Micro A-Kon

Are you ready!? Micro A-Kon is returning! October 31st, 2015 will mark the return of our smallest free community outreach event; Micro A-Kon in a new location.  We will be pitching the A-Kon flag at the Zula B Wylie Library in Cedar Hill, Texas.  We hope you will all...
Third Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference

Third Annual Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference

Submissions for this year’s FANS Conference are now closed. You can see our full schedule of presenters, with abstracts, here. Ladies, Gentlemen, and Otherwise, it is our privilege and pleasure to announce the full 2015 FANS Conference Schedule with abstracts....
Call for Reviewers

Call for Reviewers

What makes a game memorable? How do good actors make the best of a bad script? What are a mangaka’s artistic influences? All these questions and more can be addressed in reviews. The A-Kon Blog is looking for reviewers. We have a selection from which you can...

Anime Primer: Chihayafuru

“Naniwazuni Sakuyakonohana Fuyugomori Imawoharubeto Sakuyakonohana…” Stillness and silence but for the recital of the first half of an 800-year old poem intoned in a sing-song chant. An explosion of movement, and then all is still once again, until the next verse is...

Anime Primer: Sword Art Online

What would you do if you suddenly discovered that your favorite video game – normally an avenue for escapism and cathartic release – had real-world consequences for each of your actions? What if it’s your own life on the line, and if you die in-game, your real life is...

Anime Primer: Bodacious Space Pirates

They are known by many names: Pirates, Buccaneers, Privateers, Corsairs, Raiders, Filibusters, Freebooters. Their modus operandi is pretty much the same across the board: independent acts of robbery or violence, typically taking place on the sea, committed by one...