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Friday, May 4
 

11:00am EDT

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 founding member of the DC-based panel troupe "Winning The War On Pants", James "Shep" Hicks has presented panels on a variety of topics within the anime fandom.


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

11:15am EDT

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 front... Read More →
S

Streak

Fixer of Broken Things, Manly Battleships


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

11:15am EDT

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

Lauren Bellamy

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 Geeks... Read More →
avatar for Lyndsey Bellamy

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 Geeks... Read More →


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

11:30am EDT

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 YouTube... Read More →


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

11:45am EDT

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 Serenity Zachariadou

Serenity Zachariadou

Panelist, Velvet Rose Creations


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

12:15pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

12:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

12:30pm EDT

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
Darling began her descent into cosplay experimenting with body paint and hasn’t stopped since. Learning and growing, Darling enjoys teaching others the perfect paint job, how to create cheaply & efficiently, or performing in fun interactive panels!


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

12:30pm EDT

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 Kat (Ichigo) Lemons

Kat (Ichigo) Lemons

Owner/Designer/Photographer, Strawberry Paper Doll/E.o.E. Photography
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 make... Read More →


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

12:45pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

1:00pm EDT

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 Fighter... 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 corgi... 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, never... 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 Little... 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 genres... 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 gained... 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, Hatchin... 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 EDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

1:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

1:45pm EDT

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@neomagicwarriorfacebook.com/legends of the interwebs


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

2:00pm EDT

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, never... Read More →


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

2:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

2:15pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

2:30pm EDT

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

Creative Director, In Defense of SEGA
I am the Founder/Creative Director of the "In Defense of SEGA" project, a grassroots campaign dedicated to the positive enjoyment of modern-day SEGA productions. Overall, I enjoy video games from many different companies, and am very passionate about the medium.


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

2:45pm EDT

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 and... Read More →


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

3:15pm EDT

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 and Ryan

Channy and Ryan

TeamJupiterDrops
Cosplay duo fighting gerblins and collecting dragons.


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

3:30pm EDT

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 genres... Read More →


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

4:00pm EDT

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 games... Read More →


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

4:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

5:00pm EDT

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

Laura, better known in fannish circles as Lady Norbert, is constantly shadowed by her best friend and self-appointed bodyguard, Andrea, and talks way too much about Dragon Age in her free time. She spends too much time on Tumblr and is known colloquially as the Adoptive Mother of... Read More →


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

5:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

5:30pm EDT

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 games... Read More →


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

5:45pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

6:15pm EDT

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 genres... Read More →


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

6:45pm EDT

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

Lauren Bellamy

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 Geeks... Read More →
avatar for Lyndsey Bellamy

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 Geeks... Read More →


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

7:00pm EDT

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 Little... Read More →


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

7:15pm EDT

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, Hatchin... 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 EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

7:15pm EDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Bruce

Adrian Bruce

Light In the Dark
avatar for Laurel Minott

Laurel Minott

Light in the dark


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

7:30pm EDT

"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, never... Read More →


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

7:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

8:15pm EDT

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 Women... Read More →


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

8:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

8:45pm EDT

+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. 
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Laura Prince

+2 Comedy


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

8:45pm EDT

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
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Yosei

Yosei has an educational background in literature and speculative fiction. They are a member of Doomtastic, a small group of friends who run panels on all things geeky and nerdy.


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

9:00pm EDT

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 front... Read More →
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Streak

Fixer of Broken Things, Manly Battleships


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

9:45pm EDT

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
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Lauren Bellamy

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 Geeks... Read More →
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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 Geeks... Read More →


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

10:00pm EDT

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

Laura, better known in fannish circles as Lady Norbert, is constantly shadowed by her best friend and self-appointed bodyguard, Andrea, and talks way too much about Dragon Age in her free time. She spends too much time on Tumblr and is known colloquially as the Adoptive Mother of... Read More →


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

10:00pm EDT

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 fandom... Read More →


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

10:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:15pm EDT

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
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dj Date Masamune

Staff, Communications
Just a humble cosplayer who loves to do panels...& loves Gauron ^.^;


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

10:30pm EDT

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 corgi... Read More →


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

11:15pm EDT

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 front... Read More →
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Streak

Fixer of Broken Things, Manly Battleships


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

11:30pm EDT

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
avatar for Bob Zygala

Bob Zygala

Department Head, Mobile Tech


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

12:00am EDT

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 Salvino is an artist based in Lancaster, PA. He makes sumi ink paintings, comics, and sculpture that explore fantasy and science fiction.


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

12:30am EDT

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

Jazz, Children Driving Robots
Jazz is the newest member of Children Driving Robots having only been a follower of the Kyle for the last three years. That was when she was permitted by Kyle to marry Willard. Together they have two cats Chloe and Grey Skull. She doesn’t like talking about herself though, if she... Read More →


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

12:30am EDT

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
avatar for James Hicks

James Hicks

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

A founding member of the DC-based panel troupe "Winning The War On Pants", James "Shep" Hicks has presented panels on a variety of topics within the anime fandom.


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

12:45am EDT

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 front... Read More →
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Streak

Fixer of Broken Things, Manly Battleships


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

9:00am EDT

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 Lamia Creations

Lamia Creations

Costume Panelist, Lamia Creations
I sew, I craft, I bling, I embroider, I knit, and sometimes I even finish a project.


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

9:00am EDT

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 Kat (Ichigo) Lemons

Kat (Ichigo) Lemons

Owner/Designer/Photographer, Strawberry Paper Doll/E.o.E. Photography
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 make... Read More →


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

9:15am EDT

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 Rym DeCoster

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 EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

9:15am EDT

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 EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:15am EDT

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 Programs, 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 license... 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 12 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 planning... Read More →


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

10:30am EDT

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 EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:30am EDT

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 EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:30am EDT

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 front... Read More →
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Streak

Fixer of Broken Things, Manly Battleships


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

11:00am EDT

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 gained... Read More →


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

11:30am EDT

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 founding member of the DC-based panel troupe "Winning The War On Pants", James "Shep" Hicks has presented panels on a variety of topics within the anime fandom.


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

11:30am EDT

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 Fighter... Read More →
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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 Little... 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 Women... 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, Hatchin... 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 EDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

12:00pm EDT

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 genres... Read More →


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

12:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

12:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:00pm EDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller

Come talk to me about Pro Wrestling and I'll hit you with the Rolling DDT


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

12:45pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

1:15pm EDT

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, never... Read More →


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

1:15pm EDT

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
avatar for Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller

Come talk to me about Pro Wrestling and I'll hit you with the Rolling DDT


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

1:15pm EDT

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 YouTube... Read More →
avatar for Jocelyn Pesansky

Jocelyn Pesansky

Jazz, Children Driving Robots
Jazz is the newest member of Children Driving Robots having only been a follower of the Kyle for the last three years. That was when she was permitted by Kyle to marry Willard. Together they have two cats Chloe and Grey Skull. She doesn’t like talking about herself though, if she... Read More →


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

2:00pm EDT

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 genres... Read More →


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

2:15pm EDT

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 games... Read More →


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

2:30pm EDT

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

Lauren Bellamy

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 Geeks... Read More →
avatar for Lyndsey Bellamy

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 Geeks... Read More →


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

3:00pm EDT

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 corgi... Read More →


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

3:00pm EDT

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 Fighter... Read More →


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

3:00pm EDT

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
SJ

Scott Johnson

Staff, BOD
I'm the Director of Programming for Zenkaikon, I was the Vice con Chair in 2018 and I served as the Head of Live Programming from 2006 to 2017 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... Read More →


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

3:45pm EDT

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 front... Read More →
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Streak

Fixer of Broken Things, Manly Battleships


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

4:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

4:15pm EDT

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

Laura, better known in fannish circles as Lady Norbert, is constantly shadowed by her best friend and self-appointed bodyguard, Andrea, and talks way too much about Dragon Age in her free time. She spends too much time on Tumblr and is known colloquially as the Adoptive Mother of... Read More →


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

4:15pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

4:30pm EDT

+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 EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

5:00pm EDT

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

Founder, Keeping Friendship Magic
A student of all things fandom, Forward Progress is excited to return for his sixth 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 EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

5:00pm EDT

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, never... Read More →


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

5:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

5:45pm EDT

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

Speakers
avatar for White Rakogis

White Rakogis

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


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

5:45pm EDT

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 Kat (Ichigo) Lemons

Kat (Ichigo) Lemons

Owner/Designer/Photographer, Strawberry Paper Doll/E.o.E. Photography
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 make... Read More →


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

6:15pm EDT

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 Programs, 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 license... 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 12 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 planning... Read More →


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

6:45pm EDT

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 front... Read More →
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Streak

Fixer of Broken Things, Manly Battleships


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

6:45pm EDT

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 Rym DeCoster

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 EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

6:45pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

7:00pm EDT

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 Collodel

Amanda Collodel

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

Lamia Creations

Costume Panelist, Lamia Creations
I sew, I craft, I bling, I embroider, I knit, and sometimes I even finish a project.


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

7:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

7:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Tellus 360 [2nd Floor, Tig Caleb]

8:00pm EDT

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
avatar for Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller

Come talk to me about Pro Wrestling and I'll hit you with the Rolling DDT


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

8:00pm EDT

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 YouTube... Read More →


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

8:00pm EDT

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 front... Read More →
S

Streak

Fixer of Broken Things, Manly Battleships


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

8:30pm EDT

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, never... 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 Little... 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, Hatchin... 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 games... 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 EDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

8:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

8:45pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

9:15pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

9:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:30pm EDT

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 YouTube... Read More →


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

10:00pm EDT

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

Creative Director, In Defense of SEGA
I am the Founder/Creative Director of the "In Defense of SEGA" project, a grassroots campaign dedicated to the positive enjoyment of modern-day SEGA productions. Overall, I enjoy video games from many different companies, and am very passionate about the medium.


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

10:15pm EDT

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 gained... Read More →


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

10:30pm EDT

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 Fighter... 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 Little... 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 Women... 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 genres... 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 EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

10:30pm EDT

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, never... Read More →


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

10:45pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:45pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

11:30pm EDT

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 front... Read More →
S

Streak

Fixer of Broken Things, Manly Battleships


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

11:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

11:45pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

11:45pm EDT

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 fandom... Read More →


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

11:45pm EDT

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, never... Read More →


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

12:00am EDT

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

Lauren Bellamy

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 Geeks... Read More →
avatar for Lyndsey Bellamy

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 Geeks... Read More →


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

12:30am EDT

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

Founder, Keeping Friendship Magic
A student of all things fandom, Forward Progress is excited to return for his sixth 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 EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

12:30am EDT

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 EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

12:45am EDT

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 EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:45am EDT

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 front... Read More →
S

Streak

Fixer of Broken Things, Manly Battleships


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

1:00am EDT

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
avatar for Brian Harkless

Brian Harkless

Department Head, Mobile Tech


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

9:00am EDT

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 EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

9:00am EDT

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 EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:00am EDT

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 Yosei

Yosei

Yosei has an educational background in literature and speculative fiction. They are a member of Doomtastic, a small group of friends who run panels on all things geeky and nerdy.


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

9:15am EDT

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 front... Read More →
S

Streak

Fixer of Broken Things, Manly Battleships


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

9:30am EDT

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 Rym DeCoster

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 EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

9:45am EDT

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 YouTube... Read More →


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

10:00am EDT

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
SJ

Scott Johnson

Staff, BOD
I'm the Director of Programming for Zenkaikon, I was the Vice con Chair in 2018 and I served as the Head of Live Programming from 2006 to 2017 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... Read More →


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

10:00am EDT

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 and... Read More →


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

10:00am EDT

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 EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:15am EDT

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 EDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

10:30am EDT

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 EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:00am EDT

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 EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

11:00am EDT

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, Hatchin... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

11:00am EDT

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 front... Read More →
S

Streak

Fixer of Broken Things, Manly Battleships


Sunday May 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

11:00am EDT

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, never... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

11:15am EDT

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 Lamia Creations

Lamia Creations

Costume Panelist, Lamia Creations
I sew, I craft, I bling, I embroider, I knit, and sometimes I even finish a project.


Sunday May 6, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

11:30am EDT

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 EDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

12:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:15pm EDT

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 support... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:15pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

12:15pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

12:30pm EDT

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
Darling began her descent into cosplay experimenting with body paint and hasn’t stopped since. Learning and growing, Darling enjoys teaching others the perfect paint job, how to create cheaply & efficiently, or performing in fun interactive panels!


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

1:30pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

1:30pm EDT

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 corgi... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

1:30pm EDT

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 genres... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

1:45pm EDT

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 Salvino is an artist based in Lancaster, PA. He makes sumi ink paintings, comics, and sculpture that explore fantasy and science fiction.


Sunday May 6, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

2:00pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

2:30pm EDT

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 YouTube... Read More →


Sunday May 6, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

2:45pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

2:45pm EDT

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 Alpha Betty

Alpha Betty

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 EDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

3:00pm EDT

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 games... Read More →


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

3:00pm EDT

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

Department Head, Communications


Sunday May 6, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

3:15pm EDT

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 EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

4:30pm EDT

 


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