.
Sat at 11 am for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 4.
Also categorized as Anime.

Are you a hard core fan of anime, video games, cartoons, or other geeky hobbies? Of course you are! Are you still in school? Do you have a student in your household? This panel helps you turn that passion for your fandom into good grades with tips on how to write academic papers that reference the things you love!

ULTRANIMBUS: Indie creative projects

With Tommy Pedrini.
Sun at Noon for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 3.

Join members of the creative collective ULTRANIMBUS (Ultranimboy, YSTK, Pop Pop Battle J) for a discussion about producing independent zines, video games, and albums for the fan community and a broader audience.

Web Comics 101

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

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

What If They Knew? (18+)

With Donna Hutt Stapfer Bell.
Sat at 7 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 4.
Also categorized as AOD at Nite.

Cosplay, fan fiction, role-play  it's all in fun, right? But what if the person who's face you're borrowing knew? If the writer  knew? We're taking a second look at celebrity, ownership and what it means to respect a creator, performer or caretaker of a work.

Why We Write

With Donna Hutt Stapfer Bell.
Sat at 4 pm for 60 minutes.
In room Live Events 4.
Transformative works – "fan fiction." What drives one to work in someone else's office?  Is it the desire to fill in the blanks, take the dialog in a different direction,  fix what once went wrong – or reimagine your favorite movie, television series, work of fiction entirely?  Come sit, be easy and let's talk.  Crazy?  Maybe.  Creative?  Definitely.
 

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 Guests.

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!