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Friday, April 28 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Opening Ceremonies

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Join the Convention Chair, special guests, and others as we welcome our members to Zenkaikon 2017!

Speakers
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Karl "Uncle Yo" Custer

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Comedian
Karl "Uncle Yo" Custer is Zenkaikon's premiere geek comedian. His entire collection of four stand-up comedy albums, ranting everything from "Azumanga Daioh" to "Zenkaikon donuts" is available through Spotify, iTunes and Amazon. He is the show-runner of Youtube's fantasy sitcom wi... Read More →
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Keith DeCandido

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Author
Keith R.A. DeCandido was kidnapped by a roving pack of itinerant librarians who trained him in their vile and depraved ways. A career in publishing was an inevitable. He's been writing fiction professionally since 1994, and 23 years later, he's got more than 50 novels, almost 100... Read More →
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Charles Dunbar

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Cultural Presenter
Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime and Japanese culture are one (admittedly large) sphere. After discovering the medium through Dragonball Z in high school, he spent his formative college years indulging in giant robots, Pokemon, JRPGs, and Rurouni Kenshin, ne... Read More →
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Carolina Manga Library

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Library
Zenkaikon is excited to announce a manga library for 2017! The Carolina Manga Library will be set up on the third floor of the Montgomery House all weekend long and also give their panel 'Great Graphic Novels you Should be Reading 2017' on Saturday (see schedule when it is releas... Read More →
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John Patrick Lowrie

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Voice Actor
John Patrick Lowrie was born in 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Boulder, Colorado. At sixteen, he left home to make his way as a singer/guitarist/flutist/trombonist in a rock ‘n’ roll band, sleeping in parks and communes and getting to know several hippies. Surviving t... Read More →
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Ellen McLain

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Voice Actor
Ellen McLain is an opera singer and voice actress from Nashville, Tennessee, USA. She provides voices for many characters in several video games from Valve. Among them are GLaDOS, the artificial intelligence antagonist in Portal (for which she won an AIAS Interactive Achievement... Read More →
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The Slants

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Musical Guest
Portland's The Slants are the first and only all-Asian-American dance rock band in the world. They offer up catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and a bombastic live show that is 'not to be missed' (The Westword). The Willamette Week says 'While the band may well be best experienced... Read More →
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Sonny Strait

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Voice Actor
Most recognized as the voice of Krillin on the wildly popular, animated TV show Dragon Ball Z and as an illustrator for, arguably, the most famous, independently published comic book series Elfquest. Strait has over 20 years of experience in the arts.As a voice actor, Strait is considered to be one of the most recognized in the business. Besides Dragon Ball Z, he has worked on many popular animated series including... Read More →
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Greg Wicker

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Game Show Host
Greg Wicker (or “Greggo” as he’s fondly known) has been producing and hosting game shows at anime conventions since 1999, when he premiered Anime Match Game at Project A-Kon in Dallas. Since then, Greggo has done anime-themed versions of several classic game shows, created... Read More →


Friday April 28, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]