|Packing in the
attendees, every OhayoCon 2003 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 another amazing year.
| Voice Acting: Popular voice actors Angora Deb, Vic Mignonga, Monica
Rial, and Chris Patton gave an enthusiastic thumbs up to another grand year of voice acting
business as more as more anime titles come out. Highlights included studio direction,
taking care of one's voice, having formal acting training, theatrical backgrounds, character
improvisations, and the difficulties of working with introverts and extroverts in the voice
|| Costuming Workshop: Folks from Big Fire cosplay group gave a
detailed discussion and direction on how to make cool props, large sculptured heads, dealing
with complicated fabrics, buying the right kinds of wigs, tips on sewing, choosing the right
collars for kitty-cosplay, selecting nice patterns, and of course, designing and building
the right costume for anime convention cosplay!
| Fan Fiction: Writers are extremely picky about their own
works and are sometimes more so about others to make sure standards are met along with wide
creativity. Topics featured character development, building scenes, reader perspectives,
camera ideas, choosing the right storyline, plot scenarios, possible use of storyboards, and
keeping a fresh and open mind for criticism online and through friends.
|| I.C. Entertainment: Studio IronCat's new company name isn't the
only cool thing out this year as members announced new and very secret titles in the
works! Let's just say everyone was very excited. Topics also featured a little
bit of IronCat history, meeting all their fans, partying through 2002, cosplay interests,
and a lot more.
| MegaTokyo: One of the biggest fan favorites was, of course,
Fred Gallagher of MegaTokyo whose online comic has skyrocketed to insane heights of fandom
and everyone loves it! Topics featured character development, character creations,
personas throughout the series, inspirations for characters and new comics, timeline
worksheets, and staying true to his fans to keep the comic insanity going as long as he can!
and discussions held throughout the weekend included: Kaveman's
"Old", Anime Music Videos, Anthropomorphics, AmeriManga, Destroy All Mecha!,
Behind the Anime Curtain, Import Gaming, Dark Side of Hentai, Anime Psychology, Best Anime
Ever Seen, J-Rock, Voice Direction, State of the Industry, DragonBall, Fundamental of Design
for Animation, Anime Production, ADV Films, AnimEigo, Manga Entertainment, Fan Parodies, and much more.
[Panels and Discussions]