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Friday, April 1
 

10:00am

One Piece
SCHEDULE CHANGE: One Piece

Friday April 1, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

10:00am

Princess Jellyfish
Shy and obsessed with jellyfish, Tsukimi is far from her what she’d call a princess. Her life as a jobless illustrator comes complete with roommates with diehard hobbies that leave them being hopeless social rejects. Living in a nun-like, no men allowed shared home, their bubble is unwittingly burst after Tsukimi brings home a rescued sea jelly and a beauty queen who is actually a guy.

Friday April 1, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

11:00am

Art of GMing
Art of GMing is a compendium of tips and tricks for keeping tabletop games organized and fun, ranging from organizational tricks to settling player conflicts. This panel is open for all walks of life ranging from the veterans to the GM-curious.

Speakers

Friday April 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

11:00am

Hidden Gems of Manga
Notebooks that kill people, ninjas vs pirates, empty suits of armor, and hugs that turn people into animals. These are the things that all manga are about right? Think again! Join Brand and CJ as we introduce you to the Hidden Gems of Manga. Learn about child abuse, chilling with your dog, summer days with ghosts, art school, and how to rule the world with manga and more as we explore the manga you’ve never heard of but need to read! Be careful going to the Dealer’s Room after this panel!

Speakers
avatar for Brandi Swenson 

Brandi Swenson 

Panelist
I'm a long time anime and manga fan. I've been enjoying anime since Sailor Moon in the 90s. And I've been reading manga since the first issue of Mixxzine came out. I was a manga moderator on myanimelist.net for several years. http://myanimelist.net/profile/Brand | | I also used to run a Shin Megami Tensei Wiki and message board and have run many panels on the subject.


Friday April 1, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:15am

Intro to Josei
Josei, or anime and manga targeting adult women, is a little known genre that encompasses stories from the darkly passionate to the brightly uplifting. McKenzie and Sara introduce the genre and recommend titles, from the classic to the contemporary,offering a widespread and diverse group of examples of this often overlooked demographic.

Speakers
avatar for McKenzie Barton 

McKenzie Barton 

Panelist
Team Rocket’s Pokemon Emporium provides trainers with all the Pokemon ears and tails they could possibly need. Basically we make high quality replicas of Pokemon for people to wear as cosplay. Our Fancy Frill line provides an elegant flair to the basic animal ear. We also have hair bows, small bags and prints!


Friday April 1, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

11:30am

Congratulations! You are at a Convention. Now What?
Welcome to Zenkaikon! Have you figured out what you are going to do? Checking the artist ally, attending panels, playing games, there is so much to do! How would you like to know how to maximize your time? I have been attending conventions for over a decade and will tell you the essential tips and tricks to save the most amount of money and see everything you didn't know was happening.

Speakers

Friday April 1, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

12:00pm

Adapting Comics
A look at how comic books have been adapted into other media over the last 70 years and the changes made in the process. This panel will also explore how various media have influenced changes in the comics that inspired them.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Buffone 

Jason Buffone 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →
avatar for Josh Reedy 

Josh Reedy 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →


Friday April 1, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:00pm

Himouto! Umaru-chan
Umaru is a renowned beautiful 16-year-old girl in town, living with her elder brother Taihei. She acts a perfect sister with a kind heart, intelligence and popularity, who everybody admires. So who would believe how true Umaru is at home? Sleeping, gaming, watching TV, eating junk food, drinking cola; that's almost all she does at home, leaving all the housework to her brother.

Friday April 1, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

12:00pm

Noragami
Yato may just be a minor god now, but he’s determined to make it big and he’s got a plan. Unfortunately, things just don’t seem to be going his way. He doesn’t have a single shrine dedicated to him, his partner has just quit, and now he’s got to find a new divine weapon. Just when things look bleak, he meets a girl named Hiyori and changes her life forever.

Friday April 1, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

12:00pm

Artemis
Artemis is designed for anyone who has dreamed of what it would be like to sit on the bridge of a starship.

It simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. One computer runs the simulation and the "main screen," while the others serve as workstations for the normal jobs a bridge officer might do, like Helm, Communications, Engineering, and Weapon Control. Artemis is a social game where several players are together in one room ("bridge"), and while they all work together, one player plays the Captain - a person who sits in the middle, doesn't have a workstation, and tells everyone what to do.

Sign up to fly by the flight room at the convention.

Want to learn more before signing up to play? Check out the Artemis website, which contains game manuals, YouTube videos, and more to prepare you for your flight!

Friday April 1, 2016 12:00pm - Saturday April 2, 2016 12:00am
Artemis [Floor 3, Walnut]

12:00pm

Fandom Photo Scavenger Hunt

Are you the ultimate Zenkaikon fan? Think you have what it takes to find all the items on our list and win a cool prize? Then sign up for the Zenkaikon Fandom Photo Scavenger Hunt! Forms can be picked up anytime throughout the weekend from the Info Table on the second floor of the convention center. The Scavenger Hunt will end 1pm Sunday.  

Rules: Take a photo of yourself with a list of items/places/people. Participants can use a cellphone/tablet/digital camera, but no downloaded or forwarded pictures from a friend. Photos must include participant's face. Participant's own cosplay will not count for cosplay photos. Please ask permission from cosplayers/people before taking their picture. One entry per person. Entries must be verified at the Info Desk when the list has been completed.

Prizes: Everyone who completes the Scavenger Hunt will win an exclusive, never seen again, Zenkaikon 10th Anniversary Sticker, drawn by our Webcomics Guest of Honor, Kevin Bolk of Interrobang Studios!

PLUS: Be the first person to complete the Scavenger Hunt to win a FREE MEMBERSHIP TO ZENKAIKON 2017!!


Friday April 1, 2016 12:00pm - Saturday April 2, 2016 2:00am
Info Desk [Floor 2]

12:15pm

Blogging: Earning Cred, Building Traffic, and Expressing Yourself
Nancy Basile, long-time writer for About.com, hosts a panel for bloggers. Find out how to earn credibility on the Internet and how to write professional reviews. Plus, learn the best practices for getting more traffic to your blog. Nancy Basile is joined by writers [TBA].

Speakers

Friday April 1, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

12:30pm

Moe Maid Café
The Moe Maid Café’s mission is to bring you a one of a kind maid café that is affordable, family friendly and every otaku’s fantasy. Here at Moe Maid Café we will combine Japanese tradition and culture with an American fusion.

Reservations for the Moe Maid Café will be taken through March 27, 2016.

Go to the Online Reservation Form

We are taking reservations via the online registration form before the convention only, and will not be accepting them during the convention.


Friday April 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Montgomery House, Third Floor

12:30pm

Yay Vocaloids! The sound of the future.
Vocaloids, we love them. so come to see all your favorites and, maybe see something you haven't seen yet. If your new to vocaloids that's great. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get involved in our wonderful community!

Friday April 1, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:45pm

Understanding and Dealing with Con Drama
Do you find yourself dealing with unnecessary amounts of drama at cons? Does it hurt your con experience? Do you want to learn how to fight this force of evil that ruins conventions for all of us? If so, come to Understanding and Dealing with Con Drama and learn how to stand strong in the face of con drama.

Speakers
avatar for Abraham Klein

Abraham Klein

Panelist
I've been paneling since Zenkaikon 2013 when I first unveiled "eating well and cheap at anime cons", and since then I have been striving to design more panels on the subject of improving the convention community and culture. To that end, I have added my panel "understanding and dealing with con drama" to my repertoire, and plan to create more in the future. Got ideas of panels you want to see on the subject of convention culture? Please tell... Read More →


Friday April 1, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

1:00pm

Awesome Animation Not from Japan
Anime has taken the world by storm, but Japan isn't the only country producing cool and compelling animation. In this panel, we'll take a trip around the world to discover what great animation other countries have to offer with stops in Italy, Australia, Hungary, China and elsewhere.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Gans 

Michael Gans 

Panelist, 20 Sided Designs
20 Sided Designs is all about geek art, and its promotion. It is also a studio that Laura Robinson, Wilfred Robinson, Michael Gans, and friends use to put out the projects they are working on including their long running web comic, Friday Knights.


Friday April 1, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

1:00pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Dante Basco

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 →
avatar for Kevin Bolk

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 →
avatar for Karl

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 →
avatar for Charles Dunbar

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 →
avatar for Richard Epcar

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 →
avatar for Sarah Martinez

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 →
avatar for Vic Mignogna

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 →
avatar for Ellyn Stern

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 →
avatar for Alex Strang

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 →
avatar for Eien Strife

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 →
avatar for Greg Wicker

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]

1:00pm

The Magic of Cosplay Display and Exhibit

The Cosplay Department believes in Cos-positivity and supporting each other.  This year we are bringing a new idea to life!  Located at the Cosplay Headquarters in the Montgomery House, we will have costume, props, and wig displays for you to look at closely.  There will be ongoing video of past Masquerades and other skits for your viewing pleasure as well as a chance to be in our “What Cosplay Means to Me” video.

Photography is welcome, but only "point and shoot" cameras.

We ask that all attendees are respectful to the Exhibit as well as the Historic Montgomery House. We will not hesitate to escort you to the exit. Thank you in advance.

Friday: 1:00PM- 10:00PM

Saturday: 10:00AM- 10:00PM

Sunday: 10:00AM-1:00PM


Friday April 1, 2016 1:00pm - 10:00pm
Montgomery House, First Floor

1:15pm

American Comics for Manga Readers
So you’re all out of manga to read, now what? Ever consider looking on this continent for your next comics fix? join Brandi and CJ as we explore the best way to go from manga to American comics with classics and new titles to help ease your transition into a new comics addiction!

Speakers
avatar for Brandi Swenson 

Brandi Swenson 

Panelist
I'm a long time anime and manga fan. I've been enjoying anime since Sailor Moon in the 90s. And I've been reading manga since the first issue of Mixxzine came out. I was a manga moderator on myanimelist.net for several years. http://myanimelist.net/profile/Brand | | I also used to run a Shin Megami Tensei Wiki and message board and have run many panels on the subject.


Friday April 1, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

1:30pm

1:30pm

Get Hooked!
Liz, Stacey and Lucia are back! Come learn the basics of crochet, with a kit containing everything you need to make fun accessories for cosplay and everyday life. We'll have three different patterns available; embellished fingerless mitts, a cozy headband, or a stylish snood. There will be a $10 material fee, which gets you plenty of yarn to complete one of these fun projects, a set of 5 hooks and other tools, instructions and a pattern. (We'll even bring change this year!) This is a beginner's workshop, but everyone is welcome! We've been working hard to improve our visuals, and bring you an even bigger and better panel than last year. Spots are limited, so get there early.

Speakers

Friday April 1, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

1:45pm

How to Artemis: The Introductory Guide to Spaceshipping
Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship... Artemis? Join our erstwhile captains, FredSamBoyo and Shawn, as they take you through how to play the space simulation, from weapons and science stations to escort runs and blowing up alien vessels. Geared for both beginner and returning players alike, you too will go where no space sim has gone before!

Friday April 1, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

2:00pm

Moe Maid Café
The Moe Maid Café’s mission is to bring you a one of a kind maid café that is affordable, family friendly and every otaku’s fantasy. Here at Moe Maid Café we will combine Japanese tradition and culture with an American fusion.

Reservations for the Moe Maid Café will be taken through March 27, 2016.

Go to the Online Reservation Form

We are taking reservations via the online registration form before the convention only, and will not be accepting them during the convention.


Friday April 1, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Montgomery House, Third Floor

2:00pm

AMV Showdown

It’s time, once again, to open the battledome to the warriors of multimedia, armed with computers, editing software, and imagination!  We’re taking on all comers this year by accepting FANDOM MUSIC VIDEOS for the special sixth category (see the Rules for details)! We’re expecting the biggest year ever for this competition so get creative and GET PUMPED!


Friday April 1, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

2:00pm

Bleach
For as long as he can remember, Ichigo Kurosaki has been able to see ghosts. But when he meets Rukia, a Soul Reaper from the Soul Society who battles evil spirits known as Hollows, he finds his life is changed forever. Now, with a newfound wealth of spiritual energy, Ichigo discovers his true calling: to protect the living and the dead from evil.

Friday April 1, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

2:00pm

Okami-San and Her Seven Companions

Ryoko Okami, the “wolf” of our story, and her BFF Ringo, also known as Little Red Riding Hood, are members of Otogi Bank—a high school club that helps classmates out of grim situations. One day, a meek young man proclaims his love to Ryoko, who does nothing but bite him in return. So the boy joins Otogi Bank to prove he has the stuff to protect his beloved. He’s no Prince Charming, but will Ryoko allow herself to have her own happily ever after?


Friday April 1, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

2:15pm

Building a World For Others to Save
Want to run a table top game but don't want to run a pregenerated adventure? Confused on how to build a world setting in general? Building a World For Others to Save is geared towards provided world building techniques cultivated over an extensive period of playing, GMing, and college shenaniganery. Everyone welcome!

Speakers

Friday April 1, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

2:15pm

Gameshow Impossibru™: Retro Gaming Challenge
The Manly Battleships'® GAMESHOW IMPOSSIBRU™ series continues with a whole new level of punishment. In this version, we have the Retro Gaming Challenge! Come test your gaming skills or just your patience as we strive to find the most horrendously hard levels in video game history to throw out you in a series of epic tasks! Try not to put a controller through the screen (seriously, they cost a lot!), or into the face of your mocking hosts!

Speakers
avatar for The Manly Battleships

The Manly Battleships

Featured Panelist
The Manly Battleships®are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed one of the greatest programming groups on the east coast convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their powers with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to form the new titan at the front of the con scene. The Fleet’s arsenal offers a lot of a lot, and a little of everything! No matter your pleasure, there’s a Manly Battleships®... Read More →


Friday April 1, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

2:30pm

Autographs with Vic Mignogna
Guest will sign autographs free of charge. Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.

More details on autograph policies are available here.

Speakers
avatar for Vic Mignogna

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 →


Friday April 1, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Autographs [Vine Street Lobby]

2:30pm

Shinto: The Way of the Kami

Japan's sacred belief is a mess of borrows gods, syncretic practices, and plenty of wheels. And it takes a lot of time to decode and understand. This panel explores the notion of the Kami, those local beings that have led to Japan being called the Land of 1000 Gods, their origins, and their evolution through history. Also included- shrines, temples, festivals, and the experience of interacting with the mystical world in places of sacred power.


Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

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 →
JK

Julia Klag

Featured Panelist, Doomtastic
We are a group of otaku that enjoy going to conventions. In fact, it's become quite a hobby for us. We are located centrally in Baltimore and attend many of the local conventions.


Friday April 1, 2016 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

3:00pm

Pokemon Battle Frontier V at Zenkaikon X - Day 1
Hello Pokémon Fans! It is once againyour chance to challenge the Battle Frontier at Zenkaikon. This year, the challenges will be a dual-tiered process. The first time you beat one of the 5 Frontier Brains with your Pokémon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire game, you will receive the silver version of their frontier symbol. After that, any time over the weekend, you’ll be able to challenge them again, but this time, you’ll put your silver symbol on the line for a chance to win the gold version of their frontier symbol! If you lose, you’ll get to keep your silver symbol, and can rematch them again later in the weekend. The Frontier Brains have special pins that signify who they are, so if you run into them anywhere around the convention, you can challenge them. There will also be meetups in the Tabletop Room throughout the weekend, so make sure to check the schedule for times. The times, along with the rules, will also be posted in the designated meet-up area in the Tabletop Room, so make sure to stop by and check them out. If you have any other questions, you can post them to the Pokémon Battle Frontier at Zenkaikon group on Facebook, as we will be checking and updating it throughout the weekend. Get your best Pokémon together and get ready! Good luck!

Friday April 1, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1 + 2]

3:00pm

Nidhogg (PC)
How it Works

With your convention badge, you gain access to unlimited console gaming hosted by Final Boss Gaming. In the Electronic Console Gaming Arena players of all ages and skill levels gather in celebration of intense console gaming action.  Come stop by for a quick game between events, or stay for the whole convention and step your game to the next level.

The Basics

All games inside are free play!  Tournaments will also be free to compete. We have next-gen and classic consoles, so you don't have to worry about a variety of systems. If you want to see a certain game or if you have any questions on how to play, please ask any uniformed Final Boss Gaming staffer for easy assistance. If you want to play games on an arcade stick or any custom controller, feel free to bring your own.

Tournaments

In our quest to find the elite gamers, tournaments will take place throughout the weekend. Sign-ups for all tournaments will be at the HQ table right inside the entrance the arena.

All tournaments have a roll call to assure attendance. Please make sure to check in 5 minutes before the start of any event. If you show up late, you very well could lose your spot in the tournament. Don't let that happen to you!

More information is available at our website.

Friday April 1, 2016 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D + E]

3:15pm

Learning Japanese
Whether you're just getting started or have been learning for a while, come by for a fun discussion of the basics and nuances of studying the Japanese language! This light educational interactive workshop will cover some essentials of spoken and written Japanese as well as tips for studying it on your own. The presentation is open to being very audience-directed, so bring your questions! What textbooks are good? What resources are wrong and should never be used? What exactly is a "te form" verb and what does that syllable at the end of my favorite character's every sentence really mean? Join us and find out!!

Friday April 1, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

3:15pm

Mythology in Anime
Are you a closet classicist? Do you REALLY like mythology? Are you wondering why there are SO MANY anime characters named Loki? Well then this is the panel for you! In this panel we will discuss mythological themes in various anime and manga. The panel will consist of a presentation and discussion!

Speakers
avatar for Tabatha Barton

Tabatha Barton

Panelist
Archaeologist/classicist/artist/cosplayer! | My name is Tabby and I have been attending Zenkaikon since 2007! In the past I have run the Homestuck panels and Homestuck photoshoots at the con. I am very excited to continue to be a panelist at Zenkaikon and hope to see you all there!


Friday April 1, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

3:30pm

Women in Anime Panel (w/Ellyn Stern)

We will explore the different types of roles that women embody as characters in the world of anime, how this is evolving, and how this directly impacts you the anime fan! This is a thought provoking, stimulating and interactive panel.


Speakers
avatar for Ellyn Stern

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 →


Friday April 1, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

4:00pm

Moe Maid Café
The Moe Maid Café’s mission is to bring you a one of a kind maid café that is affordable, family friendly and every otaku’s fantasy. Here at Moe Maid Café we will combine Japanese tradition and culture with an American fusion.

Reservations for the Moe Maid Café will be taken through March 27, 2016.

Go to the Online Reservation Form

We are taking reservations via the online registration form before the convention only, and will not be accepting them during the convention.


Friday April 1, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Montgomery House, Third Floor

4:00pm

Autographs with Dante Basco
Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
- Program book autograph: free (one per person). Other autographs, photos, voice recordings, and phone calls: $20 each. Photographs with guest: $10 each.

Speakers
avatar for Dante Basco

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 →


Friday April 1, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Exhibit Hall [Freedom B]

4:00pm

Kekkaishi
Yoshimori Sumimura and Tokine Yukimura, heirs to rival families of kekkai (barrier magic) users, must defend their school from the spirits drawn to the sacred land upon which it is built.  Can the two rivals work together to save the people they care about?

Friday April 1, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

4:00pm

One Piece
Monkey D. Luffy is a boy with big dreams. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, the stakes are high, but with each adventure, Luffy adds a new friend to his gang of Straw Hat Pirates! This is one captain who’ll never stop until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth, the Legendary One Piece!

Friday April 1, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

4:00pm

Open Mic Karaoke
Song Rules
  • Must be an anime song, J-pop song, or Japanese video game song.
  • Must be six minutes in length or under. Songs that are longer will be cut at six minutes.
  • Must not contain profanities.
General Rules
  • You can only sign up to sing one song at a time. Once you have sung your song, you can sign up again.
  • It is strongly recommended that you bring the backing track for the song you want to sing, as well as lyrics, if needed. We will have a database of songs you can pick from, but it will by no means have all possible songs.
  • You are encouraged to sing and have fun, but no heckling or doing anything that would be deemed dangerous on the stage.
  • To make sure you have time to sing, please show up as early as you can. Songs will be banned for the day, if sung too many times.

Friday April 1, 2016 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

4:15pm

Iron Cosplay
Do you love to cosplay? Think you have what it takes to be the next IRON COSPLAY champion? Join the Iron Cosplay, where you will be pitted against the highest degree duct tape and paper plate masters (i.e. your fellow con-goers) in this contest of skill, resourcefulness, creativity, and most importantly: FUN!Signups to participate will be on Friday 10am-3pm in the Cosplay Headquarters. All are welcome to watch the event unfold! Who will be crowned the Iron Cosplay Champ?

Friday April 1, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

4:15pm

How Fan Fiction is Changing the World
Intercultural analyst and creative writing teacher M. Jean will introduce fan fiction, explain how to read it, write it, publish it, and celebrate it. We will explore how fan fiction is changing media, communities, consumers, as well as the producers of our favorite stories. (Spoiler: Even if you've never heard of fan fiction, it has effected you!) Whether you are a newbie to the world of fan fiction, or you've been shipping since Sailor Moon, this panel has something for you!

Speakers
avatar for M.

M. "Anego" Jean

Featured Panelist
Anego Jean is an intercultural trainer and transnational media anaylst. In 2015, she published "Snapshots of American Culture: Japanophilia and the Otaku," and has presented chapters from it at several meetings of East Coast cultural nonprofits, including Otakorp, Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, and the New England Anime Society's Foundations of Anime series.  | | Her blog is located at www.softpowerpunch.wordpress.com ... Read More →


Friday April 1, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

4:30pm

Eien Strife Greet, Q&A Convention Stories

The cosplay adventure band has been touring anime conventions for over 4 years now and there are some stories to share! Join Eien Strife as they share videos, answer questions, and tell you all about their adventure and what to expect this weekend from them. Cheydra, Raien, Lyren, and Kale are ready to meet all of you!


Speakers
avatar for Eien Strife

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 →


Friday April 1, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

4:30pm

Crossplay makeup basics
This panel will focus on helping yourselfon your makeup when crossplaying. We will go over a variety of things you can do with makeup to enhance certain features of your face when crossplaying. **panel will focus mainly on female to male.

Speakers
avatar for Tophats N Frills

Tophats N Frills

Panelist, Tophatsnfrills Cosplay


Friday April 1, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

5:00pm

Autographs with Richard Epcar & Ellen Stern
Guests will sign autographs free of charge. Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.

More details on autograph policies are available here.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Epcar

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 →
avatar for Ellyn Stern

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 →


Friday April 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Autographs [Vine Street Lobby]

5:00pm

Mr. Buckethead's Monster Fight Tournament

A crazy fighting game where players choose wacky characters from the Mr. Buckethead films and comics, then duke it out. Very easy to learn and play!

 


Speakers
avatar for Alex Strang

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 →


Friday April 1, 2016 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1 + 2]

5:15pm

Way of the Fist: A Look into Fighting Games
Not familiar with fighting games? Have no idea where to start? Have no fear! The Way of the Fist will guide you! Learn about the history of going toe to toe in the virtual spectrum, and even of which titles are worth your time. From Street Fighter to Mortal Kombat. From the conventional to the obscure. Get ready...FIGHT!!

Speakers
avatar for Brian Beccia 

Brian Beccia 

Panelist
Ask me anything about movies, games, wrestling or RPGs.
avatar for Ty Hornbeck 

Ty Hornbeck 

Panelist
I enjoy many things and am passionate about the things I enjoy. Video games are my forte, especially fighting games or anything from SEGA. I'm always happy to meet others who feel the same.
avatar for Forward Progress

Forward Progress

Panelist, Keeping Friendship Magic
Video games, MLP, and so much more. Where pop culture, social science, and philosophy meet, you will find me. My long running project Keeping Friendship Magic combines actual social science concepts with content from MLP: FIM to further the magic of friendship. My work has since branched into other areas of pop culture and fandoms including The Legend of Zelda and Anime.


Friday April 1, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

5:15pm

Star Trek Continues Screening

Continuing the five year mission started by Captain James Tiberius Kirk, Star Trek Continues bridges the gap between Star Trek: The Original Series, and The Next Generation. Starring Vic Mignogna as Captain Kirk, Todd Haberkorn as Mr. Spock, Chuck Huber as Dr. ‘Bones’ McCoy, Kim Stinger as Lt. Uhura, Grant Imahara as Mr. Sulu, Wyatt Lenhart as Mr. Chekov, and Chris Doohan as Scotty. Join Vic for an episode screening at Zenkaikon and some discussion of his favorite topic!


Speakers
avatar for Vic Mignogna

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 →


Friday April 1, 2016 5:15pm - 6:45pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

5:30pm

Lost in Adaptation
When franchises are adapted from one medium to another, things are always lost in the change. Meanings, ideas, or the overall plot can change wildly. From video games to movies, comics to television, or even just manga to anime, come with us to delve into these wild changes and discover what happened along the way. A product of SubStandard Science.

Speakers

Friday April 1, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

5:45pm

Oh My God! SPANDEX!
Hosted by Mandah. Does your costume require spandex or other hard to work with material? Your machine hates having to sew it? Can't figure out what the difference is between needles, threads and stitches to put the stretchy fabric together? Have intricate designs you're unsure of how to attach to a bodysuit? Learn how to conquer the dreaded fabric known as spandex!

Speakers
avatar for Mandah Law 

Mandah Law 

Featured Panelist
Mandah is a local Philadelphia multitalented artist. She is known for her edible or intricate looking designs and illustrations that can be found in the Artist Alley or elsewhere. Has been attending Zenkaikon for the past five years and was 2012’s shirt design contest winner! Outside of the artist alley she is a special effects makeup artist for haunt attractions, a commissioned costumer as well as a budding voice actress.She has been... Read More →



Friday April 1, 2016 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

6:00pm

Dance Lessons
Back for 2016, the Sakura Ball is Friday evening's formal event for all ages! Prepare for a decadent evening of cosplay, music, and dance. This is the dance lessons for those who would like to learn Ballroom dance techniques.  Formal dress is not required for this instructional event. 


Speakers
avatar for Diana Hong

Diana Hong

Ballroom Dance Instructor, Cosplay Ball
Diana Hong is a ballroom dance teacher from the Philadelphia area who teaches at the Upper Main Line YMCA, Zenkaikon 2014 / 2015, and Katsucon 2013-2016. She owned Dance Muse Studio in King of Prussia, PA until 2012 and was the expert judge at the 2012 Dancing with the SMM Stars Gala in Drexel Hill, PA. Prior to 2009, Diana competed Pro-Am actively on the Arthur Murray circuit, winning Top Lady awards in Bronze in regional events. A rabid manga... Read More →


Friday April 1, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

6:00pm

Greggo Presents: The Pokémon Game Show

Four players battle each other in a test of knowledge about all things Pokémon! Answering questions correctly gives them control of our game board where they will face all sorts of challenges! The winner has a shot at becoming immortalized as Champion of the con! About 90% of the questions will come from the first three generations of Pokémon games…be there at the beginning of the panel if you want a chance to play!


Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

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 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

6:00pm

Accel World
Haruyuki Arita is a young boy who finds himself on the lowest social rungs of his school and can only cope by indulging in virtual games. That all changes when Kuroyukihime, the most popular girl in school, introduces him to a mysterious program called Brain Burst and a virtual reality called the Accel World.

Friday April 1, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

6:00pm

Assassination Classroom
Instead of homework and pop quizzes, the students of Class 3E have a far more important assignment: kill their tentacled murderous monster of a teacher before the end of the year! In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, he will teach his students everything he knows about the assassination game. Should some eager beaver prove to be a quick study in killing, he or she will save Earth from extinction – and collect a hefty reward.

Friday April 1, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

6:00pm

Hall Cosplay Contest Judging

The Hall Cosplay Contest is about craftsmanship – a participant’s ability to accurately recreate a character. Participants do not have to act “in character”. Judges will only be interested in knowing how well the costume is made. They will be looking for items like clean seams and straight hems, wig styling, accessory and prop creation, and the various crafting skills used. Judges may ask questions about how costume parts were made, but the participant should be ready to explain the how, what, and why of their costume’s construction.

This is a separate cosplay event from performing a skit in the Masquerade.

Judging is First Come, First Serve at the convention with NO pre-registration.The sessions will occur at the Cosplay Headquarters in the Montgomery House.Friday Hours- 6:00PM-9:00PMSaturday Hours- 10:AM-1:00PM All Saturday participants are required to participate in a “Fashion Show” walk-on at the Masquerade on Saturday evening to show off their handiwork. The “Fashion Show” is optional for Friday participants. Friday participants should mark on the entry form if they will be participating in the “Fashion Show”. Participating in the "Fashion Show" requires attending the Masquerade and being seated in the audience. Participants who enter both days are expected to wear their Saturday entry in the "Fashion Show". Any participant who does not follow the rules of the competition, misses line up times, or does not follow the instructions of Cosplay Staff during the event, may be disqualified at the discretion of the Head of Cosplay. Rules

1. Participants may not enter a costume in the Hall Cosplay Contest that they did not make. It is expected that participants are the primary creator of the costume and make at least 75% of it. Youth participants can be expected to have received help with their costumes, however, the youth participant must have had a hand in its construction. If the major part that makes it a costume is purchased (e.g. You are Edward Elric and you made the pants, shirt, and wig, but purchased your cloak, or have created a costume from a “kit”), it cannot be entered.

2. If the costume has ever won a “Best of” award or placed (ie. 1st, 2nd, 3rd), at any convention, it may not be entered in our competition.

3. Reference material is required. Even if a character is popular or well-known, reference material is needed in order to judge for accuracy. Lack of reference will greatly affect scoring, as not every judge has knowledge of every detail of every character. Quality printouts of screencaps and official images of characters, and artbook images are acceptable. Please include images that show front, back, and sides to demonstrate details of your costume. Not every character will have such images available, but the more shown to the judges, the better they can analyze the costume. For original costumes, references should include the creator’s inspiration, such as sketches, a mood board, fanart, etc.  Progress pictures of construction work may also help, but remember that judging time is very limited and the judges do not have the time to look through pages upon pages of reference.

4. All costumes and props are subject to the Zenkaikon Convention Policies.

5. Participants may have models to display their costumes. However, the primary creator must be present to explain their creations, and only the creator will be eligible for any awards for those costumes. No more than five (5) models/costumes may be presented.

6. Groups are welcome to be judged together but no more than five (5) participants may be in any given group.

7. Staged falls, as well as smoke, pyrotechnics, glitter, or other special effects that will leave a mess behind are prohibited. This rule also applies to the “Fashion Show” and Masquerade, for the safety of all entrants.

8. Craftsmanship entries may be from official Asian and sci-fi sources such as anime and other sci-fi and fantasy animation, manga, artbooks, comic books, video games and live-action sources (e.g. Star Wars, Serenity, and Battlestar Galactica). Original character entries from sources such as role-playing campaigns, fanart, or original art (ie. mash-ups, gijinka designs) are also permitted.

9. Participants’ costumes must allow them freedom of movement. Cosplay Staff will be unable to assist entrants with their costumes. For the “Fashion Show”, entrants must be able to navigate stairs and move across the stage unassisted.

10.The number and types of awards presented are at the discretion of Zenkaikon Cosplay Staff and the Head of Cosplay.

11.Entrants will be judged according to Skill Level. The skill levels for judging are as follows:

Junior - Open to all participants aged 12 or younger. However, any “Junior” group containing non-Junior competitors will be moved out of Junior and into the appropriate non-Junior category.

Novice - Open to competitors who have won 3 Major Awards or less as a Novice. If you have ever won in any division higher than Novice in any competition, you may not enter at Novice or lower.

Journeyman - Open to competitors who have won 3 Major Awards or less as a Journeyman. If you have won more than 3 Major Awards as a Journeyman, you will need to enter at the Master Division. If you have ever won in any division higher than Journeyman in any competition, you may not enter at Journeyman or lower.

Master - Open to all competitors who wish to compete at this level. Professional Costumers* must compete in this category.

If entering in a group - each entry’s appropriate category is determined by the highest ranked division member of their group. For example, a group containing 1 Novice, 3 Journeyman, and 1 Master, will be required to participate at the Master level.

For Division Placement Purposes: Awards of ranking, including but not limited to “Best in Show,” “Best in Division,” “Best Performance or Craftsmanship,” or “First Place,” “Second Place,” etc. in any type of cosplay competition are considered Major cosplay awards. “Honorable Mentions,” “Judges’ Awards,” and similar forms of recognition are not considered Major awards. Participants may be bumped to a higher division at the Judges’ discretion. A competitor may choose to compete in a division higher than the one s/he is eligible to enter. However, if the competitor receives an award in this higher division, they must continue to compete in that division (or higher) in future competitions.

*A Professional Costumer is defined as someone who makes over 50% of their income through costume making or commissions.


Friday April 1, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Montgomery House, First Floor

6:00pm

Project Diva F2 (PS3)
How it Works

With your convention badge, you gain access to unlimited console gaming hosted by Final Boss Gaming. In the Electronic Console Gaming Arena players of all ages and skill levels gather in celebration of intense console gaming action.  Come stop by for a quick game between events, or stay for the whole convention and step your game to the next level.

The Basics

All games inside are free play!  Tournaments will also be free to compete. We have next-gen and classic consoles, so you don't have to worry about a variety of systems. If you want to see a certain game or if you have any questions on how to play, please ask any uniformed Final Boss Gaming staffer for easy assistance. If you want to play games on an arcade stick or any custom controller, feel free to bring your own.

Tournaments

In our quest to find the elite gamers, tournaments will take place throughout the weekend. Sign-ups for all tournaments will be at the HQ table right inside the entrance the arena.

All tournaments have a roll call to assure attendance. Please make sure to check in 5 minutes before the start of any event. If you show up late, you very well could lose your spot in the tournament. Don't let that happen to you!

More information is available at our website.

Friday April 1, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D + E]

6:15pm

The Idea of a Hero, The Difference between East and West
Goku and Superman. One trained from the moment he was born. The other was just naturally gifted with being born with powers. We see the culture ring through both of the characters and they teach us lessons about the societies we live in.

Speakers
avatar for Troy Benedick

Troy Benedick

Panelist, Six Feet Under Games/ Comic Paper Back and Plus Ephrata
I am currently a Pokemon Professor(Pokemon TCG), State Alchemist (Full Metal Alchemist TCG), HeroClix, Dice Masters and Dragon Ball Z TCG Judge. I Volunteer at Six Feet Under Games/ Comic Paper Back and Plus Ephrata to run events. I enjoy teaching people games and strategy. | | https://www.facebook.com/ComicsAndPaperbacksPlusEphrata/ | https://www.facebook.com/Six-Feet-Under-Games-113578878674738/
avatar for Kelly "Akuja" Nelson

Kelly "Akuja" Nelson

Panelist, Nerdcraft
You may have seen me at Otakon 2013 or Zenkaikon 2014, where I presented the panel "Nyan! Cats in Japanese Culture and Animation," which proved my B.A. degrees in Religion and Anthropology were useful for something! I have also helped with the workshops "Introduction to Magic: the Gathering," "Introduction to Pokemon: Trading Card Game," and last year's "Dice Masters Demo". I am a self-taught costume creator and cosplayer, having been Lust... Read More →


Friday April 1, 2016 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

6:45pm

Horror in Harry Potter: Finding Light through Darkness
Harry Potter is not simply a children's series. There is plenty of darkness. This presentation and subsequent discussion is about the themes and tropes of horror in the Harry Potter series and how they lead us to the light side of morality.

Speakers

Friday April 1, 2016 6:45pm - 8:15pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

7:00pm

Uncle Yo’s Stand Up Comedy

Picking up where we left off last year at Magical Girl Bootcamp, Zenkaikon's homegrown geek comedian  is going to walk on stage. From there, we make no guarantees. Most likely screaming, cartoon references, memes deconstructed, movie quotes and Pokemon. The geek have inherited the Earth, so why haven't we saved the world yet?


Speakers
avatar for Karl

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 →


Friday April 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

7:00pm

Pepakura - The Art of Papercraft
Papercraft, or pepakura, is the art of turning a 3D model, often from a video game, into a real world paper model. Papercraft is a fun and inexpensive way to build and collect your favorite characters, and has also been adapted as a way to make cosplay armor and props. Join WhiteRakogis of Rakogis Papercraft (rakogispapercraft.deviantart.com) as he shows you all about the process of building a paper model, including both building and designing.

Speakers
avatar for White Rakogis

White Rakogis

Panelist, Rakogis Papercraft
I'm just your average papercrafter, writer of fiction, and computer programmer from the Philadelphia area. | | And before you ask, yes, I am insane.


Friday April 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

7:00pm

VIP Meet 'n Greet
Limited Capacity seats available

VIP Membership Required.

This event is an opportunity for our VIP members to meet and socialize with the guests of Zenkaikon 2016! Light snacks and nonalcoholic beverages will also be served.

This event will take place on the 3rd floor of the Montgomery House (the brick historical house facing Freedom Hall A) The Montgomery House is accessible via elevator from the first floor of the Convention Center.

Due to time constraints and the social nature of the event, guests will not be signing autographs at the VIP Meet 'n Greet.


Speakers
avatar for Dante Basco

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 →
avatar for Kevin Bolk

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 →
avatar for Karl

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 →
avatar for Charles Dunbar

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 →
avatar for Richard Epcar

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 →
avatar for Sarah Martinez

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 →
avatar for Vic Mignogna

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 →
avatar for Ellyn Stern

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 →
avatar for Alex Strang

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 →


Friday April 1, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Montgomery House, Third Floor

7:30pm

Star Trek: The Captain Did WHAT?!?!
Every Starfleet captain is the best of the best. Some have distinguished themselves more than others, saving the Federation time after time. Others...need to check their computer drives. Join Children Driving Robots for a discussion about Star Trek's captains, and rest assured: no one is safe from criticism.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Buffone 

Jason Buffone 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →
avatar for Dan McGann 

Dan McGann 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →
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Eric Welkom 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →


Friday April 1, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

7:45pm

Explaining Yuri Kuma Arashi
Gao gao! Roughly translated as "Lesbian Bear Storm", Yuri Kuma Arashi is every bit as strange as its title suggests. Despite sharing a creator with Revolutionary Girl Utena and Mawaru Penguindrum, Yuri Kuma left many viewers too confused or disturbed to get past a couple of episodes. This panel will take on the task of explaining the story, characters, and analysis of Yuri Kuma Arashi in ways that we can all understand, in hopes of exposing what a brilliant work of art, allegory, and social commentary it truly is.

Speakers

Friday April 1, 2016 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

8:00pm

8:00pm

Cosplay Ball
**THIS EVENT FILLS FAST. IF YOU EXIT THE BALL, ANOTHER PERSON WILL BE LET IN AND YOU WILL NEED TO WAIT IN LINE TO ENTER AGAIN.*
Back for 2016, the Sakura Ball is Friday evening's formal event for all ages! Prepare for a decadent evening of cosplay, music, and dance. Prior to the Ball, dance instruction will be provided.  Formal dress is not required for this instructional event. We look forward to seeing everyone dressed to the nines!

Please consult the Program for Dress Code

Speakers
avatar for DJ Hi5

DJ Hi5

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Disc Jockey
Baltimore native Hi5 specializes in mashing up the best of the club, with the best of the geekery, making a hybrid that everyone can enjoy. In addition to anime cons Hi5 has played various parties, clubs, weddings, and had a live radio mix show while studying in England. In 2015 he released his first original EP – Departure, which is available on iTunes, Spotify, and BandCamp. No genre is off limits, so make sure you're there Friday night to... Read More →


Friday April 1, 2016 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

8:00pm

Angel Beats
When Otonashi wakes up, the only things he knows about himself are his name and the fact that he's dead. He meets the rifle-toting Yuri who tells him they're in limbo and that she heads the Afterlife Battlefront, an organization seeking revenge against god for the suffering she underwent while living. When they set out to vanquish a foe named Angel, Otonashi finds himself drawn to her, and in seeking to remember his life before death.

Friday April 1, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

8:00pm

Cowboy Bebop
The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motley lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. On their own, any one of them is likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they’re they most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.

Friday April 1, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

8:15pm

Rufio/Zuko Power Hour

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 is known for such roles as Rufio in Hook, Jake Long in American Dragon: Jake Long, and Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender. Come spend an hour with Dante and get those BURNING questions answered. Pun intended. BANGARANG!


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 →


Friday April 1, 2016 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

8:30pm

The Metal 'n' Anime Connection (18+)
Do you go to DMC? Are you ready to rock with Harlock? Did you know that anime and heavy metal have crazy crossover appeal? Here you can learn about the greatest metal-themed anime, as well as the genre's greatest contributors to some of your favorite shows!

Speakers
avatar for Doug Weinman 

Doug Weinman 

Panelist
Opinionated rock jock and cartoon podcaster. Sometimes I make action figures wrassle.


Friday April 1, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

8:45pm

Empower Yourself with Style !
Love to dress up? Curious about alternative Fashion? Do you wear a crazy style yourself and feel AWESOME every time you do? Dollfille & Mahou Prince will be discussing the benefit of finding a style that suits you and how it will change your life forever! Join us for our seminar, Q&A + "How to pose in photos" and you can rock your wardrobe in no time!

Speakers

Friday April 1, 2016 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

8:45pm

Rejoice Zenkaikon, Your Wish Will Be Granted! A Nasuverse Panel
Can Shiki Kill Servants? Is Being Lancer Suffering? Join us as we discuss Mana Transfers, Chairs that need to die, and all other things Type Moon.

Speakers
avatar for James Hicks 

James Hicks 

Featured Panelist, Winning the War on Pants
Having presented at Otakon, Katsucon, and Derpycon, Winning the War on Pants proudly owns the title “The East Coast Convention Circuit’s Newest Panel Group.” They’ll bring enjoyable programs to Zenkaikon X and a fun time is guaranteed for all!
avatar for Nathan Thatcher 

Nathan Thatcher 

Featured Panelist, Winning the War on Pants
Having presented at Otakon, Katsucon, and Derpycon, Winning the War on Pants proudly owns the title “The East Coast Convention Circuit’s Newest Panel Group.” They’ll bring enjoyable programs to Zenkaikon X and a fun time is guaranteed for all!


Friday April 1, 2016 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

9:00pm

Tokusatsu for Otaku: Toku 101

An introduction to the wide world of Japanese live action television and movies where imaginative special effects are the norm. Tokusatsu has a history as rich and layered as any Japanese art form, and most of it has never officially reached Western shores. From the traditional roots and spiritual side of toku, to the constant evolution and experimentation of the form, we'll attempt to discuss tokusatsu from yesterday, today and tomorrow.


Speakers
avatar for Alex Strang

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 →


Friday April 1, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

9:00pm

Street Fighter 5 (PS4)
How it Works

With your convention badge, you gain access to unlimited console gaming hosted by Final Boss Gaming. In the Electronic Console Gaming Arena players of all ages and skill levels gather in celebration of intense console gaming action.  Come stop by for a quick game between events, or stay for the whole convention and step your game to the next level.

The Basics

All games inside are free play!  Tournaments will also be free to compete. We have next-gen and classic consoles, so you don't have to worry about a variety of systems. If you want to see a certain game or if you have any questions on how to play, please ask any uniformed Final Boss Gaming staffer for easy assistance. If you want to play games on an arcade stick or any custom controller, feel free to bring your own.

Tournaments

In our quest to find the elite gamers, tournaments will take place throughout the weekend. Sign-ups for all tournaments will be at the HQ table right inside the entrance the arena.

All tournaments have a roll call to assure attendance. Please make sure to check in 5 minutes before the start of any event. If you show up late, you very well could lose your spot in the tournament. Don't let that happen to you!

More information is available at our website.

Friday April 1, 2016 9:00pm - Saturday April 2, 2016 12:00am
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D + E]

9:45pm

Show Don't Tell: Creating Expressive Characters for Cartoons & Comics
Do you like your drawings but feel they lack that certain "something" that could give your characters more life? The solution may be simpler than youthink. Cartoonist Kevin Bolk (I'm My Own Mascot, Ensign Sue Must Die!) reveals the nuts and bolts of character expression, gesture, "line of action" and other techniques to help make your characters more emotive and
expressive. Bring your drawing pad!

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Bolk

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 →


Friday April 1, 2016 9:45pm - 10:45pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:00pm

Cosplay Burlesque [18+]

Join Cosplay Burlesque for another great Zenkaikon performance! Cosplay Burlesque provides bawdy entertainment for the adult crowd featuring comedy and striptease while dressed as some of your favorite characters. We are fan fiction come to life!


Speakers
avatar for Cosplay Burlesque

Cosplay Burlesque

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Performing Arts Group
Cosplay Burlesque is a performing arts group of burlesque performers and cosplayers dedicated to combining the two for your entertainment. Their mission is to take the characters fans already enjoy and make them naughty through a humorous and provacative stage show. There is no fandom that they leave untouched in their quest for great source material. They are fan fiction come to life!
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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 →


Friday April 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

10:00pm

AMV: Funny Business
It’s all about the laughs here.  Most have won awards but all are sure to put you in a better mood than you came in with.  Join us for an hour of AMVs that will bring merriment and mirth. If laughter is the best medicine, consider this the pharmacy.

Friday April 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:00pm

SFX Makeup Tips and Tricks
Hosted by Mandah, special effects makeup artist at the Bates Motel. Learn makeup tips and tricks to enhance your cosplay. The do's and don't to product application as well as see a live makeup demonstration. Come with questions for a little Q&A afterwards!

Speakers
avatar for Mandah Law 

Mandah Law 

Featured Panelist
Mandah is a local Philadelphia multitalented artist. She is known for her edible or intricate looking designs and illustrations that can be found in the Artist Alley or elsewhere. Has been attending Zenkaikon for the past five years and was 2012’s shirt design contest winner! Outside of the artist alley she is a special effects makeup artist for haunt attractions, a commissioned costumer as well as a budding voice actress.She has been... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Vyse 

Nicholas Vyse 

Panelist
Voice of Noh Varr on Young Avengers Live, former The Young Turks intern/current volunteer, and Youtube fanatic.


Friday April 1, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:00pm

Ghost In The Shell: Arise (18+)
Set in the year after the fourth World War, cyborg and hacker Motoko Kusanagi finds herself wrapped up in the investigation of a devastating bombing. But she’s not the only one looking for answers—as she delves deeper into the mystery of who is behind the attack, a specialized team unlike any before begins to take shape.

Friday April 1, 2016 10:00pm - Saturday April 2, 2016 12:00am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

10:00pm

Dramatical Murder
When Aoba Seragaki is drawn into the shady underworld that surrounds the popular virtual game Rhyme, the universe that he thought he knew falls apart. If déjà vu describes the sensation of experiencing something that you think you may have done before, what is it called when other people seem to recognize you for doing things that you don't remember doing?

Friday April 1, 2016 10:00pm - Saturday April 2, 2016 12:00am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

10:15pm

Shingeki no eva or How I learned that all Anime is the same and there's no such thing as an original plot Anymore (18+)
You know how sequels and remakes are showing up everywhere? Well what if I told you that Attack on Titan was actually a remake of an anime from 1996? It's true, nearly two decades ago Gainax perfected anime with Neon Genesis Evangelion and since that point everyone else has just been rehashing old ideas. Don't believe us, well do we have a surprise for you!

Speakers
avatar for Frank Sicurella 

Frank Sicurella 

Panelist, Legends of the Interwebs


Friday April 1, 2016 10:15pm - 11:15pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

10:45pm

Convention and Cosplay Etiquette: Uncensored Edition (18+)
Tired of being stuck in line between two guys who didn't shower? Homestucks get unsealed body paint all over your clothes? Sick of having to dodge between photographers and their hundred pounds of equipment? We hear you guys. There are some major do's and don'ts to the convention world and we are here to make your voice be heard. So come on in and lend your voice to what should and shouldn't be making your convention experience better.

Speakers

Friday April 1, 2016 10:45pm - 11:45pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

11:00pm

AMV: OMG!...WTF? (18+)
Lots of new material (we promise)!  More weirdness and hilarity (we guarantee)!  Less chance you’ll leave with your sanity intact (we’re not sorry)!  Japanese television is awesome(ly bad) and you’re gonna be assaulted with an hour or so of it.  Commercials, music videos, pranks, comedy, pro wrestling highlights, and Arnold Schwarzenegger!  This show is for “mature” audiences only so leave the kids outside.  They wouldn’t understand anyway.

Friday April 1, 2016 11:00pm - Saturday April 2, 2016 12:15am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

11:00pm

Lets Dub A Hentai (18+)
have a knack for voices? Were you at the mad lib panel? Wanna put your words where your mouth is? Come here and say some horrible things while watching some hentai

Speakers

Friday April 1, 2016 11:00pm - Saturday April 2, 2016 12:30am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:15pm

Diving into the Deep End: Sexuality in Anime and Manga (18+)
Wanna talk about sex, baby? Wanna talk about you and me-and Japan? Let’s get sexy while talking about sexuality in anime and manga. Come and hear about the way sexuality is portrayed in different types and series of anime and manga as well as what this means in terms of culture.

Speakers
avatar for Julia Klag 

Julia Klag 

Featured Panelist, Doomtastic
We are a group of otaku that enjoy going to conventions. In fact, it’s become quite a hobby for us. We are located centrally in Baltimore and attend many of the local conventions.
avatar for Shaun Mason 

Shaun Mason 

Featured Panelist, Doomtastic
We are a group of otaku that enjoy going to conventions. In fact, it’s become quite a hobby for us. We are located centrally in Baltimore and attend many of the local conventions.


Friday April 1, 2016 11:15pm - Saturday April 2, 2016 12:15am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

11:15pm

Introduction to Resin Casting for Cosplay
An introduction on resin casting techniques for Cosplay props and accessories.

Speakers

Friday April 1, 2016 11:15pm - Saturday April 2, 2016 12:15am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

11:30pm

Anime For Adults (Not Adult Anime) (18+)
Are you interested in anime that's aimed for grown-ups but isn't ultra-violent or super explicit? Then stop by and get some new recommendations for your queue with some clips thrown in for good measure.

Speakers

Friday April 1, 2016 11:30pm - Saturday April 2, 2016 12:30am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

11:45pm

Friday Night Dance with DJ Hi5
The Ball is over, but you still want to dance? Join us at the Zenkaikon Friday Night Dance! DJHi5 returns to Lancaster to not only DJ our Cosplay Ball but to headline the informal dance! Spend your evening informal dance experience  with his mashups of classic video game tunes and the best of modern dance music. 

Speakers
avatar for DJ Hi5

DJ Hi5

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Disc Jockey
Baltimore native Hi5 specializes in mashing up the best of the club, with the best of the geekery, making a hybrid that everyone can enjoy. In addition to anime cons Hi5 has played various parties, clubs, weddings, and had a live radio mix show while studying in England. In 2015 he released his first original EP – Departure, which is available on iTunes, Spotify, and BandCamp. No genre is off limits, so make sure you're there Friday night to... Read More →


Friday April 1, 2016 11:45pm - Saturday April 2, 2016 2:00am
Main Events [Freedom A]

12:00am

Staffers Uncensored (18+)
We're back again. As long as it keeps going well, we'll keep running it. Want to hear what running a convention is really like? Of course you do! Come listen to us tell stories about the horrors and hilarities of running a con.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Harkless 

Brian Harkless 

Dept Head, Technical Operations


Saturday April 2, 2016 12:00am - 1:00am
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

12:00am

Parasyte (18+)
One night, a quiet invasion takes place. Across the world, alien beings, known as Parasytes, fall to earth and secretly begin possessing humans one by one. When Shinichi Izumi’s would-be invader fails to take over his brain, and takes root in his arm, he finds himself forced to share his body with a creature that has a mind and an agenda all its own.

Saturday April 2, 2016 12:00am - 2:00am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

12:00am

Vampire Hunter D (18+)
In the year 12,090 A.D technology and the supernatural have overtaken the world, leaving the land desolate and despotic. The remnants of humanity are scattered into small communities, and live in fear of vampires who make up the ruling Nobility. When Count Magnus Lee tastes the blood of Doris Lang, she is forcibly chosen to be his next wife. In an effort to escape her ill-gotten fate she hires a mysterious vampire hunter known only as D, who comes from a peculiar lineage.

Saturday April 2, 2016 12:00am - 2:00am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

12:30am

Homestuck, The Dark Carnival
Come one come all, most wicked brothers and sisters, to the Dark Carnival. We hope to thrill you with our choice games and rousing events in store. So sit back and relax with a mirthful Faygo as we begin our miraculous spectacle.

Speakers
avatar for Julie McLaughlin 

Julie McLaughlin 

Panelist, Homestuck: The Dark Carnival


Saturday April 2, 2016 12:30am - 1:30am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

12:30am

The most Overpowered Anime Characters (18+)
Come join the discussion about some of the most powerful anime characters. Come learn why they are so unfair, awesome and about their crazy abilities. Discover why are they so overpowered compared to other characters in their own stories along with comparisons to one another. Participate in a poll at the end to see who you believe is the most overpowered.

Speakers
avatar for Troy Benedick

Troy Benedick

Panelist, Six Feet Under Games/ Comic Paper Back and Plus Ephrata
I am currently a Pokemon Professor(Pokemon TCG), State Alchemist (Full Metal Alchemist TCG), HeroClix, Dice Masters and Dragon Ball Z TCG Judge. I Volunteer at Six Feet Under Games/ Comic Paper Back and Plus Ephrata to run events. I enjoy teaching people games and strategy. | | https://www.facebook.com/ComicsAndPaperbacksPlusEphrata/ | https://www.facebook.com/Six-Feet-Under-Games-113578878674738/
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Adam Nelson

Panelist, Ace_Nelson Gaming
Hello! My name is Adam (Ace) Nelson. I am a huge Anime/Gaming/Nerd culture fan and I LOVE anime conventions. You may have seen me at Zenkaikon/Otakon in the past assisting my sister with her popular panel" "Nyan! Cats in Japanese Culture and Animation". I am taking on my OWN Panel this year with "The most OVERPOWERED characters in Anime". In past conventions I have cosplayed as Booker Dewitt from "Bioshock Infinite" and as Morel from "Hunter... Read More →
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Kelly "Akuja" Nelson

Panelist, Nerdcraft
You may have seen me at Otakon 2013 or Zenkaikon 2014, where I presented the panel "Nyan! Cats in Japanese Culture and Animation," which proved my B.A. degrees in Religion and Anthropology were useful for something! I have also helped with the workshops "Introduction to Magic: the Gathering," "Introduction to Pokemon: Trading Card Game," and last year's "Dice Masters Demo". I am a self-taught costume creator and cosplayer, having been Lust... Read More →


Saturday April 2, 2016 12:30am - 1:30am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:45am

Pop-up Fan Fiction (18+)
Fan fiction can be an amazing medium for the fans to expand there love of a story and the characters, but that is not this panel. Pop-up fan fiction finds the hilarious bad fan fics and bring them to you. Watch as we bring to life some of the worse editing and story that is so hard to hate.

Speakers

Saturday April 2, 2016 12:45am - 1:45am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

12:45am

Strike Witches: Winning The War On Pants (18+)
Ever wanted to see magical girl versions of World War II aces fight aliens based on American and Nazi super-weapons? Or see a world where no one of importance wore pants? Come with us to discuss Strike Witches, an anime so awesome, we named our panel group after it's tagline.

Speakers
avatar for James Hicks 

James Hicks 

Featured Panelist, Winning the War on Pants
Having presented at Otakon, Katsucon, and Derpycon, Winning the War on Pants proudly owns the title “The East Coast Convention Circuit’s Newest Panel Group.” They’ll bring enjoyable programs to Zenkaikon X and a fun time is guaranteed for all!
avatar for Nathan Thatcher 

Nathan Thatcher 

Featured Panelist, Winning the War on Pants
Having presented at Otakon, Katsucon, and Derpycon, Winning the War on Pants proudly owns the title “The East Coast Convention Circuit’s Newest Panel Group.” They’ll bring enjoyable programs to Zenkaikon X and a fun time is guaranteed for all!


Saturday April 2, 2016 12:45am - 1:45am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]
 
Saturday, April 2
 

9:00am

Cyber dreads
Hands-on cyberdread workshop, no sewing experience needed! Have you been intrigued by those colorful shiny falls worn by stylish cybergoths and industrial steampunks? Come learn how to make your own in a step-by-step demo with individual instruction, and leave with your own cyber ponyholder. $1 materials fee. Bring a sewing kit if you have one, but needles & thread will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Lloyd 

Leah Lloyd 

Panelist


Saturday April 2, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:00am

Cartoons of the 80s & 90s

Join comic artist, humorist, and cartoon connoisseur Kevin Bolk as he shows off clips from some of the best, worst, and most obscure cartoons from his vast and eclectic VHS collection. You will believe that dinosaurs can shoot laser beams.

 


Speakers
avatar for Kevin Bolk

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

9:00am

Case Closed
The criminal mind is a twisted place, and Jimmy Kudo knows the shady corridors of humanity better than any detective in the game. So when the bad guys can't outsmart him, they try to put the super sleuth down for a dirt nap. But instead of ending up in a shallow grave, Jimmy wakes up to find himself turned back into a kid. Utilizing his unlikely new persona and the latest in crime-fighting gadgetry, he tracks down his assailants as boy detective Conan Edogawa.

Saturday April 2, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

9:00am

Cosplay Masquerade Rehearsal & Check In
Open ONLY to Masquerade Participants. 

Saturday April 2, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Main Events [Freedom A]

9:00am

Cardcaptor Sakura
Ten-year-old Sakura lives a pretty normal life with her older brother, Toya, and widowed father, Fujitaka. Or she did, until the day she returned home from school to discover a glowing book in her father’s study. After opening the book and releasing the cards within, Sakura is tasked with collecting each of these magical cards while balancing her life as a normal fourth grader. Join Cardcaptor Sakura on her heartwarming tale of love, excitement, and adventure!

Saturday April 2, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

9:00am

Artemis
Artemis is designed for anyone who has dreamed of what it would be like to sit on the bridge of a starship.

It simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. One computer runs the simulation and the "main screen," while the others serve as workstations for the normal jobs a bridge officer might do, like Helm, Communications, Engineering, and Weapon Control. Artemis is a social game where several players are together in one room ("bridge"), and while they all work together, one player plays the Captain - a person who sits in the middle, doesn't have a workstation, and tells everyone what to do.

Sign up to fly by the flight room at the convention.

Want to learn more before signing up to play? Check out the Artemis website, which contains game manuals, YouTube videos, and more to prepare you for your flight!

Saturday April 2, 2016 9:00am - Sunday April 3, 2016 12:00am
Artemis [Floor 3, Walnut]

9:00am

Fandom Photo Scavenger Hunt

Are you the ultimate Zenkaikon fan? Think you have what it takes to find all the items on our list and win a cool prize? Then sign up for the Zenkaikon Fandom Photo Scavenger Hunt! Forms can be picked up anytime throughout the weekend from the Info Table on the second floor of the convention center. The Scavenger Hunt will end 1pm Sunday.  

Rules: Take a photo of yourself with a list of items/places/people. Participants can use a cellphone/tablet/digital camera, but no downloaded or forwarded pictures from a friend. Photos must include participant's face. Participant's own cosplay will not count for cosplay photos. Please ask permission from cosplayers/people before taking their picture. One entry per person. Entries must be verified at the Info Desk when the list has been completed.

Prizes: Everyone who completes the Scavenger Hunt will win an exclusive, never seen again, Zenkaikon 10th Anniversary Sticker, drawn by our Webcomics Guest of Honor, Kevin Bolk of Interrobang Studios!

PLUS: Be the first person to complete the Scavenger Hunt to win a FREE MEMBERSHIP TO ZENKAIKON 2017!!


Saturday April 2, 2016 9:00am - Sunday April 3, 2016 2:00am
Info Desk [Floor 2]

9:15am

Adapting Video Games to Film
For whatever reason, video games and movies don't play well together. Every so often, someone will try to make a film based on a video game franchise, only to run into this unscalable wall: video game movies stink. Join us as we explore the minor successes and major failings, the perils and pitfalls of adaptation, and how video game films can be made to work better on the silver screen.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Beccia 

Brian Beccia 

Panelist
Ask me anything about movies, games, wrestling or RPGs.


Saturday April 2, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

9:15am

Steven Universe, Keep Beach City Weird
The TRUTH must be uncovered! Join Children Driving Robots as we discuss the secrets of Beach City. From just the bits, to the whole VI(Pizza), we will cover important topics such as Steven's powers, gem fusions and maybe even Lion! Come let us drive our van into your hearts!

Speakers
avatar for Grant Klein 

Grant Klein 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Ludwig 

Bryan Ludwig 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →


Saturday April 2, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

9:15am

The Incomplete History of Nerd Music
So you have the Zelda opening a chest as your text message ring tone, can hum the theme of Mario on command, and know the lyrics to the Halo theme; but have you ever wondered where it all came from? The soundtrack of nerd music does not just come video games but from a variety of artists, pop culture, and supreme court decisions. I will take you from the origins of music itself and carry you to today's hottest artists and explain how we got here and where the musical genre is going.

Speakers

Saturday April 2, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:00am

Hall Cosplay Contest Judging

The Hall Cosplay Contest is about craftsmanship – a participant’s ability to accurately recreate a character. Participants do not have to act “in character”. Judges will only be interested in knowing how well the costume is made. They will be looking for items like clean seams and straight hems, wig styling, accessory and prop creation, and the various crafting skills used. Judges may ask questions about how costume parts were made, but the participant should be ready to explain the how, what, and why of their costume’s construction.

This is a separate cosplay event from performing a skit in the Masquerade.

Judging is First Come, First Serve at the convention with NO pre-registration.The sessions will occur at the Cosplay Headquarters in the Montgomery House.Friday Hours- 6:00PM-9:00PMSaturday Hours- 10:AM-1:00PM All Saturday participants are required to participate in a “Fashion Show” walk-on at the Masquerade on Saturday evening to show off their handiwork. The “Fashion Show” is optional for Friday participants. Friday participants should mark on the entry form if they will be participating in the “Fashion Show”. Participating in the "Fashion Show" requires attending the Masquerade and being seated in the audience. Participants who enter both days are expected to wear their Saturday entry in the "Fashion Show". Any participant who does not follow the rules of the competition, misses line up times, or does not follow the instructions of Cosplay Staff during the event, may be disqualified at the discretion of the Head of Cosplay. Rules

1. Participants may not enter a costume in the Hall Cosplay Contest that they did not make. It is expected that participants are the primary creator of the costume and make at least 75% of it. Youth participants can be expected to have received help with their costumes, however, the youth participant must have had a hand in its construction. If the major part that makes it a costume is purchased (e.g. You are Edward Elric and you made the pants, shirt, and wig, but purchased your cloak, or have created a costume from a “kit”), it cannot be entered.

2. If the costume has ever won a “Best of” award or placed (ie. 1st, 2nd, 3rd), at any convention, it may not be entered in our competition.

3. Reference material is required. Even if a character is popular or well-known, reference material is needed in order to judge for accuracy. Lack of reference will greatly affect scoring, as not every judge has knowledge of every detail of every character. Quality printouts of screencaps and official images of characters, and artbook images are acceptable. Please include images that show front, back, and sides to demonstrate details of your costume. Not every character will have such images available, but the more shown to the judges, the better they can analyze the costume. For original costumes, references should include the creator’s inspiration, such as sketches, a mood board, fanart, etc.  Progress pictures of construction work may also help, but remember that judging time is very limited and the judges do not have the time to look through pages upon pages of reference.

4. All costumes and props are subject to the Zenkaikon Convention Policies.

5. Participants may have models to display their costumes. However, the primary creator must be present to explain their creations, and only the creator will be eligible for any awards for those costumes. No more than five (5) models/costumes may be presented.

6. Groups are welcome to be judged together but no more than five (5) participants may be in any given group.

7. Staged falls, as well as smoke, pyrotechnics, glitter, or other special effects that will leave a mess behind are prohibited. This rule also applies to the “Fashion Show” and Masquerade, for the safety of all entrants.

8. Craftsmanship entries may be from official Asian and sci-fi sources such as anime and other sci-fi and fantasy animation, manga, artbooks, comic books, video games and live-action sources (e.g. Star Wars, Serenity, and Battlestar Galactica). Original character entries from sources such as role-playing campaigns, fanart, or original art (ie. mash-ups, gijinka designs) are also permitted.

9. Participants’ costumes must allow them freedom of movement. Cosplay Staff will be unable to assist entrants with their costumes. For the “Fashion Show”, entrants must be able to navigate stairs and move across the stage unassisted.

10.The number and types of awards presented are at the discretion of Zenkaikon Cosplay Staff and the Head of Cosplay.

11.Entrants will be judged according to Skill Level. The skill levels for judging are as follows:

Junior - Open to all participants aged 12 or younger. However, any “Junior” group containing non-Junior competitors will be moved out of Junior and into the appropriate non-Junior category.

Novice - Open to competitors who have won 3 Major Awards or less as a Novice. If you have ever won in any division higher than Novice in any competition, you may not enter at Novice or lower.

Journeyman - Open to competitors who have won 3 Major Awards or less as a Journeyman. If you have won more than 3 Major Awards as a Journeyman, you will need to enter at the Master Division. If you have ever won in any division higher than Journeyman in any competition, you may not enter at Journeyman or lower.

Master - Open to all competitors who wish to compete at this level. Professional Costumers* must compete in this category.

If entering in a group - each entry’s appropriate category is determined by the highest ranked division member of their group. For example, a group containing 1 Novice, 3 Journeyman, and 1 Master, will be required to participate at the Master level.

For Division Placement Purposes: Awards of ranking, including but not limited to “Best in Show,” “Best in Division,” “Best Performance or Craftsmanship,” or “First Place,” “Second Place,” etc. in any type of cosplay competition are considered Major cosplay awards. “Honorable Mentions,” “Judges’ Awards,” and similar forms of recognition are not considered Major awards. Participants may be bumped to a higher division at the Judges’ discretion. A competitor may choose to compete in a division higher than the one s/he is eligible to enter. However, if the competitor receives an award in this higher division, they must continue to compete in that division (or higher) in future competitions.

*A Professional Costumer is defined as someone who makes over 50% of their income through costume making or commissions.


Saturday April 2, 2016 10:00am - 1:00pm
Montgomery House, First Floor

10:00am

Open Mic Karaoke
Song Rules
  • Must be an anime song, J-pop song, or Japanese video game song.
  • Must be six minutes in length or under. Songs that are longer will be cut at six minutes.
  • Must not contain profanities.
General Rules
  • You can only sign up to sing one song at a time. Once you have sung your song, you can sign up again.
  • It is strongly recommended that you bring the backing track for the song you want to sing, as well as lyrics, if needed. We will have a database of songs you can pick from, but it will by no means have all possible songs.
  • You are encouraged to sing and have fun, but no heckling or doing anything that would be deemed dangerous on the stage.
  • To make sure you have time to sing, please show up as early as you can. Songs will be banned for the day, if sung too many times.

Saturday April 2, 2016 10:00am - 3:00pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

10:00am

The Magic of Cosplay Display and Exhibit

The Cosplay Department believes in Cos-positivity and supporting each other.  This year we are bringing a new idea to life!  Located at the Cosplay Headquarters in the Montgomery House, we will have costume, props, and wig displays for you to look at closely.  There will be ongoing video of past Masquerades and other skits for your viewing pleasure as well as a chance to be in our “What Cosplay Means to Me” video.

Photography is welcome, but only "point and shoot" cameras.

We ask that all attendees are respectful to the Exhibit as well as the Historic Montgomery House. We will not hesitate to escort you to the exit. Thank you in advance.

Friday: 1:00PM- 10:00PM

Saturday: 10:00AM- 10:00PM

Sunday: 10:00AM-1:00PM



Saturday April 2, 2016 10:00am - 10:00pm
Montgomery House, First Floor

10:15am

Moms at the Con
This panel is an info exchange on Anime, gaming and Japanese culture conventions. We encourage all to attend but especially the members who are new to conventions and the seasoned veterans to help infom, giving an understanding of this subculture. We will also explore the possible connection to autism and this subculture with Heidi Morein who is now doing her masters thesis on this topic. We have Abe Klein who has a masters in counseling and a long time anime fan. He will help us understand the human drama that goes on at cons and how to eat heathy at cons. Joining us as well will be Rose Rappaport who has a degree in Japanese culture and is a long time cosplayer. She will help us with Japanese culture and identifying who the cosplayers are doing at the con. Allen Riegel is a four year cosplayer and anime fan and Juilan Morein with his experance in anime. Both will be helping us to find info and photos online related to our Q&A. Then lastly we have Barb Riegel with a degree in psych & social work who has son who is autistic. She will be the facilitator, who will share ideas for safety at cons and how cons opperate. So come and join us to learn and share about this subculture! We will do our best to inform you and maybe even entertain you. During the con we will be wearing buttons saying "Moms at the con ask me!" So if you see us and have a question stop us and we shall try and answer it.

Speakers
avatar for Rose Rappaport

Rose Rappaport

Staff, Safety
Aside from anime and manga, I also enjoy music. I have been studying Japanese for 5 years and have been to Japan, and I love cosplaying.
avatar for Barbara Riegel 

Barbara Riegel 

Staff, Convention Operations
You can talk to be about just about anything, I have a very wide range of interests.


Saturday April 2, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:30am

MY CABBAGES!!! An Avatar and Legend of Korra Panel
Come join us for an open debate about Salt, Tears, and Destroyed Lettuce

Speakers
avatar for James Hicks 

James Hicks 

Featured Panelist, Winning the War on Pants
Having presented at Otakon, Katsucon, and Derpycon, Winning the War on Pants proudly owns the title “The East Coast Convention Circuit’s Newest Panel Group.” They’ll bring enjoyable programs to Zenkaikon X and a fun time is guaranteed for all!
avatar for Nathan Thatcher 

Nathan Thatcher 

Featured Panelist, Winning the War on Pants
Having presented at Otakon, Katsucon, and Derpycon, Winning the War on Pants proudly owns the title “The East Coast Convention Circuit’s Newest Panel Group.” They’ll bring enjoyable programs to Zenkaikon X and a fun time is guaranteed for all!


Saturday April 2, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:30am

The Equestrian Candidate MLP Conspiracy Theories
“The land of Equestria is splendid place filled with magic, adventure, and friendship. Or at least… that’s what THEY want you to think.  A meticulous examination of the facts has led our investigative team to believe that all is not well in Canterlot.  What do apples have to do with it? Benign monarchy or secret tyranny? Who is really the true evil in Equestria? [A Manly Battleships® Production]”

Speakers
avatar for The Manly Battleships

The Manly Battleships

Featured Panelist
The Manly Battleships®are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed one of the greatest programming groups on the east coast convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their powers with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to form the new titan at the front of the con scene. The Fleet’s arsenal offers a lot of a lot, and a little of everything! No matter your pleasure, there’s a Manly Battleships®... Read More →


Saturday April 2, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

10:30am

The Theory of Zelda
Legend of Zelda fans rejoice! This panel will dig into the layers of mythology in the series and explore various fan theories to see how valid they actually are. Join us for a journey beyond the historia. Audience input is encouraged as we discuss and celebrate the Theory of Zelda!

Speakers
avatar for Forward Progress

Forward Progress

Panelist, Keeping Friendship Magic
Video games, MLP, and so much more. Where pop culture, social science, and philosophy meet, you will find me. My long running project Keeping Friendship Magic combines actual social science concepts with content from MLP: FIM to further the magic of friendship. My work has since branched into other areas of pop culture and fandoms including The Legend of Zelda and Anime.


Saturday April 2, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:30am

Natsume's Book of Friends

Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him.


Saturday April 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

10:30am

Okami-san and Her Seven Companions

Ryoko Okami, the “wolf” of our story, and her BFF Ringo, also known as Little Red Riding Hood, are members of Otogi Bank—a high school club that helps classmates out of grim situations. One day, a meek young man proclaims his love to Ryoko, who does nothing but bite him in return. So the boy joins Otogi Bank to prove he has the stuff to protect his beloved. He’s no Prince Charming, but will Ryoko allow herself to have her own happily ever after?



Saturday April 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

10:45am

Autographs with Dante Basco
Guest will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
- Program book autograph: free (one per person). Other autographs, photos, voice recordings, and phone calls: $20 each. Photographs with guest: $10 each.

Speakers
avatar for Dante Basco

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Exhibit Hall [Freedom B]

11:00am

Magic: The Gathering Tournament
Once again, Zenkaikon will be hosting an officially sanctioned Magic: The Gathering TCG tournament on Saturday, April 2nd, running from 11:00 AM until potentially 7:00 PM (depending on turnout). Tournament organization provided by Six Feet Under Games, just up the road in New Holland, PA! We will be presenting two tournament forms this year: a Standard Constructed tournament, and a sealed deck tournament. Both tournaments will use the Swiss pairing algorithm for advancement so expect to get lots of play time! $30 cash fee required for the sealed deck tournament.Standard Constructed tournament is free. Each separate tournament is limited to 30 players

Saturday April 2, 2016 11:00am - 7:00pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1 + 2]

11:30am

11:45am

How to Run an Anime Club
Run an anime club?  Want to run an anime club?  Now is your chance to learn the art from the pros.  Industry relations, events, showing permissions, promotion: all the tricks of the trade will be laid bare in this insider panel including the former presidents of the largest anime club in the United States at the time: RIT Anime.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Rym DeCoster

Brandon Rym DeCoster

Producer, GeekNights
GeekNights is a long-running (11 years) podcast for hobbyists, tinkerers, and, for lack of a better word, geeks. Hosts Rym and Scott delve into topics ranging from computer science to Eurogaming, anime to fantasy fiction, indie comics to gadgetry, two-four nights a week for your listening pleasure, with well over 1000 episodes to date. | | Here at GaymerX, they appear as game design professionals talking about the nature and craft of... Read More →
avatar for Scott Johnson 

Scott Johnson 

Panelist, Live Programming


Saturday April 2, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

11:45am

Gravity Falls Q&A
Gravity falls fans come ask questions to your favorite characters! Even if you're not a fan come along you might become a fan by the end.

Speakers

Saturday April 2, 2016 11:45am - 1:15pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

11:45am

AMV Showdown

It’s time, once again, to open the battledome to the warriors of multimedia, armed with computers, editing software, and imagination!  We’re taking on all comers this year by accepting FANDOM MUSIC VIDEOS for the special sixth category (see the Rules for details)! We’re expecting the biggest year ever for this competition so get creative and GET PUMPED!



Saturday April 2, 2016 11:45am - 1:45pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

12:00pm

Cosplay Dating Game

ALL AGES

Ever wonder what it would be like if Cloud Strife dated Usagi Tsukino?  Or, if Eren Jaeger found true love with Ryuko Matoi?!  These matches might not happen, but you never know what wild matches will be made at Zenkaikon's Cosplay Dating Game! Who knows, maybe Deadpool will fall in love with The Borg Queen!

The Cosplay Dating Game is similar to the traditional 'Dating Game' of yesteryear TV. Three bachelors or bachelorettes sit on one side of a curtain. On the other side is the 'prize,' an elusive bachelor or bachelorette for one of the 3 contestants to 'win.' The twist is that participants are in costume and are the character. The prize will ask several questions, which contestants must answer in character. Then “the prize” will choose which date they want. Unlike the real 'Dating Game,' this event is purely for the amusement and entertainment of the participants and audience. No real dating is involved.

Four participants were pre-selected prior to the convention for each session. The other bachelor/bachelorette contestants will be selected from the audience.


Saturday April 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:00pm

Greggo's Gameshows: Anime Password Tryouts

Do you want to be a contestant on Password? Bring a friend and come to the tryout for a shot to be on the show! You need to be able to communicate passwords to your partner well in order to be chosen as a contestant! Good luck!


Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Montgomery House, Second Floor

12:00pm

Yokai Girls Gone Wild

On Japanese Monster girls. (prior panel needed to be replaced due to a technical bug. 


Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:00pm

The Voice Actors Panel
Oh no! By walking into the Main Events Hall I have been transported to an alternative dimension. Where else would I be listening to Etemon doing the memorable lines from Star Trek. . . did someone go back in time and reset the canon once again? DARN YOU ABRAMS!!!! No wait, is that the voice of Prince Zuko having an argument with Edward Elric? Oh wait this must be this years Voice Actor Panel featuring: Dante Basco, Richard Epcar, Vic Mignogna and Ellyn Stern!

Speakers
avatar for Dante Basco

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 →
avatar for Richard Epcar

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 →
avatar for Vic Mignogna

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 →
avatar for Ellyn Stern

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

12:00pm

Digimon Adventure Tri
It's been six years since that summer adventure when Taichi Yagami and the rest of the DigiDestined crossed over to the Digital World. And nearly three years have passed since the final battle between Hikari Yagami's group and BelialVamdemon. As the peaceful days passed by, at some point the gate to the Digital World closed. Not even the DigiDestined know what caused this, and time alone continues to pass.

Saturday April 2, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

12:00pm

Naruto
Twelve years ago in the Hidden Leaf Village, the fourth Hokage sacrificed himself and saved the village by sealing the Nine-Tailed Fox spirit into an orphaned baby boy, Naruto Uzumaki. Now, this plucky prankster must do what it takes achieve his life-long goal and become the next Hokage.

Saturday April 2, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

12:00pm

Smash Brothers U (FFA - Wii U)
How it Works

With your convention badge, you gain access to unlimited console gaming hosted by Final Boss Gaming. In the Electronic Console Gaming Arena players of all ages and skill levels gather in celebration of intense console gaming action.  Come stop by for a quick game between events, or stay for the whole convention and step your game to the next level.

The Basics

All games inside are free play!  Tournaments will also be free to compete. We have next-gen and classic consoles, so you don't have to worry about a variety of systems. If you want to see a certain game or if you have any questions on how to play, please ask any uniformed Final Boss Gaming staffer for easy assistance. If you want to play games on an arcade stick or any custom controller, feel free to bring your own.

Tournaments

In our quest to find the elite gamers, tournaments will take place throughout the weekend. Sign-ups for all tournaments will be at the HQ table right inside the entrance the arena.

All tournaments have a roll call to assure attendance. Please make sure to check in 5 minutes before the start of any event. If you show up late, you very well could lose your spot in the tournament. Don't let that happen to you!

More information is available at our website.

Saturday April 2, 2016 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D + E]

12:30pm

Moe Maid Café
The Moe Maid Café’s mission is to bring you a one of a kind maid café that is affordable, family friendly and every otaku’s fantasy. Here at Moe Maid Café we will combine Japanese tradition and culture with an American fusion.

Reservations for the Moe Maid Café will be taken through March 27, 2016.

Go to the Online Reservation Form

We are taking reservations via the online registration form before the convention only, and will not be accepting them during the convention.


Saturday April 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Montgomery House, Third Floor

1:00pm

Iron Kaiju! Custom Kaiju and Contest

Monsters! Monsters! Everywhere! Kaiju Designer and Manga Artist Alex Strang will host a titanic event of gigantic proportions. Two exciting parts....
1. Custom Kaiju by Alex: it's challenge time! Give Alex a crazy giant monster idea and he'll draw it for you. For example: mix two or three things (a pineapple, ostrich and UFO) and see what he does. Anything can happen! You get to keep the signed original. No ideas too wild!
2. Kaiju Kontest! A timed segment where participants must design their own kaiju. There will be several challenge 'twists' and this is perfect for any skill level (it's more about the original concepts than the drafting)


Speakers
avatar for Alex Strang

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

1:15pm

Animate the Future: When science fiction and Anime meet.
This East meets West panel looks at subgenres of science fiction and how they appear in a variety of different media from the U.S., Europe and Japan. Come and learn about how some of your favorite science fiction subgenres are expressed and influenced in and by some of your favorite anime and manga. -Space Opera, cyberpunk, and alien invasions, oh my!presented by Doomtastic.

Speakers
JK

Julia Klag

Featured Panelist, Doomtastic
We are a group of otaku that enjoy going to conventions. In fact, it's become quite a hobby for us. We are located centrally in Baltimore and attend many of the local conventions.
avatar for Julia Klag 

Julia Klag 

Featured Panelist, Doomtastic
We are a group of otaku that enjoy going to conventions. In fact, it’s become quite a hobby for us. We are located centrally in Baltimore and attend many of the local conventions.


Saturday April 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

1:15pm

The Art of Cute

Learn the science of making things adorable under a trained master of all things soft, squishy, and sweet. A fun and humor-filled drawing workshop with artist Kevin Bolk (I'm My Own Mascot, Ensign Sue Must Die!). Just try not to get cavities.


Speakers
avatar for Kevin Bolk

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

1:30pm

Joker & Harley's Funhouse
Hey kiddos! Come join your old Uncle Joker for an hour of jokes, merriment, and mayhem! You'll go absolutely mad for all the entertainment we've got lined up: face painting, magic tricks, games, and so much more! Maybe we'll even find a Joker Jr. to come join our little charade. No bratty tot will leave without a smile on their face - we'll make sure of that. And if we're really lucky, the Bat will pop in to join the fun!

Speakers

Saturday April 2, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

2:00pm

Moe Maid Café
The Moe Maid Café’s mission is to bring you a one of a kind maid café that is affordable, family friendly and every otaku’s fantasy. Here at Moe Maid Café we will combine Japanese tradition and culture with an American fusion.

Reservations for the Moe Maid Café will be taken through March 27, 2016.

Go to the Online Reservation Form

We are taking reservations via the online registration form before the convention only, and will not be accepting them during the convention.


Saturday April 2, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Montgomery House, Third Floor

2:00pm

Vic Mignogna Q&A

This is your chance to spend a full hour personally with Vic, and ask the questions you've longed to know the answer to! You never know what will happen in a solo panel with Vic... don't miss it!


Speakers
avatar for Vic Mignogna

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

2:00pm

Autographs with Dante Basco
Guest will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
- Program book autograph: free (one per person). Other autographs, photos, voice recordings, and phone calls: $20 each. Photographs with guest: $10 each.

Speakers
avatar for Dante Basco

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Exhibit Hall [Freedom B]

2:00pm

RWBY
Directed by the late Monty Oum, RWBY focuses on a group of four girls in their first year at a legendary academy where they will learn to fight monsters.

Saturday April 2, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

2:00pm

Serial Experiments Lain
Follow along as fourteen year old Lain, driven by the abrupt suicide of a classmate, logs on to the Wired and promptly loses herself in a twisted mass of hallucinations, memories, and interconnected-psyches. Close the World. Open the Next. It’s as simple as the flip of a switch.

Saturday April 2, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

2:15pm

Greggo's Game Show: Anime Password

It’s the classic word association game where you and a celebrity guest try to convey secret passwords to each other using only one-word clues! Solving a password gives you a shot at our puzzle, which can be anything at all related to anime, video games or fandom! Solve the puzzles to earn a chance at our end game for big winnings! There is a tryout to get onto the show; check the schedule! The password is FUN!


Speakers
avatar for Richard Epcar

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 →
avatar for Ellyn Stern

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 →
avatar for Greg Wicker

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

2:30pm

Gameshow Impossibru™: Squiggly Squiggly
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… WHAT THE HECK IS IT!? In this latest addition to the Manly Battleships’ gameshow lineup, attendees must attempt to guess something from fandom! How? Using only hastily drawn clues or an improvised career as a mime! Try not to gouge your eyes out over hideous artwork and flailing about as you compete to win prizes and the admiration of your fellow Otaku!

Speakers
avatar for The Manly Battleships

The Manly Battleships

Featured Panelist
The Manly Battleships®are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed one of the greatest programming groups on the east coast convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their powers with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to form the new titan at the front of the con scene. The Fleet’s arsenal offers a lot of a lot, and a little of everything! No matter your pleasure, there’s a Manly Battleships®... Read More →


Saturday April 2, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

3:00pm

Eien Strife’s Retro Video Game Challenges

Can you hang with the old-school NES games? Eien Strife invites you to play select games with a little ‘twist” to it. Are you up for the challenge to win some prizes?


Speakers
avatar for Eien Strife

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

3:00pm

A Mixed Bag: LGBT Representation in Anime
Anime has long enjoyed an uninhibited nature, and several titles were among the first to depict LGBT characters. However, as an industry of novelty, many of these characters and associated messages were various shades of toxic cultural misunderstandings about LGBT people and experiences. Fortunately, several recent shows have made great strides to include LGBT characters and issues. This panel will examine the history of LGBT in anime, problematic trends within the genre, and discuss how some creators are working to do better.

Speakers

Saturday April 2, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

3:00pm

Towerfall: Ascension (PS4)
How it Works

With your convention badge, you gain access to unlimited console gaming hosted by Final Boss Gaming. In the Electronic Console Gaming Arena players of all ages and skill levels gather in celebration of intense console gaming action.  Come stop by for a quick game between events, or stay for the whole convention and step your game to the next level.

The Basics

All games inside are free play!  Tournaments will also be free to compete. We have next-gen and classic consoles, so you don't have to worry about a variety of systems. If you want to see a certain game or if you have any questions on how to play, please ask any uniformed Final Boss Gaming staffer for easy assistance. If you want to play games on an arcade stick or any custom controller, feel free to bring your own.

Tournaments

In our quest to find the elite gamers, tournaments will take place throughout the weekend. Sign-ups for all tournaments will be at the HQ table right inside the entrance the arena.

All tournaments have a roll call to assure attendance. Please make sure to check in 5 minutes before the start of any event. If you show up late, you very well could lose your spot in the tournament. Don't let that happen to you!

More information is available at our website.

Saturday April 2, 2016 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D + E]

3:15pm

Bullying In Fandom, Or: Why Can't We Just Play Nice?
Have you or someone you know ever been bullied in fandom? Received threats or angry messages because of your favorite ships, been derided as a "fake geek," or worse? Fandom should be inclusive, but it isn't always, and the Internet Order of the Knights of Fandom was founded to fight back against fandom bullying. Come learn about different kinds of bullying and how you can help make fandom a safer and happier place for everyone to play!

Speakers


Saturday April 2, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

3:45pm

Ghost in the Shell

Come hear all about Ghost in the Shell by the voice actors for Batou (Richard Epcar) and Haraway (Ellyn Stern).


Speakers
avatar for Richard Epcar

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 →
avatar for Ellyn Stern

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

3:45pm

Analyzing Anime: Utena
Utena is a fantastic, A-level anime that has stood the test of time: something every anime fan should watch at least once. It is a complex show with a complex story, nevermind the imagery, allegory, music, and everything else that makes it a staggeringly difficult work to grok with fullness.  Join us for a spirited discussion of how to analyze anime, using Utena as the example.  Only minor spoilers.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Rym DeCoster

Brandon Rym DeCoster

Producer, GeekNights
GeekNights is a long-running (11 years) podcast for hobbyists, tinkerers, and, for lack of a better word, geeks. Hosts Rym and Scott delve into topics ranging from computer science to Eurogaming, anime to fantasy fiction, indie comics to gadgetry, two-four nights a week for your listening pleasure, with well over 1000 episodes to date. | | Here at GaymerX, they appear as game design professionals talking about the nature and craft of... Read More →
avatar for Scott Rubin

Scott Rubin

Featured Panelist, GeekNights
GeekNights is a talk radio show for hobbyists, tinkerers, and, for lack of a better word, geeks. Hosts Rym and Scott delve into topics ranging from computer science to Eurogaming, anime to fantasy fiction, indie comics to gadgetry, twonights a week for your listening pleasure.


Saturday April 2, 2016 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

4:00pm

Moe Maid Café
The Moe Maid Café’s mission is to bring you a one of a kind maid café that is affordable, family friendly and every otaku’s fantasy. Here at Moe Maid Café we will combine Japanese tradition and culture with an American fusion.

Reservations for the Moe Maid Café will be taken through March 27, 2016.

Go to the Online Reservation Form

We are taking reservations via the online registration form before the convention only, and will not be accepting them during the convention.


Saturday April 2, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Montgomery House, Third Floor

4:00pm

Autographs with Vic Mignogna
Guest will sign autographs free of charge. Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.

More details on autograph policies are available here.

Speakers
avatar for Vic Mignogna

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Autographs [Vine Street Lobby]

4:00pm

Fairy Tale
When four young members of the Fairy Tail guild  unite, their bond is forged by a power found in neither muscle nor magic and grows stronger with every mission. Whether they’re stopping demons from devastating the world or wrestling in the mess hall, this mystical team manages to inflict as much damage to their rivals as they do to the surrounding area!

Saturday April 2, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

4:00pm

Heat Guy J
In the city of Judoh, Claire Leonelli has inherited leadership of the Mafia group "Vampire" following the death of his father. To keep Claire's and other criminal activities in check, the city's Bureau of Urban Safety has Special Services Division operative Daisuke Aurora and the super android codenamed "J". With both of them around, crime now has little room to breathe in Judoh.

Saturday April 2, 2016 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

4:15pm

Doctor Who: A Brief History of Time and Space
Come join Children Driving Robots as we discuss the adventures of the last of the Time Lords. We'll cover his early days on the run to him taking his place as the savior of the universe. We will also inform newer fans of the series on the earlier adventures of everyone's favorite time traveler, as well as share things you may not know about the series and its production.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Buffone 

Jason Buffone 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →
avatar for Dan McGann 

Dan McGann 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →
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Eric Welkom 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →


Saturday April 2, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

4:15pm

Forget Euro games, lets play Asia!
So you enjoyed Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and maybe took a trip to Puerto Rico, but have you ever wondered what types of games from from Asia?I will uncover a series of gaming that is not talked about too much on Board Game Geek and give you the incite on what Asian gaming means today. Sure everyone knows Go, but we are going above and beyond the common ones and into the independent titles.

Speakers

Saturday April 2, 2016 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

4:30pm

Greggo's Gameshows: Anime Pyramid Tryouts

Would you like to be a contestant on Pyramid? Come to the tryout and bring a friend! Your communication skills are key! Good luck!


Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Montgomery House, Second Floor

4:30pm

BJD 101: Those Creepy Dolls on the Internet
If you're into Japanese culture, chances are you've probably seen someone carrying around a Ball Jointed Doll at an anime convention, or have stumbled upon photography of them on sites like DeviantART, Reddit, and Tumblr. Your curiosity has been sparked-- now's your chance to finally learn all about them!


Saturday April 2, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

4:30pm

Kaiju Disaster Tournament

Everyone join in the rampaging fun in this massively monstrous card game where players must build the perfect island, designed to withstand a kaiju attack. 


Speakers
avatar for Alex Strang

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1 + 2]

4:45pm

Practical Game Theory
Game Theory is spoken of with increasing frequency in the gaming world. Combinatorial Game Theory tells us many games are just piles of pebbles. Classical Game Theory tells us to assume everyone is rational and acting in their own best self interest. Math is involved. But, how useful is "game theory" to actual game players or game designers? Regardless of the merits of formal study, there is a great deal of application for an informal one. Join us for an exploration of the practical lessons one can learn from a dedicated, if informal, study of games.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon Rym DeCoster

Brandon Rym DeCoster

Producer, GeekNights
GeekNights is a long-running (11 years) podcast for hobbyists, tinkerers, and, for lack of a better word, geeks. Hosts Rym and Scott delve into topics ranging from computer science to Eurogaming, anime to fantasy fiction, indie comics to gadgetry, two-four nights a week for your listening pleasure, with well over 1000 episodes to date. | | Here at GaymerX, they appear as game design professionals talking about the nature and craft of... Read More →
avatar for Scott Rubin

Scott Rubin

Featured Panelist, GeekNights
GeekNights is a talk radio show for hobbyists, tinkerers, and, for lack of a better word, geeks. Hosts Rym and Scott delve into topics ranging from computer science to Eurogaming, anime to fantasy fiction, indie comics to gadgetry, twonights a week for your listening pleasure.


Saturday April 2, 2016 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

5:00pm

Hayao Miyazaki: A Storyteller's Journey

The worlds of Ghibli are brimming with colorful characters, wondrous places, powerful magics, and sinister foes. This panel looks at these films, how they reflect the world we live in, how they respond to the challenges and milestones of our lives, and how they display the philosophies of a filmmaking team without peer. 


Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

5:00pm

Karaoke Contest
The contest will feature a special guest judge!

Even if you weren’t accepted into the contest before Zenkaikon, there’s still a chance to sign up as a contestant (unless all spots are filled) or as an alternate (until all spots are filled). Come to Open Mic Karaoke before the contest, and when you sign up to sing, notify a Karaoke staffer that you’d like to try out for the contest. Your performance will be evaluated, and if accepted, you will be notified after your performance. Please come back after your performance to ask if you were accepted.

Karaoke Contest Rules

Saturday April 2, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

5:30pm

Cosplay Masquerade Seating
Speakers
avatar for Karl

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

5:30pm

Marketing and Branding 101
Bobbo the Needle Gnome (current vendor at Zenkaikon) will guide you through the Ins and Outs of marketing and branding yourself and your products in the Age of the Internet and Social Media, along with Dan Kostelec (Shakespeare Approves!)

Speakers

Saturday April 2, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

5:30pm

Marvel Now 2013-2015
To be determined

Speakers
avatar for Scott Johnson 

Scott Johnson 

Panelist, Live Programming


Saturday April 2, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

5:45pm

The Thrill of the Frills: An Introduction to Japanese Lolita Fashion
Have you ever seen those people wear those elegant and cute outfits with the puffy skirts and lots of bows and ribbons? What's up with that? Come to a quick and cute introduction to lolita fashion with Nyk Creations.

Speakers
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Hope Dean 

Panelist


Saturday April 2, 2016 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

6:00pm

Moe Maid Café
The Moe Maid Café’s mission is to bring you a one of a kind maid café that is affordable, family friendly and every otaku’s fantasy. Here at Moe Maid Café we will combine Japanese tradition and culture with an American fusion.

Reservations for the Moe Maid Café will be taken through March 27, 2016.

Go to the Online Reservation Form

We are taking reservations via the online registration form before the convention only, and will not be accepting them during the convention.


Saturday April 2, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Montgomery House, Third Floor

6:00pm

Sci-fi at Zenkai!
Sci-fi @ Zenkai! is back!!! Every year we host a one hour discussion of some of the best, and some of the most obscure science fiction and fantasy that has been released. In the past we have shown clips and done readings from: Dune, The Gunslinger, Solomon Kane, Dragon Hunters, Gandahar, among others. What will we do this year? Only one way to find out.

Saturday April 2, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

6:00pm

Autographs with Richard Epcar & Ellen Stern
Guests will sign autographs free of charge. Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.

More details on autograph policies are available here.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Epcar

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 →
avatar for Ellyn Stern

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Autographs [Vine Street Lobby]

6:00pm

Pokemon Battle Frontier V at Zenkaikon X - Day 2
Hello Pokémon Fans! It is once againyour chance to challenge the Battle Frontier at Zenkaikon. This year, the challenges will be a dual-tiered process. The first time you beat one of the 5 Frontier Brains with your Pokémon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire game, you will receive the silver version of their frontier symbol. After that, any time over the weekend, you’ll be able to challenge them again, but this time, you’ll put your silver symbol on the line for a chance to win the gold version of their frontier symbol! If you lose, you’ll get to keep your silver symbol, and can rematch them again later in the weekend. The Frontier Brains have special pins that signify who they are, so if you run into them anywhere around the convention, you can challenge them. There will also be meetups in the Tabletop Room throughout the weekend, so make sure to check the schedule for times. The times, along with the rules, will also be posted in the designated meet-up area in the Tabletop Room, so make sure to stop by and check them out. If you have any other questions, you can post them to the Pokémon Battle Frontier at Zenkaikon group on Facebook, as we will be checking and updating it throughout the weekend. Get your best Pokémon together and get ready! Good luck!

Saturday April 2, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1 + 2]

6:00pm

Cosplay Masquerade
The Masquerade, the highlight of many con experiences, is a stage show where costumed fans perform in front of an audience. These performances take the form of skits which may include, but are not limited to: musical numbers, choreographed dances, comedy sketches, acting, instrumental acts, and parodies. The performances should be well-planned and rehearsed before the event and many fans will take several months to put these skits together.

Speakers
avatar for Karl

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

6:00pm

Eureka Seven
Renton is a teenager trapped working as a mechanic in a backwater town. He dreams of joining the daredevil group of pilots known as Gekkostate and becoming a hero like his father. When a mysterious beauty named Eureka shows up asking for a tune up, Renton soon finds himself drawn into a high-flying mecha dogfight that makes him a target of the military. When the dust settles, Renton is invited to join Gekkostate, but he soon discovers that even a dream come true has a dark side.

Saturday April 2, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

6:00pm

Watamote
At the tender age of 15, Tomoko Kuroki has already dated hundreds of boys- or at least in dating games she has. The sad truth is that being socially awkward makes her entrance into the social pressure cooker of high school riddled with anxiety. Can Tomoko overcome her crippling social anxiety and finally have the popular high school life she’s always dreamed of? Or will she continue her downward spiral in what is her awkward life?

Saturday April 2, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

6:00pm

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
How it Works

With your convention badge, you gain access to unlimited console gaming hosted by Final Boss Gaming. In the Electronic Console Gaming Arena players of all ages and skill levels gather in celebration of intense console gaming action.  Come stop by for a quick game between events, or stay for the whole convention and step your game to the next level.

The Basics

All games inside are free play!  Tournaments will also be free to compete. We have next-gen and classic consoles, so you don't have to worry about a variety of systems. If you want to see a certain game or if you have any questions on how to play, please ask any uniformed Final Boss Gaming staffer for easy assistance. If you want to play games on an arcade stick or any custom controller, feel free to bring your own.

Tournaments

In our quest to find the elite gamers, tournaments will take place throughout the weekend. Sign-ups for all tournaments will be at the HQ table right inside the entrance the arena.

All tournaments have a roll call to assure attendance. Please make sure to check in 5 minutes before the start of any event. If you show up late, you very well could lose your spot in the tournament. Don't let that happen to you!

More information is available at our website.

Saturday April 2, 2016 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D + E]

6:30pm

Greggo's Game Shows: Anime Pyramid

The classic game show where two teams of one contestant and one celebrity guest attempt to convey seven words and phrases to each other. The winning team moves on to the Winner’s Circle for a shot at a huge payout! Want to be a contestant? Come to the tryout! Check the schedule for its time and location!


Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

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 →
avatar for Vic Mignogna

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 →
avatar for Greg Wicker

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

6:45pm

Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase's Guide to Greek Mythology: Who Invited the Cyclops to the Family Reunion?
Ever wondered if your Latin teacher was secretly a centaur? What about your school bus driver? Is she a harpy? Annabeth Chase's Guide to Greek Mythology will give you all the mythological knowledge and know-how you need to work out if those old ladies at the bus stop are the Fates or just...harmless old ladies, I guess. Come learn about which deities NOT to annoy, how to get on your godly parent's good side, and also ask the campers about their lives as demigods!

Speakers
avatar for Tabatha Barton

Tabatha Barton

Panelist
Archaeologist/classicist/artist/cosplayer! | My name is Tabby and I have been attending Zenkaikon since 2007! In the past I have run the Homestuck panels and Homestuck photoshoots at the con. I am very excited to continue to be a panelist at Zenkaikon and hope to see you all there!


Saturday April 2, 2016 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

6:45pm

The Cultural Influence of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is a long running and quite popular manga and anime series. It has been so successful and influential in it's running time that it is quite likely that a series you enjoy has been influenced by Jojo's in some way. Games like Persona or Street Fighter, Anime from Kil la Kil to No game no Life, and more all have been influenced or included homages to Jojo's. Come find out if your favorite series is included, learn cool bits of trivia, and engage in Jojo Q and A.

Speakers

Saturday April 2, 2016 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

7:00pm

Star Trek 3.5: The Search for Zenkaikon
Captain Janeway not taking that wormhole home got you down? Did Section 31 just poison your entire race? Were you demoted just to have more fun on the bridge of a starship? Come join Children Driving Robots for a look at the philosophy and politics of the 22nd, 23rd, 24th, and 25th centuries. Prepare to join in the debate!

Speakers
avatar for Jason Buffone 

Jason Buffone 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →
avatar for Dan McGann 

Dan McGann 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →
EW

Eric Welkom 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →


Saturday April 2, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

7:00pm

The Chronicles of Bright Noa: An Introspective look at Gundam's Universal Century
As the character who appears in most of the series in the Universal Century, we believe that he is the most important character in the series. Come and join us as we talk about his achievements, actions, and feelings, and how they affected the Gundam Universe as a whole!presented by Doomtastic.

Speakers
JK

Julia Klag

Featured Panelist, Doomtastic
We are a group of otaku that enjoy going to conventions. In fact, it's become quite a hobby for us. We are located centrally in Baltimore and attend many of the local conventions.
avatar for Shaun Mason 

Shaun Mason 

Featured Panelist, Doomtastic
We are a group of otaku that enjoy going to conventions. In fact, it’s become quite a hobby for us. We are located centrally in Baltimore and attend many of the local conventions.


Saturday April 2, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

7:30pm

Dr. Mario's Horrible Sing-a-long Panel
We play songs. You sing along. We all try not to die.

Speakers
avatar for Grant Klein 

Grant Klein 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Ludwig 

Bryan Ludwig 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →
avatar for Dan McGann 

Dan McGann 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →
avatar for Josh Reedy 

Josh Reedy 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →


Saturday April 2, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

7:45pm

Disney Animation: What Do You Mean It's For Kids: Deeper Into the Vault
An even deeper dive into the dark-side of Disney animation. Cauldrons, toasters, and even a stuffed bear will be involved with a number of other little surprises thrown in for good measure. Didn't see the first panel? No problem! Come join us for a fun time reliving our childhood nightmares.

Speakers
avatar for Kaitlyn Stanton 

Kaitlyn Stanton 

Panelist
Certified early childhood educator, certified otaku.


Saturday April 2, 2016 7:45pm - 9:15pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

8:00pm

The Relationships of Spider-Man
We all know Spider-Man, but we don't all know about Peter Parkers many relationships and what they bring to his complex character. In this panel we will explore his family, friends, love interests and even his relationship with his masked side. Come here an engaging discussion about everyone's favorite superhero.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Toribio 

Sarah Toribio 

Panelist
Cosplayer, Actor, Writer, and Amy Pond enthusiast


Saturday April 2, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

8:00pm

Guilty Crown
Shu's entire world was shattered after a meteorite crashed into Japan, unleashing the lethal Apocalypse Virus that cost him his family. Shu’s life took another unexpected turn after a chance encounter with the stunning pop star, Inori. This mysterious beauty introduced Shu to the King's Right Hand: a genetic mutation that allows him to reach into hearts of mortals and turn them into weapons. Shu then finds himself caught in the crossfire between those who desperately seek his newfound strength.

Saturday April 2, 2016 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

8:00pm

Appleseed XIII
In the fallout of a global nuclear war, humans coexist with bioroids—clones made of the best human DNA—in the thriving city of Olympus. Mechsuit mercenary Deunan and her cyborg partner Briareos lead an elite paramilitary task force to bust anti-clone terrorists bent on causing chaos.

Saturday April 2, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

8:15pm

Go Nagai in the U.S.A. (18+)
Go Nagai is one of the most influential manga writers that ever lived, having a lasting impact on virtually every anime/manga genre, including giant robots, magical girls, horror, and ecchi. However, for some reason, his work has made very few waves here in the States. How is this possible?!

Speakers
avatar for Salvatore Marrone

Salvatore Marrone

Panelist
Cutie Honey Enthusiast and melodramatic artist.
avatar for Doug Weinman 

Doug Weinman 

Panelist
Opinionated rock jock and cartoon podcaster. Sometimes I make action figures wrassle.


Saturday April 2, 2016 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

8:15pm

1980's Anime and why it's AWESOME!
The 1980s were a pretty gnarly time for anime. From The Bodacious Rose of Versailles to Beast King GoLion…and the Grody MD Geist, 80’s anime widely varied. Come to this panel and we’ll show you why it was so awesome!

Speakers
avatar for Jason Buffone 

Jason Buffone 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →
EW

Eric Welkom 

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube, convention panels about dumb stuff they’re obsessed with, or making new friends in hotel lobbies, Children Driving Robots are not aware that irregardless is not... Read More →


Saturday April 2, 2016 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

8:15pm

AIEee! Horror Manga of the 20th Century [18+]

Comics scholar, Caitlin McCabe, and comics entrepreneur, Interrobang Studios' Sarah Martinez will take you on a tour some of the darkest, most complex psychological horror manga in print today--each masterwork reflecting very real fears on the part of their creators, fears fed by then-current living conditions in Japan. You may come for the horror, but witnessing its inspiration? Terrifying!


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Martinez

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 8:15pm - 9:45pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

8:30pm

Young Avengers Live Presents Fan Voices
Hosted by Mandah and Sean Weiland from the Young Avengers Live podcast. Ever wanted to do voice acting for fun but didn't know where to start? Want to voice your favorite character? Want to hear how a fanmade audiodrama is put together?

Speakers
avatar for Mandah Law 

Mandah Law 

Featured Panelist
Mandah is a local Philadelphia multitalented artist. She is known for her edible or intricate looking designs and illustrations that can be found in the Artist Alley or elsewhere. Has been attending Zenkaikon for the past five years and was 2012’s shirt design contest winner! Outside of the artist alley she is a special effects makeup artist for haunt attractions, a commissioned costumer as well as a budding voice actress.She has been... Read More →
avatar for Sean Weiland 

Sean Weiland 

Panelist, Risen Phoenix Studios
I am a video game developer by day and a voice over actor by night....unless its the weekend. Then, also by day. I have a BA in audio design and acting for theatre, and an M.S. in game design and management. If you really want to upset your parents go from theatre to video games! | Normally I speak about sound in games or quality of life for game developers in the industry. Those are things I can totally spend hours talking about, but I am... Read More →


Saturday April 2, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

9:00pm

Eien Strife Concert

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 cosplay..

Eien Strife is excited to journey back to Zenkaikon with two brand new shows! Get ready for the adventure!

Website: Official Website

Speakers
avatar for Eien Strife

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

9:00pm

Retro Gaming Gauntlet (various)
How it Works

With your convention badge, you gain access to unlimited console gaming hosted by Final Boss Gaming. In the Electronic Console Gaming Arena players of all ages and skill levels gather in celebration of intense console gaming action.  Come stop by for a quick game between events, or stay for the whole convention and step your game to the next level.

The Basics

All games inside are free play!  Tournaments will also be free to compete. We have next-gen and classic consoles, so you don't have to worry about a variety of systems. If you want to see a certain game or if you have any questions on how to play, please ask any uniformed Final Boss Gaming staffer for easy assistance. If you want to play games on an arcade stick or any custom controller, feel free to bring your own.

Tournaments

In our quest to find the elite gamers, tournaments will take place throughout the weekend. Sign-ups for all tournaments will be at the HQ table right inside the entrance the arena.

All tournaments have a roll call to assure attendance. Please make sure to check in 5 minutes before the start of any event. If you show up late, you very well could lose your spot in the tournament. Don't let that happen to you!

More information is available at our website.

Saturday April 2, 2016 9:00pm - Sunday April 3, 2016 12:00am
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D + E]

9:15pm

Cosplay Dating Game (18+ Round)

18+ Wristbands required.

Ever wonder what it would be like if Cloud Strife dated Usagi Tsukino?  Or, if Eren Jaeger found true love with Ryuko Matoi?!  These matches might not happen, but you never know what wild matches will be made at Zenkaikon's Cosplay Dating Game! Who knows, maybe Deadpool will fall in love with The Borg Queen!

The Cosplay Dating Game is similar to the traditional 'Dating Game' of yesteryear TV. Three bachelors or bachelorettes sit on one side of a curtain. On the other side is the 'prize,' an elusive bachelor or bachelorette for one of the 3 contestants to 'win.' The twist is that participants are in costume and are the character. The prize will ask several questions, which contestants must answer in character. Then “the prize” will choose which date they want. Unlike the real 'Dating Game,' this event is purely for the amusement and entertainment of the participants and audience. No real dating is involved.

Four participants were pre-selected prior to the convention for each session. The other bachelor/bachelorette contestants will be selected from the audience.


Saturday April 2, 2016 9:15pm - 10:15pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

9:30pm

Dumb Ways to Die: D&D Edition (18+)
You wake up deep beneath the Earth in a pitch black chamber, the distant sound of drips being your only companion. What do you do? You die. A lot.

Speakers
avatar for William Mayer 

William Mayer 

Panelist, Curiously Caffeinated
From Writing Workshops to playing D&D, Curiously Caffeinated does their best to entertain and amuse. With their hyperactive antics and their friendly camaraderie, they’ll have you holding your sides with laughter.
avatar for Lauren Nocheck 

Lauren Nocheck 

Panelist, Curiously Caffeinated
From Writing Workshops to playing D&D, Curiously Caffeinated does their best to entertain and amuse. With their hyperactive antics and their friendly camaraderie, they’ll have you holding your sides with laughter.


Saturday April 2, 2016 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:45pm

Fanon Vs. Canon (18+)
Hosted by Mandah (America Chavez) Sean Weiland (Tommy Shepherd), and Nick Vyse (Noh Varr) from the YA Live podcast. A both serious and lighthearted discussion about the latest in film/televison and anime!

Speakers
avatar for Mandah Law 

Mandah Law 

Featured Panelist
Mandah is a local Philadelphia multitalented artist. She is known for her edible or intricate looking designs and illustrations that can be found in the Artist Alley or elsewhere. Has been attending Zenkaikon for the past five years and was 2012’s shirt design contest winner! Outside of the artist alley she is a special effects makeup artist for haunt attractions, a commissioned costumer as well as a budding voice actress.She has been... Read More →
avatar for Nicholas Vyse 

Nicholas Vyse 

Panelist
Voice of Noh Varr on Young Avengers Live, former The Young Turks intern/current volunteer, and Youtube fanatic.


Saturday April 2, 2016 9:45pm - 10:45pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:00pm

Richard Epcar's Famous Out Takes Panel [18+]

See hilarious outtakes from Lupin the Third, Noein and Bobobo-bobobobo! This panel is always a hit so get there early to get a seat! 18 and older only, due to adult language.


Speakers
avatar for Richard Epcar

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:00pm

Super Awesome Happy Fun AMV Time!
The world of AMVs is vast and the quality only gets better as the years pass.  Here is just a sampling of the best of the best…

Saturday April 2, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

10:00pm

Autographs with Eien Strife
Guests will sign autographs free of charge. Guests will sign autographs:


  • During scheduled hours

  • In the Exhibit Hall during Hall hours when not otherwise busy with panels or activities


More details on autograph policies are available here.

Speakers
avatar for Eien Strife

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Outside Freedom A

10:00pm

Mongolian Chop Squad
Koyuki Tanaka was feeling the rut, though he’s only a teenager. Everyday was just another day of being a nobody when it came to the stifling grind of school and the girls that never noticed him. Enter Ryusuke: a local rock n’ roller haunted by a shady reputation. Together they form Beck, a dynamic band that just might be the salvation of the stagnant music scene. If the guys can stay true to their vision, the world awaits. Music can change your life, sometimes against your will.

Saturday April 2, 2016 10:00pm - Sunday April 3, 2016 12:00am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

10:15pm

Back In My Day: Conventions and Cosplay Over The Last 10 Years
Back before the days of Facebook, Instagram, Likes and Selfies, conventions and cosplay were a much different place. Culture and the growth of social media from the last ten years have shaped and changed so much of the nerd community for both the good and the bad. Join our panel of seasoned veterans as we take a look back and discuss how the community has grown and changed.

Speakers

Saturday April 2, 2016 10:15pm - 11:15pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

10:30pm

Guests Against Humanity [18+]

There are some things that just should not be said in public . . . and then there is Cards Against Humanity. Yes, the party game that will make you a worse person for playing and an even worse one for laughing at what our Guests of Honor will be saying. Come one Come All, but only if you are 18 +, and laugh your inappropriate tush off.


Speakers
avatar for Dante Basco

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 →
avatar for Kevin Bolk

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 →
avatar for Sarah Martinez

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 →
avatar for Alex Strang

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

10:30pm

Eat Brains and Live: Zombies and Idenity

BRAIIIINSSSSS! BRAIIINSSSS! But seriously folks, while the Walking Dead and Resident Evil insist that zombies are a force to be slaughtered, beneath those shambling corpses and decayed bodies lies very real concerns over safety, security, autonomy, diluted culture, and fears of annihilation. This panel explores how media encounters and presents zombies, from Lovecraft to Dawn of the Dead to Zone One and beyond. 


Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

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 →


Saturday April 2, 2016 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

10:45pm

What in the World is a Rooster Teeth? (18+)
Craydust is back and ready to babble about Rooster Teeth Productions to all you fellow nerds. The past year has been a Golden (T.O.P.) year for Rooster Teeth and their fans. This panel is designed to show of the ACHIEVEMENTS of the company as a whole and discuss it's future plans. With a few fun games with prizes, and a filming of an AHWU into, this panel is sure to have you spluttering like Gavin Free.*This is a fan-run panel and is not associated with Rooster Teeth!

Speakers

Saturday April 2, 2016 10:45pm - Sunday April 3, 2016 12:15am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:45pm

Yaoi and Beyond! (18+)
Join the organizers of Nijicon for a guided tour to yaoi and other media that features M/M romance and relationships(and more!). We will be presenting lesser-known webcomics, novels, television shows, and movies that all yaoi-fans should be watching. All attendees receive freebies just for attending!

Speakers

Saturday April 2, 2016 10:45pm - Sunday April 3, 2016 12:15am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:45pm

Saturday Night Dance with Hyper Potions
Continue the dance party from Friday night with more of what you love on Saturday! Let The Games Begin with Hyper Potions, making their their Zenkaikon debut, bringing tunes heavily influenced by MMOs, anime and video games! (Check out their new song in the League of Legends Warsongs album!)  Then stick around as DJs Kurono and The Contro1freak will bring the best music in today’s anime scene blended with mainstream and underground rave music.

Speakers
avatar for Hyper Potions

Hyper Potions

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Disc Jockey
An EDM artist heavily influenced by MMOs, anime, video games, and a whole bunch of nostalgia, Hyper Potions dedicates themselves to making and performing very happy and upbeat music. With 6 releases on Monstercat and their music featured in the Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice trailer, multiple Razer commercials, and during the top CS:GO, Dota 2 and League of Legends tournaments, Hyper Potions should make you feel right at home Saturday night at... Read More →


Saturday April 2, 2016 10:45pm - Sunday April 3, 2016 12:45am
Main Events [Freedom A]

11:00pm

AMV Awards Show
To the victors go the spoils!  We will hand out awards to the editors who have earned them as we show you this year’s winning AMVs (as voted on by you, the viewers)!

Saturday April 2, 2016 11:00pm - Sunday April 3, 2016 12:00am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

11:30pm

How to Burlesque [18+]

Learn to shimmy and shake with members of Cosplay Burlesque. Our workshop will cover many burlesque basics including dance moves, costuming, & building an act. Stop by, ask questions and learn a fun short routine!

 


Speakers
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Cosplay Burlesque

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Performing Arts Group
Cosplay Burlesque is a performing arts group of burlesque performers and cosplayers dedicated to combining the two for your entertainment. Their mission is to take the characters fans already enjoy and make them naughty through a humorous and provacative stage show. There is no fandom that they leave untouched in their quest for great source material. They are fan fiction come to life!


Saturday April 2, 2016 11:30pm - Sunday April 3, 2016 12:30am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:30pm

Cyberpunk, Steampunk, and Beyond
First, there was cyberpunk, and it was good. A shift to Victorian England opened up the genre, and from there it has continued to evolve. From cyber to steam, and everything in between, join us for a brief history of the 'punk genre of speculative fiction, and a glimpse at all of their many spinoffs and subgenres in anime, comics and more.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Beccia 

Brian Beccia 

Panelist
Ask me anything about movies, games, wrestling or RPGs.


Saturday April 2, 2016 11:30pm - Sunday April 3, 2016 1:00am
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

11:45pm

Boku no Pornorama II: from Nippon with Love (18+)
“The panel where hentai is the daily special, and it's the only meal worth eating! Join the Manly Battleships® in an invigorating presentation of Boku no Pornorama™: a display of wanton debauchery and the Fleet's favorite ero material. This epic return of an erotic terror has been prepared just for Zenkaikon X! A Porn-orama so bizarre, the fun activities at the end will feel like a relief. Whether you get your kicks from Het, Yaoi, Yuri, or something else, this is the nighttime convention stop that’s right for you!”

Speakers
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The Manly Battleships

Featured Panelist
The Manly Battleships®are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed one of the greatest programming groups on the east coast convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their powers with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to form the new titan at the front of the con scene. The Fleet’s arsenal offers a lot of a lot, and a little of everything! No matter your pleasure, there’s a Manly Battleships®... Read More →


Saturday April 2, 2016 11:45pm - Sunday April 3, 2016 12:45am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

11:45pm

Under-rated Anime You Should Check Out
This is a panel where we will be talking about and showing some clips of older anime that are under-rated that we feel fellow anime watchers should defiantly check out. We want to give anime watchers more shows to check out that are not as new but still very great as well as give some great shows more fans.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas McGuirk

Thomas McGuirk

Panelist, Cosplayer, Photographer, Tmcgwow
avatar for Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Panelist, Cosplayer, Photographer
Cosplayer - Photographer - Commissioner - Theater Major - Ultimate Nerd and weeaboo trash


Saturday April 2, 2016 11:45pm - Sunday April 3, 2016 12:45am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

12:00am

AMV Salad 8: the Last Supper
This is it - the final chapter of the AMV Salad series.  This one is the biggest, best, and tastiest offering ever so make sure you come hungry for comedic delights from the AMV creative community.  Savor the flavor, for this is the last course of a nine-year smorgasbord..!

Sunday April 3, 2016 12:00am - 12:45am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

12:00am

Akira (18+)
Clandestine army activities threaten the war torn city of Neo-Tokyo. In the midst of this, a mysterious being with powerful psychic abilities escapes his prison and inadvertently draws a violent motorcycle gang into a heinous web of experimentation. As a result, a biker with a twisted mind embarks on a path of war, seeking revenge against a society where he was once considered to be weak.

Sunday April 3, 2016 12:00am - 2:30am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

12:45am

Badass Anime Weapons (18+)
In Anime, when a simple katana or basic handgun just wont do, we get some of the most creative and extreme weapons any otaku would drool over. From Angel Arms and Death Scythes to Death Notes and Gundams, join us as we countdown our favorite badass weapons from Anime.

Speakers
avatar for Troy Benedick

Troy Benedick

Panelist, Six Feet Under Games/ Comic Paper Back and Plus Ephrata
I am currently a Pokemon Professor(Pokemon TCG), State Alchemist (Full Metal Alchemist TCG), HeroClix, Dice Masters and Dragon Ball Z TCG Judge. I Volunteer at Six Feet Under Games/ Comic Paper Back and Plus Ephrata to run events. I enjoy teaching people games and strategy. | | https://www.facebook.com/ComicsAndPaperbacksPlusEphrata/ | https://www.facebook.com/Six-Feet-Under-Games-113578878674738/
avatar for Adam Nelson

Adam Nelson

Panelist, Ace_Nelson Gaming
Hello! My name is Adam (Ace) Nelson. I am a huge Anime/Gaming/Nerd culture fan and I LOVE anime conventions. You may have seen me at Zenkaikon/Otakon in the past assisting my sister with her popular panel" "Nyan! Cats in Japanese Culture and Animation". I am taking on my OWN Panel this year with "The most OVERPOWERED characters in Anime". In past conventions I have cosplayed as Booker Dewitt from "Bioshock Infinite" and as Morel from "Hunter... Read More →
avatar for Kelly "Akuja" Nelson

Kelly "Akuja" Nelson

Panelist, Nerdcraft
You may have seen me at Otakon 2013 or Zenkaikon 2014, where I presented the panel "Nyan! Cats in Japanese Culture and Animation," which proved my B.A. degrees in Religion and Anthropology were useful for something! I have also helped with the workshops "Introduction to Magic: the Gathering," "Introduction to Pokemon: Trading Card Game," and last year's "Dice Masters Demo". I am a self-taught costume creator and cosplayer, having been Lust... Read More →


Sunday April 3, 2016 12:45am - 1:45am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:45am

Saturday Night Dance with DJ Kurono & the Contro1Freak
Continue the dance party from Friday night with more of what you love on Saturday! Let The Games Begin with Hyper Potions, making their their Zenkaikon debut, bringing tunes heavily influenced by MMOs, anime and video games! (Check out their new song in the League of Legends Warsongs album!)  Then stick around as DJs Kurono and The Contro1freak will bring the best music in today’s anime scene blended with mainstream and underground rave music.

Speakers
avatar for The Contro1freak

The Contro1freak

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Disc Jockey
Based in NYC, The Contro1freak has the unique ability to play the best music in today's anime scene and blend it with mainstream and underground rave music. In his sets expect to hear: Vocaloid tracks, Anime remixes, J/K-pop, Hardcore, as well as Trance, Electro, EDM, Top 40, and viral internet culture songs
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DJ Kurono

Zenkaikon 2016 Guest, Disc Jockey
Kurono is a popular DJ known in the Anime-Dance scene. As a strong supporter of J-Core, anime, and vocaloid remixes in North America, one of his major influences comes from the wide range of Japanese music and it's producers based in Japan. After years of dedication to production, mixes, and remixes, he has contributed his own works to a few underground digital music labels across the world. Kurono has performed live at many conventions and... Read More →


Sunday April 3, 2016 12:45am - 2:45am
Main Events [Freedom A]

1:00am

AMVs After Hours (18+)
Leave the kids in the hotel room for an hour of AMVs we can’t show during general viewing hours.  Make sure the friendly people at the door know you’re at least 18…

Sunday April 3, 2016 1:00am - 2:30am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]
 
Sunday, April 3
 

9:00am

Ask A Wizard
Come and ask the witches and wizards of Hogwarts questions about anything and everything!

Speakers

Sunday April 3, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

9:00am

Doug: Most misunderstood Nicktoons series
Out of all the Nicktoons series, why was 'Doug' overlooked? Learn more about this less beloved classic!

Speakers
RG

R Garcia 

Panelist


Sunday April 3, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

9:00am

Furries!
A panel about the furry fandom and what it's all about!

Speakers

Sunday April 3, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

9:00am

Writing Help 101
At a loss for what to do next in that short story? Stuck in the fan fic? Let us help by answering your questions and giving you a new perspective on the situation.

Speakers
avatar for William Mayer 

William Mayer 

Panelist, Curiously Caffeinated
From Writing Workshops to playing D&D, Curiously Caffeinated does their best to entertain and amuse. With their hyperactive antics and their friendly camaraderie, they’ll have you holding your sides with laughter.
avatar for Lauren Nocheck 

Lauren Nocheck 

Panelist, Curiously Caffeinated
From Writing Workshops to playing D&D, Curiously Caffeinated does their best to entertain and amuse. With their hyperactive antics and their friendly camaraderie, they’ll have you holding your sides with laughter.


Sunday April 3, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:00am

Baka and Test
Advanced placement into a school of higher grade proof-reading is determined by the results of the Promotion Test strictly for class type. Ranging from A class with the best facilities anyone can offer all the way down to F Class which is composed of low dining tables, rotten tatami mats and other worn out facilities. Students can change classes by competing using the Examination Summons Battle system or ESB. Students summon characters with their equivalent test mark scores and use them to compete with other classes.

Sunday April 3, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

9:00am

Naruto Shippuden
Episode 442 - 445

Sunday April 3, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

9:00am

Fandom Photo Scavenger Hunt

Are you the ultimate Zenkaikon fan? Think you have what it takes to find all the items on our list and win a cool prize? Then sign up for the Zenkaikon Fandom Photo Scavenger Hunt! Forms can be picked up anytime throughout the weekend from the Info Table on the second floor of the convention center. The Scavenger Hunt will end 1pm Sunday.  

Rules: Take a photo of yourself with a list of items/places/people. Participants can use a cellphone/tablet/digital camera, but no downloaded or forwarded pictures from a friend. Photos must include participant's face. Participant's own cosplay will not count for cosplay photos. Please ask permission from cosplayers/people before taking their picture. One entry per person. Entries must be verified at the Info Desk when the list has been completed.

Prizes: Everyone who completes the Scavenger Hunt will win an exclusive, never seen again, Zenkaikon 10th Anniversary Sticker, drawn by our Webcomics Guest of Honor, Kevin Bolk of Interrobang Studios!

PLUS: Be the first person to complete the Scavenger Hunt to win a FREE MEMBERSHIP TO ZENKAIKON 2017!!


Sunday April 3, 2016 9:00am - 1:00pm
Info Desk [Floor 2]

9:00am

Artemis
Artemis is designed for anyone who has dreamed of what it would be like to sit on the bridge of a starship.

It simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. One computer runs the simulation and the "main screen," while the others serve as workstations for the normal jobs a bridge officer might do, like Helm, Communications, Engineering, and Weapon Control. Artemis is a social game where several players are together in one room ("bridge"), and while they all work together, one player plays the Captain - a person who sits in the middle, doesn't have a workstation, and tells everyone what to do.

Sign up to fly by the flight room at the convention.

Want to learn more before signing up to play? Check out the Artemis website, which contains game manuals, YouTube videos, and more to prepare you for your flight!

Sunday April 3, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
Artemis [Floor 3, Walnut]

9:15am

Tune in Turbos! The Big Business of Let's plays
Twitch TV, Youtube Gaming, and to a lesser extent Hitbox, when it comes to broadcasting gaming there have several companies that are spending Billions of dollars to ensure they have your attention.We are going to discuss how you, the average person, can turn your small broadcast of games into a viable business, we will go into equipment to purchase, identifying your look, finding the right material to broadcast, and even how to start the building blocks to maintain a community

Speakers

Sunday April 3, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

9:15am

Technology and Morality in Maze Runner: WCKD is Good
We'll look deeper in to the meanings and messages relayed in the cinematic versions of Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials. Come out for an academic discussion of the two films and share your love of the Gladers.

Speakers
avatar for M.

M. "Anego" Jean

Featured Panelist
Anego Jean is an intercultural trainer and transnational media anaylst. In 2015, she published "Snapshots of American Culture: Japanophilia and the Otaku," and has presented chapters from it at several meetings of East Coast cultural nonprofits, including Otakorp, Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, and the New England Anime Society's Foundations of Anime series.  | | Her blog is located at www.softpowerpunch.wordpress.com ... Read More →


Sunday April 3, 2016 9:15am - 11:15am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

9:45am

A Complete History of Manga
Did you know that the earliest manga was made hundreds of years ago? Join us as we trace the history of Japanese comics from ancient temple scrolls through 1930s Steamboat Willy-esque cartoons to the huge shiny eyes and drama of 1970s shojo and finally arrive at the present day. Presentation will include actual example volumes from feudal times as well as volumes from throughout the twentieth century.

Speakers

Sunday April 3, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:00am

The Magic of Cosplay Display and Exhibit

The Cosplay Department believes in Cos-positivity and supporting each other.  This year we are bringing a new idea to life!  Located at the Cosplay Headquarters in the Montgomery House, we will have costume, props, and wig displays for you to look at closely.  There will be ongoing video of past Masquerades and other skits for your viewing pleasure as well as a chance to be in our “What Cosplay Means to Me” video.

Photography is welcome, but only "point and shoot" cameras.

We ask that all attendees are respectful to the Exhibit as well as the Historic Montgomery House. We will not hesitate to escort you to the exit. Thank you in advance.

Friday: 1:00PM- 10:00PM

Saturday: 10:00AM- 10:00PM

Sunday: 10:00AM-1:00PM


Sunday April 3, 2016 10:00am - 1:00pm
Montgomery House, First Floor

10:15am

Forged in Foam: A guide to crafting armor & props
Want to learn to build your own prop? Create armor? Curious how to use wonderflex or worbla? Or create something out of foam? Velvet Rose Creations presents Forged in Foam: A guide to crafting armor and props! Learn about different types of materials, the costs, and how to use them.

Speakers

Sunday April 3, 2016 10:15am - 11:15am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:30am

Autographs with Dante Basco
Guest will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
- Program book autograph: free (one per person). Other autographs, photos, voice recordings, and phone calls: $20 each. Photographs with guest: $10 each.

Speakers
avatar for Dante Basco

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 →


Sunday April 3, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Exhibit Hall [Freedom B]

10:30am

AMV : The Musical!
When AMVs cross paths with Broadway or movie musicals, the result sometimes ends up being the showstopping, crowd-pleasing video that takes the prize! Check out some of the highlights from years past and recent.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremiah Soria 

Jeremiah Soria 

Panelist
Jeremy Soria has been creating and appreciating anime music videos since 2002. He has competed in many contests in the past, and eventually liked the hobby so much he started helping out further by helping put together AMV programming for Anime Weekend Atlanta and Otakon. His panels always aim to entertain, showing off the potential for creativity from his works and other's works, and if it gets people to discover a new anime or a new song artist... Read More →


Sunday April 3, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

10:30am

Cosplay Makeup & FX!
Ever wanted your makeup to look so on-point that you make people swoon? Learn all about general cosplay makeup, how to achieve specific character looks, special FX, body painting, spectrum sliding, binding, facial hair, and more! (Note: trigger warnings are given before any pictures shown that contain fake gore/blood/body horror, and these types of slides do not appear often!)

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Eugene 

Daniel Eugene 

Panelist
Special FX | Illustration | Body Paint


Sunday April 3, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:30am

Pokemon Battle Frontier V at Zenkaikon X - Day 3
Hello Pokémon Fans! It is once againyour chance to challenge the Battle Frontier at Zenkaikon. This year, the challenges will be a dual-tiered process. The first time you beat one of the 5 Frontier Brains with your Pokémon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire game, you will receive the silver version of their frontier symbol. After that, any time over the weekend, you’ll be able to challenge them again, but this time, you’ll put your silver symbol on the line for a chance to win the gold version of their frontier symbol! If you lose, you’ll get to keep your silver symbol, and can rematch them again later in the weekend. The Frontier Brains have special pins that signify who they are, so if you run into them anywhere around the convention, you can challenge them. There will also be meetups in the Tabletop Room throughout the weekend, so make sure to check the schedule for times. The times, along with the rules, will also be posted in the designated meet-up area in the Tabletop Room, so make sure to stop by and check them out. If you have any other questions, you can post them to the Pokémon Battle Frontier at Zenkaikon group on Facebook, as we will be checking and updating it throughout the weekend. Get your best Pokémon together and get ready! Good luck!

Sunday April 3, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1 + 2]

11:00am

Vocaloid Fan Concert

As part of our 10th year anniversary celebration and 2016 "cyberpunk" theme, Zenkaikon will be hosting a fanmade vocaloid concert featuring Miku and her Vocaloid friends! So grab your leeks, your glow sticks, and your dance shoes and prepare to rock out! 

This promotion and concert features an adaptation of Hatsune Miku, © Crypton Future Media, Inc. 2007, licensed under CC BY-NC: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/.


Sunday April 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

11:00am

Eien Strife: Voice Acting, Recording, and Animation (Behind the Scenes of an Eien Strife Concert)

Are you interested in knowing more about Voice acting, animating, performing music and everything else that goes into an Eien Strife concert? Well then this panel is for you. The members of Eien Strife will show you everything that goes into their performance as well as offer you a chance to record some parts with them during this panel.


Speakers
avatar for Eien Strife

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 →


Sunday April 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

11:00am

Kamikakushi: Taken By the Gods

The intersection of the secular and spirit worlds in Japan and beyond is ripe for encounters between humans and otherworldly entities. And sometimes those encounters lead to disappearances, abductions, or something more. This panel explores the idea of kamikakushi- literally being stolen by the gods themselves- and how it serves as a narrative formula for literature, media, fairy tales, and storytelling.


Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

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 →


Sunday April 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

11:00am

Autographs with Richard Epcar & Ellen Stern
Guests will sign autographs free of charge. Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.

More details on autograph policies are available here.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Epcar

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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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 →


Sunday April 3, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
Autographs [Vine Street Lobby]

11:00am

Open Mic Karaoke
Song Rules
  • Must be an anime song, J-pop song, or Japanese video game song.
  • Must be six minutes in length or under. Songs that are longer will be cut at six minutes.
  • Must not contain profanities.
General Rules
  • You can only sign up to sing one song at a time. Once you have sung your song, you can sign up again.
  • It is strongly recommended that you bring the backing track for the song you want to sing, as well as lyrics, if needed. We will have a database of songs you can pick from, but it will by no means have all possible songs.
  • You are encouraged to sing and have fun, but no heckling or doing anything that would be deemed dangerous on the stage.
  • To make sure you have time to sing, please show up as early as you can. Songs will be banned for the day, if sung too many times.

Sunday April 3, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

11:00am

.hack\\sign
Tsukasa awakens inside The World, an immense online RPG filled with monsters, magic, and mayhem. When he discovers he’s unable to log out of this mysterious game, he joins forces with a colorful group of characters and begins a desperate quest to find his way back to real life.

Sunday April 3, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

11:00am

Bleach
For as long as he can remember, Ichigo Kurosaki has been able to see ghosts. But when he meets Rukia, a Soul Reaper from the Soul Society who battles evil spirits known as Hollows, he finds his life is changed forever. Now, with a newfound wealth of spiritual energy, Ichigo discovers his true calling: to protect the living and the dead from evil.

Sunday April 3, 2016 11:00am - 1:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

11:30am

Childhood in Japan
Spend some quality time with your inner child and join certified teacher Kaitlyn Stanton on a fun-filled interactive journey into the lives of Japanese children. Chibis and otaku-in-training welcome!

Speakers
avatar for Kaitlyn Stanton 

Kaitlyn Stanton 

Panelist
Certified early childhood educator, certified otaku.


Sunday April 3, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

12:00pm

Moe Maid Café
The Moe Maid Café’s mission is to bring you a one of a kind maid café that is affordable, family friendly and every otaku’s fantasy. Here at Moe Maid Café we will combine Japanese tradition and culture with an American fusion.

Reservations for the Moe Maid Café will be taken through March 27, 2016.

Go to the Online Reservation Form

We are taking reservations via the online registration form before the convention only, and will not be accepting them during the convention.


Sunday April 3, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Montgomery House, Third Floor

12:00pm

Geek Poetry Open Mic with Dante Basco

Come recite your best Geeky Poetry (or just listen in) with actor, poet, and 2016 Haiku with Hotties August Calendar model Dante Basco. Material must be geek related, and rated no higher than PG13. Poetry only, no stories, please.


Speakers
avatar for Dante Basco

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 →


Sunday April 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

12:00pm

Rocket League (PS4)
How it Works

With your convention badge, you gain access to unlimited console gaming hosted by Final Boss Gaming. In the Electronic Console Gaming Arena players of all ages and skill levels gather in celebration of intense console gaming action.  Come stop by for a quick game between events, or stay for the whole convention and step your game to the next level.

The Basics

All games inside are free play!  Tournaments will also be free to compete. We have next-gen and classic consoles, so you don't have to worry about a variety of systems. If you want to see a certain game or if you have any questions on how to play, please ask any uniformed Final Boss Gaming staffer for easy assistance. If you want to play games on an arcade stick or any custom controller, feel free to bring your own.

Tournaments

In our quest to find the elite gamers, tournaments will take place throughout the weekend. Sign-ups for all tournaments will be at the HQ table right inside the entrance the arena.

All tournaments have a roll call to assure attendance. Please make sure to check in 5 minutes before the start of any event. If you show up late, you very well could lose your spot in the tournament. Don't let that happen to you!

More information is available at our website.

Sunday April 3, 2016 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D + E]

12:15pm

Beginners Guide To Cosplay
Limited Capacity filling up

So, you've decided you want to join the cosplaying community. Great! But where do you begin? Well, come on down to our panel where we’ll give you tips and advice on how and where to start.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas McGuirk

Thomas McGuirk

Panelist, Cosplayer, Photographer, Tmcgwow
avatar for Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Panelist, Cosplayer, Photographer
Cosplayer - Photographer - Commissioner - Theater Major - Ultimate Nerd and weeaboo trash


Sunday April 3, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

12:15pm

Transformers: The Birds and the Bumble Bees
“A series of toys, cartoons, comics, and now live action movies about robots from another world that come to earth and hide as cars, trucks, planes, or other vehicles. But where did this phenomenon come from, and how did it come to be? Come explore the Japanese and Marvel-ous roots of the Transformers franchise. A seriously humorous look at the timeline of Japanese and American toy companies and the toy lines that led to the Transformers. [A Manly Battleships® Production]”

Speakers
avatar for The Manly Battleships

The Manly Battleships

Featured Panelist
The Manly Battleships®are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed one of the greatest programming groups on the east coast convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their powers with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to form the new titan at the front of the con scene. The Fleet’s arsenal offers a lot of a lot, and a little of everything! No matter your pleasure, there’s a Manly Battleships®... Read More →


Sunday April 3, 2016 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:30pm

Charity Auction

Please join us for our second annual charity auction. All proceeds of the auction will be donated to the Leukemia Research Foundation .

The Leukemia Research Foundation is dedicated to conquering all blood cancers by funding research into their causes and cures, and enriching the quality of life of those touched by these diseases.

In addition to the auction,we will also be collecting monetary donations at our merchandise booth, with donors who contribute $3 or more receiving a "Zenkaikon X" button.


Speakers
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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 →


Sunday April 3, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:30pm

Attack on Easter Island Tournament

Players control massive dragon-like Predavores and compete to blow up the famous statues of Easter Island in this fast-paced card game. Magic! Aliens! Stuff Blowing Up!


Speakers
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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 →


Sunday April 3, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1 + 2]

12:45pm

Real Japanese: Language Study Tips & Colloquial Use
Interested in studying Japanese but unsure where to start? Looking to learn about studying for proficiency tests like the JLPT? Want to know the real meaning of an expression from your favorite anime? Simply want to attend a fun discussion of colloquial Japanese as it's really spoken? Join us for this interactive workshop! Beginners and advanced students are all welcome.

Speakers

Sunday April 3, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

1:00pm

Eien Strife Concert

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 cosplay..

Eien Strife is excited to journey back to Zenkaikon with two brand new shows! Get ready for the adventure!

Website: Official Website

Speakers
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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 →


Sunday April 3, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

1:00pm

Digimon Adventure Tri
It's been six years since that summer adventure when Taichi Yagami and the rest of the DigiDestined crossed over to the Digital World. And nearly three years have passed since the final battle between Hikari Yagami's group and BelialVamdemon. As the peaceful days passed by, at some point the gate to the Digital World closed. Not even the DigiDestined know what caused this, and time alone continues to pass.

Sunday April 3, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

1:00pm

Seiyu's Life!
Follow a rookie seiyu in her first steps into the world of professional voice acting! Although she is a bit nervous, Futaba Ichinose is ready to make it as a professional seiyu. She meets others along the path that join her in a journey to become the best!

Sunday April 3, 2016 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

1:15pm

Pizza Rolls, Not Gender Rolls: Separating Gender and Cosplay
Ever get that moment of 'oh diddly darn I do not know if that cosplayer is crossplaying or not'? Do you struggle with identifying your own gender? Do you need someone to rant to about your gender experiences or need to know someone has your back? Come on in, sit down, let's talk gender rolls, sexism, gender and the non-binary, and how it affects the world of cosplay and shapes your con experience. (Pizza rolls will NOT be provided, I am sorry)

Speakers

Sunday April 3, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

1:30pm

Harry Potter according to Fan Fiction
Could you not get enough of Hogwarts even though JK Rowling gave you seven tomes of it? Come learn about how the characters and world of the most loved YA book series live on in fan fiction and are still sculpting popular media.

Speakers
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M. "Anego" Jean

Featured Panelist
Anego Jean is an intercultural trainer and transnational media anaylst. In 2015, she published "Snapshots of American Culture: Japanophilia and the Otaku," and has presented chapters from it at several meetings of East Coast cultural nonprofits, including Otakorp, Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, and the New England Anime Society's Foundations of Anime series.  | | Her blog is located at www.softpowerpunch.wordpress.com ... Read More →


Sunday April 3, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

1:30pm

Q&A with Ellyn Stern and Richard Epcar

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Richard Epcar and Ellyn Stern as they will discuss their many years of voice acting and directing.


Speakers
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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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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 →


Sunday April 3, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

1:30pm

Autographs with Dante Basco
Guest will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
- Program book autograph: free (one per person). Other autographs, photos, voice recordings, and phone calls: $20 each. Photographs with guest: $10 each.

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 →


Sunday April 3, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall [Freedom B]

1:30pm

Autographs with Vic Mignogna
Guest will sign autographs free of charge. Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.

More details on autograph policies are available here.

Speakers
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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 →


Sunday April 3, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Autographs [Vine Street Lobby]

1:30pm

Welcome To The Velvet Room: A Guide to Persona
Burn your bread and reach out to the truth as Dodger Of Zion and Ross Faries of ParadiseAndFaries guide you through the mad world that is Persona! Whether you've been wary of the time (and financial) investment the franchise commands, or if you've already spent hours upon hours in that one bloody dungeon, this panel will have something for everyone! We feel attending this panel will help raise your Knowledge!

Speakers
avatar for Dodger Of Zion

Dodger Of Zion

Panelist
Talk to me if you are interested in Persona, Japanese snacks, The Secret World, or anything South Carolina!


Sunday April 3, 2016 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

2:00pm

Autographs with Eien Strife
Guests will sign autographs free of charge. Guests will sign autographs:


  • During scheduled hours

  • In the Exhibit Hall during Hall hours when not otherwise busy with panels or activities


More details on autograph policies are available here.

Speakers
avatar for Eien Strife

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 →


Sunday April 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Outside Freedom A

2:00pm

Greggo's Game Show: Shut the Tardis

The Time Streams are collapsing, and every Doctor is summoned to avert a disaster that will rip the very fabric of the universe! Harnessing the power of three Shakri Cubes, you can help the Doctor restore order, but beware…the Daleks have received intel about the plan and will try to thwart your efforts in an attempt for universal EXTERMINATION!


Speakers
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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 →


Sunday April 3, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

2:00pm

Swap Meet
Do you have extra manga, cards, or other Japanese goodies cluttering your room? Want to switch out that old junk for a new treasure? Then come to the Swap Meet and trade with your fellow otaku! Don't have anything to trade? Try your luck at winning a prize! 

ADDITIONALLY this is a cosplay swap meet too! Details below:
Downsizing your collecting?  Do you have fabric or craft items you just can't seem to part with? Do you want to collect more awesome finds? This is the place to be! Grab your stash and join the swap! Who knows, maybe you will find that plushie you've been trying to find! Or, perhaps a missing piece to finish your costume?! This is a FREE swap. 

**This is a FREE swap. Trade only, NO money. Please no live steel/weapons, hentai, or pirated goods. No used wigs. DO NOT LEAVE ITEMS. All un-swapped items leave with their owner.

Speakers

Sunday April 3, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

2:15pm

Little Boys and Lizards are BAD Things: Japan's Fear of Technology

Japan? Afraid of technology? The country that gave us Gundams, advanced computers, and all but rewrote the technological revolution of the 20th century? Are you serious? Since 1945, Japan has both adored, and abhorred, technology. And this fear shows in their movies, anime, and games. This panel will look at how Japan's fear of the machine has translated itself to screen and book.


Speakers
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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 →


Sunday April 3, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

2:45pm

RIDER KICK!! Heisei Era
What the crap is a Common Rider? Is it a power rangers knockoff? No it's the big brother to Sentai and power rangers and if you've ever wanted to know what's with those nifty belts or the japanese bug men this is the pannel for you.

Speakers

Sunday April 3, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

3:00pm

Armitage III
Armitage is a brash cybernetic cop who sports a racy wardrobe and an attitude to match it. Patrolling the metropolis of Mars, she’s got a grudge against a world where androids are at the mercy of unsympathetic humans. Armitage risks everything to track the man responsible for several android murders and to solve the mystery of her existence.

Sunday April 3, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

3:00pm

Black Butler
Desperate to end his tortured suffering, Ciel traded his own soul for a chance at vengeance, casting his lot with the one person on whom he could depend: Sebastian, a demon Butler summoned from the very pits of hell. Together, they’ll prowl the darkest alleys of London on a mission to snuff out those who would do evil.

Sunday April 3, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

3:15pm

Jojo's Bizarre Panel
An introduction the the crazy and strange world of Hirohiko Araki. Come in and learn about the legacy of one of the longest running manga, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

Speakers
avatar for Alex Hall 

Alex Hall 

Panelist


Sunday April 3, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

4:30pm

Closing Ceremonies and Feedback Panel
Come help us wrap up Zenkaikon X! Various awards will be given out,and there might even be a preview of next year!

Speakers
avatar for Scott Johnson 

Scott Johnson 

Panelist, Live Programming


Sunday April 3, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]