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Otakon Or Bust! Come see us this weekend!

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(Runtime: 25 minutes)

For the first time in our blog’s history, Ani-Gamers will be sending representatives to Otakon, the largest fan-run anime convention in the United States, which is being held this year from July 17 through the 19th in its traditional location at the Baltimore Convention Center. There to report on the goings-on at the con will be staff writer and columnist Ink as well as yours truly. And let’s not forget Mr. Karl Custer, who will be performing his hugely popular otaku comedy act on Saturday.

Karl and I recently recorded this brief bonus episode of the Ani-Gamers Podcast in which, with minimal editing, we discuss our plans for Otakon. Listen if you daaaaare!

Oh yes, and contrary to common belief, we don’t usually bite, so it’s perfectly acceptable to come up to us and say “hi” at Otakon if you like our blog or podcast. (I know, I know, such a thing is rare at best.) After the break we’ve listed a tentative schedule of where you can find us during the weekend-long convention, so if you’re at a panel and you see one of us, come on by and chat. We’d love to get to know some of our readers. (I look like this, and Karl’s picture is all over his site. Ink’s identity is a secret to everybody)

The following schedules are obviously subject to change. Expect writeups of a handful of these panels from our intrepid reporters.

Evan “Vampt Vo” Minto

10:00-11:00a Know Your Creators
12:45-1:45p Anime Recruitment
1:15-2:15p Let’s Talk Animation with For Tax Reasons
4:30-5:30p Evangelion
7:00-8:00p I Can’t Believe You Haven’t Seen This
9:00-10:00p Bandai Entertainment

10:00-11:00a FUNimation
12:45-1:45p Anime’s Craziest Deaths
2:15-3:15p From Kenshiro to Kenshin: The Neo-Shonen Revolution
7:00-8:00p Review Anime the Right Way
9:30-10:30p Dubs that Time Forgot
12:30a-1:30p The “Guess the Melons” Game

10:00-11:00a FUNimation TBA
10:15-11:15a Without Watching the Anime: Opening & Ending Themes
11:30a-12:30p The Art of Translation

Karl “Uncle Yo” Custer

9:00-10:00a No Means No, Defense against Fanboys and Fangirls

9:00-10:00a Surviving a Mecha Attack
10:15-11:15a Uncle Yo: Otaku Stand-Up Comedy


9:00-10:00a No Means No, Defense Against Fanboys & Fangirls
10:00-11:00a Manga, Literacy, and Children
12:30-2:00p Madhouse Panel
2:00-4:00p Aniplex Panel
5:45-6:45p Whose Line is it Anime
7:00-8:00p I Can’t Believe You Haven’t Seen This!
9:45-10:45p Live-Action Whack-a-Catgirl

9:00-10:00a Anime, Lost in Translation
10:00-11:00a Funimation Panel
12:45-1:45p Anime’s Craziest Deaths
2:00-3:00p From Kenshiro to Kenshin: The Neo-Shonen Revolution
3:00-4:00p Funimation Sneak Peeks
4:15-5:15p Cover Your Bases
11:00p-1:30a Saturday Night Fan Parodies

10:00-11:00a Funimation Panel
10:15-11:15a Anime Evolves

  • Evan Minto's profile

    Evan is the Editor-in-chief of Ani-Gamers, a freelance reviewer for Otaku USA Magazine, and a frequent anime convention panelist. You can read his ravings about anime, manga, games, politics, music, and more on Twitter @VamptVo.

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