Packing in the attendees, every panel offered something to learn from, whether you were into the discussion subject or not, as shown below with a brief description of each session.  This weekend's explorations delved straight into the heart of current fandom that lies in the surging excitement of fan fiction, cosplay, collectors gatherings, as well as new and exciting anime shows, video games, and manga to focus on for the next year.

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Panels and Discussions

Obsidian Entertainment: Credited with developing Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords and Neverwinter Nights 2, programmers were on hand to talk about their latest designs, resolve to stay faithful to the fans, history of Obsidian, and jobs available.

Webcomics: From Penny Arcade to Megatokyo, webcomics are popping up all over the place and fast becoming the latest web entertainment of the decade.  Artists talked about securing web space and bandwidth on a budget, character and story design, advertising, going through the webcomics communities, and much more.

Gaia Online: With over 100,000 users, Gaia Online has enjoyed incredible success at being the king of the anime and manga online community featuring a library of fan-inspired anime art, popular links of the day, RPG discussion forums with unique customizable visual interfaces, and a money system allowing credits to enjoy additional features for the dedicated fans.

Cosplay Performance: What makes a really good cosplay skit for the Masquerade?  Winning veterans talked about their experiences summing it up to keeping skits tasteful yet exciting, staying within the appropriate time limits, rehearsing the routines, and keeping a vibrant attitude throughout the performance.

Working Through Writer's Block: Everyone gets the block of doom, especially those who write through hours of the night... like these articles... haha  Veterans suggested looking into deep dreaming, taking quick mental breaks, never ignoring the subconcious, having a good momentum in the beginning of your fanfics, and remembering that conflicts are never easy to solve whether in the real world or in your own fanfic world.

Directing Dubs: Veterans of the dubbing world talked to fans about the dubbing challenges they face with popular anime like Hellsing, Read or Die, and Full Metal Alchemist.  Topics included clear direction, good scripts, fixing voice mistakes, getting good translations, correcting audio mistakes on DVD releases, and much more.

Additional panels and discussions held throughout the busy Project A-Kon weekend included: Lightwave Demo, Computer Animation, Independent Filmmaking, UNT Anime Organization, Webcomics: How to work in teams, Studio Idle Idol, Terminal Reality, Game Mechanics, Radio Comix, Limit Break Cosplay, Robotech Nostalgia and Future Projects, Cel Painting, Aeon Flux, Bandai Entertainment, ADV Films, Live Acting vs. Voice Acting, Antarctic Press, FUNimation, Secrets of the Small Press, Misfits of Comedy, Behind the Anime Curtain, Pugilance Smithy Workshop, Prop Making, Alpha Shade, Origami, Parenting and Anime, Making Video Games from Intellectual Property, Anime Clubs, and much more.
AniManga: By the end of this panel, you should be able to draw!  Experienced artists talked about basic geometry for face and body, starting with difficult parts for practice, using lightboxes, time training to stay focused on the important parts, and more.

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