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August 3-5, 2007 • Lafayette, Louisiana

Welcome to MechaCon 3.0! MechaCon began as the first convention of its kind, combining the genres of Anime, Transformers, and Japanese Culture. Whether you are a fan of one or all of these genres, MechaCon continues to offer something for everyone. Here at our third annual convention, fans can enjoy everything from vegging out on the latest and hottest anime titles to learning the basics of the Japanese language to going back to the origins of Transformers with the 3-part, More Than Meets the Eye episodes that started it all. No matter your preference, you’re sure to find something to enjoy at MechaCon 3.0! Beginning on Friday night, attendees of our Opening Ceremonies and Formal / Semi-Formal Dinner will be entertained by our very own seasoned blend of anime improv on the bayou called “Anime-niacs”. Prepare to kick the convention off with lots of laughs as veteran actors Michael Dobson, Tiffany Grant, Mike McFarland, and Scott McNeil have their improvisation skills put to the test by our host, MechaCon’s own Ai no Shinobi. Friday night’s fun continues with the MechaCon House Party, featuring the spinning stylizations of DJ Wildfire. If music and dancing isn’t your cup of tea, check out our new Midnight Madness in the Dungeon for some late night table-top gaming action! After dancing or gaming the night away, make sure to get lots of rest because Saturday and Sunday will be jam-packed with more things for you to enjoy. Cultural and anime panels, multiple viewing rooms, our extensive dealers room, electronic gaming tournaments, table-top gaming tournaments, our cosplay competition, our AMV competition and more, are just the tip of the iceberg. Saturday’s Ouran High School Host Club event, special concert featuring Lisa Furukawa, night two of Midnight Madness in the Dungeon, and MechaCon House Party: Redux round out the day’s events, leading into Sunday’s charity auction benefiting Faith House, and so much more! We are pleased to have you join us as we continue to grow, and provide you with the best convention experience Louisiana has to offer. Please enjoy our newly optimized MechaCon 3.0... and be sure to join us again in 2008 for MechaCon IV, as we’ll be “Pushing the Sky!” – Team MechaCon

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A Word from the Sennin “People in China were asking me about MechaCon.” - Kevin McKeever of Harmony Gold Imagine our surprise at hearing this statement. Word has traveled half the world away about our little convention in south Louisiana. Mr. McKeever told us how the people of China were thrilled to hear that after the devastation caused by the savage hurricanes of 2005, the citizens of Louisiana were recovering and that our anime convention was alive and well. The charity screening of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles at MechaCon in 2006, which benefited The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Katrina and Rita Recovery Effort was considered by most everyone around the world as a wonderful way to reveal the film to public audiences for the very first time. On behalf of the people of south Louisiana, we humbly thank Harmony Gold for this incredible opportunity and we thank everyone around the world for their continued thoughts and well-wishes. Last year’s MechaCon, much to our delight, was very successful as attendance grew to 150% of our 2005 attendance. We expect this trend to continue as we press forward in forging the best anime convention experience Louisiana has to offer. In this, we realize there were some “crowding” issues at points during the convention weekend. As such, we explored the possibility of moving to a larger facility, but with our attendance still below the 2,000 attendee mark, this option was too cost-prohibitive. However, here at our 2007 convention, we’re estimating that the number of convention attendees will reach a level that will allow us to move the convention to a larger facility in 2008. In the meantime, we ask that you’ll pardon the crowded hallways and events at this year’s MechaCon and we thank you for bearing with our “growing pains”. We carefully reviewed MechaCon 2006’s operations and have optimized our space use, as well as the functionality of many of our departments this year to better facilitate the larger crowds and to hopefully keep things moving along in a manner that will be comfortable for all of our attendees. This is a constantly evolving process as we continue to learn from our own hits and misses as well as those of other events. We thank all of our returning attendees for their continued faith in us and our ability to provide an enjoyable anime convention experience. We also welcome all our new attendees with open arms and hope you will enjoy all the hospitality south Louisiana and Cajun country is so well known for. Please enjoy our newly optimized MechaCon 3.0!

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– Jon Russo & Peter Bares Sennin Productions, LLC

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MechaCon Schedule On Thursday, August 2nd, MechaCon’s convention pre-registration packet pick-up will open at 6pm and remain open until 9pm. At-door registrations will NOT be taken on Thursday. Aside from Registration, convention floor remains closed.

Friday, August 3rd The following is the schedule for Friday’s convention areas and events. At-door registrations will be taken at 1 pm.

11:30am - Registration pre-reg packet pick-up opens

1:00pm - Convention floor opens

At-door registration opens Console Gaming Room opens Video Rooms open Dungeon Level opens Dealers room opens to GoldPass registrants only

1:30pm - Dealers room opens to all attendees

3:00pm - GoldPass Guided Tour

Origins and Evolutions of Japanese Horror Movies Main Video Room (panel)

5:30pm - Seating begins for

Opening Ceremonies & Formal/Semi-formal Dinner and Anime-niacs

Main Event Room (reserved seating only)

6:00pm - Opening Ceremonies begin

Main Event Room (reserved seating only)

7:00pm - Dealers Room closes

Anime-niacs: Anime Improv on the Bayou begins

Main Event Room (reserved seating only)

8:00pm - GoldPass Meet-n-Greet with Guests (Location TBA)

9:15pm - Robotech: The Shadow

Chronicles with commentary Main Video Room

9:30pm - MechaCon House Party Main Event Room (dance)

11:00pm - Convention floor closes

(all areas except dance and Dungeon)

1:00am - MechaCon House Party closes Dungeon level closes

(entire convention floor closes)

11:00am - Anime in China

Main Video Room (panel)

Ouran High School Host Club event begins Location: TOP SECRET

12:00pm - Writing, Directing and Recording in Anime

Main Event Room (Q&A and Signing)

1:30pm - Oh, My Gackt!:

An Introduction to J-Rock Main Video Room

3:30pm - Cosplay participants meeting Main Event Room

Video Game Development Main Video Room (panel)

4:00pm - Ouran High School Host Club event ends

5:30pm - Cosplay seating begins Main Event Room

6:00pm - Cosplay Contest begins Main Event Room

7:00pm - Dealers Room closes ROBOTECH

Main Video Room (industry panel)

9:00pm - Lisa Furukawa concert begins MechaCon House Party: Redux follows

Main Event Room

11:00pm - Convention floor closes

(all areas except Dance and Dungeon)

1:00am - MechaCon House Party: Redux closes Dungeon Level closes

(entire convention floor closes)

Sunday, August 5th The following is the schedule for Sunday’s convention areas and events. At-door registrations will be taken at 9 am.

9:00am - Registration desk opens 10:00am - Convention floor opens

Console Gaming Room opens Video Rooms open Dungeon Level opens Dealers room opens to GoldPass registrants only

ROBOTECH

Main Video Room (Industry Panel))

Saturday, August 4th

10:30am - Dealers room opens

The following is the schedule for Saturday’s convention areas and events. At-door registrations will be taken at 9 am.

11:00am - Voice Acting 101

9:00am - Registration desk opens 10:00am - Convention floor opens

Console Gaming Room opens Video Rooms open Dungeon Level opens to GoldPass registrants only

10:30am - Dealers room opens to all attendees

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to all attendees

Main Event Room (workshop)

1:30pm - Charity Auction Begins Organizers Q&A follows

Main Event Room

3:30pm - AMV Contest Begins Main Video Room

5:00pm - Convention floor closes (all areas)

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Organizer’s Plea

Footnotes

Please be on your best behavior and respect hotel property. We ask that you treat the Hilton as your home away from home. If you deface hotel property in any way, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Attendees of some other Anime Conventions in the past have been less than respectful to the convention facilities and hotel, and this type of behavior has given Anime Conventions a bad name. Please do your part to help change that stigma and show that anime conventions can be classy, too. The continued success of this convention is crucial to whether or not there will be future MechaCons. We sincerely appreciate you doing your part to help ensure that the hotel, convention facilities and your fellow attendees are treated with the utmost respect!

Irrashaimassen!

The Ouran High School Host Club would like to extend our finest welcome to MechaCon 3.0 attendees and ask that you join us as we open our doors to you for an extravagant Host Club event at the Hilton Lafayette. Let us engage your time with music, games, refreshments, surprises, and the company of seven lovable hosts: Tamaki, Kyouya, Haruhi, Hunny and Mori, and the unscrupulous twins, Hikaru and Kaoru. Sign-up for your spot at the Ouran Host Club table near registration before this event, which takes place on Saturday, August 4th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for this event is $6 and is not included as part of attendee registrations.

Cosplay Dating Game

Presented by Split.Image.Cosplay

As a special half-time show for our MechaCon Cosplay/Masquerade, Regina Hogan presents MechaCon’s very first ever fan-run Cosplay dating game to entertain Cosplay attendees while our judges deliberate the results of the Cosplay competition. See some of your favorite anime characters participate in our own version of the hit game show!

Returns to MechaCon! With MechaCon being a stop on the Robotech Convention Tour 2007, ROBOTECH fans will be treated to the latest news, industry info, and goodies from Harmony Gold. As a part of this tour, MechaCon is privileged to welcome back Operations Coordinator Kevin McKeever to our event as an honored Industry Guest.

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Guests of Honor Michael Dobson

Mr. Dobson has worked on numerous Anime projects, including the prominent role of Starscream in TRANSFORMERS: ARMADA, TRANSFORMERS: ENERGON and TRANSFORMERS: CYBERTRON. His other Anime projects include roles in PROJECT ARMS, JIN ROH, DRAGON BALL Z, GUNDAM WING, GUNDAM SEED, TROUBLE CHOCOLATE, HAMTARO, EARTH MAIDEN ARJUNA, ESCAFLOWNE and INUYUSHA to name a few. Currently airing, Michael’s animation work can be heard in performances as Rick Thunderbolt in OBAN STAR-RACERS, Ronan the Accuser in THE FANTASTIC FOUR, and as Ho & Kwan in PUCCA. Michael’s other voice-over/animation work includes performances in the BIONICLE OVAs and X-MEN: EVOLUTION. One of Michael’s more prominent roles is that of Cobra Commander in G.I. JOE: SPY TROOPS and G.I. JOE: VALOR VS. VENOM. More works include characters in BARBIE: SWAN LAKE, multiple characters in BARBIE: FAIRYTOPIA and work on KRYPTO – THE SUPERDOG as the British Bulldog.

Tiffany Grant

Best known as Asuka from NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Ms. Grant was the first voice actor hired by AD Vision. Since then, she has voiced characters well in over 800 TV episodes, OVAs & movies including Yu in COMIC PARTY REVOLUTION, Satella in CHRONO CRUSADE, Kome in BLUE SEED, Madame President in GOLDEN BOY, Chocolate in SORCERER HUNTERS, Becky in GUN SMITH CATS, Dug Fin in DRAGON HALF, Kaorin in AZUMANGA DAIOH, Bonta-kun in FMP? FUMOFFU, Shizuru in GODANNAR and Kuriko in MABURAHO. Ms. Grant has written the English dubbing scripts for TV series ANGELIC LAYER, SISTER PRINCESS, HELLO KITTY’S ANIMATION THEATER, MABURAHO, GODANNAR, COMIC PARTY REVOLUTION and the live-action Korean action/ comedy JUNGLE JUICE. She has also adapted scripts for several of ADV’s subtitled projects including fan favorite MIYUKI CHAN IN WONDERLAND and the live-action film TOKYO - THE LAST MEGALOPOLIS.

Mike McFarland

Mike got his start in anime as one of the first voice actors in Texas to be hired by FUNimation Productions in 1997. His more notable roles include Master Roshi, Yajirobe, Android #8 and Pui-Pui in DRAGON BALL and DRAGON BALL Z, Baby and Baby-Vegeta in DRAGON BALL GT, Goemon in LUPIN THE THIRD (Movie Specials), Ritsu Sohma in FRUITS BASKET, Jean Havoc in FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, Leo in BURST ANGEL, Bruce J. Speed in GALAXY RAILWAYS, Cain in TRINITY BLOOD, as well as various roles in YU YU HAKUSHO, BLUE GENDER, CASE CLOSED, SPIRAL, BLACK CAT, KODOCHA, BAKI THE GRAPPLER, DESERT PUNK, and KIDDY GRADE. As an ADR/Voice Director, Mike has worked on DRAGON BALL Z, YU YU HAKUSHO, CASE CLOSED, DRAGON BALL, GALAXY RAILWAYS, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, the feature FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: CONQUEROR OF SHAMBALLA, and TRINITY BLOOD. ADR Scriptwriting credits include FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, KODOCHA, TRINITY BLOOD, and the uncut versions of DRAGON BALL Z.

Ellyn Stern

Ms. Stern started in anime with the original ROBOTECH series – in which she played several characters. Most recently she can be heard as Marumaru’s Mom and Jiro’s Mom in BLUE DRAGON, Yu’s Mom on NOEIN and Jack’s Mom in MAR. She can be heard in several of the lead voices in ABC’s UGLY BETTY telenova’s. She voiced Haraway in GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE. She played Rosalind in ARMITAGE III, Himeno in FIGHT!! SPIRIT OF THE SWORD, Sayaka in MENTAL FIGHTER MIKU, Moru in VAMPIRE PRINCESS MIYU and Hiroshi’s Mom in ZENKI. Other credits include voice work in ZENTRIX, MINI PATO, DIGIMON, BOBOBOBO BO-BOBO and Parome in GENMA WARS, as well as several roles in MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM - THE MOVIE TRILOGY, LUPIN THE THIRD, PATLABOR 3, and FIGHTING SPIRIT, to name just a few.

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Richard Epcar

Mr. Epcar is very well known to Anime fans, starting with the original ROBOTECH series – in which he played Ben Dixon, Lunk, and Gruel. Most recently he can be heard as BOBOBO-BO BO-BOBO on Cartoon Network, which he also helps write and direct. He is extremely well-known as Batou in the GHOST IN THE SHELL movie, CD Rom game and is now playing Batou in the series, GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX, G.I.T.S.: S.A.C. - 2nd GIG and G.I.T.S.: S.A.C. - SOLID STATE SOCIETY. He also wrote-directed and did the voice of Batou in GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE. He was Guld Goa Bowman in MACROSS PLUS and Mac in TEKNOMAN, which he also wrote and directed. He wrote for TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and did the voice of Armorhide. He’s directing the new LUPIN THE THIRD series and does the voice of Jigen. He just did the lead in two new original animated shows, ROBOTECH: THE SHADOW CHRONICLES, which he also directed and Morocco in the original series, AVENGING APES OF AFRICA. He just directed an original animated movie with an all star cast – SHARKBAIT, in which he plays Moe.

Matt Greenfield

Mr. Greenfield is a co-founder of ADV Films (A.D. Vision, Inc.), currently serves as Senior Vice-President in charge of creative development. As a writer, producer and director Greenfield has helmed well over 500 TV episodes and feature films including such fan favorites as GUNSMITH CATS, GOLDEN BOY, BLUE SEED, MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO, GASARAKI, RAHXEPHON, NOIR, PRINCESS NINE, DRAGON HALF, the legendary NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, CHRONO CRUSADE, GANTZ, the live-action GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE and the classic MEGAZONE 23 OVA series. Matt’s recent projects include THE FUCCON FAMILY, GODANNAR and the iconic MACROSS. Besides writing and directing, Matt has voiced characters in many ADV titles such as GOLDEN BOY, SAMURAI SHODOWN, CROMARTIE HIGH SCHOOL, BATTLE ANGEL and SORCERER HUNTERS. His best known acting roles are Hyuga in NEON GENESIS EVANGELION and Sugishita in BLUE SEED.

Scott McNeil

Mr. McNeil is a fan favorite as he has provided some of the best known voices from Anime and Transformers. His voluminous credits include Duo Maxwell from GUNDAM WING; Koga from INUYASHA; Rattrap, Silverbolt, Dinobot, Dinobot II and Waspinator from TRANSFORMERS: BEAST WARS; Jetfire from TRANSFORMERS: ARMADA and TRANSFORMERS: ENERGON; Snarl and Backstop in TRANSFORMERS: CYBERTRON; and Wolverine from X-MEN: EVOLUTION. More recently, Scott has brought to life a character referred to as Hoenheim of Light, the father of Edward and Alphonse Elric on the hit anime FULL METAL ALCHEMIST, now airing on Cartoon Network.

Jonathan M. Thompson

Mr. Thompson is the owner of Battlefield Press, Inc. based in Shreveport, Louisiana and the author of CITYSCAPE: CORPORATE SUPERS, ERIC FLINT’S 1632 RESOURCE GUIDE AND ROLE PLAYING GAME, also a contributor to Amarillo Design Bureau’s PRIME DIRECTIVE d20 line, Eden Studios’ WAYSIDES: BOOK OF INNS AND TAVERNS and the Sean K. Reynolds project HUNGRY LITTLE MONSTERS. He also co-authored the books CITYSCAPE: CITY ON THE NEXUS OF THE OMNIVERSE (for the d20 System) with B. L. Sisemore, PULP FANTASY (a d20 Modern campaign setting) with Christopher Helton and Jonathan Nichols, LUFTWAFFE 1946 ROLE PLAYING GAME with Michael Scott, and THE OPEN CORE SYSTEM with Christopher Helton. His current projects include GASLIGHT (a Victorian Fantasy campaign setting for d20), FANTASTIC WORLD (a Victorian Sourcebook for Pulp Fantasy), and various other projects.

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Musical Guest Lisa Furukawa

In 2006, Ms. Furukawa entertained guests and attendees, as well as the ConsulGeneral of Japan and his Vice-Consul at the MechaCon Opening Ceremonies & Formal/Semi-formal Dinner. Now, Lisa joins us for a return performance at MechaCon 3.0... in a Saturday night performance open to ALL attendees! Lisa is a Japanese-American pianist, singer, and songwriter. Utilizing her talents in contemporary and classical music, Lisa’s performances and recordings display a fusion of Japanese folk, alternative pop, and electronica. Lisa has three CDs of original songs published through her Yume label. Her first recording, “This Moment is the Show,” is an intimate CD of solo piano and vocal arrangements. Her second CD, “Pearl Diver,” is a collaborative piece that originated from Lisa’s piano and vocal compositions, but was realized and recorded with cellist, Deborah Shields and percussionist, John Metcalf. Her third CD, “Reaching the Dragon,” was released in May of 2006. Currently, she is exploring the electro/dub sound while composing for the multiart and multimedia dance troop -The Wandering Star Project. She hopes to continue pushing technological boundaries while continuing to contribute a lyrical vocal element to electronic music. Lisa also performs in the soulful dream-pop group the Lovestars. Aside from MechaCon 2.0, Lisa has performed at various events and festivals, and has entertained audiences in large and small atmospheres. She is also the director of the annual Tori Amos Tribute Show/RAINN Benefit. Currently, she is enjoying her appearances and performances at various anime conventions and cultural events around the US and Canada. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Lisa began studying the piano at the age of three. She has BA’s in Music and Asian Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is an educator and translator as well as a performing songwriter.

Cosplay Guests Limit Break Cosplay Limit Break Cosplay is a competition duo, and they are very excited about returning to MechaCon. They are Texas locals, whom have hosted panels at such conventions as Oni-con, Ushi-Con and Project A-kon... as well as hosting MechaCon’s masquerade and cosplay panels at our 2005 and 2006 events. This dynamic duo has been actively participating in the cosplay community for years, and they’re ready to share their experience! From costume construction, to wig styling; and stage performance to internet conduct, if you have a question, these two would love to help out. Check out their past award winning costumes, or helpful tutorials at www.limitbreakcosplay.com, or just drop them an e-mail and say hello. Again taking the reigns on the Mechacon 2007 Cosplay / Masquerade Contest, as well as hosting cosplay-specific panels, Gren and Cherry are sure to make the Mechacon 2007 Cosplay / Masquerade Contest an even more memorable an event than ever before!

MechaCon Masquerade

The MechaCon Cosplay/Masquerade is the convention’s definitive costume competition where groups or individuals show off their costumes and acting abilities, plus compete for prizes. Cosplay/Masquerade is open to both amateur and professional costumers. The MechaCon Cosplay/Masquerade will be divided into two events: The Skit/Presentations portion and then the Model Runway Judging for Craftsmanship. With categories such as performance, craftsmanship, and hallway cosplay, cosplayers ranging from first-timers to veterans will find their niche! Mechacon 2007 Cosplay / Masquerade Contest entry forms must be turned in by Saturday, August 4th, 2007 at the Cosplay Pre-meeting. Entry forms can be found at the MechaCon Registration Desk.

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Industry Support MechaCon extends its heartfelt thanks to the following donors of prizes, charity items and general swag for our event. It is with the support of these companies that we are able to continue providing you, the attendees, with such a great annual event!

Charity Auction At MechaCon in both 2005 and 2006, we were very proud to have held charity auctions to benefit Faith House, a shelter for abused women and children here in Lafayette, LA. The strong show of support at these auctions really helped to show the anime community’s spirit of caring and concern toward those whose lives have been torn apart by domestic violence. Considering the nature of the service Faith House provides, we feel it is our duty as decent human beings to help them out as much as we possibly can. This is why we need the continued support of the anime community and industry… we simply cannot do it alone. MechaCon is honored to proclaim, since its inception, that the anime community and industry has been dedicated to helping the abused women and children in our community. This auction is our way of showing how much we care… how much the anime fans of tomorrow mean to us. We’d like to thank each and every person who braved the oncoming Hurricane Katrina to join us in 2005, as well as those who joined us in 2006. With your support, we raised $1,579.00 for Faith House at our 2005 auction and exceeded that initial sum by raising $2,590.00 in 2006! This year, we are proud to continue this tradition of helping those in need. Please join us at the MechaCon 3.0 Charity Auction and bid frequently and generously. Once again, we’ve gathered a variety of unique and hard-to-find items for this event... some of which you will never find anywhere else... especially if you are a die-hard fan of Transformers. Our sincerest thanks go to the Grand Theatre 16 for their incredibly generous donation to our auction and for their support of Faith House. Central Park Media, ADV Films, FUNimation, Anime Network and Dark Horse Comics continue to show their support with items that are sure to appeal to even the most casual of anime fans, and plushie fans won’t want to miss Brickhead Studios’ contribution of a homemade Domo-kun plushie! With all this, as well as as-yet-unannounced items, courtesy of some of our dealers, it’s easy to see why this auction is a can’t-miss event!

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Console Gaming Events Console Gaming Tournaments What would an anime convention be without electronic console gaming featuring the hottest Anime-based games? Our console gaming room doesn’t fail to deliver! Here are some of the great titles you’ll find in our gaming room:

Friday, August 3rd

Naruto (Japanese PlayStation2) Taiko Drum Master- Anime (Japanese PlayStation2) Guitar Hero Rocks the 80s (PlayStation2) DDR Super Nova (PlayStation2) Marvel vs Capcom 2 (PlayStation2) Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo GameCube) Halo 2 (Xbox 360)

Saturday, August 4th

Naruto (Japanese PlayStation2) Bleach (Japanese PlayStation2) Taiko Drum Master- Anime (Japanese PlayStation2) Guitar Hero Rocks the 80s (PlayStation2) DDR Super Nova (PlayStation2) Marvel vs Capcom 2 (PlayStation2) GunGrave (PlayStation2) Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo GameCube) Bleach (Nintendo GameCube) Halo 2 (Xbox 360)

Sunday, August 5th

Bleach (Japanese PlayStation2) Taiko Drum Master- Anime (Japanese PlayStation2) Guitar Hero Rocks the 80s (PlayStation2) DDR Super Nova (PlayStation2) Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam (PlayStation2) Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo GameCube) Halo 2 (Xbox 360) Pokemon Battle Revolution (Nintendo Wii)

Tournaments

Want to test your mettle? MechaCon’s gaming tournaments may be just the thing for you!

Friday, August 3rd 3:00pm - Halo 2 (Limit 40) (XBOX 360)

Saturday, August 4th

11:30am - Super Smash Bros (Limit 40) (NINTENDO GAMECUBE)

6:30pm - Bleach (Limit 40)

(NINTENDO GAMECUBE)

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(Continued)

Sunday, August 5th

11:30pm - Pokemon: Diamond & Pearl (NINTENDO Wii)

12:00pm - DDR Super Nova (Limit 20) (NINTENDO GAMECUBE)

2:00pm - Guitar Hero Rocks the 80s (Limit 20) (PLAYSTATION2)

Electronic Gaming Panel Video Game Development Panel Yatec, LLC is a video game development studio in Ba-

ton Rouge, LA. Formed in March 2006, Yatec develops PC and Mac games for the casual and serious game markets. As a beneficiary of Louisiana’s Digital Media Tax Incentive Program, the company is dedicated to supporting Louisiana’s growing entertainment industry. Join us to learn how video games are developed and finalized here in our own state. Presented by:

Table-top Gaming Panels Game Mastering 101 Are you a player who has dreamed of starting his or

her own campaign but don’t know where to begin? Confused about what would make a good campaign? Don’t know where to begin when it comes to writing a module? Our panel of expert GMs is here to help you! Presented by Jonathan Thompson

World Building 101 Are you wanting to GM in a new world but don’t know

quite how to do it? Come to our panel of expert designers and learn what it takes to create a new world from scratch. Presented by Jonathan Thompson

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Table-top Gaming Events Mechacon 3.0 is once again proud to give you a full spectrum of table-top gaming events to meet your gaming desires. Ranging from RPG’s to Miniatures, you’re sure to find something to fulfill your gaming appetite. Score Entertainment’s brand new Bleach CCG game makes an appearance, as well as the return of fan-favorites Full Metal Alchemist, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Legend of the Five Rings, Magic:The Gathering and Star Wars Miniatures. Also included this weekend are Mechwarrior, BESM-D20, Warhammer 40K and the World of Warcraft CCG. Jonathan Thompson, head of Battlefield Press, also returns to MechaCon this year and kicks off the first night of our new Midnight Madness in the Dungeon!

Friday, August 3rd

Gaming Room I (Dungeon Level) 1:00pm - Free Play 7:00pm - Star Wars Miniatures

STARSHIP BATTLES DEMO: REBEL RAIDERS

9:00pm - Free Play 11:00pm - Midnight Madness in the Dungeon NIGHT 1 – JONATHAN THOMPSON’S MYSTERY RPG SESSION

1:00am - Gaming Room I closes

Gaming Room II (Dungeon Level) 1:00pm - Free Play 6:00pm - BESM-D20 RPG 10:00pm - Gaming Room II closes

Gaming Room III (Dungeon Level) 1:00pm - Free Play 8:00pm - Warhammer 40000 DEMO

Gaming Room III (continued) 9:00pm - Free Play 10:00pm - Gaming Room III closes

Sunday, August 5th Gaming Room I (Dungeon Level) 10:00am - Mechwarrior TOURNAMENT

2:00pm - Star Wars Miniatures

INTERACTIVE DEMO: TEMPLE DEFENDERS

5:00pm - Gaming Room I closes

Gaming Room II (Dungeon Level) 10:00am - Free Play 11:00am - World of Warcraft

CCG CONSTRUCTED DECK TOURNAMENT

5:00pm - Gaming Room II closes

10:00pm - Gaming Room III closes

Gaming Room III (Dungeon Level)

Saturday, August 4th

10:00am - Free Play 1:00pm - Luftwaffe 1946 RPG (Spycraft 2.0 Edition)

Gaming Room I (Dungeon Level)

10:00am - Free Play 1:00pm - Hollow Earth Expedition RPG “SUMMIT”

4:00pm - Free Play 6:00pm - Star Wars Miniatures Main Event THE BATTLE OF SILLICK PRIME

11:00pm - Midnight Madness in the Dungeon NIGHT 2 – JUNK

1:00am - Gaming Room I closes

Gaming Room II (Dungeon Level) 10:00am - Yu-Gi-Oh!

Jonathan Thompson, head of Battlefield Press, will be running the following games:

Hollow Earth Expedition: Summit Nazis from the Thule Society have broken into the

Louvre in Paris and stolen a book on display belonging to the infamous Professor Challenger. Can you stop them before they find out the secrets of the plateau? 4 to 6 players, characters provided.

SEALED DECK TOURNAMENT

Luftwaffe 1946: The Bulge Bursts! (Spycraft 2.0 Edition)

CCG BOOSTER DRAFT TOURNAMENT

December 1944 - the Germans have launched their Ardennes offensive and the player characters find themselves isolated behind enemy lines. They will have to make many decisions and face many difficulties to get back to friendly territory. Along the way, they will have the chance to have an effect on “The Battle of the Bulge”; and, more importantly, gain an edge that will give them a bigger role in the continuing war. 4 to 6 players, characters provided.

1:00pm - Legend of the 5 Rings RPG 5:00pm - World of Warcraft 10:00pm - Gaming Room II closes

Gaming Room III (Dungeon Level) 10:00am - Magic: The Gathering SEALED DECK TOURNAMENT

1:00pm - Bleach

CCG DEMO

2:00pm - Yu-Gi-Oh!

CONSTRUCTED DECK TOURNAMENT

5:00pm - Full Metal Alchemist CCG DEMO

6:00pm - Magic: The Gathering

CONSTRUCTED DECK TOURNAMENT

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“THE BULGE BURSTS!”

4:00pm - Free Play 5:00pm - Gaming Room III closes

Also, watch for the following panels presented by Jonathan Thompson: Game Mastering 101 and

World Building 101

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Customizable / Trading Card Games Mechacon will be having tournaments for Yugioh!, Magic:The Gathering and the World of Warcraft CCG. Plus we will be having a demo of the new Bleach TCG, and a special demo of the Full Metal Alchemist CCG. Come learn a new game and compete with your fellow con-goers for prizes and glory.

Role-playing Games

Aside from the RPG games being run by Jonathan Thompson, the following role-playing games are also available to convention attendees:

Legend of the Five Rings CITY OF LIES: THE OPIUM WAR

Cut Like a Soul Reaper-Eat Like a Hollow! Take on the Afterlife one Soul at a Time! The Bleach Trading Card Game lets you fight as your favorite Bleach character against the forces of worthy opponents. Will Ichigo defeat Menos Grande, or will he get blasted into pieces?

“The Opium War” is a classic adventure, set in the fantasy Oriental world of Rokugan. Here, honor is stronger than steel, and the games of noble -- and not-so-noble -- samurai decide the fate of all. Players in this game will take on the roles of young magistrates, samurai who have dedicated their lives to upholding the law of the Emperor. Can they put a stop to the underworld war that threatens to tear the jewel of the Scorpion lands apart, or will the shadowy forces directing it cast the city into chaos? Be on your guard, for nothing is as it seems in the City of Lies...

Full Metal Alchemist

BESM D-20 (Big Eyes, Small Mouth)

Bleach

From Score Entertainment:

From Press Pass:

Now you can join with Edward and Alphonse Elric as they search for the legendary Philosopher’s Stone... or take the role of the villains that try to stop them! Build your team and match wits against other players to see who will seize the stone and the unlimited power it provides.

Magic - The Gathering From Wizards of the Coast:

The Magic: The Gathering game, created by Richard Garfield, established the Trading Card Game category in 1993. Today, it continues to offer a fan base of more than 6 million players the opportunity to play both socially and competitively through leagues, tournaments and in-store events. Players embrace the competition - based entertainment that puts them in strategic control of bad-ass creatures and spells. MTG is the world’s best trading card game, and we support it with our best efforts in sales, marketing and organized play.

Yu-Gi-Oh! From Upper Deck:

In Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters, two players face off in an all-out battle, engaging in a Match consisting of three duels. The main battles are waged between incredible monsters split into an amazing 20 types, each with their own unique skills and fighting styles. In addition, players can use Spell, set traps, change the battlefield itself, and even fuse two monsters together to form a monster of immense power!

World of Warcraft From Upper Deck:

World of Warcraft is the most popular MMO in the world. We translated that universe to the card table, and we’re confident that hardcore MMO players and CCG veterans alike won’t be disappointed. We’ve done our best to stay true to the MMO in design, and in our CCG, players will find that Paladins are still hard to kill, while Shamans have powers relating to damage, healing, and Totems. Many aspects of the CCG’s strategy will be familiar to players of the MMO. Additionally, by playing the CCG, you can get exclusive items in the online game!

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BESM D-20 returns to Mechacon! Come join Michael Lee as he runs a game of this anime-based RPG.

Midnight Madness in the Dungeon!!!!

Up late? Not too sure what to do? Then come down and join us for Mechacon’s first Mechacon’s Midnight Madness in the Dungeon!!!! Night 1: Table-Top Gaming Guest Jonathan Thompson runs a special surprise game to be revealed at the event. Night 2: GM David Giles runs a game of Junk, an RPG set on the world of Joisey, where warriors fight in beer powered Mechs called ‘Cans’ that are made from recycled metal, discarded wood, and just about anything else that can be salvaged. This year, come, sit back, relax and enjoy a not so serious role-playing game of mech combat.

Miniatures Games Star wars

From Wizards of the Coast:

The Star Wars Miniatures line features hundreds of readyto-play miniatures from the Star Wars universe. You’ll find heroes, villains, droids, creatures, and aliens of all descriptions. Now you can play out your favorite movie scenes, add the miniatures to your roleplaying sessions, or trade and collect the miniatures set by set.

Mechwarrior From WizKids:

MechWarrior: Age of Destruction takes place in the 32ndcentury, a world of strong factions and dynamic personalities with long-standing allegiances and short fuses! Conflict can break out at any time, and when your battleforce is filled with three-story-high robot vehicles called BattleMechs bristling with weaponry, combat is explosive and electrifying.

Warhammer 40K From Games Workshop:

The aim of every person who plays Warhammer 40,000 is to pit their force of miniatures against other players across wartorn futuristic battlefields. Win or lose, all battles are entertaining challenges in which you try to out-think and out-play your opponent, taking advantage of what good luck comes your way, but ultimately relying upon sound tactics to win the day.

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Video Room Schedules Friday

Friday

MAIN Video Room

MECHA Video Room (Continued)

1:00pm - Mr. Stain on Junk Alley FUNIMATION - Not Rated

9:00pm - Solty Rei - Episodes #1-2 FUNIMATION - Rated ‘TV-14’

2:00pm - Cromartie High School - Episodes #1-4

10:00pm - Guyver - Episodes #1-2

3:00pm - Origins and Evolutions of Japanese Horror Movies

11:00pm - MECHA Video Room closes

4:00pm - Origin: Spirits of the Past

Saturday

6:00pm - Appleseed: The Movie

MAIN Video Room

ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-14’

DOMINIQUE DUCOTE - A/V Panel FUNIMATION - Rated ‘TV-PG’

BANDAI - Rated ‘17+’

8:00pm - Nerima Daikon Brothers Episodes #1-2 ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-MA’

9:15pm - Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Screening

HARMONY GOLD - Screening w/ commentary

11:00pm - MAIN Video Room closes

SHOJO Video Room 1:00pm - Best Student Council - Episodes #1-2 ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-PG’

ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-MA’

10:00am - Supaidoman - Episodes #1-2

Rated ‘TV-Y7’ (Japanese language, no subtitles)

11:00am - Anime in China

KEVIN MCKEEVER - A/V Panel

12:00pm - Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence BANDAI - Rated ‘PG-13’

1:30pm - Oh, My Gackt!: An Introduction to J-Rock BOBBIE ADAMS - A/V Panel

2:30pm - Tsubasa: Reservior Chronicles Episodes #1-2 FUNIMATION - Rated ‘TV-PG’

2:00pm - Peach Girl - Episodes #1-4

3:30pm - Video Game Development

4:00pm - Ah! My Goddess 2 - Episodes #1-2

5:00pm - Le Chevalier D’Eon - Episodes #1-2

5:00pm - Negima! - Episodes #1-2

6:00pm - Mushi-shi - Episode #1-2

6:00pm - Love Hina - Episodes #1-2

7:00pm - Robotech

7:00pm - Azumanga Daioh - Episodes #1-2

8:00pm - Witchblade - Episodes #1-2

8:00pm - Tenchi Universe - Episodes #1-2

9:00pm - Beck - Episode #1-2

FUNIMATION - Rated ‘TV-PG’ ADV Films - Rated ‘TV-PG’

FUNIMATION - Rated ‘TV-PG’ FUNIMATION - Rated ‘13+’

ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-PG’ GENEON - Rated ‘13+’

9:00pm - Comic Party Revolution - Episodes #1-2 ADV Films - Rated ‘TV-14’

YATEC - A/V Panel

ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-14’

FUNIMATION - Rated ‘14+’

HARMONY GOLD - A/V Panel

FUNIMATION - Rated ‘15+’

FUNIMATION - Rated ‘TV-MA’

10:00pm - Speed Grapher - Episodes #1-2 FUNIMATION - Rated ‘TV-MA’

10:00pm - Paradise Kiss - Episodes #1-2

11:00pm - MAIN Video Room closes

11:00pm - SHOJO Video Room closes

SHOJO Video Room

MECHA Video Room

10:00am - Arjuna - Episodes #1-2

GENEON - Rated ‘16+’

BANDAI - Rated ‘13+’

1:00pm - Giant Robo - Episodes #1-2

11:00am - Fushigi Yugi - Episodes #1-2

2:00pm - Gundam Wing - Episodes #1-2

12:00pm - Moeyo Ken - Episodes #1-2

ANIME WORKS - Rated ‘13+’ BANDAI - Rated ‘13+’

GENEON - Rated ‘13+’

ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-PG’

3:00pm - Macross Plus - Episodes #1-4

1:00pm - School Rumble - Episodes #1-2

5:00pm - Galaxy Railways - Episodes #1-2

2:00pm - Azumanga Daioh - Episodes #3-4

6:00pm - Mobile Suit Gundam - Episodes #1-2

3:00pm - Paniponi Dash - Episodes #1-2

7:00pm - Full Metal Panic 2 - Episodes #1-2

4:00pm - Suzuka - Episodes #1-2

8:00pm - Innocent Venus - Episodes #1-2

5:00pm - Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

MANGA - Rated ‘13+’

FUNIMATION - Rated ‘13+’ BANDAI - Rated ‘13+’

FUNIMATION - Rated ‘TV-14’ ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-14’

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FUNIMATION - Rated ‘13+’

ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-PG’

ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-PG’

FUNIMATION - Rated ‘TV-PG’

Episodes #1-2 BANDAI - Rated ‘13+’

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Saturday

Sunday

SHOJO Video Room (Continued)

SHOJO Video Room

6:00pm - Comic Party Revolution Episodes #3-4 ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-14‘

7:00pm - Moon Phase - Episodes #1-2

10:00am - Arjuna - Episodes #3-4 BANDAI - Rated ‘13+’

11:00am - Ningyo Hime (The Little Mermaid) SABAN - Rated ‘13+’

FUNIMATION - Rated ‘15+’

1:00pm - Angelic Layer - Episodes #1-2

BANDAI - Rated ‘16+’

2:00pm - Azumanga Daioh - Episodes #5-6

GENEON - Rated ‘16+’

3:00pm - Ah! My Goddess 2 - Episodes #3-4

GENEON - Rated ‘16+’

5:00pm - SHOJO Video Room closes

8:00pm - My Hime - Episodes #1-2 9:00pm - Paradise Kiss - Episode #3-4 10:00pm - Chobits - Episodes #1-2 11:00pm - SHOJO Video Room closes

MECHA Video Room 10:00am - Mars Daybreak - Episodes #1-2

ADV FILMS - Rated ‘13+’

ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-PG’ ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-PG’

MECHA Video Room 10:00am - Escaflowne - Episodes #3-4 BANDAI - Rated ‘13+’

BANDAI - Rated ‘13+’

11:00am - Star Ocean EX - Episodes #1-2

BANDAI - Rated ‘13+’

1:00pm - Glass Fleet - Episodes #3-4

FUNIMATION - Rated ‘13+

2:00pm - Full Metal Panic 2 - Episodes #3-4

FUNIMATION - Rated ‘13+’

3:00pm - Kurau Phantom Memory

11:00am - Escaflowne - Episodes #1-2 12:00pm - Glass Fleet - Episodes #1-2 2:00pm - Galaxy Railways - Episodes #3-4 3:00pm - Aquarion - Episodes #1-2 FUNIMATION - Rated ‘13+’

4:00pm - Dominion Tank Police - Episodes #1-2 CENTRAL PARK MEDIA - Rated ‘13+’

GENEON - Rated ‘13+’

FUNIMATION - Rated ‘13+’

FUNIMATION - Rated ‘TV-14’ Episodes #1-2 ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-14’

5:00pm - MECHA Video Room closes

5:00pm - Voices of a Distant Star ADV FILMS - Rated ‘13+’

6:00pm - Transformers: G1

RHINO - Rated ‘TV-Y7’ More than Meets the Eye - Parts 1-3

7:15pm - Transformers: The Movie 20th Anniversary Edition SONY - Rated ‘PG’

9:00pm - New Dominion Tank Police

Episodes #1-2 MANGA - Rated ‘TV-MA’ 10:00pm - ’Guyver - Episodes #3-4 ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-MA’

11:00pm - MECHA Video Room closes

Sunday MAIN Video Room 10:00am - Robotech

HARMONY GOLD - A/V Panel

11:00am - Black Cat - Episodes #1-2 FUNIMATION - Rated ‘TV-PG’

12:00pm - Utewarerumono - Episodes #1-2

Anime covers all sides of the entertainment audience, so the anime rating system was created. In a lot of ways, this is the most successful of all rating systems, as it not only gives a recommended age, but also lists the content in the film and parental guidance warning. TV-Y7: Ages 7 and up. TV-PG: Sometimes contains a little violence. 13+: Contains a little mild language and violence. TV-14: Used often in darker anime dealing with catastrophe and violence, as well as crime or murder. 15+: Comedy anime with this rating sometimes has excessive fan-service, which includes scantily clad beautiful women or men. 16+: This is the most common rating among mature anime. Harsh language is usually the reason. A few of these anime have nudity, perhaps mild fan-service, brief violence, and sometimes bloody endings.

ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-PG’

17+: This anime is the closest to adult. It has everything from violence to excessive nudity, but no sex.

ADV FILMS - Rated ‘TV-14’

TV-MA: Unlike 17+, this anime has sex, in the soft-core type, but generally it’s the excessive violence and language that gives the MA rating.

1:00pm - Coyote Ragtime Show - Episodes #1-2 2:00pm - Air Gear - Episode #1-2 ADVFILMS - Rated ‘15+’

3:30pm - AMV Contest 5:00pm - MAIN Video Room closes

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Ratings

18+: This category is reserved for Hentai and films with graphic sex.

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Panels & Signings Informative panels have always been and continue to be in high demand at anime events around the world. MechaCon has gathered a variety of panels on many different subjects for attendees to experience and enjoy!

Oh, My Gackt! Cosplay 101 An Introduction to J-Rock Covering cosplay from costume construction, to wig styling; and stage performance to internet conduct. Presented by Limit Break Cosplay

Origins andhorror Evolutions of Japanese movies Delve into the Japanese Gothic/Horror literary genre

and witness how the works of the past led Japan’s best horror creators to create today’s popular Japanese exports. This panel compares Japan’s gothic culture with its Western counterpart’s. Presented by Dominique Ducote

Cosplay Make-up, Wigs, Wings, and Other Things A follow-up panel to Cosplay 101, this panel expands on costume construction, wig styling and stage performance and how to bring it all to a higher level. Presented by Split.Image.Cosplay

Basic Japanese Language Skills The Japanese language is beautiful and complex and

takes more to pick up on than watching your favorite subbed anime over and over. Join Lisa Furukawa for this panel. Lisa will guide you through the subtleties of this highly descriptive language. Presented by Lisa Furukawa

Writing, Directing and Recording in Anime Explore the work that goes into translating and record-

ing anime from script writing to ADR directing and voice acting. What does ADR mean? Can anyone be a voice actor? How complex does writing a Japanese program into English get? What kind of equipment is used to record English lines for anime? Find out all this and more! with Michael Dobson, Richard Epcar, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Mike McFarland, Scott McNeil, & Ellyn Stern

Anime in China An inside look into how the anime phenomenon has

The genre of j-rock can be confusing if the only Japanese music you’ve ever heard has been anime theme songs and j-pop. There are a lot of differences in the music, the acts, and even the fandoms. Explore the styles, see what’s current, which band has what style, and who’s going international. Presented by Bobbie Adams

Independent Filmmaking Ever wondered what it takes to make it in the Film &

TV industry? This panel takes you on an uncensored tour of Hollywood and the entertainment industry. This is where you will learn the tricks of the trade to help you have a successful career in “the biz”. Presented by Kevin McKeever

How to Make an Anime Club This panel will discuss and take questions about how

to make an anime club at both the high school and college levels. Topics include how to start a club, manage a club, publicity, attendence, what shows to watch (sub/dub, downloaded/store bought). Presented by Patrick & Jaclyn Duhe

Versus a Leo Join us for year three of “Versus a Leo”! Last year, a

packed house offered up some of the craziest combat suggestions and this year will be no different! Join us for the madness that is: Versus a Leo! Comedy abounds as this is the Ultimate Mecha Panel! Presented by Blair Gee, Brian Hill & Scott McNeil

Why Do My Kids Love This Stuff? A panel by parents, for parents to explain why your kids can’t

get enough anime. Worry about the stigmas surrounding anime? This panel clears the myths and answer questions parents may have about what their children are watching and explains the charm of anime and why more and more parents are finding themselves becoming fans and watching anime with their children and even finding anime tastes all their own. Presented by Andy & Susan MacDonald

taken China by storm. Presented by Kevin McKeever of Harmony Gold

Anime Plush Making 101 This panel covers making plushies, patterns, materials,

thread, etc.; with examples of different stages of plushies. Also, we’ll discuss differences between bootlegs and authentic plushies as well as tips on how others can start a personal plush-making business. Presented by Misty Lopez

Cosplay Skit Planning & Execution Join Gren and Cherry as they show you how to elevate

your cosplay skits to a higher level so you can shine on stage in any cosplay competition. Presented by Limit Break Cosplay

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ROBOTECH

This panel shows what happened after the public debut of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles at MechaCon in 2006 and what is in store for the future of Robotech.

ROBOTECH:

THE SHADOW CHRONICLES SCREENING

Join Kevin Mckeever for a screening of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles with live behind the scenes commentary.

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Panel Schedule Friday, August 3rd The following is the schedule for Friday’s convention panels. Main floor panel room will not be open on this day.

2:00pm - Cosplay 101

Presented by Limit Break Cosplay • Classroom (Dungeon level)

3:00pm - Origins and Evolutions of Japanese Horror Movies Presented by Dominique Ducote • Main Video Room (Main Floor)

5:00pm - Cosplay Make-up, Wigs, Wings, and Other Things

Presented by Split.Image.Cosplay • Classroom (Dungeon level)

9:15pm - Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Screening

Presented by Kevin McKeever • Main Video Room (Main floor)

Saturday, August 4th The following is the schedule for Saturday’s convention panels. Panels will be held on both the Main floor and Dungeon level.

10:00am - Limit Break Cosplay

Presented by Limit Break Cosplay • Classroom (Dungeon level)

11:00am - Anime in China

Presented by Kevin McKeever • Main Video Room (Main Floor)

Basic Japanese Language Skills Presented by Lisa Furukawa • Panel Room (Main floor)

Game Mastering 101

Presented by Jonathan Thompson • Classroom (Dungeon level)

12:00pm - Writing, Directing and Recording in Anime

with Michael Dobson, Richard Epcar, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Mike McFarland, Scott McNeil, & Ellyn Stern • Main Event Room (Main floor)

1:00pm - Anime Plush Making 101 Presented by Misty Lopez • Panel Room (Main floor)

Saturday

(continued)

3:00pm - Independent Filmmaking Presented by Kevin McKeever • Panel Room (Main floor)

How to Make an Anime Club Presented by Patrick & Jaclyn Duhe • Classroom (Dungeon level)

3:30pm - Video Game Development Presented by Yatec • Main Video Room (Main floor)

4:30pm - Versus a Leo

Presented by Blair Gee, Brian Hill & Scott McNeil • Panel Room (Main floor)

Photo-op

with Jett & Zee • Classroom (Dungeon level)

6:00pm - Why Do My Kids Love This Stuff? Presented by Andy & Susan MacDonald • Panel Room (Main floor)

7:00pm - Robotech (Industry Panel)

Presented by Kevin McKeever • Main Video Room (Main floor)

Sunday, August 5th The following is the schedule for Sunday’s convention panels. The panel room on the main floor will used for electronic handheld gaming and Nintendo Wii use on this day.

10:00am - Robotech (Industry Panel)

Presented by Kevin McKeever • Main Video Room (Main floor)

11:00am - Voice Acting 101 workshop • Main Event Room (Main floor)

World Building 101

Presented by Jonathan Thompson • Classroom (Dungeon level)

12:30pm - Advanced Cosplay

Presented by Limit Break Cosplay • Classroom (Dungeon level)

5:00pm - Convention floors close (all areas)

1:30pm - Cosplay Skit Planning & Execution

Presented by Limit Break Cosplay • Classroom (Dungeon level)

Oh, My Gackt! An Introduction to J-Rock Presented by Bobbie Adams • Main Video Room (Main floor)

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Special thanks to all our panel presenters and participants.

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Your Stay at the Hilton Hilton Lafayette

Hotel Features

1521 West Pinhook Road Lafayette, LA 70503-3158 Tel: 1-337-235-6111 Fax: 1-337-237-6313 Toll-Free: 1-800-HIL-TONS www.hilton.com

In Rooms: 24-hour housekeeping, Accessible rooms, Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Audible alarms, Automatic door closer, Bathroom amenities, Coffeemaker, Color cable-television, Connecting rooms, Dataport, Dead bolts and security chains, Electronic locks, Fire sprinklers, Hair dryer, High-speed Internet access, Individual climate control, In-room checkout, Iron/Ironing board, Newspaper M-F (USA Today), On-command movies and games, Premium TV: HBO, CNN, ESPN, Radio, Scald-proof shower/ tub, Smoke detectors, Telephone - auto wake-up, Telephone - voice mail, Visual strobe, Work desk with lamp.

About the Hotel Located just a mile from the Lafayette Regional Airport, along the banks of the serene Vermilion Bayou in the heart of Acadiana, The Hilton Lafayette is Acadiana’s premier full-service hotel and conference center. The Hilton Lafayette is stocked with a multitude of amenities, including high-speed Internet access, to make your stay stress free. MechaCon is being held in the convention and meeting area of The Hilton Lafayette. With 22,000 square feet of event space and 327 guest rooms and suites, The Hilton Lafayette has been the perfect facility for our first three conventions.

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Other Information: Restaurant on site (Alexander’s), Automated teller (ATM), Baggage storage, Bell service/Porter, Concierge desk, Direct billing, Doctor on call, Dry cleaning/Laundry service, Elevators, Gift Shop, Ice machines, Laundry - selfservice, Multilingual staff, Complimentary Parking, Room service, Safety deposit box, Security staff on duty, Shuttle - to airport, Tour desk, Non-Smoking Rooms Available, Smoking Rooms Available. Parking is complimentary!

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Area Restaurants Because ya gotta eat, MechaCon has compiled a list of area restaurants relatively close to the hotel. If you visit any of these restaurants, please be sure to tell them that MechaCon sent you!

Alexander’s Antoni’s Italian Café Blue Dog Café Boulevard Grille Café Vermilionville Chris’ Po-Boys* Chili’s Doe’s of Lafayette Dynasty Chinese Delivery Grand China Guidry’s Reef Hot Wok*

Max’s Pool Hall Outback Steakhouse Piccadilly Cafeteria Pizza Hut Poseidon’s Greek Restaurant* Roly Poly Royal Panda Ruth’s Chris Steak House Tokyo Live The Whole Wheatery Zeus Café

( In the Hilton ) 1521 West Pinhook Rd. (337) 235-6111

105 Kaliste Saloom Rd. (337) 237-6384

1118 Coolidge Blvd. • Suite A (337) 232-8384

1600 W. Pinhook Rd. (337) 235-4405

1211 W. Pinhook Rd. (337) 237-0005

1120 Coolidge Blvd. • Suite A (337) 264-1117

1304 W. Pinhook Rd. (337) 237-0100

1930 W. Pinhook Rd. (337) 234-6333

1734 W. Pinhook Rd. (337) 235-6570

530 W. Pinhook Rd. (337) 266-5332

3227 W. Pinhook Rd. (337) 291-9293

1809 W. Pinhook Rd. (337) 269-8888

1508 W. Pinhook Rd. (337) 237-2860

210 Production Dr. • Suite 100 (337) 233-9488

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( Bar & Grill )

838 Coolidge Blvd. (337) 232-4317

1821 W. Pinhook Rd. (337) 233-4568

103 Kaliste Saloom Rd. (337) 235-9154

1004 Coolidge Blvd. (337) 234-3289

2418 W. Pinhook Rd. (337) 233-6368

620 W. Pinhook Rd. (337) 237-6123

1601 W. Pinhook Rd. (337) 236-6251

326 Travis St. (337) 232-7774

1103 W. Pinhook Rd. (337) 269-1434

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Organizers’ Choice - Being local to Lafayette, these are some of the convention organizers’ favorite eateries (cost-effective, too!).

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Acknowledgements Convention Organizers

Peter Bares – Sennin Productions, LLC Jon Russo – Sennin Productions, LLC

Convention Staff

Melanie Baker – Registration Coordinator / Advertising Sales / Webmaster Dwayne “Bob” Borel – Director of Operations Curtis Crook – Volunteer Coordinator Brandon Delcambre – Video Room Coordinator Hunter Domingue – Electronic Gaming Coordinator Travis Farrar – Gold Pass Liaison / Floor Director Brigette Goudeau – Mascot Promotions Coordinator Van Nguyen – Support Staff Coordinator / Charity Auctioneer / Shinobi James “Stoney” Potter – Table-top Gaming Coordinator / Dungeon Master Grady Roy – Security Chief

Support Staff David Adams Lezia Broussard Dom Ducote Sam Ford

Rachelle Gauthier David Giles Tonia LaJaunie Cassandra Larousse

Blake Rebouche Sherry Savage Nakia Warren Abby Williford

Event Coordinators

David Adams – MechaCon House Party Travis Farrar – AMV Contest Hunter Domingue – Electronic Gaming Tournaments Limit Break Cosplay – Cosplay Competition Van Nguyen – Charity Auction / Anime-niacs James “Stoney” Potter – Non-electronic Gaming Tournaments Split.Image.Cosplay – Ouran High School Host Club Regina Hogan – Cosplay Dating Game (with Crystal Dilon)

Non-electronic Gaming Facilitators

Brad Daigle – Magic: The Gathering Dom Ducote – Magic: The Gathering David Giles – Legend of the 5 Rings RPG, Junk, Star Wars Miniatures Michael Lee – Magic: The Gathering, BESM D20, Full Metal Alchemist Tom Gustafson – Mechwarrior Jonathan Jocum – World of Warcraft CCG Derek Saint Pierre – World of Warcraft CCG MechaCon extends its most heartfelt Shea Wright – Yu-Gi-Oh! thanks to the following people for their

Special Thanks

Event Crew

Cathy Talbot – Equipment Technician Angus, Dave, Matt & Phil – Security

Event Facilitation

Hilton Lafayette Clark Services Audio Visual & Exhibit

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contributions and support: The ConsulateGeneral of Japan, LCVC, The Grand Theatre 16, Tiffany & Matt G., Jack G., Stacy S., Sophie M., Kaveman, Doug S., Tommy Y., Kevin M., Kelly D., Raymond T., Jeff J., Angus & Susan, Allison C., Jim C., the Mod Staff of our forums, our families who patiently understand the long hours we invest in this con and all others who helped along the way.

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MechaCon Policies MechaCon’s Intent

The primary purpose of MechaCon is to provide a fun and safe experience for as wide range of attendees as possible. Our intention is to bring a balance of Japanese traditional and pop culture to Louisiana through Anime and Transformers appreciation. The ratings of programming available at the convention vary. Due to differences in international rating structures, some adult situations may occur in some titles. Whenever possible, we have indicated these shows on the programming schedule to aid in our patrons viewing choices, but parental guidance is ALWAYS recommended.

Hotel Staff and MechaCon

Please remember that you are a guest of the hotel, and that there are other guests utilizing the same facilities. Please remember to be courteous and do not disturb other guests with excessive noise levels. If the hotel staff requests that you quiet down or stop a certain behavior, please do so. If you do not, your badge will be confiscated. We are all here to have a good time, so by acting responsibly, we can continue to bring events such as an Anime convention to Lafayette.

Rules of Conduct

At the registration desk, attendees have access to the MechaCon Pocket Policies handbook which outlines MechaCon’s Rules of Conduct, Security Policy, Weapons Policy and other information attendees need to be familiar with while attending MechaCon. Please request this handbook and read it carefully immediately after receiving it. Once you have read it, please pass it on to your fellow attendees so we can all have a safe and enjoyable convention experience.

Hands-off Policy MechaCon has a strict hands-off policy regarding its mascots, staff and attendees. An extension of MechaCon’s Rules of Conduct, which can be found in the MechaCon Pocket Policies handbook, our hands-off policy basically means that no attendee is to make physical contact with any member of the MechaCon staff, Hilton staff or other convention attendees without first getting permission from the person you wish to make physical contact with. This includes, but is not limited to, unwarranted “glomping”, touching, embracing, or hanging-on. All attendees are expected to become familiar with the policies outlined in the MechaCon Pocket Policies handbook the attendee received with their registration packet.

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Security Policy

MechaCon Security is based on a “three strikes” rule. Please refer to the MechaCon Pocket Policies handbook for a detailed outline of MechaCon’s Security Policy. MechaCon Security reserves the right to revoke MechaCon Attendee membership and eject anyone at any time from the convention without a refund.

Weapons Policy

Items that could be used as a weapon MUST be Peace-Bonded. Please refer to the MechaCon Pocket Policies handbook for a detailed outline of MechaCon’s Security Policy.

Notice to Parents

If you’re not staying in our hotel, please don’t leave your children here overnight without someone legally responsible for them. We are NOT a babysitting service. We also require a way to reach you in case of an emergency. You will be held responsible (legally and financially) for any damages incurred by your child or charge to hotel and/or MechaCon property. Any criminal damages and/or activity will be met with criminal charges, as well as a permanent ban from ALL future Sennin Productions, LLC events. All attendees are subject to the laws and ordinances set forth by Federal, State and Lafayette Consolidated Governments.

Notice to Students & Minors

We expect you to behave yourselves so we don’t have to call your parents. Your behavior is what’s important, not your age. You and your parent(s)/legal guardian will be held responsible (legally and financially) for damages incurred by you to hotel and/or MechaCon property. Any criminal damages and/or activity will be met with criminal charges, as well as a permanent ban from ALL future Sennin Productions, LLC events. All attendees are subject to the laws and ordinances set forth by Federal, State and Lafayette Consolidated Governments.

Notice to Adult Attendees

ALL attendees are expected to conduct themselves respectably. You will be held responsible (legally and financially) for damages incurred by you to hotel and/or MechaCon property. Any criminal damages and/or activity will be met with criminal charges, as well as a permanent ban from ALL future Sennin Productions, LLC events. All attendees are subject to the laws and ordinances set forth by Federal, State and Lafayette Consolidated Governments.

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MechaCon Rules of Conduct

(An Overview)

These Activities are NOT Allowed at MechaCon:

• Loitering in the halls – DEFINITELY NO sleeping in the halls • Engaging in disruptive behavior that disturbs the public or staff • Making a threat of physical or verbal harassment to a member or members of the public or MechaCon staff • Any act that could result in substantial risk or harm to any persons or property • Sexual misconduct such as, but not limited to indecent exposure, offensive touching, or any form of sexual harassment • The selling of any merchandise out of the hotel rooms, hallways, or outside the hotel under any circumstance. We value our dealers, and merchandise is only to be sold, in any form, within the DEALERS room • Engaging in any activity prohibited by Louisiana and/or Lafayette Parish law • Brandishing any weapon that has not been PEACE BONDED. This includes removing a sword from its casing, or swinging a weapon around. All registered or unregistered weapons need to follow the laws of Lafayette Parish ordinances • Distribution of any form of literature without the written permission by the MechaCon organizers MechaCon reserves the right to enforce these rules, and anyone violating them will be asked to leave and their convention badge will be revoked. There will be absolutely no refunds given in the case of any revocation of a paid convention badge due to breaking the convention rules, no matter the reason for the infraction. If the person or persons being asked to leave the convention resist being escorted off the premesis by MechaCon personnel, local police will be called in to remove the person or persons from the hotel and/or ajoining areas.

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MechaCon 3 Program Guide - 2007  

MechaCon 3.0 - August 3 - 5, 2007

MechaCon 3 Program Guide - 2007  

MechaCon 3.0 - August 3 - 5, 2007

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