AnimeiCon at The Hyatt
- When: Sunday, December 2, 2012, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Monterey
- Cost: $25 - $35
- Age limit: Not available
- Categories: Parlor games, Fashion, Film, Literary, Performance art, Community, Lectures, Karaoke, Pop, Rock
The organizers launched this anime and manga convention last year at the Monterey County Fairgrounds—the first such convention in late-comer Monterey—and return this weekend to assemble again the colorful and fanciful costumers, gamers, fans, films and artists. They also fly in top talents from the sprawling field, including Irene Flores (illustrator of Tokyopop and Wildstorm), fashion/cosplay designers Nancy Lam, Saga Roseki (also a model), Kazu Ren and Chu, who all do make-up and wig workshops; they've got voice actors Kyle Hebert (Teen Gohan from Dragonball Z and Ryu from Street Fighter) and G.K. Bowes (Street Fighter vs. Tekken); writer Yamila Abraham; manga artists Bordin, aka HyperBooster (yeah, that's manga alright), and Chiyoko Wong, both of whom teach art workshops. (Eddie Gil de Montes from MPC's Graphic Arts Department also does the workshop thing, and watch for The Otaku's Guide to Japan and a cosplay ballroom/social dancing event that should be surreal.) On the closely linked music front, on Saturday San Francisco's akai SKY, Sacramento's Kurenai, The Stars at Dusk, Monterey's Vis, Yukie Dong and Angel Hearts do J-pop and J-rock (the "J" meaning Japanese). Add in concessions, exhibitors, a swap meet, illustration-studded Artists Alley, Lotus Cafe, a fashion show, screenings, League of Legends tournaments and a school zone and you've got some deep immersion into these worlds of imagination. [WR]
10am-midnight Fri; 9am-midnight Sat; 9am-8pm Sun. The Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa, 1 Old Golf Course Road, Monterey. $35/full 3-day pass purchased online; $25/Fri; $30/Sat; $25/Sun; discounts for senior, military, school organizations; register in advance for workshops. email@example.com, www.animeicon.org.