Posts Tagged ‘convention’


Sep22

Mechademia conference returns to MCAD this fall

2015 at 01:34 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, or MCAD for short, will once again be bringing anime and Asian culture to the Twin Cities with their annual Mechademia conference! Originally titled “School Girls and Mobile Suits”, the Mechademia conference was originally founded in 2001 as a means for discussion of Asian culture and its influence in design, fashion, and art from all over the world. The three-day event has often hosted a number of talks and events hosted by internationally renowned artists in the past, including “Cowboy Bebop” and “Ghost in the Shell” screenwriter Dai Sato and art critic Hiroki Azuma, and will be hosting art and talks this year from manga artist Tomoko Taniguchi, fashion artist Novala Takemoto, videogame designer Brianna Wu, and more!

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On top of that, the event hosts a wide variety of workshops and hands-on experiences for visitors of all ages, and even a runway fashion show! The event even publishes an annual “Mechademia” art book, which has received international praise. Special thanks goes out to Samantha Rei Crossland and Frenchy Lunning for helping make this event a reality every year! The Mechademia conference will take place this month from September 25th to the 27th, so make sure to get your tickets and check out this awesome annual experience! Click here to find out more about Mechademia and MCAD!

Aug06

San Diego Comic-Con 2015 recap

2015 at 11:33 am by admin | Comments Off

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This year’s San Diego Comic-Con was bigger than ever, with dozens of new announcements on the latest movies, comics, toys, games, and more for fans all over the world! With a wide variety of companies and franchises showing off their new and upcoming products, there has been plenty of awesome news and information for visitors to chew on for months to come.

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One of the biggest attractions at the event was the Star Wars panel, which was held in anticipation of the new “The Force Awakens” film’s release this coming December. The panel featured an interview from the famous trio of Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, whom will reprise their roles as Luke, Leia, and Han in the new film, as well as the slew of new actors and characters. The panel also featured a surprise showing of a Star Wars-themed concert, complete with fireworks display, as well as new information and tidbits about the upcoming film. “The Force Awakens” will be the newest Star Wars film in 10 years, and will release in theaters on December 18th, 2015.



DC and Marvel were also present at the event, showing off new information and trailers for their upcoming superhero movies. Among these reveals was the first full-length trailer for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”, debuting a number of action scenes between the two titanic superheroes, as well as the first debut of Wonder Woman! Other releases include information on the upcoming Deadpool film, as well as “X-Men: Apocalypse” and other big-name films.

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A number of displays and exclusive figures were also available throughout SDCC, and covered wide range of franchises, including Mario Bros, Star Wars, Power Rangers, Dragon Ball Z, Game of Thrones, Dr. Who, Frozen, various Marvel and DC franchises, and much more. Virtual reality was also a large component of a number of SDCC booths thanks to the Oculus Rift, and companies like Mattel, Legendary Pictures, SyFy, and others took advantage of the newest technology to advertise their upcoming releases and products.

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With so many cool news announcements and releases, this year’s SDCC was just as amazing as fans have come to expect from the annual convention, and has left us all waiting in anticipation for next year!

Oct30

Hello Kitty Con opens to excited crowds

2014 at 03:21 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The moment awaited by Hello Kitty fans across the world has finally arrived: the first official Hello Kitty Con has opened its doors! Located at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Los Angeles, California, the con has been widely anticipated since its announcement earlier this year, and anticipates over 25,000 visitors from all over the world during the weekend-long event! The Con opened its doors late Wednesday night to select VIP visitors, and has since opened its doors to all visitors. The Hello Kitty Con stands as a tribute to Hello Kitty, who is celebrating her 40th anniversary this year, and includes a number of exhibits, attractions, merchandise, and activities to help celebrate the occasion.

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Some attractions at the con include giant replicas of classic Hello Kitty merchandise, including her original 1974 vinyl coin purse, as well as miniature kitchens, teacups, and other photo op attractions around the show floor. There are also exhibits located within the Con which tailor to specific types of Hello Kitty merchandise from the past 40 years, ranging from fashion to food to collectibles. A variety of exclusive, limited edition collectibles are also available at the event, ranging from figures, apparel, jewelry, make-up, and more.

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The Con will also be host to Hello Kitty-themed entertainment as well as merchandise! Attendees can visit the an interactive arcade, where a number of Hello Kitty carnival games await, as well as photo booths and gift corners. The Con will also host a sneak peek at Sanrio’s latest Hello Kitty stage show, titled “Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival”, which will hit stages worldwide in 2015. A number of panels and talks will also be held throughout the show, including talks from Hello Kitty museum curator Dr. Christine Yano, as well as talks hosted by fans and other authorities on everything Hello Kitty. There will even be tattoo parlors stationed around the convention for dedicated adult fans to get inked up with some iconic Hello Kitty graphics!

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The Hello Kitty Con comes as the new Hello Kitty museum exhibit, “Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty”, opened earlier this month in Los Angeles, and is part of a city-wide celebration of the character. Including restaurant promotions, hotel decorations, and more, Los Angeles is definitely the place to be for any die-hard Hello Kitty fan this weekend! But don’t fret if you can’t make it; the Hello Kitty Con is planned to travel across the nation and worldwide over the next three to five years, so keep your eyes open for more news!