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  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016
  • 10:00 am PDT posted a new article

    If your costume contest is five hours long, you're doing it wrong

    FanimeCon announced their schedule for their 2016 Masquerade Cosplay Contest on their web site. It's scheduled to start at 6pm and the award announcements will begin around 10:30pm. That means the entire event (not including seating) will last approximately five hours for just 55 entries.

    Here's the program as posted:

    5:30 p.m. - Doors open on Sunday May 29th at the San Jose Civic Auditorium
    6:00 p.m. - Opening announcements and introductions
    6:15 p.m. - Karaoke winner's star performance
    6:20 p.m. - First half: entries 1-25
    7:30 p.m. - Intermission: 15 minute break to get up, stretch your legs and get ready for the second half
    7:45 p.m. - Second half: entries 26-55
    9:00 p.m. - Exposition performances
    9:30 p.m. - Extravaganza's game show
    ~10:30 p.m. - AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT

    Why is the event so long? Let's take a look...

    They've given themselves 30 minutes for seating. That's fine.

    There's 15 minutes for opening announcements and introductions. That seems rather excessive. Five minutes should be more than enough time to welcome everyone, introduce the emcee, introduce a handful of judges, go over some rules, and get started. What's happening for the other 10 minutes? Is it extra padding in case seating takes longer or people aren't actually ready on time?

    The karaoke winner gets 5 minutes to perform. That's a reasonable amount of time to sing a song, but why is this even here? Get the show started and have the karaoke winner perform later while judges are making their decisions.

    The first 25 entries are scheduled for 70 minutes. That's 2.8 minutes per entry. Some of these will be "walk on" entries, meaning that they walk on the stage, strike a few poses, and walk off. These are easily under a minute each...

  • Monday, May 23, 2016
  • 1:00 pm PDT

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - Anime Fan Fest 2016 Report

    It's a new anime convention in a familiar facility. Charles and Doug share their thoughts on Anime Fan Fest 2016.

  • Monday, May 09, 2016
  • 1:00 pm PDT

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - Cosplay Help: Worbla Wrapping

    Make amazing looking cosplay props by wrapping a mold in Worbla. Sketch walks you through his process.

  • Monday, May 02, 2016
  • 1:00 pm PDT

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - Spring Kraken Con 2016 Report

    It's time for Kraken Con once again and Patrick is joined by Hak5's Shannon Morse to talk about the Bay Area's best fan convention.

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2016
  • 10:00 am PDT

    AnimeCons TV Extras posted a new video

    AnimeCons TV Extras - Spring Kraken Con 2016 Costume Contest

    This is our recording of the Spring Kraken Con 2016 costume contest and awards presentation in Oakland, California. Our complete coverage of Spring Kraken Con 2016 can be seen on AnimeCons TV.

  • Monday, April 25, 2016
  • 1:00 pm PDT

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - April 2016 Feedback

    Patrick responds to the previous four weeks of feedback from the show floor at Kraken Con Spring 2016, plus some news about some of the AnimeCons TV cast.

  • Saturday, April 23, 2016
  • 10:00 am PDT

    The Chibi Project posted a new episode

    The Chibi Project Finale (Part 1)

    After more than 17 years and 63 experiments, The Chibi Project is coming to a close. Share in the emotional final episode as recorded live at Anime Boston 2016.

    Custom headband provided by Morlock Enterprises.

  • Monday, April 18, 2016
  • 1:00 pm PDT

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - Bangor Comic & Toy Con 2016 Report

    Reuben (aka "Movie Phone Guy") explores Bangor Comic & Toy Con in Bangor, Maine and talks with attendees.

  • Saturday, April 16, 2016
  • 10:00 am PDT posted a new article

    The Curious Case of Wine Country Comic Con

    Two and a half months ago, I was at LumaCon, a small comic convention put on in Petaluma, California by local librarians to encourage kids to read and create art. It was a great little con that I reported on for AnimeCons TV and I hope inspires other similar conventions across the country.

    However, while I was there, I witnessed something which made me uncomfortable that I didn't mention in my report. Someone came around distributing slightly larger than business card-size pieces of paper with information about Wine Country Comic Con. Since I had previously added the con to, I was familiar with it. I already knew I wouldn't be attending because it was scheduled for the same weekend as Kraken Con, my favorite Bay Area convention. I really didn't think much of it and went about my business.

    A few hours later, I was sitting and looking at the tiny flyer and a guy came up to me and accused the guy running Wine Country Comic Con of running a charity scam. He didn't give his name, but introduced himself as the organizer of Santa Rosa Toy Con, which was located in the same town as that Wine Country Comic Con. He told me that the organizer of Wine Country Comic Con went to Santa Rosa Toy Con's Facebook page and sent invites to everyone on there. Then he walked off. I could barely get two words in. He clearly wasn't interested in discussion and only making sure everyone thought that new convention was some kind of scam. I learned later that this organizer of Santa Rosa Toy Con was Mike Holbrook.


  • Monday, April 11, 2016
  • 1:00 pm PDT

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016

    Fr. Robert Ballecer and Patrick Delahanty report from the floor of Silicon Valley Comic Con in San Jose, California.
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