Over the Labor Day weekend I was invited to present a few panels at AnimeFest in Dallas, Texas. Since I don’t work Fridays, I flew out of Sky Harbor Airport for my first “vacation” in nearly 10 years. I hadn’t planned to blog about this so I didn’t take any photos. What you will see here is an accurate reconstruction of the events…the names of the innocent have been changed.

On the drive from the Dallas Airport to the Sheraton, the Director of Guest Relations mentioned that she was able to get an upgrade on the room. “Oh, cool!” sez I, thinking there’ll be a kitchenette or a Embassy Suites-type living room.

When I found my room, the door plaque seemed a bit grand…

But then I walked in…

The suite was bigger than my entire house! Crazy!

On Saturday and Sunday I presented two panels on prop building.

The first panel I presented was an overview of my work on Blind Squirrel Props, which you can view below. Please be charitable in your judgement…I am no performer.

The second panel on Prop Building Materials and Techniques I recorded on my iPhone. This was the view if your head was laying on the table!

I also did an interview for Cospod, a video podcast about the cosplay scene.

I had some downtime between panels each day so I did some sightseeing. Dealey Plaza was only a couple of miles from the hotel so I had to go see infamous site of JFK’s assassination. The Texas Schoolbook Depository now houses The Sixth Floor Museum which dramatically presents the events of that time in history. Besides photos and artifacts, they’ve also re-created Lee Harvey Oswald’s sniper’s perch at the corner window. I was impressed that they also covered all the conspiracy theories as well as the “official” version. It was a weird sensation being in a place that you know so well from photos, tv and movies. The mood was only spoiled by the assholes who would run out in the middle of the street to have their picture taken where the President was shot. Ick.

Late Sunday night I was drafted into service as an art auctioneer. It is a deceptively difficult skill, especially for someone like me who’s really bad with numbers. I eventually got the hang of it and stayed until 2 a.m.

The coolest thing about the convention was meeting fellow prop makers, internet friends and readers of my blog! Big shout out to the tiny but awesome Avis, James and his amazing cooking, Stefan (thanks for the casting tip), Anna and many more!

Finally, I particularly want to thank the staff of AnimeFest who went out of their way to make sure there was a blueberry muffin in the Hospitality Suite and I had all the correct video adapters for my presentations. They made me feel like a real celebrity!

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7 Responses to AnimeFest 2012 Report

  1. I’m insanely jealous of your suite O_O it’s…sweet. I hope you can go to more cons in the future because I’d love to go to one of your panels! I’ve never been to animefest, but it sounds like you had a good time 😀

  2. Paul Rotzler says:

    Awesome! Love the illustrations in the photos, hahaha

    The second video isn’t working.

  3. Mike Iverson says:

    Thanks for the heads-up, Paul. Of course YouTube can’t be bothered to email you if your video is too long. The video is now working as well as a video podcast interview added below it.

  4. Carl says:

    Any chance you upload those slideshows for download?

  5. Stefan says:

    Was awesome to meet Mike in person, both his panels were top notch!

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