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VampyBitMe

March 13, 2019

Known by her cosplayer name VampyBitMe, Linda Le originally came from a small town in Oklahoma before moving to California. She was discovered by Kotobukiya and Danny Choo after being featured in OTACOOL 2, and since then her costumes have been a worldwide success! She has been featured on Marvel.com, as well as partnering with Capcom, Bandai, DC, and various game companies in order to bring characters to life through cosplay. Recently featured on CNN’s “24 Hours in the Life of a Worldwide Cosplayer,” she also works part-time for the Japanese company Banpresto World Figure Colosseum as the official marketing rep for One Piece and Dragon Ball Z figures. Linda continues to travel the world, talking about armor making, building Gundam models, and creating new artwork. She loves meeting passionate people and enjoys streaming her passions on Twitch. She can’t wait to be back to FanimeCon this year to share her love of cosplay with you all!

Social Media:
Twitter: twitter.com/VampyBitme
Twitch: twitch.tv/vampybitme
Instagram: instagram.com/vampybitme
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VAMPYBITME/

The Dex!

March 06, 2019

Alex Faciane and PokéKellz are the main creative force and hosts behind The Dex, a long-running informative YouTube channel all about Pokémon, from biology and anthropology to kooky conspiracy theories! Inspired by the likes of Bill Nye and Alton Brown, The Dex is a family-friendly take on Pokémon trivia and battle strategy that’s enjoyed all over the world.

Alex Faciane is a writer, host, journalist, and comedian who’s worked everywhere from MatPat’s Game Theory to Myspace. He also currently appears as a co-host on Super Beard Bros, Scary Game Squad, Multiplayer Mayhem, Star Wars: New Canon Book Club, and the Chilluminati Paranormal Podcast, along with writing, producing, and starring in original content at ThatOneVideoGamer. He also appears as “Ronik” in the video game boss-driven boyband Big Bad Bosses on their album Power Overwhelming, with music and lyrics by Shovel Knight and OK K.O. composer Jake Kaufman.

Kellz is a practicing registered veterinary technician at an emergency specialty animal hospital in Los Angeles by day. She is also seasoned improv comedian with 10 years of performing experience at ComedySportz Los Angeles, along with her extensive principal character voiceover work all across the internet, from the hit show Smosh Babies to the Kickstarter-funded cartoon series Obituary, animated by Studio Yotta.

Social Media:
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheNationalDex

Alex Faciane:
Instagram: @FacianeA
Twitter: @FacianeA
YouTube: YouTube.com/SuperBeardBros

Kellz:
Instagram: @PokeKellz
Twitter: @PokeKellz

Submit Content for Art Gallery’s Celebration of FanimeCon’s 25th Anniversary

March 05, 2019

The Art Gallery is returning to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of FanimeCon! Interested in contributing to the collection? There are three opportunities to participate:

  1. Contribute original ART, created by you, which depicts a personal memory of FanimeCon, a favorite FanimeCon theme, and/or a favorite mascot from years past. Include an Artist Statement describing the memory, theme, or mascot depicted and its significance. Make sure to note the year!
  2. Contribute MEMORABILIA to be displayed within a timeline. We’re looking for items from 2004 or earlier, and we’re especially interested in badges, programs, and t-shirts!
  3. Have a PHOTO of yourself at FanimeCon that you are especially proud of? Send the photo, and include a statement of who is in the picture, the year it was taken, and what is happening in the scene.

To contribute any of the items above, send an email to artgallery@fanime.com. The Art Gallery will reply with directions for submitting based on the item. Indicate in the subject line which of the three item types you would like to submit for consideration – ART, MEMORABILIA, or PHOTO. Submissions will be accepted through March 24, 2019.

Panel Submissions Close March 17

March 04, 2019

The 2019 Panels Submission form deadline is just around the corner!

Following March 16th, 11:59 pm, all incoming panel submissions will be directed to the wait list.

If you are interested in hosting a panel at FanimeCon 2019, you can find more information and submit your panels here.

Nobutoshi Canna

February 27, 2019

Nobutoshi Canna is a veteran Japanese voice actor affiliated with Aoni Production. He started his career as a child actor when he was just three years old. After joining fellow voice actor and sempai Toshio Furukawa’s theater troupe, he was introduced to voice acting where he made his debut in 1991.

Mr. Canna’s notable roles include Lancer in the Fate/Stay series, Kabuto Yakushi in Naruto, Guts in Berserk, Tasuki in Fushigi Yugi, Basara Nekki in Macross 7, and Ban Mido in GetBackers. His amazing voice can also be heard in a number of video games including as Knuckles the Echidna in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Cao Pi in Dynasty Warriors, Takaya Sakaki in Persona 3, and Randy in the Angelique series.

FanimeCon is Mr. Canna’s first convention appearance in California, and we are excited to celebrate our 25th anniversary with him!

Social Media:
Twitter: @ennen_7

Masquerade 2019 Sign-ups Now Open

February 26, 2019

Masquerade sign-ups are now open! Please visit Masquerade’s page to read all the information and rules about registering and competing in the cosplay contest. When you’re done, you can sign up for Masquerade at this link.

Once you are registered, you will get a confirmation of entry by e-mail. If Masquerade receives more than 34 entries, you will be placed on the wait list and will advance up the list if other contestants drop out. If you advance, the primary contact and all listed contacts on the registration form will be notified.

Host Your Cosplay Gathering Officially with FanimeCon: Sign-Ups Open

February 25, 2019

Our Cosplay Gatherings Submission Form is live! If you would like to host your own Cosplay Gathering, please fill out the form below. If you have questions please send us an email at Gatherings@fanime.com!

You can find the form here: https://apps.fanime.com/2019/gatheringapp/

The perks of an official FanimeCon gathering:

  • Dedicated space and time that is advertised and printed in our guidebooks
  • A dedicated photographer for your gathering
  • Staff assistance if you would like it
  • A certificate of appreciation (because we can’t do this without you!)

Please have this information ready when you fill out your form:

  • Name of the gathering (Please use the title of the show/series/video game)
  • Your name
  • Your phone number
  • Desired locations and times: There is a map available on the form page. Our gathering location numbers last changed in 2017, so please double check if you are unsure!

The last day to submit your gathering or make changes will be April 29th, 2019!

Submit a Fan Event

February 25, 2019

Interested in hosting a panel, but you want a large space or interesting tech? Fan Events may be the solution for you! Read the instructions on submitting a Fan Event on the submissions page, and then fill out the form!

If you have any questions, email events@fanime.com.

Aya Hirano

February 20, 2019

Aya Hirano is a Japanese voice actress, screen actress, singer and television personality affiliated with Grick. She rose to fame in 2006 with her portrayal of the titular character in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya where she also performed many of the series’ memorable songs. Her work on this fan favorite earned her recognition at the 1st Annual Seiyuu Awards where she won Best Rookie Female, and also at the follow year’s awards where she won Best Lead Actress. In addition, she won the Best Singing Award in 2008 for the Lucky Star opening theme, “Motteke! Sailor Fuku,” along with the other main cast members.

Ms. Hirano’s other credits include Lucy Heartfilia (Fairy Tail), Migi (Parasyte -the maxim-), Dende (Dragon Ball Z Kai and Super), Misa Amane (DEATH NOTE), Konata Izumi (Lucky Star), Nobume Imai (Gintama), Reira Serizawa (NANA), and many more. She has a successful music career and often performs the theme song of series she appears in. Ms. Hirano actively performs in musicals and has also appeared on many Japanese TV shows and a number of television series.

FanimeCon is proud to welcome this multi-talented actress to our 25th anniversary guest lineup!

Social Media:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Hysteric_Barbie
Instagram: https://instagram.com/a_ya.hirano

Aicosu

February 13, 2019

We are Aicosu, a couple cosplay team! Aicosu consists of Sylar Warren and Sheila Santa Maria. We have been cosplaying collectively for eleven years. We have over 250 cosplays and have been to over 50 conventions. We pride ourselves in being open-book, honest, and casual cosplayers. Our goal in the hobby is to eliminate the illusion that cosplay should be hard, expensive, or exclusive. It’s for everyone, at every level, in every way! We teach everything we know to help get newbies and others alike cosplaying in ways that unlock the potential we know that’s there and they can be proud of!

Once again, Aicosu will be hosting the Cosplay Masquerade at FanimeCon. Fans can find them hosting one of their many panels or at their table in the Artist Alley.

Social Media:
Twitter: @aicosplays
Instagram: @aicosu
Tumblr: http://aicosu.tumblr.com/
Website: https://www.aicosu.com/