Hello everyone! I just wanted to say 'thank you' for those who are planning on coming out to support AniZona 1 in its innaugural year in Arizona! We look forward to seeing everyone there, especially all the cosplayers who are working hard to put the finishing touches (or for the procrastinators...just starting
) on their costumes for this year!
I've been perusing through the forums on occassion, and have noticed that there are a few questions about Mr. Amano as far as what he's doing and when. We appreciate everyone's patience while we're still solidifying his events, but keep in mind that convention programming often fluctuates so much that it's nearly impossible to post any scheduling information until several days before the start of the event. (Many apologies about that!)
During AniZona, Mr. Amano will be doing two panels (one on Friday and one on Saturday, and times have yet to be solidified). Each panel will be on a different topic; one being his work on the Final Fantasy series, the other being the progression of his career and artwork. These two panels will be run in an interviewing style with a short Q&A session near the end. In order to touch on the kinds of questions that you want to know the most about, we're asking you to submit suggestion questions that should be in the panels. The most suggested ones will be on the top consideration listings during the panel sessions.
To submit your questions, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feel free to ask me any questions here in this thread about any other aspects of the convention. I'll do my utmost best to answer them, or direct you to the proper committee member who would know that particular answer (or is in control of that department).
Will he be doing autographs?
For those who are wondering if he'll be doing any autographing, the answer is 'yes'. The details on where and when are still being finalized. However, he won't be autographing during the same time as the other guests of honor. Because of the number of people who have come to see him, please limit your autograph requests to one per person. We ask you to do this so that everyone gets an equal opportunity to obtain an autograph from him.
Another request is to keep whatever you're having him autograph relevant to what he's worked on. Bringing in an autographing notebook, or something generic for him to sign is completely acceptable. Bringing in a Final Fantasy game or poster of some sort is also just fine because he's worked on the series projects. Just keep it relevant and tasteful in nature. Even though he's worked for Marvel Comics before, don't just bring in a comic for him to sign that he never even worked on. Also, do not ask him to autograph a part of your body, bras/underwear/boxers, or anything else that could be deemed inappropriate or vulgar. Those who do will be asked to leave the room, and could face further penalties from AniZona or the hotel.
Taking a picture is up in the air at this point. Unless he makes a personal request to not have his picture taken, we will not say 'yes' or 'no' at this time.
We will do everything in our power to maximize Mr. Amano's exposure to the attendees. However, the attendees will also have to share their time with him in order to make as many people happy!
Again, please send panel questions to my email at: email@example.com
Do not post them here, otherwise I can't compile them as well. However, other questions regarding the convention or the scheduling of Mr. Amano's events can be asked in here and I'll do my best to answer what I can.
Thank you for your attention! We look forward to seeing you at AniZona 1!
AniZona Gaming Coordinator