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Thursday, May 3
 

5:00pm

VIP Member Check-In
Check-in for our VIP members. (VIP members may also check-in during any other general registration hours.)

Thursday May 3, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Vine Street Lobby

6:00pm

Pre-Registration Check-In
Check-in and badge pickup for pre-registered members. Please bring a photo ID to check in. 

Thursday May 3, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Vine Street Lobby
 
Friday, May 4
 

9:00am

Pre-Registration Check-In
Check-in and badge pickup for pre-registered members. Please bring a photo ID to check in. 

Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Vine Street Lobby

9:00am

Tabletop Gaming Open
Tabletop Gaming Room open play.

Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - Saturday May 5, 2018 2:00am
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1+2]

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 May 4, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

10:00am

Yu Yu Hakusho
Yusuke Urameshi is not your typical role model. In fact, this kid’s nothing more than a fourteen-year-old delinquent with a talent for trouble. But in a single selfless act Yusuke dies while

Friday May 4, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

10:00am

Iron Cosplay Signups
Signup to be a participant in Iron Cosplay (actual event takes place Friday from 4:15-5:15pm). Participants ages 15 and under MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate.

Signups will close when all slots are filled. Get here early - they are expected to fill fast! 

Friday May 4, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Cosplay HQ [Montgomery House, Floor 1]

10:00am

Pre-Registration Check-In/At-Door Registration
Check-in and badge pickup for pre-registered members, and at-door registration.

Friday at-door registration rate: $60.

Please bring a photo ID to check in/register.

Friday May 4, 2018 10:00am - 9:00pm
Vine Street Lobby

10:00am

Video Game Room Open
Zenkaikon is excited to announce that the Derpycon video game team will be coordinating the video game room and tournaments at Zenkaikon 2018! Come find them in Heritage DE of the Lancaster County Convention Center.

DerpyCon will be holding tournaments throughout the weekend. You can sign up to participate at the game check out table in the room on site.

ABOUT DERPYCON: Serving as a multi-genre pop culture convention in northern New Jersey, DerpyCon celebrates the culture of animation, fantasy, sci-fi, and gaming. DerpyCon is presented by Vidgle and Jenthony Enterprises, Inc. DerpyCon 2018 will be held November 9-11, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Morristown in Morristown, NJ. For more information and news about DerpyCon 2018, go to https://www.derpycon.com.

Friday May 4, 2018 10:00am - Saturday May 5, 2018 2:00am
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

11:00am

The Hunt For The Tuatha de Danaan: Connections between Full Metal Panic and the literary works of Tom Clancy
Despite being set in a world where large Mecha dominate the battlefield and technology is derived from the visions of psychics, Full Metal Panic draws heavy inspiration from the works of the late author Tom Clancy, especially those works set within his "Ryanverse". Join us as we explore the connections between these 2 fictional universes_x000D_

Speakers
JH

James Hicks

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.


Friday May 4, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:00am

Naruto: Clash of the Ninja Tournament
Nintendo GameCube, 8 participants.
Sign up to participate in this tournament at the game check out table in the Video Game Room.

Friday May 4, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

11:00am

Cosplay Photo Booth
Want to have your cosplay immortalized in a photograph? Zenkaikon is happy to have DeathCom Multimedia providing the Photo Booth this year!

The Photo Booth is where attendees can get their photos taken in a professional setting with backdrop and lighting. Attendees can also purchase prints of their photos.

DeathCom Multimedia has been attending conventions around the country and photographing cosplayers for over a decade.

Visit DeathCom's website for their gallery of photos and videos: www.deathcom.net
Prices
  • $0 - At least one digital photo of every costumer who stops by will go up on our site within two weeks of the end of the convention
  • $7 - 4x6 OR a 4 Megapixel digital sent via email, ready for social media.
  • $10 - 8.5x 11 $15 - 11 x 17
  • $17 - 13 x 19 $30 - USB Flash Drive with five 4 Megapixel digital photos, ready for social media. Comes with the option to continually add more digital photos throughout the weekend for just $5.


Friday May 4, 2018 11:00am - 10:00pm
Vine Street Lobby

11:15am

A Bathtub Full of Rainbows: A Guide to My Little Pony Toys
So you've the cartoons and you've seen the movie(s) and now you want to collect the toys. But where do you even start. Join us as we look at all the generations of My Little Pony toys and go one step further by showing you how to collect both new and old toys without having to spend a horn and a hoof. While we're at it, we will teach you to maintain your collection like it's 1983 again. [A Manly Battleships® Production]

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Panda

Mr. Panda

Featured Panelist, Manly Battleships
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group 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 fron... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

11:15am

On the Edge: Tackling Sexuality in Anime/Manga
As the visibility of the LGBTQIA community is becoming more prominent in media, this panel is a look at Asexual, Intersexual, Bisexual, Pansexual, Non-Binary and Transgendered Characters in Anime and Manga. Come to discuss characters you already know or perhaps learn of ones that you never knew about._x000D_

Speakers
LB

Lyndsey Bellamy

Panel Geeks
Panel Geeks consists of two Philadelphia-area sisters/the co-founders of Nijicon(The convention that bridges the gap between yaoi fans and the LGBTQ+ community). | | This dynamic duo LOVES all things geeky and have decided to take their talents hosting panels on the road. Panel... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

11:30am

Doctor Who: The Forgotten Doctors
In just a few short years during the 1980s, Doctor Who went from a powerhouse of British television to a low budget parody of itself. Join Children Driving Robots for this journey out of the TARDIS and down the dark paths the Doctor traveled.

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 YouTu... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

11:45am

Forged in Foam: A guide to crafting armor and 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 is back for another year of "Forged in Foam: A guide to crafting armor and props!" Learn about different types of materials, the costs, and how to use them! Followed by a live demo and some Q&A!

Speakers
avatar for Velvet Rose Creations

Velvet Rose Creations

Panelist, Velvet Rose Creations


Friday May 4, 2018 11:45am - 1:15pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

12:00pm

LARP Pre-Reg Character Pickup
Pickup for pre-registered characters.

Ever loved an anime character so much you wanted to be that character? If you come over to the LARP, you have your chance! LARP, or Live Action Role Playing, is played much like most tabletop games. The game will run the course of the convention, featuring an overarching plot and scheduled events, so you can attend as much or as little as you like. We have over 2,000 anime and manga characters to choose from, so pick your favorite and play using a character sheet and rock-paper-scissors. No dice or cosplay required!

Theme: Aliens and Test Subjects

Teaser:

An unknown location. Seven aliens look down upon an area below them.

“Isn’t that the species that rips their opponent’s arms out of their socket during the last experiment?”

“Yesss. They did poorly in that experiment, but let’s see how he does in the Cube. That will truly test their value.”

“They're not /bad/ but I found the ones who worshiped heights to be the most interesting. I can appreciate their tastes.”

(A muttered “of course you would” can be barely heard.)

“Well, /I/ liked the logical ones the best. Slow, but efficient.”

There’s an eye roll that follows. “Needs a better sense of humor, though.”

“I heard there’s a new batch coming in soon, several will be from that planet… what’s it called?”

“Oh yessss, Dirt, was it?"

There’s a confused, surprised sound. “They did /terribly/ the last time they were here! I thought we had given up on them!”

“Our scouts said it’s time to re-evaluate them. They’ve stopped sacrificing each other to ‘invisible beings’.” Complete with a sarcastic tone.

A heavy, somewhat angry scoff follows that statement. “I still think we should have annihilated them when they started feeding people to the lions.”

“We don't annihilated species. We aren't like /them/.” The voice is cross and sharp in rebuke.

“We need the most indicative examples of their species otherwise it's all a waste.”

The aliens look slightly ashamed of whatever ‘a waste’ might mean, but they clearly all understand what it does.

There is some sniffing, then, very excited, “Lunch is here!”

The other aliens quickly perk up from their moment of contemplation. “Oh, lunch!” and begin to shuffle out.


Friday May 4, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
LARP [Floor 4, Conestoga]

12:00pm

Bakemonogatari
"Bakemonogatari" (translated "Ghost Story") was written by Nisioisin, one of the most popular writers in Japan, and the series consists of 5 different stories. Thanks to Meme Oshino, Koyomi Araragi, a high school student, is able to remain a human after coming across a female vampire.

Friday May 4, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

12:00pm

Restaurant to Another World
Step into a restaurant where the regulars are anything but normal! This little spot in the middle of the city has faithfully served Western cuisine for decades, but the humble salarymen and women who visit on the weekdays aren’t their only customers. When Saturday rolls around and a special bell rings, the restaurant opens its doors to much more unusual guests.

Friday May 4, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

12:00pm

Carolina Manga Library
The manga library at Zenkaikon 2018 will be hosted by the Carolina Manga Library! The Library will be set up on the third floor of the Montgomery House all weekend long.

The Carolina Manga Library is a 501(c)(3) organization that was formed for the express purposes of promoting literacy through graphic novels. They operate a traveling library that sets up at conventions and other shows to provide free access to their collection of over 5000 manga, American graphic novels, newspaper comic strips, and artbooks. Carolina Manga Library staff run the library and operate all days of the convention. They pride themselves on having actual certified librarians on staff who are well trained in reader's advisory services. The Carolina Manga Library has been a guest a many conventions since their conception in 2013, including Ohayocon, Matsuricon, and Anime Central.

Speakers

Friday May 4, 2018 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Montgomery House [Floor 3]

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 for a flight time outside the Artemis Room! Both team and single slots are available.Already scheduled to fly? Be sure to arrive 10 minutes before your flight time!

Friday May 4, 2018 12:00pm - Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00am
Artemis [Floor 3, Walnut]

12:00pm

Yokai Scavenger Hunt
Yokai are all over, sometimes hiding in plain sight, and sometimes not.  Thanks to Charles Dunbar, if you keep your eyes peeled, you might find something creepy and cool lurking about Zenkaikon.  We’re not saying the con has been invaded, but there might be some mysterious and fantastical creatures around the convention center for the astute and sharp-eyed to find.  The Yokai Photo Hunt is open to any and all who wish to participate.  Find 10 yokai and win a prize.  Find all 15 yokai and you will be entered in a drawing to win the grand prize - a free membership to next year’s convention.

Scavenger Hunt Clues: https://zenkaikon.com/events/scavenger-hunt

Friday May 4, 2018 12:00pm - Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00am
Info Desk [2nd Floor]

12:15pm

Overcoming Con Anxiety
Convention stress is something that every con-goer deals with, whether they are new to the scene or veteran attendees, programmers, vendors, and the like. In this panel, seasoned con attendee and programmer Ivy Leaves discusses how to prepare you to have the best possible convention experience, what pitfalls to avoid, and some simple tips and tricks to make you most comfortable and relaxed.

Speakers
avatar for Aniyah Lyszt

Aniyah Lyszt

Founder, Pleasant Nightmare Entertainment
Veteran convention attendee and content provider (formerly known as Ivy Leaves in the burlesque scene), Aniyah has been providing educational and entertaining programming since 2014 as the founder of Pleasant Nightmare Entertainment, and has been attending conventions as a patron... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:30pm

Girl Gaming 101
Ladies have been showing up in video games and they have been fierce. Let's celebrate females and how far they come in the industry and how they help empower female gamers today.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Brinich

Emily Brinich

Entertainer, Nerdy Expression


Friday May 4, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

12:30pm

K-Pop Unlocked: The Dance Challenge Reloaded!
Are you "Married to the Music?" Then prove it to us and dance As if it's Your Last day on Earth. You won't be sitting down, Not Today, not if we have Something to say about it. Be ready for the revenge round. Come and join us for the second annual k-pop dance challenge, reloaded!


Friday May 4, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

12:30pm

Steven and the Sing-A-Long Panel
Calling Steven Universe fans of all ages! Come join your favorite gems as they sing and recreate your favorite SU songs while you sing alongside them. The fun isn't over till It's Over, Isnt It?

Speakers
avatar for Lorna Diamond

Lorna Diamond

Panelist, Cosplayer, Darling Cosplays
Specializes in body paint and makeup! You can find me on most social media’s under Darling Cosplays.


Friday May 4, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:30pm

Cosplay Shenanigans: Armor 101
Learn the basics or sharpen your knowledge of how to build armor for cosplay._x000D_
Ichigo Gami will teach you tips and tricks for taking your cosplay to the next level. Feel free to bring paper and pencils for notes as well as any questions you might have._x000D_

Speakers
avatar for Katelynn Lemons

Katelynn Lemons

StrawberryPaperDoll is a brand that strives to bring a touch of whimsy and flourish to every look. Ranging from pieces with lots of beading to detailed designs with touches of historical reference. Her one of a kind designs are made for the discerning eye and well tailored to mak... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

12:45pm

Back to the Farm: Why Stardew Valley picks up where Harvest Moon left off
Stardew Valley is the second highest game for the Nintendo Switch, why is that? We will take a look on how the game took its roots from a well known franchise and improved upon it in every way.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Burden

Patrick Burden

QA Analyst, Live Programming
As a long time panel speaker in North America Patrick "Coldguy" Burden brings you a mix of serious discussion with a small dash of comedy.


Friday May 4, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

1:00pm

Opening Ceremonies
Join the Convention Chair, special guests, and others as we welcome our members to Zenkaikon 2018!

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Calvello

Jessica Calvello

Voice Actress, Guest
Jessica began working in the anime dubbing industry with ADV Films (now Sentai Filmworks/Seraphim Digital) back in 1995, with her first show being 3 big lines in the TV series, Evangelion. Her recent work includes Attack on Titan/Attack on Titan Junior High (Hange Zoe); Street F... Read More →
avatar for Corgi Cosplay

Corgi Cosplay

Cosplay, Guest
Corgi Cosplay is made up of Kiba the Cosplay Corgi and his wise cracking, awkward potato Mom, Nicole! Kiba has been cosplaying since 2013 and Nicole joined in on the fun in 2015. They love promoting acceptance and fun in the cosplay community, while simultaneously furthering the... Read More →
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Author, Guest
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, ne... Read More →
avatar for Quinton Flynn

Quinton Flynn

Voice Actor, Guest
This award-winning voice actor has brought to life Spider-Man (Marvel: Ultimate Alliance), Venom (Spider-Man: Friend or Foe), Jonny Quest (The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest), The Human Torch (Fantastic Four), Deadpool (Cartoon Hook-Ups), Timon (Timon & Pumbaa), Snowbell (Stuart... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

Author, Guest
Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling suspense novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. His books include the Joe Ledger thrillers, The Nightsiders, Dead of Night, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, as well as standalone novels in multiple genre... Read More →
avatar for Triforce Quartet

Triforce Quartet

String Quartet, Guest
The Triforce Quartet is a traditional string quartet that plays video game music.The Triforce Quartet began innocently as a short Zelda medley for an encore of a recital in early 2007, but the video of using traditional string quartet instruments to play music of classic games ga... Read More →
avatar for Jad Saxton

Jad Saxton

Voice Actress, Guest
Jād (jade) Saxton is a voice actor and ADR Director with over 150 roles in anime and video games. She is best known for her roles as Kanna in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Carla in Fairy Tail, Yuki in Wolf Children, Young Nico Robin in One Piece, Koneko in High School DxD, Hatch... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Wiedenheft

Sarah Wiedenheft

Voice Actress, Guest
Sarah Wiedenheft is a voice actor who has provided her voice for a multitude of anime. Some of her roles include Zeno from Dragon Ball Super, Tohru from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid; Aika from Shomin Sample; Shihoru from Grimgar of Fantasy and Illusions; Non from Keijo... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

1:00pm

Sonic Adventure 2 Battle Tournament
Nintendo GameCube, 8 participants
Sign up to participate in this tournament at the game check out table in the Video Game Room.

Friday May 4, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

1:00pm

Magic of Cosplay Exhibit
Welcome to a unique experience, here at Zenkaikon!  Once again we welcome The Magic of Cosplay & Exhibit!  We believe in Cos-Positivity and look forward to another wonderful year.

For 2018, we have secured a number of beautiful costumes, props, and wigs for your viewing pleasure.  The exhibit will give you a chance to get up close and personal with the creations, but please, No Touching. Don't worry, we do have some great items that you can touch and a project you can participate in.  We have videos, costume construction books, and a Cos-Positivity question for all to answer. We hope the exhibit will inspire you to get creative!  Our Cosplay staff will be present to answer any and all questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you at the convention.

Friday May 4, 2018 1:00pm - 10:00pm
Cosplay HQ [Montgomery House, Floor 1]

1:30pm

Anime Chemistry 101
The properties of substances and how they react with each other. Also known as does explosive and how big of a boom does it make at least according to my 9th graders. So just how a big a boom can the substances in anime make or not make. Just what the heck is sakuradite or gundaranium.

Speakers
avatar for Anime Science 101

Anime Science 101

I've been busting the anime science myths and diving into how science is portrayed in anime for 4 years now. Come and ask any questions you have about how science is used in anime.


Friday May 4, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

1:30pm

Room closed for Set-up
Setup for Autographs with Calvello/Wiedenheft/Saxton

Friday May 4, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

1:45pm

Much ado about Roguelikes
The Roguelike genre has exploded in recent years, with titles such as The Binding of Isaac and Crypt of the NecroDancer finding huge audiences. Where does the term even come from though? Come join The Legends of the Interwebs for a trip through classic, modern, and everywhere in between as we discover what makes a Roguelike and where to get started.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Allen

Paul Allen

Panelist, Legends of the Interwebs
Check out our panel Much ado about Roguelikes on Friday
avatar for Rebbeca Swezeny

Rebbeca Swezeny

Final Boss, Legends of the Interweb
Brian is a lost cause. Nothing to see here, folks. Move along. | | | | twitch.tv/legendsoftheinterwebs | | @neomagicwarrior | | facebook.com/legends of the interwebs


Friday May 4, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

2:00pm

VIP Member Exhibit Hall Access
Exhibit Hall opens for VIP members only.

Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall [Freedom B]

2:00pm

American Anime: The Ultimate Oxymoron?
"Western Anime" has long been considered an oxymoron- anime is Japanese, so how can Western nations lay claim to it? But in the contemporary world, these lines blur more and more. This panel explores the mechanical and cultural definition of Japanese anime, and tackles three different lines of thinking: products inspired by anime aesthetics; culturally sensitive and respectful storytelling like 2016's "Kubo and the Two Strings," and the outright adaptation style found in series like Avatar, Teen Titans GO!, Neo Yokio, and the recent live-action Death Note.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Author, Guest
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, ne... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

2:00pm

The Incomplete History of Nerd Music
So you know the lyrics of Super Mario Odyssey ending theme song, can hum Saria's song on a whim, and have final fantasy victory fan fare as your ringtone but do you know how we came to this? I will take you on a journey on exploring what nerd music is and where it is going as well as give you some good recommendations on bands you should listen to.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Burden

Patrick Burden

QA Analyst, Live Programming
As a long time panel speaker in North America Patrick "Coldguy" Burden brings you a mix of serious discussion with a small dash of comedy.


Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

2:00pm

LARP Opening
Opening and rules meeting.

Ever loved an anime character so much you wanted to be that character? If you come over to the LARP, you have your chance! LARP, or Live Action Role Playing, is played much like most tabletop games. The game will run the course of the convention, featuring an overarching plot and scheduled events, so you can attend as much or as little as you like. We have over 2,000 anime and manga characters to choose from, so pick your favorite and play using a character sheet and rock-paper-scissors. No dice or cosplay required!

Theme: Aliens and Test Subjects

Teaser:

An unknown location. Seven aliens look down upon an area below them.

“Isn’t that the species that rips their opponent’s arms out of their socket during the last experiment?”

“Yesss. They did poorly in that experiment, but let’s see how he does in the Cube. That will truly test their value.”

“They're not /bad/ but I found the ones who worshiped heights to be the most interesting. I can appreciate their tastes.”

(A muttered “of course you would” can be barely heard.)

“Well, /I/ liked the logical ones the best. Slow, but efficient.”

There’s an eye roll that follows. “Needs a better sense of humor, though.”

“I heard there’s a new batch coming in soon, several will be from that planet… what’s it called?”

“Oh yessss, Dirt, was it?"

There’s a confused, surprised sound. “They did /terribly/ the last time they were here! I thought we had given up on them!”

“Our scouts said it’s time to re-evaluate them. They’ve stopped sacrificing each other to ‘invisible beings’.” Complete with a sarcastic tone.

A heavy, somewhat angry scoff follows that statement. “I still think we should have annihilated them when they started feeding people to the lions.”

“We don't annihilated species. We aren't like /them/.” The voice is cross and sharp in rebuke.

“We need the most indicative examples of their species otherwise it's all a waste.”

The aliens look slightly ashamed of whatever ‘a waste’ might mean, but they clearly all understand what it does.

There is some sniffing, then, very excited, “Lunch is here!”

The other aliens quickly perk up from their moment of contemplation. “Oh, lunch!” and begin to shuffle out.

Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
LARP [Floor 4, Conestoga]

2:00pm

Beyond The Boundary
There is a girl who is the last surviving member of a ‘certain clan’ and a ‘half-youmu’ boy who shouldn’t exist... This is their story.

Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

2:00pm

Koro Sensei Quest
The killer class is back! But this time they've got magic?! In this spin-off series, follow the chibis of Class 3-E as they learn swordsmanship and sorcery at Kunugigaoka Magic School. Their mission? Defeat the evil Demon King Koro Senseim.

Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

2:15pm

The Biology of monster girls
Monster girls are a common trope in anime, especially in the more recent seasons. So why don't we take a look to see just how their biology might or might not work in the real world. If you liked Interviews with Monster girls, The Daily lives of Monster girls, or A Centaurs Life then this panel is for you.

Speakers
avatar for Anime Science 101

Anime Science 101

I've been busting the anime science myths and diving into how science is portrayed in anime for 4 years now. Come and ask any questions you have about how science is used in anime.


Friday May 4, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

2:30pm

Autographs with Jessica Calvello, Sarah Wiedenheft and Jad Saxton
Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
Jessica Calvello: One autograph/person free (program book or other item). Additional autographs (prints or headshots) are $20 each. Photos and audiovisual recordings are $20 each. Autograph/photo combo is $30 and three autograph combo is $50.
Jad Saxton: One autograph/person free (program book or other item). Additional autographs (prints or headshots) are $20 each. Photos and audiovisual recordings are $20 each. Autograph/photo combo is $30 and three autograph combo is $50.
Sarah Wiedenheft: Regular autographs, photos and audio/visual recordings are free. Autograph cards are on sale for $10. Phone calls are $10.
More details on autograph policies are available here: https://zenkaikon.com/info/policies#autographs

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Calvello

Jessica Calvello

Voice Actress, Guest
Jessica began working in the anime dubbing industry with ADV Films (now Sentai Filmworks/Seraphim Digital) back in 1995, with her first show being 3 big lines in the TV series, Evangelion. Her recent work includes Attack on Titan/Attack on Titan Junior High (Hange Zoe); Street F... Read More →
avatar for Jad Saxton

Jad Saxton

Voice Actress, Guest
Jād (jade) Saxton is a voice actor and ADR Director with over 150 roles in anime and video games. She is best known for her roles as Kanna in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Carla in Fairy Tail, Yuki in Wolf Children, Young Nico Robin in One Piece, Koneko in High School DxD, Hatch... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Wiedenheft

Sarah Wiedenheft

Voice Actress, Guest
Sarah Wiedenheft is a voice actor who has provided her voice for a multitude of anime. Some of her roles include Zeno from Dragon Ball Super, Tohru from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid; Aika from Shomin Sample; Shihoru from Grimgar of Fantasy and Illusions; Non from Keijo... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

2:30pm

In Defense of SEGA: Year in Review
Ty "the SEGA Guy" is back to tell you what SEGA has been up to and why you should care! Last year was a great year for the house that Sonic built, but how do you feel about it? "In Defense of SEGA: Year in Review" will not only show off the best games SEGA has made in the past decade, but will also give you the chance to discuss their biggest releases of 2017. From the beloved Sonic Mania, to the controversial Sonic Forces, it takes AGES to be this good. It takes SEGA.

Speakers
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.


Friday May 4, 2018 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

2:45pm

Hyrule: A History Part 1
Come discuss the beginning of the Zelda Timeline and try your hand and the new Hard Mode in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Grant

Jessica Grant

Panelist
What to say about me? I'm not really sure. I've been an avid gamer since I was 5 when I built my first computer with my dad. I started watching Anime when I was 8. Discovered fanfiction in middle school and off I went and became an Otaku. Fully in love with East Asian culture an... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

3:00pm

3:00pm

NidHogg Tournament
Sony PlayStation 4, 8 participants
Sign up to participate in this tournament at the game check out table in the Video Game Room.

Friday May 4, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

3:00pm

Ultra Pokémon Sun and Moon Battle Frontier
It's time again to take on Zenkaikon's Battle Frontier, this time using the new Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games for the 3DS and 2DS. Throughout the weekend, there will be Frontier Brains with special Frontier Brain pins at the convention. As long as they are available, you can challenge them to a Pokémon Battle to win their Frontier Symbol. Each Frontier Brain has special rules that you will have to follow for the challenge. It may be hard to find the Brains at times, however there will be special meet-ups on Friday and Saturday in the Tabletop room, where the Brains will freely be taking challenges on a first-come, first-served basis. On Sunday there will be a Tournament, also in the Tabletop room, where the Frontier Symbols you won on the previous days will give you special bonuses during each of your battles.

These are the base rules for the event, some of these may be changed by the Frontier Brain according to their specific rules and each are on a case by case basis. Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Modified OU Singles- Standard 6v6 match If your 3DS or 2DS battery dies mid-battle it is considered as a forfeit.(we will have chargers available for you to use)

Clauses

Species Clause
Simple Definition: You cannot have two or more of the Pokémon with the same National Dex No. on your team.

Item Clause
Simple Definition: You cannot have two or more of the same item held by Pokémon on your team.

Sleep Clause
Simple Definition: You cannot put 2 Pokemon to Sleep.

Evasion Clause
Simple Definition: You cannot purposefully have a Pokémon on your team that can some way increase its evasion stat, this includes abilities and items.

OHKO Clause
Simple Definition: You cannot have a Pokémon on your team that has any of the following moves in its moveset: Fissure, Sheer Cold, Guillotine, Horn Drill.

Endless Battle Clause
Any moveset on any Pokémon that is capable of intentionally causing an endless battle is banned from competitive play. Thus:
A Pokémon may not carry Recycle and hold a Leppa Berry in conjunction with Heal Pulse and Milk Drink, Moonlight, Morning Sun, Recover, Roost, Slack Off, Soft-Boiled, or Wish.
A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Pain Split on its moveset.
 A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Fling on its moveset.

Ban lists
Anything not yet officially released in America

Pokémon 
  • Aegislash 
  • Arceus 
  • Blaziken 
  • Darkrai 
  • Deoxys 
  • Deoxys-A 
  • Deoxys-D 
  • Deoxys-S 
  • Dialga 
  • Genesect 
  • Giratina 
  • Giratina-O 
  • Groudon 
  • Ho-oh 
  • Kyogre 
  • Kyurem-W 
  • Landorus 
  • Lugia 
  • Lunala 
  • Marshadow 
  • Mewtwo 
  • Necrozma (Dusk, Dawn, Ultra forms)  
  • Palkia 
  • Pheramosa 
  • Rayquaza 
  • Reshiram 
  • Shaymin-S 
  • Solgaleo 
  • Xerneas 
  • Yveltal 
  • Zekrom 
  • Zygarde-Complete  
Abilities 
  • Moody 
  • Power Construct 
  • Shadow Tag  
Items 
  • Gengarite 
  • Kangaskhanite 
  • Lucarionite 
  • Metagrossite  
  • Salamencite  
Moves 
  • Baton Pass 
  • Double Team 
  • Fissure 
  • Guillotine 
  • Horn Drill 
  • Minimize 
  • Sheer Cold 
  • Swagger 

The battles will be using the game’s built in infrared mechanic, so each person will be required to have their own Pokémon Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon game and their own 3DS or 2DS system.

Friday May 4, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1+2]

3:00pm

3:00pm

18+ Wristband Distribution
18+ Wristband Distribution in Registration area. You must have a government-issued photo ID to receive a wristband.

Friday May 4, 2018 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Vine Street Lobby

3:15pm

Genderqueer Representation in Anime
Compared to other forms of media, many forms of Japanese entertainment (including anime and manga) have been forerunners in the representation of genderqueer characters, however there are still many problems to be faced. In this presentation, we will discuss how genderqueer characters are currently represented and what improvements can be made.

Speakers
avatar for Channy Miller

Channy Miller

CodeMangaGirl
An average cosplayer.


Friday May 4, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

3:30pm

Room closed for Set-up
Set-up for Greggo's Game Shows: Press Your Luck

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

Greg Wicker

Game Show Host, Guest
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... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

3:30pm

Autographs with Quinton Flynn and Phil LaMarr
Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
Quinton Flynn: One autograph/person free (program book or other item). Additional autographs (prints or headshots) are $25 each. Recordings or phone calls are $35 each. Photos are $10 or free with other purchase.
Phil LaMarr: One autograph/person free (program book or convention badge). Additional autographs are $25 each. Audiovisual recordings or phone calls are $40 each. Photos are $15.
More details on autograph policies are available here: https://zenkaikon.com/info/policies#autographs

Speakers
avatar for Quinton Flynn

Quinton Flynn

Voice Actor, Guest
This award-winning voice actor has brought to life Spider-Man (Marvel: Ultimate Alliance), Venom (Spider-Man: Friend or Foe), Jonny Quest (The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest), The Human Torch (Fantastic Four), Deadpool (Cartoon Hook-Ups), Timon (Timon & Pumbaa), Snowbell (Stuart... Read More →
avatar for Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Voice Actor, Guest
A Los Angeles native, Phil is an alumnus of Yale University, The Groundlings Theater, and is perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of Mad TV and as Marvin in Pulp Fiction. In addition to numerous appearances in films like Real Steel, Free Enterprise, and Men Wome... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Exhibit Hall [Freedom B]

3:30pm

Vampire 101
The difference between vampires in fiction and the scarier ones in folklore

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

Author, Guest
Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling suspense novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. His books include the Joe Ledger thrillers, The Nightsiders, Dead of Night, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, as well as standalone novels in multiple genre... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

3:30pm

Room closed for Set-up
Setup for VIP Autograph Session

Friday May 4, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

4:00pm

Greggo's Game Shows: Press Your Luck
Get ready, it's time for the game show with lots of Whammies and lots of Big Bucks! Three players will answer questions to earn spins on our big board which is loaded with goodies, prizes and cash to spend in our prize coffers, but be careful! There are also some Whammies that would love to take everything away! Only the player with the most bucks at the end of the game gets to keep it all and maybe come back next year and do it again!

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

Greg Wicker

Game Show Host, Guest
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... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

4:00pm

Black Clover
In a world where magic is everything, Asta and Yuno are both found abandoned at a church on the same day. While Yuno is gifted with exceptional magical powers, Asta is the only one in this world without any. When they both receive their grimoires, the outcome shocks everyone! Who will become the next Wizard King?

Friday May 4, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

4:00pm

Yuri!!! On Ice
Yuri Katsuki makes his way to the Grand Prix ice skating competition as Japan’s top representative looking to come out on top. However, instead of celebrating, Yuri walks away defeated and ready to retire for good. But a run-in with champion Viktor Nikiforov and rising star Yuri Plisetsky ignites a new fire within him. With the two of them close by his side, Yuri will take to the ice once more.

Friday May 4, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

4:00pm

Open Mic Karaoke
Open Mic will happen Friday through Sunday during scheduled blocks.
Song Rules
  1. Must be an anime song, jpop song, or Japanese video game song.
  2. Must be six minutes in length or under. Songs that are longer will be cut at six minutes.
  3. Must not contain profanities.
General Rules
  1. You can only sign up to sing one song at a time. Once you have sung your song, you can sign up again.
  2. 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.
  3. You are encouraged to sing and have fun, but no heckling or doing anything that would be deemed dangerous on the stage.
  4. 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 May 4, 2018 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

4:00pm

LARP
Ever loved an anime character so much you wanted to be that character? If you come over to the LARP, you have your chance! LARP, or Live Action Role Playing, is played much like most tabletop games. The game will run the course of the convention, featuring an overarching plot and scheduled events, so you can attend as much or as little as you like. We have over 2,000 anime and manga characters to choose from, so pick your favorite and play using a character sheet and rock-paper-scissors. No dice or cosplay required!

Theme: Aliens and Test Subjects

Teaser:

An unknown location. Seven aliens look down upon an area below them.

“Isn’t that the species that rips their opponent’s arms out of their socket during the last experiment?”

“Yesss. They did poorly in that experiment, but let’s see how he does in the Cube. That will truly test their value.”

“They're not /bad/ but I found the ones who worshiped heights to be the most interesting. I can appreciate their tastes.”

(A muttered “of course you would” can be barely heard.)

“Well, /I/ liked the logical ones the best. Slow, but efficient.”

There’s an eye roll that follows. “Needs a better sense of humor, though.”

“I heard there’s a new batch coming in soon, several will be from that planet… what’s it called?”

“Oh yessss, Dirt, was it?"

There’s a confused, surprised sound. “They did /terribly/ the last time they were here! I thought we had given up on them!”

“Our scouts said it’s time to re-evaluate them. They’ve stopped sacrificing each other to ‘invisible beings’.” Complete with a sarcastic tone.

A heavy, somewhat angry scoff follows that statement. “I still think we should have annihilated them when they started feeding people to the lions.”

“We don't annihilated species. We aren't like /them/.” The voice is cross and sharp in rebuke.

“We need the most indicative examples of their species otherwise it's all a waste.”

The aliens look slightly ashamed of whatever ‘a waste’ might mean, but they clearly all understand what it does.

There is some sniffing, then, very excited, “Lunch is here!”

The other aliens quickly perk up from their moment of contemplation. “Oh, lunch!” and begin to shuffle out.

Friday May 4, 2018 4:00pm - Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00am
LARP [Floor 4, Conestoga]

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!

All are welcome to watch the event unfold! Participants ages 15 and under MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate. Sign ups are AT CON ONLY. Come to the Cosplay HQ in the Montgomery House, 1st Level on Friday at 10am to get a slot. We are planning for more teams for 2018, but slots will up fast!

Who will be crowned the Zenkaikon Iron Cosplay Champ?

Friday May 4, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

4:30pm

Sake 101
Sake is the definitive alcoholic drink of Japan, but just what the heck is it. Come and learn some of the history behind Sake, including how it is made, and how to drink it.

Speakers
avatar for Anime Science 101

Anime Science 101

I've been busting the anime science myths and diving into how science is portrayed in anime for 4 years now. Come and ask any questions you have about how science is used in anime.


Friday May 4, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

4:30pm

Room Closed for Setup
Setup/Chair Clear for Cosplay Ball [1 hour]



Friday May 4, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

5:00pm

Room closed for Set-up
Set up for Greggo's New Pokemon Game Show: Pointless

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

Greg Wicker

Game Show Host, Guest
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... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

5:00pm

Bullying in Fandom, or: Why Can't We Play Nice?
The Knights of Fandom return once again to talk about the ongoing issue of bullying in fandom - online, in person, and everywhere in between. You can make a difference! The Knights want you to come eat chocolate (yes really) and help them make fandom a safer place for everyone to play!

Speakers
avatar for Laura Klotz

Laura Klotz

Panelist
Laura, better known in fannish circles as Lady Norbert, runs the Knights of Fandom and conducts a panel every year about the pervasive issue of bullying, particularly in fandom and on the internet. She is constantly shadowed by her best friend and self-appointed bodyguard, Andrea... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

5:00pm

Super Bomberman R Tournament
Nintendo Switch, 8 participants
Sign up to participate in this tournament at the game check out table in the Video Game Room.

Friday May 4, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

5:00pm

Hall Cosplay Contest Judging
Hall Cosplay Contest judging is a closed event. Only the participants -- designers and models, parent/guardian of participating minors (under the age of 13), and others deemed acceptable by Zenkaikon Cosplay staff, may be present for judging.

There will be judging on Friday early evening and Saturday morning of the convention. There is an optional “Fashion Show” during the Masquerade on Saturday evening if you wish to show off your handiwork. Participating in the “Fashion Show” requires attending the Masquerade and being seated in the audience. Participants are expected to wear their competition piece for 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.

We had a pre-registration for this competition which opened April 14th and closed April 28th, 2018.  We do have limited slots “at con.” All slots are first come, first serve.  We will strive to see as many people as possible. Unfortunately, we will cap the Hall Cosplay Contest, if needed.

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. PRINTED ​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 ​PRINTED ​reference will greatly affect scoring, as not every judge has knowledge of every detail of every character. Quality printouts of screen-captures and official images of characters, and art book 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. 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. Entries may be in the form of Anime/Manga, Video Game, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Original Design, Adaptation, Fan-Art costumes, and any other costumes related to one or more of these genres. Costumes are not limited to source.
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. You must be ready for your scheduled judging appointment.  Lateness and lack of preparation will DISQUALIFY your entry. To be early is to be on time.
12. Zenkaikon Staff are not permitted to enter the competition.
13. Entrants will be judged according to Skill Level. The skill levels for judging are as follows:

Youth
This is the category for those under 13 years old. Participants in this category will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This includes groups that are majority youth. Though it is expected that youth entries will have assistance, it is assumed that the work entered is still mostly created by the youth entrant. If the work is wholly created by a parent/guardian, a relative, or an older sibling, the entry should be entered in the appropriate Skill Level under the actual creator.

Novice
Professional costumers may not enter in the Novice division. A contestant who has competed and won in any division other than Novice may not enter as a Novice. A contestant who has won 3 or more major awards in the Novice division must enter in a higher division. Intermediate (previously Journeyman), Professional costumers may not enter in the Intermediate division.  A contestant who has competed and won in the Craftsman division may not enter as a Journeyman.  A contestant who has won 3 or more major awards in the Journeyman division must enter in the Craftsman division.

Craftsman  
Any contestant may enter the Craftsman division.

Note:
Professional costumer is defined as someone who makes over 50% of their income through costume making or commissions.  
Major awards are defined as “Best in Show”, “Best of Division”, “Best of Day” or placement (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.)  Minor awards are defined as those such as Honorable Mention, Judge’s Awards, and those not covered under Major awards. They do not affect skill level placement.  

Friday May 4, 2018 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Cosplay HQ [Montgomery House, Floor 1]

5:30pm

VIP Autograph Session
VIP Membership Required. This event is just our VIPs to have some extra time to say hi and grab an autograph or a photo with our Voice Actor Guests!

All standard autograph rates and policies apply to this session. More details on autograph policies are available here: https://zenkaikon.com/events/autograph-sessions

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Calvello

Jessica Calvello

Voice Actress, Guest
Jessica began working in the anime dubbing industry with ADV Films (now Sentai Filmworks/Seraphim Digital) back in 1995, with her first show being 3 big lines in the TV series, Evangelion. Her recent work includes Attack on Titan/Attack on Titan Junior High (Hange Zoe); Street F... Read More →
avatar for Quinton Flynn

Quinton Flynn

Voice Actor, Guest
This award-winning voice actor has brought to life Spider-Man (Marvel: Ultimate Alliance), Venom (Spider-Man: Friend or Foe), Jonny Quest (The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest), The Human Torch (Fantastic Four), Deadpool (Cartoon Hook-Ups), Timon (Timon & Pumbaa), Snowbell (Stuart... Read More →
avatar for Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Voice Actor, Guest
A Los Angeles native, Phil is an alumnus of Yale University, The Groundlings Theater, and is perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of Mad TV and as Marvin in Pulp Fiction. In addition to numerous appearances in films like Real Steel, Free Enterprise, and Men Wome... Read More →
avatar for Jad Saxton

Jad Saxton

Voice Actress, Guest
Jād (jade) Saxton is a voice actor and ADR Director with over 150 roles in anime and video games. She is best known for her roles as Kanna in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Carla in Fairy Tail, Yuki in Wolf Children, Young Nico Robin in One Piece, Koneko in High School DxD, Hatch... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Wiedenheft

Sarah Wiedenheft

Voice Actress, Guest
Sarah Wiedenheft is a voice actor who has provided her voice for a multitude of anime. Some of her roles include Zeno from Dragon Ball Super, Tohru from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid; Aika from Shomin Sample; Shihoru from Grimgar of Fantasy and Illusions; Non from Keijo... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

5:30pm

Star Wars is... Gay?
From Skysolo to Finnpoe, there is never a lack of LGBT representation in fanon Star Wars culture. What about the canonical universe? Believe it or not, this representation is not just in a galaxy far, far away- it's in plain sight. Explore the gay couples, LGBT allegories, and much more with our panelists.

Speakers
avatar for Gavin Fernandez

Gavin Fernandez

Cosplayer, Featured Panelist, Educator, Manifest Dreamer Cosplay
I'm a fan of proper LGBT education, Star Wars, and giant mutated plants.


Friday May 4, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

5:30pm

Greggo's New Pokemon Game Show: Pointless
Are you ready for a new twist on Pokemon trivia? Greggo's new game show asks questions that were put to 100 people prior to the show, and the object of the game is for contestants to come up with the answers those people DIDN'T say. The more obscure your answers, the lower you'll score -- and that's the point of Pointless! If you'd like to be a contestant, make sure you're there at the beginning and make sure you have a teammate! There will be some play-in questions that our potential contestants will need to answer in order to make it onto the show!

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

Greg Wicker

Game Show Host, Guest
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... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

5:45pm

Fanficcing NaNoWriMo Style
NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month) is an annual event designed to push writers past their doubts and inner editors. Learn how to plan out a novel-length fanfic, tackle the dreaded writer's block, and try your hand at some wacky writing prompts to get your imagination going.

Speakers
KS

Katrina S. Forest

Katrina S. Forest is a Clarion West alumna who has sold work to a variety of magazines, including Crossed Genres, Every Day Fiction, and Highlights for Children. Her kids think she’s eccentric, but don’t say so because their vocabularies aren’t that big yet.


Friday May 4, 2018 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

6:00pm

Ballroom Dance Lessons with Diana Hong
We would like to welcome back our dance instructor, Diana Hong: Diana Hong is a ballroom dance teacher from the Philadelphia area who teaches at the Upper Main Line YMCA, Zenkaikon 2014 -2017, and Katsucon 2013-2017. 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 and anime fan, Diana likes shoujo and josei genres, usually with a school life or fantasy twist.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Hong

Diana Hong

Dance Instructor
Diana Hong is a ballroom dance teacher from the Philadelphia area who teaches at the Upper Main Line YMCA, Zenkaikon 2014 -2017, and Katsucon 2013-2017. 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 G... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

6:00pm

Classroom of the Elite
Kiyotaka Ayanokoji has just enrolled at Tokyo Koudo Ikusei Senior High School, where it's said that 100% of students go on to college or find employment. But he ends up in Class 1-D, which is full of all the school's problem children. The school awards students with a points for cash system and employs a laissez-faire policy. One month after enrolling Ayanokoji, Horikita, and the students of Class D learn the truth of the system in place within their school.

Friday May 4, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

6:00pm

Outlaw Star
Gene Starwind is a jack-of-all-trades responsible for odd jobs and bounty hunting with his partner, Jim Hawking. Stuck on a rundown planet, he’s going nowhere fast. But when a bodyguard job goes sideways, he finds himself the proud owner of the Outlaw Star and on an adventure to find the mysterious Galactic Leyline. Facing pirates and dangers galore, can he survive the journey through space?

Friday May 4, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

6:15pm

My World and Welcome to It
Writing media tie-in fiction in universes like Planet of the Apes, Hellboy, Marvel Comics, X-Files and more.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

Author, Guest
Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling suspense novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. His books include the Joe Ledger thrillers, The Nightsiders, Dead of Night, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, as well as standalone novels in multiple genre... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

6:45pm

Taste the Rainbow: Diversity in Anime and Manga
Japan has always been on the forefront when it comes to pop-culture and animation, but they also have an impressive amount of diversity when it comes to characters and representation. Join us as we highlight some of the awesome characters that represent people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, various body types, religious affiliations, and gender. *We also have Skittles!*

Speakers
LB

Lyndsey Bellamy

Panel Geeks
Panel Geeks consists of two Philadelphia-area sisters/the co-founders of Nijicon(The convention that bridges the gap between yaoi fans and the LGBTQ+ community). | | This dynamic duo LOVES all things geeky and have decided to take their talents hosting panels on the road. Panel... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 6:45pm - 8:15pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

7:00pm

Quinton Flynn Q&A
Axel, Timon, and Kon went to a bar and...well you'l have to ask their voice actor what happens after that. Come spend an hour with the amazing Quinton Flynn! Be vewwy vewwy quiet, we're hunting voice actors.

Speakers
avatar for Quinton Flynn

Quinton Flynn

Voice Actor, Guest
This award-winning voice actor has brought to life Spider-Man (Marvel: Ultimate Alliance), Venom (Spider-Man: Friend or Foe), Jonny Quest (The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest), The Human Torch (Fantastic Four), Deadpool (Cartoon Hook-Ups), Timon (Timon & Pumbaa), Snowbell (Stuart... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

7:00pm

Room closed for Set-up
Setup/Sound Check for Triforce Quartet

Speakers
avatar for Triforce Quartet

Triforce Quartet

String Quartet, Guest
The Triforce Quartet is a traditional string quartet that plays video game music.The Triforce Quartet began innocently as a short Zelda medley for an encore of a recital in early 2007, but the video of using traditional string quartet instruments to play music of classic games ga... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

7:00pm

Pokemon Stadium 2 Tournament
Nintendo 64,16 participants
Sign up to participate in this tournament at the game check out table in the Video Game Room.

Friday May 4, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

7:15pm

Chu Chu Yeah: A Tail of Two Dragon Maids
Two dragons walk into a panel room and... join the voices of Tohru and Kanna in the wildly popular anime, Miss Kobayashi's Dragonmaid as they answer all your burning chorogon/dragon questions! *Note - questions not actually on fire.

Speakers
avatar for Jad Saxton

Jad Saxton

Voice Actress, Guest
Jād (jade) Saxton is a voice actor and ADR Director with over 150 roles in anime and video games. She is best known for her roles as Kanna in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Carla in Fairy Tail, Yuki in Wolf Children, Young Nico Robin in One Piece, Koneko in High School DxD, Hatch... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Wiedenheft

Sarah Wiedenheft

Voice Actress, Guest
Sarah Wiedenheft is a voice actor who has provided her voice for a multitude of anime. Some of her roles include Zeno from Dragon Ball Super, Tohru from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid; Aika from Shomin Sample; Shihoru from Grimgar of Fantasy and Illusions; Non from Keijo... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

7:15pm

The Good, the Spooky, and the Weird: Dumb Cryptids and Wacky Yokai
Sure you know kappas and bigfoots (bigfeet?), but have you ever heard of a vampiric watermelon? Join us as we discuss some of the world's most bizzare mythological creatures, and gain more knowledge than you could ever want to know on creatures that (probably) don't even exist! We'll laugh, we'll learn...we'll probably crack some bad puns.


Friday May 4, 2018 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

7:30pm

"I Swear I Saw a Dragon!": A (focused and unobstructed) Look at Cryptids
From Bigfoot to Bunyip, join us as we take a trip around the globe and explore the wondrous (and ridiculous) world of cryptids (aka, those "monsters" we want to believe exist, but *SPOILERS* probably don't)

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Author, Guest
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, ne... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

7:30pm

The Pokemon Anime: The 20 Year Global Evolution
As the Pokemon Anime has hit its 20th anniversary, this panel celebrates both it's story/character/art evolution and the impact it has had on anime's globalization.

Speakers

Friday May 4, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

8:00pm

Sakura Cosplay Ball
**THIS EVENT FILLS FAST. IF YOU EXIT THE BALL, ANOTHER PERSON WILL BE LET IN. YOU WILL NEED TO WAIT IN LINE TO ENTER AGAIN.*
Back for 2018, the Sakura Ball is Friday evening's formal event for all ages! Prepare for a decadent evening of cosplay, music, and dance, with special guest Triforce Quartet! 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!

Dress Code
As with any formal event, there is a dress code and some expected decorum.  Since this event’s main feature is music and dance, attendees should be sure to wear attire that they can move comfortably in.  Although the dress code will allow admittance to the Sakura Ball, not all forms of dress are appropriate. Attendees should not wear costume pieces or shoes that can easily come off. No props are allowed. Actual costume is not required, but the dress code must be adhered to.

Allowed Womenswear:
*All dresses/skirts should be approximately knee length or longer
  • Formal Costumes *
  • Prom dresses*
  • Formal gowns*
  • Lolita (EGL/EGA)*
  • Cocktail Dresses*
  • Formal Separates
  • Kimono and Cheongsam
  • Dress Uniforms
  • Formal Medieval/Renaissance/Period Attire
Allowed Menswear:
  • Formal Costumes
  • Suits
  • Tuxedos
  • Oji Lolita
  • Kimono
  • Dress Uniforms
  • Kilts (with appropriate additional attire)
  • Formal Medieval/Renaissance/Period Attire
  • At the least, a dress shirt, tie, slacks
Appropriate Footwear:
  • Heels
  • Dress Flats
  • Formal and Period Boots
  • Geta and Zori (only with appropriate Asian formal attire)
  • Men’s Dress Shoes
In general, clothing should be modest, not skin tight, and not reveal a large amount of skin.  It should also not drag on the floor with a long train. Think of what a person or character might wear to a formal event like a wedding or prom. Crossplay is welcome as long as the attire is appropriate for the character being portrayed.  Accessories like top hats, canes, or hand fans are welcome.  
Not Allowed
  • Formal Wear that drags on the floor (examples: trains, ribbons, etc)
  • Wings, armor, or other attachments that extend off the body
  • Jeans
  • T-shirts
  • Fishnets
  • Clothing with chains, straps, or buckles
  • Bare midriffs
  • Miniskirts
  • Cut-off or shredded clothing
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Boots with heavy straps and studs that are not formal in nature (examples: Doc Martens and biker boots)
  • Props such as, but not limited to swords, axes, cudgels, and sporting equipment
  • Other casual attire


Speakers
avatar for Triforce Quartet

Triforce Quartet

String Quartet, Guest
The Triforce Quartet is a traditional string quartet that plays video game music.The Triforce Quartet began innocently as a short Zelda medley for an encore of a recital in early 2007, but the video of using traditional string quartet instruments to play music of classic games ga... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

8:00pm

Excel Saga
Here’s the deal with Excel. She’s in a secret organization. She wants to impress her boss by conquering the city. She might eat her dog, and her best friend sucks. And every episode of her show, Excel Saga, is a mega-random mash-up of stuff that rules.

Friday May 4, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

8:00pm

My Hero Academia
In a world where eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that won't stop him from enrolling in a prestigious hero academy. Now, the promising freshman class is making its debut at the world-renowned U.A. Sports Festival! It’s Quirk versus Quirk as our young heroes face off in the ultimate showdown.

Friday May 4, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

8:15pm

Ask Phil LaMarr Anything! (Legal)
Sweet Yeti of the Serengeti! It's finally your chance to ask Samurai Jack, Wilt, Green Lantern, Static, Hermes Conrad, and/or that one character from that one episode of MadTV (you know the one), that question that's been burning inside you!

Speakers
avatar for Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Voice Actor, Guest
A Los Angeles native, Phil is an alumnus of Yale University, The Groundlings Theater, and is perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of Mad TV and as Marvin in Pulp Fiction. In addition to numerous appearances in films like Real Steel, Free Enterprise, and Men Wome... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

8:30pm

The Erasure of Queer* Women in Fandom Culture [18+]
Let's face it- queer women get the shortest end of the stick when it comes to fandom erasure and representation. Automatically marketed as "sexy" and "adult", it is difficult for queer women to have positive representation without dealing with erasure and censorship. Find out how you can help make a difference in how WLW are represented in your fandoms.

Speakers
avatar for Gavin Fernandez

Gavin Fernandez

Cosplayer, Featured Panelist, Educator, Manifest Dreamer Cosplay
I'm a fan of proper LGBT education, Star Wars, and giant mutated plants.


Friday May 4, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

8:45pm

+2 Comedy Anime Stand-up Comedy
Exactly what it says on the tin. Anime-centric stand-up, with a Q&A afterwards to answer your most burning questions and settle your least amicable debates. Which Magical Girl has the best pet? Goku or Superman? Who's that Pokemon, really? The sky's the limit- the Cobra Kai of geek comedy will tackle any query your heart desires.

Speakers
NH

Noah Houlihan

+2 Comedy is the top geek stand-up comedy group on the East Coast. They have appeared at over 60 conventions since 2010. Their 18+ panels have thrilled, educated, and intrigued audiences from Otakon to GKE Classic. 
LP

Laura Prince

+2 Comedy


Friday May 4, 2018 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

8:45pm

Giant Robots: Crushing your Misconceptions
What's the first thing that springs to mind when you think of giant robots? Is it metal monsters hammering at each other? Overpowered machines that stomp through problems without rhyme or reason? This panels will explore these tropes and misconceptions and look at their origin in mecha anime and manga.

Speakers
avatar for Doomtastic

Doomtastic

Hailing from Baltimore, Doomtastic a small group of friends who love all things geeky and nerdy. They wanted to share our love for these things with as many people as possible in as many ways as possible, thus Doomtastic was conceived. Dedicated to making fun and positive spaces... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:00pm

DO PANELS: How to Avoid Seppuku and Shaming Your Family [18+]
A mix of a helpful informal workshop and a frightful recollection, veteran panelists of the Manly Battleships® show you how things work, how to keep things going in the face of utter disaster, and tell you why there are things you should NOT do when running con events.

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Panda

Mr. Panda

Featured Panelist, Manly Battleships
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group 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 fron... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

9:00pm

Super Smash Bros. Melee Tournament
Nintendo GameCube, 16 participants
Sign up to participate in this tournament at the game check out table in the Video Game Room.

Friday May 4, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

9:15pm

Room closed for Set-up
Setup/Room Clear for Cosplay Burlesque

Speakers
avatar for Cosplay Burlesque

Cosplay Burlesque

Performing Arts Group, Guest
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 provocative stage show. There is no f... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:15pm - 10:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

9:30pm

Autographs with Triforce Quartet
Guests will sign autographs during scheduled hours and in the Exhibit Hall during Hall Hours when not otherwise busy with panels or activities.
Triforce Quartet: Guest will sign autographs free of charge. Merch for sale.
More details on autograph policies are available here: https://zenkaikon.com/info/policies#autographs

Speakers
avatar for Triforce Quartet

Triforce Quartet

String Quartet, Guest
The Triforce Quartet is a traditional string quartet that plays video game music.The Triforce Quartet began innocently as a short Zelda medley for an encore of a recital in early 2007, but the video of using traditional string quartet instruments to play music of classic games ga... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Outside Freedom A

9:45pm

Into the Danger Zone: The ARCHER Fan Panel [18+]
007 eat your heart out! America's number one spy is here to show ya how it's done! Meet Sterling Mallory Archer, former top agent at ISIS, the best detective at The Cyril Figgus (soon to be The Sterling Archer) Detective Agency, and current coma patient. We will discuss the reasons why we continue to love this series and the zany characters within it. Heads up, we're going in deep!(Are we still doing phrasing?) There will be trivia throughout with donuts as prizes. Just don't drop them on the floor(Do you want ants? Because that's how you get them!)

Speakers
LB

Lyndsey Bellamy

Panel Geeks
Panel Geeks consists of two Philadelphia-area sisters/the co-founders of Nijicon(The convention that bridges the gap between yaoi fans and the LGBTQ+ community). | | This dynamic duo LOVES all things geeky and have decided to take their talents hosting panels on the road. Panel... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:45pm - 11:15pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:00pm

Asexuality in Modern Media [18+]
Do you identify as being on the asexual and/or aromantic spectrum? Or would you just like to know more about what it means to identify as one of these? Come and be part of the discussion about characters in movies, books, games, and other media who are, or could be, regarded as being ace, aro, or "grace." This is not a graphic panel, but parental guidance may be advisable.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Klotz

Laura Klotz

Panelist
Laura, better known in fannish circles as Lady Norbert, runs the Knights of Fandom and conducts a panel every year about the pervasive issue of bullying, particularly in fandom and on the internet. She is constantly shadowed by her best friend and self-appointed bodyguard, Andrea... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

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

Performing Arts Group, Guest
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 provocative stage show. There is no f... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

10:00pm

The Good, The Bad, and The Duwang: A Brief History of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
A humorous and informative look at the "Bizarre" history behind one of Japan's biggest series. Join the Admins of JoeyJojo's Wacky Trip as they talk about:_x000D_
The Unreleased Phantom Blood Movie and where it might be found, How an animation mistake almost caused a boycott of Japan, and the Duwang translation and who really made it.


Friday May 4, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:00pm

AMV Showdown
It’s time, once again, to unleash the creative muscle and artistic might of Anime Music Video authors from lands far and wide and YOU will decide the ultimate victors!  These mighty warriors of the big screen have put forth their latest and greatest works for your consideration in this monumental battle for supremacy!  We even invited fandoms outside of anime to compete again so expect even more fireworks!  Every vote counts - seriously!

Friday May 4, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

10:00pm

Deadman Wonderland
Ganta is convicted of a crime he didn't commit. He's locked up in Deadman Wonderland, where prisoners are forced to fight gladiatorial battles for tourists.

Friday May 4, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

10:00pm

One Punch Man
Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on!

Friday May 4, 2018 10:00pm - Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

10:15pm

Diamonds in the Rough: Videogame Edition (side order of J-RPGs)
Covering some less than stellar games/series that you should still give a chance despite their many flaws with a particular focus on several JRPG games/series. Audience participation is encouraged!

Speakers
avatar for dj Date Masamune

dj Date Masamune

SharePoint Developer, Aver
Just a humble cosplayer who loves to do panels...& loves Gauron ^.^;


Friday May 4, 2018 10:15pm - 11:45pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

10:30pm

Meet n Greet/PJ Party with Kiba
Want to hangout with Corgi Cosplay for some fun evening play? Join us in your PJs or Kigurumis for corgi play time and cuddles! We'll also be playing other games and you're welcome to bring one of your own!

Speakers
avatar for Corgi Cosplay

Corgi Cosplay

Cosplay, Guest
Corgi Cosplay is made up of Kiba the Cosplay Corgi and his wise cracking, awkward potato Mom, Nicole! Kiba has been cosplaying since 2013 and Nicole joined in on the fun in 2015. They love promoting acceptance and fun in the cosplay community, while simultaneously furthering the... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

11:00pm

Room closed for Set-up
Set-up/sound check for StephK

Speakers
avatar for StephK

StephK

DJ
StephK is an artist, DJ, and producer from the Washington, D.C. area. Inspired by the sounds of video games, anime, and pop culture, he is dedicated to creating and performing music that reflects these passions. Determined to keep the scene alive, he is ecstatic to be returning t... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

11:15pm

Of Duelists and Drunkards [18+]
Who knows what time it is? If you find your way into this room, brace yourself for a unique experience in the true convention variety show! Skits, stories, and surprises are to be had! You never know what's going to happen at the original latenight variety show panel! Members of the Fleet are here to indulge with you in whiling away an hour of time. Rosebud is the sled, there aren't actually any duelists, and there was this one time involving a closet… Wait, where are my shoes? [A Manly Battleships® Production]

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Panda

Mr. Panda

Featured Panelist, Manly Battleships
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group 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 fron... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 11:15pm - Saturday May 5, 2018 12:15am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

11:30pm

Eye of Argon Reading [18+]
The Eye of Argon, largely regarded as one of the worst short stories ever written, is a scifi convention tradition. In this "you laugh, you lose" contest, come try your hand, and see if you can read even a paragraph without hesitation, laughter or pronouncing the words too correctly, and you may be able to take home the fabled Golden Grignr.

Speakers

Friday May 4, 2018 11:30pm - Saturday May 5, 2018 12:30am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:30pm

Friday Night Dance with StephK
The Ball is over, but you still want to dance? Join us at the Zenkaikon Friday Night Dance with StephK! Be prepared for a night of fun, dancing, and exclusive new releases that you won’t want to miss!

Speakers
avatar for StephK

StephK

DJ
StephK is an artist, DJ, and producer from the Washington, D.C. area. Inspired by the sounds of video games, anime, and pop culture, he is dedicated to creating and performing music that reflects these passions. Determined to keep the scene alive, he is ecstatic to be returning t... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 11:30pm - Saturday May 5, 2018 2:00am
Main Events [Freedom A]

12:00am

B-Horror & Sci-Fi - The Good, The Good-Bad, The Bad-Bad, & The Ugly [18+]
We're back again with new content, to give you another look into the world of cult horror, sci-fi, and animation in this glorious, gore-filled presentation. We'll discuss what makes a film good, good-bad, bad-bad, or ugly and provide plenty of clips; because some things you really need to see to believe. We'll delve into movies like "Women's Prison Massacre", "Noroi: The Curse", and "Alien Private Eye". You'll laugh, you'll cringe, you'll say "WTF". This panel is 18+ and not for those with sensitive eyes!

Speakers
avatar for John  Salvino

John Salvino

John has his BA in animation and works in the fine art casting industry. He pursues writing and illustrating comics as a self-published author in Lancaster, PA. |


Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00am - 1:30am
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

12:00am

Hellsing Ultimate (18+)
The rogue vampire Alucard is the Hellsing Organization’s deadliest instrument in its mission to protect the British Empire from satanic ghouls and Nazi freaks. He is not alone in his assault on the occult; the master has a servant. Policewoman Seras Victoria accepted Alucard’s gift of dark salvation after falling in the line of duty, and now the remnants of her human soul struggle against her growing vampire urges.

Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00am - 2:00am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

12:00am

Rurouni Kenshin - Part 1: Origins
Teamed up with the beautiful kendo instructor Kaoru and a colorful cast of allies, ex-assassin Kenshin embarks on a quest to protect the innocent from those that would do them harm. With amazing acts of swordplay and martial arts mastery, Kenshin will attempt to survive his promise to face his own blade—before spilling the blood of his enemies!

Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00am - 2:00am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

12:30am

Disney Movies Exposed [18+]
Disney studios didn't get their movie ideas from their own heads?! Surely all the original fairy tales have nice happily ever afters. Umm...No. Join Children Driving Robots as we look at some of the fairy tales, myths and books that inspire some Disney classics in this adults only panel.

Speakers
avatar for Jocelyn Pesansky

Jocelyn Pesansky

Children Driving Robots


Saturday May 5, 2018 12:30am - 1:30am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:30am

Rejoice, Zenkaikon, Your Wish Will Be Granted: A Type Moon and Nasuverse Panel [18+]
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._x000D_

Speakers
JH

James Hicks

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.
avatar for Luke Rosenberg

Luke Rosenberg

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 May 5, 2018 12:30am - 1:30am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

12:30am

OMG WTF Did I Just Watch? [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 a few fan favorites!  This show is for “mature” audiences only so leave the kids outside.  They wouldn’t understand anyway.

Saturday May 5, 2018 12:30am - 1:30am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

12:45am

Convention Survivor: Press "X" To NOT Die! [18+]
Why does that old guy always use a list to pack? What's the difference between a hallway closet and a recording booth? OH GOD, WHY DOES IT BURN!? There may not be truth to every legend, but there is a story behind every rule, guideline, and sound advice for con prep. Stay awhile and listen. [A Manly Battleships® Production]

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Panda

Mr. Panda

Featured Panelist, Manly Battleships
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group 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 fron... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 12:45am - 1:45am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]
 
Saturday, May 5
 

9:00am

How to make Ruffles and Pleats, learning Fabric Manipulation
This will be a slideshow lecture on manipulating fabric to create ruffles and pleats for cosplayers, with a short demo at the end. All levels of skill are welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Leah  Lloyd

Leah Lloyd

Featured Panelist, Lamia Creations


Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:00am

Cosplay Shenanigans: Wigs 101
Learn the basics or sharpen your knowledge of how to make that anime hair real! We'll talk about everything from base wig quality to support and understructure._x000D_
Ichigo Gami will teach you tips and tricks for taking your cosplay to the next level. Feel free to bring paper and pencils for notes as well as any questions you might have.

Speakers
avatar for Katelynn Lemons

Katelynn Lemons

StrawberryPaperDoll is a brand that strives to bring a touch of whimsy and flourish to every look. Ranging from pieces with lots of beading to detailed designs with touches of historical reference. Her one of a kind designs are made for the discerning eye and well tailored to mak... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

9:00am

Ghost Stories
When nearby construction disturbs a spiritual resting place, it’s disgruntled denizens so what any supernatural being would do after a rude awakening - they terrorize the local school. And that means it’s up to a scruffy band of young ghost hunters to expel their satanic schoolmates before everyone gets sent to permanent detention! Meet Satsuki, her crybaby brother, the resident class stud, the school nerd and “psychical researcher,” a born again beauty, and a resentful, demon-possessed cat in the funniest, scariest school you’ve ever enrolled in.

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

9:00am

Otome Yokai Zakuro
The Modernization of Japan has begun. The Ministry of Spirit Affairs is established to resolve mysterious incidents involving the nation’s spirits. This ministry consists of representatives from both the human and spirit worlds. These half-spirit girls and the male second lieutenants are all assigned to Spirit Affairs in an effort to join forces and carry out any tasks given to them!

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00am - 10:30am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

9:00am

Cosplay Masquerade Rehearsal
All Masquerade entries must attend this MANDATORY rehearsal. Rehearsals will be done by appointment; not showing up to your rehearsal slot is forfeiting your right to perform.

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Main Events [Freedom A]

9:00am

Hall Cosplay Contest Judging
Hall Cosplay Contest judging is a closed event. Only the participants -- designers and models, parent/guardian of participating minors (under the age of 13), and others deemed acceptable by Zenkaikon Cosplay staff, may be present for judging.

There will be judging on Friday early evening and Saturday morning of the convention. There is an optional “Fashion Show” during the Masquerade on Saturday evening if you wish to show off your handiwork. Participating in the “Fashion Show” requires attending the Masquerade and being seated in the audience. Participants are expected to wear their competition piece for 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.

We had a pre-registration for this competition which opened April 14th and closed April 28th, 2018.  We do have limited slots “at con.” All slots are first come, first serve.  We will strive to see as many people as possible. Unfortunately, we will cap the Hall Cosplay Contest, if needed.

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. PRINTED ​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 ​PRINTED ​reference will greatly affect scoring, as not every judge has knowledge of every detail of every character. Quality printouts of screen-captures and official images of characters, and art book 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. 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. Entries may be in the form of Anime/Manga, Video Game, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Original Design, Adaptation, Fan-Art costumes, and any other costumes related to one or more of these genres. Costumes are not limited to source.
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. You must be ready for your scheduled judging appointment.  Lateness and lack of preparation will DISQUALIFY your entry. To be early is to be on time.
12. Zenkaikon Staff are not permitted to enter the competition.
13. Entrants will be judged according to Skill Level. The skill levels for judging are as follows:

Youth
This is the category for those under 13 years old. Participants in this category will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This includes groups that are majority youth. Though it is expected that youth entries will have assistance, it is assumed that the work entered is still mostly created by the youth entrant. If the work is wholly created by a parent/guardian, a relative, or an older sibling, the entry should be entered in the appropriate Skill Level under the actual creator.

Novice
Professional costumers may not enter in the Novice division. A contestant who has competed and won in any division other than Novice may not enter as a Novice. A contestant who has won 3 or more major awards in the Novice division must enter in a higher division. Intermediate (previously Journeyman), Professional costumers may not enter in the Intermediate division.  A contestant who has competed and won in the Craftsman division may not enter as a Journeyman.  A contestant who has won 3 or more major awards in the Journeyman division must enter in the Craftsman division.

Craftsman  
Any contestant may enter the Craftsman division.

Note:
Professional costumer is defined as someone who makes over 50% of their income through costume making or commissions.  
Major awards are defined as “Best in Show”, “Best of Division”, “Best of Day” or placement (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.)  Minor awards are defined as those such as Honorable Mention, Judge’s Awards, and those not covered under Major awards. They do not affect skill level placement.  

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00am - 1:00pm
Cosplay HQ [Montgomery House, Floor 1]

9:00am

Pre-Registration Check-In/At-Door Registration
Check-in and badge pickup for pre-registered members, and at-door registration.

Saturday at-door registration rate: $50.

Please bring a photo ID to check in/register.

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00am - 9:00pm
Vine Street Lobby

9:00am

Yokai Scavenger Hunt
Yokai are all over, sometimes hiding in plain sight, and sometimes not.  Thanks to Charles Dunbar, if you keep your eyes peeled, you might find something creepy and cool lurking about Zenkaikon.  We’re not saying the con has been invaded, but there might be some mysterious and fantastical creatures around the convention center for the astute and sharp-eyed to find.  The Yokai Photo Hunt is open to any and all who wish to participate.  Find 10 yokai and win a prize.  Find all 15 yokai and you will be entered in a drawing to win the grand prize - a free membership to next year’s convention.

Scavenger Hunt Clues: https://zenkaikon.com/events/scavenger-hunt

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00am - Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00am
Info Desk [2nd Floor]

9:00am

Tabletop Gaming Open
Tabletop Gaming Room open play.

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00am - Sunday May 6, 2018 2:00am
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1+2]

9:00am

Video Game Room Open
Zenkaikon is excited to announce that the Derpycon video game team will be coordinating the video game room and tournaments at Zenkaikon 2018! Come find them in Heritage DE of the Lancaster County Convention Center.

DerpyCon will be holding tournaments throughout the weekend. You can sign up to participate at the game check out table in the room on site.

ABOUT DERPYCON: Serving as a multi-genre pop culture convention in northern New Jersey, DerpyCon celebrates the culture of animation, fantasy, sci-fi, and gaming. DerpyCon is presented by Vidgle and Jenthony Enterprises, Inc. DerpyCon 2018 will be held November 9-11, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Morristown in Morristown, NJ. For more information and news about DerpyCon 2018, go to https://www.derpycon.com.

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00am - Sunday May 6, 2018 2:00am
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

9:15am

Anime Openers from Around the World
You've heard the English "translations" of the openers to shows like Dragon Ball or Initial D, but did you ever wonder what they did with them in German? Or Arabic? Anime is shown around the world, and everyone has a different (but not necessarily good) take on the music.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon (Rym) DeCoster

Brandon (Rym) DeCoster

Producer, GeekNights
Producer and Host of GeekNights. Game design and UX professional. Regular lecturer at conventions like the Penny Arcade Expo and MAGFest.


Saturday May 5, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

9:15am

How To Be A Villain 101
This panel will teach new people on how to be a proper villain, as well show current villains new ways to improve themselves.


Saturday May 5, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:00am

Open Mic Karaoke
Open Mic will happen Friday through Sunday during scheduled blocks.
Song Rules
  1. Must be an anime song, jpop song, or Japanese video game song.
  2. Must be six minutes in length or under. Songs that are longer will be cut at six minutes.
  3. Must not contain profanities.
General Rules
  1. You can only sign up to sing one song at a time. Once you have sung your song, you can sign up again.
  2. 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.
  3. You are encouraged to sing and have fun, but no heckling or doing anything that would be deemed dangerous on the stage.
  4. 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 May 5, 2018 10:00am - 3:00pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

10:00am

10:00am

LARP
Ever loved an anime character so much you wanted to be that character? If you come over to the LARP, you have your chance! LARP, or Live Action Role Playing, is played much like most tabletop games. The game will run the course of the convention, featuring an overarching plot and scheduled events, so you can attend as much or as little as you like. We have over 2,000 anime and manga characters to choose from, so pick your favorite and play using a character sheet and rock-paper-scissors. No dice or cosplay required!

Theme: Aliens and Test Subjects

Teaser:

An unknown location. Seven aliens look down upon an area below them.

“Isn’t that the species that rips their opponent’s arms out of their socket during the last experiment?”

“Yesss. They did poorly in that experiment, but let’s see how he does in the Cube. That will truly test their value.”

“They're not /bad/ but I found the ones who worshiped heights to be the most interesting. I can appreciate their tastes.”

(A muttered “of course you would” can be barely heard.)

“Well, /I/ liked the logical ones the best. Slow, but efficient.”

There’s an eye roll that follows. “Needs a better sense of humor, though.”

“I heard there’s a new batch coming in soon, several will be from that planet… what’s it called?”

“Oh yessss, Dirt, was it?"

There’s a confused, surprised sound. “They did /terribly/ the last time they were here! I thought we had given up on them!”

“Our scouts said it’s time to re-evaluate them. They’ve stopped sacrificing each other to ‘invisible beings’.” Complete with a sarcastic tone.

A heavy, somewhat angry scoff follows that statement. “I still think we should have annihilated them when they started feeding people to the lions.”

“We don't annihilated species. We aren't like /them/.” The voice is cross and sharp in rebuke.

“We need the most indicative examples of their species otherwise it's all a waste.”

The aliens look slightly ashamed of whatever ‘a waste’ might mean, but they clearly all understand what it does.

There is some sniffing, then, very excited, “Lunch is here!”

The other aliens quickly perk up from their moment of contemplation. “Oh, lunch!” and begin to shuffle out.

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:00am - 6:00pm
LARP [Floor 4, Conestoga]

10:00am

Board Game Demo: Monster Highway (One Day West Games)
Monster Highway is a board game where 2-4 players are building roadways using tiles to get to your Home Base. Be the first to build your roadway and drive your car from ground zero to your home base to win the game. Beware of the monster and of your opponents. No one is safe on Monster Highway!  
Monster Origin: After a nuclear meltdown at a power plant, the lake next to it was quickly saturated with radioactivity. An alligator in the lake transforms into a road smashing, car crushing monster.
Players: 2 - 4
Ages: 8+
Time: 30 minutes

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:00am - 8:00pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1+2]

10:00am

Cosplay Photo Booth
Want to have your cosplay immortalized in a photograph? Zenkaikon is happy to have DeathCom Multimedia providing the Photo Booth this year!

The Photo Booth is where attendees can get their photos taken in a professional setting with backdrop and lighting. Attendees can also purchase prints of their photos.

DeathCom Multimedia has been attending conventions around the country and photographing cosplayers for over a decade.

Visit DeathCom's website for their gallery of photos and videos: www.deathcom.net
Prices
  • $0 - At least one digital photo of every costumer who stops by will go up on our site within two weeks of the end of the convention
  • $7 - 4x6 OR a 4 Megapixel digital sent via email, ready for social media.
  • $10 - 8.5x 11 $15 - 11 x 17
  • $17 - 13 x 19 $30 - USB Flash Drive with five 4 Megapixel digital photos, ready for social media. Comes with the option to continually add more digital photos throughout the weekend for just $5.


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:00am - 10:00pm
Vine Street Lobby

10:00am

Magic of Cosplay Exhibit
Welcome to a unique experience, here at Zenkaikon!  Once again we welcome The Magic of Cosplay & Exhibit!  We believe in Cos-Positivity and look forward to another wonderful year.

For 2018, we have secured a number of beautiful costumes, props, and wigs for your viewing pleasure.  The exhibit will give you a chance to get up close and personal with the creations, but please, No Touching. Don't worry, we do have some great items that you can touch and a project you can participate in.  We have videos, costume construction books, and a Cos-Positivity question for all to answer. We hope the exhibit will inspire you to get creative!  Our Cosplay staff will be present to answer any and all questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you at the convention.

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:00am - 10:00pm
Cosplay HQ [Montgomery House, Floor 1]

10:00am

Carolina Manga Library
The manga library at Zenkaikon 2018 will be hosted by the Carolina Manga Library! The Library will be set up on the third floor of the Montgomery House all weekend long.

The Carolina Manga Library is a 501(c)(3) organization that was formed for the express purposes of promoting literacy through graphic novels. They operate a traveling library that sets up at conventions and other shows to provide free access to their collection of over 5000 manga, American graphic novels, newspaper comic strips, and artbooks. Carolina Manga Library staff run the library and operate all days of the convention. They pride themselves on having actual certified librarians on staff who are well trained in reader's advisory services. The Carolina Manga Library has been a guest a many conventions since their conception in 2013, including Ohayocon, Matsuricon, and Anime Central.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:00am - 10:00pm
Montgomery House [Floor 3]

10:00am

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 for a flight time outside the Artemis Room! Both team and single slots are available.Already scheduled to fly? Be sure to arrive 10 minutes before your flight time!

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:00am - Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00am
Artemis [Floor 3, Walnut]

10:15am

Mold Making and Materials for Cosplay
In Costume and Prop construction, we often find that we need a specific small bauble or decoration that we can't quite find in stores. We can construct the item ourselves, however, we need about 12 of the baubles to complete the display. During this demonstration, Jay and Barb from the Museum of Science Fiction will discuss the various ways to use several different mold types, and the various materials you can cast in your mold! They will also be demonstrating how to use silicone and resin using their favorite professional brand of materials.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Manager, Outreach and Promotions, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology l... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Escape Velocity
I have been working with conventions for quite a while, mostly in that I have been running Dance off for over 11 years now, and I have also been seen on stage and behind the adjudicators table for various events such as Celebration 5, Balticon, and NYCC. I can most be seen planni... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:30am

Cosplay Dating Game
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.

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

10:30am

1990's Anime: A decade of hits!
After the wild and crazy 1980's, the 1990's calmed down and produced some of the greatest anime that is still relevant today. Come to this panel and we'll show you some of the best...and worst of the 1990's.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:30am

Intro to 3D Printing for Cosplay and Everyday Use
Cosplay as we know it is an ever changing art form. Those experience in the hobby are well aware of the challenges associated with designing and fabricating props and accessories; intricate design, expensive tools, time sensitive deadlines, and subpar workmanship are some of the biggest issues reported. The recent increase in consumer level 3D print technology could potentially eliminate some of the aforementioned challenges. _x000D_
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We will present vital information to start 3D printing on your own or how to utilize a print service. We'll be going over software, hardware, types of materials, printer setup, common issues, and more! We'll also provide time for any questions you may have!


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:30am

Transformers: The Birds & the Bumblebees
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 Mr. Panda

Mr. Panda

Featured Panelist, Manly Battleships
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group 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 fron... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

10:30am

Knights and Magic
Ernesti, a talented programmer and mecha fan in his previous life, is reincarnated into a fantasy world where humanoid weapons exist. Since he still has all his memories and interests from his previous life, he aims to become the pilot of one of these weapons. Together with his friends, he sets out to make it happen. It’s a mecha otaku’s dream come true!

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

10:30am

Mob Psycho 100
Mob is an 8th grader with powerful psychic abilities. Working under his not-so-capable master, Reigen, Mob uses his powers to exorcise evil spirits. But his will to be normal causes him to suppress his powers and feelings until he hits 100 percent—a point where his pent-up emotions are unleased and a darker power takes over.

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

11:00am

Learn to Play Video game Music with Triforce Quartet
Learn to play/sing some of your favorite video game music tunes with Triforce Quartet

Speakers
avatar for Triforce Quartet

Triforce Quartet

String Quartet, Guest
The Triforce Quartet is a traditional string quartet that plays video game music.The Triforce Quartet began innocently as a short Zelda medley for an encore of a recital in early 2007, but the video of using traditional string quartet instruments to play music of classic games ga... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

11:00am

Towerfall Ascension Tournament
Sony PlayStation 4, 16 participants
Sign up to participate in this tournament at the game check out table in the Video Game Room.

Saturday May 5, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

11:00am

Magic: The Gathering Tournament
Once again, Zenkaikon will be hosting an officially sanctioned Magic: The Gathering TCG tournament. Tournament organization provided by Six Feet Under Games, just up the road in New Holland, PA! This will be a sealed launch deck tournament featuring the Dominaria expansion! The tournament 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. The tournament is limited to 30 players.

Saturday May 5, 2018 11:00am - 5:00pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1+2]

11:00am

Pokemon Deck Building
Have your Pokemon deck ready? Pokemon professors will be on-site to go over your deck and help you build new ones! If enough people bring their decks, a tournament might happen (courtesy of Six Feet Under Games)!

Saturday May 5, 2018 11:00am - 5:00pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1+2]

11:30am

Nautical Nonsense: A look into Japanese Naval History and the Anime It Spawned
From Kantai Collection to Arpeggio of Blue Steel to Space Battleship Yamato, the history of the Japanese Navy has inspired many beloved Anime. Join us as we discuss these series and the history that inspired them.

Speakers
JH

James Hicks

A new presenter for Philcon's 2017 Anime track.


Saturday May 5, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

11:30am

The Voice Actors Panel
Some of the best voice actors in the business are here to tell you all about the business. Join the voices of Hange, Raiden, Samurai Jack, Kanna, and Tohru as they traverse an audible landscape, reading scripts and weaving their characters together into a tapestry of hilarity and laughter.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Calvello

Jessica Calvello

Voice Actress, Guest
Jessica began working in the anime dubbing industry with ADV Films (now Sentai Filmworks/Seraphim Digital) back in 1995, with her first show being 3 big lines in the TV series, Evangelion. Her recent work includes Attack on Titan/Attack on Titan Junior High (Hange Zoe); Street F... Read More →
avatar for Quinton Flynn

Quinton Flynn

Voice Actor, Guest
This award-winning voice actor has brought to life Spider-Man (Marvel: Ultimate Alliance), Venom (Spider-Man: Friend or Foe), Jonny Quest (The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest), The Human Torch (Fantastic Four), Deadpool (Cartoon Hook-Ups), Timon (Timon & Pumbaa), Snowbell (Stuart... Read More →
avatar for Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Voice Actor, Guest
A Los Angeles native, Phil is an alumnus of Yale University, The Groundlings Theater, and is perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of Mad TV and as Marvin in Pulp Fiction. In addition to numerous appearances in films like Real Steel, Free Enterprise, and Men Wome... Read More →
avatar for Jad Saxton

Jad Saxton

Voice Actress, Guest
Jād (jade) Saxton is a voice actor and ADR Director with over 150 roles in anime and video games. She is best known for her roles as Kanna in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Carla in Fairy Tail, Yuki in Wolf Children, Young Nico Robin in One Piece, Koneko in High School DxD, Hatch... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Wiedenheft

Sarah Wiedenheft

Voice Actress, Guest
Sarah Wiedenheft is a voice actor who has provided her voice for a multitude of anime. Some of her roles include Zeno from Dragon Ball Super, Tohru from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid; Aika from Shomin Sample; Shihoru from Grimgar of Fantasy and Illusions; Non from Keijo... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

11:45am

AMV Showdown
It’s time, once again, to unleash the creative muscle and artistic might of Anime Music Video authors from lands far and wide and YOU will decide the ultimate victors!  These mighty warriors of the big screen have put forth their latest and greatest works for your consideration in this monumental battle for supremacy!  We even invited fandoms outside of anime to compete again so expect even more fireworks!  Every vote counts - seriously!

Saturday May 5, 2018 11:45am - 1:45pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

12:00pm

Building a Better Apocalypse
Discussing the themes and tropes of riveting apocalyptic & dystopian fiction

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

Author, Guest
Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling suspense novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. His books include the Joe Ledger thrillers, The Nightsiders, Dead of Night, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, as well as standalone novels in multiple genre... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:00pm

Great Graphic Novels you Should be Reading 2018
Come join the Head Librarian of the Carolina Manga Library as she discusses an assortment of titles that demonstrate how graphic novels can change the way people think and how they read.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

12:00pm

The science of Mecha
Mobile suits, hard suits, giant robots, there are a wide range of mecha in anime, but how do they actually work. If you are interested in some of the real world science at work in your favorite mecha anime then come and find out.

Speakers
avatar for Anime Science 101

Anime Science 101

I've been busting the anime science myths and diving into how science is portrayed in anime for 4 years now. Come and ask any questions you have about how science is used in anime.


Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:00pm

WW2 Animated Propaganda: Mickey Joins the Marines
As men and women took up arms during World War 2, so too did cartoon characters. Let's throw the clock back to the 1940's and check out some animated propaganda from around the world made for WW2 and it's cultural significance.


Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

12:00pm

Dragonball Super
With Majin Buu defeated Earth at peace. Our heroes have settled into normal lives, but this comfort may only be momentary. Far away, a powerful God awakens to a prophecy revealing his demise at the hands of a formidable being that leads him on a search for the Saiyan God on Earth. With this new threat, can Goku and his friends take on their strongest foe yet?

Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

12:00pm

Himoto 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.

Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

12:00pm

Nintendo Representative Demos
Representatives from Nintendo will be visiting the game room and doing demos!

Saturday May 5, 2018 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

12:45pm

Kids Can Cosplay Too!
Are you on the younger side and like to cosplay or want to cosplay? Does mom, dad or even your brother/sister cosplay and you want to be a part of it too? Here's your chance to create a mask, create a character and have fun. Geared towards kids 13 and under to take their first step into the cosplaying world!


Saturday May 5, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

1:00pm

Room closed for Set-up
Set up for Autographs with Jad Saxton and Sarah Wiedenheft

Saturday May 5, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

1:00pm

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Tournament
Sony PlayStation 3, 8 participants
Sign up to participate in this tournament at the game check out table in the Video Game Room.

Saturday May 5, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

1:15pm

The Road to Becoming a Magical Girl
It's more than frills and lace that makes the Magical Girl. From mythical origins to transformations to cultural cues, this panel explores the idea of the Maho Shojo, where she evolved from, and the significance of her journey.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Author, Guest
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, ne... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

1:15pm

We Like-a Laika: A Stop Motion Retrospective
Laika is a stop motion animation film company you might possibly know from films like Coraline or Kubo of the Two Strings, but they have a fascinating history in the medium stretching further back and an equally interesting place in modern day animation. Let's take a deeper look into this and why we like-a Laika.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

1:15pm

Comic Books Adapted
With Comics being adapted for TV and film ever wonder if comics were changed based on other mediums? Join Children Driving Robots as we journey through comic book history and take a look at how comic books have been affected by their adaptations.

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 YouTu... Read More →
avatar for Jocelyn Pesansky

Jocelyn Pesansky

Children Driving Robots


Saturday May 5, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

1:30pm

Autographs with Quinton Flynn and Phil LaMarr
Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
Quinton Flynn: One autograph/person free (program book or other item). Additional autographs (prints or headshots) are $25 each. Recordings or phone calls are $35 each. Photos are $10 or free with other purchase.
Phil LaMarr: One autograph/person free (program book or convention badge). Additional autographs are $25 each. Audiovisual recordings or phone calls are $40 each. Photos are $15.
More details on autograph policies are available here: https://zenkaikon.com/info/policies#autographs

Speakers
avatar for Quinton Flynn

Quinton Flynn

Voice Actor, Guest
This award-winning voice actor has brought to life Spider-Man (Marvel: Ultimate Alliance), Venom (Spider-Man: Friend or Foe), Jonny Quest (The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest), The Human Torch (Fantastic Four), Deadpool (Cartoon Hook-Ups), Timon (Timon & Pumbaa), Snowbell (Stuart... Read More →
avatar for Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Voice Actor, Guest
A Los Angeles native, Phil is an alumnus of Yale University, The Groundlings Theater, and is perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of Mad TV and as Marvin in Pulp Fiction. In addition to numerous appearances in films like Real Steel, Free Enterprise, and Men Wome... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall [Freedom B]

1:45pm

Room closed for Set-up
Set-up for Greggo's Game Shows: Play Your Cards Right

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

Greg Wicker

Game Show Host, Guest
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... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

2:00pm

Autographs with Jad Saxton and Sarah Wiedenheft
Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
Jad Saxton: One autograph/person free (program book or other item). Additional autographs (prints or headshots) are $20 each. Photos and audiovisual recordings are $20 each. Autograph/photo combo is $30 and three autograph combo is $50.
Sarah Wiedenheft: Regular autographs, photos and audio/visual recordings are free. Autograph cards are on sale for $10. Phone calls are $10.
More details on autograph policies are available here: https://zenkaikon.com/info/policies#autographs

Speakers
avatar for Jad Saxton

Jad Saxton

Voice Actress, Guest
Jād (jade) Saxton is a voice actor and ADR Director with over 150 roles in anime and video games. She is best known for her roles as Kanna in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Carla in Fairy Tail, Yuki in Wolf Children, Young Nico Robin in One Piece, Koneko in High School DxD, Hatch... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Wiedenheft

Sarah Wiedenheft

Voice Actress, Guest
Sarah Wiedenheft is a voice actor who has provided her voice for a multitude of anime. Some of her roles include Zeno from Dragon Ball Super, Tohru from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid; Aika from Shomin Sample; Shihoru from Grimgar of Fantasy and Illusions; Non from Keijo... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

2:00pm

Writing Killer Fight Scenes (w/Jonathan Maberry)
How to craft realistic and exciting action scenes for any genre.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

Author, Guest
Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling suspense novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. His books include the Joe Ledger thrillers, The Nightsiders, Dead of Night, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, as well as standalone novels in multiple genre... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

2:00pm

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card
The power of the Clow is back with a new adventure for the Cardcaptor! After sealing the last of the Clow Cards, Sakura Kinomoto is ready to face her newest challenge—junior high. But just when she settles into a normal routine, a strange dream changes everything. The cards are blank, rendered powerless, and a cloaked figure grants her a new key of magic. What lies behind this mysterious power?

Saturday May 5, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal 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 May 5, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

2:15pm

Greggo's Game Shows: Play Your Cards Right
It's a new Greggo's game show, based on predictions! We've asked 100 fans a series of survey questions prior to the show, and it's up for you and your partner to correctly predict what those 100 people said! If you're right, and then you Play Your Cards Right, you'll have the chance to win lots of lovely loot! We're looking for four couples to play this game; make sure you're there at the beginning of the show and you might be chosen!

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

Greg Wicker

Game Show Host, Guest
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... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

2:30pm

Disney Smisney: Exploring other Western Animation Studios
Like most 90s kids, we grew up watching Disney movies and loved them. But, as we got older, we explored other western animation studios(like Laika and Dreamworks) and found that they are pushing the envelope on animated films in ways Disney never has. So, join us as we highlight these studios, make digs on Disney, and discuss the future of cinematic animation.

Speakers
LB

Lyndsey Bellamy

Panel Geeks
Panel Geeks consists of two Philadelphia-area sisters/the co-founders of Nijicon(The convention that bridges the gap between yaoi fans and the LGBTQ+ community). | | This dynamic duo LOVES all things geeky and have decided to take their talents hosting panels on the road. Panel... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

3:00pm

Cosplay Saved My Life
Corgi Cosplay will be sharing her story about mental health and how finding cosplay has helped her. Even if you don't want to share your own story, please join us and see that you aren't alone in your fight.

Speakers
avatar for Corgi Cosplay

Corgi Cosplay

Cosplay, Guest
Corgi Cosplay is made up of Kiba the Cosplay Corgi and his wise cracking, awkward potato Mom, Nicole! Kiba has been cosplaying since 2013 and Nicole joined in on the fun in 2015. They love promoting acceptance and fun in the cosplay community, while simultaneously furthering the... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

3:00pm

Get Random with Jessica Calvello!
Jessica has voiced some of the most bizarre and weirdo anime characters including Excel Excel in Excel Saga, Hange from Attack on Titan and who can forget the pink, Pomeranian Flower Fairy (obsessed with boobs and beer) Tiramy, from Amagi Brilliant Park?! Join her for a truly random Q&A panel of ridiculous nonsense where the bizarre, the weird, and the random flow. #GRWJ #ExpectWeirdThings

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Calvello

Jessica Calvello

Voice Actress, Guest
Jessica began working in the anime dubbing industry with ADV Films (now Sentai Filmworks/Seraphim Digital) back in 1995, with her first show being 3 big lines in the TV series, Evangelion. Her recent work includes Attack on Titan/Attack on Titan Junior High (Hange Zoe); Street F... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

3:00pm

Marvel Now 2016-2017: Overview
Hydra Cap, Secret Empire, Civil War 2?, Weapon of Mass Mutant destruction and a Resurrxion, Join us as we review some of the story-lines and events within the Marvel comic universe.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson

Panelist, Live Programming
I've been the Head of Live Programming since 2006 for Zenkaikon and a member of the Board of Directors since 2016. I Occasionally run Panels as well and wrote the webcomic www.dubthis.net (back in the heady 2000-2005 days)


Saturday May 5, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

3:00pm

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tournament
Nintendo Switch, 16 participants.
Sign up to participate in this tournament at the game check out table in the Video Game Room.

Saturday May 5, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

3:00pm

3:00pm

18+ Wristband Distribution
18+ Wristband Distribution in Registration area. You must have a government-issued photo ID to receive a wristband.

Saturday May 5, 2018 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Vine Street Lobby

3:30pm

Room closed for Set-up
Set up for Autographs with Jessica Calvello

Saturday May 5, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

3:45pm

Before An Unexpected Journey: The Anime Legacy of Rankin/Bass
The trilogies of Peter Jackson are the standard of knowledge for most fans in the Tolkien universe. But long before An Unexpected Journey, anime played the field when Studio TOPCRAFT made the first offering of Middle Earth on screen. Long passed-over by the regular otaku crowd, our investigative panelists would like to share a story with you of American company Rankin/Bass, TOPCRAFT, Tad Mochinaga, and the magical world called: “Animagic.” [A Manly Battleships® Production]

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Panda

Mr. Panda

Featured Panelist, Manly Battleships
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group 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 fron... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

4:00pm

Ask A Professional: Ask A Personal Trainer
Trying to get into health and fitness but don't know where to get started? Want to start working out but don't know how? Have questions about how to eat well at a convention? Ask a professional personal trainer about how to eat, move and train like a shonen protagonist.



Saturday May 5, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

4:00pm

Room closed for Set-up
Setup/Sound Check/Rehearsal for Capital City Jedi

Speakers
avatar for Capital City Jedi

Capital City Jedi

Performing Arts Group, Guest
Capital City Jedi Knights is a not-for-profit, choreographed stage combat group, which specializes in costumed Star Wars styled lightsaber demonstrations and performances. Based out of Central Pennsylvania, they have been around since 2010, performing to help raise awareness and... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

4:00pm

Blue Exorcist
Assiah, the realm of humans, and Gehenna, the realm of demons. Normally, these two dimensions would never intersect, but the demons are now intruding on the material world.

Saturday May 5, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

4:00pm

My Hero Academia
In a world where eighty percent of the population has some kind of super-powered “quirk,” Izuku was unlucky enough to be born completely normal. But that won't stop him from enrolling in a prestigious hero academy. Now, the promising freshman class is making its debut at the world-renowned U.A. Sports Festival! It’s Quirk versus Quirk as our young heroes face off in the ultimate showdown.

Saturday May 5, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

4:15pm

A History of Thedas
Are you a Chantry historian? Have you read all of Brother Genitivi's works? Whether you're an Andrastian scholar or you're just getting to know the world of Thedas, we'd love to have you come and learn about the history of the Dragon Age setting! Take a look at all three games and their extensive lore, and talk about what might be in store for this immersive game world!

Speakers
avatar for Laura Klotz

Laura Klotz

Panelist
Laura, better known in fannish circles as Lady Norbert, runs the Knights of Fandom and conducts a panel every year about the pervasive issue of bullying, particularly in fandom and on the internet. She is constantly shadowed by her best friend and self-appointed bodyguard, Andrea... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

4:15pm

Whadda You Know Mullet: A Voltron Panel
Take five space explorers, add a dash of royalty and a pinch of humor, stir well and form Voltron. This panel will take a look at the history of the franchise. From its beginnings in 1984 to the reboot that's taking the fandom by storm. Plus, all the versions in between. So activate those interlocks, connect your dynotherms, make sure your infracels are up, and point your mega-thrusters to go._x000D_


Saturday May 5, 2018 4:15pm - 6:15pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

4:30pm

Autographs with Jessica Calvello
Guest will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
Jessica Calvello: One autograph/person free (program book or other item). Additional autographs (prints or headshots) are $20 each. Photos and audiovisual recordings are $20 each. Autograph/photo combo is $30 and three autograph combo is $50.
More details on autograph policies are available here: https://zenkaikon.com/info/policies#autographs

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Calvello

Jessica Calvello

Voice Actress, Guest
Jessica began working in the anime dubbing industry with ADV Films (now Sentai Filmworks/Seraphim Digital) back in 1995, with her first show being 3 big lines in the TV series, Evangelion. Her recent work includes Attack on Titan/Attack on Titan Junior High (Hange Zoe); Street F... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

4:30pm

+2 Comedy Present Game the Gamer
Four Contestants. Three video games. One prize. Sounds straightforward, right? But when cheating is encouraged and sabotage is in the rules, the tables can turn at any minute. Be a part of the fun before the Official YouTube launch.

Speakers
NH

Noah Houlihan

+2 Comedy is the top geek stand-up comedy group on the East Coast. They have appeared at over 60 conventions since 2010. Their 18+ panels have thrilled, educated, and intrigued audiences from Otakon to GKE Classic. 
LP

Laura Prince

+2 Comedy


Saturday May 5, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

5:00pm

Keeping Friendship Magic: The Odd Pony Out
My Little Pony has shown us that Friendship is Magic, but have you ever wondered about the science behind friendship? Combining real world social science with the ponies we all love, this panel will explore how and why we choose the friends that we do and how we can make our friendships even stronger.

Speakers
avatar for Forward Progress

Forward Progress

Keeping Friendship Magic
A student of all things fandom, Forward Progress is excited to return for his fourth Zenkaikon. His programming seeks to both educate and entertain by fusing social science with the shows, games, and media that we all love.


Saturday May 5, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

5:00pm

Yokai? Girls? Gone Wild
Japan reputedly has 1000 kami. And 100,000 monsters. And not all of them behave. This index panel runs down some of the craziest behavior that yokai, yurei, and even kami and Buddhas sometimes get away with in the annals of Japanese storytelling.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Author, Guest
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, ne... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

5:00pm

Mortal Kombat XL Tournament
Sony PlayStation 4, 8 participants.
Sign up to participate in this tournament at the game check out table in the Video Game Room.

Saturday May 5, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

5:00pm

Karaoke Contest
Participants will be picked for the contest ahead of time. The event will happen on Saturday night.At-Con Qualification Rules
  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. At the time of signing up, please submit:
    • Your first and last name
    • Your email address
    • Your phone number (that you can be reached at during Zenkaikon 2018)
  4. Your performance will be evaluated, and you will be notified after your performance if you were accepted into the contest or not. Please come back after your performance to ask if you were accepted.
Song RulesIn addition to the Karaoke Open Mic song rules, the following song rules apply to the contest:
  1. Must be the karaoke version of the song you’d like to sing.
  2. The original version of the song must be in mostly Japanese.
  3. Bad quality vocal rips/Youtube rips are not allowed.
  4. Full versions of songs only -- No TV-size/shortened versions of songs.
  5. If you entered the contest last year, you may not sing the same song you sang last year.
Contest Rules
  1. No acapella allowed -- All performances must have accompanying karaoke tracks.
  2. No printed lyrics allowed during the performance -- Contestants need to memorize their songs ahead of time.
  3. Contestants must check in 30 minutes prior to contest start. Any contestant not there on time will be considered forfeit, and an alternate will be picked as a replacement.
  4. No duets/groups. Contestants must apply/perform on their own.
  5. No accompanying instruments allowed.
  6. No Zenkaikon 2018 staff member may compete.
Judging CriteriaJudges will be rating each contestant on the following aspects:
  • Pitch (30%) -- Are you hitting the right notes?
  • Timing (30%) -- Are you singing the notes at the right time?
  • Lyrics (30%) -- Are you singing the correct lyrics?
  • Audience participation (10%) -- Is the audience digging your performance?
Awards will be given for first, second and third place.

Saturday May 5, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

5:30pm

5:30pm

Yuri on Ice: Breaking the Yaoi Mold
Yuri On Ice was a smash success, breaking records for its genre. Its stellar performance comes from a delicate mixture of progressive choices combined with "safe" compromises. Learn the surprising history of what inspired it and the cultural context you may not know within this new classic!

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

5:45pm

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 Rakogis

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.


Saturday May 5, 2018 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

5:45pm

Fashion Shenanigans: Lolita 101
Learn the basics or sharpen your knowledge about lolita and it's J-fashion Subculture._x000D_
Kat L. will take you through the fashions history and the silhouette as well as the varied amount of subcultures within._x000D_
Feel free to bring questions, pen and paper, and positive attitudes!

Speakers
avatar for Katelynn Lemons

Katelynn Lemons

StrawberryPaperDoll is a brand that strives to bring a touch of whimsy and flourish to every look. Ranging from pieces with lots of beading to detailed designs with touches of historical reference. Her one of a kind designs are made for the discerning eye and well tailored to mak... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 5:45pm - 7:15pm
Tellus 360 [2nd Floor, Tig Caleb]

6:00pm

Ultra Pokémon Sun and Moon Battle Frontier
It's time again to take on Zenkaikon's Battle Frontier, this time using the new Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games for the 3DS and 2DS. Throughout the weekend, there will be Frontier Brains with special Frontier Brain pins at the convention. As long as they are available, you can challenge them to a Pokémon Battle to win their Frontier Symbol. Each Frontier Brain has special rules that you will have to follow for the challenge. It may be hard to find the Brains at times, however there will be special meet-ups on Friday and Saturday in the Tabletop room, where the Brains will freely be taking challenges on a first-come, first-served basis. On Sunday there will be a Tournament, also in the Tabletop room, where the Frontier Symbols you won on the previous days will give you special bonuses during each of your battles.

These are the base rules for the event, some of these may be changed by the Frontier Brain according to their specific rules and each are on a case by case basis. Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Modified OU Singles- Standard 6v6 match If your 3DS or 2DS battery dies mid-battle it is considered as a forfeit.(we will have chargers available for you to use)

Clauses

Species Clause
Simple Definition: You cannot have two or more of the Pokémon with the same National Dex No. on your team.

Item Clause
Simple Definition: You cannot have two or more of the same item held by Pokémon on your team.

Sleep Clause
Simple Definition: You cannot put 2 Pokemon to Sleep.

Evasion Clause
Simple Definition: You cannot purposefully have a Pokémon on your team that can some way increase its evasion stat, this includes abilities and items.

OHKO Clause
Simple Definition: You cannot have a Pokémon on your team that has any of the following moves in its moveset: Fissure, Sheer Cold, Guillotine, Horn Drill.

Endless Battle Clause
Any moveset on any Pokémon that is capable of intentionally causing an endless battle is banned from competitive play. Thus:
A Pokémon may not carry Recycle and hold a Leppa Berry in conjunction with Heal Pulse and Milk Drink, Moonlight, Morning Sun, Recover, Roost, Slack Off, Soft-Boiled, or Wish.
A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Pain Split on its moveset.
 A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Fling on its moveset.

Ban lists
Anything not yet officially released in America

Pokémon 
  • Aegislash 
  • Arceus 
  • Blaziken 
  • Darkrai 
  • Deoxys 
  • Deoxys-A 
  • Deoxys-D 
  • Deoxys-S 
  • Dialga 
  • Genesect 
  • Giratina 
  • Giratina-O 
  • Groudon 
  • Ho-oh 
  • Kyogre 
  • Kyurem-W 
  • Landorus 
  • Lugia 
  • Lunala 
  • Marshadow 
  • Mewtwo 
  • Necrozma (Dusk, Dawn, Ultra forms)  
  • Palkia 
  • Pheramosa 
  • Rayquaza 
  • Reshiram 
  • Shaymin-S 
  • Solgaleo 
  • Xerneas 
  • Yveltal 
  • Zekrom 
  • Zygarde-Complete  
Abilities 
  • Moody 
  • Power Construct 
  • Shadow Tag  
Items 
  • Gengarite 
  • Kangaskhanite 
  • Lucarionite 
  • Metagrossite  
  • Salamencite  
Moves 
  • Baton Pass 
  • Double Team 
  • Fissure 
  • Guillotine 
  • Horn Drill 
  • Minimize 
  • Sheer Cold 
  • Swagger 
The battles will be using the game’s built in infrared mechanic, so each person will be required to have their own Pokémon Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon game and their own 3DS or 2DS system.

Saturday May 5, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1+2]

6:00pm

Cosplay Masquerade
The Masquerade is Saturday’s big Costuming event! Come cheer on your peers or become part of the show! Participants will showcase their craftsmanship skills in a performance for all to view. Don’t miss this premiere event.

In addition to the performance, participants are also judged on craftsmanship prior to the live event. Craftsmanship judging is optional, but it will affect the overall score.

Speakers
avatar for Capital City Jedi

Capital City Jedi

Performing Arts Group, Guest
Capital City Jedi Knights is a not-for-profit, choreographed stage combat group, which specializes in costumed Star Wars styled lightsaber demonstrations and performances. Based out of Central Pennsylvania, they have been around since 2010, performing to help raise awareness and... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

6:00pm

The Ancient Magus' Bride
Suffering a tragic childhood and sold at an auction, Chise Hatori has little hope for a better life. But when a mysterious sorcerer named Elias takes interest in her aptitude for magic, he decides to make her his apprentice—and his bride.

Saturday May 5, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

6:00pm

The Boy and the Beast
When a young orphan named Kyuta, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he’s taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who’s been searching for the perfect apprentice.

Saturday May 5, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

6:15pm

Cosplay Dance Off
Cosplay Dance Off, Where Street Dance meets Cosplay! Watch as our Cosplay Dance Off teams battle it out as your favorite characters against each other for that Convention's Grand Champion title! Dance Off has been running strong for over 13 years now at east-coast conventions such as: Escape Velocity, Anime USA, Katsucon, MAGFest, and Anime Mid Atlantic and more! Over the course of three rounds, our dancers will go head to head and Dance battle it out! Join us for the show! Any thing can happen!

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Mabie-McClain

Barbara Mabie-McClain

Manager, Pop Culture Programming/ Manager, Outreach and Promotions, The Museum of Science Fiction
Barbara, Is a Master Class costumer that has been sewing small things, crafting, and beading for over 20 years. In 2013 Barb discovered the convention scene while attending her first convention, PaxEast, and fell in love with costuming and cosplay since. She has her Cosmetology l... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Escape Velocity
I have been working with conventions for quite a while, mostly in that I have been running Dance off for over 11 years now, and I have also been seen on stage and behind the adjudicators table for various events such as Celebration 5, Balticon, and NYCC. I can most be seen planni... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 6:15pm - 7:45pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

6:45pm

David Bowie: The Space Invader from Japan
Before he was Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie was just another rock star looking for something unique and he found it... in Japan! This panel will delve into the inspiration Japanese culture had upon David Bowie and then cover the impact he would have on so much in anime, sci-fi, and almost all of fandom. From Rick & Morty to Steven Universe to Final Fantasy there seems to be a hint of Bowie's ever-changing music, fashion, or influence. [A Manly Battleships® Production]

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Panda

Mr. Panda

Featured Panelist, Manly Battleships
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group 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 fron... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

6:45pm

Underrated Anime you should see
There are must-see anime that are classics for all time. But there are also excellent shows that are overlooked in the top 10 lists and review sites of the world. Join GeekNights for an exploration of the top anime that are forgotten, lost, or just never talked about!

Speakers
avatar for Brandon (Rym) DeCoster

Brandon (Rym) DeCoster

Producer, GeekNights
Producer and Host of GeekNights. Game design and UX professional. Regular lecturer at conventions like the Penny Arcade Expo and MAGFest.


Saturday May 5, 2018 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

6:45pm

Spooky Ways to Die in D&D: A group tabletop experience
You wake up in a dark room. It is cold and there is just enough light that you can see your breath as you shiver and cling to the rags that cover your body. You hear the sound of heavy breathing coming from behind you behind you, a chill creeping up your spine. What do you do? You die. A lot.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Mount

Dana Mount

Featured 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 May 5, 2018 6:45pm - 8:15pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

7:00pm

Dragonball Fighter Z Tournament
Sony PlayStation 4, 8 participants.
Sign up to participate in this tournament at the game check out table in the Video Game Room.

Saturday May 5, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

7:00pm

Make your own horned headband
This will be a hands-on make-your-own-horned headband, in line with the theme of demons and monsters. Using supplied materials (and a small materials fee), attendees will make their own horns and take away wearable pieces.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda C

Amanda C

Unicorns and mermaids, pirates and tiki, glitter and shiny things, hair and makeup, costuming, omg shoes, and of course: anime!
avatar for Leah  Lloyd

Leah Lloyd

Featured Panelist, Lamia Creations


Saturday May 5, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

7:30pm

Dr. Mario's Horrible Sing-a-long Panel
We play songs._x000D_
You sing along._x000D_
It's the cat's meow!

Saturday May 5, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

7:30pm

Teaching with Anime
Anime has grown in popularity over the years and it is something that my students both in the USA and outside of the USA have enjoyed. The best way to reach students is by relating the material to them, so how can teachers use anime to connect classroom lessons to their students

Speakers
avatar for Anime Science 101

Anime Science 101

I've been busting the anime science myths and diving into how science is portrayed in anime for 4 years now. Come and ask any questions you have about how science is used in anime.


Saturday May 5, 2018 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Tellus 360 [2nd Floor, Tig Caleb]

8:00pm

Room closed for Set-up
Set-up for Greggo's Game Shows: Chain Reaction

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

Greg Wicker

Game Show Host, Guest
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... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

8:00pm

A History of Jim Henson: Master of Puppets
Sure, you know The Muppets and Sesame Street, but what else do you know about the man behind them Jim Henson? Join us for a dive into Henson's history for some of his lesser known projects and the amazing advancements he brought to the world of puppetry.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

8:00pm

Americanized Anime
Before anyone knew what "anime" was, they were just cartoons that weren't American enough. Join Children Driving Robots as we take a look at the different ways that anime was adapted over the years to Americanize them and why. 'murica!

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 YouTu... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

8:00pm

You're Wrong & You Should Feel Bad! [18+]
Sure, we love to rag on shows like Bleach and Naruto. It's all good fun. We can be secure in good shows like Cowboy Bebop and others, right? Right? WRONG! If you're ready to see your favorite things get deconstructed in the most vicious ways possible, or if you just want to see some hipster otaku get really angry over the trashing of their favorite show, this is the panel for you! You like that highly rated show? Well, YOU'RE WRONG! & YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD! [A Manly Battleships® Production]

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Panda

Mr. Panda

Featured Panelist, Manly Battleships
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group 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 fron... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

8:00pm

Is This a Zombie
Ayumu was murdered by a serial killer and resurrected as a zombie. Then he got mixed up with a magical girl and a vampire ninja!

Saturday May 5, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

8:00pm

Magical Girl Raising Project
Magical Girl Raising Project is a popular social game that has an ability to grant players a 1 in 10,000 chance to become a real life Magical Girl with unique magical abilities to help people. However, at some point, Fav, the magical administrator fairy, decides to cut the population of Magical Girls in half. The game quickly changes into a twisted, wicked battlefield as the 16 magical girls get dragged into a battle for survival against each other.

Saturday May 5, 2018 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

8:00pm

LARP
Ever loved an anime character so much you wanted to be that character? If you come over to the LARP, you have your chance! LARP, or Live Action Role Playing, is played much like most tabletop games. The game will run the course of the convention, featuring an overarching plot and scheduled events, so you can attend as much or as little as you like. We have over 2,000 anime and manga characters to choose from, so pick your favorite and play using a character sheet and rock-paper-scissors. No dice or cosplay required!

Theme: Aliens and Test Subjects

Teaser:

An unknown location. Seven aliens look down upon an area below them.

“Isn’t that the species that rips their opponent’s arms out of their socket during the last experiment?”

“Yesss. They did poorly in that experiment, but let’s see how he does in the Cube. That will truly test their value.”

“They're not /bad/ but I found the ones who worshiped heights to be the most interesting. I can appreciate their tastes.”

(A muttered “of course you would” can be barely heard.)

“Well, /I/ liked the logical ones the best. Slow, but efficient.”

There’s an eye roll that follows. “Needs a better sense of humor, though.”

“I heard there’s a new batch coming in soon, several will be from that planet… what’s it called?”

“Oh yessss, Dirt, was it?"

There’s a confused, surprised sound. “They did /terribly/ the last time they were here! I thought we had given up on them!”

“Our scouts said it’s time to re-evaluate them. They’ve stopped sacrificing each other to ‘invisible beings’.” Complete with a sarcastic tone.

A heavy, somewhat angry scoff follows that statement. “I still think we should have annihilated them when they started feeding people to the lions.”

“We don't annihilated species. We aren't like /them/.” The voice is cross and sharp in rebuke.

“We need the most indicative examples of their species otherwise it's all a waste.”

The aliens look slightly ashamed of whatever ‘a waste’ might mean, but they clearly all understand what it does.

There is some sniffing, then, very excited, “Lunch is here!”

The other aliens quickly perk up from their moment of contemplation. “Oh, lunch!” and begin to shuffle out.

Saturday May 5, 2018 8:00pm - Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00am
LARP [Floor 4, Conestoga]

8:30pm

Greggo's Game Shows: Chain Reaction
It's the fun and challenging game show where one word leads to another! You and two of our guests try to solve a chain of words! If your team pulls through, you get to play for some nice bonus prizes in the "Instant Reaction" round!

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Author, Guest
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, ne... Read More →
avatar for Quinton Flynn

Quinton Flynn

Voice Actor, Guest
This award-winning voice actor has brought to life Spider-Man (Marvel: Ultimate Alliance), Venom (Spider-Man: Friend or Foe), Jonny Quest (The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest), The Human Torch (Fantastic Four), Deadpool (Cartoon Hook-Ups), Timon (Timon & Pumbaa), Snowbell (Stuart... Read More →
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Jad Saxton

Voice Actress, Guest
Jād (jade) Saxton is a voice actor and ADR Director with over 150 roles in anime and video games. She is best known for her roles as Kanna in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Carla in Fairy Tail, Yuki in Wolf Children, Young Nico Robin in One Piece, Koneko in High School DxD, Hatch... Read More →
avatar for Greg Wicker

Greg Wicker

Game Show Host, Guest
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... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Wiedenheft

Sarah Wiedenheft

Voice Actress, Guest
Sarah Wiedenheft is a voice actor who has provided her voice for a multitude of anime. Some of her roles include Zeno from Dragon Ball Super, Tohru from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid; Aika from Shomin Sample; Shihoru from Grimgar of Fantasy and Illusions; Non from Keijo... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

8:30pm

Steven Universe: Gay Space Rocks
Steven Universe is a cartoon that means a lot of things to a lot of people, and it holds an extra special place in the hearts of its LGBTQ+ fans. Even on the surface, it's easy to see why - but the connection runs much deeper. We're going to examine in detail how Steven Universe relates to the queer experience on every level: from characters, to relationships, to themes. Join our discussion and get an even broader perspective on why the LGBTQ+ community believes in Steven!

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

8:45pm

Yu-Gi-Oh Duel Off
Bring your dueling deck and competitive spirit! This event will feature over the top duels in the style of the TV show. Duelists will face on in 1v1 matches to determine who is the best in a single elimination tournament!


Saturday May 5, 2018 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

9:00pm

Super Smash Bros. 4 Tournament
Wii U, 16 participants.
Sign up to participate in this tournament at the game check out table in the Video Game Room.

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

9:15pm

Cosplay Dating Game [18+]
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.

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:15pm - 10:15pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

9:15pm

TMNT: An Underground Expose [18+]
Think you know everything there is to know about those lovable crime fighting turtles? Think again! Join Kyle (a plastic turtle) and Children Driving Robots as they expose the real secret of the ooze as told by someone who was there.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:15pm - 10:15pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

9:30pm

History of Bara [18+]
This academic panel will discuss the history of bara manga and its influences. We will trace the genre's evolution from the gay bars of postwar Japan up through the current manga-saturated society. Topics will include the influence of real world events as well as manga trends that have shaped bara into the form we see today.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:30pm

Star Trek: The Perfect Crew
Kirk or Picard? Kira or Chakotay? Scotty or Geordi? The Doctor or Phlox? Starfleet has assembled some of the most elite crews in the galaxy, but who will make the cut when there can only be one? Come join Children Driving Robots as we assemble the perfect Star Trek crew. 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 YouTu... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:00pm

Room closed for Set-up
Sound check for Hyper Potions and Hi5 for informal dance

Speakers
avatar for Hi5

Hi5

DJ
Baltimore native Hi5 specializes in combining the best of the club world, with your favorite game and anime tunes - creating a hybrid to please all con-goers. Hi5 has also played various parties, club events, weddings, festivals, and hosted a live radio mix show on DemonFM in the... Read More →
avatar for Hyper Potions

Hyper Potions

DJ
As an EDM duo raised by anime and video games, Hyper Potions dedicates themselves to making and performing happy and upbeat music. With songs released on Monstercat and their music featured in the Sonic Mania trailer, League of Legends Warsongs album, Razer commercials, and more... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

10:00pm

Super Awesome Happy Fun AMV Time!
The world of AMVs is vast and the quality only gets better as the years pass.  Some have won awards and some are just epic in scope and quality.  Here is just a sampling of the best of the best!

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

10:00pm

Battlecry: Hip-Hop Culture in Japan [18+]
Many of us grew up on Wu-Tang, but what do they listen to in the Nihon? Hip-hop music is universal no matter where you go, and anime like Samurai Champloo and Durarara!! have shown us that Japan can appreciate it as well. Learn about Japanese rap culture, its beginnings, its subcultures and its influence on anime.

Speakers
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.


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

10:00pm

Attack on Titan
When the man-eating giants called Titans first appeared, humans retreated behind massive walls. After a hundred years of safety, a colossal sized Titan smashes through the defenses, unleashing a flood of giants and carnage in the streets. Eren and his surviving friends enlist to fight against the insatiable monsters. The future looks bleak, but there’s more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity’s last hope against extinction.

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:00pm - Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

10:15pm

Triforce Quartet Q+A
Talk with our 2018 musical guests, Triforce quartet, about music, gaming and beyond!

Speakers
avatar for Triforce Quartet

Triforce Quartet

String Quartet, Guest
The Triforce Quartet is a traditional string quartet that plays video game music.The Triforce Quartet began innocently as a short Zelda medley for an encore of a recital in early 2007, but the video of using traditional string quartet instruments to play music of classic games ga... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:15pm - 11:15pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

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. You want to go to the most adult and nsfw panel in the entire convention? Yes, the party game that will make you a worse person for playing, and an even worse one for laughing, will be played for YOU by our Guests of Honor. Come One Come All, but only if you are 18 +, and laugh your inappropriate tush off. No cameras or recording devices allowed!

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Calvello

Jessica Calvello

Voice Actress, Guest
Jessica began working in the anime dubbing industry with ADV Films (now Sentai Filmworks/Seraphim Digital) back in 1995, with her first show being 3 big lines in the TV series, Evangelion. Her recent work includes Attack on Titan/Attack on Titan Junior High (Hange Zoe); Street F... Read More →
avatar for Quinton Flynn

Quinton Flynn

Voice Actor, Guest
This award-winning voice actor has brought to life Spider-Man (Marvel: Ultimate Alliance), Venom (Spider-Man: Friend or Foe), Jonny Quest (The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest), The Human Torch (Fantastic Four), Deadpool (Cartoon Hook-Ups), Timon (Timon & Pumbaa), Snowbell (Stuart... Read More →
avatar for Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Voice Actor, Guest
A Los Angeles native, Phil is an alumnus of Yale University, The Groundlings Theater, and is perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of Mad TV and as Marvin in Pulp Fiction. In addition to numerous appearances in films like Real Steel, Free Enterprise, and Men Wome... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

Author, Guest
Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling suspense novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. His books include the Joe Ledger thrillers, The Nightsiders, Dead of Night, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, as well as standalone novels in multiple genre... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Wiedenheft

Sarah Wiedenheft

Voice Actress, Guest
Sarah Wiedenheft is a voice actor who has provided her voice for a multitude of anime. Some of her roles include Zeno from Dragon Ball Super, Tohru from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid; Aika from Shomin Sample; Shihoru from Grimgar of Fantasy and Illusions; Non from Keijo... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

10:30pm

Yokai Nation: A History of Japanese Monsters
Ghosts, goblins, and monsters have a long history in Japan. So very, very long, and full of twists, turns, and residual weirdness. This panel looks at that history, or at what we can know best from it.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Author, Guest
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, ne... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

10:45pm

Fake it till you Break it: distressing, faux textures and antiquing, for props and costumes
Add some realism and story to the look of your cosplay! A fun, lighthearted practical look at techniques for distressing and antiquing of cosplay props and costuming. Examples from the presenter's professional and personal work will be used to illustrate the processes for a variety of materials.

Speakers
avatar for Erick Hershey

Erick Hershey

Special Projects Craftsperson, Sight & Sound Theatre
Designer and Maker, specializing in steampunk and costume props. Creator of mechanical props and effects for Sight & Sound Theatre and set carver for the current production, "Jesus". Freelance scenic artist for end clients such as Cirque st Soliel, Disney's California Adventure... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:45pm - 11:45pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:45pm

Cosplay Boudoir [18+]
Cosplay Boudoir is an intimate and fun style of photography meant to help us feel more confident! Its become a recent hit for most cosplays, so we are going to talk about how to do a photoshoot like this feel good and look good along with tips of outfits, poses and more!

Speakers
avatar for Emily Brinich

Emily Brinich

Entertainer, Nerdy Expression


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:45pm - Sunday May 6, 2018 12:15am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:45pm

Saturday Night Dance with Hyper Potions
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 Zenkaikon

Speakers
avatar for Hyper Potions

Hyper Potions

DJ
As an EDM duo raised by anime and video games, Hyper Potions dedicates themselves to making and performing happy and upbeat music. With songs released on Monstercat and their music featured in the Sonic Mania trailer, League of Legends Warsongs album, Razer commercials, and more... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:45pm - Sunday May 6, 2018 12:30am
Main Events [Freedom A]

11:00pm

Zenkaikon AMV Award 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 May 5, 2018 11:00pm - Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

11:00pm

Mario Kart Double Dash Tournament
Nintendo GameCube, TBD participants.
Sign up to participate in this tournament at the game check out table in the Video Game Room.

Saturday May 5, 2018 11:00pm - Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00am
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

11:15pm

Room closed for Set-up
Set-up/room clear for Cosplay Burlesque

Speakers
avatar for Cosplay Burlesque

Cosplay Burlesque

Performing Arts Group, Guest
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 provocative stage show. There is no f... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 11:15pm - 11:45pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:30pm

It's An Abomination: Japanese Myths in Pop Culture [18+]
What do Dark Souls, Pokémon, Legend of Zelda, and The Ring have in common? A culture that has been coming up with horrible ghosts, monsters, and legendary creatures since the 6th century (if not longer)! Join the Fleet as we tell you why your favorite Pokémon is actually a horrible monster and why you have to call the Ghostbusters when you use the restroom in Japan. Sit round the campfire, if you dare. [A Manly Battleships® Production]

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Panda

Mr. Panda

Featured Panelist, Manly Battleships
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group 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 fron... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 11:30pm - Sunday May 6, 2018 12:30am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

11:30pm

Reading Manga/Comics with Cards against Humanity [18+]
Did you ever want to read mangas with Cards against Humanity?Did you ever want to see what would happen if you replace a certain word in an issue with another word. You might not have, but you give it a go. Come listen to mangas and comics read with panels with blanks. Blanks that will be filled in with Cards against Humanity selected by you the audience. Mangas and comics you could see Naruto, Batman, Spider-Man, Dragon Ball, and others.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 11:30pm - Sunday May 6, 2018 12:30am
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

11:45pm

Coast to Coast: an [adult swim] Retrospective [18+]
From experimental beginnings to original programming and anime, [adult swim] has been going strong for 15+ years. Lets take a look back at the origins of a TV empire.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 11:45pm - Sunday May 6, 2018 12:45am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

11:45pm

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
avatar for Cosplay Burlesque

Cosplay Burlesque

Performing Arts Group, Guest
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 provocative stage show. There is no f... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 11:45pm - Sunday May 6, 2018 12:45am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:45pm

Haunted Tea House: 100 Stories
*EVENT FULL - PRE-CONVENTION SIGNUP EVENT*
Centuries ago, samurai and nobility would gather and tell fantastic stories of ghosts and monsters. And at Zenkaikon, attendees are now invited to do the same. Drink tea, sit back, and share your best stories. And maybe summon a ghost, if it works out that way.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Author, Guest
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, ne... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 11:45pm - Sunday May 6, 2018 1:15am
Montgomery House [Floor 2]

12:00am

Zenkaikon Horror Story: AMV
Prepare yourselves for darkness and dread as we attempt to make you squirm.  Following this year’s theme for Zenkaikon, we take a journey into the darker and more shadowy places of the imaginations of the AMV creator.

Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00am - 12:45am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

12:00am

Yokai Yaoi: Gay Demons Need Love, too!
Limited Capacity seats available

Yaoi is a genre of manga that also has many subgenres, from sweet shounen-ai to hardcore BSDM. There's also a huge amount of yaoi that explores love/realtionships between demons and other supernatural beings. Join us as we highlight some of our favorite yaoi series that feature yokai, spirits, and gods!

Speakers
LB

Lyndsey Bellamy

Panel Geeks
Panel Geeks consists of two Philadelphia-area sisters/the co-founders of Nijicon(The convention that bridges the gap between yaoi fans and the LGBTQ+ community). | | This dynamic duo LOVES all things geeky and have decided to take their talents hosting panels on the road. Panel... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00am - 1:00am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

12:00am

Beserk [18+]
Branded for death and hunted by demons forevermore, Guts embarks on a journey to escape his fate and get his revenge on the man he once considered a friend. With his monstrous blade, Dragonslayer, he and his unlikely band of allies will face danger unlike any they’ve ever experienced before.

Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00am - 2:00am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

12:30am

A Bojack Panel...Horseman, Obviously [18+]
Straight off our TV screens and into our crummy lives, it's Bojack Horseman! Through the chaos of Hollywoo life, the series displays strong themes of identity and social commentary. We'll explore these themes in an hour as humorous and thought-provoking as the show itself.

Speakers
avatar for Forward Progress

Forward Progress

Keeping Friendship Magic
A student of all things fandom, Forward Progress is excited to return for his fourth Zenkaikon. His programming seeks to both educate and entertain by fusing social science with the shows, games, and media that we all love.


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:30am - 1:30am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

12:30am

Let's Make a Game
Ever had an idea for a video game, but don't have a billion dollars to start your own studio? Think drawing a cat is impossible? Are Pixels even a thing? Join Children Driving Robots as we take a look into the world of indie game development.


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:30am - 1:30am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

12:30am

Saturday Night Dance with Hi5

DJ Hi5 returns to Lancaster to rock 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 Hi5

Hi5

DJ
Baltimore native Hi5 specializes in combining the best of the club world, with your favorite game and anime tunes - creating a hybrid to please all con-goers. Hi5 has also played various parties, club events, weddings, festivals, and hosted a live radio mix show on DemonFM in the... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:30am - 2:00am
Main Events [Freedom A]

12:45am

Anime Does Anime: How Anime Reflects On Itself Within The Medium [18+]
What does anime think about itself? There are many instances of anime having an episode, segment, or even a quick gag that gives us some insights into how anime is made in Japan. We take a look at these moments when anime has gone meta to see what we can learn about the animation process and the environment it is made in.

Speakers

Sunday May 6, 2018 12:45am - 1:45am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:45am

RuPaul: The Fishy, The Shady, and The Bitchy [18+]
Hey Kittie Gurls!!!! In this panel, we'll be looking back at the best and worst moments of RuPaul's Drag Race! Join us as we put on our best reading glasses and go back to the most iconic moments (and fashion) of Drag Race! The library is open! Officially. [A Manly Battleships® Production]

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Panda

Mr. Panda

Featured Panelist, Manly Battleships
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group 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 fron... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:45am - 1:45am
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

1:00am

AMVs After Hours [18+]
Join us 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.  Bonus points if you know the lyrics to Aladdin’s “A Whole New World."

Sunday May 6, 2018 1:00am - 2:00am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

1:00am

Staff Uncensored [18+]
Staffers Uncensored returns for another year! Want to hear what its like running a convention? Our panel of staffers gather to tell stories about the ridiculous, frustrating and hilarious.

Speakers

Sunday May 6, 2018 1:00am - 2:00am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]
 
Sunday, May 6
 

9:00am

Kanada Style! An intro to the godfather of "Sakuga"
A look into the most important animator in anime who went on to influence an entire generation into what is known as the Kanada school of animation. This Kanada style animation is one of the earliest known examples of what is now known as "Sakuga".

Speakers

Sunday May 6, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

9:00am

Meraki Kai Presents: J-Pop Dance Party
Have you ever wanted to learn about J-pop dance? Perhaps you watch videos on youtube and think about how to do that? Well Para Dox is here to help lead you through the steps of one of Luka and Gumi's hit songs/dances, Happy Synthesizer! _x000D_


Sunday May 6, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:00am

To Err is to Gundam
From Newtypes to innovators, from the One Year War to the Calamity War, and from the Zero system to the Destiny system. Each Gundam timeline presents it’s own philosophy in the ways that humanity can transcend, and how war directly impacts that ability. Join us as we take a look at each series’ outlook on transcendence and war. 

Speakers
avatar for Doomtastic

Doomtastic

Hailing from Baltimore, Doomtastic a small group of friends who love all things geeky and nerdy. They wanted to share our love for these things with as many people as possible in as many ways as possible, thus Doomtastic was conceived. Dedicated to making fun and positive spaces... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

9:00am

Hunter X Hunter
Gon, a young boy who lives on Whale Island, dreams of becoming a Hunter like his father, who left when Gon was still young.

Sunday May 6, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

9:00am

Natsume's Book of Friends
Takashi Natsume, possesses a strong ability to see spirits, which has made him introverted and shy. His life changes one day when he receives a mysterious book filled with the names of spirits that belonged to his now deceased grandmother - the Book of Friends. Not only that - the spirits who have their names written in the book must obey any order given by its owner. As a result, the book becomes a prime target for all roaming spirits trying to gain control of the spirit world.

Sunday May 6, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

9:00am

Pre-Registration Check-In/At-Door Registration
Check-in and badge pickup for pre-registered members, and at-door registration.

Sunday at-door registration rate: $25.

Please bring a photo ID to check in/register.

Sunday May 6, 2018 9:00am - 1:00pm
Vine Street Lobby

9:00am

Yokai Scavenger Hunt
Yokai are all over, sometimes hiding in plain sight, and sometimes not.  Thanks to Charles Dunbar, if you keep your eyes peeled, you might find something creepy and cool lurking about Zenkaikon.  We’re not saying the con has been invaded, but there might be some mysterious and fantastical creatures around the convention center for the astute and sharp-eyed to find.  The Yokai Photo Hunt is open to any and all who wish to participate.  Find 10 yokai and win a prize.  Find all 15 yokai and you will be entered in a drawing to win the grand prize - a free membership to next year’s convention.

Scavenger Hunt Clues: https://zenkaikon.com/events/scavenger-hunt

Sunday May 6, 2018 9:00am - 1:00pm
Info Desk [2nd Floor]

9:00am

Tabletop Gaming Open
Tabletop Gaming Room open play.

Sunday May 6, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1+2]

9:00am

Video Game Room Open
Zenkaikon is excited to announce that the Derpycon video game team will be coordinating the video game room and tournaments at Zenkaikon 2018! Come find them in Heritage DE of the Lancaster County Convention Center.

DerpyCon will be holding tournaments throughout the weekend. You can sign up to participate at the game check out table in the room on site.

ABOUT DERPYCON: Serving as a multi-genre pop culture convention in northern New Jersey, DerpyCon celebrates the culture of animation, fantasy, sci-fi, and gaming. DerpyCon is presented by Vidgle and Jenthony Enterprises, Inc. DerpyCon 2018 will be held November 9-11, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Morristown in Morristown, NJ. For more information and news about DerpyCon 2018, go to https://www.derpycon.com.

Sunday May 6, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

9:00am

Cosplay Photo Booth
Want to have your cosplay immortalized in a photograph? Zenkaikon is happy to have DeathCom Multimedia providing the Photo Booth this year!

The Photo Booth is where attendees can get their photos taken in a professional setting with backdrop and lighting. Attendees can also purchase prints of their photos.

DeathCom Multimedia has been attending conventions around the country and photographing cosplayers for over a decade.

Visit DeathCom's website for their gallery of photos and videos: www.deathcom.net
Prices
  • $0 - At least one digital photo of every costumer who stops by will go up on our site within two weeks of the end of the convention
  • $7 - 4x6 OR a 4 Megapixel digital sent via email, ready for social media.
  • $10 - 8.5x 11 $15 - 11 x 17
  • $17 - 13 x 19 $30 - USB Flash Drive with five 4 Megapixel digital photos, ready for social media. Comes with the option to continually add more digital photos throughout the weekend for just $5.


Sunday May 6, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm
Vine Street Lobby

9:15am

Drawing Mrs. Brisby: The Animation Career of Don Bluth
These days the fandom is pretty insistent on pushing for quality shows to be in the limelight. The newest season of Attack on Titan? Great. Frozen? Goody. Between the anime scene and the Walt Disney Co., it's no surprise that a number of American animators are overlooked in the recitation of people's favorite animated works. Join us for an explorative discussion of the man who did for America what Miyazaki did for anime. [A Manly Battleships® Production]

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Panda

Mr. Panda

Featured Panelist, Manly Battleships
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group 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 fron... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

9:30am

The Rage of the Quitter
The table gets flipped. The healer sits down in spawn and plays Rick Astley over the voice chat. The tournament ends in chaos. Friendships die. Why does the quitter rage so? This panel will explore the inglorious exits of gaming. From a design perspective, from a player perspective, and even from an esports perspective: quitting is an intrinsic part of games.

Speakers
avatar for Brandon (Rym) DeCoster

Brandon (Rym) DeCoster

Producer, GeekNights
Producer and Host of GeekNights. Game design and UX professional. Regular lecturer at conventions like the Penny Arcade Expo and MAGFest.


Sunday May 6, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

9:45am

Discovery & Orville: Welcome to the New Generation
For over a decade, fans didn't have a new Star Trek TV series...until now! But SURPRISE; Seth MacFarlane creates a new series too! Come join Children Driving Robots as we discuss Star Trek: Discovery & Orville, the continuation of Sci-Fi's five year mission.

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 YouTu... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

10:00am

Avengers: Infinity Spoilers
Join The Vice Con Chair of Zenkaikon, Scott Johnson, as we take an unstructured look (I.E. Last minute fill in panel) at the newly released film Avengers: infinity War and talk about it's similarities to the comics and generally about what worked and what didn't.  I wouldn't come to this if you don't want to be spoiled. 

Speakers
avatar for Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson

Panelist, Live Programming
I've been the Head of Live Programming since 2006 for Zenkaikon and a member of the Board of Directors since 2016. I Occasionally run Panels as well and wrote the webcomic www.dubthis.net (back in the heady 2000-2005 days)


Sunday May 6, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

10:00am

Cosplay Bullying
Let's talk about bullying in the cosplay community and find ways to end it. Become a cosplay equality warrior with us.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Grant

Jessica Grant

Panelist
What to say about me? I'm not really sure. I've been an avid gamer since I was 5 when I built my first computer with my dad. I started watching Anime when I was 8. Discovered fanfiction in middle school and off I went and became an Otaku. Fully in love with East Asian culture an... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:00am

Swap Meet with Meraki Kai Cosplays
Are you tired of having things in your closet that you don't wear? Want to try and find the perfect pair of pants for a fancy cosplay? Have a lot of figures and manga that you're tired of looking at but don't wanna deal with shipping? Come hang out with Meraki Kai Cosplays as we host this swap meet for you guys and also try and get rid of some supplies. _x000D_

Speakers

Sunday May 6, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:00am

Magic of Cosplay Exhibit
Welcome to a unique experience, here at Zenkaikon!  Once again we welcome The Magic of Cosplay & Exhibit!  We believe in Cos-Positivity and look forward to another wonderful year.

For 2018, we have secured a number of beautiful costumes, props, and wigs for your viewing pleasure.  The exhibit will give you a chance to get up close and personal with the creations, but please, No Touching. Don't worry, we do have some great items that you can touch and a project you can participate in.  We have videos, costume construction books, and a Cos-Positivity question for all to answer. We hope the exhibit will inspire you to get creative!  Our Cosplay staff will be present to answer any and all questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you at the convention.

Sunday May 6, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Cosplay HQ [Montgomery House, Floor 1]

10:00am

Board Game Demo: V-Wars: A Game of Blood and Betrayal
Designed by Rob Daviau (Betrayal at the House on Haunted Hill, Risk: Legacy), V-Wars pits humanity against vampires in an all-out global war. Battle to save the world, but be careful, players who fight by your side in one round may be “at your throat” in the next. For in V-Wars, the vampire virus is always spreading...
Players: 3 - 5
Ages: 13+
Time: 60 minutes

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

Author, Guest
Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling suspense novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. His books include the Joe Ledger thrillers, The Nightsiders, Dead of Night, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, as well as standalone novels in multiple genre... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1+2]

10:00am

LARP
Ever loved an anime character so much you wanted to be that character? If you come over to the LARP, you have your chance! LARP, or Live Action Role Playing, is played much like most tabletop games. The game will run the course of the convention, featuring an overarching plot and scheduled events, so you can attend as much or as little as you like. We have over 2,000 anime and manga characters to choose from, so pick your favorite and play using a character sheet and rock-paper-scissors. No dice or cosplay required!

Theme: Aliens and Test Subjects

Teaser:

An unknown location. Seven aliens look down upon an area below them.

“Isn’t that the species that rips their opponent’s arms out of their socket during the last experiment?”

“Yesss. They did poorly in that experiment, but let’s see how he does in the Cube. That will truly test their value.”

“They're not /bad/ but I found the ones who worshiped heights to be the most interesting. I can appreciate their tastes.”

(A muttered “of course you would” can be barely heard.)

“Well, /I/ liked the logical ones the best. Slow, but efficient.”

There’s an eye roll that follows. “Needs a better sense of humor, though.”

“I heard there’s a new batch coming in soon, several will be from that planet… what’s it called?”

“Oh yessss, Dirt, was it?"

There’s a confused, surprised sound. “They did /terribly/ the last time they were here! I thought we had given up on them!”

“Our scouts said it’s time to re-evaluate them. They’ve stopped sacrificing each other to ‘invisible beings’.” Complete with a sarcastic tone.

A heavy, somewhat angry scoff follows that statement. “I still think we should have annihilated them when they started feeding people to the lions.”

“We don't annihilated species. We aren't like /them/.” The voice is cross and sharp in rebuke.

“We need the most indicative examples of their species otherwise it's all a waste.”

The aliens look slightly ashamed of whatever ‘a waste’ might mean, but they clearly all understand what it does.

There is some sniffing, then, very excited, “Lunch is here!”

The other aliens quickly perk up from their moment of contemplation. “Oh, lunch!” and begin to shuffle out.

Sunday May 6, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm
LARP [Floor 4, Conestoga]

10:00am

10:00am

Carolina Manga Library
The manga library at Zenkaikon 2018 will be hosted by the Carolina Manga Library! The Library will be set up on the third floor of the Montgomery House all weekend long.

The Carolina Manga Library is a 501(c)(3) organization that was formed for the express purposes of promoting literacy through graphic novels. They operate a traveling library that sets up at conventions and other shows to provide free access to their collection of over 5000 manga, American graphic novels, newspaper comic strips, and artbooks. Carolina Manga Library staff run the library and operate all days of the convention. They pride themselves on having actual certified librarians on staff who are well trained in reader's advisory services. The Carolina Manga Library has been a guest a many conventions since their conception in 2013, including Ohayocon, Matsuricon, and Anime Central.

Speakers

Sunday May 6, 2018 10:00am - 3:00pm
Montgomery House [Floor 3]

10:00am

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 for a flight time outside the Artemis Room! Both team and single slots are available.Already scheduled to fly? Be sure to arrive 10 minutes before your flight time!

Sunday May 6, 2018 10:00am - 4:00pm
Artemis [Floor 3, Walnut]

10:15am

That Ship has Sailed
Anchor your "ship" and hop onto dry land! Join us as we take a fun look into the realm of "Shipping". Find out what makes us ship certain characters regardless of age, race, or even story! This panel has been updated to bring you the latest and greatest in pairings. Did your OTP make the cut? This is an audience participation panel, so be prepared to join in._x000D_

Speakers

Sunday May 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

10:30am

Autographs with Phil LaMarr
Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
Phil LaMarr: One autograph/person free (program book or convention badge). Additional autographs are $25 each. Audiovisual recordings or phone calls are $40 each. Photos are $15.
More details on autograph policies are available here: https://zenkaikon.com/info/policies#autographs

Speakers
avatar for Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Voice Actor, Guest
A Los Angeles native, Phil is an alumnus of Yale University, The Groundlings Theater, and is perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of Mad TV and as Marvin in Pulp Fiction. In addition to numerous appearances in films like Real Steel, Free Enterprise, and Men Wome... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Exhibit Hall [Freedom B]

10:30am

Hot Glue Friend or Foe
 To use hot glue or not? That is the question. We have all been there, half way through a con your cosplay starts to fall apart but why? There are lots of adhesives out there and sometimes we don't always choose the right ones. Come to learn about which glues work best for what and discuss what you could have done differently to prevent it from happening again.


Sunday May 6, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:30am

Ultra Pokémon Sun and Moon Battle Frontier
It's time again to take on Zenkaikon's Battle Frontier, this time using the new Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games for the 3DS and 2DS. Throughout the weekend, there will be Frontier Brains with special Frontier Brain pins at the convention. As long as they are available, you can challenge them to a Pokémon Battle to win their Frontier Symbol. Each Frontier Brain has special rules that you will have to follow for the challenge. It may be hard to find the Brains at times, however there will be special meet-ups on Friday and Saturday in the Tabletop room, where the Brains will freely be taking challenges on a first-come, first-served basis. On Sunday there will be a Tournament, also in the Tabletop room, where the Frontier Symbols you won on the previous days will give you special bonuses during each of your battles.

These are the base rules for the event, some of these may be changed by the Frontier Brain according to their specific rules and each are on a case by case basis. Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Modified OU Singles- Standard 6v6 match If your 3DS or 2DS battery dies mid-battle it is considered as a forfeit.(we will have chargers available for you to use)

Clauses

Species Clause
Simple Definition: You cannot have two or more of the Pokémon with the same National Dex No. on your team.

Item Clause
Simple Definition: You cannot have two or more of the same item held by Pokémon on your team.

Sleep Clause
Simple Definition: You cannot put 2 Pokemon to Sleep.

Evasion Clause
Simple Definition: You cannot purposefully have a Pokémon on your team that can some way increase its evasion stat, this includes abilities and items.

OHKO Clause
Simple Definition: You cannot have a Pokémon on your team that has any of the following moves in its moveset: Fissure, Sheer Cold, Guillotine, Horn Drill.

Endless Battle Clause
Any moveset on any Pokémon that is capable of intentionally causing an endless battle is banned from competitive play. Thus:
A Pokémon may not carry Recycle and hold a Leppa Berry in conjunction with Heal Pulse and Milk Drink, Moonlight, Morning Sun, Recover, Roost, Slack Off, Soft-Boiled, or Wish.
A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Pain Split on its moveset.
 A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Fling on its moveset.

Ban lists
Anything not yet officially released in America

Pokémon 
  • Aegislash 
  • Arceus 
  • Blaziken 
  • Darkrai 
  • Deoxys 
  • Deoxys-A 
  • Deoxys-D 
  • Deoxys-S 
  • Dialga 
  • Genesect 
  • Giratina 
  • Giratina-O 
  • Groudon 
  • Ho-oh 
  • Kyogre 
  • Kyurem-W 
  • Landorus 
  • Lugia 
  • Lunala 
  • Marshadow 
  • Mewtwo 
  • Necrozma (Dusk, Dawn, Ultra forms)  
  • Palkia 
  • Pheramosa 
  • Rayquaza 
  • Reshiram 
  • Shaymin-S 
  • Solgaleo 
  • Xerneas 
  • Yveltal 
  • Zekrom 
  • Zygarde-Complete  
Abilities 
  • Moody 
  • Power Construct 
  • Shadow Tag  
Items 
  • Gengarite 
  • Kangaskhanite 
  • Lucarionite 
  • Metagrossite  
  • Salamencite  
Moves 
  • Baton Pass 
  • Double Team 
  • Fissure 
  • Guillotine 
  • Horn Drill 
  • Minimize 
  • Sheer Cold 
  • Swagger 
The battles will be using the game’s built in infrared mechanic, so each person will be required to have their own Pokémon Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon game and their own 3DS or 2DS system.

Sunday May 6, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1+2]

11:00am

How to become a board game library
Have you ever been to an event, looked at the tabletop area and thought to yourself, "I have more games in the trunk of my car than that pile." Welcome to the life of the librarian in which you can use your collection from location to location and allow people to play games. We will talk about tips to getting a collection on the cheap, how to maintain your games, and what it really takes to run your very own open board gaming event._x000D_

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Burden

Patrick Burden

QA Analyst, Live Programming
As a long time panel speaker in North America Patrick "Coldguy" Burden brings you a mix of serious discussion with a small dash of comedy.


Sunday May 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

11:00am

Meet Jad Saxton
A Q & A where Jad answers any questions about Voice Acting and Anime or anything else fun! :)

Speakers
avatar for Jad Saxton

Jad Saxton

Voice Actress, Guest
Jād (jade) Saxton is a voice actor and ADR Director with over 150 roles in anime and video games. She is best known for her roles as Kanna in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Carla in Fairy Tail, Yuki in Wolf Children, Young Nico Robin in One Piece, Koneko in High School DxD, Hatch... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

11:00am

Star Trek: We Used to Be Explorers
With Star Trek Discovery launching, with changes being forced upon fan productions, and with a little rival show coming out called Orville just what is going on in the world of Star Trek? Why are so many people so angry about everything? Join the Manly Battleships® as they dive deep into this drama filled world and check in on some fan productions like Axanar and Star Trek Continues (from Vic & Todd!) [A Manly Battleships® Production]

Speakers
avatar for Mr. Panda

Mr. Panda

Featured Panelist, Manly Battleships
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group 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 fron... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

11:00am

The Chrysanthemum and the Cross: Christianity In Japan
Christianity came over with the Portuguese, English, and Dutch, but has gone through banning, rebellion, persecution, and resurgence in the centuries since. This panel explores the history behind the religion's appearance, fall, and resurgence: from incompatible philosophies to the Shogunate ban, the Shimabara Rebellion, the Hidden Christian age, and the postwar reconstruction and pop culture boom.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Author, Guest
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, ne... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

11:00am

Room closed for Set-up
Setup for Autographs with Jessica Calvello

Sunday May 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

11:00am

WCW/nWo Revenge Tournament
Nintendo 64, 16 participants.
Sign up to participate in this tournament at the game check out table in the Video Game Room.

Sunday May 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

11:00am

Elegant Yokai Apartment Life
Yushi Inaba is forced into an awkward living situation at his uncle's house after his parents pass away. He decides that when he goes to high school, he's going to live on his own, and finds an ultra-cheap apartment named Kotobuki-so. But it was a monster apartment, filled with monsters, humans, and ghosts! At first, Yuki doesn't know how to deal with these eerie monsters, but after spending time with these strange creatures his closed heart gradually begins to open.

Sunday May 6, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

11:00am

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
Miss Kobayashi lives a normal life until she befriends a dragon named Tohru. The two end up living together and make an arrangement that Tohru serves as Kobayashi’s live-in maid! In the human form of a cute girl, she starts working as a maid dragon. She takes care of usual things like cleaning the house and cooking, but doing typical human things can still be a challenge for a dragon!

Sunday May 6, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

11:15am

Bling all the things, or how to add pizzazz to your cosplay and accessories
Do you have a headband, bracer, bra, belt, gun, shoes, sunglasses, gloves, sword, body harness, boots, bracelet, helmet, phone case, lipstick holder, purse, wallet, mask, wig, wand, travel mug, or other personal item that needs some pizzazz? Bring it with you and let's make it sparkle and shine! There will be a small materials fee.

Speakers
avatar for Leah  Lloyd

Leah Lloyd

Featured Panelist, Lamia Creations


Sunday May 6, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

11:30am

11:30am

Crossplay and Gender Bending 101 - The Basics!
Ever wanted to delve into the world of crossplay but have no clue where to start? Not sure what crossplay is? What about gender bent cosplays? Ever wondered where to begin or what character is right for you? Join us as we give you all the ins and outs of the world of crossplay, cosplay drag, and more!


Sunday May 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

12:00pm

Autographs with Jessica Calvello
Guest will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
Jessica Calvello: One autograph/person free (program book or other item). Additional autographs (prints or headshots) are $20 each. Photos and audiovisual recordings are $20 each. Autograph/photo combo is $30 and three autograph combo is $50.
More details on autograph policies are available here: https://zenkaikon.com/info/policies#autographs

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Calvello

Jessica Calvello

Voice Actress, Guest
Jessica began working in the anime dubbing industry with ADV Films (now Sentai Filmworks/Seraphim Digital) back in 1995, with her first show being 3 big lines in the TV series, Evangelion. Her recent work includes Attack on Titan/Attack on Titan Junior High (Hange Zoe); Street F... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

12:00pm

Charity Auction
Zenkaikon has chosen to support The AbleGamers Foundation as our official charity for Zenkaikon 2018!
The AbleGamers Foundation, also known as AbleGamers Charity, is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit public charity that aims to improve the overall quality of life for those with disabilities through the power of video games.
Video games allow individuals with disabilities to experience situations that may be difficult or limited in the real world, provide social networking opportunities to maintain mental and emotional health, and participate in one of the world’s largest pastimes.
Some of the ways AbleGamers fulfills it mission include:
  • With a combination of technologies such as mouth controllers, eye gaze, and special customized controllers, AbleGamers finds a way for people to play video games no matter their ability. When AbleGamers accessibility experts give assessments to determine the right set of equipment for each individual, they're using the latest, bleeding edge technology to bridge the gap between ability and desire.
  • The AbleGamers Foundation promotes open dialog, education, research and funding grants in the area of gaming accessibility.
  • In 2012, The AbleGamers Foundation opened "The AbleGamers Center on Game Accessibility and Inclusive Play" in Harpers Ferry, WV. The center offers a place for people with disabilities to come and experience cutting-edge accessible technology. It also has a makers space for custom controller design, and prototyping. 
  • Partnering with sponsors, AbleGamers is building accessible game rooms for activity centers that support people with disabilities, the first being at the Pediatric Specialty Care in Hopewell, PA.
On Sunday of the convention, Zenkaikon will be holding its fourth annual Charity Auction. 100% of funds raised at the auction will be donated to the AbleGamers Foundation. 

Sunday May 6, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:15pm

Combat in Costume
Want to learn how to be a member of a performance-oriented costuming and cosplay group? Learn how - the costuming, the props, and the stage combat - from the regional experts at Capital City Jedi Knights, and learn more about how to become a part of the local Star Wars costuming and cosplay community, and learn the skills of a Jedi.

Speakers
avatar for Capital City Jedi

Capital City Jedi

Performing Arts Group, Guest
Capital City Jedi Knights is a not-for-profit, choreographed stage combat group, which specializes in costumed Star Wars styled lightsaber demonstrations and performances. Based out of Central Pennsylvania, they have been around since 2010, performing to help raise awareness and... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:15pm

Sarah Wiedenheft Q&A
Do you have questions burning inside you like a dragon for Sarah? All your questions will be answered! Sarah Wiedenheft is here to answer the questions that need answering!

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Wiedenheft

Sarah Wiedenheft

Voice Actress, Guest
Sarah Wiedenheft is a voice actor who has provided her voice for a multitude of anime. Some of her roles include Zeno from Dragon Ball Super, Tohru from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid; Aika from Shomin Sample; Shihoru from Grimgar of Fantasy and Illusions; Non from Keijo... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

12:15pm

Welcome to ACTION CASTLE
Hello fellow adventurer, do you have the tactics to solve the puzzles of ACTION CASTLE? You will have a chance to navigate the land of ACTION CASTLE using nothing but your voice and your mind. Can you defeat the Parser or will you fail?_x000D_

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Burden

Patrick Burden

QA Analyst, Live Programming
As a long time panel speaker in North America Patrick "Coldguy" Burden brings you a mix of serious discussion with a small dash of comedy.


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

12:15pm

Room Closed for Setup
Set-up/Soundcheck for Triforce Quartet

Speakers
avatar for Triforce Quartet

Triforce Quartet

String Quartet, Guest
The Triforce Quartet is a traditional string quartet that plays video game music.The Triforce Quartet began innocently as a short Zelda medley for an encore of a recital in early 2007, but the video of using traditional string quartet instruments to play music of classic games ga... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

12:30pm

Cosplay for Anyone: Body Painting and other FX
Find yourself cosplaying characters of non-human skin tone but have no idea how to achieve the perfect Beast Boy green or Lapis blue? We'll show you the Do's and Dont's of body paint along with plenty of tips and tricks for a successful paint job.

Speakers
avatar for Lorna Diamond

Lorna Diamond

Panelist, Cosplayer, Darling Cosplays
Specializes in body paint and makeup! You can find me on most social media’s under Darling Cosplays.


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

12:45pm

Open Mic Karaoke
Open Mic will happen Friday through Sunday during scheduled blocks.
Song Rules
  1. Must be an anime song, jpop song, or Japanese video game song.
  2. Must be six minutes in length or under. Songs that are longer will be cut at six minutes.
  3. Must not contain profanities.
General Rules
  1. You can only sign up to sing one song at a time. Once you have sung your song, you can sign up again.
  2. 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.
  3. You are encouraged to sing and have fun, but no heckling or doing anything that would be deemed dangerous on the stage.
  4. 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 May 6, 2018 12:45pm - 2:45pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

1:00pm

Room closed for Set-up
Set-up for Autographs with Jad Saxton and Sarah Wiedenheft

Sunday May 6, 2018 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

1:00pm

1:00pm

Mushi-shi -Next Passage-
They resemble the primeval body of life and are generally known as "Mushi". Their existence and appearance are unknown to many and only a limited number of humans are aware of them. Ginko is a "Mushi-shi" who travels around to investigate and find out more about the "Mushi". In the process, he also lends a helping hand to people who face problems with supernatural occurrences which may be related to the "Mushi".

Sunday May 6, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

1:00pm

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.

Sunday May 6, 2018 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

1:30pm

Triforce Quartet Concert
The Triforce Quartet is a traditional string quartet that plays video game music.

The Triforce Quartet began innocently as a short Zelda medley for an encore of a recital in early 2007, but the video of using traditional string quartet instruments to play music of classic games gained viral popularity later that summer. Thanks to this, cellist Chad Schwartz was able to combine his love for video games, along with years of classical training, to arrange a variety of video game themes that even non-gamers can enjoy. The four members of the Triforce Quartet -- Christopher Ferrara, Jacob Roege, Stanley Beckwith, and Chad Schwartz --  take audience members on an unforgettable musical journey.

The Triforce Quartet has played in front of sold out shows at PAX Prime in Seattle, PAX East in Boston, MAGFest in Washington DC, the iDIG Music Festival in Ireland and with Video Games Live!

Speakers
avatar for Triforce Quartet

Triforce Quartet

String Quartet, Guest
The Triforce Quartet is a traditional string quartet that plays video game music.The Triforce Quartet began innocently as a short Zelda medley for an encore of a recital in early 2007, but the video of using traditional string quartet instruments to play music of classic games ga... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

1:30pm

Cosplay Recovery
It feels like the end of the world when a piece of your costume breaks. Join Cosplay Crew as they discuss how to fix even the most hopeless of costume problems.

Speakers
avatar for Cassidy Wells

Cassidy Wells

Cosplay Crew
East-coast based cosplayer since 2008. Also known as Hikaru Cosplay and a member of the Cosplay Crew.


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

1:30pm

Cosplaying with Disabilities
Cosplay is for EVERYONE! Doesn't matter your age, race, gender, species, or really anything else, if you want to cosplay, then cosplay! In this panel though, Corgi Cosplay will be discussing cosplay for those with disabilities and how they can incorporate their medical equipment into their cosplays!

Speakers
avatar for Corgi Cosplay

Corgi Cosplay

Cosplay, Guest
Corgi Cosplay is made up of Kiba the Cosplay Corgi and his wise cracking, awkward potato Mom, Nicole! Kiba has been cosplaying since 2013 and Nicole joined in on the fun in 2015. They love promoting acceptance and fun in the cosplay community, while simultaneously furthering the... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

1:30pm

Things That Go Bump In The Night
A general discussion of werewolves, zombies, ghosts, demons and other disturbing creatures.

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Maberry

Jonathan Maberry

Author, Guest
Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling suspense novelist, five-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and comic book writer. His books include the Joe Ledger thrillers, The Nightsiders, Dead of Night, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, as well as standalone novels in multiple genre... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

1:30pm

Autographs with Jad Saxton and Sarah Wiedenheft
Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
Jad Saxton: One autograph/person free (program book or other item). Additional autographs (prints or headshots) are $20 each. Photos and audiovisual recordings are $20 each. Autograph/photo combo is $30 and three autograph combo is $50.
Sarah Wiedenheft: Regular autographs, photos and audio/visual recordings are free. Autograph cards are on sale for $10. Phone calls are $10.
More details on autograph policies are available here: https://zenkaikon.com/info/policies#autographs

Speakers
avatar for Jad Saxton

Jad Saxton

Voice Actress, Guest
Jād (jade) Saxton is a voice actor and ADR Director with over 150 roles in anime and video games. She is best known for her roles as Kanna in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Carla in Fairy Tail, Yuki in Wolf Children, Young Nico Robin in One Piece, Koneko in High School DxD, Hatch... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Wiedenheft

Sarah Wiedenheft

Voice Actress, Guest
Sarah Wiedenheft is a voice actor who has provided her voice for a multitude of anime. Some of her roles include Zeno from Dragon Ball Super, Tohru from Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid; Aika from Shomin Sample; Shihoru from Grimgar of Fantasy and Illusions; Non from Keijo... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

1:30pm

Autographs with Quinton Flynn and Phil LaMarr
Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
Quinton Flynn: One autograph/person free (program book or other item). Additional autographs (prints or headshots) are $25 each. Recordings or phone calls are $35 each. Photos are $10 or free with other purchase.
Phil LaMarr: One autograph/person free (program book or convention badge). Additional autographs are $25 each. Audiovisual recordings or phone calls are $40 each. Photos are $15.
More details on autograph policies are available here: https://zenkaikon.com/info/policies#autographs

Speakers
avatar for Quinton Flynn

Quinton Flynn

Voice Actor, Guest
This award-winning voice actor has brought to life Spider-Man (Marvel: Ultimate Alliance), Venom (Spider-Man: Friend or Foe), Jonny Quest (The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest), The Human Torch (Fantastic Four), Deadpool (Cartoon Hook-Ups), Timon (Timon & Pumbaa), Snowbell (Stuart... Read More →
avatar for Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Voice Actor, Guest
A Los Angeles native, Phil is an alumnus of Yale University, The Groundlings Theater, and is perhaps best known as one of the original cast members of Mad TV and as Marvin in Pulp Fiction. In addition to numerous appearances in films like Real Steel, Free Enterprise, and Men Wome... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall [Freedom B]

1:45pm

kitbashing 101 (building custom scale models)
Kitbashing 101- Join in for a crash course in creative model making, learn all the basics; everything from what tools you'll need to designing your own cool model projects

Speakers
avatar for John  Salvino

John Salvino

John has his BA in animation and works in the fine art casting industry. He pursues writing and illustrating comics as a self-published author in Lancaster, PA. |


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

2:00pm

LARP Closing
Closing and wrap-up.

Ever loved an anime character so much you wanted to be that character? If you come over to the LARP, you have your chance! LARP, or Live Action Role Playing, is played much like most tabletop games. The game will run the course of the convention, featuring an overarching plot and scheduled events, so you can attend as much or as little as you like. We have over 2,000 anime and manga characters to choose from, so pick your favorite and play using a character sheet and rock-paper-scissors. No dice or cosplay required!

Theme: Aliens and Test Subjects

Teaser:

An unknown location. Seven aliens look down upon an area below them.

“Isn’t that the species that rips their opponent’s arms out of their socket during the last experiment?”

“Yesss. They did poorly in that experiment, but let’s see how he does in the Cube. That will truly test their value.”

“They're not /bad/ but I found the ones who worshiped heights to be the most interesting. I can appreciate their tastes.”

(A muttered “of course you would” can be barely heard.)

“Well, /I/ liked the logical ones the best. Slow, but efficient.”

There’s an eye roll that follows. “Needs a better sense of humor, though.”

“I heard there’s a new batch coming in soon, several will be from that planet… what’s it called?”

“Oh yessss, Dirt, was it?"

There’s a confused, surprised sound. “They did /terribly/ the last time they were here! I thought we had given up on them!”

“Our scouts said it’s time to re-evaluate them. They’ve stopped sacrificing each other to ‘invisible beings’.” Complete with a sarcastic tone.

A heavy, somewhat angry scoff follows that statement. “I still think we should have annihilated them when they started feeding people to the lions.”

“We don't annihilated species. We aren't like /them/.” The voice is cross and sharp in rebuke.

“We need the most indicative examples of their species otherwise it's all a waste.”

The aliens look slightly ashamed of whatever ‘a waste’ might mean, but they clearly all understand what it does.

There is some sniffing, then, very excited, “Lunch is here!”

The other aliens quickly perk up from their moment of contemplation. “Oh, lunch!” and begin to shuffle out.

Sunday May 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
LARP [Floor 4, Conestoga]

2:00pm

Strong Female Characters in Fiction
What makes an interesting female character? Why do we identify with some fictional women and pan others? Why is it that so many series fail to provide their leading ladies with depth and real motivations? We will explore several characters in depth, assessing their strengths and flaws, as we explore what it takes to make female characters truly stand on their own. A product of SubStandard Science._x000D_


Sunday May 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

2:00pm

GoldenEye 007 Tournament
Nintendo 64, 16 participants.
Sign up to participate in this tournament at the game check out table in the Video Game Room.

Sunday May 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

2:30pm

Room closed for Set-up
Set- up for Greggo's Game Shows: $ale of the Century

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

Greg Wicker

Game Show Host, Guest
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... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

2:30pm

Autographs with Triforce Quartet
Guests will sign autographs during scheduled hours and in the Exhibit Hall during Hall Hours when not otherwise busy with panels or activities.
Triforce Quartet: Guest will sign autographs free of charge. Merch for sale.
More details on autograph policies are available here: https://zenkaikon.com/info/policies#autographs

Speakers
avatar for Triforce Quartet

Triforce Quartet

String Quartet, Guest
The Triforce Quartet is a traditional string quartet that plays video game music.The Triforce Quartet began innocently as a short Zelda medley for an encore of a recital in early 2007, but the video of using traditional string quartet instruments to play music of classic games ga... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Outside Freedom A

2:30pm

Comic Collecting 101
Ever wonder what it means when a comic book is described as "Golden Age?" How does the grading scale influence comics? Come join Children Driving Robots as we explain the basic rules of comic book collecting. We will also share some of our personal experiences from "the Hunt", both good and bad.

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 YouTu... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

2:45pm

Man Up! FTM Cosplay Crash Course 101
From ace bandages to mascara beards, a lot of mistakes are made when trying to create the "male illusion". This presentation is for those female-bodied individuals who need some help creating a more realistic male persona. Learn how to bind safely, create realistic looking beards, and utilize cosmetics to make your "crossplay" more convincing.

Speakers
avatar for Gavin Fernandez

Gavin Fernandez

Cosplayer, Featured Panelist, Educator, Manifest Dreamer Cosplay
I'm a fan of proper LGBT education, Star Wars, and giant mutated plants.


Sunday May 6, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

2:45pm

Sensei-ship: What Anime Teaches Us About Teaching
What do assassination, performing alchemy, protecting Earth, fighting monsters, and being a ninja have in common? If you said “good teachers”, you were correct! A+ for you! Wait… that's not what you were going to say? You may change your mind when you join certified educators and otaku Kaitlyn Stanton and RedKunoichi to investigate anime's greatest teachers. Class is now in session!

Speakers
avatar for Kaitlyn Stanton

Kaitlyn Stanton

I’m a third and fourth grade teacher who also happens to be a major otaku. The intersection of those two traits gets pretty interesting!


Sunday May 6, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

3:00pm

Greggo's Game Shows: $ale of the Century
It's the trivia game show that's also conventions' biggest bargain sale! Offering great prizes for next to nothing -- if you're the best player and the savviest shopper! Make it to the end game and you could take everything away if you're lucky!

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

Greg Wicker

Game Show Host, Guest
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... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

3:00pm

Your Next Convention
Zenkaikon 2018 is coming to an end, which means it is time to plan for your next convention! Join some local convention organizers to learn more about their events!

Speakers
avatar for Kristyn Souder

Kristyn Souder

Vice Con-Chair, Board of Directors


Sunday May 6, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

3:00pm

My Love Story
Takeo Goda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don't want him! (They always go for his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn! Takeo can hardly believe it when he crosses paths with Yamato again, and he finds himself falling in love with her… But with handsome Sunakawa around, does Takeo even stand a chance?

Sunday May 6, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

3:00pm

Recovery of an MMO Junkie
30-year-old Moriko Morioka has given up on reality! Forget dating and responsibilities—she’s escaping to the world of online gaming. Here, she starts a new life as the handsome character Hayashi who, while learning the game, receives help from a beauty named Lily. The longer she plays, the more attached she grows, and soon her online connection will lead to an exciting IRL encounter!

Sunday May 6, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

3:15pm

How to Design and Build a Combat Robot
Ever wanted to build your own combat robot? This panel will show you the basics of designing and building your own combat robot similar to those on Battlebots and Robot Wars.

Speakers

Sunday May 6, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

4:30pm

 


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