Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
SacAnime 2015!

Welcome to another edition of Linus Lam Network News for 2015!  This news report covers our trip to SacAnime 2015 for a huge weekend of anime and manga enjoyment and a whole lot more!  Held at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California over the weekend of January 2-4, SacAnime 2015 saw lots of attendees ready to party on with a bunch of dedicated artists, live performances, gaming events, cosplay fun, and plenty of opportunities to hang out with fellow anime and manga fans. Our exciting trip to SacAnime 2015 starts here!  Coverage you can count on, here at Linus Lam Network News!

Highlights: Various live programming events kept the attendees well-covered throughout the weekend. Guests of Honor included Linda Ballentyne, Ashly Burch, Dameon Clarke, Peter Cullen, John DiMaggio, Richard epcar, Tony Fleecs, Caitlin Glass, Barbara Goodson, Chris Gore, Katie Griffin, Todd Haberkorn, Yaya Han, Kyle Herbert, Lauren Landa, Alan Lee, Toshio Maeda, Kerrigan Mahan, Charles Martinet, Adam May, Erica Mendez, Matthew Mercer, Amanda Celine Miller, Cassandra Lee Morris, Trina Nishimura, Brina Palencia, Bryce Papenbrook, Toby Proctor, Susan Roman, Ellyn Stern, David Vincent, Lisle Wilkerson, Mamoru Yokota, Paprika Mari, Okitasemi, and Revolution Boi. Main events included AMV Contest, KPop Dance Showcase, Attack on Titan Q&A, Sailor Moon Q&A, Peter Cullen Q&A, Cosplay Contest, Late Night with DJ Helsing, DJ Jinrei, Paprika Mari, Okitasemi, and Revolution Boi, Starlight Ball, Lolita Morning Tea, and more. Panels and workshops included A Look Back on Naruto, Wonders of Copic Markers, Hetalia, Gaia Fan Panel, Shinkeki no SacAnime, Singles Speed Dating, Deleter Markers, Podcasting, Feminism for Men, Amateur Voice Acting, Making AMVs, Pretty Guardians, Leveling Up Your Cosplay, Fabric Choice for Cosplay, and more.
Cosplay: This year's trip to SacAnime saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous anime and manga characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from Frozen, Vocaloid, Dramatical Murder, Sword Art Online, RWBY, Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, Dangan Ronpa, Magi, Magica Madoka, League of Legends, Black Butler, Free!, and much more! 
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our SacAnime stock convention archives!
Report: Jumping into the first convention for the year, SacAnime proved to be a pleasant experience filled with a decent dealers hall, large array of artists and Guests of Honor, autograph sessions, and much more. Divided into a Winter session and a Summer session, SacAnime seems to be able to tackle both seasons with plenty of attendance willing to pay a paltry sum to have a fun-filled weekend. 

Registration was a blast. Showed up around noon on Friday at the Sheraton to pick up a pre-reg badge and there was no line! Easy and pie, picked up packet materials and off I go. Most of the staff in yellow shirts were nice and helpful, mostly running errands, manning doors and escalators for proper badge and wristbands, and generally looking out for any signs of trouble. The Dealers' Hall was pretty busy and you could tell Nendoroids, Figmas, Pop Vinyls, and Alpaca plushies were all the rage as usual, carried through by the end of 2014. I expect more Nenderoid invasion well into 2015. Like Pop Vinyls and Figmas, Nenderoids cover plenty of mainstream Japanese anime and video games including Vocaloid, Kill la Kill, Fate Stay Night, Kancolle, Attack on Titan, and much more. I was able to snag a few as gifts, and scored a major victory when I found a few Groot Pop Vinyls for $10. KPop posters and albums were for sale at a few booths and I even found some cute KPop socks so yes, KPop is still quite relevant for 2015.

Artists Alley was busy with plenty of inspired works featuring Free!, Frozen, Avengers, KPop artists, Attack on Titan, and much more. Both the Dealers Hall and Artists Alley were combined into one Exhibit Hall on the lower floor while the Main Events room was located right next to it. Panels and workshops and video rooms were accessible on the third floor, via escalator. The layout of the convention center was a bit wierd but I managed to get around after a bit of exploring. It was only difficult when trying to find the autograph rooms which were located on the second level which seemed to be accessible through the third level. Never could really figure that part out. Gaming rooms were also on the third floor as well as the Hall Cosplay Gathering located just outside on the sunny terrace. A few steps from the panels were the Kids Corner and Karaoke room.

Peter Cullen's autograph session was located on the third level in his own room and I was able to register online beforehand for an autograph and a photo with him for a $135 fee. Extras that came with the Peter Cullen signing included an exclusive IDW Transformers comic book and Transformers poster. Being a huge Peter Cullen fan, I told him I also watched Voltron and he instantly recited the Voltron opening voice much to my surprise and joy. I think I died. Happy. Anyway, fanboyisms aside, I think he probably gets tired of the same old Optimus Prime fans and was probably delighted to see at least one Voltron fan. I was able to shake hands with him, exchange a few words of thankfulness and wisdom and left in state of euphoria.

This is my first time attending SacAnime and I have to say I did indeed have a lot of fun, despite the wintery cold. As Elsa said in Frozen, the cold never bothered me anyway. I look forward to attending the next SacAnime.

Come check out more cosplay and events photo coverage from our SacAnime stock convention archives!

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