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Year 5

August 10th-12th, 2012 Anime Convention San Antonio, TX

Welcome to San Japan: Mach 5 Letter from the Chairman

It is quite amazing in five short years that we’ve become this big deal in San Antonio. We have grown leaps and bounds beyond anything we’d imagined in such a short time. The San Japan staff has been amazed how one small idea grew into one huge anime-focused fan convention. The outpouring support from the community and San Antonio has been astonishing. We can’t thank everyone enough for attending San Japan: Mach 5. This is the year that we finally made it. We outgrew our other locations and have moved into the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and Grand Hyatt Hotel. We plan to be here for a very, very long time. It takes a lot of hard work to put on such a grand event like San Japan with a solid year of work. Be sure to thank the staff, the ones with the really big badges, for their hard work. If this is your first time to San Japan, we hope you enjoy your visit. We hope everyone will be able to enjoy three full days of events like concerts, electronic dance music, panels, workshops and our Cosplay Show. You can meet our guests and find all of the great dealers and artists that vend here at San Japan. In the end, we want to ensure that you have a great time. So welcome, and enjoy! Dave Henkin - San Japan Chairman

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Table of Contents 01

Welcome to San Japan: Mach 5


Convention Map


Convention Policies


Convention Information




Meet the DJs


Panels & Programming


Cosplay Events




Convention Spaces


Places to Eat


Convention Staff


Special Thanks


Autographs & Sketches


Convention Map


Convention Map


Convention Policies Codes of Conduct

Events and Lines

All attendees, staff, guests, and vendors must comply with all federal, state and local laws. SAPD officers are on site at all times during the convention.

◊  Keep lines single file, and stay close to the wall/barricades. ◊  No cutting. ◊  Don’t argue with the staff if they attempt to correct you or give suggestions. ◊  Keep in mind that the staff is not yelling at you, but they have to speak loudly enough for the entire line to hear, which can be difficult at times. ◊  Completely fill in seats. Try not to leave empty spaces. ◊  Any event specific rules will be announced at the start of the event. Please listen while they are being announced.

◊  A valid badge must be purchased to be in the convention space and to enter any event or vendor space. Badges are only valid for one person and not transferable on site. (You cannot lend or borrow a badge.) Badges cannot be modified, tampered with or copied. All badges must be worn in plain sight and above the waist while in convention space. ◊  Badges can be revoked (pulled) at any time by valid staff for breaking any of the following rules. ◊  Only ADA working animals with proper verification and papers are allowed in convention spaces. ◊  San Japan is a dry convention. You cannot have alcohol or be under the effect of alcohol while in convention space. ◊  Shoes must be worn at all times while in convention spaces. ◊  There is no sleeping in any convention space including hallways, video rooms, and gaming. ◊  While waiting for a event or convention space to open, wait in a single file orderly line against the wall or barricade as the staff advise. ◊  Treat all the hotel and convention center staff and other guests with respect and courtesy. ◊  Do not move any convention center, hotel, or convention property including tables, chairs, or projectors. ◊  Do not block any doors, fire exists or pathways used for walking. ◊  Do not tape, tact, staple or affix signs, posters, banners, etc to walls doors, or any surfaces in convention space. ◊  While in convention space there is ZERO tolerance for any harassment, bullying, stalking, or mobbing people. Please respect everyone’s personal space as you would like yours to be respected. Safety Staff will be visible and onhand if needed.

Dance Rules ◊  As with all events, San Japan’s dance is a dry event. There is no alcohol or drugs allowed in the dance at anytime. ◊  No bags larger then hand bags are allowed inside. Handbags are subject to search at the door. If you do not wish to have it searched please place your bag in your room or vehicle. ◊  Staff will not watch bags or items. ◊  Staff may initiate a voluntary check for contraband at anytime. ◊  Stringing may be allowed in the designed area within the dance but may be shut down at any time. ◊  No large cosplay or props are allowed in the dance. ◊  Shoes must be worn at all times while in the dance.

Weapons and Props ◊  There are no LIVE weapons allowed in convention space. Live weapons are considered to be actual firearms and any steel that has a sharp edge. If Safety decides a weapon is too dangerous you will be asked to return the item to your room or car. ◊  All props must be checked in with safety desk when first entering the convention. ◊  If you are not in a cosplay you cannot have a prop while on the convention floor. ◊  Swinging, play fighting, or throwing anything is not allowed while in convention space.

Costuming ◊  San Japan is a family friendly convention. Keep in mind there are children and families walking around convention space at all times. ◊  No profanity can be displayed on clothing or costume ◊  No costume is no costume. All private areas should be covered with cloth and not be susceptible to slippage or have gaps. ◊  Remember: if leaving convention space and walking into public areas such as the Riverwalk Mall to treat all tourist and locals with respect and common courtesy.


Convention Policies Rivercenter Mall

Autographs Policy

San Japan is nearby 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:

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.

◊  Cosplay Weapon Props are Not Allowed ◊  Masks are Not Allowed ◊  Face Paint is Not Allowed It is your responsibility to not break these simple rules or you will be kicked out from the Rivercenter Mall! ◊  San Japan will not hold-on to or store any cosplay items. ◊  Find a friend to hold your item or store it in your hotel room before entering the mall. Here are the rules of the mall for all patrons as listed on their website.

Rules of Common Courtesies Rivercenter Mall is a privately owned property including all parking areas. We welcome all visitors and are committed to providing them the best environment possible. We have established these rules and regulations to maintain a business-like atmosphere and to assure the safety and comfort of all customers. ◊  Smoking in the Center commons areas, corridors and within 15 feet of all entry doors. ◊  Visiting Rivercenter Mall without shirt or shoes. ◊  Wearing apparel, which contains vulgar, obscene or sexually explicit language. ◊  Obstructing free flow of customer traffic. ◊  Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal substances other than in licensed areas. ◊  Disorderly, disruptive conduct of any nature; including use of obscene or insulting language or gestures, playing any audio devices, yelling, running, throwing objects or littering. ◊  Possession of pets, except “guide dogs” and “service animals” as defined by the ADA. ◊  Truancy or curfew violation. ◊  Solicitation and/or distribution of any material; or photography without permission of mall management. ◊  Any act that could result in physical harm to persons or damage to property. ◊  Any act prohibited by local, state or federal laws. ◊  Bicycling, skateboarding, roller-blading or scooter riding in the mall or on mall property. (Bicycling to mall for shopping is allowed). ◊  Possession of illegal firearms, explosives, weapons or burglary tools on the premises. ◊  No dancing in the common area of the mall ◊  Wheelchairs provided free in Security Office on River level.

◊  The first one hundred attendees in line for a given autograph session will receive tickets just prior to start of the session. This ticket guarantees an autograph in either the current session or, if need be, an overflow session later in the convention. Overflow autograph session times will be available on the schedule. ◊  Anyone past the one hundred mark will not receive a ticket. Individuals without tickets are not guaranteed an autograph. 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. ◊  San Japan reserves the right to end the line to keep events (and guests) on schedule. ◊  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. ◊  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. ◊  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. ◊  Attendees participating in disruptive or rude behavior may be asked to leave the autograph area. If these simple rules are followed, you can help as many of our friends enjoy San Japan as possible. The faster the line moves, the better chance the person behind you will get the opportunity to meet their favorite guests!


Convention Information Registration

HBG Convention Center Room 101 A/B Hours: Friday - 9:00am to 9:00pm Saturday - 8:30am to 8:30pm Sunday - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Convention Safety

HBG Convention Center Exhibit Hall A Grand Hyatt Hotel 4rd Floor By Main Events

Please come to the Safety Desk for any help needed. The Safety Staff will be wearing bright “Safety” t-shirts for easy visibility. Members of the San Antonio Police Department will also be stationed at the desk to ensure San Japan remains safe. The Safety Staff performs a variety of functions to ensure you have a fun and safe convention experience. Costume and prop check is required for all props and costumes.

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Convention Information Information Desk

HBG Convention Center In Front of Room 101

The Information Desk is here to satisfy all your information needs. We are available to help you find where your panel will be, cosplay photo shoots and other events. Lost and Found Includes lost parents and underage attendees searching for their guardians. Have a photo shoot or cosplay group meet-up? Come by and sign up on our wall of meet-ups. We are also your one stop shop for picking up your VIP package!

Sana Star [$5] Medium Only

Sana Unicorn [$10] All Sizes

SJ 5 Shirt [$20] S-2XL [$23] 3XL-4XL

Sana Chibi Shirt [$10] All Sizes

Staying Healthy 6-3-1 Rule

6 Hours of Sleep Every Day This is a minimum! Please strive to achieve the recommended 8 hours of restful sleep each night to achieve the maximum amount of fun the following day. 3 Meals Every Day We won’t hound you for not eating breakfast, lunch and dinner at the appropriate times. Try to have 3 complete/ square meals each day here at San Japan. A complete meal includes mostly carbohydrates (fruit, vegetables, grains), some protein (whether you choose meat or vegetarian/vegan options), and a little essential fats (oils and seeds). Eating pocky and drinking ramune doesn’t count as they are loaded with sugars. There are plenty of places around the hotel and convention center to find food. And let’s not forget the awesome, super-cheap food court located in the Rivercenter Mall. 1 Shower/Bath Every Day Having your friends help you spray head-to-toe in Febreeze, Axe, or any other perfumes doesn’t count! Don’t be “that guy” or “that girl” who has “con funk” that ruins the experience for everyone else. Staying clean is serious business and there is no substitute for good old-fashioned soap and water. Before stepping onto the convention floors, please take the time to bather. Don’t forget deodorant too!

[$3] Year 5 Poster


Guests John Patrick Lowrie Voice Actor

John Patrick Lowrie is a voice actor who has notably performed roles in video games such as The Suffering and The Suffering: Ties That Bind, Total Annihilation, No One Lives Forever: The Operative, and No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.’s Way, and Valve games Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2. He is noted for playing the roles of Agent Gray in the MMORPG The Matrix Online, the Sniper in Team Fortress 2, Odessa Cubbage in Half-Life 2. Lowrie played Sherlock Holmes in The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a radio show produced by Jim French Productions. His adolescence was spent in Boulder, Colorado where he attended Southern Hills Junior High School and Fairview High School briefly before joining the United States Navy. He is married to Ellen McLain, who also works as a voice actress, and has starred alongside him in Half-Life 2 and Team Fortress 2. In 2011, he published a science fiction novel Dancing with Eternity.

Christopher Sabat Voice Actor

Christopher R. Sabat has lived on a diet of Senzu Beans for nearly 15 years. As the Voice Director for Dragonaball Z as well as the actor behind Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Mr. Popo, Kami, Jeice, Recoome, Korin, Burter, Shenron, Zarbon, Gur, Porungaand countless others, you could possibly say he is the voice of Dragonball Z. Christopher currently owns Okratron 5000, a game audio and voice-over production studio in Dallas, Texas. Christopher has also leant his voice to countless other roles in the anime and videogame world including Alex Luis Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist, Roronoa Zoro in One Piece, Ayame Sohma in Fruits Basket, Saiga Tatsumi in Speed Grapher, Kurogane in Tsubasa Chronicles, Daisuke Jigen in Lupin III, Giroro in Sgt Frog, Mr. K and Yonro in Shin Chan, Ritsu Kasanoda in Ouron High School Host Club, Kazuma Kuwabara in Yu Yu Hakusho, Roy Revant in Solty Rei, Father Tres in Trinity Blood, the Narrator in Beck, Kioichi in Initial D, Kikuchio in Samurai 7, Garland in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Rundas in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Alex D in Deus Ex: Invisible War, various voices in Duke Nukem, and both Captain Smiley and Star in Comic Jumper. When not in the studio, Christopher like to make electronic music, play videogames, obsess over new gadgets and tries to spend as much time as possible with his wife Tabitha and baby girl, Hero.


Ellen McLain Voice Actress

Ellen McLain is an opera singer and voice actress from Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She provides voices for many characters in several video games from Valve. Among them are GLaDOS, the artificial intelligence antagonist in Portal (for which she won an AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance) and Portal 2, the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine overwatch for the Half-Life 2 series. McLain is the only person to have her voice in all the games in the Orange Box. McLain sang the ending credits song to Portal, “Still Alive” and Portal 2, “Want You Gone”, both written by Jonathan Coulton. She also sang the opera-style turret song featured at the end of Portal 2, referred to by fans as the Turret Opera.

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

Guests Kara Edwards Voice Actress

Kara Edwards is a voice actor, writer, aspiring photographer, and guitarplayer wannabe- most well known for voicing Goten and Videl in DragonBall Z. Additional credits include Nymph in Heaven’s Lost Property, Kozue in Chaos;Head, Celica in Solty Rei, Murugu in Yu Yu Hakusho, Upa in DragonBall, Sophie in Ragnarok, Yuriko Moritsugu in Linebarrels of Iron, Mina in Darker Than Black, and Patty Baldwin in The Sacred Blacksmith. Kara’s voice can also be heard in School Rumble, Soul Eater, Chrome Shelled Regios, Black Butler, Ga-Rei: Zero, Shin Chan, Princess Jellyfish, Sgt Frog, and Summer Wars.

Caitlin Glass Voice Actress

Caitlin Tiffany Glass (born November 16, 1981) is an American voice actress and ADR director. While still a college student, Caitlin was hired by FUNimation while on a tour of the studio. Her first roles were bit parts on “Case Closed” until she landed the role of Hiyono in “Spiral”. She then went on to voice Triela in “Gunslinger Girl”, and Takane in “Burst Angel” Her most notable role to date is as Winry Rockbell in the English language release of the anime Fullmetal Alchemist. Caitlin Glass graduated Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Texas in Arlington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts in 2004. More roles include Yakumo in “School Rumble”, Souma in “Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle”, Accela in “Solty Rei”, Miss Anderson in “Crayon Shin-chan”, Saya in “Black Cat”, and Chiemi Kuniyoshi in “BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad”, in which she also sings! She can also be heard in “Negima”, “Kodocha”, “The Galaxy Railways”, “Sakura Taisen: Ecole de Paris”, and the “Lupin III” OVAs In 2006, Caitlin began her first major directing project, Suzuka. Caitlin is one of a select few directors working on FUNimation’s dub of One Piece. She also was the ADR director for Ouran High School Host Club as well as taking on the role of Haruhi Fujioka. Caitlin has finished up two new shows for FUNimation – Heroic Age and Str.A.In. Strategic Armored Infantry as well as reprising her role as Triela in Gunslinger Girl: II Teatrino. Currently she has finished work on the highly anticipated Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood, once again playing the charismatic Winry Rockbell. Along with directing, Caitlin enjoys adapting theme songs for FUNimation dubs, and can occasionally be heard singing one of them!

Josh Grelle Voice Actor


A native Texan, Josh Grelle was raised on stage and in the art studios of Central Texas. He performed on stage at the Tin Building Theatre for over 15 years prior to starting work for ADV Films at the start of 2004. Since then he has worked for ADV FILMS (Seraphim) and FUNimation Entertainment on numberous

Josh is known for playing the outrageous Taishi in COMIC PARTY: REVOLUTION; Kyohei Takano in Shinichi Watanabe’s (AKA Nabeshin) comedy THE WALLFLOWER; Kenichi Shirahama in KENICHI: THE MIGHTIEST DESCIPLE; Akihisa Yoshii in BAKA AND TEST; Kouchi Hayase in LINEBARRELS OF IRON; and Akisha in SHIKABANE HIME . He can also be seen as Chaos in TSUBASA CHRONICLES; Hatake in BIG WINDUP!; Ox Ford in SOUL EATER; G-6 and various villains in GATCHAMAN; Edward V in BLACK BUTLER; Viscount Wolkins in PUMPKIN SCISSORS; Lithuania in HETALIA: AXIS POWERS; and Hammer in XENOSAGA: THE ANIMATION. Josh was also recently involved in the much anticipated HALO: LEGENDS project, playing the role of “Haka” in Production I.G.’s “THE DUEL” Josh has also lent his vocal talents to such shows as: ROMEOxJULIET; NERIMA DAIKON BROS; D.GRAY-MAN; ONE PIECE;KIBA;AIR GEAR; MERMAID MELODY PICHI PICHI PICH; and many more. Josh was also ADR Script Writer for the magical harem comedy MAGIKANO–which he also provided voices for–and Assistant Writer for MOONLIGHT MILE. Aside from theatre and the Anime Industry, Josh has also worked in the Comic Book industry as a freelance colorist doing “the grunt work” for Marvel Comics and a few other studios around the world.

Clarine Harp Voice Actress

Clarine Harp was first cast by FUNimation Entertainment in 2003 to give life to the character of Tweedledee in Kiddy Grade. Since then, Clarine’s talents have been featured in a broad range of roles: Hetalia Axis Powers (China), Burst Angel (Sei), Akira Kurosawa’s Samurai 7 (Sanae), SpeedGrapher (Ginza), Negima (Kaede), Shin chan (Miss Katz), Witchblade (Asagi) and RIN ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~ (Laura). Clarine can also be heard in Corpse Princess/Shikabane Hime, El Cazador de la Bruja, Claymore, Jyu-Oh-Sei, Trinity Blood, Beck, Romeo x Juliet, Kaze no Stigma, Yu Yu Hakusho, Fullmetal Alchemist, Case Closed, Evangelion 1.0, D.Gray-man, Bamboo Blade, Aquarion, Desert Punk, Origin – Spirits of the Past, Tower of Druaga, Mushi-Shi, Suzuka, Ouran High School Host Club, Ghost Hunt, Sgt. Frog, One Piece and many others. Out of the booth, Clarine spends her time producing DVDs for FUNimation, tending to her horde of rabbits and proudly spreading the gospel of sock knitting. She is also the inspiration behind the character Aubrey, a regular cast member on the popular web comic, Something Positive.


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.


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”!

Guests The Slants Music

It is rare for a band to be headlining shows with 5,000-15,000 fans internationally in their first year as a band. What originated as a side project for Simon Young (of The Stivs) in 2007 porved to be one of the most energetic, contagious movements of music in our time. The Slants are the first and only all Asian synth-pop bands in North America and are increasing in popularity. Kicking off the band’s career at a tiny dive bar in Portland, OR, The Slants soon found themselves on tour and in demand worldwide performing at music halls, colleges, and anime conventions. Within months, they released their debut album “Slanted Eyes, Slanted Hearts” winning multiple awards from the likes of Willamette Week, Rockwired, AsiaXpress, and the Portland Music Awards. Since that first iconic show in 2007, The Slants have been cited as the “Hardest Working Asian American Band” (, toured North America ten times, rejected a million dollar recording contract, were the first and only Asian band to be a Fender Music artist, and according to U.S Congress, the first rock band to play inside a state library. The Willamette Week, summarizes The Slants’ history perfectly: “It’s a great story: All-Asian synthcore troupe lands anime festival, achieves instantaneous notoriety from overpacked fireball-laden maelstrom, inspires John Woo and Dragon Ball Z fans toward aggro electro and–just months after its first practice–books gigs across the globe. As shadow-warriory as the Slants’ rise has been, it’s still all about the tunes, and the band’s debut–floor-filling synth pop bristling with all the menace and grandeur of its oft name-checked cultural icons–is propulsive, cinematic and impossible to ignore.” By the end of 2008, the band had been featured in over 1,200 magazines, radio stations, websites, and television shows for their self-proclaimed “Chinatown Dance Rock,” including a feature on NPR’s “All Things Considered” that blasted across 700 FM stations across the country for months. The following year, The Slants headlined a SXSW showcase (other acts at the festival included Katy Perry, Metallica, and Devo), launched several more tours spanning North America, and released a dance remix album entitled “Slants! Slants! Revolution,” while donating 100% of the proceeds to benefit cancer research affecting Asian American women. 2010 saw the release of The Slants’ third album, “Pageantry.” Pageantry featured a number of local icons including Cory Gray (The Decemberists), Krista Herring, Mic Crenshaw, and Gabe Kniffin (Silversafe). The harder hitting, guitar driven songs still featured The Slants’ signature dance rock flavor and again, massive touring followed.

Kieran Strange Music

Kieran Strange is a pop-rock artist, originally from a tiny fishing town on the south coast of England, who travelled to Canada alone at the tender ago of seventeen to record her first demo and EP.

Her passion to bring a message of self-acceptance through music is apparent in how she communicates with her fans, always encouraging them to share their talents with the world via the Internet just like she has done. “So many people tore me down and said I’d never make anything of myself, never succeed in music, and I’ll be damned if I’m ever gonna let anyone else feel that way,” she says, of the way she supports her fans and other musicians like her. The pink-haired rocker, who was bullied throughout high school, has found a way to accept her odd quirks and channel them into her music rather than being ashamed and embarrassed of them. Through her vow to stay strange, she is determined to just live life being herself, and encourage others to do the same rather than surrender to the pressure of having to be like everyone else. “I was bullied in high school,” she says, with a touch of light humour rather than resentment. “It’s the traditional sad, bullied-kid story. I spent my break times picking chewing gum out of my hair. But that’s behind me now, and I’m proud of who I am. Just as everyone else should be proud of who they are too, weirdness and all.” “One of my frands once said my music is like My Chemical Romance and The Used got it on with Paramore, and no one really knows whose baby it is,” is the way she describes her music. “I think it’s a cotton-candy car-crash.” Strange has released three demo singles, and on May 6th 2011 she released her debut EP, Hot Damn Mess, which was recorded in her bedroom and jam space, and mixed and mastered by herself and her band in Logic. She also demonstrated her fan’s growth over the social media sites by ranking in the Top 25 Artists on Twitter, beating out artists such as Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson and Taylor Swift. She filmed and shot a music video for the Christmas season about a zombie apocalypse on a $50 budget. She has played shows both locally and internationally, and is currently booking dates in Canada, the US and the UK for 2012. Her next album is set to be released in the spring/ summer of 2012, along with a supernatural fiction novel she has been writing. “I want to write a badass concept album,” she says with a grin. “I’ve always been a fan of music telling a story, and I can’t wait to let the world into my head.” Official Website: Official Facebook Page:

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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 52episodes, 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:

Arin “Egoraptor” Hanson Special Guest

Arin “Egoraptor” Hanson is a goofy guy who draws a lot and makes a bunch of silly internet cartoons called the “Awesome Series.” He also likes video games a lot and usually talks about them, and hopes to be able to make a bunch. He’s got a bunch of stories to tell so look out ’cause he’s going to tell them.

Newgrounds page: YouTube Channel: Official site: Awesome Series Collection:

Airship Isabella Steampunk

The Isabella is a privateer airship for hire. Using advanced steam engineering and augmented with astonishing technologies, the Isabella and her crew travel through worlds and times in search of adventure and creating mayhem while collecting the art, music and technologies of many fragmented and chaotic cultures in order to present them to the masses as one movement.

The Airship Isabella is here to fly the flag for people with a style out of place in this era. Whether they be steampunk, cyberpunk, goth, industrial or just an otherwise unclassified freak, the Airship Isabella and the NAC movement are here to provide a platform to present their art, music and ideas to the modern world. We give them a home and a name to rally under where they can stand, unite, and achieve – all without sacrificing their individuality. Website:


Diana “Hanyaan” Divine Cosplay

Hanyaan is a cosplayer who, armed with a sewing machine, piles of fabric, a bunch of wig styling implements, and a case full of makeup, is on a quest to become FABULOUS MAX.

Eleven years ago, a friend of hers told her that if she went to the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in San Francisco dressed as her favorite anime character, they’d give her free stuff! She grabbed a very poorly chosen assortment of fabric and some spray-in haircolor and threw together something horrible and hot glue and Slayers. The result was a bit of a disaster, but she’d never forget the lesson she learned that day: Cosplay is more fun than it has any right to be. After that rather inauspicious beginning, Hanyaan began to take her cosplaying more seriously, picking up sewing techniques as she went, studying theatrical makeup, special effects makeup, and makeup for the film industry, and eventually specializing in wigs and hairstyling. She’s won awards for craftsmanship at the master level, has multiple performance awards, performs at masquerade halftimes up and down California as a member of Angel Hearts (a dance group specializing in iDOLM@STER), and hurts people’s eyes with creations from her favorite manga, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. From California to Comiket, wherever she can go… No source material is too obscure, no color scheme too garish, no fabric too tacky. Hanyaan is going to fabdazzle the world, and San Japan is just one new stop on the FABULOUS train Website:

Teahouse Comic Artist

Teahouse is a yaoi webcomic from Emirain, two professional comic artists. First issue is online at the Teahouse comic website (NSFW).

The story so far is about the owner, courtesans, and clients of a brothel called the Teahouse, located in the fictional country of Ivore. The country itself has a rather rigid class system in place, and the courtesans belong to the owner. The main source of drama is the three couples of the series, whose wide variety of personalities keeps it all interesting. And, you know, the Fanservice. The art is impressive, especially for a webcomic, and currently runs in a weekly format.

Guests 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:

David “Docjazz4” Ramos Featured Panelist

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.

Greg “Greggo” Wicker Featured Panelist

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 or visit his website at

Sleeping Samurai Featured Panelist

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:

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: Facebook: YouTube Page:


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Meet the DJs Friday Night DJs

Saturday Night DJs

DJ Narien

Arc Angel “The Kids Next Door”

Bio / Music Style

I mainly play J-core; hardcore / happy hardcore / techno from Japanese artists! As well as plenty of original work, there are many video game song remixes, songs using anime/Japanese song lyrics, and even using internet memes as remixes. Expect high energy, hard beats, and a lot of dancing! I also mix UK hardcore, hard dance/trance, schranz/hard techno, and I am working on more genres as I progress. Soundcloud Link:

Bio / Music Style

Since being addicted to the genre of hardcore in 98’ The ArcAngel has been an unsung hero pushing the underground sound of hardcore for many years. This DJ from central Texas has been playing verity of hardcore styles in front of thousands of people. His blend of Terror, Industrial, Broken beats backed with funky breakdowns and a distorted 808 kick drum will guarantee a form of hardcore to make your ears bleed. Recently he and a collective of locals have developed the group Texas Hardcore that continues the push of Hardcore throughout the lone star state.

Sephi Hakubi Bio / Music Style

My name is Christian Lalinde, but I am more famously known in the anime/gaming/music/cosplay scene as Sephi Hakubi. I am the owner of Sushicrowd Entertainment (www.sushicrowd. com), an independent multimedia label based on Japanese-pop, nightlife, and internet culture. I have been DJing events for 6 years and involved myself in Electronic Dance Music (production/promotions) for 12 years. My main genre’s deal with Progressive House, Trance, and Hardcore with J-pop remixed in between. I focus on pumping the crowd up starting off and ending while incorporating a lovely euphoric feeling as my rising action. Soundcloud Link:

Star23 Bio / Music Style Soundcloud Link:


Panels & Programming A Strange time with Kieran

Rockstar. Gamer. Writer. LARPer. San Japan welcomes the D20-wielding British songstress, Kieran Strange, with a Q&A session in a funny accent. Strange will be discussing new material, her “Strangers in America” tour, her upcoming post-apocalypse novel, and various other nerd-related chit-chat. Check her out at @kieranstrange!

AMV Contest

AMV’s are Anime Music Videos, where popular songs are mixed with clips from popular anime.

An Hour of Zelda

In this panel we will be talking about the Legend of Zelda games and the theories surrounding LoZ lore. Also, a bit of trivia will take place before we are done which will result in prizes!

Anime Art Cel Showroom

Gallery of Animation Art. Before computers, all anime was made using cels. Come see hundreds of these cels, from dozens of shows as James and Melissa share their collections and their knowledge about cel collecting. See actual art used to create anime such as Cowboy Bebop, Tenchi Muyo, Sailor Moon, Golden Boy, Jubei Chan, Shinesman, Whisper of the Heart, and many more.

Anime Battle Royale 2.5

ABR is back for San Japan as all your favorite animes go head to head in a series of tournaments, and YOU decide what shows are godtier and what just doesn’t belong.

Anime Olympics

Anime Olympics is a classic panel at San Japan that encourages fun competition by representing various nations. The Anime Olympics began at San Japan 1.5 as Otakulympics to coincide with the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Now in 2012, with the London Olympics, the panel is back with a bang! With several stages, including a knockout level, many competitors will face off and only one will be the champion of the 5th signature event.

Anime Password / ChainReaction Try-out

Would you like to be a contestant on Anime Password or Anime Chain Reaction? You need to come to this tryout! Bring a friend if you want, but please pair up with someone you don’t know when it’s time to try; our celebrities don’t know your inside jokes and you might be tempted to use them if you try out with a friend. The tryout will test your ability to convey passwords to your partner. If you do well at giving and guessing and can speak clearly and don’t fold under pressure, you stand a good chance of being picked! We do our tryouts two at a time so please line up in an orderly fashion outside of the tryout room until it’s your turn! Good luck!

Animerica: The Industry and it’s Fans

Like Greg Ayres before us, this panel (run by fans, FOR fans) is about the state of the anime industry and what fans can do to make sure we don’t burn it to the ground.

Asian Horror Panel

Do you love Asian Horror movies? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This panel will allow you to come in and nerd out about your favorite horror films from Asia! So come and join us! [ID Required]

Ask NinjaHELL!

Have questions that keep you awake at night? Do you wish that more people noticed your existence? Does this look like a face to you: 0-0? Get answers, or ...something, from the ninjaHELL! crew.

Ask The Homestuck Kids

D--> Purrfectly awesome H0mestuck Q&A. That2 riight, come and ask the gr8 kids and trolls of Homestuck/Hivebent all of your STUPID QUESTIONS.


You will get your chance to have your items personalized by all of the guests at San Japan. There will be multiple autograph sessions with all of the guests as we want everyone to get a chance to get their items signed.

Barad Duin - Live Action Role Playing

Anime Feud

Anime version of Family Feud, preferably with group cosplays and based on survey questions presented to people at the convention.

Live Action Role Play, Live Action Combat, Arts & Sciences, Jousting & Skills at Arms Games, Renaissance, Medieval, and Fantasy Anime V.A. Reverse Q&A This reverse style of Q&A lets the voice actors workshop. ask the audience questions and typically creBark N’ Purr: ates a great discussion.

Anime Jeopardy: Novice

Ani-Idol Auditions

The classic game show with fun anime themes for beginners. If you are interested in playing this game you must correctly answer qualifying questions at the Mu Epsilon Kappa booth!

Anime Jeopardy: Last Chance Game

Game show with anime themes for those who auditioned for the other games and didn’t make it in! Visit the Mu Epsilon Kappa desk for more information.

Anime Moth

True life stories told live, without notes. The theme of the night is “Con Stories”.


Anime Murder Mystery

It’s a Murder Mystery Game San Japan style! It’s up the audience to see if they can figure out which of the cast of cosplayers is the murderer with two hosts to egg them on. Can you figure it out?

Warm up your vocal cords because Ani-Idol is back! Come out and audition for the anime singing contest! Sign-ups and rules are at the Mu Epsilon Kappa booth.

Ani-Idol - Second Round

The first cut has been made! Come check out the winners of Ani-Idol auditions as they prepare for the second round of the famous anime singing contest. Audience is welcome!

Convention Feedback

Come by to let us know how we did for San Japan: Mach 5! 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 to so you’ll have an even better SJ experience next year!

Battle of the Bands

Here is a chance to listen to bands you might have heard of. We’re giving bands in the area a chance to play at San Japan. Like what you hear? Let us know at the event as the winner gets to perform as the opening act Friday Ani-idol Finals Come check out the final round of the fantasti- night at the convention. cally awesome anime singing contest! The winners of the final round will be crowned the San Japan: Mach 5 Ani-Idols! Audiences welcome!

Panels & Programming Be Awesome And Famous

Think you have what it takes to be the next YouTube phenom, Twitter Trend, Anime Idol, or Steampunk Queen? Kit Watson has been advising artists of all kinds on the art of going viral for years, and is a published author on the topics of social media, with a specialization in musicians and recording artists. Anyone who wants to turn what they love into a viable career path should stop by this panel to find out what it really takes to take off online, and turn the online into offline income to keep you doing what you love!

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!

Black Butler Truth or Dare

A PG-13 truth or dare game with Black Butler cosplayers, where the audience decides what the truths and dares are! Cosplayers will be in character answering truths and performing dares!

Bring Game and Armored Characters to Life

A complete how to on consturing armor, and cloth parts for your fav games and charactors. from fiber glass to paint.

Brohoof Bash

San Japan Brony Meet-up. We’ll havefunny internet pony videos and CUPCAKES!!

Character Building 102 Workshop

Cosplay 102

Charity Auction

Cosplay Chess

Chris Sabat: Live

Cosplay Dating Game (17+)

This workshop takes the hive mind project to a new level. The group will be fully creating and developing a character illustrating the influences of stereotype and perception in character development.

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

The famous voice of dozens of characters from Vegeta and Piccolo in the orginal Dragon Ball to Armstrong in Fullmetal Alchemist. See him live, in person as he talks about his career as a Voice Actor and running his own studio, Orkatron 5000.

Closing Ceremonies

San Japan: Mach 5 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.

Confessions of a Super Dollfie Collector!

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

Bronies UNITE!

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

Plenty to do at a convention, but do you know where to start? Start with here and we can tell you all about a convention, how to survive it, what to see and do, and how to avoid causing trouble for others.

Canon vs. Fandom


Contestants test their knowledge of anime with this fun game show where they must distinguish between canon characters, pairings, and story archs from fandom OCs, pairings, and fanfiction summaries.

Character Building 101

Learn the ins and outs of how to build original and dynamic characters for fiction or role play. We will cover basic concepts, names, professions and the influences of society on character creation.

This workshop will give step by step visual instructions of how to do costume make up Makeup is a huge part of your look and no cosplay is complete without your game face! (Please, bring your own products.)

Cosplay 101

Cosplay Coordinator Alexander Greer along with special guests Hanyaan Fairy and Deep Dive Cosplay go over the basics that anyone who is a cosplayer or wants to be a cosplayer should know. Tips, tricks, and other early advantage info will be shared in this panel. Material shopping, fabric choice, construction and pattern matters, and all the other tools you need to get started in this hobby.

This is the advanced general cosplay panel. For those who want to step up their game or hit the ground running, this will cover advanced construction techniques to get to the next level.

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.

Come see various characters from just about everything competeing for a chance at love! A funny and risque dating game show full of your favorite characters from various fandoms. [ID Required]

Cosplay for Beginners

This panel will start with how to choose the cosplays right for you. From determining what is right for your body type, what peaks your interests, and what you are/are not comfortable with. It will cover the basics on construction of cosplay... things like making from scratch vs. alterations, how to help those who are new to sewing understand that there are different ways to make costumes, where to find wigs at good, affordable prices, and how to style them, basic prop construction, basics on just about everything cosplay, and will have a Q&A session at the end for those with questions.

Cosplay Group 101

The Cosplay Group 101 will explain the ins and outs of starting your own cosplay group. The panel will cover topics such as deciding on a name, deciding which jobs are best for certain people, picking out cosplays, and the overall basics of dealing with group situations (ranging from group drama to what to do in case a member is unable to go to a convention). We will also be doing a Q and A during the panels last few minutes, this way if someone had a question they wanted answered they have a chance to get it out there. Attendees will also get the chance to show off their own cosplay group if they are part of one.

Cosplay Makeup

Licensed cosmetologists and cosplayers Alexander Greer and Hanyaan Fairy, with guests, will host this panel. Lips, cheeks, eyes, skin, special effects, and all other makeup mysteries will be explored in this in-depth panel that will help cosplayers of any skill level perfect their final product.


Panels & Programming Cosplay Presentation

Time to work it. You’ve got the look, now get the character. This panel covers posing, walking, and other in-character aspects of cosplay that make a good costume great, both in the halls and on stage.

Cosplay Show

Cosplay, a contraction of the words “costume” and “play”, is a popular hobby among fans of Japanese media. Here at San Japan, we believe in celebrating each fan’s effort to create the likeness of his or her favorite character. The Gear Project hosts San Japan’s cosplay competition, where cosplayers can show off their hard work and win prizes based on craftsmanship, presentation and more.

Cosplay Show Feedback

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

Cosplay Wigs

Licensed cosmetologists and cosplayers Alexander Greer and Hanyaan Fairy, with guests, go in-depth on how to step up your wig technique. Advanced styling, coloring, and wig construction will be covered in this panel. Everything you need or want to know about wigs and then some.

Cosplaying Abroad

Hanyaan Fairy, Alexander Greer, Deep Dive Cosplay, and others sit down and share their experiences with cosplay and the culture surrounding it across the country and beyond our borders. Hear stories from both coasts, the mid-west scene, as well as tales of Comiket and other events from Japan.

Cosplaying on a Budget

Are you short on cash, living as a college student, or eat ramen noodles on a regular basis, but still want to cosplay as spectacular characters. Join Fracture & Pheremone for cosplaying on a budget.


Deal or No Deal

Can you guess the location of the million dollar case or will the villainous banker make you walk away with only a penny? Try your luck at Deal or No Deal with an anime twist.

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 within your computer!

Disney’s Recess

Bringing back the elementary reccess games with the Disney’s Recess gang. T.J., Spinelli, and the gang will be hosting kid friendly games for the con-goers.

DIY Steampunk Modification and Building

Egoraptor: Live! (17+)

Arin “Egoraptor” Hanson will be in person to talk about his life, what he’s working on, the “Awesome Series”, and he might even draw on request. Expect a lot of rude, a lot of crude, and a lot of cursing all for great laughs. [ID Required]

Electronic Dance Music with Arc Angel & Friends

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

Ellen McLain Concert

The famous voice of GLaDOS from the video game Portal arrives in Texas to talk about her work in being a well-known voice actress and opera singer.

The crew of the Airship Isabella will pull out Ellen McLain: Live her pretties and baubles and show you how Hear the voice of GLaDOS sing. Who knows they were made! Learn tips, tricks and meth- what you might hear. ods to build your own set of steampunk armor, ray guns, and costumes. Evil Pastry Party Panel

Dr. Horrible Sing-Along

Come join After Midnight Productions as they have a sing-along while screening the famous short series “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”

Dragonball Z vs Naruto

This is the first ever rant/rally/contest panel ever to focus on two of the biggest animes of all time.

Durarara Fan Panel

Come hang out and party with Evil Pastry Studios! Learn about EVP’s projects, the Celestial Rogues, the crew and how we make our projects come to life! Plus, we’ll be celebrating some super awesome B-Days, so come check it out!

Fan Fiction Panel

Learn everything you need to know about writing great fan fiction! Characters, setting and plot, oh my! Have a fictional blast!

We will be discussing each charcter, how they have impacted every other character in the show, and what may or will happen with the series in the future.

Fashion Show

DVD Production Panel

Final Fantasy Fans

Clarine Harp, director of DVD and Blu-Ray production, gives insight on what it takes to produce the media that you watch at home.

Dynamic Characters and You

Got a fantastic outfit? Come show it off in the Fashion Show! Strut your stuff for the fun of it and have a great time!

A Final Fantasy Fan Panel for fans of the series to gather, show off their Final Fantasy games and merch they’ve collect over the years and to discuss their favorite moments, favorite characters, bosses, and video game issues.

This panel will teach the ins and outs of creating dynamic and engaging characters by teaching what to avoid and what to do in order Fitness For Cosplay to achieve a memorable character. This is a Fitness support panel that falls around the main goal of getting into shape for a certain character that you want to cosplay. EGL Decoden Demonstration It’s a healthy support group discussion where Love the over the top style of Decoden? people share their stories, ask dieting quesCurious about how people create their cute Dark Steam Punk tions, and display what is the best workout for and delicious looking accessories? At this Introduction to the darker side of steam punk. what area. It’ll be extremely open discussion From evil villians to the absolutely insane. Let workshop you can learn how to make your for both those into working out or wanting to own sweet creation! us show you how to bring your chactor to life. start out. All that matters is that the end goal is for cosplay. Our panelists have years of experience with this sort of cosplay on both ends of the coin. Come listen to stories as well as learn techniques on body-shaping, gendering makeup, and physical presentation. A must-see for anyone wanting to try out crossplay.


At the end of the panel, we’ll have everyone write down their character they dream to cosplay when they get into shape. Then, make it their goal for next year at San-Japan!

Panels & Programming Formal Masquerade Dance

Dress up in your nicest attire, wear a mask, and dance the night away. This year’s theme is a secret but you’ll probably be impressed. A mandatory dress code will be in effect in order to enter. Please visit the Mu Epsilon Kappa booth for more details about this event.

Greggo Presents: Anime Chain Reaction

Join two of our special guests (TBA) for a round or two of television’s classic word association game. Thrill as our contestants try to get their celebrity partners to say the password. Play along as everyone tries to wrap their head around some tricky puzzles and the FtM Crossplay: ubiquitous Yenword (and no, Advanced and In-Depth you won’t have to say “ubiquitous”). Watch as Advanced female to male crossplay techour big winners try to guess niques, including face makeup, facial hair, body language, in depth discussion of various ten passwords in sixty seconds in an effort to binding techniques and safety. Will include an win lots of fantastic and exciting bonus prizes! The tryout for this show in person transformation. will test your ability to convey and guess passwords (check the Funimation Industry Panel schedule for time and location of the Representatives at Funimation will be holding tryout). Come with a friend! The password is... an inside panel giving discussions about the fun! recent properties they acquired and talk about info that you might not see on the websites. (Contestants will need to participate in the This is also a chance to ask questions with tryout which takes place prior them at Funimation. They may be able to to the show...check the schedule for time and confirm or possibly deny what they can or not location of the tryout.) talk about but you’ll only know if it you see them in person.

Greggo Presents: Anime Farkle

Based on the popular dice game you can find on various online social networking sites, Anime Farkle pits two contestants against each other in a race to answer trivia questions to take control of our six giant dice screens. Once you’re in control, roll the dice and hope you score prizes and cash to spend in our Prize Suitcase, but be careful... Game Creation 101 Step through the process of how to create and if you can’t score, you FARKLE and your opponent is one step closer to winning the program a small video game. Questions will game and playing on for a chance to clean us be answered about the game industry and out of bonus prizes! It helps if you have how to create an indie game development some anime trivia knowledge, but all questeam. tions are multiple choice and speed on the buzzer and steady nerves can help if you’re Game Creation 102 not an anime expert. Step through the process of how to create and program a small video game. Questions will Greggo Presents: Anime Match Game be answered about the game industry and Get ready to match the stars! Greggo’s very how to create an indie game development team. This is the next tier for those looking for first game show and one of his greatest, join six of Colossalcon’s celebrity guests in more advanced tips. a hilarious romp down memory lane as they try to match wits with our contestants. If our Geek Link: Nerd Dating Advice contestants can fill in the blanks the same way A Q&A panel where the panelist discusses the celebrities do, they’ll be one match closer being a nerd and trying to find love by talking to playing in the big money Super Match for a about personal experiences and taking on shot at fabulous prizes! But beware, a rotten questions. answer will get the losing horns and ridicule from everyone! We’ll be choosing contestants Getting Into Character/ at the beginning of the panel so if you’d like to Improvisation in Cosplay BLANK along with us, make yourself known! 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.

Funimation Sneak Peek

Official Funimation representatives will be attending San Japan to give a preview of what they’re working on over the next year. They will also be screening clips and trailers. Get a chance to see what’s going on at Funimation.

Greggo Presents: Anime Password

Join two of our special guests for a round or two of television’s classic word association game. Thrill as our contestants try to get their celebrity partners to say the password. Play along as everyone tries to wrap their head around some tricky puzzles and the ubiquitous Yenword (and no, you won’t have to say “ubiquitous”). Watch as our big winners try to guess ten passwords in sixty seconds in an effort to win lots of fantastic and exciting bonus prizes! The tryout for this show will test your ability to convey and guess passwords (check the schedule for time and location of the tryout). Come with a friend! The password!

Greggo Presents: Anime Press Your Luck

Get ready, San Japan! It’s time to PRESS YOUR LUCK! The game with big bucks and Whammies is back, and we’ve got a returning champion! Answer some fairly easy trivia questions to rack up spins for use on our big board where you can turn your spins into lots and lots of cash and prizes! But watch out for the Whammy! If he shows up he’ll steal all your goodies and humiliate you in front of a live studio audience! If you’d like to be a contestant show up prior to the show and impress us with your upbeat and exciting personality and who knows? You might be chosen to press your luck!

Guest Improv (18+)

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

Hats Off, Mics On

Hear daring tales of Louisiana adventures, fan girl experiences with celebrities we have met, and even horrifying waffle house nightmares. As long as the mics are on, all bets are off! [ID Required]

HentaiFest (18+)

If you understand what the term “hentai” means, you need to show up. Also, live commentary, as we all know, isn’t supposed to be taken seriously. [ID Required]

Hentai Master Quiz Show Lightning Time (18+)

Two individuals and a guest match wits in the ultimate hentai knowledge contest. Compete for prizes, bragging rights, shame, and glory! [ID Required]


Panels & Programming Hetalia Meetup

Here is a time and chance where fans of Hetalia can get together, talk about the series, and possibly take photos with one another.

His Butler, Curious?

Ever wanted to ask your favorite Kuroshitsuji character a question? Now you can! At this panel, you can ask Ciel, Sebastian, Alois, Claude and the Undertaker anything!

Homestuck Meetup

The webcomic series that has blown up in popularity. This is a chance where fans can get together talk about the series and even take photos with each other.

How to Run a Panel

Intro to the Scars v. Order LARP

How To Survive A Convention

Players may use their existing Steampunk character to play in this weekend’s adventure or select one of our various pre-made characters to give Steampunk Role Playing a try.

A lecture panel with a bit of Q&A for those curious on the basics of wanting to run a panel at a convention in the future. We’ll explain how to get started, who to contact, the responsibilities of a panelist, how to work with the convention staff, etc. There will be a review at the end with small prizes.

Most people get scared if it’s their first time at a con. This is a panel where we will discuss what con-goers need to keep their experience at a convention fun and enjoyable.

Enter the world of worlds from a future past that never was. A multiversal conflict turned war between two sides. This is the fight for freedom, order, and existence as we know it. The S.C.A.R.S. vs. Order conflict, a War of Worlds!

Stop by the Airship Isabella table to pick up a character sheet and a player mission for the weekend. Complete your player mission Human Anatomy 101 to help turn the tide of the War Worlds in our Learn the rules of drawing the human body ever changing storyline where the players with a concentration on breaking the rules for themselves help form the living storyline. BetHow NOT to Draw drawing manga and anime. ter yet attend the SCARS vs. The Order LARP Come on down and see the most common panel and get a more in-depth look at the mistakes budding artist make over and over INH Presents evolving storyline and ask how you can get again. Let’s point and laugh together. THEN, INH Anime presents, with host “Geist,” the involved to influence the group driven story we’ll find out what a budding artist SHOULD best of the local anime and otaku culture hundreds of other Steampunks have already do to improve their work. vendors. Rik & Ric present their best figurines experienced and enjoyed. and talk about what makes a quality product. Ooples shows off their apparel, squeezable’s How To Land Yourself A Fanboy Times: LARP Game Masters will be on hand (plushies) and talk about their plans for future at the Scars v. Order table all weekend long Being a female, you would think it would be easy to land yourself a certain type of guy who events. Nine Tails discusses their line of during vending hours to hand out game matelocally produced art, t-shirts and Hello Kitty is into the same things that you are. It isn’t rials and answer questions. products. Eccentric Tortoise’s EdenX displays easy. Hear from a person who has been ather commissioned cosplay designs. All this in tending conventions for decades on how you Iron Artist - PG13 an effort to support local industry. can nab a fanboy a lot faster than you think Iron Artist is a fun competition between fellow with some good advice. artists in a similar nature of Iron Chef. The Ins and Outs of College: teams of artists, usually teams of 2 or 3, are How to Make Comics From Student to Teacher given 3 random words from a list created by the audience before the artists enter, and From Bachelors to Masters degree, surviving for Beginners college with a budget through work and schol- have to create a work of art in a given time. Learn how to layout a comic and the essenarships to pay for it all, and have it all. When time is up the audience decides who tials for story telling, as well as getting help wins, and at the end of the panel the art is with creating your own art style. sold to the highest bidder in the audience and Intro to Corsetmaking the money is split between teams. How to get started making your own custom How To Make Friends

at a Convention

Ever feel like your alone? Even at a Con? Well fret no more! Have a seat with the Charismatic Monk himself, and learn all the ways you can meet people and make real longlasting friendships.

How to Review Games and Be Mildly Entertaining

J. Wellington Rommefeller and the Colonel of will take you on a magical journey into the world of game reviewing and being funny on the internet.

How To Rule As A Dungeon Master

Whether you’ve run players through sessions for years, or are new to the “role playing game” thing, come get help from the audience and three hosts! [Note: This panel covers game mastering in general.]



Intro to Kigurumi Masked 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 make up or wigs!

Iron Artist is an easy and fun way to get your name out there if you’re a budding artist or a good way to just promote yourself if you’re an established artist.

Iron Artist - R (18+)

Iron Artist is a fun competition between fellow artists in a similar nature of Iron Chef. The teams of artists, usually teams of 2 or 3, are given 3 random words from a list created by the audience before the artists enter, and have to create a work of art in a given time. When time is up the audience decides who wins, and at the end of the panel the art is sold to the highest bidder in the audience and the money is split between teams. [ID Required]

Panels & Programming Iron Cosplay

Love Iron Chef? Comeplay the cosplay version! Teams compete by creating the best cosplay outfit they can using boxes of materials and the secret ‘ingredient’.

Japanese Fashion Hair Styling and Makeup Panel

Attitude? Check. Clothes? Check. Hair? Make up? Learn how to do your make up and hair styling like your Japanese fashion icons! Bring make up and hair styling tools to practice! Free giveaways!

Khet: The Laser Game

Alamo Network of Khet Hobbyists (A.N.K.H.) teaches you Khet the Laser Game, an Egyptian-themed game similar to chess, wherein you use LIVE LASERS to take out your opponent’s Pharaoh.

Kieran Strange Concert

Kieran Strange is an electro pop-rock artist, originally from southern England, who has travelled to Canada to record her first demo and EP. See her perform live in concert.

KinderARTen (17+)

Kindergarten arts and crafts, but 17+! Watch Dolly-kei? Mori Girl? Gyaru? Gyaruo? Host- the madness ensue as we ruin your childhood memories! [ID Required] kei? Lolita? Spank? What do all of these mean? These are all types of Japanese fashions for both men and women. With as many Kurabu Dancin’ fashions as there are colors in the rainbow Competition - Intro having a guide can be a great help. Ever wanted to show off your awesome dance skills by dancing to your favorite anime/JOur fashion mavens has been following the Pop/K-Pop song? Whether it’s Para Para, Japanese trends for years and is ready to old-school break-dancing, or just doing the share her knowledge with the San Japan wave - we want to see your skill! congoers in hopes to inspire them into jumping out of their t-shirts and into some frill. Kurabu Dancin’ Whether you’re into lace, hot pants, boheCompetition - Final mian, or 80s retro there is a Japanese style Ever wanted to show off your awesome dance waiting to be discovered by you! skills by dancing to your favorite anime/JPop/K-Pop song? Whether it’s Para Para, Japanese Pop old-school break-dancing, or just doing the It’s an all-out jam-fest! Come bond with felwave - we want to see your skill! Let’s see low J-Pop fans over the latest contemporary who’ll come out on top! releases in the J-pop scene, including past upbeat tracks, with a multitude of high-quality Larping - DIY Weapons videos. DIY weapons: modifying toy guns to creating your own, painting, antique finishes, and Jump Panel cheats for those one a budget. Live Action One Piece, Bleach, Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragon Role Play: touches on the ins and outs of role Ball, Yu-gi-oh, Katekyo Hitman Reborn and play, how to be a villain, and how to deal with more. What do these all have in common? people in and out of their personas. They’re all shounen! Come to the panel all about shounen manga and anime!

Japanese Fashion Panel

Light ‘Em Up Gadgets

K-Pop 101

We will talk bout K-Pop fandom, music, etc. We will also show some K-Pop music videos and have some question and answer sessions as well as a giveaway at the end. We will basically cover everything we can in the time alotted.


Presenting K-Pop² for the fanatics and total noobs who just like hotties. From music and shows to news and scandals, we’ll cover it all! Did I mention we have trivia and prizes? ‘Cuz we got those too!

Want to make a prop light up, but don’t know how? Learn simple tricks to add lights and flair to your costume!

Like A Zombie!

They’re back! Join us for one last meet about them before they take over.

Lolita Bingo

Lolita Bingo is just like the classic game, but with an EGL twist! If luck is on your side, you could walk away with some fun prizes!

Lolita Fashion 102 Dressing for your Body Type

This panel will cover tips and tricks for dressing in lolita with your body type in mind, such as tall or plus size. Anyone can wear lolita!

Lolita Panel & Swap Meet

Lace, bows, and frills on all of your clothes! Come to the Lolita Panel & Swap Meet to learn and discuss the various styles of lolita fashion!

Lolita Password

This is a lolita themed event and is a game designed for lots of people to have an opportunity to play. Pairs from the audience will be given the chance to come up and give their partners clues to guess popular words/phrases related to lolita within a time limit. Those that succeed will get to pick from a variety of small prizes.

Madcast Podcast brings you the Madcast Podcast, a unique wrestling talk show hosted by Madness, CJ Xavier, and Kevin Dagger, who are independent wrestler with over 40 years of experience combined, that discusses all the hottest wrestling news from the perspective of a Wrestler. We also share our experiences from the road and through out our career to give people an understanding of what it takes to be in the business, we call professional wrestling.

Manga Distilled: What Makes a Good Manga?

We discuss the elements of a good manga and attempt to arrive at the quesiton of what the best manga series is.

Manga Studio 101

A step by step of how to create your own manga with manga artist Amelie. Bring a note book, there will be a test… Not really.

LittleKuriboh: Unabridged

Martin Billany, the person who started the abridged parody that has caused a firestorm on YouTube. Martin talks about how he got it started, how it is done, and you can finally ask him all those burning questions you had about Yu-Gi-Oh: Abridged.


This popular event lets people take the microphone and sing their favorite songs. We will have America and Japanese songs available


Panels & Programming Mask Making Craft Area for the Masquerade Ball

Need a mask for the masquerade? Come make your own using the carious craft supplies provided! We even have glitter! Masquerade Dance Lessons This panel will be covering the basics steps of the waltz, tango, swing, and cha-cha. These dances will be the most easy to learn for beginners. Volunteers with dancing experience are welcomed to help with the event. Each lesson will be 30 minutes each to help teach the basic steps. An extra 40 minutes after the last lesson is taught, there will be time for the people to have one on one help on dances of their choice.

Mock Combat (Beginner)

What Is Mock Combat? From Chris Ayres: “Mock Combat for Cosplay is a workshop that I’ve put together for conventions. It was suggested with my back ground in stage combat that I start doing workshops for conventions.” This is the beginners class to help get your feet wet.

Mock Combat (Intermediate)

What Is Mock Combat? From Chris Ayres: “Mock Combat for Cosplay is a workshop that I’ve put together for conventions. It was suggested with my back ground in stage combat that I start doing workshops for conventions.” This is the advanced class to help those who want to learn advanced techniques.

Multicultural Steampunk

Nerdcore Comedy

Stand up comedy show featuring comcis from across Texas performing material for nerds and nerds at heart.

nH! Presents Improvisational Fanfiction Theatre

Come watch and be amazed as those crazy guys from ninjaHELL! read out loud some of the wierdest pieces of fanfiction they can find... and watch as they bring in volunteers to act the tales out!

Don’t let the name fool you; it’s fun for everyone. The game combines memory skills, charades, and a little bit of taboo. Come meet new people and play a fun game with an anime twist!

Name That Character

Different teams compete to name 5 characters, in a round based on either anime, video game, American cartoons, and live action characters. Two 2-person teams compete to identify on cosplay characters.


Youtube Ocarinist “Docjazz4” will discuss the ocarina’s history from ancient Meso-America to modern-day Japan, demonstrate a variety of ocarinas, and play songs from your favorite games and anime!

Opening Ceremonies

The staff and guests will be here to introduce San Japan: Mach 5, talk about what’s happening, and what to expect.

Ouran Host Club ninjaHELL! Presents: Mad Bull 34

In New York’s 34th Precinct, the only people standing in the way of crime are Police Officers Daizaburo “Eddie” Ban and John “Sleepy” Estes. Of course, Officer Estes is also known as “Mad Bull”, due to his complete disregard of policy and regulations while out on patrol. Oh, and him shooting criminals with a shotgun the moment he sees arrives at the scene of a robbery. Did we mention wthat pops up in the first 15 minutes of Episode 1 of a 4-episode series that gets even more out there? [ID Required] Join Kubu-kun the Sound Ninja and Tsubakun the Bullseye Ninja as they show off one of their favorite series ever, and celebrate the upcoming DVD revival (thank you, Discotek). Prize giveaways and hilarity guaranteed, but the Miranda Rights of the criminals shown are not! ninjaHELL! Presents: Mad Bull 34 - Only Love Can Stop The Riffing.

Discussion and demonstrations of steampunk outside of Victorian England. Learn how to in- ninjaHELL! VI - [Insert Star tegrate other cultures into steampunk without Wars Reference Here] offending others. [Hold 45° away from you before reading] Watch some crazy footage get riffed to “... Multicultural Steampunk: where no one has gone before” (that is from Star Wars, right?). Advanced Discussion and demonstrations of steampunk outside of Victorian England. This panel con- Nintendo DS / 3DS Street tinues where the basic Multicultural SteamPass Meetup punk panel left off providing a more in depth Bust out your DS’s and 3DS’s for your chance focus on specific cultures. to play games and even exchange your

Naked Bacon

Ocarinas: From Aztecs to Zelda

A live re-enactment of characters from Ouran Host Club will be your hosts. Stop on by as everyone will be in character.

Para Para 101

Come experience a slice of the Japanese club scene with EKS-D ParaPara! Learn to dance and find out about the origins of parapara and about the eurobeat, techno, and dance-pop music it accompanies.

Photoshop 101

New to photoshop? Then join us in this panel to learn the basics about resolution, different image files, layers, filters, and more!

Picking the Right Choices: Visual Novels and You!

Curious about this medium that you’ve never heard of? Play one or two, and would like to know more? Or do you have fond memories about some older titles from the 1980s? Whichever you fall into, we hope you drop in to learn and discuss these unique properties.

Poke-Battle Live!

Each trainer paired up with a Pokemon and have a really fun time play-fighting the opposing team. The moves of your Pokemon are to be acted out after you call them.

Pony Jeopardy!


We have taken the classic game show Jeopardy! and put our own twist on it: We added My Little Pony! You can audition to play or watch the fun double. Either way, this is sure to be a quite a show!

Obi Musubi Tying Worksho

Pose Off!

Musubi are knots used to tie the obi around a kimono. Get hands on assistance with specific musubi using a variety of obi, including your own and obi for men.

OBJECTION! Ace Attorney Panel

Join your favorite finger pointing and desk slamming lawyers, Phoenix Wright and Miles Edgeworth for quizes, mock trials, and so much more!

This game features a variety of quirky, family friendly poses for any member of the audience to participate! The game is simple: come to the front, watch how the moderator strikes a pose, and imitate! The Pose Off is where it’s at!

Ring Energy - VGPonies

You’ve heard of Brentalfloss? Well it’s like that! Only sans floss. And with a female vocalist. We’ve got music about ponies as well as regular “with lyrics” type antics!

Panels & Programming Rocky Horror (18+)

The famous movie comes alive as After Midnight Productions puts on this cult classic for everyone to partake in. [ID Required]

Suck It Up

With the growing popularity of corsets in not only steampunk, but comic books, sci fi and anime, we feel its important to educate those wanting to don such a clothing article. This is not just a fashion panel as much as a safety RPG Campaigns in a Nutshell panel, teaching those new and familiar with Have an idea that you want other people to corsets about proper wear and tear, mainteplay through? Do you wonder how people come up with their own campaigns? Some of nance, and even some of the hazards of not wearing a corset properly. While beautiful, the guys from ninjaHELL! will show you the we stress that corsets are also something that basics of making a memorable game. changes a body’s natural shape, and should be taken seriously.

San Japan Forum Meetup

One forum unites them. One quest binds them. The annual San Japan forum meetup! Fellow boardies and those interested or have questions on joining the forums are welcome to join. There will be snacks!

The K-Pop/Hallyu Wave

In which K-Pop fans or interested attendants experience the growing Hallyu wave for themselves. There will be variety games derived from Korean shows, PRIZES, discussions, and many more. Come have fun!

The Monsters of Doctor Who

A look back at the evolution of Daleks & Cybermen and all the other aliens and creatures in the Doctor Who universe.

The Slants Concert

Supernatural Slumber Party

Love the show Supernatural? Bring your sleeping bag, pillow, and snacks and spend the night watching some of your favorite episodes with us!

They’ve been described as “Chinatown Dance Rock,” but the Slants are far from a novelty ac.” Coming from Portland, Oregon, listen to them perform live in concert has they rock out the Grand Hyatt at Main Events.

Sewing with Interfacing for Cosplay

Swap Meet

The Slants Q&A

Come trade your old goods for new. You Take your cosplay to a whole other level in never know what treasures will be unearthed. professionalism! Learn what interfacing is and Follow @bloodsxmistress on Twitter for con why it’s amazing! swap meet updates.

If you liked what you heard Friday night at their concert or a fan of the rock band then you can talk to them in person and ask them plenty of questions.

Shadow Casting 101

Talk to the Directors

The Internet is Awesome

Ever wanted to know what it takes to do your This discussion will bring together different own shadow cast? Well, drop on by and learn directors of anime to discuss on how the how from After Midnight Productions. directing process is done in making an anime series

Soul Eater Fan Panel

Death the Kid wants to talk about nothing but symmetry, but we’re not going to let him. Come join the rest of the Soul Eater crew for this fan panel discussion hosted by the Sad Panda Brigade.

Squiddy’s Cosplay Photography 101

Learn the fundamentals of good cosplay photography with Squiddy the Tentacle Guy. This interactive workshop will cover the operation of your camera, using available light for best effect, flash photography, posing, and some tips on getting the best results in the worst situations.

Steampunk 101

Tavern of the Spoken Word

Come join the Airship Constantine in the Tavern of the Spoken Word, where the stage The Worst Cosplay Contest is open to all readers in this poetry jam! We’ll Forget the best, it takes a lot of effort to look also be featuring a performance by our own your worst! You think you have the worst coMr. Light and Mr. Dark! splay ever? Then come and see if your’s will get picked at the Worst Cosplay Contest!

Tea Tasting Panel

Sample the flavorful world of tea in this Tea Tasting Panel. Get to experience the diverse array of tastes and aromas, while learning about tea, it’s history, medicinal properties and how it’s made. Paper cups are provided, but everyone is encouraged to bring their own tea cup to the party!

Texas Musume Meet,

The panel will cover the origins of steampunk, types and styles of steampunk, and the Greet, and ENJOY! philosophical underpinnings of the steampunk Texas Musume are fans who perform dance covers and work on performances that are enmovement. tertaining for everybody. We will show videos, chat, live performances, and explain how to Swordfighting 101: It’s Not join! Check us out!

Always the Pointy End

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.

Learn to use the European sword. Workshop The Bancast! covers basic strikes and grappling techniques. Live Podcast /w Kuriboh Approach is equal parts historical and MMA The Bancasters are back, joined by guest cross-training. Little Kuriboh, to talk about video games, life, and stuff, as well as answering any question you could EVER come up with. The Bancast is all about honesty. [ID Required]

The Youth of Anime

At this panel, we will discuss how some of the younger viewers of anime have been affected by it. Older viewers are encouraged to come and express how it helped them when they were young too.

Traditional Japanese Clothing

This panel will discuss the basics of wearing traditional Japanese clothing, such as kimono, hakama, yukata, and more. We will talk about the variety of kimono and when it is traditionally appropriate to wear them. Then we will cover the use of traditional Japanese clothing in cosplay costumes and modern modifications to traditional clothing. In addition, we will talk about low cost alternatives to the layers and accessories to help keep your cosplay costs down.


Panels & Programming Vampires Rule, Wolves Drool - A NO ‘Twilight’ Vampiric Crash Course!

This panel is all about the ins and outs of vampires. We’ll take a look at vampires in history, pop culture, what it takes to be a creature of the night, and more! This panel is all about the good, the bad and the fanged! Whether you’re a fan of fanged wonders or part of the undead occult this panel is sure to keep you spell bound! Just remember no garlic or crosses! Leave those suckers at the door!

Video Game Jeopardy

Video Game Jeopardy where random audience members are selected to test their video game knowledge and win free games.

Video Game V.A. Q&A

Talk to the guests who have been behind the mic of many popular video games and learn how the voice-over work is done when you hear your characters speaking in the game. Also learn how it is different and what goes on in the business.

Video Production 101

Learn the in-and-outs of making videos in this exciting panel! Scheduling, equipment, locations, budgeting and logistics, whoo!

V.I.P. Guest Brunch

GOLD PASS ONLY - Eat brunch and get an intimate discussion with the guests.

Voice Actors: Unplugged (18+)

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

Web Based Comic Panel

Learn how to create your own web-based comics with manga artist Amelie, who is currently working on two webcomics.

Web-Comic Development 101

Learn the essential steps into developing a web-comic for beginners and those looking to break into the field.

Whachow! Live! Podcast /w LK & Egoraptor

Come join Whachow Live! It’s like the podcast only more in your real lifeish. We’ve got terrible fanfiction and a Q&A where you can ask us anything. Share you deepest darkest desires with Psyguy, LK, and any of the cast the manages to show up to this thing.


What’s Homestuck?

Got any qusetions for the players of Homestuck? Confused about quadrants? Wanna learn more about stairs? We have all the anwsers. This is a Homestuck Q&A.

Who Wants To Be a Weeaboo?

Based off the popular game show, contestants will be picked from the crowd to be in the “Hot Seat” and answer anime related questions from a variety of shows. The more questions you answer, the more prizes and possibly, you could win the big prize of the night (which will remain a secret ufufu...).

Wig Wefting Workshop

Learn how to weft wigs! Each person will receive wefting materials and get to take their projects home!

Wings for Cosplay

Angel, dragon, and fairy wings, oh my! Learn about wing structure, how to build them, harness support, where to get materials!

World Mythology in Anime and Manga Hear the story of Thor in a Wedding Dress and other stories. The Japanese love to borrow from old stories and traditions. Learn about Dullahan and other world mythology used in anime

Yaoi Anime/Manga Discussion

A discussion of present and past popular Yaoi manga and anime. [ID Required]

YaoiFest w/ Teahouse (18+)

If you understand what the term “Yaoi” means, you need to show up. Hours of “Yaoi” to be shown to an adult audience. [ID Required]

Cosplay Events Hall Cosplay

Video Game Cosplay

As an alternative to going on stage, there is also a Hall Cosplay competition at San Japan. This contest will be a craftsmanship only based competition that will see costumes being judges as they signed up. There is no pressure to perform on stage and your work will be able to speak for itself in a more intimate experience with the Cosplay Staff and Directors. Awards for Hall will be presented at the same ceremony as the Stage awards at the end of the Cosplay Show.

1. All Entries must be of Video Game Origins 2. All Entries must maintain a PG rating! 3. At least 50% of your outfit must be made or altered by the entrant to compete 4. Reference materials are encouraged and are to be presented during Judging

The Basic Rules

The awards are as follows:

The Run Down

Best Novice (single or group) Best Open (single or group)

1. Report to the Video Game Cosplay Contest Registration Table - Sign-up, get judged and have your photo taken

Cosplay Photo Booth

2. Check back on Sat. after the VGCC Registration is over to see if you won - Winners will be contacted through txt message and phone calls

HBG Convention Center In Front of Room 101

3. If you are one of the winners, you will receive your Award.

San Japan Mach 5 VGCC Awards

Hours: Friday - 9:30am to 1:30pm & 3:00pm to 7:00pm Saturday - 8:30am to 1:30pm & 3:00pm to 7:00pm Sunday - 9:30am to 12:30pm & 2:00pm to 5:00pm San Japan and Toshi Yamioka Photography will be having a professional photo booth this year. It will be FREE for registered attendees to have your cosplay photo taken in a professional setting with a nominal charge to have a print made on-site. Selected photos will be posted on Toshi’s Flickr, on San Japan’s Facebook and on this website. Adjusted prices for the photobooth printing services (tax is included): 4 Wallets (2 x 3) – $5 5 x 7 – $6 8.5 x 11 – $10 13 x 19 – $15 12 Wallets (2 x 3) – $13 (Savings of $2) Three (3) 5 x 7s – $15 (Savings of $3) Two (2) 8.5 x 11 – $16 (Savings of $4) Two (2) 13 x 19 – $24 (Savings of $6)

◊  Best Craftmanship ◊  Best Technical Skill ◊  Best Character Representation ◊  Evil Pastry Favorite ◊  Evil Pastry Favroite

Sign-up Schedule Friday - 1:00pm to 6:00pm Saturday - 10:00 to 2:00pm

Info About the Event The Video Game Cosplay Contest [VGCC] will be held like a Hall Cosplay. It will be located at the Evil Pastry Studio Artist Alley Table. We will have “Judges” at the table to talk to the entrants and take their photo. At the end of the contest, all the winners are selected and will be notified via a txt message, a phone call and it will be posted at the Evil Pastry Studio artist alley table as well. The plan is to have the winners notified and gathered to announce their awards on stage. Photos and video footage of the the entrants and VGCC event will be put together in a video and uploaded to Youtube. A link and copy of the photos and footage will be given so it can be used for promotional purposes.

Metallic 13×19 – $22 For more info, check out Toshi Yamioka’s website: http://cosplay.


Cosplay Events Cosplay Show Class System San Japan is uses a Three Class competition system for Craftsmanship, Performance, and Walk-On judging. This is to ensure fairness in competition. It is HIGHLY important that all potential entries read and understand the layout of this system. If you have any questions at all, we strongly encourage you to ask away. Youth: Specifically for entries 13 and younger, this is a low pressure division for younger cosplayers entering into the contest. All participants will receive a participation award as a result of helping support the hobby in some way. We encourage parents to enter their young children in this division. Novice: This is the class for first time costumers or people who have been costuming for less than a year with no major awards (Judge’s Awards are not counted). They will have their own award category for all three major judgments. If you have been costuming for over a year and are not perfectly confident in your skill, please discuss this with us so we might negotiate your placement in this category. Journeyman: This is the class for all cosplayers whom have been cosplaying for some time or have won awards, major or other sort of award. They will have their own award category in all three major judgments. There may be some who do not fulfill the normal requirements of Journeyman placed in this category if the directors and judges feel you should be competing at this level given situations where a first time costumer is able to produce a higher level craft (it has happened, we promise). Master: This is the class for all cosplayers whom have been cosplaying for a long time or have won several major awards, such as Best in Show or multiple Best in Class or Best Performance awards. They will have their own award category in all three major judgments. Entries will not be bumped from Journeyman to Master and it is purely opt-in only. If you are confident you meet the standards of this division, please enter at this level. All professionals (as in you costume for a living) need to enter at this level for the sake of fairness. Note about Divisions: Any Novice entry, be it a walk-on or a skit, can be bumped up to Journeyman division by the judges discretion in order to ensure fairness.

Awards for Stage There will be several awards presented at the San Japan Cosplay Show. The following are brief descriptions of each:


Best Performance (Walk-On): There will be an award for all three classes for this category. This will be based entirely on an entry’s ability to command the stage and entertain the audience with both posing and stage presence. Best Performance (Skit): There will be an award for all three classes for this category. This will be based on the quality and execution of a skit entry, given their ability to execute their performance as well as entertain the audience and keep people excited about their entry. This applies to all skits, be they dance numbers, dramatic scenes, or comedic sketches. Best Craftsmanship: There will be an award for all three classes for this category. This award is based purely on the skill of your craft and performance is not factored in at all. Excellence in costuming as well as prop/accessory construction will be looked at here. Best in Class: Basically, there will be three Runner Up awards for Best In Show based on Class, and these are it. See below for Best in Show Best in Show: This is a category that all three classes will compete for. This will be awarded to the entry that shows the best examples of both craftsmanship and performance together. This is considered the top award in the show. Note about Awards: Novice entries bumped up to Journeyman during competition will be eligible for Journeyman level awards. If there are no Master level cosplayers in any given award division, an award will not be given for that class.

Craftmanship 1. The Gear Project endorses a “75% rule” on craftsmanship. This rule means that at least 75% of your costume must be made or modified personally. Note that this rule does not have to apply to shoes and wigs. 2. Modification: The 75% rule for costumes that are modified from store-bought pieces means that at least 75% of the work put into this costume was alterations, accessories, props or details. For example, buying a T-shirt, jeans and a jacket does not count as 75% craftsmanship. Altering the jacket to fit, painting details on the jeans and sewing trim or patches on the T-shirt does count as 75% craftsmanship. 3. If your costume was commissioned (bought or ordered from another person who did more than 75% of the work on the costume), and the maker is present at the contest, you may compete but note that the prize (if one is won) will go to the maker of the costume, not the model. If the maker is not present at the contest, you may not enter the contest.

Judge’s Award: These are the personal awards of each judge that they may present to whomever they wish. Class does not mean anything here and the qualifications of the award are dependent entirely on the judge presenting it. There will be 5, one for each Judge.

4. For group entries, at least half of your group must comply with these rules. For example, if you have three people in your group and two of them bought their costumes, you are not eligible to enter the contest. If you have three people in your group and only one of them bought their costume, you are eligible.

Best Youth: This will be awarded to the overall best entry in the Youth Division (13 and under). It will be a general award based on both presentation and craftsmanship, and will be awarded to the child and anyone that helped them make the costume (if applicable)

5. The craftsmanship rule may be waived for skits, which will then be judged solely on performance and not on construction. Note that this is an option for skits, not mandatory. We strongly encourage skits to opt in for craftsmanship judging if applicable.

Cosplay Events 6. If an entry is believed to be dishonest with how they are presenting their craftsmanship, they will be disqualified and removed from the show. Our judges will be able to recognize purchased costumes. Please do not waste your time and ours, taking away slots from people who followed the rules. Craftsmanship Pre-judging for any entry that has already signed up for the show can be done throughout the day at the Cosplay Pre-Judging room, adjacent to the sign up room. We strongly encourage everyone to take advantage of this, but if you cannot or do not wish to, there will still be pre-judging during Rehearsal.

Basic Rules for the Stage As a note, all Skit entries will be pre-screened before being allowed on stage. Signing up for the show does not guarantee you a place in the show. Pre-screening means we will be going through skits for content that do not follow our rules or for things that might go over time. We require a script from all skit entries, recorded or not, to be turned in at the time of entry. If your skit has audio, please turn the CD in with your entry form and script. If you do not have your script ready, do not sign up until you have one ready. 1. Content: We expect all stage entries, both walk-ons and skits, to ensure their entry maintains a TV-PG rating (not how PG is defined for film, but for television). To quote Wikipedia: TV-PG (Unsuitable for young children) This rating signifies that the program may be unsuitable for younger children without the guidance of a parent. Many parents may want to watch it with their younger children. Various game shows and most reality shows are rated TV-PG for their suggestive dialog, suggestive humor, and/or coarse language. Some prime-time sitcoms such as Everybody Loves Raymond, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Simpsons, Futurama (on FOX and adult swim airings), and Seinfeld usually air with a TV-PG rating. Recently, Cartoon Network has been using the PG rating to rate shows that may contain suggestive dialogue, crude humor, or scary elements, such as Total Drama Island, 6teen, Gundam Wing and reruns of Goosebumps (on FOX, Goosebumps was rated TV-Y7 for scary/disturbing content). Also, on Nickelodeon, Invader Zim is also rated TV-PG when uncut.. Also some unamericanized anime sometimes receives this rating such as Princess Tutu, One Piece (the FUNimation version, though some episodes are rated TV-Y7-FV), Naruto and Kodocha. Some feature films originally rated PG-13 are edited for network or basic cable and are rated TV-PG. Despite edits, all episodes of the show Naruto are given a TV-PG rating. Basically, if it can’t air on Cartoon Network daytime, then it won’t fly on our stage. This rule applies to all entries. 2. Time: Skits are allowed exactly three (3) minutes. (This is a HARD Limit. We will not accept any entries with audio beyond 3 minutes/180 Seconds. NO exceptions.) You are not allowed any more, and are encouraged to take less. We strongly suggest your skit use pre-recorded audio to ensure the smooth running of the show. Skits that go over time will be disqualified and removed from the stage. Participants of the Cosplay Show Walk-Ons will be 30 Seconds. This time limit will be extended for large/bulky/otherwise difficult to maneuver costumes only. All other walk-ons who are on stage beyond

60 seconds will be disqualified; this is the maximum time any walk-on will be allowed. Music for walk-ons, if submitted to us, is encouraged to be longer than 30 seconds (at least a minute) to allow for smooth cues. 3. Stunts: Any choreographed fighting or stunts must be done at 3/4s speed and jumping/tumbling, while not against the rules, is discouraged. You will not be counted against for jumping/tumbling, but for your safety we’d rather you did not. Please discuss it with the directors if you plan to do any of this. 4. Karaoke: There will be karaoke related events at the convention at other times, including Ani-Idol. Therefore, we see no reason for these types of performances during the cosplay show and are thus not allowed. If you desire to sing on stage, please do so at an event other than the Cosplay Show. We suggest signing up for Ani-Idol. 4a. We are limiting skits/performances containing dances that are memetic in nature, such as dances from Vocaloid videos or IdolMaster. If you’re going to be doing a choreographed dance from something like these, please run it by us first when you turn in your music/script/blocking. This does not apply to those who choreograph their own dancing. All original dance skits must be in cosplay. Dance outfits will not count as cosplay. 5. Cleanliness: Anything that goes on stage with you leave with you. Do not bring any sort of particle/fluid/other projectile on stage with you. It is not our responsibility to clean up after your performance. 6. Bulky Costumes: Please inform us ahead of time if your costume is difficult to move around in so we can make proper accommodations. We are willing to do almost anything in order to allow an amazing costume on stage so please talk to us! 7. Group size limits: We are limiting the amount of people on stage to Eight (8). You may have more than that in your group, but not on stage at a single time. 8. You must show up ON TIME for Saturday afternoon required pre-rehearsal to be listed on the convention schedule with the time of when you need to arrive at the designated panel room for check-in, pre-judgment & walkthrough. We recommend you arrive early. If you arrive LATE, you WILL be disqualified from the show. Do not arrive 30 minutes before the cosplay show is about to start to check-in else you will already have been disqualified. 8a. If you have signed up for the Cosplay Show via San Japan’s website, you absolutely MUST check in at the sign up table on Friday or Saturday so that we can confirm your entry. If you do not do this, your entry will be void and you will be removed from the show. Please do not show up at rehearsal if you have not done this, as you will not be allowed in the show. 9. Sandbagging: Sandbagging is, in the simplest terms, taking a costume that has already won a major award at a larger or more prestigious contest, or has won several major awards all together, and entering it into this contest and expecting the same results. It can also mean entering a high-skill level costume at the Novice level. Neither are allowed at San Japan’s cosplay contest. The costume will be discreetly disqualified if the person(s) walks on the stage. If it is found that a cosplayer had gotten away with ‘sandbagging’ after the duration of the contest/ convention then the award given will be revoked and nullified in the posted award winners.


Gaming Console Gaming

Tabletop Gaming

This is the video game console room tournament schedule for San Japan 5 (2012). The FEE for Tournaments with noted with POT is $5. A San Japan convention badge is required in order to enter the Console room. The console room will be located in the Gallery inside the Exhibit Hall A of the Convention Center.


HBG Convention Center Gallery


2pm: Halo Reach FFA (Limit 16) [Pot] 3pm: Blaz Blue [Free] 4pm: Mario Kart Wii [Free] 6pm: Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition [Pot] 7pm: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 FFA [Pot] (Limit 16) 8pm: Super Smash Brothers Melee [Pot] 9pm: Soul Caliber 5 [Pot] 10pm: King Of Fighter 3 [Pot]


2pm: Halo Reach 2v2 [Pot] (Limit 16 Teams) 3pm: Dragon Ball Z Raging Blast 2 PS3 [Free] 4pm: Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 [Pot] 6pm: Super Smash Brothers Brawl [Pot] 7pm: Gears Of War 3 2v2 [Pot] (Limit 16) 9pm: Skull Girls [Free] 10pm: Bomber Man [Free]


2pm: Mortal Kombat 9 [Pot]


HBG Convention Center Exhibit Hall A 4pm: Kaijudo 4pm: Naruto 7pm: Friday Night Magic


12pm: Pokemon 12pm: World of Warcraft 4pm: Magic Legacy 4pm: Yugioh Traditional 8pm: Magic Draft [$15]


12pm: Yugioh 3pm: Carfight Vanguard

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Convention Spaces Dealers Room HBG Convention Center Ballroom A General Attendee Hours: Friday - 12:30pm to 7:30pm Saturday - 10:00am to 7:30pm Sunday - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Gold Pass Hours: Friday - 12:00pm to 7:30pm Saturday - 9:30am to 7:30pm Sunday - 9:30am to 4:00pm

Dealers: ACI Services Anime Depot Anime Pavillion Anime Pop Anime Remix Antarctic Press Austin Browncoats Best Anime Shop Boshi Basiik BowenDragon1 Cartoon Passion Collector’s Universe and Anime Creepy Classics Digital Discs Discotek Media


Fuzumi! (by RavenMoon) Game Over Videogames Global Anime Greentea Design Half Full Studios Hen Da Ne IT Cosplay JPNToys Kampai Kimono Kawaii Gifts La’De’Da’s LevelUp Studio Myth Adventures Nine Tails

Octane Toys Ooples Pan-Gaia Designs Rik & Ric Otaku Café Roll2Play (Exhibit Hall) Ronin Shogun Enterprises The Anime Jutsu Those Anime People Tokens ToyMatrix Vamplets Wayne’s Comic Closet White Lightning Productions Yuki Pearl and Jade Trading Company

Convention Spaces Artist Alley

HBG Convention Center Exhibit Hall A Artists: AA&A Artistries Artistic Oddities Azure Illustrations Awesome Badges Blue Vanilla Studios Bonnie Tang Brian Gallegos Centimetre Art Chuck -- Warhound Studio Cinnamoron Studios Cosplay Hospital Cynthia Conner Studios Darien Chen Decalzilla Demmon Dragons Dragonscale

Echo’s Imaginarium Elem My Dear Elise Trinh Evil Pastry Studios Fuwafuwa Inu Creations JamSammich Jason Meador John Yume Katharine Reamsnyder Kawaii Plush’ Kumori-Lover KyokoPro Studios Ladre Little Blob of Green maya • sydney

MildKat Studio Mochi Mochi niseno Post Emporium raduiszero Radtastical Redbeard Comics Retro Dynamite Rowan’s Originals rt by alicechan Ruby Sarus Design Art Inc. Sayuri Studios / SakeVisual Scuttlebutt Ink Sideways Scribble Silvernomiko

Starrhettix Steam Ingenious Studio Sweet Tachiik Talantyre The Kawaii Kitten Uniique vince price White Oblivion Wil Whalen Illustration Wingedphallus Xync Yanimator Illustration Zeiva ZyephCrecia Art Zyn of Oxygen Impulse

Convention Alley

Late Night Artist Alley

Conventions and Organizations:


AnimeFest Anime Matsuri Banzaikon Doctor Who Fans Unite ChimaeraCon Ikkicon Lonestar Con III Mighty Morphin’ Texas Rangers Mu Epsilon Kappa Omnicon Realms Con Sherwood Forest Sith Shadow Council of Texas UltimaCon Ushicon

Dezzy Diamond Cosplay Insane Realm Studios Josh French Vanilla-Cupcake YoSoyJaponesa

HBG Convention Center Exhibit Hall A

Grand Hyatt Hotel 4rd Floor


Convention Spaces Art Show

Manga Library

Silent/Live Auctions

Come sit and enjoy a good read! The Manga Library is brought to you by the San Antonio Public Library Teen Services. And remember. no food is allowed in the Convention Center, treat books with care, and help to maintain a peaceful environment so as not to disturb your neighbors in the library.

HBG Convention Center Room 102 B ◊  Silent Auction starts at noon on Friday and ends at 6:00 pm on Saturday. ◊  All pieces with 2 or more bids will go straight to live auction. ◊  Pieces with one written bid will be sold to that bidder. ◊  All pieces on Sunday with no bids will be sold for the after auction price specified by the artist. If an after auction price is not specified then the piece will be sold for the direct sale price.

Bidders ◊  All bidders must pay a $10 refundable fee to get a bidder number. If you do not bid or win anything we will refund the $10. If you do win a piece in the auction then we will put it towards your payment. ◊  The fee is placed to protect the artists and insure that we have serious bidders only. ◊  If you win a piece and do not pay your $10 deposit, it will go to the artist on whose piece you bid. ◊  All direct sale pieces may be picked up on the spot. We understand that you may want to take the artwork home with you right away and encourage direct sales to insure that you get the piece. ◊  All pieces with 1 bid may be picked up Saturday night at the live auction (either before it starts or after it ends) or Sunday morning between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. ◊  All bids must be in full dollar increments. We will round all the bids up if you choose not to follow the rules and guidelines. ◊  All silent auction bidding will end on Saturday at 6:00 pm. No artwork (with the exception of direct sales) will be allowed to be taken out at that time. The Art Show staff will sort through every piece with bids and bring it to the live auction that evening, where it may be picked up. ◊  We will accept payments in cash only so that we can pay the artists right away. Please allow yourself plenty of cash if you plan on bidding and fighting for your pieces at a live auction (and don’t forget about tax).


HBG Convention Center Room 002

Video Rooms

Grand Hyatt Hotel 3rd Floor Bonham 1-4 Hours: Friday - 24 Hours Saturday - 24 Hours Sunday - 12:00am to 5:00pm

Places to Eat Grand Hyatt Hotel 600 E Market Street San Antonio, Texas 78205 (210) 224-1234

Walking Distance Denny’s -- Open 24 Hours 903 E Commerce St ** Expect it to be packed all weekend.

Perks Coffee & More Achiote River Cafe Bar Rojo Terrace Bar - River Level

Fuddruckers -- Open Until 10:00pm 115 Alamo Plaza

Rivercenter Mall

McDonald’s -- Open Until 10:00pm 101 Alamo Plaza

Restaurants Chili’s Fogo de Chao Hooters Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano Maria Mia’s Mexican Restaurant Morton’s -- The Steakhouse Tony Roma’s

Food Court & Snacks Bourbon Street Cafe Cinnabon Chicken Now Dairy Queen Gourmet Kabob House Great American Cookie Co. Great Wraps Cafe Little Tokyo Marble Slab Creamery Sbarro’s Italian Eatery Side Wok Cafe Starbucks Sweet Factory Time Out Corner Store II Tutti Frutti

Driving Distance IHOP -- Open 24 Hours 3820 Broadway Street Lulu’s Bakery & Cafe -- Open 24 Hours 918 N Main Street Mi Tierra -- Open 24 Hours 218 Produce Way The Pig Stand -- Open 24 Hours 1508 Broadway Street

Iron Cactus -- Open Until 11:00pm 200 E River Walk Street

Pat O’Brien’s -- Open Until 2:00am 121 Alamo Plaza Pizza Hut -- Open Until 10:00pm 217 Alamo Plaza Schilo’s Delicatessen -- Open Until 8:30pm 428 E Commerce Street ** Best Root Beer in Town Subway -- Open Until 10:00pm 109 Alamo Plaza The Original Mexican Restaurant -- Open 24 Hours 528 E River Walk Street Whataburger -- Open 24 Hours 412 E Commerce Steet ** Expect it to be packed all weekend.

Delivery Domino’s Pizza -- Until 2:00am (210) 527-9505 King’s Palace -- Until 11:00pm (210) 824-0279 / (210) 824-6878 Pizza Hut -- Until 12:00am (210) 798-4800 Pizzarita’s -- Until 10:30pm (210) 293-7482 Sushi Zushi -- Until 11:00pm (210) 472-2900


San Japan Staff Jason “Jay” Perez

Dave “Proz” Henkin

Lauren “SheWolf” Heacker

Events Chair

Convention Chair

Logistics Chair

Sven “Doc” Berglowe

The Gear Project

Nahal Mirzaie

Craige Howlett

Safety Director

Cosplay Coordinators

Volunteer Coordinator

Convention Advisor

Chad Davis

Pablo Miguel Vazquez

Safety Coordinator

Steampunk Coordinator

Christopher Morton Spencer Mears

Communications Manager

Corrine Howlett

Move In/Out Team

Matt “Comter” Zeisler regIT

S. David Ramirez Media/PR Coordinator

Registration Contact

Adrian “Bear” Padilla Ken Wallen

Randy “Arc Angel” Gray Thomas “Eddo” Fort Sarah “Sai” Kimmey

DJ Coordinator

Info Desk Coordinators

Kara Conner Charity Auction Manager

Nathan Saucier Tabletop Coordinator


Program Guide Design Human Resources Manager J-Pop Room Coordinator

Game Room Director

Night Events Director

Video Room Coordinator

Meghan Olivarez Michael “Kiwi” Johnson

Ricardo “Mr12345” Lepe

Daniel L. Bottoms

Morale Support

Art Show Coordinators

Dealer Room Liaison

Guest Relations Direcor

Levi Hampton

Krystina Johnson Chris Johnson

Michael Hicks Josh Compean

Samantha O’Leary Volunteer Suite Coordinator

Tara McKinney Green Room Coordinator

Katy Tunks

Jackie Naehrig

Con Ops Coordinator

Artist Alley Coordinator

Chris “Kuri” Chapman

Crystal Shedrock

Convention Main Gopher

Merch Manager

Derrick Smith

Bruce Tomlin Rudy Alba

Main Events Coordinator

Garran Tackitt Water Ninja Manager

Tech Coordinators

Special Thanks Thank You Amanda Graves AnimeFest Area 512 Entertainment Brianne Coleman Britt Myer Chibi Ushicon Chris Solis C.W. Reynolds Cynthia Rosas Darrell Hoberer Dragon’s Lair FanimeCon

FUNimation Greg Simone IKKIiCon Jason Meador JA-SSA Michael Loredo Mu Epsilon Kappa Anime Club Nine Tails, Clan Fox ninjaHELL! Omni-con Oni-Con Ooples

Our Lady of the Lake University Pablo & Amy Fraga Patrick Delahanty Randy Gray Ryan Kim Samantha Stevens San Antonio CVB San Antonio Neo-Victorian Association San Antonio Public Library Sarah Sullivan Stuart Hamblin Tod Kennedy UTSA Culture Center And many, many more....

Special thanks goes to Edgar Caballero for creating the front page cover art for this year’s program book. You can find more of his work at:

Lieutenants Alyssa Kirk Ruth Montellano Kitty Oneill

“Crysty” Melly Frydrich

Ian Armstrong Juan Guzman

Joshua Rambo


Artist Alley

Move In/Out

Blaine Willis


Mitchell Davis Main Events

David Booth Koji Linx Shannon Stacy Safety

Victoria Johnson

Stacey L. Moore

Emma Ryle

Volunteer Suite



Kristen Nesbitt Con Operations

Thanks to the 250+ volunteers who have taken the time to help make San Japan: Mach 5 possible!


Autographs & Sketches


Autographs & Sketches


San Japan - mach 5 - August 10th-12th, 2012  
San Japan - mach 5 - August 10th-12th, 2012  

San Japan - mach 5 - August 10th-12th, 2012