I’ve attended anime events in the past, and have to admit I was delighted to see the crowd at SNAFU con’s presentation. Costumes of every type were being worn: take your favorite video game or anime character and most likely someone was dressed up just like it, him, or her. We are not talking hastily prepared costumes here; the detailing and artwork was worthy of Hollywood professionals.
SNAFU Con was held at the Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 E 2nd Street, Reno, Nevada 89595 on October 22 & 23, 2010.
Whitney consented to an interview during a break.
Q. “Whitney, why are you attending this conference, and how has it helped so far?”
A. “Anime is my forte. It might only be a sideline, but it is useful to me in my career goals.”
Q. “What is the most interesting part of the conference so far, in your opinion?”
A. “I was in the event regarding costume repair and decoration. That was fun, and helpful. There are many events left to do. I want to learn more about voiceovers, wig making, and makeup, since that helps my art and design ability.”
Although an official count had not been tallied, there was a verified amount of over six hundred participants, and more kept coming in to pay the fee to attend. Another participant, Greg, enthused about his general delight at taking part in the event, and finally meeting and talking to online friends he has made on blogs and Facebook.
Nathan was the man in charge, and graciously answered some of my questions. His response to my question of the significance of the convention and its relationship to anime and sharing new ideas was that it brings people together to share what they know, look at what others have done, participate in events to help their knowledge and skills, and have fun.
Q. “Nathan, what made you decide on the Grand Sierra for this event?”
A. “I live here (Reno). Actually, they gave us a better deal than the other places I went to. The facilities are perfect.”
Q. “Do you think you will hold this event in Reno again?”
A. “We are already planning next year’s event, which will be held in Reno.”
Random polling of other participants confirmed a feeling that the seminars were excellent, as well as the idea of an art contest, vendors, and events. My personal favorite was the “Rock Band 2” concerts that conference participants took part in, and the Street Fighter Competition groups, putting their heart and soul into the fun of anime.
There were several guests of honor. I got to meet Robert Axelrod, who has acted and been a voice talent in many film and television productions. My favorite is the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” Also there was Yayoi Neko, whose manga comics have been included in Antarctic Press’ “How to Draw Manga: Next Generation” series, and self published titles including “Weapons of Mass Destruction.”
One entire section was dedicated to gaming. Monitors ranged from nineteen inches to forty-two inches. Let me assure you, “Sonic The Hedgehog” is incredible on the big screen. One screen showed how humans do the activities and sound for a game, and how the artists design the character or characters that wrap around the person. The general feeling is that anime will continue to grow, become more sophisticated, and present opportunities for those pursuing the anime type of work and the areas incorporated around it: make-up, voiceovers, costume design, and imagination.
Although taking pictures was taboo inside the conference, I got a shot of the Grand Sierra, one of the parking lots convenient to the event, and the sign welcoming people to the conference, which are included with this article.
I would like to encourage anyone with an interest in manga, gaming, anime, or costume design to attend the event next year. It is well worth the time, and the learning is something that will never be taken away.
SNAFU Con 2010 brochure
Personal experience at the event