|Every panel, event, or
workshop offered something to learn from, and LLNN captured a shot of the weekend's panels
with a brief description of each session. Explorations for 2004 delved straight into the
heart of current fandom that lies in the surging excitement of manga, voice acting, cosplay,
reminiscing about all of 2004's awesome anime con circuit thrill ride, as well as new and
exciting venues to focus on for the next year.
| Ichiro Itano: Credited with the term Itano Circus: the air-circus-like corkscrewing display of fighters and missile plumes that Macross made world-famous,
Mr. Itano currently handles special effects for Macross Zero and talked about the future of CG
animation and how he tested many effects using his motorcycle and a couple of fireworks for
|| DDR Pad Modications: Want to enhance the life of your DDR pads on the
cheap? Hardware know-hows get the workshop with a demonstration on how to separate the
contact layers, clamp down the sheets to a new wood platform, smoothing down the layers for
glue and tape process, and then applying a new protection layer for the ultra-tough DDR
| FLCL: Fans of this amazing Gainax series reviewed some
episodes and talked about some of the characters, gave a quick history about the series,
character developments about Haruka's crush and drama, character designs and impressions from
|| Making AMVs: Veteran AMV creators gathered together to talk
about producing a good AMV with tips and tricks including good editing software, lip-sync
timing, keeping out the subtitles, and staying on budget with no showing off special digital
| Breaking Into Comics: Rob DeJesus and Bruce Lewis of comics fame talked
about important issues that beginners must face in the real world of the comics industry
including working in the artists alley, having an internet audience, making webcomics, making
a portfolio, having a business-centric attitude, and making sure one sticks to their deadlines
no matter how well or bad they draw.
|| Kazuko Tadano: Character designer and animation director Kazuko Tadano
is known for bringing to life many characters from the world of Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon R television series
and movie. Also credited for her work in Super Beast Machine God Dancougar, Sonic Soldier
Borgman, and Wedding Peach, Kazuko Tadano also talked about drawing techniques, keeping an eye
on current anime trends, and her favorite stories about going to the anime cons to see all her
| Doug Smith and Greg Ayres: Both talented voice artists in the industry, Doug
and Greg talked about voice studio work, having a background in the arts, keeping a real job
on the side, fun with the fans in the convention life, and speaking about their latest work at
|| Totally Lame Anime: What's worse than watching lame anime?
Actually owning them. Seasoned veterans of the lamest of the lame anime world showed off
their exquisite collection of the worst-ever: Call of the Wild, Johnny Cypher, Titanic, Johnny
Destiny Space Ninja, Grandizer, Bear Attack, Attack of the Super Monsters, and much more.
| All About Yaoi: Just dipping into the honey pot of yaoi fandom
but not quite *there* yet? Veterans of the yaoi battlefront educated the masses on yaoi
and shounen-ai. Topics included explaining bishounen pairings like semi, uke, and
reversible type, and introducing yaoi concepts and ideas from many current anime shown today.
|| Japanese Artist Roundtable: Guests of Honor from Japan talked about their
education and accomplishments and answered questions for the fans. Topics covered
inspirations from current trends and animation techniques and anime visions, humorously
inspiring real world developments like missiles and Sailor Moon fandom, and talking about
favorite convention memories.
[Panels and Discussions]