June 6 – 8 , 2014 at The Hilton Anatole Dallas

Anime and Academic Programming Track FANS Conference

Anime and Academic Programming Track FANS Conference

04/14/14

              We are happy to announce our second installment of FANS, a group for Fandom and Neomedia Studies!  A-Kon’s newest effort is to encourage people to write about their favorite aspects of fandom and media.  For us, fandom can be as simple as watching your favorite show or as complex as elaborately recreating...

A-Kon 2014: Helen McCarthy

A-Kon 2014: Helen McCarthy

02/17/14

              Helen McCarthy loves conventions; this year she celebrates four decades of congoing since the first British Star Trek Convention in 1974. Her first American convention was Boskone in 1977, where she looked her most ladylike in long gloves and pearls at the Regency tea dance. Her first anime convention was ANIME...

Starlog Publisher Kerry O’Quinn will be at A-Kon 25

Starlog Publisher Kerry O’Quinn will be at A-Kon 25

02/12/14

              In 1972, after working as Art Director for two different New York magazine publishers, Kerry launched his own publishing company with partner Norman Jacobs. They started with DAILY TV SERIALS, a soap opera magazine that became the most respected publication covering the 14 daytime, 5-day-a-week dramas. In 1976...

Meet Gilles Poitras at A-Kon 25

Meet Gilles Poitras at A-Kon 25

12/27/13

              Gilles is best known to anime fans for his three books; The Anime Companion, Anime Essentials and the Anime Companion 2, he has also written for NewType USA and Otaku USA. Gilles also sits on the senior board of Mechademia, an annual scholarly anthology of essays on anime, manga and fan culture. Gilles also has...

Patrick Scott Patterson at A-Kon 25

Patrick Scott Patterson at A-Kon 25

11/18/13

Patrick Scott Patterson is a video gaming personality and historian, gaming since 1981. His gaming exploits have been featured by outlets such as Guinness World Records and ESPN and his creative content has appeared on The Jace Hall Show, G4tv, Kotaku, MSNBC and more.

Jake Tarbox at A-Kon 25

Jake Tarbox at A-Kon 25

10/08/13

              Editor, translator, producer and teacher—Jonathan “Jake” Tarbox has done it all during his career in international media and content production. He’s worked for DC Comics, Time Warner, VIZ Media, Kadokawa Publications and the NFL to produce print and video content for both the Japanese and American markets. While...

Colonel Sanders cosplays as Dragon Ball Z’s Goku

TOKYO —In Japan, Colonel Sanders has been known to dress up as Santa Claus around Christmas time and as a giant purple robot around … other times, but nowhe’s found an even cooler costume. Starting Feb 15, Colonel Sanders will cosplay as Dragon Ball Z’s Goku at seven different locations in Japan. Each statue will hold one of the seven dragon balls,...

Gaijin Channel producing web series covering Japan’s traditional special effects films.

Gaijin Channel producing web series covering Japan’s traditional special effects films.

09/24/12

Tokyo-based production group Gaijin Channel is producing a new on-going documentary web series covering Japan’s traditional special effects films, including Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman and more.

Kimono: Modern Art for Modern Life

The following item was originally published on 7 September 2012 on Helen McCarthy: A Face Made for Radio and is republished here with the kind permission of the author. Yuko Omori doesn’t want kimono to die out. The fashion stylist and TV costume designer has launched her own kimono line, Double Maison, to encourage young Japanese women to put their own spin on...

Review of “Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes and Superheroes”

This two-volume set embarks on the ambitious project of survey the most important and influential works of graphic literature in the American canon.