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Friday, April 1 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Opening Ceremonies

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Join the Convention Chair, special guests, and others as we welcome our members to Zenkaikon 2016!

Speakers
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Dante Basco

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Voice Actor
With a career spanning over two and a half decades, Dante Basco is a Hollywood actor who has become a cult classic and pioneering figure in Asian American cinema. He was first introduced in Steven Spielberg’s fairytale movie Hook as Rufio, the leader of the Lost Boys. He quickly jumped to leading roles like in Newline’s Take the Lead, opposite Antonio Banderas, and The Debut, which became the voice of a Filipino American generation. 20th... Read More →
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Kevin Bolk

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Artist
Kevin Bolk and Sarah Martinez are the primary art and writing team for Interrobang Studios, an art collective which publishes original print and online comics since 2005. Best known for the parody comics "It Sucks to be Weegie" and "Ensign Sue Must Die!", Interrobang Studios also produces the fantasy genre send-up "The Last Mystical Legend of the Fantastic FantasyTrigger Star", the quirky auto-bio comic "I'm My Own Mascot," and the silent... Read More →
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Karl "Uncle Yo" Custer

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Comedian
Karl "Uncle Yo" Custer is Zenkaikon's premiere geek comedian. His entire collection of four stand-up comedy albums, ranting everything from "Azumanga Daioh" to "Zenkaikon donuts" is available through Spotify, iTunes and Amazon. He is the show-runner of Youtube's fantasy sitcom with puppets, "Dungeon Crawlers" as well as emcee for Cosplay Burlesque. Playwright, retired podcaster and puppeteer, he's back with new panels, new games to teach... Read More →
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Charles Dunbar

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Cultural Presenter
Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime and Japanese culture are one (admittedly large) sphere. After discovering the medium through Dragonball Z in high school, he spent his formative college years indulging in giant robots, Pokemon, JRPGs, and Rurouni Kenshin, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe... Read More →
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Richard Epcar

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Voice Actor
Richard Epcar is one of the hardest working men in show business, having voiced over 500 characters in games, animation and anime. Best known as the voice of Batou in Ghost in the Shell, The Joker in several Batman games includingInjustice: Gods Among Us (Fighting Game of the Year), Raiden in Mortal Kombat X and Ansem inKingdom Hearts. Richard has been voted one of the Top 20 Video Game Voice Actors of All Time and Top 20 Anime Actors of all time... Read More →
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Sarah Martinez

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Artist
Kevin Bolk and Sarah Martinez are the primary art and writing team for Interrobang Studios, an art collective which publishes original print and online comics since 2005. Best known for the parody comics "It Sucks to be Weegie" and "Ensign Sue Must Die!", Interrobang Studios also produces the fantasy genre send-up "The Last Mystical Legend of the Fantastic FantasyTrigger Star", the quirky auto-bio comic "I'm My Own Mascot," and the silent... Read More →
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Vic Mignogna

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Voice Actor
Vic has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old, but his anime career started about fifteen years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then, Vic has been in more than three hundred animated series and video games. He is known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club, Zero in Vampire Knight, Death Scythe in Soul Eater, Fai in Tsubasa Chronicle, Keldeo in Pokémon, Dark in... Read More →
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Ellyn Stern

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Voice Actor
Ellyn Stern is a classically trained actress, voice actress, director and writer, whose career spans from film, to television, to stage. Ellyn is widely known for her voice work and the wide range of characters she has played. She has played hundreds of roles. Ellyn started work in anime with the original Robotech series. She has since voiced characters in Gundam Unicorn (Martha Vist Carbine), True Crimes: Hong Kong (Dorothy), Bleach (Masaki... Read More →
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Alex Strang

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Game Designer and Media Producer
Strang is a game designer, manga artist and media producer with a multitude of maniacal mishaps (creative projects) both famous and infamous. Publisher of Super Giant Monster Showdown, Movie Plotz and countless other card games, party games and adventure games. this Glasgow native mixes surreal fantasy, absurd comedy and imaginative inspiration in everything he does. He leads workshops in gamification and creative processes, creates live comedy... Read More →
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Eien Strife

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Musical Guest
Eien Strife is a cosplay musical group that has been touring anime, comic, and gaming conventions all over the US. Their high energy show is a unique concert experience which consists of four members bringing to life a story that has never been seen before! Having a sound that is best described as an adventure soundtrack, the members of Eien Strife perform songs that share their quest with the audience while interacting by way of animations and... Read More →
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Greg Wicker

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Game Show Host
Greg Wicker (or "Greggo" as he's fondly known) has been producing and hosting game shows at anime conventions since 1999, when he premiered Anime Match Game at Project A-Kon in Dallas. Since then, Greggo has done anime-themed versions of several classic game shows, created a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on... Read More →


Friday April 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]