|The most popular parts
of the anime convention scene are the panels and discussion groups that speak out for unique
interests pertaining to the hobbyist in all of us. This year at Anime Boston, numerous
panels packed in the crowds to listen in and emphasize fan participation. In this
section of the convention environment, we'll show you some of the exciting panels to be at
throughout the busy weekend schedule.
Anime Boston 2005
| Weapons Construction: Veterans of the props construction area of
cosplay gave an insightful tutorial on the process of designing, fabricating, and finishing
props for a con or whatever costume event of choice. Topics included using materials
such as paper clay, wood, metallic paints, and more to build swords, staffs, shields and other
popular accessories to compliment the desired visual presentation of one's costume.
Deegan: Oracle for Hire is the
brainchild from Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, author and artist of the fantasy
webcomic. With many fans, it is a story of a grumpy seer, his talking cat, his deformed
girlfriend and his magical little brother traveling around their kingdom having visions,
dealing with mood swings, throwing fireballs, tolerating customers, banishing evil, solving
mysteries and fishing.
| Sailor Moon Gathering: Sailor Moon fans can rejoice all over again with
the new live action TV series as well as new collector items to buy and display. Topics
included a short history of Sailor Moon, plushies, character kits, gashopon figurines, dolls,
collector card sets, artbooks, doujinshi, and much more.
|| Brianne Siddall: Brianne Siddall has provided voices for many well
known anime characters such as Tsukasa and Elk in .hack//SIGN, Kenichi and Fifi in Metropolis,
Calumon, Koromon and Tommy in Digimon. Topics covered voice studio experiences, lip
syncing, practicing training sessions, and much more.
panels and discussions were held
that very busy weekend and it's always impossible to cover all of them. From drawing
workshops to fan fiction, there was something for everyone in the packed schedule including:
Chibi Project, Anime Music Videos, Got Yaoi?, Con Survival, Cosplay and Con Etiquette, Anime
News Network, Working with Patterns, Writing an Anime Paper, Japanese Automotive, Taking
Better Con Photos, Anime on DVD, Studio Capsule, Gaia Online, Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles,
History of Shoujo, Webcomics, Hentai Dubbing, Dubs That Time Forgot, How to Draw Anime and
Manga, Capsule Figure Swap, Prince of Tennis, Wigs and Hair for Cosplayers, Fanfiction
Workshop, and much more.
| American Manga: It's been a difficult journey to bring Japanese manga
into American bookstores and even moreso for American artists to be embraced by the finicky
manga fans who are more or less purists for Japanese-only manga. Topics covered artist
styles, cultural influences, challenges in bridging the gap in the comics market, and much
[Panels and Discussions]