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
Panels and Discussions

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.

Dominic 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.

Numerous 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 more.

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