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Letters from the Chairs Dave “Proz” Henkin

Convention Chairman

Unbelievable. Finally, we made it to San Japan’s sixth year. The region and city of San Antonio has made San Japan a prime summer event. For one weekend a year we transform the River Walk from a tourist spot to a showcase of the anime fandom. Over the years, we’ve grown along with you. Last year, we moved to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as our permanent home. This year, as we keep growing, we’ve added more space in the convention center. We also worked with the Grand Hyatt to take over the entire hotel this year. We hope the additional space will be enough to accommodate all of the San Japan attendees. Our staff is dedicated too. Most of the San Japan staff has been with us since the beginning. They all cherish what they do and love seeing San Japan thrive. The San Japan staff all work passionately with one goal in mind: to create an acceptable outlet where you don’t have to be normal, where you can dress as anyone, and just go all out and have fun (legally, please). Anime and Japanese culture will always be our main focus for programming. We changed our mission statement to say we are “Anime-Focused”. With this revised statement, we hope to become the outlet in San Antonio where all fandoms accepting of anime culture can come together, year after year, and enjoy our grand event.

Jason “Jay” Perez

Events Chairman

On behalf of the San Japan Events Team, our panelists, and guests, I would like to welcome all of you to this year’s San Japan. It has been a long road leading up to this year’s San Japan and an even longer road for my own experience as con staff. I remember all those years ago volunteering Registration at Zero Day Anime. While making this year’s schedule, I looked back at year 2.X of San Japan when I first took over events. Oh, how we have grown leaps and bounds since then! I could never imagine back then how far we would come from barely being able to fill up four panel rooms to now having nine, plus many other event rooms with a Maid Café, crafts room, and so much more! Although this has become a nearly full time job for me (because I need ANOTHER one of those!), I love staffing Events and will forever pass along the praise and thanks we receive to my wonderful staff and guests. It has been a real honor to see my staff like Joey, Sethos, and Jay Justice grow and improve every year. As well, I love seeing how much our repeat panelists like Lanie, ninjaHELL,and Die grow as public speakers and gradually gain followings. This year I urge all of you attendees to branch out from your usual con routine and check out some of the different panels and off-the-wall stuff we offer in Events, whether it is about about BJD dolls, a new anime, Star Wars, or laser chess. Cheers and best wishes!

Lauren “SheWolf” Heacker

Logistics Chairperson

Welcome, returning and new attendees, to San Japan Sinister 6! We keep running San Japan for you all in hopes that you’d keep coming back for more. Not only do you keep coming back, but you all come with increasing numbers! I’m pleased to contribute to this now large-scale anime convention year after year. Watching San Japan grow and seeing everyone happy are what makes all the work worthwhile. So please, enjoy yourself and make sure to tell all of your friends. We promise to bring San Japan back as long as you want to party with us. After all, there’s more reasons to party than not!!

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Table of Contents Staying Informed

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Letters from the Chairs Guidebook & Staying Informed Directory & Merchandise Convention Maps Convention Policies Convention Info & Maid Cafe Guests Meet the DJs Cosplay Panels & Programming Dealer Room & Artist Alley Gaming Photography Locations Places to Eat San Japan Staff Special Thanks Autographs & Sketches

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Merchandise

SJ6 Shirt $20-24 S - 4XL Available

SJ5 Shirt $10 All Sizes

SJ4 Shirt $5 All Sizes

SJ2 Reprint $10 M & L Only

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Convention Maps

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Convention Policies San Japan General Rules & Behavior Guidelines 1. A valid badge must be purchased and worn openly at all times. Persons who do not have a badge displayed on the con floor will be asked to leave. Any person without a valid badge will not be permitted entry into events or vendor spaces.

7. Follow all convention staff, convention volunteer, hotel staff and convention center staff instructions. Treat staff and volunteers with respect and courtesy. If a problem arises with a convention volunteer, seek out Safety and report the issue immediately.

2. Only ADA working animals with proper verification are allowed in the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center. The Grand Hyatt is a pet-friendly hotel. Cats and dogs under 50lbs will be permitted in the hotel with permission from hotel staff.

8. Do not move or tamper with hotel property or equipment including lobby chairs, couches, curtains, doors, windows, etc. Do not move or tamper with convention property including tables, microphones, video equipment, etc. If you require assistance with convention or hotel property, ask a member of convention staff.

3. No alcohol or drugs are permitted in convention spaces at any time. Guests under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be asked to return to their rooms. Refusal to return to your room may result in action by the San Antonio Police Department. 4. Shoes must be worn at all times in convention spaces. “Barefoot” cosplays must wear shoes or non opentoe lyricals, however they may be removed for photographs. 5. No sleeping is permitted in any convention spaces including lobbies, hallways, vendor spaces, and gaming. 6. While waiting for an event, form a single-file orderly line under the direction of convention volunteers and/ or staff. Cosplayers taking pictures are encouraged to move to the side of the hallway or find an open space where they will not impede the flow of traffic. Sitting against hallway walls is not permitted at any time.

9. Do not affix signs, posters, banners or anything else to walls, doors, windows or floors in the convention or hotel space. 10. Mistreatment of other guests is prohibited. Complaints of harassment, stalking, bullying, glomping and mobbing will be investigated and may result in expulsion from the convention. San Japan has a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment and discrimination.

Props & Weapons 1. No live weaponry such as edged steel, non-replica firearms, or functional projectile weaponry is permitted in convention spaces at any time. 2. All props must be examined and approved by the safety desk immediately upon entering any convention or hotel spaces. Unchecked weaponry will be directed to the safety desk. Repeated failures to have weaponry approved will result in expulsion from the convention. 3. All projectile weaponry including but not limited to Airsoft, Nerf and paintball weaponry must be unloaded, trigger-locked, and must have the barrel plugged. Bright orange barrel plugs are required. 4. All weapons purchased in vendor spaces must immediately be transported in the box or packaging to the attendee’s hotel room or vehicle and left there for the duration of the convention. 5. No swinging, play fighting, firing projectiles, or throwing of any kind will be permitted at any time. Violation of this rule will result in possible expulsion from the convention.

11. Locals, tourists, and others not involved in the convention will naturally be curious about the convention and its attendees. Treat these individuals with courtesy and respect. Our convention has an excellent reputation in the city of San Antonio because of our excellent attendees.

San Japan Dress Code

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1. San Japan is a family-friendly convention. Excessively revealing clothing or costumes are not permitted. Private areas must be covered with opaque cloth at all times. Attendees in excessively revealing attire will be asked to change.

2. Convention spaces have a “no shirt, no shoes, no service” policy. Because of this, shirts and shoes must be worn at all times and may only be removed for photographs.

3. No profanity or graphic sexual imagery may be displayed on costumes or clothing.


Convention Policies Events & Lines 1. Keep lines single-file, and stay close to walls/barricades.

Dance / Electronic Music Rules

2. Do not block doorways with the line.

1. No alcohol or drugs are permitted in the dance at any time.

3. No cutting under any circumstances. Friends may not save your spot in line for you.

2. Handbags are subject to search, and bags larger than a handbag are not permitted inside dance spaces.

4. Occasionally, convention staff and volunteers need to speak loudly enough that the entire line hears the instructions. Convention staff and volunteers are not yelling at you.

3. Staff will not watch over bags, jackets, or other loose items you do not wish to bring to the dance floor. San Japan assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen property.

5. For events with seats, completely fill in all seats and do not leave any empty seats. You may not be able to sit next to all members of your party.

4. Staff may initiate a voluntary search for alcohol or drugs at any time.

6. Event specific rules will be announced at the start of the event. Please listen carefully to all event rules. 7. Convention staff reserves the right to ask any attendee to leave if they are being disruptive or not following the rules. Attendees that do not listen to staff instructions may be expelled from the convention.

5. Stringing is allowed only in designated areas. Do not string close to other stringers. Unsafe situations may result in loss of the stringing area and stringing privileges. 6. No bulky cosplay or large props are allowed in the dance space. 7. Shoes must be worn at all times in the dance space.

Rivercenter Mall San Japan is close to the Rivercenter Mall, which has a great food court on the bottom floor and plenty of shops that you can partake in. However, after discussions with the mall, we have been asked to post the following rules ahead of time so San Japan attendees can be prepared when they decide to walk into the mall: 1. Cosplay props are not allowed. 2. Masks are not allowed. 3. Face paint is not allowed. It is your responsibility to not break these simple rules or you will be kicked out of the mall! San Japan will not hold onto or store any cosplay items either. Find a friend to hold your item or store it in your hotel room before entering the mall. The Rivercenter Mall also has some other general rules that apply to all patrons and these rules can be found on their website (http://www.shoprivercenter.com/about/security) and are subject to change without notice.

Autographs Policy As of this year, Gold Pass holders will NO LONGER have front of the line access for autographs. A special VIP autograph session will be held on Sunday of the convention. In an effort to predict wait times for autograph lines and to allow our attendees and guests to have as much fun as possible at San Japan, the following guidelines should be observed. 1. The first one hundred (100) attendees in line for a given autograph session will receive tickets just prior to start of the session.

2. Anyone past the one hundred (100) mark will not receive a ticket. Whether or not they receive an autograph depends on how quickly the line moves during the allotted time. Individuals without tickets may not attend scheduled overflow sessions.

5. To keep the line moving, we request that attendees bring absolutely no more than two items to be signed. Items should also be prepared for signing. For example, DVD inserts should be removed from the case and posters should be unrolled.

3. San Japan reserves the right to end the line to keep events (and guests) on schedule.

6. Attendees are welcome to take photographs of the guests, but we ask that they please refrain from asking the guests to come around the table for a posed shot.

4. Attendees are not allowed to line up for an autograph session more than 30 minutes before the scheduled start time. Attendees gathering in the vicinity of the autograph room before that time will be asked to disperse.

7. Attendees participating in disruptive or rude behavior may be asked to leave the autograph area.

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Convention Information Registration

Art Show

Manga Library

Location: West Registration Convention Center

Location: Room 102A Convention Center

Location: Room 002 Convention Center

Hours: Thursday 7:00pm - 11:00pm Friday 9:00am - 9:30pm Saturday 9:00am - 9:00pm Sunday 10:00am - 3:00pm

Hours: Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm Artist Pickup: Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm

Hours: Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm Sponsored by San Antonio Public Library

Art Auction

Safety HQ

Lost & Found

Location: Room 101 Convention Center

Location: San Jacinto Room Grand Hyatt, F2

Location: Info Desk Convention Center Near West Registration

Time: Saturday 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Maid Cafe What is a Maid Cafe? Here is the Wikipedia definition: Maid cafés are a subcategory of cosplay restaurants found predominantly in Japan. In these cafés, waitresses dressed in maid costumes act as servants, and treat customers as masters (and mistresses) in a private home, rather than as café patrons.

Throughout this hour-long experience, our maids will be serving an assortment of cookies to snack on and hot teas as refreshments while engaging honored guests in lively conversation and games. Additionally, the maids of San Japan’s Maid Cafe will be putting on a number of performances to ensure that at no time during your visit with us will you be bored.

San Japan Maid Cafe is here to offer the experience of popular maid cafes in Japan. We strive to provide a calm and entertaining environment away from the hustle and bustle of the main convention floor.

Entry fee is only $5 (the most affordable maid cafe offered by a Texas convention). So buy your tickets in advanced at the ticket table at the Maid Cafe because they are expected to sell out quick!

Friday 12:00pm - 1:00pm 3:00pm - 4:00pm 6:00 - 7:00pm

Saturday 10:00am - 11:00am 1:00pm - 2:00pm 4:00pm - 5:00pm 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Sunday 10:00am - 11:00am 1:00pm - 2:00pm 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for a movie party on Saturday at 9:00pm!

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Guests Scott McNeil

Voice Actor

Easily one of the busiest voice actors in the world, millions of fans know him as the voice of Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing and Gundam: Battle Assault 2 as well as Koga from the hit series Inuyasha. Older fans may be familiar with his work as Piccolo in Dragon Ball Z and/or his work as Deadeye Duck in Bucky O’Hare and The Toad Wars. Fans of Transformers know Scott well, as his voice talents have brought countless memorable characters to life, including Dinobot, Waspinator, Rattrap, Silverbolt and Dinobot II in Beast Wars/Beast Machines; Jetfire in Armada; and Jetfire and Strongarm in Energon. He can also currently be heard as Snarl and Backstop in Transformers: Cybertron. Scott’s voice work has earned him the adoration of fans worldwide. Fans find Scott’s work everywhere, both in anime and domestic animation, including lending his vocal talents to Hohenheim in Full Metal Alchemist; Wolverine/Logan in X-Men: Evolution; Ace – The Bathound and Ignatius in Krypto: The Superdog; Destro and Gung Ho in G.I. Joe: Valor vs. Venom / Spy Trooops; Beast Man, Clawful, MerMan, Ram Man, Stratos, and Kobra Khan in He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe; Senor Hasbeena, Francisco of the Forest, Mino-Toro, El Perrito, and Heavy Traffic in ¡Mucha Lucha!; Vulture, Electro and Lester in Spider-Man Unlimited. Other notable voice work in anime includes King Aston and Jajuka in The Vision Of Escaflowne; Jajuka in Escaflowne: The Movie; Zoids Battle Announcer, Deed #1, Rastani Sr., and Serge in Zoids Fuzors; and Harlock in Galaxy Express 999/Adieu, Galaxy Express 999. His work can also be heard in series and movies such as Johnny Test, Bionicle, Scary Godmother, Barbie: Fairytopia, Barbie Of Swan Lake, Candyland: Great Lollipop Adventure, Dragon Booster, Gundam Seed, Gundam Seed Destiny, Under The Skin, Master Keaton, Ben Hur, Yakkity Yak, The Christmas Orange, Frogger Beyond, Reboot, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer & The Island Of Misfit Toys, Nascar Racers, Casper’s Haunted Christmas, Weird-Ohs, Shadowraiders/War Planets, Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade, Warriors Of Virtue, The Wacky World Of Tex Avery, Ranma ½, Hamtaro, and many more too numerous to list! Aside from his voice work, Scott is also an accomplished live-action actor, whose credits include The Green Chain, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, Stargate Sg-1, Strange Frequency, The Outer Limits, Ladies And The Champ, Viper, Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, Extreme Dinosaurs, Highlander, Hawkeye, Final Fight, Someone Else’s Child, Seasons Of The Heart, Crackerjack, and Sleeping With Strangers. More recently Scott has been lending his vocal talents to characters like Stork, the lovably neurotic Merb in Stormhawks, Grumpy Bear in the newest Care Bears and Wasabi (yes, a burbling ball of wasabi!) in Sushi Pack. In the past two years Scott has also contributed his voice to characters in Eon Kid, Ricky Sprocket, and the Warhammer 40,000 videogames Scott is currently exercising his evil genius in Gundam 00 as the dark and enigmatic Ali AlSaachez, and Voltar, the truly maniacal evil genius, in League of Super Evil. Some of his other present projects include Powerpuff Girls Z, Maryoku Yummy, Rollbots, and Twisted Whiskers. … and when his busy schedule permits he can be found playing his level 70 Blood Elf Priest on World of Warcraft …

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Guests Scott Freeman

Voice Actor

Scott has been working at Funimation roughly five years as a voice actor on over 50 shows. While mostly in the background, you may recognize him in many roles such as “Soldier J”, “Man B”, or “Thug A”. He then began portraying more descriptive roles including “Yellow Merchant”, or “Green Shirt Brown Hat Man”. This soon led to playing characters with actual names. Only in the last year or so he has begun playing larger parts, and his success in voice acting has grown. A few of the titles he can be heard in are Hetalia (as Britain), Baka and Test (as Yuuji Sakamoto), One Piece (as Yasopp and Kamakiri), Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood; the movie Conqueror of Shamballa, Big Windup, Desert Punk, Initial D, KenIchi, Linebarrels, Romeo X Juliet, Soul Eater, and The Tower of Druaga. Scott was always an artist first, a nerd second, and a musician third. He saw his first anime early in High School on a VHS tape recorded from the home of a Japanese classmate and was an instant fan. Although there were no subtitles, it was still amazing. Needless to say, having the opportunity to work with Funimation today is a dream come true. Scott is always excited to work on new shows with such amazing actors, and appreciates fans like himself who have helped to raise awareness of this culture and allow it to be taken so far along.

Christopher Ayres

Voice Actor

Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. His work has been seen Regionally, Nationally and on Broadway. He currently works as a voice actor for Sentai Film Works and FUNimation Entertainment. Chris has also worked as an A.D.R. Director for ADV FILMS, and Amusement Park Media, and is currently directing for Sentai Film Works. As an A.D.R. Director his credits include: EF~A TALE OF MEMORIES, EF~ A TALE OF MELODIES, NIGHT RAID 1931, THE NERIMA DAIKON BROTHERS, XENOSAGA: The Animation, MAGIKANO, MERMAID MELODY PITCHI PITCHI PITCH and he served as co-director with Matt Greenfield on THE WALL FLOWER. He has also sereved as ADR writer on many of those shows as well as the soon to be released DREAM EATER MERRY. Some of the roles as a voice actor Chris is best known for are Kei Kourono in Gants, Frieza in Dragon Ball Z Kai, Arthur in Tears to Tiara, Suitengu in Speed Grapher, The Covenant Commander in Halo: Legends, Von Kampfer in Trinity Blood, Hayashimizu in Full Metal Panic? Fummofu, Prince Soma in Black Butler, Yaminami in Peacmaker, Takada Shingin in Sengoku Basara, DJ Plugman in Air Gear and Sid in Devil May Cry. His voice can also be heard in Elfin Lied, Golgo 13, Claymore, Godanner, Full Metal Alchemist Brotehrhood, Diamond Daydreams and Fairy Tale to name a few. He can also be heard as the villian Wagram in the the Square Enix video game The Last Remnant. Chris also works as a professional fight director and has enjoyed bringing his workshop ‘Mock Combat for Cosplay’ to many conventions. You can learn more about Chris by visiting his website www. christopherayres-va.com.

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Guests Carli Mosier

Voice Actress

At age 6 she began to develop her love for acting doing musical theatre with the Houston Independent Theatre School and opera with the Houston Grand Opera and hasn’t stopped, graduating from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, attending the musical theater program at the University of Houston and continuing on in film and stage productions throughout the Houston area. In 2004, after years in the theatre she began working at ADV Films, appearing in such shows as Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok as Tsubasa Maijima and Godannar as Kei. Carli has also been cast in the ADV titles: UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie as Princess Pharm; Moeyo Ken TV as Sayoko Yamazaki, and as Febronia and various voices in Xenosaga: The Animation. Carli is probably best known for her performance as the sexy Detective Yukika in Nerima Daikon Brothers. You can also see her as the proper, and quite often chaotic, Student Council President Yuri Kurosu in Magikano. Carli is proud to have played Rina, the Green Pearl Princess, in Mermaid Melody: Pichi Pichi Pitch, recorded at Amusement Park media but is saddened that it hasn’t been released. She was also incredibly honored to voice Daisy in the Homecoming Episode of Halo: Legends. Carli has also lent her vocal talents as a singer to the album Voices for Tolerance alongside a multitude of talented voice actors. More recently, she’s started working for Funimation, starting out there singing the closing credit song Before Dawn in One Piece and voicing smaller characters in Evangelion, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Sgt. Frog. She’s also voiced Aunt Bitzi in Shin Chan, Akira Yoshii in Baka and Test and Astraea in Heaven’s Lost Property. Most recently, she was cast as the Narrator and Prophetess in Night Raid: 1931, Alme in Book of Bantorra and is in Gintama, all recorded at Seraphim. When she’s not recording or traveling to fabulous conventions Carli spends her time as the lead singer for the band Taylor Made, working on musical projects with her husband Dustin, writing and working on fight choreography for stage and screen, filming movies, reading about zombies and working in politics to promote women’s economic and social well-being.

Karen Strassman

Voice Actress

Karen Strassman has been privileged to have an extraordinarily rich career as an actress and voice-over artist. In voice-over, she has worked in nearly every aspect of the industry: radio and TV commercials, animation, narration, documentaries, promos, audio books, celebrity voice-matching and voice replacement, internet media, games, talking toys, CD-ROMs, dubbing, looping, and ADR. Major clients have included: Disney, HBO, Sony, Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Cartoon Network, Sci-Fi, Showtime, The CW, CBS, Klasky-Csupo, Viacom, Bandai, Pioneer, Vivendi, Disneyland, Lancôme, L’Oréal, Clarins, Vidal Sassoon, Acura, Kia, VU Games, Square Enix Co, Ltd, Ubisoft Entertainment, Technicolor, Hallmark, and Mattel. Karen has been one of the leading VO talents in Paris for many years and could be heard as the voice for Air France, Euro-star, Disneyland Paris and audio tours of the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. Some of Karen’s favorite projects include: Monsuno, Winx Club, Bleach, Monster, Huntik, Code Geass, IGPX, Rozen Maidens, Lucky Star, Everquest, StarCraft 2, World of WarCraft, Red Faction Armageddon, Persona, Ace Combat, Bioshock 2, Castlevania, Dead or Alive, Resident Evil, Rumble Roses, Final Fantasy, League of Legends, Mortal Kombat, Saboteur, Silent Hill, Star Wars: the Old Republic, Tony Hawk, Valkyria, Van Helsing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Street Fighter X Tekken TGS. On camera, Karen has had the opportunity and delight to work in many locations throughout Europe, from artsy little indie projects to big productions with icons like Gerard Depardieu, Polanski, Merchant and Ivory… And some of her most recent credits in America include Criminal Minds, Private Practice, Desperate Housewives, House, Big Time Rush, The Young and the Restless, Big Love, Monk, Touch, and she is presently recurring on Weeds as the quirky Jolene Waite.

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Website: http://karenstrassmanvoices.com/


Guests Carrie Savage

Voice Actress

Carrie has voiced many characters in anime, both from California and Texas: from California she has voiced such characters as “Fuko” in I, My, Me! Strawberry Eggs, “Rakka” in Haibane Renmei, “Hakufu” in Ikki Tousen, “Nancy Makuhari” in R.O.D. the TV, “Maromi” in Paranoia Agent, “Shima” in Stellvia, “Nina” in Ultra Maniac and others such as Daphne in the Brilliant Blue, Marmalade Boy, Vampire Knight, Gankutsuo, Dear.S, GunXSword, Ergo Proxy, Girl’s Bravo, Texhnolyze, Melody of Oblivion, Tsukihime, Sakura Wars the Movie, Dangaizer 3, Aguarian Age the Movie, Monsters, Ghost Talker’s Day Dream, and Vampire Knight. Her Texas characters include “Mokona” in Tsubasa Chronicles, and XXX Holic, “Miu” in Kenichi, “Rihoko” in Witchblade, “Asta” in Trinity Blood, “Penny” in Shin Chan , “Solty” in Solty Rei, “Angol Mois” in Sargent Frog, as well as roles in other shows such as Bamboo Blade, Romeo and Juliette, School Rumble, Kaze no Stigma, Sasami, Moon Phase, Rumbling Hearts, Shuffle, Ragnarok, Mushishi, Samarai 7, Full Metal Alchemist, Suzuka, Hell Girl, Origin “Spirits of the Past”, One Piece, Ouran Host Club, Black Blood Brothers, Negima, Darker than Black, Tower of Druaga, Aquarion, Shikebane Hime, Baccano, Strain, Dragonaut, Xeno Saga … and the list goes on. She has also had a fun time voicing characters in video games such as Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers (Althea), Final Fantasy 7 “Crisis Core”, Suikoden 5, Tales of Legendia, Romancing Saga, The Dynasty Warriors Series’, Culdcept, Rumble Roses II, and Star Ocean 4 “The Last Hope”, and more that, well.. she either can’t talk about or can’t remember the name of, sorry! Stay tuned for more projects in the future! She even got to be the voice of 2 “My Little Pony” toys; Baby “Skywishes” and a singing T-pot! Carrie has script adapted for such shows as School Rumble, and Shuffle, and was also lucky enough to get to directed episodes 1-4 of Shuffle, as well as just a little occasional directing on various other shows. Carrie has a heavy background in Theater and is a very small time film actress. She also loves traveling around the world helping struggling children and adults in developing countries such as Mexico, the Philippines, Africa and often, some parts of the US. Her latest trip was to Uganda, where she stayed in a tribal village way out in “The African Bush”!

Jerry Jewell

Voice Actor

Jerry Jewell is attending San Japan for the first time ever. Jerry can be heard as; Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket), Jimmy Kudo (Case Closed), Taira (Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad), Barry the Chopper (Full Metal Alchemist, Full Metal Achemist: Brotherhood), Happiness Bunny (Shin-Chan), Russia (Hetalia), Rin Tsuchimi (Shuffle), Lau (Black Butler), Zellman Clock (Black Blood Brothers), Dio (Casshern Sins), Tony Frost (Blue Gender), Suzaku (Yu Yu Hakusho), Jin (Yu Yu Hakusho), and Akito Hayama (Kodocha). His voice can also be heard in Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball GT, Black Cat, Ouran High School Host Club, One Piece, Tsubasa, Trinity Blood, Soul Eater and a lot of other things that he may or may not remember or admit. Jerry is very honored to have had the opportunity to work with a very talented and dedicated group of people at FUNimation, that take the quality of what they do very seriously. Well…seriously enough.

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Guests Johnny Yong Bosh

Voice Actor

Johnny got his start as Adam Park, the Black Ranger in the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers–a role that he played for three-and-a-half seasons on TV, two motion pictures and two special guest appearances in subsequent seasons. Johnny is also well-known for voice acting work in numerous anime titles, including Vash the Stampede in Trigun, Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Claus in Last Exile, Sakaki in Witch Hunter Robin, Kiba in Wolf’s Rain, Itsuki in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Ichigo Kurosaki in Bleach, Lelouch Lamperouge in Code Geass, Izaya in Durarara, and Yukio in Blue Exorcist. Johnny’s voice can also be heard in numerous video games, including Nero in Devil May Cry 4 and voiceover work in titles like .hack//G.U., Persona 4, Disgaea 3, Tales of Symphonia, Eternal Sonata, Transformers: War for Cybertron, and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Richie Branson

Music

Sometimes the best way to get the job done is to do it yourself. Those words inspired music producer Richie Branson (born Marcus Brown) to come into his own as one of the hottest up and coming artists out of the Lone Star State. Richie is an extremely versatile artist/producer who has already made some noise in the music industry. In 2009 he formed a music production company with his cousin, music producer Jeremy “J.Forbes” Brown. Within months, Red Prodigy’s signature sound was already being co-signed by top executives in the music industry. Def Jam’s President, L.A. Reid, personally offered a record deal to one of Red Prodigy’s artists, Demarcus “Bone” Hamilton, after hearing two of Bone’s songs, both of which were produced by Richie and J. Forbes. Red Prodigy produced Bone’s smash debut single “Homegurl” which stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 Hip-Hop/R&B charts for 19 weeks and reached a radio audience of over 9 million people. Eventually, Red Prodigy would go on to do production work with industry artists from around the nation including Chalie Boy, Slim Thug, The Dream, Bun B, and Rick Ross. In Richie’s hometown, he would become well known as one of the best producers in town. The San Antonio Express-News did a feature article about his endeavors as a producer and he was nominated for the “best producer” award in the 2010 San Antonio Music Awards. Despite living in Texas, where the local music is known for its heavy bass and slow tempo influenced by the late DJ Screw, Richie has always had a passion for making fast upbeat crossover music that appeals to a global audience. He had a large catalog fast up-tempo beats, but could not find many artists who wanted to do those types of records. Richie would eventually take matters into his own hands and himself become the crossover hip-hop artist he was looking for. Artists around Texas began to take notice of Richie’s skill as an artist and began requesting feature appearances from him on their projects. By going against the grain, Richie Branson marches to the beat of a different drum than most artists. Because of his ability to produce, mix, write, and perform his own music, he is completely self sufficient as an artist. He is able to adapt and create in any type of style, whether it appeals to the signature hip hop sound of his fellow Texas natives or whether it carries a more worldwide appeal. The highly animated swagger and catchy word play he delivers on every song put him at the forefront of a movement that will have people around the world moving to the beat. Website: http://richiebranson.com/

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Guests Eyeshine

Music

Formed in 2004 by front man Johnny Yong Bosch and Maurice Salmin, Eyeshine first found success in 2006 with a unique blend of pop punk and post grunge called Edge Rock. The band gained a modest audience with its debut EP, “How About That” and their first full length album, “Red Stripes White Lights” but it was their sophomore effort, “My Paper Kingdom” that officially opened the flood gates in 2009. MPK featured their award winning song, “ALONE,” whose honest and simple lyrics made a connection to a steadily growing fan base. The band has continued to self produced 6 more albums: “Tone Of Echoes” (features the Elfenworks Foundation sponsored song “Hope Is So Far Away”), “Afterglow” (acoustic album), “Sonosis” (instrumental album), “Sansvox” (karaoke album), “XMAS” (Christmas album), and their latest album “Revolution Airwaves.” Eyeshine won the worldwide Ford sponsored competition “Gimme The Gig II” in May 2012. They recorded a single and filmed a music video with the Legendary Don Was (President of Blue Note Records and 7 time Grammy Award winning Producer – Rolling Stones, Elton John, John Mayer, etc) and Krish Sharma (Producer/Engineer – The Rolling Stones, Counting Crows, Hilary Duff, Jesse McCartney, etc) out of the “Ford Focus Studio.” Which is a Mobile Studio that was built into a Ford Focus by “Mad” Mike Martin (Pimp My Ride). KTLA (West Coast News Stations affiliated with The CW TV Network), filmed and aired the one-hour special on west coast television (KTLA, KTVU, and KICU). Band members include: Johnny Yong Bosch (guitar and lead vocals), Maurice Salmin (drums, piano, vocals), and Polo Yazaki (lead guitar), Ginny Eck (bass guitar, violin, vocals) Check out our YouTube series to see what it’s like being in an unsigned band at http://www.youtube. com/theeyeshineband or visit us at www.eyeshine.net or www.facebook.com/eyeshinemusic

Kieran Strange

Music

Kieran Strange is a dynamic young artist blending pop sensibilities, edgy guitars and synthesized electronic sounds into her own personal brand of British nerd-rock. She left her small fishing village in southern England alone at the tender age of seventeen to chase her dreams of making music, singing about girl crushes, zombies and video games. As she stands firmly as a voice for the different and discarded, Kieran’s die-hard fans (coined the Strangers) have already made their mark by voting Miss Strange a final ballot nominee in the Twitter Shorty Awards three years running. Nerds, geeks, gamers, costuming addicts, fantasy fans and many more have counted themselves a member of the Strangers’ ranks, and their numbers span right across the globe. Hot on the heels of her debut EP Adamantine Heart, Kieran is working on a brand new album set to be released in Fall 2013. A lover of art in a variety of media, Kieran has announced that her new EP will be accompanied with a retro-style online game telling the story and emotion of each of the songs through corresponding superhero characters, and is “the most ME thing I have done with my music to date”.

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Guests Martin “LittleKuriboh” Billany

Special Guest

Martin Billany, better known by his screen name LittleKuriboh (or CardGamesFTW), is the creator of Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series, a parody of the Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, and was the first to make an abridged series. Martin is considered the godfather of the abridged age. He has thus far produced no less than 52 episodes, a spinoff, a prequel, a christmas special and two movies, creating a cultural phenomenon in the anime world. In addition to playing nearly every character in his own series, he has made cameos in the Death Note, Naruto, Sonic X, Trinity Blood, Pokemon, Fullmetal Alchemist and Sailor Moon abridged series. Website: www.yugiohabridged.com

Katie Tiedrich (Awkard Zombie)

Artist

Katharine Chandler Tiedrich XIV was born to wealthy Russian aristocrats in 1823, where she was trained in swordsmanship, honor, and how to play the accordion. Not long after, however, her family’s prized diamond mine collapsed and plunged into bankruptcy. Stricken by poverty and in fear of being sold to the circus, Katie ran away from home at age nine and joined a ragtag crew of bloodthirsty pirates.During the next twenty years, Katie circumnavigated the Earth and discovered Atlantis, which she sunk out of contempt. She also discovered Australia, but left almost immediately because the whole continent sucked and boomerangs are no good for plunder. While on her travels, she founded the city of Rome and carved Switzerland out of a meteorite, depositing it between Italy and France, just to keep an eye on them. Reunited with her crew, Katie continued her original quest of piracy. After stealing everything of worth in Europe and western Africa, she hung up her silly pirate hat for a brief hiatus and trained under a waterfall or in a Denny’s parking lot (this part is kind of fuzzy), then joined a clan of Arabian stragglers in the harsh deserts of Scotland. Here she slayed countless dragons who happened to be terrorizing the land. Satisfied with her work, Katie returned to her home in the center of the Earth, where she has lived to this day. She now draws crappy comics by day and fights the Justice League by night. Website: http://www.awkwardzombie.com

Amelie Belcher

Artist

Amelie “Ami-Chan” Belcher was born in Baton-Bloody-Boring-Rouge Louisiana where the combination of chemical plant fumes and river water did major damage to her fragile little mind at an early age. By all accounts, she started drawing at the age of five (when she figured out that the pencil goes on the paper and not up your nose) and didn’t stop drawing until she ran out of paper…twenty years later. She is the artist behind the manga “Loud Snow” and the web comics “the real life adventures of Ami-chan” and more recently ”Bounty Haunters”. She now travels the country selling her award winning art, doing one of a kind commissions for con goers, giving the best panels on earth, and being paid tribute to by her army of fans known as the “Ami Army”. Website: http://www.amiarmy.com

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Guests Max “Hotdiggedydemon” Gilardi

Special Guest

Max Gilardi is a cartoonist/writer/comedian/filmmaker who has the world’s most important job: Making cartoons for the internet. His credits include Jerry, Wacky Game Jokez 4 Kidz and the PONY.MOV series, all of which have accumulated massive followings and have amassed over 35 million views. Website: www.hotdiggedydemon.com

Sifu Kisu

Special Guest

Sifu Kisu is the fighting instructor and consultant for the Avatar franchise. He is known for his extensive knowledge and abilities with various styles of martial arts. Sifu Kisu related the four bending arts to actual styles of fighting in real life, as to give bending in the series authenticity. His extensive work with the series is highlighted in the behind-the-scenes featurettes Creating the Legend and The Essence of Bending. Bio Info: http://avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Sifu_Kisu

Greg “Greggo” Wicker

Featured

Greggo’s coming back for his third San Japan! Greg Wicker (or “Greggo” as he’s fondly known) has been producing and hosting game shows at anime conventions since 1999, when he premiered Anime Match Game at Project A-Kon in Dallas. Since then, Greggo has done anime-themed versions of several classic game shows, created a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on perfecting his craft and making game shows available for conventions everywhere, bringing his rapier wit and friendly personality with him wherever he goes. You can see some of Greggo’s past game show efforts on his YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/ gregdasgo or visit his website at http://www.facebook.com/greggosgameshows.

Sleeping Samurai

Featured

Sleeping Samurai was established in 2007 and since then we have brought our expertise in the field of Interactive Entertainment to dozens of shows across the U.S. No distance is too far to travel in order to bring you our unique style of foam fighting. Not only do we offer you the chance to participate in the foam battles themselves but we also hold instructional panels, historical panels, choreographed fight routine panels, training sessions and much more. Foam weapon tournaments, exhibition matches and LARPing games are just a few types of battles that we organize and supervise at conventions. Tournament winners receive their pick of one free item from our inventory. Website: www.sleepingsamurai.com

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Guests SuperPsyguy

Featured

SuperPsyguy is known for a wide variety of reasons. Or maybe you don’t know him. So, this guy, SuperPsyguy used to make Sonic sprite comics back in the day under the name “That’s My Sonic!” hosted on fireball20xl.com. Since then he has tried to recapture his glory days in a multitude of online antics. Here are some, but not all, of said online endeavors: Whachow, the super rad podcast where everybody tries to talk over one another and then explodes into fits of laughter. A delight for the whole family. DoesAThing, it’s 3 minutes of animated nostalgia, cooked to a golden brown, cut and severed just for you. Delicious. He’s also been noted for Sonic B******dized. Or, if they end up censoring that last word, Sonic OVA Abridged. And TMNT B******dized. And Transformers B******dized. Simply wonderful. Served with a side of Video Game Remixes and MLP Songs. YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/user/superpsyguy

David “Docjazz4” Ramos

Featured

David was introduced to the Ocarina through the 1998 N64 classic, “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time”. Since getting his first Ocarina back in 1999, he’s continued to improve his skills and shares his songs through his youtube channel and public performances. With a collection of over 90 ocarinas from the last 150 years, David enjoys educating the public on the history and development of the ocarina, as well as teaching his ocarina students how to make the most of their flutes and music education. In 2009, David initiated the first major US Ocarina Gathering, held in Seattle, WA. It was hosted by Sandi and Richard Schmidt of Clayzeness Whistleworks and sponsored by Songbird Ocarinas and SMule Inc. He also attended the 2011 Ocarina Festival in Budrio, Italy and is currently making plans to hold a similar event in the United States sometime in mid-2012. David is also completing his BA in Music at the University of Texas, San Antonio. As a composer, he is a recent recipient of the Rudy Perez Songwriting Scholarship, presented by the ASCAP Foundation. His first ocarina album is currently underway, featuring his own compositions, several of which can be seen on YouTube. Website: http://www.docjazz4.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/docjazz4 YouTube Page: http://www.youtube.com/docjazz4

Lanie Libens

Featured

Lanie Labens, or Doll Girl Extraordinaire as she’s usually referred to, has been involved with BJDs for over a decade. For years she worked at Kerbey Lane Doll Shoppe and wrote for Haute Doll Magazine. She’s taken her love of dolls all over the country speaking at various conventions, and through her YouTube channel she’s spread doll love all over the world. She’s a veteran of San Japan, having done panels every year since it started, and is very excited to be back! She is fluent in nerd and has a love of the things conventions have to offer. You can often spot her traipsing around the convention in a party dress, holding one of her beloved Super Dollfies! Lanie resides in Austin, Texas.

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Meet the DJs The ArcAngel, Jesus & +10hp The ArcAngel aka Random Nerd has been DJing in the Texas underground scene since the early 2000’s. His ability to transition through multiple genres with his story like mixes have taken him to bookings all over Texas and Missouri, with listeners enjoying his mixes all over the world. You can catch The ArcAngel performing on dance floors all over the lone star state with his own style of mixing. Jesus started DJing in high school and can be seen at various rave parties across the state. Though he tends to play only hardcore, he can still be seen playing all forms of EDM from time to time. It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen... Mark Maloney, VJ+10hp is a multimedia artist. He’s kind of a big deal. When these three forces combine, prepare for an audio and visual assault. +10hp will send you through a visual undertaking, capturing your attention and urging your body to move. Jesus and The ArcAngel command you to dance through strong beats, creating musical bliss. This interactive trio does more then just provide you with a show, they provide you with an one of a kind experience. Grab your friends, tighten the laces on your dancing shoes and prepare for a musical encounter of the unforgettable kind.

Elevon After several years of preparation in the Texas hill country, a humble music lover emerged. Climbing into the electronic music scene, he took upon the name of Elevon. Through his hardcore vibes, Elevon has set out to unite the planet. Elevon gathers inspiration from major hard dance artists all over the world. This has led to the given honors of performances in events in the central Texas area.

jNewell jNewell is a House DJ from San Antonio, Texas. After getting into electronic music in 2006 he decided that he wanted to be involved as much as he could with the music. He had his first show in the begining of 2012 at Amnesia night club in San Antonio and was enjoyed by everyone. He decided that he was going to get a Midi mixer so he can take his mixing to the next level. With this addition he was asked to do a weekly radio show on DTFMradio.com which he had a weekly show going for 5 months. Unfortunatly all things must end and the show’s time had come. He still is playing events ranging from clubs to special events.

DJ Chaotix DJ Chaotix, aka Scribbles is a 21 year old Happy Hard Dance Producer and DJ hailing from Austin Texas. Chaotix spins a ferocious mix of Happy Hard Dance, generously slathered in anime vocal samples, and breaks. Recently becoming the newest member of Texas Hardcore, Chaotix has been working tirelessly to produce some of the most heart-pounding Hard Dance in the Texas EDM Scene. Chaotix’s production genres range from Kawaiicore to Happy Speedcore.

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Cosplay Judges Hanyaan Hanyaan is a cosplayer from the San Francisco Bay Area in California. She’s been cosplaying for 12 years with over 60 costumes, has won major awards in craftsmanship, performance, and presentation, performs with the California-based cosplay dance troupe Angel Hearts, and has been judging cosplay contests on and off for six years. With specialties in the realms of sewing, makeup, wigs, small props, and stage performance, and a real fondness for traveling the conventions of the country and the world, her goal is to share cosplay knowledge and to judge with a well-rounded and objective eye, as well as to be FABULOUS MAX.

Meru Meru has been part of the cosplay community since 2003. Originally hailing from the Southeast, she now resides in Texas. Over the past decade, she has created over 50 costumes and attended cosplay events across the USA and Japan. A maid café enthusiast, Meru has hosted and helped run several maid café events at other Southeast conventions. Meru is also proud to be an Ambassador for Crunchyroll. With her costume creations, she has won several individual and group awards for craftsmanship, including Best in Show with her cosplay trio Kamikaze Kiss at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2010. Having experience on both sides of the judging table, Meru is excited and thrilled to be a cosplay judge and panelist for San Japan!

Whitney Whitney or ‘Monkey Heartless’ has been involved in the world of Cosplay since 2004, starting off as a wee-lad. Through the years, she has traveled to numerous conventions, competed in competitions, hosted panels and etc. She is mostly known for her video game, steampunk, mascot like costumes. She is currently a student at the University of Houston studying Digital Media and Business Administration while serving as Project Director for Evil Pastry Studios. She is always excited to see all the wonderful costumes and meeting new people!

The Gear Project The Gear Project is a cosplay duo based out of Austin, TX. They have been part of the Texas cosplay community since 2005, attending conventions all around the state, winning various awards, and hosting panels and cosplay contests. San Japan is happy to have this team return to the judge’s panel.

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Cosplay Cosplay is the art of re-creating a character from a work of fiction. Fandom conventions of all kinds have a long tradition of cosplaying attendees. Some people cosplay because they love the character, some people cosplay because they enjoy representing a series with a group of friends, and some people cosplay for the challenge and the joy of the creative process. No matter what form your love of cosplay takes, there’s something for you at San Japan.

Cosplay Schedule

Main Stage Cosplay Contest

Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm Sign-up Tables Repair Station [Bonham E, 3F] 4:00pm - 6:00pm Pre-Judging [Crockett A, 4F]

Detailed rules can be found at the Cosplay Signup Table in Bonham E, hours to the left. All participants in the mainstage contest MUST construct their own costume. No storebought costumes are allowed in the mainstage show. Commissioned costumes are only allowed if the seamstress/tailor is present.

Saturday 9:00am - 2:00pm Sign-up Tables Repair Station [Bonham E, 3F] 10:00am - 12:00pm Pre-Judging [Crockett A, 4F] 2:00pm - 3:00pm Pre-Judging Final Call [Crockett A, 4F] 6:00pm Participant/Press Entry [Main Events] 6:30pm Participant Entry Final Call [Main Events] 7:00pm - 9:30pm Cosplay Contest [Main Events]

Participants can enter in one of two divisions. 1. Walk-On: Participants have 30 seconds to model their costume on the main stage. Participants will not have microphones available. Partici pants will be able to select custom music, which can be provided by par ticipants or cosplay staff. 2. Skit: Participants have 3:30 to perform a skit. All skits must have a script and must be approved by staff prior to the end of cosplay sign-up. All skits must contain some form of original content, dialog or choreogra phy. Participants will be sorted into a class based on their competitive history and costuming skill. Classes are explained in detail in the rules and staff will be more than happy to assist participants with class placement. All entrants must be pre-judged during one of three pre-judging panels located in Crockett A, hours to the left. Any entrant who has not been pre-judged by 3:00PM on Saturday will be disqualified from the cosplay show. In the interest of fairness, any costume that has won a major award such as Best Craftsmanship or Best In Show at a convention of larger attendance size than San Japan is disqualified from entry. No staff member or volunteer may enter. THIS IS A RULE SUMMARY. All participants must read the full rules before entry into the cosplay contest is permitted.

Repair Station

Live-Action Hall Cosplay

As a complimentary service to our attendees, the cosplay staff will have a repair station available with supplies necessary for repairing costumes and some props. In addition, all attendees are welcome to bring their own repair supplies and use the Cosplay Signup Room to repair or modify their own costumes.

Detailed rules can be found at the Cosplay Signup Table in Bonham E, hours to the left. Costumes must be from a live action movie, show, mini-series or web-series.

A sewing machine will be available at the cosplay table, manned by a skilled seamstress at all times. Repairs can be conducted by staff or by attendees. Tips are appreciated for staff repairs. The following materials are prohibited in the signup room: Spraypaint, hair spray, spray adhesive, or other materials with hazardous fumes.

Participants will be judged in two categories. 1. Character Representation: Participants will be judged on their ability to source items to create a screen accurate cos tume. There is no construction requirement for this category. 2. Costume Replication: Participants will be judged on their ability to construct a screen accurate costume. At least 70% of the costume must be constructed to enter in this category. Shoes and wigs do not count against percentage.

Judging will take place on-site at the signup table. There is no stage component. Awards will be presented during the Mainstage Cosplay Contest located in Main Events, hours to the left.

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WCS Gulf Regional Qualifier Judges Melfina Melfina has been cosplaying since 2004, and has made over 60 costumes. During that time, she has attended many conventions across North America, as an artist in Artist’s Alley, panelist and cosplay judge. After living in Florida for many years, she relocated to Texas in 2012, and has been enjoying her first year of Texas conventions. She has won awards for craftsmanship and performance, including Best Musical Performance at Anime North 2009. More recently, she has become an Ambassador for Crunchyroll, and a Cosplay Representative and Designer for Geeklurv.com. Melfina is beyond honored to be a judge for the WCS Qualifier Round at San Japan!

Al Squall Coming from Mexico; Alfredo Medina, better known in the cosplay scene as Al Squall, has been a cosplayer for 11 years and has won numerous awards for his work as at both national and international level. Throughout this time he has dedicated himself to perfecting wood-carving techniques to create outstanding weapons, props and accessories. Along with his teammate Valentina Hernandez, Al Squall was a proud representative of Mexico’s team for the WCS 2010 in Nagoya, Japan. He has also had the great honor of being part of the judge panel to select Germany’s WCS team at Connichi; and has been part of many other judge panels in his country. Alfredo Medina is a great believer that with the right amount of passion and effort one can achieve their dreams.

Sumikins Based out of the good old Pacific Northwest, Krystal (Better known in the cosplay world as Sumikins) has been cosplaying since 2002, and defines cosplay as The Monster That Consumed Her Life and Money. Since 2007 she’s been an active member of the cosplay group “Ninja of the Night” and along with her team-mates has performed in upwards of 15 skits at conventions and events across the country, taking home multiple performance awards as well as features on sites such as Kotaku and G4’s “Attack of the Show”. One half of World Cosplay Summit Team USA 2010, and a member of the WCS USA National staff, Krystal has judged multiple cosplay events within the United States and abroad, and is absolutely thrilled to be back behind the judges table for an event that is so near and dear to her heart.

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World Cosplay Summit Gulf Regional Qualifier What is the World Cosplay Summit?

How is SJ Involved?

The “World Cosplay Summit� [WCS] was created to promote international exchange through the Japanese youth culture of manga and anime. The free and dynamic nature of manga was instrumental in the birth of cosplay. Nowadays youth from around the world find this as a common language and a dynamic new form of global interaction. The World Cosplay Summit began in Osu, Nagoya and has grown to include 17 countries from around the world. If you count audience and participants at each preliminary event, the number of people involved is now in the 100s of thousands.

San Japan is the 2013 Gulf Regional Qualifier for the 2014 WCS USA Competition. The winning team at San Japan gets a free trip to the WCS Finals (TBA) with airfare and hotel accommodations covered to compete in the WCS USA Finals happening in Spring 2014. The winning team of the USA Finals gets a free trip to Japan to compete in the 2014 WCS world championships.

For youth who have discovered Japan through manga and experienced Japanese culture through the medium of the World Cosplay Summit, we endeavor to continue the development of this new form of international exchange.

WCS Gulf Regional Qualifier Participants

C4 Cosplay Cat-Chan and CC

Destine Magique Cosplay Alaska and Kitty

Shoepuff Cosplay Show and Puffness

Tales of Cake Nana and Sunny

Team Hadou Chiaroscuro and Mikey

Wild Elements Cosplay Hikariki and Ryuuchan

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Panels & Programming .hack - Gathering of the World

Please join us for an exciting panel dedicated to .hack// games, anime, manga and more! Our panelists will play live music from the game, give cosplay and props tips, and introduce “The World” to you!

15 Anime Series to See Before You Die

Some amazing anime dwell buried beneath popular mainstream titles. This panel will highlight some series, both obscure and genre-defying, that push the envelop in story, animation, and creativity.

A Very Supernatural Game of Mafia

Dean and Sam try to talk about hunting, but there’s a catch, there are demons within the crowd and you have to figure out who they are before they kill someone. Luckily, Dean and Sam are professionals; they will not let innocent people die. Can you figure out who they are before time runs out?

Abridged Series with BloodYokaiStudios

Come to our panel to learn how to start your own abridged series! Watch the premiere of material from BloodYokaiStudios, the creators of Rosario Vampire Abridged!

Academics and Anime

Does anime have a place in schools? Yes! Come hear about the interesting new way that anime is being analyzed and learn how to use anime in your schoolwork.

After Midnight Production: Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog, performed by After Midnight. Dr. Horrible is an up and coming super villain, trying to make a name for himself in the crime game, while his nemesis, Captain Hammer, is a pompous jerk of a superhero. Due to an odd twist of fate, they both end up competing for the love of the pure-hearted Penny and hilarity ensues. It’s an immersive film experience in which everyone participates by singing along and delivering call lines to have fun with the film. Audience members will also have a chance to be part of the show and perform as the day’s honorary Evil League of Evil. A fun show the whole family can enjoy.

After Midnight Production: Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show, performed by After Midnight. Brad and Janet travel to Transylvania and find a different kind of “Frankenstein”. A cult classic film presentation featuring a live cast performing. This interactive experience encourages the audience to participate by singing and dancing along with the musical numbers, throwing things, and shouting call lines to have fun with the film. A freaky, funny horror and sci-fi flavored event for our unconventional conventioneers.

Ami: Digital Painting 101

A step by step of the basics of creating a digital masterpiece sans paper and pen. Come and learn how to save a tree and paint with your computer!

AMV Contest

Come watch as we show you the best of the best AMVs submitted to us from around the world and right here in Texas. Winners will be revealed from each category as well as Best in Show.

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Anime and Feminism

This panel is aimed at discussing the basics of feminism in the context of anime. What makes an anime “feminist friendly”, what are some good examples of feminist friendly anime, etc?

Anime Family Feud

It’s Family Feud with an animé twist! Come test your knowledge for prizes and fun!

Anime Giving Back to the Troops

Do you serve or have you ever served in the Military? Do you want to show your support for these Heroes? Then come check out the Anime Military Association and see what we’re all about.

Anime Jeopardy

Come test your knowledge of anime and related topics in our Animé trivia form of the well-known game, Jeopardy!

Anime Music Videos

Come watch some of the most epic AMVs out this past year from AMV. org Viewers Choice Award winners to the runners up. Just sit and enjoy as we laugh, cry, and look on in amazement at the talent of the best editors out there !!! Also join us in some great raffles.

Anime Outcast Live Podcast

Anime Outcast Live Show! Your source for news, reviews, and cons across the world of anime. This episode is going to have a live audience twist with prizes for participation! Think you can keep up?

Anime Price is Right: Contestant Cattle Call

If you’d like to be a contestant on Anime Price is Right, you must be present at this cattle call to speak to our producers!


Panels & Programming Are You Smarter than Sheldon Cooper? (17+)

A spin-off from Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, teams are chosen from the audience & the help for the 5 categories will be from The Big Bang Theory characters. Come find out the ultimate question… [ID Required]

Are You Trying to Deduce Me?

Audience members will get the chance to sit down with the characters of the popular BBC series SHERLOCK. This is an interactive panel that is split into two parts: A game of truth or dare and then a Q&A.

Asian Horror Panel

Do you love Asian horror? Or perhaps you’ve heard about it and want to learn more? Come to the Asian Horror panel for a group discussion on the genre and then sit back and enjoy a full length movie.

Asian Pop Society

Newly founded at San Antonio College, we bring happiness and fun in the form of dance. Come and enjoy the show and dance along with us!

Ask the Ancestors Homestuck

Come ask the trolls of Homestuck, who don’t get as much spotlight as the others, questions.

Ask the Homestucks

Last year was such a hit so we’re back again! We all know the kids and trolls have been stuck in an intense game of SBURB, but they were nice enough take a couple of hours out of their busy schedule to come and chat with all you guys! Ask The Homestucks is a panel where you can ask questions or make requests for any of the kids or trolls, and maybe some truth or dare too? Come and check it out and see for yourself! PS - Games and prizes!

Ask the Yu-Gi-Oh! Protags

Charity Auction

In this panel, Yu-Gi-Oh! fans come to ask the Yu-Gi-Oh! protagonist questions! Ask Yugi Mutou, Judai Yuki, Yusei Fudo, and Yuma Tsukumo anything you like! A 13+ panel, due to any cursing slip ups.

This is our annual charity auction with items that you can not buy anywhere else will go up for bid. Bid on one-ofa-kind autographs, anime memorabilia & collectables.

Awkward Zombie Q&A

San Japan Sinister 6 has concluded and now the staff and guests want to thank everyone who has attended. Every year something crazy always happens so you should see what goes down this time.

Come ask the creator of Awkward Zombie, Katie Tiedrich, the questions that you have been dying to know.

Batsu: Japan’s Comedy Punishment Games

Whipped for laughing, forced to cosplay in drag in the middle of Tokyo--punishment “batsu” games are some of the best of Japan’s tv programming. Come watch and be prepared to laugh uncontrollably!

Beyond Morphing Time: Johnny Yong Bosch Q&A

Come talk to Johnny Yong Bosch in person where he’ll talk about his time with Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, his band Eyeshine and years of being a voice actor.

BJDs 101

This is a crash course in BJD-ology. Not sure where to start? Not sure what doll is right for you? Not sure what a BJD is? Then come to this panel! Ball Jointed Dolls 101 is a great crash course in what you need to know to start collecting, make your collection even better and get more out of this hobby! There will be in depth demos. No question is too ridiculous and no doll is turned away! Come play!

Closing Ceremonies

Confessions of a Doll Collector with Doll Meetup

This is a Super Dollfie {Ball Jointed Doll} support group! We discuss and go over topics quite a bit more in depth than the basics panel. This is a safe environment where you can share stories and ideas without judgment. Sometimes it can be difficult to be the fringe of the fringe of hobbyists and this panel is a place to express yourself with like-minded people!

Convention Basics

New to the con scene or just need a refresher? Con Basics will teach you the dos and don’ts of surviving and making the most of your convention weekend.

Cosplay 101

Learn to draw My Little Pony with the biggest pony fan in the world, Amelie.

New to cosplay or just looking for a refresher on cosplay basics? Look no further. Learn a little about everything from where to get supplies, how to pick a cosplay idea, what materials you’ll need, and all that other stuff to get you started and on the road to becoming a great cosplayer. This is a great panel to ask for advice so don’t miss out! Hosted by DugFinn.

Canon or Fandom?

Cosplay Chess

Bronies UNITE!

Test your skills in recognizing canon and fandom aspects in anime through various characters, pairings, and story summaries.

War rages over a 64 square board as two sides battle it out with only one victor remaining! Cosplayers of all kinds welcome, piece signups will be on location half an hour prior.

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Panels & Programming Cosplay Dating Game (17+)

Creepy Pasta Story Time

Cosplay Dating Game 17+ (Friday Edition)

Cult Movies with Unnessesary Commentary (17+)

Come and see your favorite characters compete in a cheesy dating show for the love and affection of one lucky bachelor or bachelorette! The questions are outrageous and laughter is guaranteed! [ID Required]

Cosplay version of the popular ‘70s show “The Dating Game”. Just as campy and fun. Watch as characters from your favorite characters try to find Mr. or Miss right, but this version has more adult themes. [ID Required]

Join us as we take a look into some of the most famous cult movies of all time. The panelists will be there to provide everyone with hilarious live action commentary on fan favorite cult classics. [ID Required]

Dogs Cosplay 101

Dogs not as an accessory, but as your cosplay partner. The basic first steps to bringing your furry friend into the world of cosplay. This is a cosplay panel that focuses on cosplaying for dogs. Either they are cosplaying a dog character from a fandom or you make a cosplay based off of something other than a dog for them to wear.

Electronic Dance

Arc Angel & Friends will be mixing it up with electronic music and hardcore style for hours of intense music.

Cosplay Feedback

Dance Lessons

Eyeshine Concert

Johnny Yong Bosch and his band Eyeshine rocks the stage at San Japan playing an hour set of songs from their multitude of albums that they’ve released. Don’t miss it!

Cosplay on a Budget (Or 50$ Cosplay)

Get prepared for any EDM (electronic dance music) event by learning the dance! Whether is it your first time dancing or years of experience, we welcome everyone of all ages!

Death Note Mafia (Game)

Fanfiction Workshop

Disney’s Recess

Feather Fan Fiction/ Burlesque (18+)

This is your chance to give your comments & feedback with the San Japan cosplay staff about Saturday night’s Cosplay Show.

Lady Terra, a poor, college-aged seamstress, shares her tricks of the Cosplay world in how you can make your Cosplay dreams a reality - without breaking the bank. I have been to many Cosplay on a Budget panels in my time as a convention-goer and with out fail, at every single one of those panels they mention ways to craft that are not only expensive, but were -at the time- above my skill set. In my panel I plan to express simple ways to make complex costumes in a timely manner where it won’t bankrupt you in the process.

Cosplay Story Time

Last minute all-nighters. Wardrobe malfunctions. “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” If you’re a cosplayer, you’ve got a story - or five. Join your fellow veterans for this late-night panel to reminisce on cosplay disasters and triumphs alike. Even if you aren’t a cosplayer, it promises to be an entertaining time.

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Addicted to chilling stories such as “Jeff the Killer” “The Russian Sleep Experiment”, and “Squidwards Suicide?” Join MrCreepyPasta and other Youtube Narrators for campfire style Creepy Pasta Readings.

Death Note characters take the roles of the game where you must work with a team who could betray you at any time. Can the investigators defeat Kira without falling prey to the Death Note? Wait, what? Yes Disney’s Recess, T.J. and the gang, will be running this panel to bring you back to your childhood by playing recess games, some with prizes, as well as having candy from Ms. Finster.

Doc Jazz Concert

Inspired by Legend of Zelda, since receiving his first Ocarina back in 2000, David has gained a large online following with over 36,000,000 video views on Youtube. Come see him perform live.

This writer’s workshop is aimed at refining and improving fanfiction skills. It is very interactive and appropriate for writer’s of all experience and skill levels.

Come join the beautiful, talented performers of Vaude-Thrills Burlesque as they present a night of deliciously devious cosplay. Hosted by Roxie the Steam Gypsy. [ID Required]

Feedback: Tell Us How We Did

Come by to let us know how we did for San Japan Sinister 6! What did you enjoy? What can we improve on? What did you just not like? The more feedback we get, the more we can do so you’ll have an even better SJ experience next year!

Films For Otakus, Misfits, and Creatures

A panel showcasing old favorites and hidden gems in Japanese films from otaku love stories to horror to over the top action from Japan’s classic and contemporary directors.


Panels & Programming Formal Masquerade Dance

Get dressed up and come to our fun formal dance, which will have music supplied by RandomNerd, San Japan’s DJ Coordinator.

FtM Crossplay: Advanced and In-Depth

Want to know more that just the very basics of FtM crossplay? Learn in depth about different binding methods, makeup application (done in person), packing, carriage, stance and body language.

FUNimation Industry Insider

FUNimation reps will be on-hand so hear all about the latest and greatest products and news straight from the source!

FUNimation Sneak Peek

FUNimation reps will be on-hand to give extended looks and exclusive clips of the latest and greatest from FUNimation!

Game Development

Interested in game design, programming, or art?! Come join us as we go through the basics of game development and build a game together.

Geek Giron Live Podcast and Q&A

Geek Giron brings a live podcast version of their weekly podcasts to San Japan including a Q&A, fun activities, throwback games, and fun door prizes.

Get in a Swordfight! Game of Thrones Edition

Learn swordsmanship as Arya Stark did, under the tutelage of a veteran fencing instructor! With 13 years of experience, Dakao Do covers the fundamentals of 15th-17th century swordsmanship used by George RR Martin as inspiration for his series. Also covered are grappling, history, and historical/MMA-style drills.

Getting Into Character/ Improv in Cosplay

Start out learning the best methods of becoming the character you’re cosplaying, and finish up by learning to think quickly and react in any situation, from the con floor to entertainment panels.

Greggo’s Game Show: Anime Price is Right

Here it comes! From San Japan, it’s anime conventions’ most exciting hour of fantastic prizes! It’s the fabulous Anime Price is Right! Join our studio audience for a shot at big prizes!

Greggo’s Game Show: Chain Reaction

Get ready to complete word chain puzzles! Join two of San Japan’s guests in this hilarious anime-themed version of one the most iconic game shows of all time, Chain Reaction!

Greggo’s Game Show: Match Game

Get ready to match the stars! Join six of San Japan’s guests in this hilarious romp through the anime-themed version of one the most hilarious game shows of all time!

Greggos Game Shows: Pokemon Game Show!

Four Pokemon fans do battle in this game that will test their Pokemon trivia knowledge and memory skills as they compete the River Badge! You MUST be cosplaying a human in the Pokemon world to play!

Greggo’s Game Shows: Three on a Match

This fun trivia game from Greggo features three players battling it out against each other for a shot at our matching board! Players earn money by answering true/false questions, and if they earn enough money they can choose to spend it on our board, where finding three matching symbols wins them a nice prize! Contestants are chosen at the start of each round and each round is played for a different prize!

Group Cosplay 101

Thinking of starting up your own cosplay group, but don’t have any clue as to how to go about it? Well you’ve come to the right place! We’ll give tips on how to pick what kind of group you want to start, how to gather members, and how to keep your group structured and strong. This panel will also allow those who already are part of a cosplay groups to share ideas and opinions and there will also be a Q&A at the end. Ask us anything!

Guest Improv (17+)

Chris Ayres will be leading a group of voice actors who will be doing improv without any restrictions. A fan favorite as hilarity always ensues. [ID Required]

Hetalia Quiz Show

Think you know everything about Hetalia and history? Why not test your knowledge at the Hetalia Quiz Show! Win prizes and a chance to prove you’re the number one Hetalia fan at San Japan!

H-Fest (18+)

If you understand what the term “Hentai” means, this is when you’re suppose to show up. Also live commentary as we all know this isn’t suppose to be taken seriously. [ID Required]

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Panels & Programming Historical vs Fantasical Costume

How To Rule As A Dungeon Master

History of Survival Horror Games

How to Run a Panel

A open discussion/debate surrounding the historically accurate versus the more fantastical types of costuming/ cosplay. Which is better? Which is more popularized in the world? It’s open for debate!

From the games today (Amnesia, Dead Space, etc.) to the decades earlier (Alone in the Dark, Resident Evil, Silent Hill, etc.), and to the origins. Join us as we discuss these games and how they shaped the genre!

Hotdiggedydemon Q&A (18+)

Max “Hotdiggedydemon” Gilradi arrived doing animation but got his fame drawing some ponies in a demented way with the PONY.MOV series. Talk to this twisted mind which may lead to the unexpected. [ID Required]

How NOT to Draw

Come on down and see the most common mistakes budding artist make over and over again. Let’s point and laugh together. THEN, we’ll find out what a budding artist SHOULD do to improve their work.

How to Make an Amazing RPG Campaign!

Want to make an amazing campaign, but don’t know where to start? How can you keep the campaign moving at a decent pace? Join Kubu-kun and Tsuba-kun (of ninjaHELL!) as they give you the tools you need.

How to Meet People at Cons

We all go through times in our lives where we feel left out and alone, but being at a convention shouldn’t be one of those times, so I’m here to help you “Meet People at Cons” and help you have a great time at San Japan and other conventions.

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Come join Christopher W. Reynolds (ninjaHELL!) & the audience as they talk about what makes a DM great, and how to solve common RPG problems. All systems are fair game, and no question isn’t! How does one become a panelist? What kind of panel should I run? Here’s where to start! Learn the first steps of becoming a panelist at a convention yourself.

How to Succeed at Anime Conventions

Tips and tricks on how to have the most fun at an anime convention with as little stress as possible. Going to 4+ conventions a year, you pick up on ways to make money stretch, avoid getting sick, emergency costume repairs and still have energy to enjoy all the late night madness that happens at cons.

Intermediate Cosplay Skills & Techniques

If you’ve been cosplaying for a while but want to step it up to the next level, this panel is for you. Veteran cosplayer Meru discusses various techniques and skills that are beyond the beginning stages of the hobby, such as finishing seams, lining garments, casting gems, making accessories, and more.

Intro to Figure Collecting

Do you like anime figures? Have you been interested in getting the big, fancy ones but have know idea where to start or think it’s too expensive? What about knowing when & where to purchase them, and avoiding bootlegs? Cosplayer & figure collector Meru has answers to your questions and can get you started in this fun and exciting hobby!

Intro To Making Great AMVs

This panel will show you how to prepare your music, your sources (anime, game, live action, etc.) properly, how to use them in Vegas and/or Premier/ After Effects, what codecs are and how to use them to render your betas and final AMV. Quality is key here, so come learn and become an epic AMV editor! Also make sure to ask questions during our Q&A and take part in our raffle.

Jerry Jewell Q&A

Jerry Jewell, a first time guest to San Japan, will be here to answer questions about the various characters that he has voiced, such as Kyo Sohma (Fruits Basket) and Jimmy Kudo (Case Closed), and the experiences that he has had as a voice actor.

Khet: the Laser GameOfficial City Championship

Khet is an Egyptian themed chesslike board game played with REAL LASERS! Come learn to play, and/ or compete for prizes and the first sanctioned SA City Championship! Sponsored by Innovention Toys.

Kieran Strange Concert

Join dynamic young nerd-rock artist Kieran Strange, who is here to rock your proverbial socks off with edgy guitars, geeky sing-alongs, and a poppunk attitude that inspires courage and self-worth. The British blonde bombshell is a self-confessed D&D addict, cosplayer, gamer, and fantasy fan, as well as an accomplished musician with a live stage show that is a must-do experience at San Japan Sinister 6.


Panels & Programming Kigurumi (Masked Anime Cosplay)

Want to take your cosplay to the next level and be a spitting image of your favorite character? With kigurumi (masked cosplay) you can do perfect cosplay with no makeup or wigs! You’re a boy, but want to be a female character? A girl wanting to be a boy character? No problem! Stop by our panel to learn more about this fascinating, but little known cosplay style! Hosted by the only US Mask makers, KigurumiMasks.com!

Kimonos and Cosplay

Learn how to buy or make kimono for use with cosplay. Learn what accessories are necessary and which ones can be crafted to suit cosplay needs. Also, see how some popular outfits are based on kimonos.

Know Your Miyazaki Films

Test your knowledge about films made by none other than the world-renowned Hayao Miyazaki in this fun but challenging quiz show!

K-Pop 101

We’re back to teach you more of the basics and advanced things about K-pop. All are welcome, whether you’ve been a K-pop fan for 10 years or 10 days. Come join us! We promise all will enjoy.

K-Pop in Japan: Is it K-POP or J-POP?

This panel is designed to gauge the audience of both JPOP and KPOP as to their thoughts and feelings towards some of the more thought provoking questions revolving around the Hallyu wave in Japan.

K-Pop Quiz King

Like K-Pop? Like board games? K-Pop Quiz King mixes the two in a fun game that literally envelopes the whole room! Participants will compete for prizes & the bragging rights to call themselves the King.

Kung Fu Choreo: Being Awesome is More Than Looking Good

Everyone should learn a martial art for strength, focus, and skill! But no matter your skill level, we’ll prepare you to use what you know to LOOK and BE your best in your favorite cosplay role.

League of Legends and More: Karen Strassman Q&A

Karen Strassman has been privileged to have a wonderfully rich career as an actress, and is extremely grateful for all her years in voiceover. She also speaks fluent French. Ask your questions here.

Left 4 Dead: Pills Here 2

Special infected and survivors have made a pack, thanks to the host, Keith Marshall, Ellis’ infamous best friend. They will answer questions that the audience has and the audience gets to answer short questions about the game and characters that they may or may not know for prizes given at the end, plus a chance to take a few photos.

LGBT Characters in Anime

More and more, we are seeing themes of sexuality and gender being presented more frankly in media, either in the mainstream or in “for us by us” productions. Anime and manga are no different, featuring an interesting look at LGBT in terms of Japanese culture, as well as increasing worldliness in Japanese media. This panel will cover a number of topics, from a brief look at LGBT history in Japan, to modern characters and representations. Such things as Bara, School A, Takarazuka, Yaoi, Yuri, Okama, and other matters will be brought up in this panel.

Live Action Cosplay

Learn about the specific techniques required when cosplaying from your favorite live action TV show or movie. Topics include matching fabrics, pattern drafting, thrifting, sourcing brand garments, etc

Lolita 101

We will introduce some local Lolita communities, cover basics of Lolita Fashion including: tips on getting started, outfit basics, accessorizing, hair and makeup tips and more! Door prizes too!

Lolita 102

We will cover tips & tricks on dressing for your body type. Go further in depth on accessorizing, and hair & makeup, how to use a shopping service, taobao, and more. Prizes will be given

Lolita Fashion Show

A fashion show that shows the various substyles in lolita, such as sweet lolita, gothic lolita, classic, aristocrat etc. A presenter will be there to announce the styles presented and what brands they are.

Lolita? Who’s That?

A look at Lolita fashion, its many different styles, and the basics of starting a Lolita wardrobe for guys and girls. Discussion covers Gothic, Sweet, Hime, and new styles like Cyber and Regency.

Making a Game in 72 Hours!

Join the crew from ninjaHELL! and make a tabletop game from scratch! Show up to find out the theme and create a working prototype by the end of the convention. Teams of up to 4 are welcome!

LittleKuriboh: Live

All he wanted to do was make a parody. Martin “LittleKuriboh” Billany didn’t expect it to change his life. See the person who started the Abridged scene and hear his crazy British thoughts.

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Panels & Programming Making a Game in 72 Hours! Finale

Come show off your wonderful creations, and get feedback from your fellow creators. NinjaHELL! Productions will be giving away prizes to the best game presented, so be there or be lame!

Masquerade Ballroom Dance Lessons

This panel will teach con-goers basic steps and recognition of ballroom dances (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Swing, Cha-cha, and more if time permits) for the songs played at the Masquerade held later that night.

Meeting Your Inner Bender

It’s Yoga, Avatar the Last Airbender style. Tai-lee will help you run through basic Yoga positions and movements ending w/ a meditation that will make you feel more energized for the rest of the day!!

Multicultural Steampunk

Learn how to integrate cultures outside of Victorian England into steampunk/dieselpunk & why it matters.

Multicultural Steampunk: Advanced

Discussion and demonstrations of steampunk/dieselpunk outside of Victorian England. This panel continues where the basic Multicultural panel left off and provides a more in depth focus on steampunk in a few specific cultures. Cultures covered might be: Asian cultures (China, Japan, South and Southeast Asia), African cultures, Native American, or specific interests from the audience.

Name That Anime Tune

How well do you know your anime themes? Find out in this adaptation of the classic game show that challenges you to identify songs ranging from obvious to obscure.

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Name that Character (13+)

Think you know your characters from anime, video games, live action, & morning cartoons? Try “Name that Character”! Prizes will be awarded to the teams from the audience.

Nerdcore Comedy Show

Nerdcore Comedy showcases award winning comedians sharing their take on anime and video games as well as convention stories and humor aimed at fans of nerd culture.

nH! Presents - Improvisational Fanfiction Theatre

Join the ninjaHELL! crew as they dramatically read the best (worst) that fanfiction has to offer. To make it even more entertaining, watch as audience members perform these before your very eyes!

nH! Presents - Tokusatsu Special Join ninjaHELL! as they heckle two of the worst “films” ever made - “The Guyver” & “Power Rangers: Clash of The Red Rangers (Samurai vs. RPM)”. It’s not a pretty job, but Sentai has to do it.

ninjaHELL! Saves The World

Last year, ninjaHELL! fought the world. Now, they have to save it! Join us as we show some of the weirdest and worst videos humanity has to offer. Dance numbers & prize giveaways guaranteed.

Nostalgia Comic: The 90’s Then and Now

Nostalgic comedian, Eric Mahoney, makes his premier comedy debut at San Japan 6, taking on topics near and dear to the hearts of every “90’s Kid” and comparing them to the generations of today.

OBJECTION! Ace Attorney

Your favorite lawyers have returned to San Japan to battle it out live in the court room for a live audience. HOLD IT! There’s prizes, Q&A, and more! Phoenix, Miles, and even Missile will be there.

Ocarinas 101

Widely recognized from “The Legend of Zelda”, the ocarina is one of the oldest instruments known to man. Youtuber “Docjazz4” will talk about it’s amazing journey from ancient Mesoamerica to modern-day Japan, show a variety of ocarinas from around the world, and play songs from your favorite games and anime! Attendees are encouraged to bring their own ocarinas for a “play-along” during the panel and a limited number of ocarinas will be available for $15 each.

OC’s, Mary Sues, and ClichesOh My!

Do you find it hard or tricky to make Original Characters? Did you ever wonder what ‘Mary Sue’ meant? Ever want more advice for making original stories? If you answered yes this is the panel for you!

Opening Ceremonies

The staff and guests will be here to introduce San Japan: Sinister 6, talk about what’s happening, and what to expect.

Pirates Beat Ninjas Beginners to Pirate Cosplay

Plenty of processes goes into creating pirate cosplays. Will your cosplay be era specific or a mix? What patterns and materials are best for your specific pirate character? We’ll help you get started.

PokeBattle LIVE!!!

This is a LIVE Pokebattle where contestant teams who have pre-entered online (one trainer paired with one Pokemon) can duel in a life-sized ring! The trainer is to call out valid moves to their Pokemon to perform, and then the Pokemon will perform inside the ring, acting out their moves and reacting to their opponent until the ref calls a winner! Teams will battle until there is a champion trainer and Pokemon!


Panels & Programming Pokemon Jeopardy

Come try your knowledge of Pokemon in a fun, Jeopardy style game! Be it the games, the anime, or just random pokemon facts - if you’re a pokemon fan, this game is for you!

Potatoes and Starfish: A KEY Panel

An introduction and discussion covering visual novels and anime by the studio KEY. We will talk about Air, Kanon, Clannad, and newer series, such as, Little Busters and Angel Beats.

Queen of the Damned Movie Rifftrax

What you need is ANOTHER VAMPIRE MOVIE! The train-wreck movie “Queen of the Damned” was so bad that it killed Aaliyah. Prepare to see rockstar vampires hilariously torn apart for your amusement in this live “riffing.”

Reverse Q&A with VA’s

This reverse style of Q&A lets the voice actors ask the audience questions and typically creates a great discussion.

Richie Branson Concert

If you like nerdy music, hip hop, and songs that you can most definitely relate to and if you’re an anime fan then you need to check out San Antonio’s own Richie Branson.

Rules of Gentlemen’s Duels: Defend Your Honor!

These modern times have little tolerance for the traditions of resolving disputes -- and the constabulary frown upon lawlessness. Apply real dueling history to your steampunk character and role!

Rurouni Kenshin Live Action Movie Screener

Kenshin Himura was an assassin for the Imperial side during the war that ended the Shogunate and installed the Meiji government. After killing countless people, he made a vow to never kill again. Ten years later, he finds a home at a failing dojo, only to be caught up in a string of murders related to an opium ring. His commitment to never taking a life is put to the test as the people he’s come to care about are threatened by figures from his past.

San Japan Anime Olympics

San Japan’s trademarked Olympics-styled panel is back for a 6th event. New contestants, same upbeat ambience! Nations will compete to take the prize and bragging rights. Contestants enter as nations and face off as teams for the first three rounds facing eliminations along the way. For the final round the team splits up into four rivals where they will go against each other for the top three slots. The top three contestants will be placed as winners and they also get bragging rights upon winning. From pose-off contests to iron cosplay, this panel is designed to bring out the competitive spirit in all the contestants.

San Japan Idol

Do you have the spirit and emotion of a Vocaloid? Or is there a secret rockstar hiding inside of you? Hosted by British nerd-rock artist Kieran Strange, San Japan Idol is a karaoke-style singing contest in which fans of anime, gaming, manga, J-rock, and other media covered by San Japan can perform their favourite songs in both Japanese and English! Don’t be shy, come share your passion for singing with your peers!

Scott McNeil Q&A

Easily one of the busiest voice actors in the world, millions of fans know him as the voice of Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing and Gundam: Battle Assault 2 as well as Koga from the hit series Inuyasha. Older fans may be familiar with his work as Piccolo in Dragon Ball Z and/or his work as Deadeye Duck in Bucky O’Hare and The Toad Wars. Come ask Scott McNeil about his experience in voice work for anime and videogames, as well as his appearances on TV and movies.

Sifu Kisu Demostration (Legend Of Korra/Avatar Bending)

Sifu Kisu is the fighting instructor & consultant for the Avatar franchise. He is known for his extensive knowledge and various styles of martial arts. He will be showing demos with a live Q&A.

Sifu Kisu Q&A

Sifu Kisu is the fighting instructor and consultant for the Avatar franchise. Sifu will talk about his work with Avatar and Legend of Korra along with his years of being a martial arts expert.

So You Think You Can J-Pop Dance

This is a dancing contest for anyone who enjoys dancing to popular songs in J-pop, K-pop, or whatever you’re into!

So You Want to Go to Tokyo

By metro population, Tokyo is the largest city in the world. Getting around can be scary, but it is possible without a guide with you every step of the way. Get tips on what to do once you’re there, and what you need to be prepared for.

So You Want to Join Team Rocket

“You have potential kid. Why not join Team Rocket?”

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Panels & Programming SSCOT presents All Things Star Wars

Topics we will cover in two hours will include sabers (characteristics and means of acquisition), dueling (various techniques/styles/demos), trooping basics (things to consider and planning before performing at events), costuming basics (common materials, techniques and sources for star wars universe costume creation/ acquisition), Star Wars and Disney (the merger, possible pros/cons, the future), Episode VII (what can we expect, what do we expect, when can we expect it, what additionally can come of it), and charities/events (how we support charity operations/organizations and the process involved in planning/attending events).

Steampunk Social Issues

Discussion of social issues inside steampunk communities and the effects they cause. We will also discuss social issues in the larger societies and how they affect steampunk communities, as well as what steampunks are doing about the issues.

Stop It! THIS Is How U Write/ Create FUNNY Parodies with LK+HotD

Many people try, few succeed. With so many badly written anime parodies clogging up the internet, let guests LittleKuriboh, Hotdiggedydemon & SuperPsyGuy show how its done right. They will go through the processes on how ideas are made, cultivated, scripted, and how to get the jokes right. They may share some secrets so that the next time you try to write a parody, it just might be funny.

Storywriting and Character Design

Where to start in character development and storyline, tips and tricks, and how to phase into roleplay.

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Super High School Level Panel (Dangan Ronpa)

Join the cast of Dangan Ronpa in an interactive trial! The audience will assist the students and cast judgment. Succeed or cause the Worst Most Despair-inducing Incident in the History of Panelkind!

Super Sketch Turbo Art Fight

Fun drawing challenge for the audience with sing along fun! People are picked at random to draw together with a series of various themes. Anything can happen!

Supernatural Slumber Party: All Hell Breaks Loose

Hosted by the Winchesters, plus myself & my brothers Gabriel and Lucifer. There will be traditional human games, and episodes screened. Please join us if you like “fun”; all others may disregard this.

SuperWhoLock Fan Panel

Supernatural, Doctor Who, and BBC Sherlock all in one panel!? Want to know more about the show, test your knowledge or discuss the latest in the series? For fans of all ages!

Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

Come join your favourite Left 4 Dead characters as they discuss survival tactics, covering everything from food to knives. Catch personal accounts from the survivors as well as techniques from the zombies themselves about fighting off the horde. Oh and if you see a Tank on your way... run.

Swap Meet

The swap meet provides an opportunity for attendees of all economic backgrounds to get new items. No money changes hands during the swap meet. Attendees are offered the opportunity to retrieve specified items from the dealer room or artist alley in lieu of cash transactions.

Talk to Hetalia’s England! Scott Freeman Q&A

You heard him in Hetalia as the voice of England and as many other roles in the world of voice acting, now you have the chance to talk to Scott himself. Silly questions are encouraged.

Tavern of the Spoken Word

This is your invitation by your hosts, Mr. Light and Dark, to the open mic poetry jam spreading to conventions everywhere. Bring your poet, storyteller, entertainer or musician and make a show for a Tavern of colorful characters that welcome all.

The Bancast Live: The Thirdening (17+)

The Bancast boys are back for their third San Japan Live show. The time honored tradition of conversating and table flipping has returned. Come join Fred and Levi as they answer audience submitted questions truthfully and embarassingly, as well as blather on about video games and movies. Be sure to make it, as it’s a show you won’t want to miss. Want to ensure your question gets in? Send it to theBancast.com/ask, and we’ll read it live on stage. [ID Required]

The Fantastic Lore in League of Legends

With over 32 million players all over the world, League of Legends is the most played video game IN THE WORLD. This is a discussion of the fantastic lore that sets up the world in League of Legends.

The Internet is Awesome

Ever been up at 2AM, have work or school in the morning, but you can’t seem to get off the internet because you keep finding yourself in bizarre places you’ve never been before? Come and join us as we share that experience, viewing the best (and worst) of the internet.


Panels & Programming The JET Program De-Mystified

Are you curious about The Jet Program? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and work in Japan? Does EVERYONE love anime and cosplay in Japan? Cosplayer Meru shares her experiences about daily life and teaching in Japan on The JET Program, breaking down stereotypes and sharing what it’s REALLY like. For those that are striving to apply, application and interview tips are also discussed.

The K-Pop Variety Games

With audience participation you can play games that are seen often on Korean variety shows. Test your K-pop knowledge, win prizes and make new friends all here at the K-pop Variety Games.

The Reaper’s Game: Finale

Players of the Reaper’s Game, come to tally up your points and see how you scored! Be careful though, because if your pair wins and doesn’t have someone show up, you don’t get your prize!

The Reaper’s Game: Startup

Want to play the Reaper’s Game from “The World Ends With You”, but don’t want to die? You, a partner, & Twitter access is all you need! After questions are answered & pacts made, the game will begin!

Touhou Project: An Open Discussion

In 1998, ZUN released on the PC-98 the very first Touhou Project game “Highly Responsive to Prayers”. Since then, the one man development “team” has produced a ton of games, guide books, music, and other media for this inexplicably popular shoot’em up computer game. Even more fascinating is the sheer amount of fandom support this indie game has had in Japan and abroad. Without a doubt the most prolific independently developed and produced video game of all time, Touhou Project is a truly bizarre sensation. This panel will allow fans of the series in Central TX to gather and discuss all kinds of topics related to the series. Favorite games, favorite characters, favorite music, and other such things will come up. Or just stop by to see what all the darn fuss is about.

Voice Actors Unplugged (18+)

Witchbane: Hunters Screening

“Witchbane:Hunters” is a 25 minute action/sci-fi short film inspired by it’s creator’s love of anime and comic books. Starring voice actor R Bruce Elliott (Samurai 7, Case Closed, Dragonball Z Kai).

Working with Sintra!

Sintra is a fantastic plastic material great for cosplay! Learn how to use it, test it out and play around with it in this workshop! Hosted by DugFinn Cosplay.

World Cosplay Summit Qualifiers

Hear what’s really on the minds of the guest voice actors without any restrictions. [ID Required]

Come see the best pair cosplayers compete for a chance to win tickets to the WCS USA Finals held next spring 2014.

Whachow! Live with Psyguy, LK and Co.!

Your Body and Fitness: An Important Part of any Cosplay

Video Game Jeopardy

Think you know everything about video games? Time to prove it at Video Game Jeopardy presented by Original-Gamer.com. Free games and swag are up for grabs for lucky contestants and audience members.

Hey you remember Psyguy? Yeah me neither. Whachow.com, the fuster cluck of a podcast, is taking its show on the road directly to you! That’s right you! And him. And her. Him too. We’ll read god awful Q&A and maybe even read a script with silly voices! Or do none of those things! Honestly I don’t know what to expect except hilarity. I’m writing this description super early so I have absolutely no idea who will be on the panel!!!! Why not show up and find out? :3

Vocaloid Sleep Over

Who Should I Cosplay?

Come in for a two all night event with all of your favorite vocaloids as we host a sleep over that will be imprinted inside your memory banks for years to come, we will have a sit down Q&A, a bit of karaoke, dance off’s, and a few games will be played, such as our very own vocaloid version of Clue.

Wigs and Makeup

The wonderful world of wigs! And makeup, too. Hosted by Hanyaan and licensed cosmetologist/one half of The Gear Project, Alex Greer. Learn wig basics and get a demonstration of basic cosplay makeup!

SO MANY CHOICES, who should I cosplay? HELP! In this panel we will go over tips and tricks for coming up with and narrowing down costume choices so that you can pick your next costume.

So there’s a character you REALLY want to cosplay. Whether you want to gain/lose weight, get Goku-ripped, or just get lean and mean for an awesome character... We can get you started! This panel will be split 50-50 between: 1) Discussion/presentation: - Defining personal goals like: look a certain way, become strong enough for a pose or move, lose/gain weight, etc. - Finding the right, safe, healthy workout for the individual current fitness level: strength training, cardio, flexibility, etc. - How to build a specific nutrition plan or lifestyle diet that fits personal willpower, budget, cooking ability, and cosplay/life goals. 2) Hands-on step-by-step exercises to get most people started: how to squat properly, do other basic exercises for upper body and core, protect joints against injury, stretch, and build progressions.

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Dealer Room Hours Friday 10:30am Entrance [Gold Pass Attendees] 11:00am Entrance [General Attendees] 7:30pm Close Saturday 9:30am Entrance [Gold Pass Attendees] 10:00am Entrance [General Attendees] 7:30pm Close Sunday 10:00am Entrance [All Attendees] 4:00pm Close

Dealers & Locations

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168 DragonTrading [D43-D44] Anime Pavilion [C2-C3, C22-C23] Anime Pop [A1-A4] Anime Remix [C17-C19] Antartic Press [D23-D24] Best Anime Shop [B5-B8] BowenDragon1 [B10-B11] Cartoon Passion [A5-A8] Collector’s Universe And Anime [C1, C24, C13] Comics Unlimited [C20] Creepy Classics [D36] Discotek Media [C9, C16] Eagle Anime [D39-D40] Epic Cosplay [D14] Funimation [D25-D26, D47-D48] Fuzumi [D9] Global Anime [B1-B4] Game Over Videogames [D45-D46] Greentea Design [D16] JPopHouse (h.Nauto) [D37-D38] Half Full Studios [D19] Hen Da Ne [D27-D28] Holy Cow Anime [B9] Hobbyfan USA [D34-D35]

IT Cosplay [D29] JPNToys c/o Nextep [D21] Kampai Kimono [D22] Kawaii Gifts [D33] La’ De’ Da’s [C10-C11] Level Up Studios [A9] Media Blasters [D32, D41-D42] Myth Adventures [D15] Nine Tails [D13] Octane Toys [D5, D20] Ooples [A10-A13] Pan-Gaia Designs [C7-C8] Peagus Publishing [D17-D18] Prince Pez Addictions [C12] Ric & Ric Otaku Cafe [D10-D12] Roll2Play [C4] The Anime Jutsu [D7-D8] Those Anime People (Bad Wolf Trading) [C5-C6] Tokens [B12] ToyMatrix [D1-D4] Wayne’s Comic Closet [C14-C15] White Lightning Productions [D6] Yaoi Galore [D30-D31] Yuki Pearl Trading [C21]


Artist Alley Hours Friday 9:30am Entrance 11:30pm Close Saturday 9:00am Entrance 11:30pm Close Sunday 9:30am Entrance 5:00pm Close

Artists & Locations AA&A Artistries [H12] Adam C. Riveria [G12] Addic Tokki [H1] Alto Shorter [G3] Amelie Belcher [GT2-GT3] Angry Panda [H10] Anime Military Association [B9] art by alicechan [B4] Artistic Oddities [G9] Awesome Badges [B8] Bassanimation [D9] Beep Boop [F10] Big Big Truck Productions [A4] Bleu Moon [F8] Boshi Basiik [A2] Cari Corene [F4] Chaotic Harmony [F3] Chibi [B10] Cinnamoron [A6] Cynthia Conner Illus. [A12] DanDan [D11] Daniella Sylvan [H2] Darien Chen [F2] Demmon Dragons [B12] Dezzy Diamond [F1] Diana Sprinkle [E1] Dice pouch [H9] Doctor Who United [GT1,GT14]

Dragonscale Chainmail [C11] Eastern Downpour [G2] Ejwp artisan designs [H5] Evil Pastry Studios [D10] Eyeshine [GT10-GT11] Fictograph [F7] Fighting Mongoose [G11] Frostyshark [C1] fuwa fuwa [E12] Guemozart [D3] Hanna Scroy [F11] Hotdiggedydemon [GT7-GT8] I Draw Rainbows [E11] Inu Creations [C8] Jason Meador [H7] Jessica Grundy Art [G10] Jinzilla [E4] Kaeri [H3] Kafai [F6] Kassandra Perch [A10] Katie Teidrich (Awkward Zombie) [GT4] Kawaii Plush [B11] Kieran Strange [GT12] Kieshar [C9] Kurumi-Lover [G6] Ladre [C6] Levitas Plush [A1] Little Blob of Green [D5]

LittleKuriboh [GT5-GT6] Love Who [G1] Lycorine [H6] Madgeination Crafts [E6] Martha E Laski [C5] MildKat [E9] Mukeiroyalty [D12] Niseno [C4] Otaku Paradise [C12] Owls and Gals [D1] Oxygen Impulse [H4] Pancake Corp [C3] Pikekitty [C10] Pleasantly Strange [A9] Precious BByz [E2] Princess Pearl [H8] Punkd Works [A3] Quinkee [B2] Radiuszero [C7] Radtastical [F12] retro dynamite [G4] Richie Branson [GT13] Rise Again Productions [G7] Robo Roku [D2] Rockin Robin [E3] Rowans Originals [A5] Saiyuri Studios [G5] Sarus Design Art [B1]

Shimizu Design [C2] Silvernomiko [F13] Sin [F5] Sith Shadow Council [B7] SJ RESERVED [GT9] Srsbusines [H11] Starmine [D4] Stove & Yoshi [E7] Studio Lai [A7] Studio Purkin [B3] Suna [F14] Tachiik [G8] Taylor Made Clothing Co. [D6] Tea at 2 AM [E10] TeeNinja [E5] Texas Roll Mafia [A8] the dubs [B5] Thread & Yarn [D7] Toontwins [E13] Whiteoblivion [E8] Winding Fables [B6] Winged Phallus [D8] YoSoyJaponesa [E14] zeiva [A11] Zyephs Art [F9]

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Electronic Gaming LAN Gaming

Arcade and Freeplay

For the first time for San Japan we will have a LAN setup. LAN will be Bring Your Own Computer (and Monitor). Bring your laptop or PC and we’ll hook you up.

We will have Dance Dance Revolution Extreme Mix, In The Groove 2 (modified with over 3000 songs), Dance Maniax 2, Neo Geo Cabinet, and 5 other arcade cabs provided by Octane Games. All will be set to free play.

Planned games include: Minecraft Unreal Tournament 2004 Doom Left 4 Dead 1/2 Counter Strike

We will have free play of Dance Central 3 with over a 200 songs to choose, Project Diva F for PS3 (Japanese Version), Rock Band, DJ Hero and Guitar Hero. We also have a variety of other consoles available in the HBG and have late night gaming in the Grand Hyatt.

Console Tournament Friday

2:00pm Dragon Ball Z [Free Entry] 4:00pm Halo 4 [$5 Entry] 6:00pm Gears of War 3 [$5 Entry] 8:00pm 5v5 Exhibition

Saturday 2:00pm Super Smash Bros. Brawl [$5 Entry] 3:00pm Kings of Fighters XIII [$5 Entry] Persona 4 [$5 Entry] 4:00pm Street Fighter Arcade Ed [$5 Entry] Mortal Kombat 9 [$5 Entry] 5:00pm Tekken Tag Tournament [$5 Entry] 6:00pm Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 [$5 Entry] 7:00pm Injustice [$5 Entry]

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Tabletop Gaming Tournaments

Demos

Cardfight Vanguard TCG Kaijudo TCG Magic the Gathering TCG Pokemon TCG Universal Fighting System TCG YuGiOh! TCG Extravaganza

Dungeons & Dragons HeroClix Munchkin Pathfinder Power Rangers Walking Dead Zombie!!!

Sponsored by Heroes & Fantasies Go to the tabletop section for a full schedule printout.

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12:00pm Mario Kart Wii [Free Entry] 1:00pm Allstars Battle Royale [Free 2:00pm Black Ops Zombies [Free


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Photography Locations Want to find that perfect shot for your cosplay photoshoot or your group? Here’s some areas in the immediate area to consider.

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Located in front of the Marriott Riverwalk on the river level.

The bridge located in the center of Rivercenter Mall at the river level.

Right by the Grand Hyatt on the river level.

The bridge on the river level that goes over the river from the Grand Hyatt to the HBG Convention Center.

Water fountains nearby Tower of Americas in Hemisfair park.

Pathway above the fountains in Hemisfair Park by the Tower of Americas.

Bridge area located right next to Tower of the Americas in Hemisfair Park.

Cascading water and stage by Tower of the Americas in Hemisfair Park.

Misting water and wading pool in Hemisfair Park by the Tower of the Americas.


Places to Eat San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel

Rivercenter Mall Restaurants

Available Delivery to Hotel

Perks Coffee & More [$] Open 24 Hours Bar Rojo [$-$$] (Sushi served in evening) Open until 2:00am

Chili’s [$-$$] Fogo de Chão [$$$] Hooter’s [$$] Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano [$$] Maria Mia’s Mexican Restaurant [$$] Tony Roma’s Ribs [$$]

Domino’s [$-$$] (210) 527-9505 Open until 2:00am Papa John’s [$$] (210) 224-7272 Open until 1:00am Pizza Hut [$$] (210) 798-4800 Open until 12:00am Pizzaritas [$-$$] (210) 293-7482 Open until 10:30pm King’s Palace [$-$$] (210) 824-0279 Open until 9:30pm Thai Lao Orchid [$$] (210) 442-8110 Open until 8:00pm Sushi Zushi [$$] (210) 472-2900 Open until 11:00pm Jimmy John’s [$] (210) 222-1444 Open until 9:00pm Delivery Market [$$] (210) 226-2400 Open until 10:00pm

Driving Distance of Hotel (<5 miles)

Rivercenter Mall Food Court

Lulu’s Bakery & Cafe [$] 918 N Main Open 24 Hours San Antonio’s Pig Stand [$-$$] 1508 Broadway St Open until 12:00am IHOP [$$] 3820 Broadway St Open 24 Hours Mi Tierra [$$] 218 Produce Way Open 24 Hours Alamo Street Eat~Bar [$-$$] 609 S Alamo St 5:00pm - 2:00am

Bourbon Street Cafe Luciano Cinnabon Dairy Queen/Orange Julius Gourmet Kabob House Great Wraps Little Tokyo Marble Slab Creamery Sbarro’s Italian Eatery Side Wok Café Starbucks Tutti Frutti

Walking Distance of Hotel (<.5 miles) McDonald’s [$] 101 Alamo Plaza Open until 10:00pm Schilo’s Delicatessen [$] 428 E Commerce St Open until 8:30pm (Best Root Beer) Subway [$] 109 Alamo Plaza Open until 10:00pm Fuddrucker’s [$] 115 Alamo Plaza Open until 10:00pm Iron Cactus [$$] 200 E River Walk St Open until 11:00pm

Casa Rio [$$] 420 E Commerce St Open until 9:00pm Whataburger [$] 412 E Commerce St Open 24 Hours (High traffic at all hours) Denny’s [$-$$] 903 E Commerce St Open 24 Hours (High traffic at all hours) The Original Mexican Restaurant [$$] 528 E River Walk St Open 24 Hours

$ = Cheap - Less than $10

$$ = Moderate - $11 to $30

Pat O’Brien’s [$$] 121 Alamo Plaza Open until 2:00am Zocca Cuisine d’Italia [$$] 420 W Market St Open until 2:00am Moses Rose’s Hideout [$] 518 E Houston St Open until 2:00am Esquire Tavern [$$] 155 E Commerce St Open until 2:00am Barriba Cantina [$$] 111 W Crockett Open until 2:00am

$$$ = Pricey - $31 to $60

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San Japan Staff Dave “Proz” Henkin Convention Chairman

Jackie Naehrig Artist Alley Coordinator

Craige Howlett Convention Adviser

Lauren “Shewolf” Heacker Logistics Chairperson

Emma Ryle Cosplay Coordinator

Kristen “Kat” Nesbitt Communications Manager

Jason “Jay” Perez Events Chairman

S. David Ramirez Media/PR Coordinator

Michael Hicks Morale Support

Christopher Morton David Booth Safety Directors

Adrian “Bear” Padilla Dealer Room Liaison

Joshua “Rambo” Thomas Move In/Out Team

Joel Czyzak Task Team Coordinator

Randy Gray DJ Coordinator

Chris Johnson Artshow Coordinator

Samantha O’Leary Tori Johnson Maid Cafe Managers

Matt “Comter” Zeisler regIT, LLC Registration Director Ken Wallen Guest Relations Director Levi Hampton Night Events Director Alyssa Kirk Sean Fleck Sethos Johns Joe Sparks Events Coordinators Daniel L Bottoms Video Room Coordinator David “Fish House” Arjona Electronic Gaming Coordinator Cesar Trujillo Lead Tech Coordinator

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Meghan Olivarez Program Book Coordinator Hotel Info Desk Coordinator

Derrick Smith Main Events Coordinator

Nahal Mirzaie Volunteer Coordinator

Thomas “Eddo” Fort Merch Manager

Sarah “Sai” Kimmey Info Desk Coordinator

Michael Spady AMV Coordinator

Nathan Saucier Tabletop Coordinator

Elizabeth Roberts Karaoke Manager

Nick Bell Con Suite Coordinator

Joshua Gibbs Late Night Gaming Manager

Katy Tunks Hotel Operations Manager

Rudy Alba Convention Center Op Manager

Chris “Kuri” Chapman Convention Main Gopher Co-Karaoke Manager

Brianne “Bri” Coleman Marketing Consultant/ Assistant


Special Thanks Thank You to the Following A. Jinnie McManns A-Kon Alysia Roden Amanda Graves Animecons.com Anime Boston AnimeFest Area 512 Entertainment Britt Myer Corrine Howlett Chris Solis C.W. Reynolds

Dragon’s Lair Ikkicon Jason Meador Jennifer Shen Justin Surface Michael Loredo Nan Desu Kan Nine-Tails ninjaHELL! Omnicon Oni-Con Our Lady of the Lake University

Patrick Delahanty Ryan Kim San Antonio CVB San Antonio Public Library Sarah Sullivan Stuart Hamblin Tod Kennedy Tony Ambriz Ushicon ...and many, many more!

Special thanks goes to Cynthia Connor for creating this year’s program book cover art. You can find more of her artwork at http://dracontiar.deviantart.com/ Credit also goes to Rockin’ Robin for art on page 06 [Convention Policies] and to Patricia Sipes for art on page 09 [Ads Page].

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