Adobe Events: Artist Panel & Photowalk

This year Adobe is one of FanimeCon’s main sponsors, and to celebrate Adobe has created some very special and exclusive events just for FanimeCon attendees!

Both events are free, but space is limited, so be sure to sign up soon!

Artist and Illustrator Panel, Social Hour, and Art Gallery

Location: Adobe, 345 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95110
Date: Thursday, May 25th
Time: 4-6 pm PST
Check in: Guest check in at EAST Tower reception

Who should attend: Artists, aspiring artists, and anyone who would like to see how some of their favorite anime is created. You might even get a sneak peek of new things coming from Adobe.

Join us for a panel with Rachta Lin, Daniel Presedo, and Nikolai Svakhin, as well as other artists and illustrators at Adobe HQ as they demonstrate their creative work flow and illustrate live. After the panel, mingle with the panelists during a social hour while enjoying food, beverages, and a rotating digital gallery with work submitted by you! Those attending the panel will have the chance to showcase their art (confirmed attendees will be sent instructions with more information on how to submit).


  • Rachta Lin’s fascination with manga and animation got her bit by the geek culture bug early. Since leaving her corporate life behind, this artist, with her traditional & digital art, has been traveling around the world, attending events and meeting fans – proving that the ability to create is within all of us.
  • Daniel Presedo has been with Adobe since 1999 and works full time on Adobe Photoshop. His first independent comic book series Dream Wolves was published in 1993 and sold nearly 100,000 copies. His experience includes project management, development, team lead, marketing, design, film production, and writing articles for industry trade magazines. His expertise of Adobe products has lead to speaking events at cons and universities across the country. You can find him at the Adobe booth or panels at San Diego Comic Con, always looking for creative ways to engage his audience.
  • Nikolai Svakhin is a software developer and architect who’s been with Adobe Photoshop for 10 years, working, among other things, on 3D layer rendering, 3D printing, and 3D painting. As you can guess, his main area of expertise is all things 3D. Nikolai is currently working on Project Felix, the new Adobe 3D Compositing App. Other interests include: video games, TV/SciFi, and other general nerdery.
  • Chris Koehler is an award-winning artist and illustrator working out of San Francisco. His work has been featured in such magazines as The Atlantic and Popular Science as well as international ad campaigns, packaging, and products. His illustrations have been recognized by Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Spectrum, and 3×3.
    In addition to being a freelance brush for hire, Chris is the artist behind the Z2 published comic Legend. He’s a teacher in the Illustration and MFA in Comics programs at California College of the Arts and co-owns Sketchpad Gallery in San Francisco. He is also a part of the illustration collective Team Stardust. He can often be found hunched over a sketchbook in a coffee shop. You can find him online at and on Instagram @ckoehlerart.
  • Daichi Ito is a technical artist/concept designer at Adobe Research. He previously worked as an illustrator and a production artist for publishers and game companies in Japan and the U.S. He received his BFA and MA in Art/Animation/Illustration from San Jose State University. He later changed his career to a more technical application of his artistic abilities and education, but he still enjoys creating art with traditional medium such as pen and acrylic paint, as well as digital art programs, like Photoshop and Maya. He likes learning and applying new technologies in the world of artistic creation.

This is a free event for all FanimeCon members.


Photowalk with Bryan O’Neil Hughes of Adobe

Location: Adobe Building Lobby
Date: Friday, May 26th
Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Bryan will take a group of photographers through downtown San Jose and provide photographers of all levels tips and advice. Afterwards, Bryan will take all participants through post-shoot work flow process.

Meet/Greet: 15-30 minutes
Walk/Shoot: 60-90 minutes where Bryan will give tips and call out best practices.
Light lunch: 45 minutes
Demo/walk through: 45 minutes of post-processing walk through.
Q&A: 15 minutes

Who should attend: Professional, semi-professional, amateur, or hobbyist photographers. All skill levels welcome.

Bryan O’Neil Hughes Bio:
Bryan O’Neil Hughes is Adobe’s Head of Outreach & Collaboration, closely working with product teams, partners, and press. Bryan spent 15 years on Photoshop, a decade as Product Manager (CS3-CC), and then drove the expansion to mobile with Photoshop Mix & Fix. Bryan is a regular keynote speaker, author, and 5X MAX Master – his videos have gotten over 12 million views. He lives with his wife and two boys in the Santa Cruz Mountains where he’s slowly restoring an old truck. Bryan was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2011.

This is a free event for all FanimeCon members.


Black & White Ball

It’s time for an evening of elegance and fun at the Black & White Ball! Join us for our very special 10th anniversary by wearing your best formal wear or formal cosplay, and putting on your favorite dancing shoes.

Join us at our new location – the San Jose Ballroom in the Marriott Hotel on Sunday, May 28th at 6 pm for great music, beautiful photographs, and (of course) hours of dancing! Come get your “prom” photo taken by the Black & White Ball’s official photographer, Mynessa Photography, during the event!

Not sure how to dance? Don’t worry! The Black & White Ball staff will be offering group dance lessons every day leading up to the ball. Private lessons will also be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so sign up early during the con!

2017 Black & White Ball Schedule


Time Lesson/Event
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Hustle
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Argentine Tango
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Salsa
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Night Club Two Step
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Line Dance: Tokyo Polka
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Open Practice
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Merengue
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm East Coast Swing
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Waltz
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Rumba
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm West Coast Swing
9:30 pm – 11:30 pm Private Lessons


Time Lesson/Event
9:30 am – 10:30 am Private Lessons
10:30 am – 11:30 am Foxtrot
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Merengue
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Rumba
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Line Dance: Tokyo Polka
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Open Practice
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Tango
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Hustle
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Waltz
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm West Coast Swing
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Salsa
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm East Coast Swing
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm Private Lessons
10:00 pm – 12:00 am Decompression Dance Party


Time Lesson/Event
10:30 am – 11:30 am Cha Cha
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Argentine Tango
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Night Club Two Step
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm East Coast Swing
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Waltz
6:00 pm – 12:00 am The Black & White Ball

Private Lessons are also available on a first-come, first-serve basis throughout the weekend during regular lesson hours in addition to the scheduled Private Lesson hours. For more information, please see a Black & White Ball staff member or email us at

Not sure what to wear? Check out the dress code here!
Please note: The dress code will be strictly enforced. Those with inappropriate attire will be denied entry.

Is there a certain song you would like to dance to? Do you have suggestions for our playlist? Submit your music requests on the forums or e-mail them to us at!
Please note: Our playlist is finalized in early May. If there is something you would like to hear, get your requests in as soon as you can for a better chance to hear it at the Ball!

Cosplay Gatherings

Latest News: The cosplay guests of honor will attend cosplay gatherings!

The Cosplay Gatherings Department is in charge of officially sanctioning and assisting cosplay gatherings. In addition to organizing gatherings, we also run the Cosplay Hangout & Repair room, where cosplayers can come cool off and fix their cosplays in a press free zone.

This year we have added a new room named “Fantastic Cosplays and Where to Find Them.” This room will allow photographers to set up and take cosplay photos in a controlled environment. For more information, read here!

The schedule of official FanimeCon cosplay gatherings is now available here.

To find more information about cosplay gatherings happening at FanimeCon, please visit the forums or visit our Facebook page.

FanimeCon Masquerade Cosplay Contest

Each year, Fanime holds a cosplay contest on the San Jose Civic Stage full of astounding cosplays, performances, and dance routines. Each entry features costumes from anime’s newest releases to old favorites and original designs, the contestants will compete for cash and make a name for themselves in the competitive world of cosplay.

FanimeCon 2017’s Masquerade will be held on Sunday, May 28th at 6:00 pm in the San Jose Civic Auditorium, also called The City National Civic. It is located at 135 West San Carlos Street, San Jose, California 95113, adjacent to the San Jose Tech Museum, and across the street from the convention center. Doors open on at 5:30 pm.

Show Program:

  • Opening announcements and introductions
  • Karaoke winner’s star performance
  • First Half: Entries 1-25
  • Intermission: 15 minute break to get up, stretch your legs
  • Second Half: Entries 26-55
  • Exposition performances
  • Award announcements

If you are looking to compete or participate in the show, registration is now closed.

Registration for FanimeCon 2018’s Masquerade Contest will begin at 12:00 PM PST January 6th, 2018. Please review the rules and eligibility criteria before you enter. If you have any questions, please contact Please check our twitter and Facebook for announcements and updates.



Hip-hop, K-Pop, Anime-core, J-core, Freestyle, Hartstyle — if you’ve heard of it, FanimeCon Dance has got it! Dance the night (and day!) away in rooms 230–233 in the San Jose Convention Center, Thursday through Monday. DJs from all over put on sets that are sure to please fans of all genres of music!

You can find the DJ/Music schedule here.

Badges are required for entry Friday through Monday, but Thursday is open to everyone!

Please make sure to read and follow the FanimeCon Dance rules and notices as well as the FanimeCon Code of Conduct — these are strictly enforced.

Hydration and water stations are located in Room 232.


Thursday: 6:00 pm – 2:00 am
Friday: 1:00 pm – 4:00 am
Saturday: 1:00 pm – 4:00 am
Sunday: 1:00 pm – 4:00 am

FMV Contest

Anime Music Videos (AMVs) are one of the many highlights of anime cons, and FanimeCon’s is no exception! Our Fanime Music Video (FMV) competition showcases the best videos each year from fans around the world – literally! We’ve received entries from all over the country, and from Brazil, Scotland, Morocco, Hungary, and Korea, among others. These talented editors compete in many categories including Action, Drama, and Comedy, as well as Upbeat and Trailer. The current list of prizes include gift cards for the top entry in each category as voted by the audience and the judges. The two groups then choose a “Best-In-Show” for each, and those entries also receive prizes.

The current list of prizes include gift cards for the top entry in each category, as voted by the audience and the judges. The two groups then choose a “Best-In-Show” for each, and those entries also receive prizes.

Want to take a crack at it yourself? Give it a go! You can find the rules here.
After the show, we’ll also be holding an awards ceremony where we’ll highlight the best videos and deliver the prizes to the winners in attendance.

Dates and locations:

Fanime Music Video Contest
Saturday: 3:00 pm ‐ 6:00 pm

FMV Contest Encore
Sunday: 1:30 pm ‐ 4:30 pm

Anime Music Videos
Room: SJCC Vista Point
Saturday: 7:00 am ‐ 8:00 am
Sunday: 7:00 am ‐ 8:00 am
Monday: 7:00 am ‐ 8:00 am

Fanime Music Video Award Ceremony
Room: SJCC Vista Point
Monday: 2:00 pm ‐ 3:00 pm

If you have any questions, email us at

FanimeCon Game Show

Latest News: The FanimeCon Game Show is looking for contestants who want to show off specialist knowledge. More info here!

The FanimeCon Game Show is back for another whirlwind season of questions, prizes, and cash!

The Game Show is a collection of different games, all with the same goal: contestants play against each other until we crown a champion!

Some games will test your trivia knowledge, while others may be games of luck, skill, or quick thinking. Our games cover everything from Sailor Moon, Star Wars, Sword Art Online, General Knowledge, TV, anime, Disney, old anime, new anime, video games, science fiction, Adult Swim, random topics, and so much more!

So if you have that right mix of trivia knowledge, lightning fast reflexes, and quick improvisation skills, come prove yourself at the FanimeCon Game Show!
We rotate our games every 30-45 minutes, so there are always plenty of chances to apply.
You might just get selected!

All contestants on stage are awarded prizes, from plushies to DVDs to gift cards.
Winners can advance to our jackpot rounds to win up to $500 in cash.
If you know your stuff, you might pay off your entire convention weekend!

The FanimeCon Game Show runs on Stage Zero in the SJCC Concourse, from 9 pm to midnight on Stage Zero.

This year, we have FOUR different Game Show timeslots! You can view more information about them here.

Gaming Tournaments

FanimeCon hosts gaming tournaments to suit every gamer’s taste: classic card games, modern shooters, fighters, and many more. See how you match up against other FanimeCon attendees!

eGaming Tournaments
Tabletop Tournaments


Whether you sing in the shower or on the radio, you’re welcome to FanimeCon’s Karaoke room! Join us in SJCC room 212 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to sign up for open mic Karaoke, participate in one of our amazing contests, or just come and listen to all the great singers! With our jaw-dropping catalog of over 9,000 anime, video game, J-Pop, K-Pop, and Disney songs (most with lyrics in both their native language and English) as well as a full American karaoke system, our database likely contains every song you have ever heard in your entire life.

Be sure to check out our enticing contests, too! With some great prizes and unique formats, your voice may win you big!

Open Mic Hours

Please note that Open Mic does not run during Karaoke events, but they will resume right after the events end.

Friday: 11:00 pm to 2:00 am
Saturday: 3:00 pm to 2:00 am
Sunday: 3:00 pm to 2:00 am

Karaoke Events

In addition to our ongoing open mic karaoke, FanimeCon features three karaoke events:

  • The Main Karaoke Contest
  • The Acoustikaraoke! Contest
  • The Gong Show!

Karaoke Contest

How good is your singing, really? Can you hit the highest highs and the lowest lows? Can you carry a tune, or will you just be dragging it through the mud? FanimeCon’s Karaoke Contest is the place to find out how good you really are. Warmups and signups will be available on Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The Contest itself begins at 6:00 pm, with the finalists advancing to the Final Round at 9:00 pm. Be at the Karaoke Room to have your chance for the sweet, sweet sound of victory!


Do you play a musical instrument? Show off your own original work or special arrangement of your favorite anime or video game song on stage at our Acoustikaraoke contest on Saturday at 4:00 pm! Both (small) groups and solo acts are welcome to compete their talents against one another. Do not miss this amazing collection of FanimeCon’s most unique performances!

Karaoke Gong Show

Sunday at 10:00 pm begins the most foul Karaoke journey ever attempted on stage – the Karaoke Gong Show! If your skin is thick enough and your mind twisted enough, then you’ve got a fighting chance at being the dreaded Worst of Show! Yes that’s right, these performers have what it takes to entertain, to amuse and amaze our audience (and judges) with such unique and outlandish acts of comedy that they might completely defy any and all explanation. Due to how terrible these novelty acts (and the judges) are, this is an 18+ event.

Music Fest

Come rock out with some of Japan’s hottest musical acts around! MusicFest strives to provide fans with the chance to meet and interact with FanimeCon’s Musical Guests of Honor during Q&A Panels, autograph sessions, and of course, a high-energy concert!

MusicFest 2017 Opening Act: Phoenix Ash

Phoenix Ash is America’s own Japanese Rock band. As the sole Americans on the influential Plug Records label in Japan, Phoenix Ash is breaking musical and cultural barriers, fusing the essences of Japanese and American rock with their unique brand of infectious melodies and heart-pumping anthems.

To find out more about Phoenix Ash, click here.

MusicFest 2017 Policies

We are extremely excited to have X4 as our Guests of Honor this year. Welcome back, Yuya! In order for everyone to enjoy a smooth and enjoyable weekend with our Guests, please take note of the following policies that will be enforced during their events. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!

To find out more about X4, click here.

location: Civic Auditorium

Musicfest Seating:
Saturday 6:30 pm ‐ 7:00 pm

MusicFest Concert:
Saturday 7:00 pm ‐ 10:00 pm

Concert Showcase

  • Photography OK (NO FLASH)
  • Video is allowed at the concert (phone only, but no professional-grade cameras e.g. Go-Pros, DSLRs, etc.).

Autograph Sessions

  • No photography
  • No video
  • No requests for:
    • Selfies
    • Hugs


  • Flash Photography OK
  • No video
  • No extremely personal questions
  • No requests for:
    • Autographs
    • Selfies
    • Hugs
  • 1 (ONE) question per person, per turn (if you wish to ask more than one question, you will need to line up again

Fan Gifts

  • If you wish to give gifts to X4, we will collect them at the autograph sessions.
  • Gifts are to be handed to STAFF MEMBERS ONLY (Do NOT hand them to the X4 members directly).
  • No perishable, raw, or homemade food
  • No over-sized gifts – it would be difficult for them to take home!
  • No beverages

Speed Dating

Where instant connections are made and sparks are ignited! The FanimeCon Speed Dating events are for 18+ singles who are interested in meeting new people and potentially finding love!

NEW REQUIRED REGISTRATION for Speed Dating sessions will be open Friday, May 26th from 12 am to 11:59 pm for Saturday sessions, and Saturday, May 27th from 12 am to 11:59 pm for Sunday sessions. Forms will be available online at, and participants will receive a confirmation email or text after randomized selection.

LOCATION: All Speed Dating events will be held in rooms 211B/C/D in the SJCC.



  • Saturday 10-11 am
  • Sunday 10-11 am


  • Saturday 12-1:30 pm
  • Saturday 2-3:30 pm (LGBT only)
  • Saturday 4-5:30 pm
  • Sunday 12-1:30 pm
  • Sunday 2-3:30 pm (LGBT only)
  • Sunday 4-5:30 pm

WORKSHOP: What is Speed Dating? How does it work? Speed Dating 101 is designed for those that want more information about our events before participating. Learn the basics, practice with us, and get out all those butterflies before “the real deal!” Experience low-stakes “friend-dating” under the guidance of Speed Dating staff.

Join us Saturday and Sunday, 10-11 am.

SESSIONS: Speed Dating sessions are offered only for 18+ attendees. Please bring a valid picture ID (e.g. passport, driver’s license, state ID, etc). Rotate and converse with other singles while the Speed Dating staff coordinates your mutual matches!

Join us Saturday and Sunday, 12-1:30 pm and 4-5:30 pm

LGBT sessions are Saturday and Sunday, 2-3:30 pm.

Please email us at for any questions/concerns, or see us during our operating hours!

Swap Meet

Need to clear out some garage space? Have DVDs, games, or other things that you are never going to revisit? Got anime merchandise you don’t want anymore? Be sure to sign up to sell at the Swap Meet and make some money on your old stuff! If you are looking to buy, Swap Meet sellers often have great deals and unexpected bargains on things you never knew you were looking for.

Swap Meet registration is now open. Please use the following link to register register for Swap Meet!

Swap Meet 2017 will once again be held in the South Hall, located behind the convention center. Please check the official FanimeCon maps or ask a FanimeCon staff member if you need help locating South Hall.

Swap Meet 2017 will be held on Thursday, May 25 from 7:30 pm to 12:00 am and on Friday, May 26 from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am (times potentially subject to change).

Check-in for Sellers will begin about an hour and a half to two hours before doors open to the public.

Amplified sound will not be allowed in South Hall as per San Jose Convention Center rules.

The final floor plan for Swap Meet is being finalized, but there is typically enough room for everyone who wants to sell at Swap Meet. The Swap Meet Seller’s Agreement for this year is still under review. We ask that you re-read the agreement once it is made available in case of any changes.

All sellers at Swap Meet must fill out both the Seller’s Application form and sign the Rules and Guidelines. Please have these ready to go prior to arriving at the convention.

We ask that you read the Seller’s Application form carefully, which will answer most of your questions about selling at Swap Meet.

Most applicants will qualify as “occasional sellers,” as long as you are not selling merchandise more than twice in a 12 month period, are not buying merchandise specifically for resale, and are not selling new merchandise. Sellers who buy merchandise for resale and are selling new merchandise are not allowed at the FanimeCon Swap Meet.

Unfortunately we cannot answer legal questions about your specific situation. If you think you might not qualify as an occasional seller, please follow the link on the Seller’s Application form for more information.

If you are not an occasional seller, please be sure to have a copy of your valid seller’s permit for staff to verify when you check in.

Opening Ceremonies

Come to Stage Zero on Friday from 2:00 pm ‐ 3:30 pm and let us introduce you to the 2017 Guests of Honor, and regal you with performances by Black & White Ball and Fanimaid Café! Both the Black & White Ball and Fanimaid Café are celebrating their 10th anniversary as a part of the convention.

Speed Painting

This year we are teaming up with Bluefin and going bigger! We are going to be painting a bigger model that you will get to keep at the end of the course of two hours. Some paint and brushes will be provided, but we also encourage you to bring your own. Bluefin will also be judging the event. More info to be announced later. The event will be held in the Gaming Hall Sunday, May 28th, from 11:15 am – 2:30 pm.

Closing Ceremonies

Unfortunately, FanimeCon has to come to an end at some point (and our staff need to enjoy their slumber). Join our staff and attendees at our Closing Ceremonies on Monday from 3:00 pm ‐ 4:00 pm at SJCC Room 212! Pictures of the convention will be shown and other announcements will be made, including a reveal of next year’s theme!