SNAFU Con is an anime convention in the Reno/Sparks area of Nevada. The 2020 con will be November 13-15. The 2019 con was November 15-17.

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No, not solar, or insulating, or the ones you put lots of buttons on in your evil lab, but informational and entertaining panels on the subjects of....well, everything really. We will answer such great questions as "What qualifies as old-school?" "Why do my villains fail?" and "How much for that Nabeshin necktie?" Most of our panels are provided by fan volunteers. If you are interested in running a panel, more information is available on our Panelist Info.

2019 Panels List

Let's Talk World Building Do you want to build a world? Are you a writer or GM? Let's talk during this Main Stage discussion panel.

Ask The Wonderduo Come in and ask your questions to #1 and #2 pro heroes Deku and Ground Zero!

Where Da Waifu Wars Do you think you have what it takes to be crowned WAIFU CHAMPION? How far are you willing to go to defend your waifu’s honor? How about your husbando’s? Hosted by WHEREDAWAIFU, join us for a battle of true wit and moxie as you test your mettle against other would be waifu warriors to see who has the best waifus of them all. Only true Waifu Warriors may be crowned, and there can only be ONE. #wheredawaifu Prizes awarded to attendees who participate in #WHEREDAWAIFUWARS.

This House of Waifu Do you have a confession you want to make about a waifu or husbando? Do you need to explain why you have so many different waifus? Have you been waiting for a chance to tell your real life husbando about your favorite full-time 2D boy? Is there something you got to get off your chest? A roast or otherwise? Join WHEREDAWAIFU on a journey through waifu and husbando appreciation. #wheredawaifu

How to Kill an Hour 101 You asked; I listened. How to Kill an Hour is back, yet again, for more Cards Against Humanity and candy fun!

Meet the Trolls Come take a trip to Alternia and jam with some of your favorite beta trolls. Feel free to ask us any questions about our glorious adventures or just hop on for the ride!

Character Creation Bring your sketch books and let's create a character together! Learn the fundamentals of making a balanced character with your host ShadowCreeper the wolf!

Plush Films A film-making technique that has been around ever since 2006, I'll teach you how make a film with plushies and show you some of my projects.

So You Want to make a Comic? This panel discusses many topics that will inform and inspire the potential comic artist or writer in you! We'll briefly go over world building and character development as well as valuable suggestions regarding formats, scheduling and more! Hosted by Aaron Romo.

Drawing 101 — A Free for All Anime, manga, superhero comics or indie. They all look different but have one thing in common: a solid understanding of drawing. With a firm grasp of the basics, you can draw in whatever style you want. In this panel, we will discuss some basics about drawing and also cover any questions you may have. Want to learn more about model sheets? Have trouble drawing hands and feet? Want to add more dynamics into your poses? Well, grab a sketch book and ask away! This panel is for you! Presented by Aaron Romo.

Artist meet and greet! Welcome artists! This is a panel to get together local and non-local artists to make new art friends in the artist community! Bring your sketch books, chat, draw, watch speed paints, group drawing, and more with your host RainbowDawn!

Iron Artist Competition Have you ever wanted to test your skills in a no-holds barred contest of wills against other artists? Or maybe, you just want to spend an hour having fun drawing live models. Well, here's your chance. Come together in our Iron Artist Competition! Artists, come for the prizes! Cosplayers, come for the free art! It promises to be a wonderful time for all.

Hentai Redub Live! Join the bravest of our voice actor guests as they live-dub a hentai they’ve never seen before!

Hentai: Insert Panel Experience the hilarity as our panelists heckle and dissect a hentai for your viewing pleasure.

Cowboy Bebop: A 20 Year Celebration Cowboy Bebop is a show that has stood the test of time. As far as anime is concerned, many hail it as the greatest of all time. After 20 years, new and old anime fans relish in its greatness. Whether it's the themes or the lovable characters, something about Cowboy Bebop has been able to resonate until this day. It's high time to celebrate the legacy of this great piece of anime history!

How to (Properly) Tie a Tie The necktie is a decorative bit of clothing that goes back to Roman times and was elevated to an art form in the late 1800s. Join us for a workshop on how to tie some of the most popular and interesting knots – the only knot I refuse to go over is the “wrap around!”

Counter-Factual Histories What if Longstreet had taken Little Round Top when Lee told him to? What if Tiberius Grachus had gone to the Senate before proposing his land bill? What if Marshall Grouchy had not lost track of the Prussians? What if Constantine had not won at Milvian Bridge? If you don't get these references, don't worry about it, we’ll go over them. We will cover what makes good counter-factual history scenarios.

Game Design 101 What is a game? How does one design it? What goes into the design process? I'm a several year designer, with a game under contract for production, so I at least (mostly) come from a position of authority on this. Call it a 'guided discussion'.

Brewing 101 Learn what goes into making tasty drinks at home!

Game Design 102 Dive into design with examples about games that demonstrate the interaction of systems, what goes into a game, play testing, what should go into your design kit and more!

Saving People, Hunting Things, Join Team Free Will Have you been feeling like something is watching you? Have you lost a loved one recently, and kept a keepsake? Have you lost a shoe, and been unable to find it? Well, do we have the service for you! This panel is all about answering your questions about the unknown featuring the lovable cast of Team Free Will as well as some special guests! We will be more than happy to answer any gnawing questions you have, and may even play a few interactive games! Come stop on by! (spoilers for seasons 1-14)

Fanfiction 101 A beginner's guide on writing fanfic: problematic tropes, language dos and don'ts, finding a beta reader, and more. Hosted by journalist T. Costa.

Adult Education Learn about consent, safe sex, and general health in this workshop hosted by health advocate T. Costa. This is a strictly 18+ workshop – we will check ID.

Sympathy for the Devil Come discuss why devils and demons are so popular in pop culture. There will be trivia games and more, all hosted by Good Omens' favorite demon, Crowley.

Learn to design your own anime character! A former Simpsons layout artist will teach you how to begin designing original anime characters, complete with pose and background.

Meet The Androids (DBH) You got an android problem? Worried your computer is going to deviate and burn down your house? That your smartphone may start contacting secret agents to assassinate you in your sleep? Then you are in the right place! Come join the Androids and their partners for a meet and greet! They need your help solving cases, (including those pesky deviants!) and may be able to help your situation. Hang out with Connor and his pals as we play games and discuss Android domination.

Ineffable Husbands Save the World Armageddon may be on our trail, but not to worry! We have angels on our side! Well, two angels to be exact, one fallen angel – but that's not the point! If you would like to help save the world (again), come join Crowley and Aziraphale! We'll play fun games – I mean, RIGOROUS and DANGEROUS games to help us prepare for the ineffable plan! So if you want ineffable with a side of Queen music, come hang out!

Cthulhu for President! Are you tired of candidates who promise change but don't deliver? Are you sick of candidates who only seem to be insane? Come to Cthulhu for President and learn about a real voice for change and insanity! Cthulhu for President!

Bad Hentai Bad Hentai returns! Most hentai is bad, but some is exceptionally terrible. Why not come spend some time watching some of the worst of the worst?

Public Speaking 101 Learn techniques to overcome something more terrifying than death itself! And you don't even have to worry about picturing anyone in their skivvies! Note: This is not a workshop and you will not be asked to stand up and say something.

DMing 101 Ever wanted to learn how to DM? Then this is the panel for you! SNAFU's local games guru Dragon Paragon teams up with Olive to bring you the best tips on running your own game! We'll cover the basics of organizing and delivering an enjoyable tabletop experience, then host a short question and answer segment at the end.

PanelQuest Join a one-of-a-kind adventure where the audience decides the hero's every action! Kick mice, hoard teeth and steal hammers on your way to slaying the Dragon...all the while either taking the path laid before you or going wildly off the rails!

DMing 201: Dungeon Design We've learned the basics, now let's take it a step further. This panel covers all the important topics when it comes to building and executing a dungeon, from pacing to difficulty to theme. Run by our resident tabletop guru, Dragon Paragon, this panel is sure to give you what you need to blow your players away with your next dungeon delve!

Nude Figure Drawing Panel Need to brush up on drawing a more *ahem* "complete" human figure? Then join us after hours for drawing lessons in a relaxed but professional atmosphere.

How to get +5 EXP when you have Anxiety More and more people are dealing with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. It is important to not just sweep it under the rug but address it and seek help when needed. Come and learn some helpful tips of mindfulness. Hosted by Da Rap Nerd.

Heard Not Seen: Adventures in Voice Acting Adapted from his Videoscope Magazine column, actor-author-humorist Bill Timoney takes us on a journey through the wild, the weird, and the wonderful parts of his career in entertainment. Part tell-all confessional and part stand-up comedy, Bill reveals how he broke into the industry (by voicing the notorious "erotic-grotesque" anime-18 Urotsukidōji), and how he got cast in his best-known role, "Parn" in the anime classic Record of Lodoss War (by lying). In "Heard Not Seen," Bill talks about the difference between voicing roles in a family show like Pokémon and a fan service show like Queen's Blade. Bill's acting adventures have brought him face-to-face with Bryan Cranston, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee, Julie Taymor, Woody Allen, Ron Howard, Mel Gibson, Frank Oz, and many more... and he's got tales to tell. Plus, Bill will give the answer to that mysterious question: "Who is Billy Regan?"

Video Game Geek Talk Join Danielle McRae in a discussion on the state of the video game industry, as well as discuss your favorite/least favorite video game moments.

Let Me Tell You About Webcomics Webcomics are an amazing and confusing medium that anyone can participate in regardless of artistic skills. Participants of this panel learn everything from writing and formatting comics for the web and print, how to keep a consistent schedule, tips for creators and fans, and how to use social media platforms to promote and engage with fans. Presented by Melissa McCommon.

Developing Awesome Characters Character development is an essential part of creating stories regardless of genre or format, but it's a process that some can find overwhelming. In this panel, participants learn the basics of character design, different traits and characteristics to create unique characters, basic world building and how it influences character development, as well as a look at how Melissa's own characters have evolved through the years. Hosted by Melissa McCommon.

Melissa’s Oodles of D&D Doodles Come hang out with professional freelance artist Melissa McCommon as she draws D&D characters and recounts epic (and not so epic) tales from various games that she’s run and played in!

What’s So Hard About Writing Women? From Buffy to Ophelia to Wonder Woman, a discussion of the depiction of women in modern fiction exploring the male perspective on the challenge.

Let’s Build a Story Together! While we figure out what makes a good story, we create a tale of our own. A discussion forum where the panel and audience decide on elements and build a story together. Hosted by Spencer Stoner.

Let's Make an Anime Beat Let's make another anime beat together. Come and learn how to make a beat using Ableton and even record something on the spot with Da Rap Nerd. If you play an instrument, bring that too!

Audition Workshop: Video Games Ever wanted to know the process of auditioning for video games? Come learn the ins and outs of auditioning for video games, learn what efforts and script markings mean, and do a mock audition to feel what it's really like. Hosted by Kiba Walker (Popup Dungeon, Earthlock: Festival of Magic, Alea Ludo) and Cole Feuchter (Popup Dungeon, The Divine Speaker, Dear Monster).

Bad Fanfiction Theatre Oh, boy. It's back! This panel was a hit many years ago and ever since then Kiba has wanted to bring it back. Now it returns to where it started at SNAFU Con. Sonic High School? How about Sonic College? My Immortal? What about Trapped in a Island with Josh Hutcherson? Never heard of 'em? Now you will. This panel is definitely 18+. Joined by Cole Feuchter.

Kiba Walker Q&A From being a Damonte High Alum in 2013, to being an actor in Texas, Kiba is back in his hometown to talk about life, what's new, and the experiences he has been happy to have since he started his voice over career. All the questions you want to ask, you can ask them here.

LGBT POC: What it Means to be Different in the Industry Kiba Walker talks about experiences and hardships of being an LGBT person of color in the acting industry. Drop by if you're in the same boat and wanting to get your feet wet in the industry.

Audition Workshop: Anime Anime is a fun medium to work in, but do you know what ADR is? Or CM REAX? Learn how to read a side for anime auditions, what the anime industry is like, and ask your questions as you get a hands-on look inside the booth. Hosted by Kiba Walker (Junji Ito Collection, Garo Vanishing Line, Kono Oto Tomare).

BLits FUN! From Camp Buddy to Full Serivce, to The Divine Speaker and iDuel, Kiba has made a name for himself in the BL (Boys Love) visual novel community. Talk shop (or favorite ships) with the guys who have to use their mouths to make y'all happy. Hosted by Kiba Walker and Cole Feuchter.

Cole Feuchter Q&A A newbie to the convention scene, Cole is no stranger to the industry. From getting his degree in Japanese to becoming one of the title characters in one of the biggest BL games coming out soon, come get to know Cole! Be nice, SNAFU.

Japanese 101: Hiragana Basics Come learn some Japanese basics with Cole Feuchter (BA in Japanese) with this fun, interactive workshop panel. If you attend this one, you can also attend the Japanese 201 and Japanese 301 panels to get the full rounded basics down so you too can start your journey learning Japanese.

Japanese 201: Katakana Basics Recommended, but not required, that you go to the Japanese 101 panel. Cole Feuchter continues his workshop panel in Japanese, with Katakana! Don't know what it is? Don't worry, he will teach you all you need to know going forward. If you like this panel, check out the third panel, Japanese 301, to get the full rounded experience.

Japanese 301: Basics of Speaking the Language You've learned the writing, and you've learned the sounds, now it's time to put it together. Cole walks you through the dos and don'ts of the language, as well as honorifics, pronunciation, and even some phrases for you to practice and take home with you. Recommended you go to the Japanese 101 and 201 panels to get the full rounded experience.

The Retrocade Q&A: Streaming into 2020 Curious about getting into streaming? Twitch, Mixer, Facebook, Youtube...there's so many options, but so little time! Join Kiba and Cole (The Retrocade) as they talk about their experiences in starting streaming from home and getting into a very over saturated market while being a stand out.

Behind the Voices Talk with Danielle McRae about her characters in some of your favorite anime and video games in an open discussion.

Video Game Voice Acting Meet Danielle McRae as she shares the process on what it's like to record for video games.

From Fan-Fiction to Fan-Reality Do you dream of being a part of the anime industry? Are you a fanartist, fanfiction writer, AMV editor, or anyone else who produces fandom content? You may feel like those things could come back to haunt you, but you couldn’t be further from the truth! There are some things you should know, though. Come talk with Marissa Lenti about how producing fan content can help you in the long run, how to transition into professional work, and how fanwork played a part in her journey to the anime industry.

Kinda Sketchy Artists Have you ever seen an artist draw using makeup? How about with a sword? Join our panel of artists as they undertake random art challenges for your viewing pleasure!

Advanced Prop Making The next step up in prop making! This will go over harder to obtain materials and how to work them just right for cool results! Presented by The Props Shop.

Prop Making for Beginners Join us as we point new prop makers in the right direction on obtaining and working with various materials for creating props. Hosted by The Props Shop.

Weathering/Distressing Tips and Tricks For those who want to push their edge game further! For props, costumes, armor, and anything in between! Painting, damaging with tools, dying materials, all that fun stuff! Hosted by The Props Shop.

Meet Marissa Lenti Are you interested in acting, writing, or directing? Find out with Marissa Lenti in the Q&A.

It's Time to Duel! (A BNHA Panel) A fun little Q&A for the audience to interact with the BNHA crew! There will be a few games as well with prizes!

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