It is once again time for one of the biggest conventions on the East coast for any and all geeks, nerds, gamers, and otaku. The 2011 New York Comic Con and New York Anime Festival is at the Jacob Javits Convention Center and it is bigger than ever. This year it is going to be 4 days and take up the entire convention center. Comic companies of all sizes are going to be bringing their A-game along with plenty of TV, movie, book, and video game materials as well. The New York Anime Festival is just a small portion of the larger convention but we are still getting Makoto Shinkai, Hiro Mashima, and Junko Takeuchi as well as several premieres and industry panels. That is more than most conventions outside of the Top 10 Anime Cons would ever dream of having. So like last year we did a little mini-podcast detailing our plans. So if you see us at any events feel free to say hello before we run off to our next event.
As a helpful tip: they don’t seem to be updating the website as often as necessary, especially for Japanese guest info. For autograph sessions check here.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Meet Me At The Arcade
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Aniplex of America Panel
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm: DC ALL ACCESS: Batman
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Mythbusters: Anime Edition
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: The State of Mecha
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm: The Venture Bros.
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm: ComiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital!
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Hiro Mashima and Kodansha Comics
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Mark Hamill Spotlight
8:45 pm – 9:45 pm: Vertical, Inc. Industry Panel
11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Fate/Zero Screening (by Aniplex of America)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: DC ALL ACCESS: Justice League
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm: DC ALL ACCESS: Superman
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm: Makoto Shinkai in Conversation with Roland Kelts
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: MARVEL Television Presents
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Womanthology
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm: Winter Is Here: Epic Fantasy Takes The Throne
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: CBLDF: Defending Manga
8:15 pm – 9:00 pm: Black Dynamite
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Tell Your Friends! The Live Show!
10:15 am – 11:00 am: SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: MARVEL: The Incredible Hulk
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Anime News Network
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: DC ALL ACCESS: Young Justice
Eventhough New York Anime Festival is still a baby compared to most other big cons, it has grown up rather quickly! Since it is in my own backyard I look forward to it but this year it had a special surprise in store that made me and others drop our jaws: Yoshiyuki Tomino. A guest this big just blows everything else out of the water for me. If there was nothing else to do at this convention, it wouldn’t matter one bit. I’d pay $50 to see Tomino so this is just like having a bunch of bonus features. And a press pass. No, don’t worry readers, I won’t actually only be reporting on the Tomino related goodness. Another feature of the con I am really looking forward to is the Cencoroll showing and we have a new panel this year! There is plenty to see and do, as always, though some industry absence is mysterious (Yen Press?). I have a feeling it will be good times again at this year’s New York Anime Fest!
Year three of New York Anime Festival has a lot to live up to. The past two years have been amazing for the con and prove that there are definite merits to being professionally run. There is a certain feel that can not be replicated by anything but being fan run but NYAF has the ability to get people like Yoshiyuki Tomino which is enough for me. I am curious how much of Tomino’s pure insanity is going to come out during the con. I mean this is the guy who just said video games are evil. I am sure whatever comes out of his mouth is going to be gold. Other than Tomino the thing I am most looking forward to is our Bloggers Roundtable panel. It’s our first time trying it out but I feel it has a great amount of potential. You take a bunch of people who are known for being insightful and eloquent then have them talk about fascinating topics. This is why people always talk about the Industry roundtable but this is a good deal more personal. We are going to have bloggers from About.com, Ani-Gamers, Anime Almanac, Anime Vice, The Gaming Dungeon, Ogiue Maniax, Reverse Thieves, and Subatomic Brainfreeze, all on one panel. If you are not attending the masquerade I really hope you can stop on in. We are also running our trusty Anime Recruitment panel on Sunday so if you are still around visit us there as well. Other than that we will be around all three days. We will have our homemade Reverse Thieves badges and t-shirts so look for us and say hello!
Our tentative schedule is as follows:
FUNimation Industry panel
Basics of Intellectual Property Rights panel
How I Broke Into the Anime and Manga Industries panel
Yoshiyuki Tomino Keynote
Aniplex Industry panel
Games from Japan vs. Games from The U.S. panel
Fighter’s High: Extra Curricular Battles panel
Del Rey Manga Industry panel
Steampunk in Anime panel
Bandai Industry panel
Yoshiyuki Tomino Q&A
Anime News Network Industry panel
Spoiler: The Panel
Bloggers Roundtable (We are on this panel! 8-9 PM)
Convention War Stories panel
VIZ Media Industry panel
State of the Anime and Manga Industries panel
CPM Retrospective panel
Anime Recruitment (This is our panel! 4-5PM)