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Propeller Anime Radio (Ep. 21): Interview with AFO’s Erik Reiss!

Christmas came a little early, Propellerheads! We have a loaded podcast out before the end of the year. and it’s an interview with the head of Anime Festival Orlando, Mr. Erik Reiss!

We’ll be talking about what goes into Florida’s favorite anime convention and how the anime community has changed in over the twenty years Erik has been involved! It’s a must-listen!

But before all that, Kent and Shamus recap the Propeller Anime holiday season and have big news for 2015 and the future of Anime Nite Orlando!

Topics Include:
Erik starting out as an anime fan
The early days of anime conventions and the Florida anime community
How fans have changed over the years
The cosplay effect: are cosplay celebrities bad for cosplay?
What makes AFO the must-go-to anime convention in Florida?
The struggles of keeping anime relevant at an anime convention
The death of the anime viewing room
Power Rangers at AFO
Japanese guests at conventions
The church of Vic Mignogna
DAVID VIOLENCE as Erik’s student
What went wrong with Orlandia Music Festival-GO!
What AFO looks for in guests and panels
WHY ARE THERE MY LITTLE PONY AND HOMESTUCK PANELS?!
Making AFO bigger and better
Plus more!
You can go to the AFO website right now and pre-register for next year’s convention! It will make for a most excellent Christmas present so get on that!

We also want to give shoutouts to our homeboy Benjamin Briggs for lending us his microphone for this episode. Ben just moved to here so make sure you check out his music and support his Patreon!

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