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25 August 2010 @ 09:28 am
Just as in years past, our track room will be in the Courtland Room in Hyatt Regency. The Anime Viewing room will be in the Spring Room.
25 August 2010 @ 09:11 am

2:30 Japanese and Asian Dramas
4:00 Cosplay Modeling and Photography
5:30 Akira: The Great Dub Debate - Streamline or Pioneer?
7:00 Self-Defence for the Otaku: Manga as High Art
8:30 Comics and Popular Arts Conference 1: Anime/Manga Fandom Studies
10:00 Operation Anime Storm
11:30 World of Hentai


10:00 The Vocaloid Phenomenon: An Inside Look
11:30 The Destruction of Tokyo
1:00 FUNimation Entertainment Industry Panel and Q&A
1:00 Cosplay contest prejudging
2:30 Anime 101 for Parents
4:00 Anime Cosplay Contest
4:00 The Art Of Akira - The Original Art Behind The World's Greatest Animated Film
5:30 Is That Anime Enough For Ya?
7:00 Anime Music Unplugged: Music by Midnight Syndicate
7:00 Comics and Popular Arts Conference 2: Workshop: Comics and Manga in Libraries
8:30 FUNimation presents: Anime’s Greatest Hits – The Best Scenes
10:00 The Wild World of Go Nagai
11:30 Son Of The Rising Sun! Bizarre Anime Film Festival


10:00 Ethics in Cosplay
11:30 The Death Of Cel Animation - How Digital Has Killed Analog Art
1:00 AMV 101: How to Make Your Own
2:30 The Cybertron Update: War and Piece
4:00 Self-Defence for the Otaku: In Praise of Fandom
4:00 The Art Of Akira - The Original Art Behind The World's Greatest Animated Film
5:30 FUNimation Anime Sneak Peaks and Prizes
7:00 Ghost In The Shell: Shadow of the Futures Past
8:30 Comics and Popular Arts Conference 3: Ethical and Religious Themes in Anime/Manga
11:30 Dub your own Hentai


11:30 Robotech 25th Anniversary
2:30 How to run a convention
4:00 Track Q & A
12 July 2010 @ 10:39 pm
Folks! The anime-manga livejournal page is back!! Sorry I haven't posted in so long.
Things are on track for the 2010 track to be the best ever!! Stay tuned for more details.
Also, check out our Facebook page:
Anime-Manga Track @ Dragon*Con
10 September 2008 @ 01:56 pm
I hope I'm allowed to post but I've been encouraged on more than several occasions to post feedback about the track this year and I'm finally getting a moment to do it.

This was my second year at DCon and so I don't have first-hand experience with how anime/manga in general has been viewed and accepted in the past. The friends responsible for getting me to make my first visit last year warned me that the genre was very small, fairly unappreciated, and representation was scarce. Seeing how I've only gone to anime cons and my only other multi-genre con was Megacon, I had low expectations and expected to focus on my other geeky interests. However, I was pleasantly surprised by a comfortable amount of anime cosplayers and for once, anime programming run by professionals - or at least people who know how to run panels and events so that no "dumb questions" had to be endured.

Now that anime has its own track, I hope that the genre will begin to garner more respect amongst the DCon community. With anime becoming more mainstream, the fan base is getting a lot younger, so in recent years anime conventions have become more like teenage "Friday night" hang-outs. Professional talent panels are usually just a forum for fanbrats to yell out "questions" like, "what kind of underwear do you wear?" and "can I have a hug?" There is no moderation to ensure that questions remain relevant and sometimes there isn't even a volunteer to remind panel organizers that their time is up. This has become old to a lot of us "older" anime fans. We still love to have fun, goof off, cosplay, and such - but we're genuinely interested in the mechanics of anime and manga. Things like the voice acting industry, the anime and manga industries themselves, histories, etc.

Everyone knows that when you attend Dragon*con, you'll be lucky to see even two panels/events that you want to see. This year was no exception for me, however, I do make priorities, which my group and I made for the Ouran Host Club English premiere Sunday morning. This being the only event run by the Anime Track that I attended this year, I cannot comment too much about how other panels as a whole were run. I can say that things like exclusive premieres are stuff that I really appreciate, love, and ensure I attend. Now, I may be biased, but I love Vic Mignogna. Not really anymore because I'm a "raging fangirl" - far from it - but I love his work, the way he presents at panels, and his wealth of information. He also genuinely loves and interacts with the fans. The Ouran presentation was easily one of the highlights of the con for me, and the technical aspects were handled without a problem, things started on time, and it was wrapped up on time.

On a whole, things I would like to see more of are things like that - exclusives. I am not able to attend any of the other big conventions where companies make all their big announcements and premieres, and I feel like D*Con is a good forum for them to connect with fans in the South. It'd be nice to have presentations, or even just Q&A with production companies like Funimation, ADV, etc. My group and I also love panels on up-and-coming series, historical references, symbolism ... I know I would love manga writing panels by actual manga writers/artists. While I know it's probably difficult, it'd be nice to see some Japanese guests who aren't J-Pop or J-Rock members. I would like to see more female anime guests ... cons generally skimp on inviting them. VA's like Caitlin Glass would be awesome. Also, randomly? Greg Ayres ... I've always wanted to meet him and he's yet to come to a con I go to! XD

Lastly, while it's not anime or manga, but Japanese video games (like Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Nintendo titles, etc) are so richly story-based that often they branch out beyond their consoles and usually have their own manga and even their own anime series. I'm surprised that cons haven't really embraced all the rich material and subjects that you can get from that niche of otaku. It'd be neat to see crossover panels that cover how Japanese video games have influenced the anime/manga industry.

I can't possibly think of all the things I'd be interested in seeing in the future at the moment, but although this year I didn't see very much to bring me over to the track, I have a good feeling that it will only improve with time.

- Orca
Current Mood: moodymoody
25 August 2008 @ 09:07 am
On Sunday at 10:00am, Dragon Con 2008 will be hosting the World Premiere of “Ouran High School Host Club,” hosted by Vic Mignogna, (the voice of Tamaki Suou). Don’t miss this chance for a first look at FULL EPISODES of the highly anticipated new anime series from FUNimation, plus behind-the-scenes info from Vic.
11 August 2008 @ 08:52 am
Check out the Dragon*Con main website for rules and info about the Cosplay Contest. This is separate from the Masquerade Contest (if you're feeling feisty, compete in both). The link is here:

and here's the blurb:

Cosplay Contest
Director: Jake Tarbox and Jessica Merriman

The Anime and Animation tracks at DragonCon are proud to bring back the Cosplay Contest! The Cosplay Contest location and time will be listed at the convention in the pocket program, and please be sure to come by Pre-Judging if you wish to enter the contest! Pre-Judging will be held in the Anime Programming room prior to the contest: you’ll parade your costume in front of our panel of judges and they will rank the winners. Contestants are judged on their costume only, no skits will be allowed. All entrants will then get a chance to show off their handiwork at the Cosplay Contest on the stage! Contest forms will be available on-site at Pre-Judging only.

Note: Dragon*Con hosts a plethora of costume contests. We ask that only costumers with animation, Japanese anime, or video game costumes enter the cosplay contest.
04 August 2008 @ 11:41 am
We're still working on the Ouran Host club panel. It will definitely include a live appearance by Vig Mignogna, and we hope to have some specials surprises. If you're an Ouran fan, you won't want to miss it!!
20 July 2008 @ 11:17 pm
Attached is the Preliminary anime-manga track schedule (subject to change):


Meet and Greet
8/29/08 13:00
Asian in America
8/29/08 14:30
Voice Acting Panel
8/29/08 16:00
How to Read a Manga:
The Medium, the Methods and the Madness
8/29/08 19:00
Mind Melting Anime
8/29/08 20:30
Hentai 101
8/29/08 23:30


Transformers Too
8/30/08 10:00
Vic Mignogna Q & A
8/30/08 11:30
Cosplay Contest Pre-judging
8/30/08 13:00
Dub Your Own Anime
8/30/08 13:00
Cosplay Contest
8/30/08 16:00

The Anime Racket
8/30/08 17:30
Toonami 10 Years Plus
8/30/08 19:00
GitS 3-D Movie: The Future of Cyberpunk
8/30/08 20:30


Page to Screen
8/31/08 10:00
Ouran Host club
8/31/08 11:30
Voice Actor Panel
8/31/08 13:00
Peach State Cosplay Society
8/31/08 14:30
Self-Defence for the Otaku
8/31/08 17:30
AMV 101
8/31/08 19:00
Geek Jeopardy
8/31/08 20:30
Dub your own Hentai
8/31/08 23:30


Japan ROX America: Accessible Japanese music from E- Z
9/1/08 11:30
How to run a convention
9/1/08 13:00
Track Q & A
9/1/08 14:30
20 July 2008 @ 11:12 pm
Unfortunately, due to their busy schedule, Jeff Nimoy and Quinton Flynn are not going to be able to join us at Dragon Con. We apologize for the confusion.

Anime-Manga track director
12 July 2008 @ 09:29 pm
Track Guests include:

Vic Mignogna
Voice Actor
Vic is a professional music composer/producer and veteran actor. It was recently announced that he will have the starring role of Tamaki Suo in FUNimation’s new release, “Ouran High School Host Club.” Vic most famous role to date is the voice of Edward Elric in “Fullmetal Alchemist”. Most recently he played the role of Hikaru in ADV's “Macross”. Among countless other projects, his roles include Fai in “Tsubasa Chronicle”, Ikkaku in “Bleach”, Yukito in “Air”, Dark in “D.N.Angel”, Tatsu in “Peacemaker”, Kurz in “Full Metal Panic”, Broly in “Dragonball Z”, Kougaijji in “Saiyuki”, Mamoru in “RahXephon”, Hiroki in “Princess Nine”, Goemon in “Legend of the Mystical Ninja”, Shougou in “Megazone 23”, Gawl in “Generator Gawl”, and Virgil Walsh in “Trinity Blood”.

Scott Houle
Scott began his career in entertainment doing dialogue replacement with the American movies, working on The Lion King, Batman II, III & IV, The Crow, and many more. He has also worked with actors such as Jim Carey, Dennis Hopper, Anthony Hopkins, Matthew Brodrick, Katie Holmes, and Pat Hingle.
Houle has also worked extensively in the anime production industry. His projects include the English language versions of "Lupin III", "Ah! My Goddess", "You're Under Arrest", "The Fuma Conspiracy", "Baoh", "Spirit of Wonder", "Crusher Joe", etc. His current project is the 26 episode series “CLAMP School Detectives” for Bandai Entertainment. Scott also produced English dubs of the live action classics, “Ashura” and “Shogun Assassin” ("Lone Wolf and Cub").

Quinto Flynn
Voice Actor
Quinton's voice has been burning up film and television since he first arrived in Los Angeles from his native Cleveland. He is an A-list V.O. actor, having played such famous animated characters as Johnny Quest, Spiderman, Speed Racer, The Human Torch, Timon, Stuart Little, just to name a few. His television and film appearances include “The Simpsons”, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “King of Queens”, “Animaniacs”, “Woody Woodpecker”, “Robot Chicken”, and many more.

As far as anime and video games go, where do we start? Axel in “Kingdom Hearts II”, Reno in “Final Fantasy VII Advent Children”, Iruka Sensei in “Naruto”, Raiden in “Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty”, Dr. Riddles and Victoream in “Zatch Bell”, Croix in “La Pucelle: Tactics”, and Myifee in “99 Nights”. Currently he plays the lead role of Marcus Damon in “Digimon Data Squad” on Toon Disney's JETIX.

Jeff Nimoy
Voice Actor, Writer and Director
Emmy award winner and 3 time nominee Jeff Nimoy wrote, directed, and served as story editor for the top rated Fox kids show “Digimon: Digital Monsters” (he also played many characters in the series, including Tentomon). In addition he wrote and directed the theatrically released 20th Century Fox animated feature “Digimon: The Movie”, and the television sequel, “Digimon: Revenge of Diaboromon” for Disney. He also served as an executive producer and writer on numerous other Fox Kids shows. But the anime community also knows him as the voice for the popular character Wolfwood from the series “Trigun”.

In recent years he wrote and directed the animated series “Zatch Bell” for Cartoon Network, and he also played the character “Kanchome”. He wrote for “Bo-bobo”, and directed the first season of “Naruto” for Cartoon Network, as well as writing and directing for the animated series “Mega Man”. Other writing credits include, “SD Gundam Force”, “Cybuster”, and “Tokyo Pig”. Jeff just wrapped production for the all-new fifth season of the Digimon franchise entitled, “Digimon Data Squad” for Disney, starring Quinton Flynn, where Jeff served as story editor, writer, director, and supervising producer. It airs on Toon Disney's Jetix on Monday nights. Jeff even plays Quinton's character's father, Spencer Damon.

Jonathan “Jake” Tarbox
Manga Editor
Jonathan Tarbox spent 14 years living and working in Japan. While working for NFL Japan (the National Football League’s Tokyo office), he was recruited to join the staff of Coamix Inc., the publisher of Weekly Comics Bunch, as the senior editor of their new manga magazine for the North American market, Raijin Comics. This made him the first foreigner to work as an editor in a Japanese manga production house. He oversaw translation, design and production for this weekly 200-page magazine, the first of its kind in North America. As Senior Editor for the full line of Raijin Comics and Raijin Graphic Novels, Jonathan managed a team of translators, writers, designers and editors who produced trade paperbacks including Fist of the North Star, Slam Dunk and City Hunter.
During this time, he founded the GAIJIN-KAI, an industry association of foreigners working in the manga, anime and television industries in Tokyo.
From 2000 to 2002, Jonathan was a cast member on the hit Japanese TV panel-discussion show, KOKO GA HEN DA YO! NIHONJIN (This is strange, Japan!), hosted by award-winning Japanese actor and director “Beat” Takashi Kitano, and broadcast on Tokyo Broadcasting System.
In 2004, Jonathan joined Wildstorm Productions to manage CMX, a new manga line for DC Comics. In 2005, Jonathan formed Arashi Productions, a manga and anime production company. His current clients include DC Comics and Viz Media.
Jonathan has been a popular panelist and guest at conventions, including Big Apple Anime Festival, Anime Expo, Comic Con, Project A-Kon, Anime Weekend Atlanta and Animazement.