{"results":[{"headline":"A Letter From The FanimeCon Chair","posted":"2014-05-28 20:16:53","description":"It is time to sit back, grab your favorite beverage and remember what a great time you and 25,000 of your favorite friends just had. If you are thinking \"Wait, what?\" then you should probably register now for next year.\r\n\r\nAs you probably know by now, this was the last year for this year's Chair Team. Personally, it has been a challenging, turbulent, and brilliant! journey. It is one that could not have happened without the great fans that we have. You fans are what this is all about. Thank you for your encouragement, dedication, correction, ideas and enthusiasm. As long as we have this FanimeCon can only continue to thrive.\r\n\r\nI also want to take the time to thank all the staff. Each year we have over 1,000 people who volunteer their time over the entire year to make 4+ days in San Jose truly special. These people over the last 3 years have never stopped to amaze me, challenge me, and make me laugh. For this I want to thank every last one of them from the bottom of my heart. You guys rock!!!\r\n\r\nJosh and Gary, my vice-chairs, are the people who truly kept everything going in the right direction. More than a few times they showed me the folly of my ways before things went too far to the Dark Side... Light Side? These two are truly unsung heroes. I can truly say that anything good that came out of the Chair Team was from them.\r\n\r\nMy stepping down is made much easier knowing who the next Chairman is going to be. As a \"returning\" Chair, his knowledge and experience are unparalleled. Point in fact, he taught me a lot both directly and by being able to follow his lead.\r\n\r\nYou are not getting rid of me that easily {insert evil laughter here}. I will still be around in the years to come. Nice try.\r\n\r\n\\\/\\\/olfgang","url":"http:\/\/www.fanime.com\/?p=1693"},{"headline":"Last Minute Cosplay Event Changes","posted":"2014-05-24 11:09:45","description":"Due to illness, the following cosplay events have been canceled: Saving the Moment<\/strong>, Special FX: Zombie Skin & Battle Wounds<\/strong>, Body Paint<\/strong>, and Airbrushing 101<\/strong>.\r\n\r\nThree events have been added to fill the spots: Creepers<\/strong>, Social Anxiety<\/strong>, and Post-Con Depression<\/strong>.\r\n\r\nYou can find the details and times of the new events on the Cosplay Workshops page<\/a>.","url":"http:\/\/www.fanime.com\/?p=1690"},{"headline":"City Declares Fanime Day!","posted":"2014-05-23 15:00:38","description":"CITY DECLARES \"FANIME DAY\" IN HONOR OF FANIMECON'S PLATINUM ANNIVERSARY\r\nConvention's 20-Year Milestone to Generate Over $10.5M to the San Jose Community<\/em><\/span>\r\n\r\nSAN JOSE, CA (May 23, 2014) \u2013 The City of San Jose is declaring May 23, 2014 \"Fanime Day\" in recognition of the convention's platinum anniversary. The City of San Jose, FanimeCon and Team San Jose officials today celebrated by kicking off the event with opening ceremonies at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. With more than 24,500 attendees, 6,000 hotel room nights booked, visitor spending on food, entertainment, lodging, shopping, sightseeing and local transit, FanimeCon is expected to generate an economic impact of $10.5 million in visitor's spending to San Jose's local economy.\r\n\r\n\"The City of San Jose is proud to proclaim 'Fanime Day' and partner with Team San Jose and FanimeCon to celebrate their impact on our local economy,\" said Councilmember Pete Constant. \"San Jose's vibrant downtown, cultural offerings and diverse entertainment makes San Jose an excellent destination for FanimeCon's attendees and fans.\" Councilmember Constant issued the proclamation on behalf of Mayor Chuck Reed and members of the San Jose City Council, declaring May 23 \"Fanime Day\" at opening ceremonies that kick off the weekend's events. Following the proclamation, the Japanese Consulate led a Coming of Age ceremony signifying Japan's legal age of 20. FanimeCon, Northern California's largest anime, manga, and related arts and cultures convention takes place May 23 \u2013 26, 2014 at the San Jose Convention Center.\r\n\r\n\"We're delighted that the community values our event and we are thrilled with the results so far of this year's convention. San Jose is a great destination and home for us.\" said Milton Le, director of communications and marketing of FanimeCon. \"Twenty years is a pivotal milestone for us and as one of the last three remaining Japantowns in the U.S., San Jose is a perfect location for our convention.\"\r\n\r\nThis year's beach-themed convention has paired a lineup of fan favorite events with a cast of renowned and emerging anime celebrities to provide a memorable experience for the convention's 20th anniversary. This year's guests of honor at FanimeCon include voice actors\/actresses, animators, directors, returning guests of honor and many more.\r\n\r\n\"We appreciate the business this convention brings to San Jose year after year,\" said Karolyn Kirchgesler, CEO of Team San Jose.\" It's great fun to see FanimeCon's eccentric costumed characters transform downtown San Jose into a virtual anime set. Fans love how they can walk from the convention center to dining and entertainment, and locals love seeing what characters they might be sitting next to at San Jose restaurants, galleries and theaters.\"\r\n\r\nFanimeCon's 2014 schedule of events includes a list of fan favorites:\r\n