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LARPs at Arisia

Once again, Arisia welcomes LARPers of all styles and experience levels to come play at any of the fabulous games running at the con this year. Read about the LARPs we're offering this year.

Satoshi Kon Legacy Panel

These professors will be on a Satoshi Kon Legacy panel run somewhat like "The View" Sunday at 12:30pm in Stone Room.

Tomoko Shimizu is a professor of English literature and cultural studies and media and globalization at the University of Tsukuba located in Ibaraki, Japan. Currently she is a visiting scholar at Harvard University's Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, researching the Japan Media Network and the Anime Culture.

Art Show Entries

Every year, Arisia features a fun and interesting Art Show and this year promises to be no different. There will be costume exhibits, Josh Simpson's work and Student Art Contest entries. But time is running out if *you* want to be part of the Art Show as the sign up ends Dec 15th! Go to and fill in the form to reserve space.

Breakfast Buffet with cool people!

Come join us for a Breakfast Buffet with your favorite Guest of Honor or special guest!

The Breakfast Buffet will be Sunday morning (January 16, 2011) at 11AM.

Tickets for the Breakfast Buffet are $35 and now available here.

This will be a great opportunity at the convention to sit down and chat with your choice of a fannish "person of interest," such as one of our Guests of Honor. In total, we plan to have 12 tables of 8 persons each; at each table will be a special guest. We are currently working with Programming to identify and schedule the special participants. As soon as that is done, we will be sending out a notification to all those who have already purchased their banquet tickets so they can identify their top four choices of tables. This is definitely a first-come, first-served event, so buy your ticket early if you want to make sure you get your top choice!

Special Guest Seanan McGuire

Arisia 2011 excitedly announces that Seanan McGuire has graciously agreed to be a Special Guest of the convention this year.

Seanan McGuire is an American author and filker. She was awarded the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer by the 2010 World Science Fiction Convention. This award was announced at Aussiecon 4 on September 5, 2010. As this award is in the form of a tiara and the award was presented in Australia, Seanan has blogged that this makes her "Officially the Princess of the Kingdom of Poison and Flame". In 2010, McGuire's novel FEED (written under the pseudonym Mira Grant) ranked #74 in an National Public Radio listener poll of the top 100 Thriller novels of all time. McGuire has won three Pegasus Awards and been nominated for 4 more.

Masquerade Rules

Online Masquerade signup is now open! Signup page.

Author Signings

Want someone to sign a piece of paper (or doomsday device) for you? The people can help:

Some of Our Anime Program Highlights

The Satoshi Kon Legacy series: Saturday is devoted to the anime director Satoshi Kon, who passed away in the summer of 2010. He was a true artistic visionary in his direction of so many outstanding anime films. We also will have a special guest lecturer, Prof. Susan Napier from Tufts, she will discuss Satoshi Kon on Sunday.

Fast Track Lego Tournament Prize Donations

Hi everybody,

We are really excited about the Fast Track programming this year, which is going to have a ton of really awesome sessions. One of the items that we are most looking forward to is a Lego Tournament, where the kids will be encouraged to build something with Legos on the theme of Mad Science. Given all of the hard work the kids will be putting into this, we would really love to be able to award prizes after the judging at least to the top winners, and here is where we could use your help.

we've got dances

Even the eclectic scientists need to get their dance on.

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