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Panels-Workshops [clear filter]
Friday, May 4
 

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

7:30pm 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]

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]

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]

10:30pm 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]
 
Saturday, May 5
 

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

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 →
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 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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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
 

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

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]

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.

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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
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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]

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
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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
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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]

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
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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]
 


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