New kinds of guests at ACen this year..? Jessica Nigri Monika Lee Inner Mind Theater Tara Strong Grey Delisle
Posted 09 March 2014 - 01:28 AM
What do you think?
Posted 09 March 2014 - 07:43 AM
Also no, I'm not really interested in famous cosplayers, either. I'd much rather see actual manga-ka, anime directors, and other big names like that. We're the 3rd largest anime con in North America and it's about time our guest list reflects that.
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Posted 09 March 2014 - 08:56 AM
As far as IMT goes- they are usually at ACen as attendees. Now I know Nina isn't going this year - she has her college graduation. And I doubt Courtney is because she lives in California right now. Yaya is usually at ACen as well- as a vendor/attendee. Jessica & Monica- I've never seen them there.
In my opinion ACen- which is an anime convention as you said- should stop getting non Anime kinds of guests all together. For several years they have gotten comic artists and things- these guys aren't anime related- ACen should stick to in topic guests. For there are plenty to be had. For people who want to go and see tara strong and the others- they can see them at conventions that aren't about anime and japanese culture.
This post has been edited by KungPowKirby: 09 March 2014 - 09:06 AM
Posted 10 March 2014 - 10:38 AM
Outside of these thirds, you may see some guests primarily unrelated to anime - there was a mention of comic artists above. The original intention of those comic artists coming to ACen was for their involvement with Reading with Pictures, an initiative to teach children to read through comics. We felt it was a great initiative and wanted to bring attention to it by having the creators here to explain it. The focus on that has slipped a bit over time. We are aware of that and are trying to avoid that happening in the future.
One item about cosplaying. Cosplay is a pretty important piece of anime fandom/subculture, especially in the convention circles. While I don't feel that I would invite a well-known cosplayer as a guest, I probably would invite a well-known cosplay artist if their primary focus is teaching costume construction, makeup techniques, and the such.
Lastly, parody and abridging. It's fun, it's great. I'd love to meet the creators and voice over artists. I'm not going to bring them to ACen as guests.
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Posted 10 March 2014 - 02:46 PM
Posted 10 March 2014 - 04:05 PM
Again while I understand the need to have actors from mostly anime, I do think that given that a number of these talents branch out (Travis, Laura, Crispin, for example) that some leeway needs to be extended to voice actors who may not be known for their anime roles but they may have dubbed in voices from Japanese video games, which can be harder than voicing animation in some cases. Not to mention one of the better known animation dubbing studios, Bang Zoom is out in California where Voice actors traditionally go to do work for not just anime but also western animation.
Manga-ka yes would be nice, but it's cool to have comic artist here from the west who have been influenced by anime and manga. There's a number of them and they can talk about how they came up with their styles and what makes them tick.
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Posted 30 March 2014 - 08:08 AM
But having western comic artists isn't bad either. It's a good mix
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Posted 30 March 2014 - 08:39 AM
Also, re; the super popular Western cartoon VAs that have done Japanese video games, I'd be totally cool with that IF and ONLY IF the emphasis is on their work on Japanese video games. I do not want to go to a Grey DeLisle panel and hear a million things about Avatar the Last Airbender when she was invited on the pretense of having worked on Bayonetta, for example. I've also seen a lot of people throwing around a few minor anime roles as reasons to invite the MLP voice actresses. No. Their panels will turn into MLP Q&A's and we all know it. I adore MLP, but I'd much rather those VAs be at a MLP con than here.
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