On a similar note, I felt like perhaps not enough was done to promote Director Bob Shirohata's attendance. His profile was buried in the program behind just about every other guest and consisted of only a handful of sentences, despite having more to do with anime creation than anyone else within 100 miles. When his attendence was announced on this page and in my email, it was buried invisibly below the announcement for some American VA guest I'd never heard of. Personally, I found this lack of respect a little embarassing.
I briefly attended his panel on anime creation, and it seemed a lot of the younger attendees weren't even aware what his role was in anime creation. I can't blame them, they were mostly all younger fans, but the Con could certainly add a couple of sentences to the program to let people understand the man's stature and position. I'm only vaguely familiar with the man's work, but I feel like we all did him a disservice with his treatment here.
Most Americans don't know how anime is created which is one of the reasons we ran the panel the way we did. The number of people that raised their hands when I asked if they knew how anime was created is what I expected. Now as a convention we can and need to do more to try and build awareness of the workings of the industry both domestic and interntional. Bringing guests like Bob Shirohata, Mika Nomura and Saki who can and are willing to communicate how things work is the first step in building that awareness.
To your second point about guests not being properly promoted, we know and my department will work on it for next year.
@Menchi did you get a chance to check out the Time of Eve Blu-Ray edition that we premiered?
This post has been edited by jsieczkar: 28 May 2011 - 01:02 PM