Derek Padula is the world’s foremost professional Dragon Ball scholar. He illuminates the real-world historical, spiritual, and philosophical culture of Dragon Ball to enable readers to better understand the series and empower themselves on their own life journeys. Derek has written nine books on the franchise and will be selling his books all weekend as well as doing a couple panels, so make sure to visit him at the show and pick up a couple books. You can find his page on the site here.
There will an anime screening room running open to close each day in Grand Gallery Overlook A, sponsored by the good people at JAFAX. This programming room will center attention on anime and manga screenings straight from Crunchyroll, so you know it is fresh stuff. Schedule to be announced at show. Take some time to relax and check out some of the newest anime coming right out of Japan!
Friday at 3:00 pm in Grand Gallery E-F
Cheesy Monsters Raid Again!
Tony discusses his new book on some of those godawful monster movies of the past and gets a good laugh at their expense. Expect some corny jokes and bad one-liners from our closet Kaiju fan.
Friday at 4:30 pm in Monroe Rooms
Aaron Dismuke, Shannon McCormick, and Samantha Ireland
A Rooster Teeth Panel
Rooster Teeth voice actors Aaron Dismuke, Samantha Ireland, and Shannon McCormick discuss working for the independent animation company and making anime in Texas.
Friday at 5:30 pm in Grand Gallery A-C
Voice Acting As A career
Alex has vocied hundreds of animes including “My Hero Academia”, “Escaflowne”, and “Dragon Ball Super”. She discusses her career, how she became a voice actress for the first time, and what is next for her.
Saturday at 11:00 am in Grand Gallery Overlook C-D
Saturday at 12:30 pm in Grand gallery Overlook E
Anime Vs. Cartoon
We love anime. And we love cartoons. If it involves the process of moving images frame by frame, that’s pretty cool. But did you ever wonder how anime and western animation diverged to become such different mediums in the past 100 years? Follow along with NoahClue (animation scholar & audio/video producer) as we trace the origins and independent developments that came to define our modern understandings of these 2 different fields of animation.
Saturday at 3:45 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook C-D
Nicole Porter (Feliciano), Simon Cedarquist, and Malcolm Joseph
Hetalia: Ask A Nation
Ever had a question you wanted to ask one of the nations from Hetalia? Come and ask! We’ll take questions of both serious and good humor, just don’t expect the answers to be historically accurate.
Saturday at 5:30 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook E
Evolution of Dubbed Anime
Since the 1960s, English voice acting has been a valuable and underrated tool in bridging the language barrier for Western anime fans. From the hammy days of Billie Lou Watt’s Astro Boy, all the way to the modern simulcasts of Clifford Chapin’s Bakugo. Looking back at examples from throughout the decades, host NoahClue breaks down the evolution of dubbed anime to highlight the unsung actors of the microphone.
Sunday at 2:45 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook C-D
The Way Of Goku