|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 Katsucon, 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.
Megatokyo: You heard
it right, folks. The Fred has finally tied the knot. Fans from far and wide
joined in the stage celebration and then proceeded with the usual line of questions and
answers regarding the artist's ever-changing life and how it influences the hit webcomic
adventure and its notable characters thus so far.
Mr. Matsubara still ranks high in the animation industry circles, cranking out hits such as
Ah! My Goddess and Sakura Taisen. Topics featured views on fan enthusiasm, animation
schooling background, networking within GAINAX, 18 years of working with the same people,
character designer secrets, and mulling over the philosophical and economical debate of
hand-drawn anime vs. digital anime.
Presentation: Giant crustaceans and
fire breathing dragons are nothing new to Marty Gear, who
led an excellent history and discussion on the most amazing costume stage presentations all
using the art of illusion. Topics also included taking note of stage sizes, diligent
practice sessions, accidentally leaving parts on stage, and using the element of surprise
without surprising the Masquerade Director.
who yearns to someday become a great artist can breathe a little more freely now that the
internet lets eager fans share webcomics and be just a little closer to the spotlight cast
upon the holy Megatokyo. Fred also attended with many aspiring and successful webcomic
artists to answer questions about choosing characters, story development, ISP costs, and
keeping up with the fan communities.
[Panels and Discussions 1] [Panels and Discussions 2]