Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Propeller Anime Radio Episode #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
  • 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! Kent did an a two part interview with him in August that you can check out here and here!

Check out our past podcasts in our archive and subscribe to our RSS feed! You can also listen to our podcast on Sticher Radio! If you have any questions for the mailbag, e-mail

If you like what we do, please hit the donate button the side of our webpage and send us what you can! Running this podcast(and Propeller Anime in general) every month costs money and any amount is appreciated!

Music used: Cowboy Bebop - Tank! (Bootleg Remix), Project M, and New Game+ from Benjamin Briggs!

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