Though not my first time in Los Angeles, it’ll be my first time hitting up Anime Expo, that monster convention whose size and majesty dwarfs all around it. In fact, it’s also my very first west coast convention, so while I know what to expect from a big convention, I don’t know if there’s anything particular this con in particular that I should be aware of.
In any case, I’ll be attending most if not all of the academic panels, and trying to go to the concerts if I can. I’ll also have my own presentation to give while I’m there on Saturday, as part of the Building Bridges Through Individual Texts panel. My presentation is titled going to be focused on the science fiction manga 7 Billion Needles.
My (tentative) schedule is as follows:
The Cutting Edge of Anime and Manga Studies (11am-12:15pm)
Why Do We Try So Hard? Anime and Manga Studies Roundtable Discussion (12:15pm-1:15pm)
The Origin of Anime Fandom (2pm-3pm)
Aniplex of America Industry Panel (3pm-3:45pm)
Animetal USA (WHO IS IT WHO IS IT WHO IS IT) (4:30pm-6:15pm)
Adventures in Teaching: “The History of Manga” (7:15pm-8:15pm)
Bushiroad Industry Panel (8:15pm-9:15pm)
E-Manga: The New Style of Manga with Ryo Horikawa (11am-12pm)
Animetal USA panel (12:15pm-1:30pm)
Madoka Magica panel hosted by Aniplex (3pm-4pm)
Anime Bloggers/Podcasters Town Hall (4pm-5pm)
Yuki Kajiura/FictionJunction (6pm-8pm)
Building Bridges Through Individual Texts (8:30pm-10pm) (That’s me!)
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Fan Panel (9am-10am)
Hamada, Morio, Tsunoki (Madhouse) (10am-11am)
LiSA Concert (12:15pm-2:45pm)
Right Stuf/Nozomi Entertainment Premieres (3:15pm-4:45pm)
What do Anime Fans do, Why and How? (5:15pm-6:45pm)
Supporting and Expanding Anime and Manga Studies (7pm-8pm)
So there you have it. For all you cool dudes I know, I hope to see you, and if I don’t know you, then I hope to at least meet you.