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Zac Bertschy - In Memoriam

The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children. - Jim Henson ― The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children. - Jim Henson Zac Bertschy has been with Anime News Network for over 20 years. His contributions to ANN have helped make it what it is today. And while Zac is no longer with us, he will always be a part of ANN. Zac joined ANN full time in 2005 as a m...

Why Hasn't Anime Expo 2020 Been Canceled Yet?

Anime Expo 2020 is still - somehow - scheduled for July 2-5 in Los Angeles. Why is this gigantic show still scheduled to go on? Chris Macdonald gets into the potential reasons why. ― Editor's Note: Hours after this piece was originally published, the SPJA formally announced the official cancellation of Anime Expo 2020, with a handful of notes about what to expect when it comes to refunds and rollover...

"Helping the Industry": Otaku Coin, The Flying Colors Foundation & You

A bunch of different fundraising projects have popped up lately claiming to help fans "help the industry". Callum May discusses the problems with some of these projects, and how you can protect yourself while actually helping working-class animators. ― Not too long ago, the options for supporting the anime industry were not nearly as numerous as they are today. For fans outside of Japan, it was simpl...

The Problem with "Manga Fairs" in Spain

Spain has cultivated its own economy of "manga fairs" that provides more cheap conventions a year than anime fans can possibly attend. Manu G. explains why this system hurts the industry more than helps. ― Conventions celebrating anime and manga in Spain have become something quite messy. Going by the name of ‘manga fairs’, many conventions over the last decade have tried to emulate the Barcelona Man...

The SPJA Needs to Change This Policy

The new SPJA Youth Protection Policy might seem like a good idea, but it could well destroy Anime Expo. ― On Tuesday, at an SPJA board meeting, the SPJA board of directors will be making a very important decision that could have long reaching consequences for Anime Expo. During this meeting the board will decide how to address problems with their new Youth Protection Policy, problems that many AX par...

There's a Pervert Impersonating ANN Staff

Sadly this isn't a joke. Someone out there is impersonating an ANN staff photographer to put female cosplayers in compromising positions. ― tl;dr version: Anime News Network staff will always contact you from an @animenewsnetwork.com e-mail address. Freelance journalists / photographers do not have @animenewsnetwork.com e-mail addresses and will never identify themselves as “staff.” If a freelancer c...

Editorial: Shirobako and the Struggle

Nick Creamer ruminates on Shirobako's portrayal of the hardships that come with working a creative job. ― Life is full of trials and mistakes no matter how you slice it, but pursuing a career in the arts is just asking for trouble. I've made more than my own share of such mistakes, and my past is littered with the detritus of a failed novelist, failed musician, failed game writer. There's no security...

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