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On behalf of the entire Staff of Anime Blues, we would like to welcome you all to Anime Blues Con 2019! The friendly folks on Staff have worked tirelessly for the past several months to bring you another amazing year and we could not be more excited to present Anime Blues Con to you all!

While we hope you do not have any problems while attending ABC, please do not hesitate to reach out to a member of our Staff should you need help. Were a friendly bunch, we promise!


IMPORTANT INFO:
PANEL TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. PLEASE CHECK BACK REGULARLY FOR UPDATES.

The following guests: Tiffany Grant: have Exhibit Hall booths and will conduct autograph signings there throughout the Exhibit Hall hours. Please allow adequate time for breaks as we love our guests and want them happy and healthy! If they’re not at their booth, check back again later! They’re probably getting food or resting for a bit. Or they might be at a panel!

All adult panels require an 18+ wristband (available at registration) or a valid Government-Issued Photo ID for entry. The physical ID is required and no pictures of your ID shown on your phone will be accepted.

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Friday, July 12
 

10:00am

Light Sticks, Fan Chants, and Biases!
Kpop and Jpop idols are bigger than ever with extremely intense fan bases. How do the fandom's support compare and contrast from one another? Come learn how to connect to your favorite group.

It's an informative panel of the differences and similarities of Kpop and Jpop. We will introduce you to the Hallyu (Korean Wave) and wota (idol fan) culture!

Friday July 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Panel Room 1 (Ballroom C & D)

10:00am

Partying Hard with Anxiety and Depression
Mental illness, including depression and anxiety, can really make a massive sensory overload at an anime convention like ABC especially daunting. In this panel, we’ll talk about strategies used to manage yourself, make friends, and make the most of your ABC experience! Questions, discussion, and shared experiences are welcome!

Friday July 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Panel Room 3 (Room 204)

3:00pm

Host Clubs: A History!
If you have a moderate degree of familiarity with Japanese culture, you may have heard of the famous Japanese host clubs. But this iconic fascinating slice of modern Japanese culture has an even more fascinating history. This panel will discuss host clubs, how they came to be, where to find one, and even how to act if you find yourself in one.

Friday July 12, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Panel Room 3 (Room 204)

4:00pm

ParaPara Dance Class
Get your body moving by joining us for a beginner's lesson in ParaPara dancing, a fun, high-energy synchronized dance from Japan!

Speakers
avatar for Jessi Gaston

Jessi Gaston

THE ONE WHO CAN NEVER LEAVE, MCA Entertainment Group



Friday July 12, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Panel Room 2 (Ballroom E)

10:00pm

Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai - Night of One Hundred (Or Fewer) Supernatural Tales
Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai - Night of One Hundred (Or Fewer) Supernatural Tales.  Join local storytellers for a selection of traditional ghostly folk tales told in the Edo period style.  Join the ancient samurai test of courage, and check your weapons at the door!

Friday July 12, 2019 10:00pm - 11:30pm
Workshop (Room 203)
 
Saturday, July 13
 

10:00am

How to Con with a Disability
Being disabled, whether it be invisible or otherwise, and attending a convention can be very overwhelming and painful. From the mouths of those who are disabled themselves, we invite you to come take a break from the hustle and bustle of this great event to learn tips, tricks, and advice from experienced, disabled nerds. This event is for the able-bodied and disabled communities alike, as it will include a Q&A, guides for both parties, and even prizes!

Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Panel Room 2 (Ballroom E)

10:00am

Get to know your favorite female manga artist - Mangaka
Did you know that not all Japanese female manga artists had a background in writing or drawing manga when they first started out? What about the fact that the person who jump-started the late 90’s/early 2000s GO craze was none other than female manga writer and GO amature Yumi Hotta?  No matter your answers. No matter your depth of knowledge. Come swing on by and Get to Know Your Favorite Female Mangaka(s) through juicy discussions and engaging art activities! You never know as to what special surprises you may find. 


Hosted by Athena Baker, Melaati Jayah, Aaron Chakraborty, and best of all, Toastie Cat, from the Manga and Manhwa Book Club :)

Saturday July 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:30am
Panel Room 3 (Room 204)

11:00am

LGBTQIA+ Meetup
Are you queer? This panel is a great place for you to meet other members of the LGBT+ community with similar interests! Discussion topics include our experiences as LGBT+ people, queer representation in media, and the ways in which sexuality, gender, and geekyness collide.

Speakers
avatar for Macy West

Macy West

Director of Adult Programming, Anime Blues Con


Saturday July 13, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
Panel Room 2 (Ballroom E)

12:00pm

K-Pop Dance
 K-Pop Dance Performance and Workshop with Incredi-별. The panel will start with a dance performance by our group. After we perform, we will ask the audience to choose their favorite dance out of the songs we performed and we will teach it to them as well as ask them random trivia about K-Pop.

Saturday July 13, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Panel Room 2 (Ballroom E)

1:00pm

Mindful Education for Cons
With all the fun and excitement that comes with a convention, it's easy to lose yourself in the chaos and put yourself in situations of extreme fatigue and stress. This panel aims to help teach mindfulness and self-care to convention goers of all walks of life, and to de-stigimitize mental health by sharing personal experience and personalized, practical tips and tricks. This panel will also feature a guided meditation session to help alleviate tension to make the rest of the con even more enjoyable. 

Saturday July 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Panel Room 2 (Ballroom E)

3:00pm

Kpop Random Dance Panel
Come prove yourself the as the Kpop dance master! Dance along with other fans to the music !

Saturday July 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Panel Room 3 (Room 204)

3:00pm

Crashcourse: Lolita Fashion for Beginners
Lolita fashion is more accessible than ever! Join us as we cover the basics of lolita fashion, discuss the history and evolution as it pertains to Japanese culture, and even have a fun, free giveaway.

Saturday July 13, 2019 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Workshop (Room 203)
 
Sunday, July 14
 

10:00am

Myths and Legends of Japan: The Importance of Storytelling
Come and learn about myths and legends of Japan and the many anime, manga and video games they appear in! We will discuss the importance of storytelling and how it helps keep culture and history alive.

Sunday July 14, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Panel Room 3 (Room 204)

2:00pm

Para Para Education Seminar
A video tour of PARA PARA dancing throughout the years.

Speakers
avatar for Jessi Gaston

Jessi Gaston

THE ONE WHO CAN NEVER LEAVE, MCA Entertainment Group


Sunday July 14, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Panel Room 1 (Ballroom C & D)

3:00pm

Musical Jeopardy
Music tells stories, compels people to action, and is the soother to a long and stressful day. Even casual listeners to general music can recognize a few show tunes or musical names, and for the more intense fans of classics old and new, this is a great place to build community and show off our knowledge, not to mention learn things. There will be small prizes for playing and participation in this Jeopardy-style panel all about musicals and the people who make them.

Sunday July 14, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Panel Room 1 (Ballroom C & D)