Monday, October 18, 2021

anime weekend atlanta is back

After a year off ANIME WEEKEND ATLANTA returns to the Cobb Galleria Centre and the Renaissance Waverly Hotel for four days of Japanese anime fandom fun! It's all happening October 28-31 and you can find out all about the show - including COVID-19 policies - at which is and has been the AWA website for years. Hint, the policy is "get vaxxed" and "wear a mask at all times," thank you.

What's happening at the show? Events like the Video Art Track, the Super Happy Fun Sell, video rooms, videogaming, the Starlight Idol festival, the Kuma Kuma Maid Cafe, Anime Hell, panels, workshops, exhibits, AWA's cosplay contest, the giant vendors' hall and Artists Alley, tabletop gaming, and the Super Happy Fun Sell. Guests include voice talent Dante Basco, Khoi Dao, Chris Guerrero, Lisa Ortiz, Christina Vee, Austin Tindle, Derick Snow, Alejandro Saab, Faye Mata, Kyle Hebert, Eric Vale, and Roger Clark. Music guests include Kino, Meirlin, Shihori, ACME, James Landino, and MIYAVI. Fashion/cosplay artist guests include Baby The Stars Shine Bright, Thranduart, A7L props, Yarn Goddess Cosplay, Casey Renee Cosplay, and Sunlight Cosplay.

Carl Gustav Horn, the man who brought America Golgo 13, will also be at AWA representing Dark Horse Comics and their decades-long commitment to manga. Carl Horn has edited Fate/Zero, Oh My Goddess, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, At The Mountains Of Madness, Banana Fish, Blood: The Last Vampire, Cardcaptor Sakura, Eagle, Eromanga Sensei, Mob Psycho 100, and something called Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Neil Nadelman will be bringing his Totally Lame Anime a-game to AWA with a new batch of terrible anime failures for your viewing pleasure. And Ryan Gavigan returns with anime parody dub late night fun with Midnight Madness. 


artwork by @Jmanvelez

Among other events, the Gunpla-jama party will be making its return to AWA this year! Be sure to mask and pajama up for some gunpla building fun on Friday night October 30th from 10:15 to 12:15 in room CGC 105!



What am *I* up to this year? Well, I'm back managing the SuperHappyFunSell Thursday night at 6pm in the Renaissance Waverly's Grand Ballroom. This event is a wild flea market as pre-loved anime goods pass from fan to fan, finding new homes. 



AWA founders Lloyd Carter and myself are presenting the History Of AWA Friday at 3:30pm in room 103 in the Cobb Galleria Centre, taking a twenty seven year voyage back in time to the beginning of the convention - and beyond. 



Anime Hell returns to AWA at 10pm on Friday in Main Events (Hall D, Cobb Galleria Centre) bringing the customary two full hours of short form Japanese animation and Japanese animation related nonsense to the audio/visual centers of your brain!



My First Anime takes a look at the Japanese cartoons that first hit us like a ton of bricks and made us fans, from the 1960s all the way to the 2010s, every anime was somebody's first anime, what was yours? Saturday at 10:15am in the Highlands Room in the Renaissance Waverly.

It's AWA's first year back after 2019 and we're hoping we can get the machine running safely, soundly, and successfully. See you in Atlanta! 

-Dave Merrill

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