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Saturday, April 29
 

9:00am

In Defense of SEGA
Recent Sonic games ruining your childhood? Feel like SEGA doesn't know how to make good games anymore? Fear not! Ty the SEGA Guy is here to steer you right! In Defense of SEGA will highlight the excellent titles of the last 17 years. From the end of the Dreamcast era to the modern gaming age, from Billy Hatcher to Yakuza, this SEGA maniac has you covered!

Speakers
avatar for Ty Hornbeck

Ty Hornbeck

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


Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

9:00am

The History of Anime Opening/Closing Themes
Do you like Anime Openings and Closings? Then you will love this panel! Come see the origins of the Opening theme, how it progressed through history, and see where Openings and Closings stand in recent years. There will also be a brief Q&A session towards the end of the presentation.

Speakers
JH

Joseph Haughey

Staff, AMV


Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:00am

Undertale: Q&A and More!
Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to ask Sans about his ketchup addiction? Or maybe what Temmie is going to college for? What about Mettaton's big secret? Ask these questions and more at the first ever Zenkaikon Undertale Ask and Game Panel! 

Speakers
DH

Deej Hinton

Staff, Staff Pool


Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

9:00am

Black Cat
Sven is barely scraping by when he crosses paths with the Black Cat and the young bio-weapon Eve. This trio will need more than luck to survive when they find themselves sought by both the Chronos Numbers and a Taoist revolutionary group called the Apostles of the Star.

Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

9:00am

Haikyu!!
Inspired by a small-statured pro volleyball player, Hinata creates a volleyball team in his last year of middle school. Unfortunately the team is matched up against  and loses to the "King of the Court" Tobio Kageyama’s team. After the crushing defeat, Hinata vows to surpass Kageyama.

Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

9:00am

Cosplay Masquerade Rehearsal
Open ONLY to Masquerade Participants. 

Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Main Events [Freedom A]

9:00am

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

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

Any participant who does not follow the rules of the competition, misses line up times, or does not follow the instructions of cosplay staff during the event, may be disqualified at the discretion of the Head of Cosplay.

Due to an overwhelming number of participants in 2016, we had a pre-registration for this competition which opened April 1st and closed April 15th, 2017.  We do have limited slots “at con.” All slots are first come, first serve.  We will strive to see as many people as possible. Unfortunately, we will cap the Hall Cosplay Contest, if needed. 

Rules 
1. Participants may not enter a costume in the Hall Cosplay Contest that they did not make. It is expected that participants are the primary creator of the costume and make at least 75% of it. Youth participants can be expected to have received help with their costumes, however, the youth participant must have had a hand in its construction. If the major part that makes it a costume is purchased (e.g. You are Edward Elric and you made the pants, shirt, and wig, but purchased your cloak, or have created a costume from a “kit”), it cannot be entered. 
2. If the costume has ever won a “Best of” award or placed (ie. 1st, 2nd, 3rd), at any convention, it may not be entered in our competition. 
3. PRINTED ​reference material is required. Even if a character is popular or well-known, reference material is needed in order to judge for accuracy. Lack of ​PRINTED ​reference will greatly affect scoring, as not every judge has knowledge of every detail of every character. Quality printouts of screen-captures and official images of characters, and art book images are acceptable. Please include images that show front, back, and sides to demonstrate details of your costume. Not every character will have such images available, but the more shown to the judges, the better they can analyze the costume. Progress pictures of construction work may also help, but remember that judging time is very limited and the judges do not have the time to look through pages upon pages of reference. 
4. All costumes and props are subject to the Zenkaikon Convention Policies. 
5. Participants may have models to display their costumes. However, the primary creator must be present to explain their creations, and only the creator will be eligible for any awards for those costumes. No more than five (5) models/costumes may be presented. 
6. Groups are welcome to be judged together but no more than five (5) participants may be in any given group. 
7. Staged falls, as well as smoke, pyrotechnics, glitter, or other special effects that will leave a mess behind are prohibited. This rule also applies to the “Fashion Show” and Masquerade, for the safety of all entrants. 
8. Entries may be in the form of Anime/Manga, Video Game, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Original Design, Adaptation, Fan-Art costumes, and any other costumes related to one or more of these genres. Costumes are not limited to source. 
9. Participants’ costumes must allow them freedom of movement. Cosplay staff will be unable to assist entrants with their costumes. For the “Fashion Show”, entrants must be able to navigate stairs and move across the stage unassisted. 
10. The number and types of awards presented are at the discretion of Zenkaikon Cosplay Staff and the Head of Cosplay. 
11. You must be ready for your scheduled judging appointment.  Lateness and lack of preparation will DISQUALIFY your entry. To be early is to be on time. 
12. Zenkaikon Staff are not permitted to enter the competition. 
13. Entrants will be judged according to Skill Level. The skill levels for judging are as follows:
Youth 
This is the category for those under 13 years old. Participants in this category will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This includes groups that are majority youth. Though it is expected that youth entries will have assistance, it is assumed that the work entered is still mostly created by the youth entrant. If the work is wholly created by a parent/guardian, a relative, or an older sibling, the entry should be entered in the appropriate Skill Level under the actual creator. 
Novice 
Professional costumers may not enter in the Novice division. A contestant who has competed and won in any division other than Novice may not enter as a Novice. A contestant who has won 3 or more major awards in the Novice division must enter in a higher division. Intermediate (previously Journeyman), Professional costumers may not enter in the Intermediate division.  A contestant who has competed and won in the Craftsman division may not enter as a Journeyman.  A contestant who has won 3 or more major awards in the Journeyman division must enter in the Craftsman division. 
Craftsman  
Any contestant may enter the Craftsman division. 

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

Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00am - 1:00pm
Montgomery House, First Floor

9:00am

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

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

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

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

Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00am - Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00am
Artemis [Floor 3, Walnut]

9:00am

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

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

Prizes: Everyone who completes the Scavenger Hunt will win an exclusive Zenkaikon Sticker

Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00am - Sunday April 30, 2017 2:00am
Info Desk [Floor 2]

9:15am

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


Saturday April 29, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

9:15am

Fumi Yoshinaga: Once you have tasted it, you will understand.
Come celebrate the genius of one of the world's greatest modern mangaka, Fumi Yoshinaga! We will review and discuss all of her series and the wonderful characters that populate her worlds! And if you have never heard of Fumi Yoshinaga, come and learn about the brilliance of her works and learn that special something your manga shelves have been missing all these years!

Speakers
avatar for Brandi Swenson

Brandi Swenson

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

CJ Thomas

Panelist
Manga and cats and anime and cats and video games! And cats! | I've been reading manga since about 2002 and I own far more than any single human should own. My favorite manga of all time is Banana Fish. You can also find me on MAL as well. | http://myanimelist.net/profile/FallnKnightFakir


Saturday April 29, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

10:00am

The Fanperson's Guide to Dead Fandoms
You've begun to notice that your fan-art isn't popular anymore. That fanfic you began reading hasn't updated in three years. Your favorite cosplayer suddenly dropped the fandom they were known for. Face it, you're in a dead fandom. Our panelists know that it sucks, and we're ready to come along for the ride. Through various methods across many medias, this panel will help keep the spirit and excitement of dulling fanbases. Join two hopeless nerds on their quest to bring excitement and importance back to dead fandoms.

Speakers
avatar for Gavin Fernandez

Gavin Fernandez

Cosplayer, Manifest Dreamer Cosplay
I really like Star Wars.


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

10:00am

Open Mic Karaoke
Song Rules


  • Must be an anime song, J-pop song, or Japanese video game song.



  • Must be six minutes in length or under. Songs that are longer will be cut at six minutes.



  • Must not contain profanities.


General Rules


  • You can only sign up to sing one song at a time. Once you have sung your song, you can sign up again.



  • It is strongly recommended that you bring the backing track for the song you want to sing, as well as lyrics, if needed. We will have a database of songs you can pick from, but it will by no means have all possible songs.



  • You are encouraged to sing and have fun, but no heckling or doing anything that would be deemed dangerous on the stage.



  • To make sure you have time to sing, please show up as early as you can. Songs will be banned for the day, if sung too many times.


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

10:00am

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

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

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

Friday: 1:00PM- 10:00PM

Saturday: 10:00AM- 10:00PM

Sunday: 10:00AM-1:00PM

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00am - 10:00pm
Montgomery House, First Floor

10:00am

Carolina Manga 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 for panel time and room)

Speakers
avatar for Carolina Manga Library

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 released for time and room). Manga Library Hours of Operation (Montgomery House Third Floor):Friday, April 28: 12-10PMSaturday, April 29: 10AM-10PM,Sunday, April 30: 10AM-3PM... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00am - 10:00pm
Montgomery House, Third Floor

10:15am

Autographs with Sonny Strait
Guest will sign one item (program book OR other item) and take one photo/person for free. Additional autographs are $20 each, additional photos are $10 each and audio/visual recordings with/of guests are $25 each. Guest will be signing autographs at his table both during officially scheduled times and when not participating in panels/activities. 

More details on autograph policies are available here.

Speakers
avatar for Sonny Strait

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... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Exhibit Hall [Freedom B]

10:15am

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

Speakers
avatar for Brian Beccia

Brian Beccia

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


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

10:15am

Inspirational/Uplifting Moments in Anime
Ever watch an anime and thought, Wow, I never thought of it like that, Or, Wow, that was inspiring? Well this presentation features a bunch of those kinds of moments from various different types of anime. There will also be a brief Q&A session towards the end of the presentation.

Speakers
JH

Joseph Haughey

Staff, AMV


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

10:15am

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 April 29, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:30am

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

presented by Doomtastic.

Speakers
JK

Julia Klag

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


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:30am

Kuroko's Basketball
An up-and-coming basketball player, Taiga Kagami, is just back from America. When he comes to Seirin High School, he meets the super-ordinary boy, Tetsuya Kuroko. Kagami is shocked to find that Kuroko is the sixth member of the Miracle Generation, but isn't good at basketball, in fact, he's bad! Kuroko is super plain, but his plainness lets him pass the ball around without the other team noticing him.

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

10:30am

World Trigger
One day, a gate to another world opened in Mikado City. Invaders from another dimension, referred to as Neighbors, overran the area around the gate, leaving the city gripped by fear. However, a mysterious group suddenly appeared and repelled the Neighbors. This Border Defense Agency independently researches Neighbor technology and fights to protect this world. It has been four years since they managed to build a base and prepare a defensive system against the Neighbors.

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

10:45am

Voice With Me: Character Voices
Are you a hobbyists, amateur or budding voice actor? Want some tips on creating voices for characters? Some acting techniques to improve your depth and range? Maybe need that little boost of confidence? Come join us for a voiceover chat and Q&A!  Hosted by M (Amira/America) and Sean Weiland (Will/Tommy) from the comedy audiodrama HEX Support and Young Avengers Live.


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

11:00am

Keeping Fandoms Magic
Otaku, Bronies, Gamers, Whovians, Trekkies, and so much more fill the halls of Zenkaikon each year. How can so many different communities unite together? We'll take a look at some of the common controversies throughout various fandoms and the science behind what pits us against one another. Topics will include being a "real fan," internet trolls, and challenging public perception.

*A Keeping Friendship Magic presentation

Speakers
avatar for Forward Progress

Forward Progress

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


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

11:00am

Magic: The Gathering Tournament [Sealed Launch Deck]
Once again, Zenkaikon will be hosting an officially sanctioned Magic: The Gathering TCG tournament on Saturday, April 2nd, running from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Tournament organization provided by Six Feet Under Games, just up the road in New Holland, PA! We will be presenting one tournament form this year: a sealed launch deck tournament featuring the Amonkhet expansion!. This tournament will use the Swiss pairing algorithm for advancement so expect to get lots of play time! $30 cash fee required for the sealed deck tournament. The tournament is limited to 30 players

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1 + 2]

11:30am

11:30am

Room Closed for Setup
Setup for Cosplay Dating Game

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

11:30am

The Voice Actors Panel
Oh no!  By walking into the Main Events Hall I have been transported to an alternative dimension.  Spike Spiegal is quoting Deadpool lines to the Major, while Glados is arguing with Sniper AND Krillin over the finer plot points of Rogue One?!  Oh wait this must be this year’s Voice Actor Panel featuring: Steve Blum, John Patrick Lowrie, Ellen McLain, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Sonny Strait!



Speakers
avatar for Steve Blum

Steve Blum

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Voice Actor
With literally hundreds of voiceover credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop; Wolverine from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, the X-Men anime and more); Orochimaru, Zabuza, and others from Naruto; Green Goblin from the Spectacular Spiderman series; Heatblast, Vilgax and Ghostfreak... Read More →
avatar for John Patrick Lowrie

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 the draft, he graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music, and for a few years managed to make a living as a composer and guitarist in... Read More →
avatar for Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Voice Actor
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice-over actress, writer, singer, and director. | | As an actress, she is perhaps most famous for being the voice of Major Motoko Kusanagi for the Ghost in the Shell series, portraying her for the films Innocence and Solid State Society, as well as the critically acclaimed TV series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the 2007 American Anime Award for Best Actress. You can also hear her as... Read More →
avatar for Ellen McLain

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 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance) and Portal 2, the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine overwatch for the Half-Life 2... Read More →
avatar for Sonny Strait

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... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

11:30am

Makeup to Make Believe: A Guide to Cosplay and Drag Makeup
This isn't just your "no makeup" makeup look! Join seasoned cosplayers Elle Suda and The Batty Unicorn for a humorous and interactive adventure into the world of stage makeup, complete with live demonstrations. Have you ever wanted to know how to cover your eyebrows, get that realistic "anime eye" look, contour and highlight like a pro, or know the answer to that pesky question, "Just how important is makeup for cosplay?". Whether you're into cosplay, drag, or special effects makeup- it's all here!

Speakers
avatar for Elle Suda

Elle Suda

Panelist and Cosplayer
Elle Suda is a cosplayer, artist and self taught MUA based in both Philadelphia, PA and New England. Upon discovering cosplay at a young age in 2011, she soon jumped into the world of crafting, sewing, and wig styling. From creating Mileena from Mortal Kombat's mouth to sickening cut creases, Suda is well known for her affinity and unique cosplay makeup style which borrows from broadway stage techniques, editorial runway glam, and drag. Suda is... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

11:45am

Grinding Mechanics in Game Design
The Grind. We've all experienced it. We've all complained about it. Some of us secretly love it. But ask 100 people what it actually IS, and you'll get 40 different answers. Join us for a mechanical discussion of what "grinding" really means in games. Is it necessary for a "classic MMO?" Is it part of the genre of a "JRPG?" Does it exist in board games? Is it bad? Is it good? Is it necessary? Part storytelling, part game design, part game theory—let's explore the grind from all angles

Speakers
avatar for Rym DeCoster

Rym DeCoster

Producer, GeekNights
GeekNights is a long-running (12 years) podcast for hobbyists, tinkerers, and, for lack of a better word, geeks. Hosts Rym and Scott delve into topics ranging from computer science to Eurogaming, anime to fantasy fiction, indie comics to gadgetry, two-four nights a week for your listening pleasure, with well over 1000 episodes to date. | | Here, they appear as game design professionals talking about the nature and craft of rules in... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:45am

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

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:45am - 1:45pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

12:00pm

Cosplay Dating Game
ALL AGES

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

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

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

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:00pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

Greg Wicker

Zenkaikon 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 a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Montgomery House, Second Floor

12:00pm

Transformers: The Birds & the Bumblebees
A series of toys, cartoons, comics, and now live action movie thrillers all about robots from another world that come to earth and hide as cars, trucks, planes, and all kinds of other earthly creations. 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 Japanese and American toy companies working together. [A Manly Battleships® Production]


Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

12:00pm

Free! -Eternal Summer-
Haru, Makoto, Nagisa, Rei, and Rin are reunited once again. After the last swimming meet, the bonds of friendship have only gotten stronger, and with each passing day these boys continue to grow.

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

12:00pm

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

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

12:00pm

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

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

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

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

More information is available at our website.

Saturday April 29, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

12:15pm

Great Graphic Novels you Should be Reading 2017
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
avatar for Carolina Manga Library

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 released for time and room). Manga Library Hours of Operation (Montgomery House Third Floor):Friday, April 28: 12-10PMSaturday, April 29: 10AM-10PM,Sunday, April 30: 10AM-3PM... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

1:00pm

Identity and Steven Universe
Identity is a sensitive subject, and few shows have handled the complicated questions of character origin, interaction and development as Rebecca Sugar's beloved Steven Universe. Welcome to the cross-cut of each Crystal Gem and how they allegorically represent a full, eclectic spectrum of humanity.

Speakers
avatar for Karl

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 with puppets, "Dungeon Crawlers" as well as emcee for Cosplay Burlesque. Playwright, retired podcaster and puppeteer, he's back with new panels, new games to teach you, and... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

1:00pm

League of Learners: A Beginners Guide to League of Legends
League of Legends is popular both in part to its casual fanbase and professional esports scene. However, the learning curve can be steep to players new to the MOBA genre. We're here to introduce you to the world of LoL and get you started with a basic understanding of roles, classes, and tactics.
Complete beginners and seasoned veterans welcome. A Q&A will take place after a presentation and demo. See you on the rift, summoner!

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Cross

Jamie Cross

Panelist
Hi, I'm Jamie, and I'm an art student, cosplayer, and video game enthusiast. My favorite games are League of Legends, Overwatch, Undertale, Skyrim, Animal Crossing, and Rhythm Heaven. I also grew up watching a lot of anime, which is something that is still very near and dear to my heart. | I started exploring cosplay when I was in high school. Nowadays, I have quite a few under my belt! Some of my best are Tristana from League, Frisk from... Read More →
avatar for Jerrod Steis

Jerrod Steis

League of Legends nerd and general video game loser. | | I play wayyyy too many video games and I'm in the process of creating my own. | | I'm a chiptune music maker, eSports journalist/analyst, and I try to be funny. | | I hope to teach people a bunch of stuff about my favorite game League of Legends, while simultaneously still retaining credibility.


Saturday April 29, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

1:15pm

Bullying in Fandom, or: Why Can't We Just Play Nice?
The Knights of Fandom return to once again discuss bullying as being a pervasive problem in fandom today. Have you or a friend ever been asked to prove you're a "real" fan? Been made to feel uncomfortable about what you choose to cosplay? Come be part of the dialogue and help make fandom a safer place for everyone to play!

Speakers
avatar for Laura Klotz

Laura Klotz

Panelist
Laura, better known in fannish circles as Lady Norbert, runs the Knights of Fandom and runs a panel every year about the pervasive issue of bullying. She is constantly shadowed by her best friend and self-appointed bodyguard, Andrea. She spends too much time on Tumblr and is known colloquially as the adoptive mother of the internet. Feel free to say hi!


Saturday April 29, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

1:30pm

Autographs with Steve Blum and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Guest will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
-  2 autographs/person are free on fan supplied items. Additional Autographs are $20 each. Recordings or phone calls are $20 each. Photos with guest at the table are $10 each.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Blum

Steve Blum

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Voice Actor
With literally hundreds of voiceover credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop; Wolverine from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, the X-Men anime and more); Orochimaru, Zabuza, and others from Naruto; Green Goblin from the Spectacular Spiderman series; Heatblast, Vilgax and Ghostfreak... Read More →
avatar for Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Voice Actor
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice-over actress, writer, singer, and director. | | As an actress, she is perhaps most famous for being the voice of Major Motoko Kusanagi for the Ghost in the Shell series, portraying her for the films Innocence and Solid State Society, as well as the critically acclaimed TV series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the 2007 American Anime Award for Best Actress. You can also hear her as... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall [Freedom B]

1:30pm

Room Closed for Setup
Setup for Autographs with John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain

Saturday April 29, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

1:45pm

Room Closed for Setup
Setup for Greggo's Game Shows: Password with John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain Setup

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

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 a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 1:45pm - 2:15pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

1:45pm

Foreign Anime Openers
Arabic Naruto, Russian One Piece, German Sailor Moon: why do different nations localize anime opening music the way they do? Music is powerful, and in localizing or outright rewriting it, interesting things happen. Let's explore anime openings from around the world!

Speakers
avatar for Rym DeCoster

Rym DeCoster

Producer, GeekNights
GeekNights is a long-running (12 years) podcast for hobbyists, tinkerers, and, for lack of a better word, geeks. Hosts Rym and Scott delve into topics ranging from computer science to Eurogaming, anime to fantasy fiction, indie comics to gadgetry, two-four nights a week for your listening pleasure, with well over 1000 episodes to date. | | Here, they appear as game design professionals talking about the nature and craft of rules in... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

2:00pm

Mononoke no Ghibli: The Weird Worlds of Miyazaki
Miyazaki was fond of saying he liked to build his worlds before his stories, and it shows. They have this mysterious and sacred aspects that often define them, and their characters. But how he creates them is an interesting blend of folklore and pop thought, among so many other things. This panel explores some of the ways in which mononoke- mystery- can be depicted and transformed through his works. 

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

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, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

2:00pm

Erased
Satoru Fujinuma is a young manga artist struggling to make a name for himself following his debut. That is not the only thing that Satoru has to be frustrated about. He is also living with a strange condition called Revival that only he is able to experience. It is a strange phenomenon where one is transferred back to the moment right before something life-threatening occurs. This continues to happen until the cause of the threat is erased. It is as if somebody is forcing Satoru to stop it from happening

Saturday April 29, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

2:00pm

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

Saturday April 29, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

2:15pm

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

Speakers
avatar for John Patrick Lowrie

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 the draft, he graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music, and for a few years managed to make a living as a composer and guitarist in... Read More →
avatar for Ellen McLain

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 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance) and Portal 2, the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine overwatch for the Half-Life 2... Read More →
avatar for Greg Wicker

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 a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

2:15pm

Learning Japanese
In this fun and interactive presentation, we'll discuss both basic and advanced Japanese study as well as answer your language-learning questions! What textbooks or sites are best? What is a "te form verb"? How can I practice colloquial/"real" Japanese? What does that catchphrase in my favorite anime REALLY mean? We'll be covering all this, plus playing some games that will teach you important Japanese grammar!

Speakers
LC

Lily Cernak

Panelist


Saturday April 29, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

2:30pm

How to Create Electronic Music
The Slants explain the basics on writing/producing electronic dance music using loops and synthesizers popular editing programs Ableton Live and Reason. Free versions of the software will be given out to everyone attending. Panel sponsored by Ableton Live.

Speakers
avatar for The Slants

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 live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles.' The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

3:00pm

Figure It Out: An Intro to Figure Collecting
Wouldn't it be nice to have a mini likeness of your waifu/husbando in on your shelf/desk/coffee table? Looking for an interesting conversation piece? Stop in and get a crash course on the world of figure collecting. Learn the ins and outs of collecting from how to get started, where to find the best deals, how to spot a fake/bootleg and how to display and store your figures for safe keeping!


Saturday April 29, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

3:00pm

Yummy ~~ Food Anime
Food has influenced anime in some crazy ways. From culinary food battles with giant meatballs to pandas running cafes, join us in drooling over grilled meat, crispy pork katsu, and the cutest cakes imaginable. 


 

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

3:00pm

Towerfall: Ascension (PS4)
How it Works
With your convention badge, you gain access to unlimited console gaming hosted by Final Boss Gaming. In the Electronic Console Gaming Arena players of all ages and skill levels gather in celebration of intense console gaming action.  Come stop by for a quick game between events, or stay for the whole convention and step your game to the next level.

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

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

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

More information is available at our website.

Saturday April 29, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

3:15pm

Cosplay Makeup Class for Beginners
As Julius Caesar once said: "I came, I saw, I contoured." That's right, folks! Come to "Cosplay Makeup Class for Beginners," and learn how to put on simple cosplay makeup. We'll be covering topics such as applying foundation and concealer, contouring, winging that eyeliner, and more techniques to help you achieve that cartoon/anime look. Plus, there will be a live presentation, so you can witness how makeup can magically transform anyone into any anime character.

Speakers
avatar for Julia Winnaye

Julia Winnaye

Hi, my name is Julia, and I'm just your average 17 year old who loves to share her passion for the art of makeup and cosplay to the world. | Instagram: @juliawinnaye


Saturday April 29, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

3:30pm

Uncle Yo’s Stand Up Comedy
Uncle Yo is...wait. Again? No, seriously, we're letting this happen again? WHY?! He's just gonna walk on-stage, yell about cartoons and comic books in a socially relevant long-form ran, then leave the audience in tears. I refuse to write anymore copy. I won't!

Speakers
avatar for Karl

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 with puppets, "Dungeon Crawlers" as well as emcee for Cosplay Burlesque. Playwright, retired podcaster and puppeteer, he's back with new panels, new games to teach you, and... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

3:30pm

Fanfiction for Fun (and Profit?)
You can't sell fanfiction. So is writing it a waste of time? No way! Learn to use your fanfiction as a stepping stone to creating original characters and stories. 

Speakers
avatar for Katrina S. Forest

Katrina S. Forest

Panelist
I’m a teacher by day, writer by any-other-time-I-can-get. I'm a firm believer that fanfiction is a great tool to help us grow as writers, and I'm very happy to be speaking at this year's Zenkaikon.


Saturday April 29, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

3:45pm

Gameshow Impossibru: I Know that Voice! (Replacement panel!)
The Manly Battleships Brings you the orginal English Dub Track guessing game! Come Test your knowledge of voice over artists in a variety of new, not-new, old and perhaps even ancient shows (even the occasional game!). There will be prizes to offset the massive strain on your brains!.




Saturday April 29, 2017 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

3:45pm

Autographs with John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain
Guests will sign one item (program book OR other item)/person for free. Additional signatures (8x10 signed photos) ($10 each) and John’s book can be purchased at the table ($20 each). Photos (selfies) with GUESTS and/or audio/visual recordings with/of guests are $10 each. Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.

More details on autograph policies are available here.

Speakers
avatar for John Patrick Lowrie

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 the draft, he graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music, and for a few years managed to make a living as a composer and guitarist in... Read More →
avatar for Ellen McLain

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 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance) and Portal 2, the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine overwatch for the Half-Life 2... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 3:45pm - 5:15pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

4:00pm

Pokemon Mythology: I Choose Mew!
Pokemon might be the best selling game franchise of all time. But behind the cute cuddlies lies a deeper narrative meaning. Mythology takes center stage, obscured by valiant battles, but there nonetheless. This panel explores the grand storytelling traditions, archetypal tales, and inspirations behind the cute monsters we know and love.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

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, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

4:00pm

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

Saturday April 29, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

4:00pm

The Vision of Escaflowne
Hitomi Kanzaki is whisked away to a world known as Gaea after seeing a young man appear from a beam of light. Embroiled in war against the evil empire of Zaibach, soldiers fight in armored mechas known as “Guymelefs”. There, Hitomi meets Van, the newly ordained King and his own mecha, Escaflowne. Hitomi discovers a new power while on Gaea that could help Van save his world and get her home.

Saturday April 29, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

4:15pm

Orphan Black Panel: The Final Season
Join Keith DeCandido for speculation, talk and rumors about the upcoming Fifth and last season of Orphan Black! Plus lots of fan chat in general!

Speakers
avatar for Keith DeCandido

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 short stories, a mess comic books, and more unleashed on a panting reading public. His recent and upcoming work includes the Marvel's 'Tales of Asgard' trilogy of... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

4:45pm

What the Pho? A Foodie's Guide to Asian Eating
Food fans unite! The Slants help you discover new types of Asian cuisine, how to find quality eateries, and answer questions about the dishes you’ve always been afraid to try yourself.

Speakers
avatar for The Slants

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 live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles.' The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

5:00pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Velvet Rose Creations

Velvet Rose Creations

Panelist, Velvet Rose Creations


Saturday April 29, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

5:00pm

Karaoke Contest
The contest will feature a special guest judge!

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

Karaoke Contest Rules



Speakers
avatar for The Slants

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 live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles.' The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

5:15pm

Room Closed for Setup
Overflow/Teardown for Autographs with John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain

Saturday April 29, 2017 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

5:15pm

404: File not Found - Videos the Internet Forgot
Viral videos have had an increasingly short lifespan as the internet gets up in age. Sometimes a gem can get buried under the sea of cat pictures. Join the Legends of the Interwebs for an in depth look at some of the best videos that they are Never Gonna Give Up!

Speakers
avatar for Brian Gelfond

Brian Gelfond

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

Frank Sicurella

Fighter, Legends of the Interwebs
Professional Chef / Amateur Pro-Wrestler | Started Legends of the Interwebs back in 2013 before YouTube took a 180. Originally partnered with Cassidy Martin, the pair had hopes of doing sketch comedy before expanding into Let's Plays, and later larger productions. However due to time and lack of motivation the project stagnated. Years later Frank watch Neon Genesis Evangelion and knew he needed to share the story with the world. He started... Read More →
avatar for Rebbeca Swezeny

Rebbeca Swezeny

Mouse Clicker, Legends of the Interwebs
Pros: | Really likes Pizza | | Cons: | Really likes Pizza | Zenkai | | facebook.com/legendsoftheinterwebs | Instagram: Lvlupbecca


Saturday April 29, 2017 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

5:30pm

5:30pm

Room Closed for Setup
Setup for  Greggo's Game Shows: Play Your Cards Right

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

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 a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

5:30pm

Art+Story : Making Independent Comics and Visual Fiction
Join John Salvino and Shannon O'Connell as they run down their processes for making original, independent comics. Any aspiring storytellers are invited and encouraged to bring questions about how to get stories from your brain to the page. Presentation with Q&A afterward.

Speakers
avatar for John Salvino

John Salvino

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


Saturday April 29, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

6:00pm

Doctor Who: Lost in Time and Space
Beginning in 1967, the BBC wiped many master copies of its TV shows with Dr. Who being badly affected. Without overseas distribution most of these episodes would be lost... but many still remain missing to this day. This panel will be looking at why the tapes were wiped and what has been done to find these missing classics.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Buffone

Jason Buffone

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


Saturday April 29, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

6:00pm

That's Gay! Anime and Manga for the LGBT Audience
When you think of LGBT people in anime or manga, "yaoi" and "yuri" come to mind - featuring gay people, but written for straight audiences! But anime & manga for LGBT audiences DO exist! Come learn about some LGBT positive titles, where to find them, and what exactly sets them apart from the others.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

6:00pm

Greggo's Game Shows: Play Your Cards Right
In this debut game show from Greggo, two couples play against each other to determine who's the best at predicting how people will answer surveys, and whose intuition will help them play our special card game! The winning couple moves on to our Points for Prizes round where they can win really nice stuff! Based on the classic television game "Card Sharks!"

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

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 a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

6:00pm

Pokémon Sun and Moon Battle Frontier at Zenkaikon - Day 2
The Pokémon Battle Frontier has once again returned to Zenkaikon, but this time we will be playing Pokémon Sun and Moon! There will be five Frontier Brains available to challenge around the convention and at the meet ups.For every Frontier Brain you defeat, you collect their golden Frontier Symbol. Then on Sunday, there will be a tournament for challengers that will give you better placement depending on how many Symbols you have. Good luck and check out the Pokémon Battle Frontier at Zenkaikon Facebook page for more info and updates.

Speakers
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Pokemon Battle Frontier

Panelist, at Zenkaikon
The Pokémon Battle Frontier is an event held at Zenkaikon every year, where people can challenge Frontier Brains roaming the convention in the Pokémon Sun and Moon video games. Each Frontier Brain has special rules where players will have to follow those rules in order to defeat the Frontier Brain and collect their Frontier Symbol. If you can't find a certain Frontier Brain, that's okay, we will be meeting up in the Tabletop Room on... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1 + 2]

6:00pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Karl

Karl "Uncle Yo" Custer

Zenkaikon 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 with puppets, "Dungeon Crawlers" as well as emcee for Cosplay Burlesque. Playwright, retired podcaster and puppeteer, he's back with new panels, new games to teach you, and... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

6:00pm

Code Geass
The year is 2017 of the Imperial calendar and many parts of the world are controlled by the Holy Britannian Empire. Lelouch encounters a strange girl known as C.C., who gifts him with a great and terrible power. The Geass. With this powerful ability, Lelouch can get anyone to do as he wills. But is the power of the Geass a blessing or a curse?

Saturday April 29, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

6:00pm

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

Saturday April 29, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

6:00pm

Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
How it Works
With your convention badge, you gain access to unlimited console gaming hosted by Final Boss Gaming. In the Electronic Console Gaming Arena players of all ages and skill levels gather in celebration of intense console gaming action.  Come stop by for a quick game between events, or stay for the whole convention and step your game to the next level.

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

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

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

More information is available at our website.

Saturday April 29, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

6:30pm

Underrated Anime of All Genres
Are you finding that you love watching anime, but are unsure about what series to try next? There are so many anime out there and it can be really overwhelming. This panel is designed to give you some great recommendations and connect these underrated anime back to some of the popular favorites in relation to genre, style, and overall themes. The recommendations will vary across genre and time so you will be sure to have a nice variety of new shows to check out.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

6:45pm

Into the Temple: Lucha Underground's Mythology examined
To the believers out there, Lucha Underground has changed what we consider standard when it comes to wrestling. Its high flying action, the people in attendance, and most of all the story line. We are going to take a look at what makes LU stand above the rest and how other promotions can learn from it.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Burden

Patrick Burden

Staff, 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.


Saturday April 29, 2017 6:45pm - 7:45pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

7:00pm

The Manly Battleships® BIGGER, DAMNER Panel of Sheer Manliness! [18+]
Drinking coke (and nothing else!), huge muscles, giant robots, inspirational speeches, wooing ladies, GUNS, piercing the heavens, and NOT looking at explosions--just walking away! Who would have ever thought "manliness" was an art form? The Fleet returns with a newly augmented celebration of animated, fan-loving, chest-beating, testosterone-gushing manhood with examples, advice, and activities to help YOU define the term!


Saturday April 29, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

7:00pm

Your Makeup Is TERRIBLE!
Want to learn how to take your cosplay to the next level, but not quite sure how? One of the simplest but most overlooked elements of making a character come to life is, of course, the character themselves! This part often gets overshadowed by flashy costumes, elaborate wigs and large props, but really, it can be what makes or breaks a look, especially during a photoshoot. Their face, skin tone, bone structure, gender identity, etc. is equally crucial to the representation of the character, and we can show you how to bring out those qualities through the art of makeup! For beginner and intermediate skill levels.


Saturday April 29, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

7:15pm

Star Trek: Where's the Captain? a.k.a. First Officers
Every Starfleet captain has a loyal confidant; their "Number One." Often rising quickly through the Starfeet ranks, some are loyal officers who have sacrificed their lives to save the Federation. Others... have technically been enemies of the state at points. Join Children Driving Robots for a discussion about Star Trek's first officers. Number One... Engage!


Saturday April 29, 2017 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

7:30pm

Room Closed for Setup
Setup for Kimono Fashion Show/Dressing Demonstration

Speakers
avatar for Kuniko Kanawa

Kuniko Kanawa

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Cultural Presenter
Kuniko Kanawa is an owner of Atelier Kanawa, the earth friendly studio which she offers traditional Japanese cultural services as a certified Kimono consultant, Kimono model, founder of Washington D.C. Kimono Club, Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan, and also a certified Shinto priestess. In 2007, Kuniko officially became a certified Kimono consultant of All Japan Kimono Consultant Association after graduating from Sodo Reiho Kimono College. Since... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 7:30pm - 8:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

7:45pm

CLAMP manga universe: Untangling the Timelines
Dimentional witches, clones, wibbily wobbly timelines. This and more fill the Clamp manga universe. Here we will be unraveling the most tangled of them all between Tsubasa Chronicles, xxxHolic, and cardcaptor Sakura. Come join us as we figure out just who Yuuko Ichihara is and what is a mokona really? Come to learn new things and discuss theories as we dive into the worlds of CLAMP.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas McGuirk

Thomas McGuirk

Panelist, Cosplayer, Photographer, Tmcgwow
avatar for Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Panelist, Cosplayer, Photographer
Cosplayer - Photographer - Panelist (since 2012) - Broadcasting Student- Ultimate Nerd


Saturday April 29, 2017 7:45pm - 8:45pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

8:00pm

Kimono Fashion Show/Dressing Demonstration
Do you admire the beauty of Kimono? Would you like to capture how it is conveyed elegantly by authentic motion and decorum? Also enjoy how Kimono is dressed from step to step! You may be chosem to be a Kimono model to pose on stage!

Speakers
avatar for Kuniko Kanawa

Kuniko Kanawa

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Cultural Presenter
Kuniko Kanawa is an owner of Atelier Kanawa, the earth friendly studio which she offers traditional Japanese cultural services as a certified Kimono consultant, Kimono model, founder of Washington D.C. Kimono Club, Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan, and also a certified Shinto priestess. In 2007, Kuniko officially became a certified Kimono consultant of All Japan Kimono Consultant Association after graduating from Sodo Reiho Kimono College. Since... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

8:00pm

Romance and Decay: The Terror of Americana
A look at American horror. Covering Gothic and Romantic Lit, movies, games, a whole lot of fan properties, and how American culture intersects with the scary.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

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, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

8:00pm

Panelist Bootcamp
Whether you're a complete newbie with an idea looking for some guidance, or an experienced panelist looking to sharpen your skills, this workshop will provide you the tools you need to succeed at presenting panels in the future.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Burden

Patrick Burden

Staff, 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.


Saturday April 29, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

8:00pm

Super Dangan Ronpa Ask Panel!
The students of Hope's Peak Academy are here to answer all your curious questions! Ever wanted to know about the HOPE and DESPAIR of the 77th and 78th class? Well now you can know it all! Don't know a thing about DR? Don't worry, you'll fit right in with all the DESPAIR! (DR1 and DR2 spoilers)

Speakers
avatar for Emily Frizzelle

Emily Frizzelle

CrayDust
Hey, I'm Emily! I like to cosplay and make youtube videos and draw a lot | anime is pretty cool too
avatar for Kateri Mooney

Kateri Mooney

CrayDust


Saturday April 29, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

8:00pm

Room Closed for Setup
Soundcheck and Setup for The Slants concert.

Speakers
avatar for The Slants

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 live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles.' The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

8:00pm

Attack on Titan (Season 2)
When the man-eating giants called Titans first appeared, humans retreated behind massive walls. After a hundred years of safety, a colossal sized Titan smashes through the defenses, unleashing a flood of giants and carnage in the streets. Eren and his surviving friends enlist to fight against the insatiable monsters. The future looks bleak, but there’s more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity’s last hope against extinction.

Saturday April 29, 2017 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

8:00pm

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans
New systems of government have emerged after the Earth Sphere had lost its previous governing structure. While this lead to a temporary peace, the seeds of a new conflict were being sown in the Mars Sphere, far away from Earth.

Saturday April 29, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

8:30pm

Panelists of Gor [18+]
If you've heard of Gor, the context of your encounter may well inspire you to steer clear of this panel (or not!). But today we encourage you to be at this introductory look at an important literary series full of ingenuity, philosophy, and even the occasional well-written passage.  And yes, we'll briefly talk about Second Life.  Join us for your first meeting with John Norman and his Chronicles of the Counter-Earth. [A Manly Battleships® Production]


Saturday April 29, 2017 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

8:45pm

Room Closed for Setup
Setup for Cosplay Dating Game (18+ Round)

Saturday April 29, 2017 8:45pm - 9:15pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

8:45pm

Let's Get Down to Business (Of Writing)!
Keith DeCandido will walk you through how to manage your writing career- in other words, all the elements of being a writer that DON'T involve just putting words on a screen.

Speakers
avatar for Keith DeCandido

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 short stories, a mess comic books, and more unleashed on a panting reading public. His recent and upcoming work includes the Marvel's 'Tales of Asgard' trilogy of... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 8:45pm - 9:45pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

9:00pm

The Slants Concert
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 live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles." The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie, floor-filling beats which fans affectionately dub as "Chinatown Dance Rock." They've been featured on Conan O'Brien's Team Coco, BBC, NPR, NBC, IFC TV, Huffington Post, MTV, and over 1,500 radio stations, TV shows, magazines, and websites across 85 countries.

The Slants are incredibly excited to present their unique sound to Zenkaikon on both Saturday and Sunday! Make sure to make room in your con schedule!




Speakers
avatar for The Slants

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 live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles.' The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

9:00pm

Back to the Farm: Why Stardew Valley picks up where Harvest Moon left off
Let's face it, when it comes to farming, Harvest Moon was a huge cornerstone to this genre. However a single developer and several years of hard work is breaking the mold by releasing Stardew Valley. One year later, and one massive patch in there is a lot to say about this title that makes it stand above the rest. Let's discuss what it is and where could we go from here.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Burden

Patrick Burden

Staff, 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.


Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

9:00pm

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

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:00pm

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

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

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

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

More information is available at our website.

Saturday April 29, 2017 9:00pm - Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00am
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

9:15pm

Cosplay Dating Game [18+]
18+ Wristbands required.

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

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

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

Saturday April 29, 2017 9:15pm - 10:15pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

9:15pm

B Horror & Sci-Fi: the Good, the Good-Bad, the Bad-Bad, & the Ugly
Take a 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 "Deathbed:The Bed That Eats", "Teenage Catgirls In Heat", and "9 Deaths of the Ninja". You'll laugh, you'll cringe, you'll say "WTF". This panel is 18+ and not for those with sensitive eyes!

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 9:15pm - 10:15pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

9:45pm

Convention Nightmares: How We Survived
Connections are a place to make memories. We all have crazy stories. Join the Cosplay Crew as they tell their craziest convention and cosplay related stories, and how they survived.

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.


Saturday April 29, 2017 9:45pm - 10:45pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

10:00pm

Room Closed for Setup
Setup/Soundcheck for Saturday Night DJs

Speakers
avatar for Hyper Potions

Hyper Potions

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Disc Jockey
An EDM duo raised by anime and video games. Hyper Potions dedicates themselves to making and performing happy and upbeat music. With songs released on Monstercat and their music featured in the Sonic Mania trailer, League of Legends Warsongs album, Razer commercials, and more, Hyper Potions should make you feel right at home Saturday night at Zenkaikon.
avatar for StephK

StephK

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Disc Jockey
StephK, previously under a different alias as TaeNy, is a DC DJ / upcoming artist whose goal is to create and play music that everyone can enjoy, to evoke such a feeling that allows you to enjoy the music and the night even further. You may have heard him when he performed at Otakon 2015's rave on saturday night! Originally inspired by many popular DJs who performed at big EDM festivals such as Ultra Miami or EDC LV, StephK's unique mixing... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

10:00pm

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

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

10:00pm

Autographs with The Slants
Guests will sign autographs free of charge. Guests will sign autographs:





  • During scheduled hours



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





More details on autograph policies are available here.

Speakers
avatar for The Slants

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 live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles.' The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Outside Freedom A

10:00pm

A Little Tea, A Little Shade: The Complete Panel of Rupaul's Drag Race
Hiiiiiii! Are you completely obsessed with Rupaul's Drag Race? Then this panel is for you! Get ready to "spill the t", "Go back to Party City", and open the library for a humorous and fun filled discussion on the highs, lows and memorable moments of the iconic show. Topics discussed will include "Best Queen", "Best Lip-Sync", "Queens that 'Sashayed Away' too early" and many more! Are you ready for some fun and laughs? Shantay, you stay!

Speakers
avatar for Elle Suda

Elle Suda

Panelist and Cosplayer
Elle Suda is a cosplayer, artist and self taught MUA based in both Philadelphia, PA and New England. Upon discovering cosplay at a young age in 2011, she soon jumped into the world of crafting, sewing, and wig styling. From creating Mileena from Mortal Kombat's mouth to sickening cut creases, Suda is well known for her affinity and unique cosplay makeup style which borrows from broadway stage techniques, editorial runway glam, and drag. Suda is... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:00pm

Pizza Rolls, Not Gender Rolls: Separating Gender and Cosplay
Back by popular demand, Pizza Rolls, Not Gender Rolls: Separating Gender and Cosplay returns for another hour of open discussion surrounding all things gender in the cosplay world. Swing on by to talk about what gender means to you when you cosplay, what kinds of experiences you've had surrounding gender in the community, what kind of stigmas you face- anything and everything, in a safe welcoming space for all. We're all here for support, love, care, and snacks in this crazy changing world we live in.

Speakers

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:00pm

Michiko and Hatchin
Michiko is an escaped convict with lethal looks and a disrespect for the law. Hatchin is an orphan pushed to the breaking point by the children of her evil foster parents. On their own, these two are nothing more than a Yin searching for its Yang, but when fate—in the form of a mysterious man from their past—brings them together, the world better watch out!

Saturday April 29, 2017 10:00pm - Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

10:15pm

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 Brian Harkless

Brian Harkless

Dept Head, Mobile Tech
Brian Harkless is just this guy, ya know? | | Oh, also, I have worked as a staff member at fandom conventions for a decade, and run the Mobile Tech Department at multiple conventions. I am extroverted and talkative to the detriment of friends and family with schedules to keep, so please, feel free to talk to me. They probably didn't have anything that important anyway.


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:15pm - Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:30pm

Cupcake Party: A Grimdark My Little Pony Theory [18+]
At the intersection of literary criticism and bloody fan works sits Grimdark fiction: dark, disturbing, and reflective of some truly twisted minds. Or is it? This panel looks at some of the major tales and images found within Grimdark MLP fan works and seeks a different interpretation rooted in catharsis, creativity, and entertainment. And violence. Lots and lots of violence. 

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

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, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

10:30pm

Guests Against Humanity [18+]
There are some things that just should not be said in public . . . and then there is Cards Against Humanity. You want to go to the most adult and nsfw panel in the entire convention? Yes, the party game that will make you a worse person for playing, and an even worse one for laughing, will be played for YOU by our Guests of Honor. Come One Come All, but only if you are 18 +, and laugh your inappropriate tush off. No cameras or recording devices allowed!




Speakers
avatar for Karl

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 with puppets, "Dungeon Crawlers" as well as emcee for Cosplay Burlesque. Playwright, retired podcaster and puppeteer, he's back with new panels, new games to teach you, and... Read More →
avatar for Keith DeCandido

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 short stories, a mess comic books, and more unleashed on a panting reading public. His recent and upcoming work includes the Marvel's 'Tales of Asgard' trilogy of... 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 the draft, he graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music, and for a few years managed to make a living as a composer and guitarist in... 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 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance) and Portal 2, the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine overwatch for the Half-Life 2... Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

10:45pm

Saturday Night Dance with Hyper Potions
Continue the dance party from Friday night with more of what you love on Saturday! Let The Games Begin with Hyper Potions, returning to Zenkaikon, bringing tunes heavily influenced by MMOs, anime and video games! (Check out their new song in the League of Legends Warsongs album!)  Then stick around as StephK brings his unique EDM style!

Speakers
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Hyper Potions

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Disc Jockey
An EDM duo raised by anime and video games. Hyper Potions dedicates themselves to making and performing happy and upbeat music. With songs released on Monstercat and their music featured in the Sonic Mania trailer, League of Legends Warsongs album, Razer commercials, and more, Hyper Potions should make you feel right at home Saturday night at Zenkaikon.


Saturday April 29, 2017 10:45pm - Sunday April 30, 2017 12:30am
Main Events [Freedom A]

11:00pm

Room Closed for Setup
Setup for How to Burlesque [18+]
 

Speakers
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Cosplay Burlesque

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Performing Arts Group
Cosplay Burlesque is a performing arts group of burlesque performers and cosplayers dedicated to combining the two for your entertainment. Their mission is to take the characters fans already enjoy and make them naughty through a humorous and provacative stage show. There is no fandom that they leave untouched in their quest for great source material. They are fan fiction come to life!


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:00pm

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

Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00pm - Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

11:00pm

Evangelion Manga: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Late in 1994, the manga iteration of Neon Genesis Evangelion began its long, slow, irregular run in Shonen Ace magazine. It finally concluded in the summer of 2014, and during the two decades it was in sporadic publication, numerous other Evangelion manga series popped up to fill the void. Their quality may vary, but the important thing to keep in mind is that there is one where Shinji is a detective who solves mysteries, and one where the children play video games to secretly train them for the battle ahead. For better or for worse, this panel will bring you up to speed on all that you've missed.

Speakers
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Aaron Clark

Panelist, Evangelion geek, EvaMonkey.com
Aaron, who goes by “The Eva Monkey” online, has been operating his Evangelion fansite, EvaMonkey.com, for close to 15 years. Deeply involved in the fandom for Evangelion, he’s been a fixture of numerous fansites and discussion forums, has co-founded Read More →


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:00pm - Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00am
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

11:30pm

How to Burlesque [18+]
Learn to shimmy and shake with members of Cosplay Burlesque. Our workshop will cover many burlesque basics including dance moves, costuming, & building an act. Stop by, ask questions and learn a fun short routine!

 

Speakers
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Cosplay Burlesque

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Performing Arts Group
Cosplay Burlesque is a performing arts group of burlesque performers and cosplayers dedicated to combining the two for your entertainment. Their mission is to take the characters fans already enjoy and make them naughty through a humorous and provacative stage show. There is no fandom that they leave untouched in their quest for great source material. They are fan fiction come to life!


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:30pm - Sunday April 30, 2017 12:30am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:30pm

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


Saturday April 29, 2017 11:30pm - Sunday April 30, 2017 12:45am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:00am

Dick Pics [18+]
Speakers
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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, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00am - 12:30am
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

12:00am

AMV Salad: Your Just Desserts
This is it - the final course of the AMV Salad smorgasbord.  This one is the biggest, best, and tastiest offering ever so make sure you come hungry for comedic delights from the AMV creative community.  Savor the flavor and thank you all for your continued support..!

Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00am - 12:45am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

12:00am

Boku no Pornorama III: Vanilla's Not Enough [18+]
The panel where hentai is the daily special, and it's the only meal worth eating! Join the Manly Battleships® in an invigorating presentation of Boku no Pornorama: a display of debauchery and the Fleet's favorite ero material. A Porn-orama so bizarre, the fun activities at the end will feel like a relief. Whether you get your kicks from Het, Yaoi, Yuri, or something else, this is the nighttime stop for you!


Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00am - 1:00am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

12:00am

Staffers 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
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Brian Harkless

Dept Head, Mobile Tech
Brian Harkless is just this guy, ya know? | | Oh, also, I have worked as a staff member at fandom conventions for a decade, and run the Mobile Tech Department at multiple conventions. I am extroverted and talkative to the detriment of friends and family with schedules to keep, so please, feel free to talk to me. They probably didn't have anything that important anyway.


Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00am - 1:00am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

12:00am

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable [18+]
A mysterious stone mask from the Aztec empire has existed for centuries. It is said to bring eternal life and power to whoever shall wear it. In 19th century England, Jonathan Joestar faces off with Dio Brando, who now is the wearer of this mask.

Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00am - 2:00am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

12:30am

Saturday Night Dance with StephK
Continue the dance party from Friday night with more of what you love on Saturday! Let The Games Begin with Hyper Potions, returning to Zenkaikon, bringing tunes heavily influenced by MMOs, anime and video games! (Check out their new song in the League of Legends Warsongs album!)  Then stick around as StephK brings his unique EDM style!

Speakers
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StephK

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Disc Jockey
StephK, previously under a different alias as TaeNy, is a DC DJ / upcoming artist whose goal is to create and play music that everyone can enjoy, to evoke such a feeling that allows you to enjoy the music and the night even further. You may have heard him when he performed at Otakon 2015's rave on saturday night! Originally inspired by many popular DJs who performed at big EDM festivals such as Ultra Miami or EDC LV, StephK's unique mixing... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 12:30am - 2:00am
Main Events [Freedom A]

1:00am

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

Sunday April 30, 2017 1:00am - 2:00am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

1:00am

Roleplay, Kink & Cosplay [18+]
Kink? Cosplay? Catgirls, lolis and magical boy, oh my! Are these things really unrelated? We think not! Come join in our discussion about our deepest, darkest, and most depraved fantasies about things you'd love to do as your favourite character, OTP or OC. Not so confident in your roleplay acting skills? Fear not, we work on that too! Cosplay couples encouraged to join. Sorry though, kiddos, this one's for the adults!

Speakers
BB

Barry Brame

A performance art troupe for the impure of heart. Scintillating sinners, debaucherous dames, and naughty nerds of all genders and orientations, welcome! From the skinny and sexy to the voluptuous vixen, we’ll have you all. That includes you gentlemen folk as well!


Sunday April 30, 2017 1:00am - 2:00am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]
 
Sunday, April 30
 

9:00am

Hidden Gems of Manga
Join Brand and CJ as we introduce you to the Hidden Gems of Manga as we explore the manga you've never heard of but need to read!

Speakers
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Brandi Swenson

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

Panelist
Manga and cats and anime and cats and video games! And cats! | I've been reading manga since about 2002 and I own far more than any single human should own. My favorite manga of all time is Banana Fish. You can also find me on MAL as well. | http://myanimelist.net/profile/FallnKnightFakir


Sunday April 30, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

9:00am

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.

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Sunday April 30, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

9:00am

Room Closed for Setup
Setup for Cosplay Pro Wrestling [2 hours]

Speakers
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Cosplay Pro Wrestling

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Wrestling Group
| Zenkaikon, let's get ready to rumble!!! Come join Cosplay Pro Wrestling for a spectacle like none other! You can catch our show at Zenkaikon on Sunday, April 30, 2017, with special guest host, Uncle Yo. Watch as worlds collide from all fandoms such as anime, video games and comics.


Sunday April 30, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Main Events [Freedom A]

9:00am

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

Sunday April 30, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

9:00am

Yu Yu Hakusho
Yusuke Urameshi is not your typical role model. In fact, this kid’s nothing more than a fourteen-year-old delinquent with a talent for trouble. But in a single selfless act Yusuke dies while saving another. His reward for his sacrifice is that he is given a second chance at life, but it’s to be a life far different than the one left behind. Now a Spirit Detective, the young man must track down demons and humans alike who desire to rule over the three realms of reality.

Sunday April 30, 2017 9:00am - 11:00am
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

9:00am

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

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

Prizes: Everyone who completes the Scavenger Hunt will win an exclusive Zenkaikon Sticker

Sunday April 30, 2017 9:00am - 1:00pm
Info Desk [Floor 2]

9:00am

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

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

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

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

Sunday April 30, 2017 9:00am - 4:00pm
Artemis [Floor 3, Walnut]

9:15am

Pepakura X Foam: Making foam armor with Pepakura Designer
Have you ever wanted to cosplay an armored character, but had no idea on where to start? Well then this panel is for you! The Pepakura Designer software essentially takes a 3D model and creates armor patterns based on the model that you can print out and use to bring the armor to life. It's is a great resource to have when it comes to building cosplay armor, especially if you're a beginner.
This panel will show you how to use the Pepakura Designer software, along with techniques for foam armor construction and painting. By the end of the panel, you will know everything you need to know to create your first (or next) armored cosplay!

Speakers
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HoboWithAGlueGun

Hi, I'm just some hobo with a glue gun.


Sunday April 30, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:15am

Power Rangers Bigger Badder Buggier Brother: Kamen Rider
Kamen Rider is a live action series in Japan that receives yearly iterations. It's a Tokusatsu show, very much like Super Sentai, Power Rangers in the US. It focuses on action, character development, special effects and transformation sequences.

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Sunday April 30, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

9:15am

The Theory of Zelda: In Termina
The Theory of Zelda returns to Zenkaikon! Join us as we continue to delve into the myths and theories of one of the greatest video game franchises of all time. For this panel we'll be exploring theories related to arguably the darkest and most mysterious game in the series: Majora's Mask .

Speakers
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Ty Hornbeck

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

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


Sunday April 30, 2017 9:15am - 10:15am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

9:30am

Mecha: Or How I Learned to Worship the Gundam
Dive into the awesomeness that is Mecha. Want to share your love of Mecha, talk to others about Mecha, or think about Mecha in different ways? Show up to this panel and do all of that and more!! Come to venerate Gundam, Eva, Valvrave, Escaflowne, Code Geass and more. We are Gundam! Ho!

Speakers
SM

Shaun Mason

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


Sunday April 30, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:00am

Hetalia: Ask a Nation
The classic tongue in cheek webcomic turned anime and dating sim game returns to zenkaikon with a vengeance!

Come out and spend some time with your favorite countries and maybe ask them some of those burning questions you've had. There will be fun games prepared and you better believe there'll be audience participation!

Speakers
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Lorna Diamond

Panelist, Cosplayer, Pixel by Pixel Cosplay
Come to myself or any of my team mates to ask about how to build up your own cosplay! My specialty resides more in the makeup and acting department.


Sunday April 30, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

10:00am

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

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

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

Friday: 1:00PM- 10:00PM

Saturday: 10:00AM- 10:00PM

Sunday: 10:00AM-1:00PM

Sunday April 30, 2017 10:00am - 1:00pm
Montgomery House, First Floor

10:00am

Carolina Manga 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 for panel time and room)

Speakers
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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 released for time and room). Manga Library Hours of Operation (Montgomery House Third Floor):Friday, April 28: 12-10PMSaturday, April 29: 10AM-10PM,Sunday, April 30: 10AM-3PM... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Montgomery House, Third Floor

10:15am

Nautical Nonesense: A look into Japanese Naval History and the 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 dicusss these series and the history that inspired them.

Speakers
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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!


Sunday April 30, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:30am

Steve Blum and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn Q+A
With hundreds of amazing voice acting, directing and more credits to their names, Steve Blum and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn have done it all! Come spend an hour with them as they answer all your most burning questions.

Speakers
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Steve Blum

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Voice Actor
With literally hundreds of voiceover credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop; Wolverine from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, the X-Men anime and more); Orochimaru, Zabuza, and others from Naruto; Green Goblin from the Spectacular Spiderman series; Heatblast, Vilgax and Ghostfreak... Read More →
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Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Voice Actor
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice-over actress, writer, singer, and director. | | As an actress, she is perhaps most famous for being the voice of Major Motoko Kusanagi for the Ghost in the Shell series, portraying her for the films Innocence and Solid State Society, as well as the critically acclaimed TV series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the 2007 American Anime Award for Best Actress. You can also hear her as... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

10:30am

Let's Play! On a Mac?
Want to start a Let's Play YouTube Channel? Always heard your Mac is the worst for gaming?
Join Duo and Ryoko Haptism of The16bitCouple as they talk about the ups and downs of making their channel using just their Macs. 

Speakers
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Ryoko Haptism

8 bits of the 16, The 16bit Couple
Small YouTube creator that loves playing video games with her husband. ^__^
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Duo Haptism

Co-Host, The 16bit Couple
Small Youtube creator that enjoys playing Video Games with his Wife.


Sunday April 30, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:30am

My Little Pony: Generations
There was My Little Pony three decades before Friendship is Magic? Who were they? Are they related to the Mane 6? How do they fit in the My Little Pony: FIM timeline? Join Children Driving Robots as we tell you about Ponyland and other parts of Equestria long forgotten.


Sunday April 30, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

10:30am

Pokémon Sun and Moon Battle Frontier at Zenkaikon - Day 3
The Pokémon Battle Frontier has once again returned to Zenkaikon, but this time we will be playing Pokémon Sun and Moon! There will be five Frontier Brains available to challenge around the convention and at the meet ups.For every Frontier Brain you defeat, you collect their golden Frontier Symbol. Then on Sunday, there will be a tournament for challengers that will give you better placement depending on how many Symbols you have. Good luck and check out the Pokémon Battle Frontier at Zenkaikon Facebook page for more info and updates.

Speakers
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Pokemon Battle Frontier

Panelist, at Zenkaikon
The Pokémon Battle Frontier is an event held at Zenkaikon every year, where people can challenge Frontier Brains roaming the convention in the Pokémon Sun and Moon video games. Each Frontier Brain has special rules where players will have to follow those rules in order to defeat the Frontier Brain and collect their Frontier Symbol. If you can't find a certain Frontier Brain, that's okay, we will be meeting up in the Tabletop Room on... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Tabletop Gaming [Floor 2, Commonwealth 1 + 2]

10:45am

Flip the table: Rage quitting in games
Ragequit isn't the only form of quitting. People stop playing games for a huge range of reasons. They get bored, they get frustrated, they get distracted, they sometimes literally just forget. It seems simple, but it isn't. Quitting is an option that's there whether the game designer wants it or not, an instrinsic mechanic of all games, and it's a far deeper topic than you might expect.

Speakers
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Rym DeCoster

Producer, GeekNights
GeekNights is a long-running (12 years) podcast for hobbyists, tinkerers, and, for lack of a better word, geeks. Hosts Rym and Scott delve into topics ranging from computer science to Eurogaming, anime to fantasy fiction, indie comics to gadgetry, two-four nights a week for your listening pleasure, with well over 1000 episodes to date. | | Here, they appear as game design professionals talking about the nature and craft of rules in... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:00am

Cosplay Pro Wrestling
Zenkaikon, let's get ready to rumble!!! Come join Cosplay Pro Wrestling for a spectacle like none other! You can catch our show at Zenkaikon on Sunday, April 30, 2017, with special guest host, Uncle Yo. Watch as worlds collide from all fandoms such as anime, video games and comics.

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 with puppets, "Dungeon Crawlers" as well as emcee for Cosplay Burlesque. Playwright, retired podcaster and puppeteer, he's back with new panels, new games to teach you, and... Read More →
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Cosplay Pro Wrestling

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Wrestling Group
| Zenkaikon, let's get ready to rumble!!! Come join Cosplay Pro Wrestling for a spectacle like none other! You can catch our show at Zenkaikon on Sunday, April 30, 2017, with special guest host, Uncle Yo. Watch as worlds collide from all fandoms such as anime, video games and comics.


Sunday April 30, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

11:00am

Gunplay: Building seminar
Did you know the first manga comics were made hundreds of years ago? Join us on a journey from the temple-scroll origins of manga into the modern age. We will explore topics such as the advent of mecha, boys' love comics, and why a certain boxing manga was once banned; and audience members will get a chance to look at volumes from our collection of historic manga!

Speakers

Sunday April 30, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

11:00am

Autographs with Sonny Strait
Guest will sign one item (program book OR other item) and take one photo/person for free. Additional autographs are $20 each, additional photos are $10 each and audio/visual recordings with/of guests are $25 each. Guests will be signing autographs at his table both during officially scheduled times and when not participating in panels/activities. 

More details on autograph policies are available here.

Speakers
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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... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall [Freedom B]

11:00am

Open Mic Karaoke
Song Rules


  • Must be an anime song, J-pop song, or Japanese video game song.



  • Must be six minutes in length or under. Songs that are longer will be cut at six minutes.



  • Must not contain profanities.


General Rules


  • You can only sign up to sing one song at a time. Once you have sung your song, you can sign up again.



  • It is strongly recommended that you bring the backing track for the song you want to sing, as well as lyrics, if needed. We will have a database of songs you can pick from, but it will by no means have all possible songs.



  • You are encouraged to sing and have fun, but no heckling or doing anything that would be deemed dangerous on the stage.



  • To make sure you have time to sing, please show up as early as you can. Songs will be banned for the day, if sung too many times.


Sunday April 30, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

11:00am

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

Sunday April 30, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

11:00am

FLCL
Naota’s a bit quirky, but he can still pass for normal. Haruko’s is over the top quirky and seems the complete opposite of normal. When she runs over Naota with her motorscooter and hits him with a bass guitar, his world doesn’t just get turned upside down—it gets incredibly weird.

Sunday April 30, 2017 11:00am - 1:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

11:30am

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

Speakers
avatar for 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 Marie Nocheck

Marie Nocheck

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


Sunday April 30, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

11:45am

The Orange Box Power Hour! (McLain and Lowrie Q+A)
What do you get when you combine awesome with awesome? There are three things Portal, Team Fortress 2, and Half-Life 2 have in common: Valve, Ellen McLain, and John Patrick Lowrie! Come join Ellen and John and ask them about life in voice acting, their favorite foods, whatever! As long as you are...STILL ALIVE.




Speakers
avatar for John Patrick Lowrie

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 the draft, he graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music, and for a few years managed to make a living as a composer and guitarist in... Read More →
avatar for Ellen McLain

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 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance) and Portal 2, the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine overwatch for the Half-Life 2... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

11:45am

Unlicensed Anime: We're Waiting
Many Anime get licensed and relicensed every year. What about those that don't or return to the unlicensed void? Come join Children Driving Robots to discover and/or rediscover these Anime just waiting for their opportunity!

Speakers
avatar for Jason Buffone

Jason Buffone

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


Sunday April 30, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

12:00pm

Room Closed for Setup
Setup for Charity Auction

Speakers
avatar for Karl

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 with puppets, "Dungeon Crawlers" as well as emcee for Cosplay Burlesque. Playwright, retired podcaster and puppeteer, he's back with new panels, new games to teach you, and... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:00pm

Cool Japan: The Panel (w/Charles Dunbar)
We watch anime. We read manga. We play games. And we love them dearly. But these modern media elements are the more recent and visible parts of a culture trade that has been going on for over a hundred years. Join anthropologist Charles Dunbar as he goes back and looks at how Japan and the United States have traded all sorts of properties, from music to fashion to zombies, and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

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, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:00pm

Room Closed for Setup
Setup for Autographs with John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain

Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

12:00pm

Room Closed for Setup
Teardown of Cosplay Pro Wrestling [1.5 hours]

Speakers
avatar for Cosplay Pro Wrestling

Cosplay Pro Wrestling

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Wrestling Group
| Zenkaikon, let's get ready to rumble!!! Come join Cosplay Pro Wrestling for a spectacle like none other! You can catch our show at Zenkaikon on Sunday, April 30, 2017, with special guest host, Uncle Yo. Watch as worlds collide from all fandoms such as anime, video games and comics.


Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

12:00pm

Rocket League (PS4)
How it Works
With your convention badge, you gain access to unlimited console gaming hosted by Final Boss Gaming. In the Electronic Console Gaming Arena players of all ages and skill levels gather in celebration of intense console gaming action.  Come stop by for a quick game between events, or stay for the whole convention and step your game to the next level.

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

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

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

More information is available at our website.

Sunday April 30, 2017 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Video Gaming [Floor 3, Heritage D+E]

12:30pm

Charity Auction
Please join us for our third annual charity auction. All proceeds of the auction will be donated to the Ocean Conservancy.

Ocean Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) organization working with their supporters to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together, they create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean, and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. They focus on a number of widely important ocean issues, such as sustainable fisheries, ocean acidification, marine debris and Arctic and Gulf health. For more than four decades, they have supported efforts that benefit wildlife and habitats, as well as the people who depend on the ocean for food, jobs and recreation.

In addition to the auction,we will also be collecting monetary donations at our merchandise booth, with donors who contribute $3 or more receiving a "Zenkaikon 2017" button.

We hope you will join us in making a difference for our ocean.

Speakers
avatar for Karl

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 with puppets, "Dungeon Crawlers" as well as emcee for Cosplay Burlesque. Playwright, retired podcaster and puppeteer, he's back with new panels, new games to teach you, and... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:30pm

Room Closed for Setup
Soundcheck and Setup for The Slants Concert. 

Speakers
avatar for The Slants

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 live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles.' The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

1:00pm

Shinto: The Indigenous Japanese Spirituality

If you would like to know what Japan really is, the answers are in Shinto, the Indigenous Japanese Spirituality.SHINTO finds KAMI from spirituality in all things in the universe.
Eight million (means countless) deities called YAOYOROZU-NO-KAMI are the subject to have the faith in.Shinto originated from KO-SHINTO (Ancient/old Shinto) in the longest prehistorical Joumon period in Japanese history which lasted over ten thousand years, in belief of nature, animism, and ancestry.


Speakers
avatar for Kuniko Kanawa

Kuniko Kanawa

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Cultural Presenter
Kuniko Kanawa is an owner of Atelier Kanawa, the earth friendly studio which she offers traditional Japanese cultural services as a certified Kimono consultant, Kimono model, founder of Washington D.C. Kimono Club, Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan, and also a certified Shinto priestess. In 2007, Kuniko officially became a certified Kimono consultant of All Japan Kimono Consultant Association after graduating from Sodo Reiho Kimono College. Since... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

1:00pm

Anime The 1980s in the year 1987
We look back at the 1980s in the years 1987 and some of the great anime that come out that decade. Fist of the North Star, Castle of the Sky, Dragon Ball Z the movie 1, Mobile Suit Gundam, and Urusei Yatsura. We will discuss the impact these anime had on the genre and where they stand 30 years later.

Speakers
avatar for John Medero

John Medero

John has been attending and cosplaying at anime, sci-fi, horror, and comic book conventions since 2005. He went to San Diego Comic con in 2005, Wizard World Wizard Philadelphia in 2010, 2012, 2014, and New York City Comic Con in 2006, and 2010, and more recently cosplayed at Katsucon 2017 in Washington, D.C.. His recent panels have been at conventions up and down the east coast


Sunday April 30, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

1:00pm

Harry Potter and the Cursed...Fanfiction?
"The Boy Who Lived" has been resurrected once more! The new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child production currently running on London's West End has granted Potter fans across the globe another chance to dive into the fantastical world of witchcraft and wizardry. While many have been delighted at the opportunity to meet the next generation of wizards and to see Harry as an adult, the "Cursed Child" story has left a mixed opinion among the Potter-populace. Is the greatest fan fiction come to life? A disgrace to the name of wizardry? Or a shonen-ai waiting to happen? Come and join this interactive discussion panel to decide!


Sunday April 30, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

1:00pm

Autographs with Steve Blum and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn
Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.
-  2 autographs/person are free on fan supplied items. Additional Autographs are $20 each. Recordings or phone calls are $20 each. Photos with guest at the table are $10 each.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Blum

Steve Blum

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Voice Actor
With literally hundreds of voiceover credits to his name, Veteran Voice Monkey Steve Blum is best known as the voice of Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop; Wolverine from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show, the X-Men anime and more); Orochimaru, Zabuza, and others from Naruto; Green Goblin from the Spectacular Spiderman series; Heatblast, Vilgax and Ghostfreak... Read More →
avatar for Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Zenkaikon 2017 Guest, Voice Actor
Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is a voice-over actress, writer, singer, and director. | | As an actress, she is perhaps most famous for being the voice of Major Motoko Kusanagi for the Ghost in the Shell series, portraying her for the films Innocence and Solid State Society, as well as the critically acclaimed TV series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the 2007 American Anime Award for Best Actress. You can also hear her as... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Exhibit Hall [Freedom B]

1:00pm

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

Sunday April 30, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

1:00pm

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

Sunday April 30, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

1:30pm

Room Closed for Setup
Setup for Greggo's Game Shows: Press Your Luck

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

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 a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

1:30pm

The Slants Concert
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 live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles." The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie, floor-filling beats which fans affectionately dub as "Chinatown Dance Rock." They've been featured on Conan O'Brien's Team Coco, BBC, NPR, NBC, IFC TV, Huffington Post, MTV, and over 1,500 radio stations, TV shows, magazines, and websites across 85 countries.

The Slants are incredibly excited to present their unique sound to Zenkaikon on both Saturday and Sunday! Make sure to make room in your con schedule!




Speakers
avatar for The Slants

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 live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles.' The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Main Events [Freedom A]

1:30pm

FMA: Through the eyes of Maes Hughes (w/Sonny Strait)
It’s never easy being backup to an unstable individual. Especially when he plays with fire. Oh! have you seen the latest pics of my daughter! Isn’t she adorable?! I will show you those later. I have a story tell. It deals with the factual truth of what really happens in Central Command.



Speakers
avatar for Sonny Strait

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... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

1:30pm

Marvel and Netflix: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and more!
Come hangout with Keith DeCandido and discuss the wealth of new Marvel titles that Netflix has to offer, both current and upcoming!

Speakers
avatar for Keith DeCandido

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 short stories, a mess comic books, and more unleashed on a panting reading public. His recent and upcoming work includes the Marvel's 'Tales of Asgard' trilogy of... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

1:30pm

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.

Speakers

Sunday April 30, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

1:30pm

Autographs with John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain
Guests will sign one item (program book OR other item)/person for free. Additional signatures (8x10 signed photos) ($10 each) and John’s book can be purchased at the table ($20 each). Photos (selfies) with GUESTS and/or audio/visual recordings with/of guests are $10 each. Guests will be signing autographs only during officially scheduled times.

More details on autograph policies are available here.

Speakers
avatar for John Patrick Lowrie

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 the draft, he graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music, and for a few years managed to make a living as a composer and guitarist in... Read More →
avatar for Ellen McLain

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 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance) and Portal 2, the announcer in Team Fortress 2, and the voice of the Combine overwatch for the Half-Life 2... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

2:00pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Greg Wicker

Greg Wicker

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 a few games of his own, and even had an original project that very nearly turned into an actual television show on Anime Network. These days Greggo is concentrating on... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

2:00pm

Swap Meet
Do you have extra manga, cards, or other Japanese goodies cluttering your room? Want to switch out that old junk for a new treasure? Then come to the Swap Meet and trade with your fellow otaku! 

ADDITIONALLY this is a cosplay swap meet too! Details below:
Downsizing your collecting?  Do you have fabric or craft items you just can't seem to part with? Do you want to collect more awesome finds? This is the place to be! Grab your stash and join the swap!

Who knows, maybe you will find that plushie you've been trying to find! Or, perhaps a missing piece to finish your costume?! 

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

Sunday April 30, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

2:15pm

The Timeline and History in Overwatch.
The lore and history of Overwatch paints a long and complicated past. A past that is rarely associated with actual points on the time line. But as always the clues are in the Details. There is an interconnecting time line of the characters of Overwatch if one is willing to pull the clues together and think long and hard.
Come and see the past of all the Characters of Overwatch unfold as you realize that events didn't happen that long ago in the world of Overwatch.


Sunday April 30, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

2:30pm

Autographs with The Slants
Guests will sign autographs free of charge. Guests will sign autographs:





  • During scheduled hours



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





More details on autograph policies are available here.

Speakers
avatar for The Slants

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 live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles.' The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Outside Freedom A

2:45pm

Practical Self Defense Panel
Guest Keith DeCandido is here to show you different methods of self-defense. No previous martial arts experience is necessary, and sign-ups required ahead of time (limited to 25 people). Also, you should probably be wearing comfortable street clothes. :)

Speakers
avatar for Keith DeCandido

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 short stories, a mess comic books, and more unleashed on a panting reading public. His recent and upcoming work includes the Marvel's 'Tales of Asgard' trilogy of... Read More →


Sunday April 30, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

2:45pm

Navigating the Second Hand Lolita Market
Ever wonder if you could get that beautiful lolita dress that you've had your eyes on for cheaper second hand?
Well join the members of  Top Hats N Frills Studios as give you tips, advice and personal stories surrounding the second hand lolita market. We will be covering both Lacemarket and Facebook sales.


Sunday April 30, 2017 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

3:00pm

Room Closed for Setup
Overflow/Teardown for Autographs with John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain

Sunday April 30, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

3:00pm

Joker and Harley's Funhouse II: Twice the Laughter, Half the Fun
Hey kiddos! Harl and I are back again this year with more fun and jokes than ever before! You'll be screaming with laughter! And this year, we've got an extra-special treat: that's right, the Bat has come to play with us! So if you love a good pie to the face come join your ol' Uncle Joker for a few toxin-induced chuckles. You'll have a killer time!


Sunday April 30, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

3:00pm

Fushigi Yugi
While at the library one day, Miaka and Yui encounter a strange book known as The Universe of the Four Gods. As a result of reading this book, they are then transported into the novel's universe. However, Yui is transported back to the real world almost immediately. Inside the novel Miaka discovers that she is the Priestess of Suzaku and destined to gather the seven Celestial Warriors of the god Suzaku in order to summon Suzaku and obtain three wishes.

Sunday April 30, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Video 1 [Floor 2, Independence]

3:00pm

Tenchi Muyo! Tenchi Universe
Seventeen-year-old Tenchi Masaki is a regular guy whose life takes a turn for the outrageous when the space pirate Ryoko, crashes at his grandfather’s shrine. In an instant, Tenchi finds himself surrounded by a group of intergalactic beauties who’ll do everything they can to compete for his attention!

Sunday April 30, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Video 2 [Floor 2, Federal B]

3:15pm

Star Trek: Science Fiction or Science Fact?
We all know Star Trek is full of technobabble, but how much of it is actually based on real science? How could a starship travel faster than light? What exactly is antimatter? Is green blood actually a thing? Get the answers to these questions, and more, from a real life scientist, life long Trekker, and robot-driving child.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Buffone

Jason Buffone

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


Sunday April 30, 2017 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

3:30pm

The Beginning of Boys Love
The women who made the shojo genre were also an integral part making the Boys Love genre what it is today. Come learn about these female creators, their influences, and some of the earliest BL works.

Speakers

Sunday April 30, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

4:00pm

Lets go berserk
Love berserk or a huge fan of Guts? Maybe you're a fan of the adorable Puck or you just a Griffith apologist like me. Well... come get berserk!

Speakers
SM

Shaun Mason

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


Sunday April 30, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

4:00pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Burden

Patrick Burden

Staff, 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 April 30, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

4:30pm

Closing Ceremonies and Feedback Panel
Come help us wrap up Zenkaikon 2017! Various awards will be given out,and there might even be a preview of next year!

Sunday April 30, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]