Information for Convention Planners
What stuff can you do at our convention?
  • Anime Unscripted:
    If you're looking at this web site and reading this FAQ, you're probably interested in having Anime Unscripted at your convention. We would be more than happy to host the event at your convention. Anime Unscripted can be played either using the convention's guests (which usually works best because the audience already loves them) or people pulled from the audience (in the event the convention doesn't have many guests willing to participate).
    More information about Anime Unscripted...

  • Hyakunin Kuizu:
    This is our version of Family Feud and was an instant success the first time we ran it. We can fit up to 20 contestants into a one hour time block to give lots of people the thrill of participating. The audience enjoys playing along as well and this results in a great game show event that everyone enjoys being a part of.
    More information about Hyakunin Kuizu...

  • All About Anime Cons:
    As a founder and the retired chairman of one of the ten largest anime conventions in North America, the creator of AnimeCons.com, and having attended more conventions than he can remember, PatrickD has seen quite a bit of the anime con scene. He has put together a presentation on what goes into running an anime convention to help others start their own...or talk them out of it after they realize it's not as simple as they may think. The panel runs for 60 minutes and other con chairs or former chairs are welcome to join the panel.
    More information about this panel...

  • Other Panels:
    PatrickD has also hosted panels on topics such as web sites, .hack, and cosplay. He also has experience hosting and judging convention events such as the masquerade.

What will you do to draw people in to our convention?
We will announce on the Anime Unscripted and (Chibi Project, if applicable) web sites that we are attending your convention so that our fans will know we're there (and provide a link to your site). We will tell people what panels or events we might be running at your convention.

What sort of equipment do you need to run this stuff?
Anime Unscripted requires:

  • 60 to 90 minutes in main events or a large panel room
  • contestants (4 voice actor guests would be highly recommended, if available...otherwise we can use audience members)
  • 5 chairs (one for each contestant, one for host)
  • 1 desk, table, or podium (for the host)
  • 1 microphone at the desk (for large rooms)
  • wireless microphones (one for each contestant, for large rooms)
  • a DVD player capable of playing DVD-R and a screen (optional - used for the intro and occasionally some games)
  • we will handle everything else (props, buzzer, etc.)

Hyakunin Kuizu requires:

  • 60 minutes in a panel room with 30 minutes of setup before the show
  • a projector/screen with RCA or VGA input (and cables)
  • an audio cable to plug into a headphone jack
  • microphones (at least one wireless or with a long cord)
  • five chairs pushed to each side, one small table in the middle
  • Jekka. If you don't have a Jekka available, we have one that can be provided at the convention's expense.

The All About Anime Cons panel requires:

  • 60 minutes in a panel room
  • a TV or projector/screen with RCA or VGA input (and cables)
  • microphones (recommended in a large room, optional otherwise)
  • we will handle everything else

If you have questions about our tech requirements at your convention, please ask.

Can we run these at our con without you?
Please do not use the names "Anime Unscripted", "The Chibi Project", "Hyakunin Kuizu", or "All About Anime Cons" unless we are running the event. You're free to run an improv event, your own "Family Feud", or a panel about anime conventions, but pick different names. As for destroying anime toys, that's pretty much been the sole territory of The Chibi Project since 1999 so we ask you to leave that to the experts. We've got years of experience that keep us safe.

This sounds great! Will you come to our con?
We'd love to! There's just one problem...we're not rich. We simply cannot afford to go to all the conventions that would like to have us. However, don't write us off just yet! We might already be considering going to your convention anyway...and complimentary guest passes could seal the deal. If we weren't planning to attend your con, maybe we would if you ask us.

Unfortunately, the only way to guarantee that we'll be able to attend your convention (assuming the date isn't already booked) would be to offer to cover our travel and hotel costs. (For reference, PatrickD's closest airports are San Francisco (SFO), Oakland (OAK), and Santa Rosa (STS).) We realize that not every convention can afford to do this, so contact us and maybe we can work something out.

Also, to be clear about our expectations, we expect to be given complimentary convention badges. We also do not want to have to share the hotel room with anyone that we do not know.

Please note that we will not list your event on our web site until after all details are worked out. If you want us to hold off longer -- until you can make a formal announcement -- let us know.

Do you have bios we can post on our guest page?
PatrickD keeps his biography up to date over on AnimeCons.com. You can find Jekka's biography there too.

Do you have panel and event descriptions for our web site and program guide?
Description for Anime Unscripted:

Anime Unscripted is the hit improv comedy event seen at Anime Boston, ConnectiCon, PortConMaine, AnimeIowa, and elsewhere. Watch as quick-witted contestants take on the challenging games provided by your hosts, PatrickD and Jekka of The Chibi Project. Of course, there's audience participation too, so everyone gets to be a part of the show!

Description for Hyakunin Kuizu:

Two teams of five will "feud" head-to-head in this game of wits. One hundred people were surveyed with a variety of questions related to anime fandom. The team that does a better job guessing the most popular answers will be selected the winner. Is your team up for the challenge? "Survey says..."

Description for All About Anime Cons:

Have you thought about starting up an anime convention of your own? Have you wondered what it takes to get it off the ground and make it successful? PatrickD, co-founder of Anime Boston and Providence Anime Conference and the creator of AnimeCons.com, shares his insight into the convention scene.

I don't run a con. How can I get one near me to invite you as guests?
Contact your local convention's organizers and tell them you want us at their convention. Send them our URL (AnimeUnscripted.com) in e-mail. Post your request in their forum. Get your friends to help drum up support too. (To find a con near you, check AnimeCons.com.)

How can we contact you?
Our Contact page is always the best method to contact us.