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Panels and Workshops / Re: Artist Alley Panel?
February 21, 2013, 01:06:49 PM
To answer the two things that I can answer:

- We have no issues with respectful discourse on experiences with this or any other convention, even if that discussion touches on some things that didn't go so well for some members or in which you'd prefer some changes. (Though, suggestions for changes might receive a broader staff audience if given at the after-con gripe session or sent in via e-mail, etc. directly to staff.)

- Many panelists take advantage of the discount, but not all of them. Some panelists sign up because they love their topic and want to share it with others.
What Firefury said is true. Another factor is your content. We did not have any other FanFic workshop submissions aside from those 3, and it's a topic of interest, and each of the three panels was substantially different from the other two, while still in the same general theme.

I posted new guidelines this year to give people a better idea of what counts the most when we are looking over submissions, and it's now live on the panelist information page as of today. I hope that will help. It's at the end of this section of the page.
Panels and Workshops / Re: ETA on Panel Registration?
January 24, 2013, 01:15:42 PM
When we have a firm ETA on Panels Registration, we'll announce it via the Panels Twitter account. :) It should be up soon.
Hey everyone! If you have feedback about panels, we'd really love to hear it! However, please leave your comments in the official 2012 feedback thread here:,17422.0.html

Or feel free to leave feedback about specific panels in their specific threads within this forum! <3

Thank you!

Quote from: Junon on May 29, 2012, 03:03:18 PM
- Panels. Many more of them were right up there with my personal interests, so I spent a great deal of time hunting them down and attending. I hope there are more next year.
It's great to hear that you liked the selection!
Quote from: Gunbuster on May 29, 2012, 05:41:52 AM
While it's true that there are other panels not directly related to anime, most at least relate to Japan (Japanese video games for example) or convention culture (the dating panels tend to be specifically for fans). I'd just like that they all tend to tie in to the theme (though I'm sure there are those that don't, it's not like I can make all of them nor do I have a schedule). Sorry if I singled yours out as an example. 
It's a valid question. :)

Most panels do center around Anime, video games, japanese culture, cosplay etc. However, if there's enough interest in it, and a panel submission is made that looks like it will be a fun panel that will interest everyone attending, we are willing to branch out.

A couple of other panels we had this year that didn't center around what you'd normally expect to find at an Anime convention:
Cthulu for President (which we've had every year for about 5 years now, and is always very popular)
Two Homestuck panels (which were both very popular and well attended - we often will have webcomic panels that aren't related to anime directly, actually)

In previous years, we've also had panels that related to non-anime things but were things our GoH's were involved in outside of their video game/anime interests, such as panels about Avatar when Reuben Langdon was a guest, or about Burlesque when we had Karen Dyer here.

We like to keep the panels schedule as diverse as possible, so that there's something for everyone.
Quote from: White Rose Assassin on May 28, 2012, 09:59:51 PM+ More of a suggestion - for panel check in, can we phone or text check in? We were trying to get out of the hotel on Monday for checkout so we can make the 10AM panel.
Actually, we did provide a phone number for panelists to use in the emergency case that they weren't able to make it to the panels lounge in time to check in. Perhaps you missed it in the e-mail about check-ins? We definitely try to provide alternatives for when physically being there isn't possible.
Panels and Workshops / Re: 2012 Panels
May 03, 2012, 04:55:38 PM
Thanks for asking!

Yes, it's safe to post it for others to see.

The schedule this year was created as panels were selected, and all times locked in at the time of panel selection. It's a big difference from the way we've done it in previous years.

Quote from: HunterZero on April 30, 2012, 09:51:32 AM
If we have our time (at least, I think I have my time slot), is it safe to post it for others to see? I remember last year we were asked not to post our times until the schedule had been locked down completely.

Also, I have a handful of friends who aren't planning on being at Fanime, but just want to come to my panel. Assuming it isn't an insane number of people, is it alright for them to attend just that one panel?
A very valid #11: Submit a 1 hour panel rather than a longer one.
;) Not even Cthulu could afford what it would take to bribe me. Best not to mention what's impossible to achieve.
Since this is a frequently asked question, especially due to the large number of panels invited to the waiting list this year (owing to the huge number of submissions this year), we've written up a list of ten things to answer this question.

'How can improve my chances of getting my panel onto Fanime's schedule/getting a better time slot/ etc?'

Ten things you can do to improve your chances:
1. Have a totally awesome panel title that makes us want to schedule your panel, and others want to attend it.
2. Have a fantastic panel description that tells both us and others why people should attend your panel.
3. Give us a detailed overview of how exactly you plan to run your panel and what type of information you're going to cover rather than one or two sentences which only gives a vague idea.
4. Give a panel on a topic that isn't already being discussed by other panels.
5. Give a panel in a category that not many people submit panels for.
6. Give a panel that relates to the current year's Convention Theme. (2012 theme was sports - there were very few submissions relating to the theme.)
7. Submit early, so that when we're looking for a panel to fill that time slot you really want, your panel will be in the database we're looking at.
8. Be flexible with when you're willing to give your panel so that when we're looking for a panel to fill that particular time slot, your panel won't be dismissed because you don't seem willing to go at that time, and someone else is.
9. Repeat panels which have also received high attendance in past years are typically given priority (assuming they submitted early enough, etc.)
10. Be polite. Be respectful. Don't harass us.

"I've read this, but why didn't MY panel get onto the schedule?!"
We suggest you re-read this list. If you are unsure about the popularity of particular topics or categories (ie: how many submissions we get on those topics, or in those categories), feel free to ask us via e-mail or twitter, and we'll give you an idea.

Please note that while all of these things should improve your chances, none of them are a guarantee that your panel will be placed on our schedule. The more of them you adhere to though, the higher your chances are likely to be.
Panels and Workshops / Re: ESCAPE the Room! 2012
April 04, 2012, 07:11:34 PM
Just as a note, for those interested, this panel was not submitted this year.
Panels and Workshops / Re: Too controversial?
April 04, 2012, 07:08:01 PM
Although no such panel was really submitted this year (to my knowledge), I would like to state again that the panels department would have no issue with hosting such a panel.  :)
Panels and Workshops / Re: Ladies Night Panel
April 04, 2012, 07:04:54 PM
I think you're looking for Yaoi Bingo, which generally takes place over in the video rooms. :) Not sure which night.
Panels and Workshops / Re: 2012 Panels - 9am panels?
April 04, 2012, 07:03:59 PM
It's an idea. However, if we schedule panels that don't expect much of an attendance at that time, chances are.... they won't get much of an attendance. Then, this will make others less likely to be willing to give panels in that time slot in the future. Something in the nature of a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The feedback is much appreciated though! We'll consider it. I'm not sure if we'll have the staff to support it this year though. @_@;; I wish we did. It's looking as though there's going to be an unholy number of panels eligible for the waiting list this year.
Panels and Workshops / Re: 2012 Panels - 9am panels?
March 26, 2012, 09:50:37 AM
Hey all, I have a question for those who attend panels.

If we were to start panels at 9am on Saturday and Sunday, would you attend?
Panels 1, 2, and 3, are all on the 2nd floor of the Marriott Hotel. As noted on the website.  ;)
FanimeCon 2012 Panels will be located at the Marriot Hotel, connected to the San Jose Convention Center, Salon Rooms I – VI
Panels 1: Salons I & II – entrance at Salon II
Panels 2: Salon III
Panels 3: Salons IV, V, and IV – entrance at Salon VI
Panels and Workshops / Re: 2012 Panels
February 25, 2012, 08:43:40 PM
No approvals were sent prior to today. Please see the note here:,16825.msg433257.html#msg433257 and/or follow our twitter for updates on panel approvals.

The first panel approvals have been sent out, and will continue being sent out from now on. For a sneak peek at what's been approved, keep an eye on our twitter! :)
Just to chime in... though others have already said most of what I could say...

We definitely look to improve the quality of the panels that are given each year. Below are some things to keep in mind.

  • Anytime we approve a panel from a new panelist, it's hit or miss as to how well they perform as a panelist. This does not at all deter us from giving new people a chance to give panels if their topic is good and their submission form seems well thought out.
  • Sometimes, the subject and content are enough to make the panel popular, despite a bit of lack of polish on the part of the presenter. When this is the case, it's certainly possible that the panel will continue to appear on the schedule in future years.
  • As submissions continue to increase, more and more emphasis has been placed on quality - this is, in fact, the reason for our change in the panel approval process, as of last year.
  • We can only approve panels that have been submitted. Really awesome panels submitted late sometimes don't make it onto the schedule, while less awesome panels that were submitted earlier do. We can't wait till the last minute to fill the schedule.
  • We can also only approve panels that are willing to present within the open time slots on the schedule. Sometimes once the schedule fills up, if the 'better' panels have requested time slots that we cannot accomodate, another panel will be offered the time slot that exists.

Hope that helps give some clarity to the process. :)