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Giant robots beat up a little snot of a kid. Film at 11.

Well, maybe not, but I do got some big news this week: FUNimation has joined the Gen Con team as the Anime Avenue Sponsor for Indy 07. What does that mean? Is it all going to be a corporate take-over now? Nope, no more than Gen Con as a whole is just because Wizards of the Coast or Upper Deck are sponsors. We'll have all the stuff we had in years past, we're just adding more stuff.

Exactly what kind of stuff, you ask? FUNimation will be helping to bring out cast & crew from both the newly-released ROBOTECH: THE SHADOW CHRONICLES and Shin-chan, the hit raunchy comedy that was on Adult Swim a while back. They'll be on hand to host special screenings of new material, give a look behind-the-scenes and answer all your questions with answers. How many of you Gen Con anime fans didn't grow up on Rick Hunter and his adventures? I'm pretty excited about Shin-chan, myself, but I've got a soft spot for totally politically incorrect comedies, especially when they star kids and look like they were drawn with crayons. Either way, this is a dramatic increase from the number of anime guests we had last year and is a clear sign of how we're growing and developing the program.

2007 will also see the return of the incredibly popular Anime Dubbing Contest - and don't worry, all the kinks will be worked out well in advance this time. All the rules and information will be full explained in the program guide and the web site to avoid the confusion and problems we encountered during the show last year. If you have any comments, questions or concerns about it, drop me a note.

Overall, the current plan for anime & film (subject to change, not final, just first-pass, totally don't make your plans around this, blah blah blah, etc.) is similar to last year: we're going to take over the first floor of the Westin. The line between rooms will be more fluid this time, however, to more easily accommodate really large film events (like the big Dead Gentlemen screenings we had last year) and we should be adding an another small room to hold most of the panels/seminars that don't need the bigger rooms - leaving them open for even more anime.

I guess that's about it for this week. As always, if you got any questions, just let me know and I'll help you as best I can.



Draven said:

Not to start rumors or anything, but the above states "FUNimation will be helping to bring out cast & crew from both the newly-released ROBOTECH: THE SHADOW CHRONICLES...".  Mark Hamill and Chase Masterson are in this movie (well, their voices are).  Does this mean these two will be at Gencon Indy?

April 14, 2007 2:56 PM

Magicalgamer said:

Hmm, anime is fun as long as the room is sturdy... Sheesh what a crazy night it was with the dance going on.

May 10, 2007 8:12 PM

About Derek Guder

I'm an Event Programming Manager here at Gen Con. My pet projects are the anime & flim events, as well as eGame fun-time, but I also supervise overall gaming event (submission, placement badges, etc.).

I've been going to Gen Con for years as a GM for Eden Studios, running demos of WitchCraft and All Flesh Must Be Eaten that I'd written with "Derek the Elder" and the "Man in the Chicken Coat." It was great sitting down with a bunch of strangers, handing them pre-generated characters (each with their own hosts of secrets) and then sitting back to watch the chaos ensue. Ah, those were the days...

I got into convention work at Anime Boston. I was one of the founding members and with a small group of other dedicated fans, we were able to pull off a wildly successful event: in our first year we have almost 4000 attendees show up and had to close registration and turn people away on Saturday morning, mid-way through the convention.

Ever since then I've loved working at a convention. I almost can't even go to a con anymore unless I'm working in one capacity or another - I just don't know what to do with myself.

So now I'm out in Seattle, but I'm an East Coast boy through-and-through. I grew up all over New England and went to school at Boston University. Seattle's beautiful scenery and weather (c'mon, that ain't rain, it's just a damn light misting) still seems a little unnatural. Where's the snow? The humidity? The sudden drops in temperature? Well, maybe I only actually miss the snow.

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