Friday Panel Write-Ups by Room

Friday Panel Write-Ups by Room

atriumIStemmons Ballroom A

Parlour Games: Steampunk Afficiandos learn how the Victorians entertained themselves during Tea-Time 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Stemmons Ballroom A&B/D

Steampunk Social: Social Event before Ball. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Steampunk Ball: Come dress in your finest Steampunk wear and enter the Stemmons Ballroom on Friday night for an evening of music, light refreshment and dance. Again this year, join DJ Infam0us as he helps set the mood for an evening of entertainment. 9:00 PM – 2:00 AM

Stemmons Ballroom C

Iron Cosplay: Love Iron Chef? Well come play the cosplay version! Teams compete by creating the best cosplay outfit they can using boxes of materials and the secret “ingredient.” 8:30 Pm – 10:30 PM

towerentrance_chantillyChantilly Ballroom

URBANGARDE: Concert 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

7!! (SevenOops): Concert 10:30 PM – 11:30 PM

A-Kon Dance: A-Kon is back and its time to crank up the volume! We have been chomping at the bit all year to bring you all a good time , and we aim to accomplish our mission. Come find us at the Dj booth out in the courtyard or in the Special Events spaces giving those wonderful folks a hand.

So… Now for the events we have been waiting to produce for you guys.. We invite all of you to join us for the Friday and Saturday Dances. Our Residents DJ Void, Burr Rabbit, Keiichi, and Johnny Violence will bring the noize, and all our special guest Dj will make them nights  you won’t forget!!! 12:00 AM – 3:00 AM

Panel 1 – Topaz – Tower, First Floor

Anime Giving Back 2 the Troops: Are you an active duty service member or veteran? Do you want to show support for our troops? Then come check out The Anime Military Association and learn about all we do and how you can get involved. 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Voice Over Idol: Round 2: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Anime Jeopardy Novice: The classic game show with fun anime themes. Are you relatively new to the world of anime? This is the game for you! If you are interested in playing this game you must correctly answer qualifying questions at the Mu Epsilon Kappa booth located in Con Alley! 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Talk SAO with the English Voice of Kirito: Talk Sword Art Online with Bryce Papenbrook, the voice behind SAO’s one and only beater. Ask questions and hear about his experience in the booth. 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Manga Licensing with Vertical Comics: Premiere manga publisher Vertical Comics will go over their 2015 licenses and then go through the process of how manga acquisitions transpire. 8:45 PM – 9:45 PM

So, No S#!T, There We Were… 14+: Your guess is as good as mine. 10:00 PM – 12:15 AM

 towerentrance_chantillyPanel 2 – Sapphire – Tower, First Floor

A-Kon Ice Breaker: First time at A-Kon? Need pointers? Want stories? Looking for something? Come to the ICE BREAKER! It’s an open panel where newbies & veterans mingle, play games, offer advice, share convention hacks, express proper con-etiquette…etc. Basically, we’re a hodgepodge of awesomeness. Have fun getting informed! 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Retro Game Speed Running: Ever wanted to watch a speed run in person?  Then come cheer us on as we play through retro game classics!  This year we are speed running Super Metroid for the SNES.  There will be a drawing for cool Metroid art, too. Come join the fun! 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

CGI in Anime Through the Years: Computer animation is a staple in anime production, but this wasn’t always the case. Learn about the origins of computer animation in anime, some influential titles, a variety of techniques and of course some bad CGI. 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Transformers: Then and Now: Transformers has gone through a lot of changes since it first aired. Come join us as we take a look at the different shows and movies that have aired throughout the years! 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Take One Unleashed 18+: 10:15 PM – 12:15 AM

towerentrance_chantillyPanel 3 – Emerald – Tower, First Floor

Web Comic Room: Schedule Listed on Door Sign 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Philosophy in Anime: For a medium that is mostly known for giant robots, anime sure touches on a lot of quite deep themes. From existentialism to nihilism! So, let’s  philosophically explore anime. 11:15 PM – 12:15 AM


Panel 4 – Coral – Tower, First Floo

Battle for the Past: Director’s Edition: The Year is 20xx, fifteen years since the Great War. Join Children of the Blazing Fist as they delve back in time to bring you Anime titles from days past, where this time they will honor great leaders like Mamoru Oshii, Isao Takahata, and Katsuhiro Otomo. Will you accept the call? 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

towerentrance_chantillySteampunk 101: Interested in Steampunk? Is it fashion? Is it gears? Is it Airships? Learn the basics about Steampunk from origin to aesthetics and beyond! 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Steampunk DIY: Tired of just buying your gear?  Come learn the basics of moding and building your Steampunk persona. 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

The Cosplay World Summit Experience: Come join us as we talk about the World Cosplay Summit! We’ll cover the basics of what the WCS is, how to get involved, and talk about our own experiences in getting the USA Finals! 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

The World of Legend of Korra: Come join us in talking about one of the best series ever aired on Nickelodeon: Legend of Korra! We will discuss the ups and downs, the villians, the plots and the finale that had everyone in a buzz! There will be a small game where we will hand out prizes at the end some come and celebrate the ending of a great show! 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Things That Don’t Explode: You know those fun experiments you see on YouTube? Where things fizz, pop, and look like tools for the Avengers? Come see it in person!. 6:15 PM – 9:00 PM

The Twisted Worlds of Junji Ito: Welcome to the world…or, rather, worlds of Japan’s most darkly inventive and disturbing manga author. Sunken-eyed fish with jagged steel limbs, hypnotically beautiful witches, voodoo-loving pranksters and galaxy-devouring asteroids…you’ll find all this and more as we dive into the work of Junji Ito. 9:15 PM – 10:15 PM

towerentrance_chantillyPanel 5 – DeLaSalle – West Wing, First Floor

The Year I Published Four Books:Helen discusses the four books she has published this year, how she managed it and how she kept sane during the process.  12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Narrative in Video Games: Video games are now their own form of story telling and require as much attention as a book or movie. Learn what goes into a well-crafted video game narrative. 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

The Mythology of Grimm: Blutbaden, Jagerbars, and Bauerschwein… oh, my! : Author and mythologist Nathan Robert Brown returns to A-Kon 26 to discuss the various fairy tale elements and folklore roots used to create the popular TV show Grimm. An open Q&A session will follow the presentation. 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

How to Tame Your Editor: A peek at Helen’s two new books. Also, learn a few tips and tricks on working with artists and writers as an editor. 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Anthony S. Thomas Q & A: Come meet Anthony St. Thomas.  This is a  chance to know the writer and the man. 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Wireworking 101:Learn interesting ways to twist curve and curl wire to create beautiful wearable art. Learn the techniques need to make torques, headdresses, masks and ways to add wire to other accessories for added flair. 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

DollAKon Evening Social: Open to all attendees (a doll is NOT required to attend).  Visit, compare dolls and take photographs.  Minors must have an adult guardian present. Door prizes will be drawn between 8:30 and 10pm.  You must be in the room to win. 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Geek Talk 18+: Voice actor, Kyle Hebert (DBZ, Naruto, Bleach) loves all things geeky.  Bring your opinions on pop culture movies, games, tech and more! 11:00 PM – 12:30 AM

towerentrance_chantillyPanel 6 – Peacock Terrace – Tower, First Floor

Cosplay Chess: The Official Texas Cosplay Chess Group is coming to A-kon! Cosplay Chess is an action-packed game of human chess with cosplay characters fighting epic mini-battles to gain victory over the opposing team. Like the offspring of LARP, cosplay, and game strategy, Cosplay Chess will have plenty of crossover attacks, dramatic deaths, and prizes! 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM More info here

Get Your Comic Published in Japan “Silent Manga Audition”:Ever dreamed of getting published in a Japanese manga magazine? Here’s your chance. The “Silent Manga Audition” project is an opportunity for artists from every nation to submit their work to a Japanese manga publisher. At this panel, Jonathan Tarbox (long-time manga editor) and other representatives of the contest managers will tell attendees how to submit their work, and show a retrospective of the works that have been published so far. 1:45 PM –  2:45 PM

Crunchyroll Industry Panel: Crunchyroll is the leader in online streaming for Japanese entertainment with anime, manga and drama. Come find out the latest news, see what shows are coming, and maybe even win some exclusive Crunchyroll swag! 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Nerdcore Comedy 14+: Nerdcore Comedy returns to A-Kon this year with its best show yet. The Power Rangers of geek humor are back bringing you their patented brand of nerd-oriented jocularity for your entertainment! Mike, Joe and Alex have  performed at clubs and showcases across the country, but it’s the Nerdcore Showcases where they feel most at home.  4:15 PM – 5:45 PM

Cosplay: Where We’ve Been: An open discussion on the History of Cosplay, with Helen McCarthy 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Titanesque’s Favorite Things or Titanesque’s Favorite Things or Best Local Cosplay Resources With Titanesque Cosplay: Join Titanesque Cosplay as we discuss our favorite cosplay materials and supplies, as well as where we like to shop for materials in the DFW area! 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

Wearing Multiple People:ow do you decide what voice, what personality, to give an anime character.  Kristen McGuire, Amber Nash,  and new artist, Linden Carello, discuss how they get into the minds of the characters they play. 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

MangaGamer: The Now and Future of Visual Novels: is the leading publisher and the one stop digital download store for Visual Novels. We will showcase the latest and upcoming visual novel releases from our website! 10:30 PM – 11:30 PM


Obelisk (Atrium II)

Anime LARP Set Up/Registration: 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Anime Live Action Role Play: The game will run on Friday night, June 5th in Obelisk A and B starting at 6pm. Characters can be reserved and picked up starting at 12:00 for those that would want a certain character. If you would like to reserve a character before the convention you can go to look at the character list, and reserve one from there! Hope to see you there! 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM


Panel 7 – Metropolitan – Mezzanine, 2nd Floor

Attack on Titan presented by Attack on Texas: Join the Attack on Texas group as we bring you informative panel on the Attack on Titan universe. The group will also be sharing our cosplay experience, tips and tutorials on the 3d maneuver gear, straps and cosplay creation. Come join the Corps and help restore humanity. 12:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Crunchyroll Industry Presents – Spring Quarter Anime:Excited about the new season? Crunchyroll staff walk through their favorite Spring anime, uncovering hidden gems and cheering on the best simulcasts Japan has to offer. Stop by to win prizes related to your favorite new titles! 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Journey the Unknown – A Live Music Production Demonstration: Want to see how some of your favorite anime songs are produced? Interested in learning some music production secrets? Azurelah Studios will be taking you on a journey through the entire recording process. This will start with recording live and virtual instruments and will end with the mixing and mastering process. 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Playing the Ocarina: Cris Gale demonstrates tricks and tips of playing the Ocarina. 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Team Four Star Main Panel:Team Four Star is back for their fourth year at A-Kon with special premieres!. 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Paranormal 101:The cold spot, the fleeting shadows, the voice from nowhere – are they real or just your imagination? Members of Dallas Area Paranormal Society will discuss their experiences in the paranormal field and share evidence from actual investigations. Want to know what’s in the dark? Come find out! 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Bizarre Emergent Events in Games: Some games don’t tell stories, they create worlds. An exploration of emerging stories in the genre of Grand Strategy Games. Come hear about some cutting edge developments in video game storytelling, or some bizarre stories the game designers never planned on telling, from the Pope becoming Muslim to an Irish Kingdom of Poland. 9:45 PM – 10:45 PM

Hilarious Hentai Dubs 18+: Experience the world of outrageously over-the-top adult anime dubbing. Whether it’s bizarre lines, contrived plots, insane innuendos, or just plain bad acting, you’re sure to laugh out loud as we bask in the madness of some of the best(?) English-dubbed scenes from adult anime. 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM

atrium-II_towerPanel 8 – Madrid – Mezzanine, 2nd Floor

Lolita 201: Nitpicking /The Importance of Being Detail Oriented: A stylish Gothic Lolita knows the fashion rules and how to break them. In this panel, we will use our own past outfits to demonstrate how to recognize good outfits and improve bad ones. Learn how strong attention to details will help level up your coords! 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Meet Fractal Fox: The team of Fractal Fox shares its stories about the company’s journey for the past seven years, answers questions about their roles in the company including developers, designers, artists, etc. Get swag for asking questions, get noticed by Senpai! and so much more.  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

ADR – Directing, Writing, Acting: Come learn about ADR, Writing, Directing, and acting.. 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

How to Be  Good at  Looking Bad: Special Effects Make-Up:Evil John Mays has been creating horror make-up effects for the movie industry for at least a decade.   This is a chance to learn tips and tricks of this specialized make-up artistry.   4:45 PM – 6:15 PM

BlazBlue / Kill la Kill Voices: Q&A session to discuss the popular video game or anime. 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Cosplay Closet Challenge: Do you have a way with the Goodwill racks? Does shopping for clothes always turn into a cosplay expense?   Come show off your retail skills with your closet-cosplays. Any costume with 10% or less alteration is eligible. Please bring 3 printed reference sheets, these will not be returned. 8:15 PM – 10:15 PM

This Yaoi Life: Boys’ Love 101 (18+): Do you think two boys are better than one, but aren’t sure where to start? Explore the worlds of yaoi, bara, and slash to find out which genre is right for you, learn this history behind the genres, and get recommended reading for all your guy-on-guy desires. Fangirls and fanboys of all corners of fandom are welcome! Hosted by BL Garden of DFW. 10:30 PM – 12:00 AM


atruium-2Classroom 1 – Monte Carlo – Mezzanine, 2nd Floor

Materials and Methods for Your Next Cosplay Armor Challenge: Scared of making armor?  Allow us to teach the skills you need to be confident in Solving the Armor Problem; more than materials, this panel will focus on the ‘how’ and ‘why’ in the process of making armor.  Demonstrations and audience interaction combine with enthusiasm for a great learning experience. 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

SOS Presents: Bad Fanfic Theater: Dramatic reading of terrible fanfiction, with the help of the audience to play various characters. 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Cosplay for YouTube: Presented by YouTube cosplayer RetardedJackSparrow, this panel is interactive and informative in how to create cosplay videos for YouTube. Not just limited to only cosplaying techniques – as a filmmaker and film student, aspects of filmmaking including cinematography and editing program recommendations will be covered, as well as teaching of how to write a cosplay script and improvisation.  3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Lolita: How to be Cute and Not Broke: A How-To guide & tour through the magical world of lolita. A star- up guide to starting your wardrobe. We will be discussing the best practices and tips and tricks to shopping smartly. 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Introduction to Hanafuda: Koi-Koi: Hanafuda: Koi-Koi is the traditional Japanese Flower Card game of strategy and luck where you try to accumulate points and defeat your opponent. During the Hanafuda events you will learn the general gameplay, rules, and most importantly the card combinations that will score points. Koi-Koi! The chances of you attending have been doubled. 8:00 PM- 9:15 PM

towerentrance_chantillyClassroom 2 – Governor’s Lecture Hall – Tower, First Floor

Axes and Allies Strategies : Tyson Rinehart talks Axis & Allies strategies/Answers your questions, whichever comes first. (for a solo panel; I talk about shows i’ve worked on, Music and movies and board/video games and just general chatting with attendees.) 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Gunpla Academy :Join the Austin Gundam Club as we show you the basics of Gunpla (Gundam Plastic Model Kits)!  Learn how to build your own robot from start to finish, we will show you the basics to get you started into this new hobby! Who knows – you might walk away with one! 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM

All About Body Paint: Calling all Trolls, Twi’leks, Hulks, and Harley Quinns. Want to know the best way to paint yourself? Then this is your panel. AABP will cover everything you need to know about face and body paints, from products and make-up, to sealing the final product. A demonstration may also be provided. 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Voice Acting in 14+ Anime: Sometimes adult themes can be darker, more sensitive, more tricky than PG 13.  Find out what it’s like dealing with these themes as a voice actor.  4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Introduction to Gunpla: Come and learn about what Gunpla is, its history and development, and some tips on how to get started and build, paint, and photograph. Jump into the freedom that is the world of Gundam plastic models! 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM

FUNimation Industry Panel : From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news and information from North America’s largest anime distributor–FUNimation. 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Doujinshi Party 18+: Looking for that rare limited edition doujinshi? Or maybe you just want to talk about your favorite artist and circles? Come on by and meet the community! 11:30 PM – 12:30 AM

towerentrance_chantillyClassroom 3 – Senator’s Lecture Hall – Tower, First Floor

Modeling in the Fan World:  Talk to Li Kovacs and Monique Dupree about what it’s like to work as a model in the Fan world, how they started and how they work it into the rest of their professional lives. 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Video Game Voice Acting : Join voice actor, Kyle Hebert (Ryu from Street Fighter) as he shows you the ropes of a video game voice over session.  Volunteers will be directed to do power up yells, fight reactions, and death screams.   12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Steampunk Music: Come learn and discuss the many forms of music that have influenced and combined into the genre we now call Steampunk. 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Draw Manga: Manga 101 (Basics):Want to make your own manga? Bruce will show you how! Bruce Lewis, professional manga artist [ROBOTECH, GALL FORCE, STAR BLAZERS] ,is author of the best-selling DRAW MANGA: HOW TO CREATE MANGA IN YOUR OWN UNIQUE STYLE, and co-author of the new book HOW TO DRAW: MANGA BASICS. 5:45 PM – 7:15 PM

Draw Manga: Manga 102 (Advanced)!:Make your own manga! Bruce Lewis, manga creator [ROBOTECH, GALL FORCE, STAR BLAZERS] is author of best-selling how-to book DRAW MANGA: HOW TO CREATE MANGA IN YOUR OWN ORIGINAL STYLE and co-author of the new book HOW TO DRAW: MANGA BASICS. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM