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Welcome to Yama-Con 2022!
Please visit www.yamacon.org for more information about guests, hotel, location, and tickets.
Autograph lines will be cut off at capacity so our guests can remain on schedule. ALL guests are doing paid signings at their tables in the vendor hall throughout the weekend. Scheduled autograph times are for participating guests that offer free signing opportunities.
PARENTS: We recommend all children under 16 to remain with a responsible adult at all times. We also ask parents to review the descriptions of panels to determine what panels they feel are appropriate for their child.
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Derek Cheung


The Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens), also known as the betta, is a freshwater fish native to Thailand and present in neighboring Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Vietnam. While colloquially known and marketed in the global aquarium trade as the "betta", it is one of 73 species in the genus Betta. Siamese fighting fish are among the most popular and widely available aquarium fish in the world due to their varied and vibrant colour, diverse morphology, and relatively low maintenance. Mostly concentrated in Thailand's Chao Phraya river basin, bettas were discovered in the still waters of canals, rice paddies and floodplains, where they are still found; they have been kept and bred since at least the mid-19th century, and possibly much earlier.[4] Their famously vibrant colours, large and flowy fins, and aggressive behaviour are the result of generations of intensive artificial selection, for which they are sometimes known as "designer fish of the aquatic world".