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Friday, March 22
 

11:00am CDT

Otaku Parenting: How to Share Your Fandom with Your Family
Did your kid drag you to this event, and you're wondering what the fuss is all about? If you're sitting there wondering, "why is my kid such a weirdo", this panel is for you! Are you looking to share your fandom with your kids and help raise the next generation of geekdom? This panel is ALSO for you! Join teacher Alpha Betty for some tips on how to bridge the gap and share fandom with the whole family.

Speakers
avatar for Alpha Betty

Alpha Betty

I’m a third and fourth grade teacher who also happens to be a major otaku. The intersection of those two traits gets pretty interesting!


Friday March 22, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

11:30am CDT

Care and Feeding of Cosplay
Ever make a costume only to have it damaged in storage? Wondering the best way to keep your cosplay from having that distinct ‘con-funk’ odor? Maybe you’re just wondering how keep all your little gadgets and gizmos in one location. Come and learn tips and tricks from two veterans of the cosplay wars and gain what knowledge they have gleaned from years of caring for cosplay and props

Speakers
avatar for Yosei

Yosei

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


Friday March 22, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

11:45am CDT

Digimon: 20th Anniversary!
Starting from its origins as a virtual pet, the Digimon franchise has grown to an increasing variety of media, from a hit anime series, music, movies, card games, manga and video games. Come celebrate its 20th anniversary with us as we go through the history of the series and showcase some upcoming projects!

Speakers
avatar for Devkyu

Devkyu

Panelist
Hey! Head admin at Wikimon and long time contributor to the Digimon fandom.


Friday March 22, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

12:00pm CDT

The Theory of Zelda: Theory of the Wild
The Theory of Zelda returns to Zenkaikon! Join us as we try to tie up the loose threads found within the vast world of The Legend of Zelda franchise. This year we turn our attention to theories relating to the series' latest installment, Breath of the Wild.

Speakers
avatar for Alpha Betty

Alpha Betty

I’m a third and fourth grade teacher who also happens to be a major otaku. The intersection of those two traits gets pretty interesting!
avatar for Forward Progress

Forward Progress

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


Friday March 22, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:30pm CDT

Bullying in Fandom
The Knights of Fandom return once again to talk about the ongoing issue of bullying in fandom - online, in person, and everywhere in between. You can make a difference! The Knights want you to bring a friend, share stories and snacks, and help them make fandom a safer place for everyone to play!

Speakers
avatar for Laura Klotz

Laura Klotz

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


Friday March 22, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:30pm CDT

Disability in Anime
There's an impressive amount of disability representation in anime. We'll explore the range--the positive and the negative--and how representation has evolved through the years.

Speakers
avatar for Katrina S. Forest

Katrina S. Forest

Author/Panelist, Forest Fanfics
Katrina S. Forest is a Clarion West alumna and a member of SFWA. She runs the recently re-launched Urban Fantasy Magazine and released her first middle grade book, My Best Friend Runs Venus, this June. You can learn more about her work at KatrinaSForest.com.


Friday March 22, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

12:30pm CDT

Still Dreaming: 20 Years of SEGA Dreamcast
Jet Set Radio, Crazy Taxi, Samba de Amigo and Space Channel 5. All games synonymous with SEGA's final foray into the console business, the Dreamcast! Twenty years ago, in 1999, SEGA unleashed a system that was too good for this world and too good to last. Join Ty "the SEGA Guy", and take a look back at the console that dared to dream and still is.

Speakers
avatar for Ty Hornbeck

Ty Hornbeck

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


Friday March 22, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

12:45pm CDT

All Hail the Seam Ripper! A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing for Cosplay
Want to get started making your own sewn cosplays but not sure where to start? Trishycakes Cosplay will guise you through the essential supplies and resources for sewing for cosplay.

Speakers
avatar for Trish Dobson

Trish Dobson

Owner, Trish Dobson Designs, LLC. (Beastly Bootique)


Friday March 22, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

1:00pm CDT

Good Omens: Good Luck and Bad Luck in Anime
Superstitions are present in all cultures and often reflected in the media. Japan is no different, as anime and manga portray the superstitions, luck, charms, and curses that fill the rich history of Japanese folklore. In this panel, we explore these themes in popular series like Inuyasha, Gensomaden Saiyuki, and Spirited Away.

Speakers
avatar for Lyndsey Bellamy

Lyndsey Bellamy

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


Friday March 22, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

1:00pm CDT

Opening Ceremonies
Join the Convention Chair, special guests, and others as we welcome our members to Zenkaikon 2019!

Speakers
avatar for Manly Battleships

Manly Battleships

Presenters, Guest
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving performers that have built a programming powerhouse on the convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their skills with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to create a repertoire of content to suit any taste... Read More →
avatar for Corgi Cosplay

Corgi Cosplay

Cosplayer, Guest
Corgi Cosplay is made up of Kiba (a Pembroke Welsh Corgi) and his human sidekick Nicole that live in Arizona! Kiba is actually Nicole's service dog and takes his job pretty seriously, even under the costumes. Kiba started cosplaying about 5 years ago with a Link cosplay (Legend of... Read More →
avatar for Michaela Dietz

Michaela Dietz

Actress, Guest
Michaela Dietz is a Korean-American performer and voice over actress whose credits include Steven Universe (Amethyst), Mighty Magiswords (Danelda), Barney & Friends (Riff), Grand Theft Auto V, Lego Dimensions (Chunk), Krampus (Cherub), and Dolly on Disney's upcoming series 101 Dalmatian Street... Read More →
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Author, Guest
Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime and Japanese culture are one (admittedly large) sphere. After discovering the medium through Dragonball Z in high school, he spent his formative college years indulging in giant robots, Pokémon, JRPGs, and Rurouni Kenshin... Read More →
avatar for Todd Haberkorn

Todd Haberkorn

Actor, Guest
As a multi-award-winning actor behind the mic, on camera, and on stage, Todd Haberkorn has had the pleasure of working in a variety of mediums in the entertainment industry. The LA-based actor is also a director for companies like Netflix and Funimation Entertainment, as well as a... Read More →
avatar for Monica Rial

Monica Rial

Actress, Guest
Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for almost 20 years and she is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the US. She has lent her voice to over 450 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Sawyer

Samantha Sawyer

Comic Book Illustrator, Guest
Samantha Sawyer (Sincerely Sam) is a comic book artist and illustrator. Samantha is best known for her covers for Coffin Comics’ Lady Death and La Mureta; Big Dog Ink’s Penny for your Soul and Kaiju Epic; Crucidel Productions' Knightingail; and Ayee Dee Studio’s The... Read More →
avatar for Austin Tindle

Austin Tindle

Actor, Guest
Austin Tindle is a writer and actor living in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Orlando, Florida, raised in Austin, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Dallas on academic scholarship, where he almost became an Electrical Engineer. At 19, he was cast as Romeo, and changed majors... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

1:15pm CDT

An Introduction to Competitive Pokemon
If you want to be the best, like no one ever was, then check out this panel hosted by the former Pokemon Battle Frontier Champion of Zenkaikon! This panel provides an in-depth discussion on the competitive aspects of the Pokemon video game series, geared towards both novice and experienced players alike. Topics covered include formats played, factors to consider when battling, different playstyles teams encompass, and more!


Friday March 22, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

1:30pm CDT

Dressforms for Dummies
Tired of sewing cosplays on your own body? Need an extra pair of hands, but can't afford a new dressform? Come learn to make your own! This workshop will show you an easy way to make a dressmaker's dummy with products that you can find at any store! Perfect for the cosplayer or tailor (from virgin to veteran) who wants a simpler way to alter their clothing.

Speakers
avatar for Kurenai Kiba

Kurenai Kiba

Owner, Kurenai Kiba
I'm an artist. I paint. I write. I sew. I craft. Whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. Most of the time, it takes cosplay to do that. I love using different mediums to achieve something great. I constantly strive to better my art and I hope you can enjoy the results of my... Read More →
avatar for Yosei

Yosei

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


Friday March 22, 2019 1:30pm - 4:15pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

1:45pm CDT

Common Courtesy: Con and Hotel Etiquette
Don’t know the first thing about organizing a hotel room and keeping it neat? Ever taken a picture with someone who smells like no other or damaged your cosplay? Come learn about the basics of con courtesy and hotel hygienics to keep con a fun, safe, and good smelling place!

Speakers
avatar for Lorna Diamond

Lorna Diamond

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


Friday March 22, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

2:00pm CDT

Failed Americanized Anime
Do you remember Sailor Moon being a live action/cartoon hybrid? Have you heard of entire anime series being dubbed and never released? Come join Children Driving Robots as we look at some failed attempts to bring anime to America.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Buffone

Jason Buffone

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

2:15pm CDT

Walt Disney's America
An educational guide to how Walt Disney and the Disney company shaped America from World War 2 right on up through the Dream Big, Princess movement.

Speakers
NH

Noah Houlihan

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


Friday March 22, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

2:30pm CDT

Don't Wig Out!
Does cutting or styling wigs intimidate you? Don't know how to take care of them or even where to start? Join Velvet Rose Creations to learn all the basics needed to get started tackling wigs! Find out what types of tools to use, styling products, and of course, tips and techniques on how to create some of those wacky over the top hair styles!

Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Berenotto

Kimberly Berenotto

Finest Hour Cosplay
avatar for Serenity Zachariadou

Serenity Zachariadou

Panelist, Velvet Rose Creations


Friday March 22, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

3:00pm CDT

The Pidgeys and the Beedrills
Could Pokemon exist in our world? What would they look like? How DID that egg really get there? Just what is Ditto and how does it work? Stop in to our Pokemon Breeder’s Academy as we push the boundaries of science to bring Pokemon to life!

Speakers
avatar for Linda Kegerreis

Linda Kegerreis

Panelist, A Nerdy Couple


Friday March 22, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

3:15pm CDT

Keeping Friendship Magic: We're Not Flawless
Nobody's perfect, but yet we tend to seek perfection in ourselves and others. Fusing the world of My Little Pony with real world social science, this panel will explore themes of forgiveness, hero worship, and redemption through discussions on Sunset Shimmer, Daring Do, and season four's key quest.

Speakers
avatar for Forward Progress

Forward Progress

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


Friday March 22, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

4:00pm CDT

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

Speakers
avatar for Channy and Ryan

Channy and Ryan

TeamJupiterDrops
Cosplay duo fighting gerblins and collecting dragons.


Friday March 22, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

4:15pm CDT

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

Speakers
avatar for Serenity Zachariadou

Serenity Zachariadou

Panelist, Velvet Rose Creations


Friday March 22, 2019 4:15pm - 5:45pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

4:30pm CDT

Samurai Stories
Riding into battle, cloaked in valor and confidence, the samurai evoke a very specific image. But who were they really? And how did they manage to run Japan for so long? That's what this panel will attempt to explore.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

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


Friday March 22, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

5:15pm CDT

Going K-Pop Bananas
It's time to show us what you're made of in this revamped, reloaded, and up-to-date dance panel that's sure to bring the heat to the con. Break down with some of your most favorite songs and dances, and join in on some mischief along the way, but be ready! The second round is sure to bring some challenges that'll keep you on your toes.


Friday March 22, 2019 5:15pm - 6:15pm CDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

5:15pm CDT

Masters of Grayskull
How did the Master of the Universe toy line become an international phenomenon that has expanded into comics, TV shows, movies and so much more? Come join Children Driving Robots as we look at the 40 year plus history and mythology of awesomeness that continues to expand and develop!

Speakers
avatar for Jason Buffone

Jason Buffone

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 5:15pm - 6:30pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

5:30pm CDT

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

Speakers
avatar for James Hicks

James Hicks

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


Friday March 22, 2019 5:30pm - 6:30pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

5:45pm CDT

Copic Marker Basics & Illustration Techniques
Have you always wanted to learn about drawing with Copic illustration markers? Then this is the workshop for you! The workshop will cover basic info about Copic markers, blending tips and practice of techniques using Copic markers. Each participant will receive illustration paper and a set of 3 Copic sketch markers with colors specially selected to use in the practice section of the workshop. Best of all, you get to take your 3 Copic markers home with you after class! Class kits cost $20 and are limited to 15 participants.

Speakers
avatar for Kat George

Kat George

Meyow Studio


Friday March 22, 2019 5:45pm - 7:15pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

6:00pm CDT

Supernatural Smackdown!
Yokai fights. Not like LITERAL yokai fights, but we are going to match up two yokai, or yokai vs western monster, and let the audience vote on which one wins.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

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


Friday March 22, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

6:30pm CDT

Transformers: The Birds & The Bumblebees - HD
A series of toys, cartoons, comics, and now live action movies about robots from another world that come to earth and hide as cars, trucks, planes, or other vehicles. But where did this phenomenon come from, and how did it come to be? Come explore the Japanese and Marvel-ous roots of the Transformers franchise. A seriously humorous look at the timeline of Japanese and American toy companies and the toy lines that led to the robots in disguise. [A Manly Battleships® Production]

Speakers
avatar for Manly Battleships

Manly Battleships

Presenters, Guest
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving performers that have built a programming powerhouse on the convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their skills with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to create a repertoire of content to suit any taste... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

6:45pm CDT

+2 Comedy Stand-Up Comedy Spectacular
Exactly what it says on the tin. Geek stand-up, with a Q&A afterwards to answer your most burning questions and settle your least amicable debates. Which Pokemon would make the best pet? In a fight between every Disney Princess, who would win? Green Lanterns: Who Wore it Best? The sky’s the limit- the Cobra Kai of geek comedy will tackle any query your heart desires.

Speakers
NH

Noah Houlihan

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


Friday March 22, 2019 6:45pm - 7:45pm CDT
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

7:00pm CDT

CONversations: Sincerely Sam [Sign-ups AT CON ONLY]
SIGN-UPS FOR THIS PANEL ARE TAKEN AT CON ONLY
CONversations are small group discussions that allow you a chance to meet and talk with one of our fabulous guests in a small, relaxed setting. Space is limited to nine attendees only. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first serve basis on the day of the particular CONversation. Please visit the Info Desk to sign up for the CONversation of your choice. Due to the limited space available, attendees may only register for one CONversation of their choice/day, and may only register themselves for the particular CONversation.

**Anyone not on the sign-up list will not be given admittance and names will be checked at the door. **

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Sawyer

Samantha Sawyer

Comic Book Illustrator, Guest
Samantha Sawyer (Sincerely Sam) is a comic book artist and illustrator. Samantha is best known for her covers for Coffin Comics’ Lady Death and La Mureta; Big Dog Ink’s Penny for your Soul and Kaiju Epic; Crucidel Productions' Knightingail; and Ayee Dee Studio’s The... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Montgomery House [Floor 2]

7:00pm CDT

Lessons Learned from Studio Ghibli
For over 30 years, Ghibli has taught its fans many lessons. This panel will look at the life lessons that can be learned, both as a child and adult, through Ghibli’s most popular films.

Speakers
avatar for Channy and Ryan

Channy and Ryan

TeamJupiterDrops
Cosplay duo fighting gerblins and collecting dragons.


Friday March 22, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

7:00pm CDT

My Hero Academia Panel
Ever wanted to know what Tsuyu Asui aka Froppy and Neito thinks about all of their other classmates in a super charged Pro Quirk class at UA High School? Let's test them!

Speakers
avatar for Monica Rial

Monica Rial

Actress, Guest
Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for almost 20 years and she is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the US. She has lent her voice to over 450 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman... Read More →
avatar for Austin Tindle

Austin Tindle

Actor, Guest
Austin Tindle is a writer and actor living in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Orlando, Florida, raised in Austin, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Dallas on academic scholarship, where he almost became an Electrical Engineer. At 19, he was cast as Romeo, and changed majors... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

7:15pm CDT

AMV 101: Get In the Game
If you've ever been interested in creating the ultimate fan art, aka Anime Music Videos, come and learn the basics of video editing from your friendly neighborhood AMV Department! Get the lowdown before the Showdown!

Speakers

Friday March 22, 2019 7:15pm - 8:15pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

7:30pm CDT

Stand Back...I'm going to try KITBASHING!
Join PA artist John Salvino as he gets on stage to build a custom model from a bin of spare parts. John will go over his design process and all the model making techniques he uses to kitbash. Attendees are encouraged to bring there own kits and build along side.

Speakers
avatar for John Salvino

John Salvino

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


Friday March 22, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

7:45pm CDT

Oh for the Love of Folklore: A Fan’s perspective on Rumiko Takahashi’s work.
Do you remember the playful joy of Urusei Yatsura? Ever wonder why Lum wears tiger print? Why magical hotsprings in Ranma ½? Wonder how Rumiko Takahashi got the idea for a time-traveling well? We’ll discuss the folklore that inspired her work and the ways she has reimagined in during her career.

Speakers
avatar for Kurenai Kiba

Kurenai Kiba

Owner, Kurenai Kiba
I'm an artist. I paint. I write. I sew. I craft. Whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. Most of the time, it takes cosplay to do that. I love using different mediums to achieve something great. I constantly strive to better my art and I hope you can enjoy the results of my... Read More →
avatar for Yosei

Yosei

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


Friday March 22, 2019 7:45pm - 8:45pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

8:00pm CDT

Werewolves of London: History's First Serial Killers [18+]
The "serial killer" is a more modern idea than many of us think, and often we are hard pressed to think of an iconic murderer prior to Jack the Ripper, but monsters have lurked among us far longer than that. Before we understood psychology as we do today, we often explained these cases with the supernatural. Join us as we discuss some of these early killers, who they were and what might have actually happened. (Who knows maybe they were just werewolves and vampires)

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Bruce

Adrian Bruce

Light In the Dark
avatar for Laurel Minott

Laurel Minott

Light in the dark


Friday March 22, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

8:15pm CDT

Todd Haberkorn Presents: Show and Tell with Todd
It's Todd! He's got pictures, videos, and more...documenting the half-Asian’s journey through the industry over the years. Come and see what all the buzz is about! Also, you'll have a chance to snag a con exclusive...

Speakers
avatar for Todd Haberkorn

Todd Haberkorn

Actor, Guest
As a multi-award-winning actor behind the mic, on camera, and on stage, Todd Haberkorn has had the pleasure of working in a variety of mediums in the entertainment industry. The LA-based actor is also a director for companies like Netflix and Funimation Entertainment, as well as a... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 8:15pm - 9:15pm CDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

8:30pm CDT

Before an Unexpected Journey
Long before An Unexpected Journey, anime played with the Tolkienverse when Studio TOPCRAFT made the first offering of Middle Earth on screen. Long passed-over by the regular otaku crowd, our investigative panelists would like to share a story with you of American company Rankin/Bass, TOPCRAFT, Tad Mochinaga, and the magical world called: “Animagic.” [A Manly Battleships® Production]

Speakers
avatar for Manly Battleships

Manly Battleships

Presenters, Guest
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving performers that have built a programming powerhouse on the convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their skills with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to create a repertoire of content to suit any taste... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

8:45pm CDT

Creating and Pitching Your Own Series
Learn all about the new animated series S.A.L.E.M as well as how to pitch your own animated series to networks.

Speakers
avatar for Samantha Sawyer

Samantha Sawyer

Comic Book Illustrator, Guest
Samantha Sawyer (Sincerely Sam) is a comic book artist and illustrator. Samantha is best known for her covers for Coffin Comics’ Lady Death and La Mureta; Big Dog Ink’s Penny for your Soul and Kaiju Epic; Crucidel Productions' Knightingail; and Ayee Dee Studio’s The... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 8:45pm - 9:45pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

8:45pm CDT

Tabletop DM'ing 101
Are you an experienced D&D Player but want to run a campaign for the first time? Not sure where to start in running a Tabletop RPG? Join us for the tips and tricks to help you get started.

Speakers
avatar for James Hicks

James Hicks

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


Friday March 22, 2019 8:45pm - 9:45pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:15pm CDT

Dumb Myths: Stupid Superstitions & Creepy Curses
Most of us have heard a few old wives tales in our time, you may even have a lucky penny or a rabbit's foot, but throughout history, the ways people attracted good fortune were sometimes...a little bizarre. Join us for a comedic romp through some of the world's weirdest superstitions, or don't, I'm not your dad.

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Bruce

Adrian Bruce

Light In the Dark
avatar for Laurel Minott

Laurel Minott

Light in the dark


Friday March 22, 2019 9:15pm - 10:15pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

9:45pm CDT

The Chilling Adventurous Sabrina Panel [18+]
Have you been bewitched by the Netflix show, "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"? Then join us at, or around, the "witching hour" as we talk about our rampant fan theories, favorite characters, and our love of Greendale's favorite witch.

Speakers
AB

Adam Beaton

Staff, Guest Relations


Friday March 22, 2019 9:45pm - 10:45pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:00pm CDT

Austin Tindle's Raunchy Shakespeare [18+]
Come laugh, scream, and cry, the way Shakespeare intended with an hour long romp through the best moments of the Bard. Participation is encouraged, but not necessary.

Speakers
avatar for Austin Tindle

Austin Tindle

Actor, Guest
Austin Tindle is a writer and actor living in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Orlando, Florida, raised in Austin, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Dallas on academic scholarship, where he almost became an Electrical Engineer. At 19, he was cast as Romeo, and changed majors... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

10:00pm CDT

Cosplay Burlesque [18+]
Join Cosplay Burlesque for another great Zenkaikon performance! Cosplay Burlesque provides bawdy entertainment for the adult crowd featuring comedy and striptease while dressed as some of your favorite characters. We are fan fiction come to life!

Speakers
avatar for Cosplay Burlesque

Cosplay Burlesque

Performing Arts Group, Guest
Cosplay Burlesque is a performing arts group of burlesque performers and cosplayers dedicated to combining the two for your entertainment. Their mission is to take the characters fans already enjoy and make them naughty through a humorous and provocative stage show. There is no fandom... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

10:15pm CDT

Asexuality in Modern Media
Do you identify as being on the asexual and/or aromantic spectrum? Or would you just like to know more about what it means to identify as one of these? Come and be part of the discussion about characters in movies, books, games, and other media who are, or could be, regarded as being ace, aro, or "grace."

Speakers
avatar for Laura Klotz

Laura Klotz

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


Friday March 22, 2019 10:15pm - 11:15pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:30pm CDT

Dr. Mario's Horrible Sing-a-long Panel
Live comedic musical extravaganza! Starring everyone except Tony Danza! Where we play songs and you sing! It's a wonderful supreme disaster of a thing!


Friday March 22, 2019 10:30pm - Saturday March 23, 2019 12:00am CDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

11:00pm CDT

Cosplay Dance Off
Cosplay Dance Off, Where Street Dance meets Cosplay! Watch as our Cosplay Dance Off teams battle it out as your favorite characters against each other for that Convention’s Grand Champion title!

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Azzato

Brittany Azzato

Winters_Cosplay, Cosplay Dance Off
Hello I'm Captain Miniboss or Winters_Cosplay. I've been attending conventions since 2005 and have participated in the Cosplay Dance Off since 2007. I took over as captain 4 years ago. I'm a casual cosplayer and dancer just looking to have fun doing what I love to do. I always enjoy... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Mabie

Barbara Mabie

owner/artist/costumer, Mabie Knot Designs & Cosplay
Cosplay Seamstress and designer of nerd things. Disabled and Insulin Dependant Diabetic. Favorite Animes: Kill La Kill, Attack on Titan, Panty and Stocking, Sailor Moon. Favorite Fandoms: Star Wars My Little Pony, Star Trek, Disney, Doctor Who, Supernatural. Favorite Video... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Escape Velocity
I have been working with conventions for quite a while, mostly in that I have been running Dance off for over 12 years now, and I have also been seen on stage and behind the adjudicators table for various events such as Celebration 5, Balticon, and NYCC. I can most be seen planning... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 11:00pm - Saturday March 23, 2019 12:30am CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:15pm CDT

Nat 20! The Audience Driven Adult Roleplay Game [18+]
Step bravely, dear traveler, for you are about to enter Zenkaikon’s dangerously fun live action parody D&D campaign! Step in and take the reigns as our party ventures on. How will you defeat the busty princess and her sidekick, Sex Appeal? Will you escape from the clutches of Tumblr? Come find out what surprises we have in store for you.

Speakers
avatar for Gavin Fernandez

Gavin Fernandez

Cosplayer, Photographer, Actor, Panelist
Hi! I'm Gavin, a 19 year old trans male navigating the cosplay world as a broke college student. I am an actor, cosplayer, panelist, musician, and artist. I am very proud to bring body positivity and transgender inclusivity to the cosplay community.I am currently the costume designer... Read More →
avatar for Carter Kucier

Carter Kucier

Odyssey Eight
South Park, Star Wars, NSP, Marvel (way better than DC), Pokemon, Little Shop of Horrors, Cats, School of Rock, Phantom of the Opera, IT, Stranger Things, Soul Eater, probably memes and other things too.Musician, French Horn and tenor voice- always down for barbershop quartets


Friday March 22, 2019 11:15pm - Saturday March 23, 2019 12:15am CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

11:15pm CDT

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

Speakers
avatar for Corgi Cosplay

Corgi Cosplay

Cosplayer, Guest
Corgi Cosplay is made up of Kiba (a Pembroke Welsh Corgi) and his human sidekick Nicole that live in Arizona! Kiba is actually Nicole's service dog and takes his job pretty seriously, even under the costumes. Kiba started cosplaying about 5 years ago with a Link cosplay (Legend of... Read More →


Friday March 22, 2019 11:15pm - Saturday March 23, 2019 12:15am CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

11:15pm CDT

Full Frontal Nerdity: The Lewd Panel [18+]
Ever had any adult questions you’ve always wanted to ask, share stories, or learn how to charm someone at a con? Well this is the panel for you! Join some nerds and Charles Dunbar for a unforgettable 18+ Panel!

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

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


Friday March 22, 2019 11:15pm - Saturday March 23, 2019 1:15am CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]
 
Saturday, March 23
 

12:30am CDT

Go Nagai in the U.S.A. [18+]
Go Nagai is one of the most influential manga artists that ever lived, but little of his work has made its way stateside until recently, with anime hits such as Devilman Crybaby, Mazinger Z Infinity, and Cutie Honey Universe. Come see his impact on U.S. pop culture from the '70s through the '90s.

Speakers
avatar for Doug W

Doug W

Rock 'n Roller, Mischief-Maker
Opinionated rock jock and action cartoon wizard.


Saturday March 23, 2019 12:30am - 1:30am CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

9:00am CDT

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... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

9:15am CDT

Hyrule: A History Adult Timeline
We’re back to talk about all things the Legend of Zelda! We focus on the split in the timeline, specifically the adult timeline. Come learn about toon link and his adventures in the multiple games of this timeline!

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Grant

Jessica Grant

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

Samantha Hunkel

I love most things Nintendo, mainly Legend of Zelda! I also loveeee anime and manga so I mean talk to me about anything really. I'm also an avid cat lover :D


Saturday March 23, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

9:15am CDT

Japanyan!
Japan and cats – the two are seemingly intertwined in nearly every way. Join us as we explore the depictions of cats in Japanese culture through modern media, culture, and legends! From nekomata spirits to catgirls, we'll cover a broad series of examples on how these adorable animals have influenced Japanese culture.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Kegerreis

Linda Kegerreis

Panelist, A Nerdy Couple


Saturday March 23, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

9:30am CDT

Wiggin’ Out?!?!
Don’t trash it, Fix it! Frustrated by your wig’s tangling and efforts to restore it? Curious about the best way to store and travel with a wig? Want to know how to get the most bang for your buck or ensure you are taking good care of your lovelies? Come join Yoseijira and her 10+ years caring for wigs to learn about the fundamentals of wig care!

Speakers
avatar for Yosei

Yosei

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:15am CDT

Tokyo 2020: Tips & Tricks For Attending The 2020 Summer Olympics
Would you like to travel to Japan? Have you ever considered attending the Olympics? With the 2020 Summer Games being held in Tokyo, you have a great opportunity to combine the two. Come learn some tips and tricks on how to plan the trip of a lifetime from a frequent traveler who has been to Asia (including Japan) multiple times and attended the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Speakers
avatar for Kris Twesme

Kris Twesme

Staff, Treasury


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:15am CDT

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

Speakers
avatar for Laura Klotz

Laura Klotz

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:15am - 11:45am CDT
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

10:30am CDT

The Best of Marvel (2015-2018)
Here are some of the best stories to read from Marvel in the last 4 years. (I'll write this up later)

Speakers
SJ

Scott Johnson

Staff, BOD
I'm the Director of Programming for Zenkaikon, I was the Vice con Chair in 2018 and I served as the Head of Live Programming from 2006 to 2017 for Zenkaikon and a member of the Board of Directors since 2016. I Occasionally run Panels as well and wrote the webcomic www.dubthis.net... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:45am CDT

Video Game Story Development 101
Basic introduction to video game story content writing and quest development for middle school-high school students or anyone interested in what is involved with story writing/quest development for video games. Workshop includes practice worksheets, discussions and overview of video game genres, artwork, content creation, and steps to prepare you for story writing. 

Speakers
avatar for Kat Mahoney

Kat Mahoney

Owner/Creative Visionary, WeDiscoverGeeks
I’m the Owner/Creative Visionary of WeDiscoverGeeks and Madness & Misfits. I attended Hawaii Pacific University for Computer Science and I have over 20 years in the Technology and Electronic Entertainment Industry. I test, review, and market video games and technology... Read More →



Saturday March 23, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

11:00am CDT

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

Speakers
avatar for Yosei

Yosei

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

11:30am CDT

The Voice Actor's Panel
Some of the best voice actors in the business are here to tell you all about the business. Join the voices of Amethyst, Bulma, and Kaneki Ken as they traverse an audible landscape, reading scripts and weaving their characters together into a tapestry of hilarity and laughter.

Speakers
avatar for Michaela Dietz

Michaela Dietz

Actress, Guest
Michaela Dietz is a Korean-American performer and voice over actress whose credits include Steven Universe (Amethyst), Mighty Magiswords (Danelda), Barney & Friends (Riff), Grand Theft Auto V, Lego Dimensions (Chunk), Krampus (Cherub), and Dolly on Disney's upcoming series 101 Dalmatian Street... Read More →
avatar for Monica Rial

Monica Rial

Actress, Guest
Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for almost 20 years and she is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the US. She has lent her voice to over 450 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman... Read More →
avatar for Austin Tindle

Austin Tindle

Actor, Guest
Austin Tindle is a writer and actor living in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Orlando, Florida, raised in Austin, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Dallas on academic scholarship, where he almost became an Electrical Engineer. At 19, he was cast as Romeo, and changed majors... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm CDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

11:45am CDT

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

Speakers
avatar for James Hicks

James Hicks

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

12:00pm CDT

Cosplay for Anyone: Body Painting and other FX
Find yourself cosplaying characters of non-human skin tone but have no idea how to achieve the perfect Beast Boy green or Lapis blue? We'll show you the Do's and Dont's of body paint along with plenty of tips and tricks for a successful paint job.

Speakers
avatar for Lorna Diamond

Lorna Diamond

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

12:00pm CDT

Gameshow Impossibru™: Tame That Tune
The Manly Battleships® are proud to bring you their version of the classic song match game! Our melodic masters have assembled songs from big, small, and downright obscure media for your pleasure. Put your repertoire of knowledge up against the best we have to offer!

Speakers
avatar for Manly Battleships

Manly Battleships

Presenters, Guest
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving performers that have built a programming powerhouse on the convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their skills with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to create a repertoire of content to suit any taste... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

12:00pm CDT

Great Graphic Novels you Should be Reading 2019
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

Manga Library, Guest
The Carolina Manga Library is a 501(c)(3) organization that was formed for the express purposes of promoting literacy through graphic novels. They operate a traveling library that sets up at conventions and other shows to provide free access to their collection of over 5000 manga... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

12:15pm CDT

Space Pirates and Alien Queens: A look at the Leijiverse
Ever marvel at the myriad series that make up the Leijiverse? Wonder at the appeal of their storylines or the connections between each character? Come and discuss the fascinating world that Leiji Matsumoto has built, its awe-inspiring depth, the scope of the stories, and of course all his different alien queens and romantic space pirates.

Speakers
avatar for Yosei

Yosei

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

1:00pm CDT

The Secret Guide to Running Panels
Have something to say about your fandom? It takes more than just a good idea to run a good con panel. Prolific and professional panelist, lecturer, and podcaster Rym (GeekNights) is here to show you exactly what it takes to run a slick and solid panel. He's performed at fan and professional conventions around the world for more than 15 years, and is here to share all of the tricks of the trade.

Speakers
avatar for Rym DeCoster

Rym DeCoster

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

1:00pm CDT

Mold Making and Materials for Cosplay
Jay and Barb of Mabie Knot Designs & Cosplay will discuss the various ways to use several different mold types, and the various materials you can cast in your mold! They will also be demonstrating how to use silicone and resin using their favorite professional brand of materials.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Mabie

Barbara Mabie

owner/artist/costumer, Mabie Knot Designs & Cosplay
Cosplay Seamstress and designer of nerd things. Disabled and Insulin Dependant Diabetic. Favorite Animes: Kill La Kill, Attack on Titan, Panty and Stocking, Sailor Moon. Favorite Fandoms: Star Wars My Little Pony, Star Trek, Disney, Doctor Who, Supernatural. Favorite Video... Read More →
avatar for Jason McClain

Jason McClain

Director, Costuming and Wardrobe, Escape Velocity
I have been working with conventions for quite a while, mostly in that I have been running Dance off for over 12 years now, and I have also been seen on stage and behind the adjudicators table for various events such as Celebration 5, Balticon, and NYCC. I can most be seen planning... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

1:15pm CDT

Foundations of Worldbuilding
Want to tell a story in a magical kingdom or a galaxy far far away? Come on in!

Speakers

Saturday March 23, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

1:45pm CDT

Austin Tindle Q&A
Come have a conversation with Austin Tindle. You can talk about his life, career, getting into to voice acting, past characters or, ya know, other stuff too. If you don't have any questions he'll probably just talk about himself. Or read Harry Potter out loud. Not Goblet of Fire, though.

Speakers
avatar for Austin Tindle

Austin Tindle

Actor, Guest
Austin Tindle is a writer and actor living in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Orlando, Florida, raised in Austin, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Dallas on academic scholarship, where he almost became an Electrical Engineer. At 19, he was cast as Romeo, and changed majors... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

2:00pm CDT

Capital City Jedi Knights - Combat in Costume
Combat in Costume gives you the how to's of putting together a screen accurate Star Wars costume and building a choreographed fight to perform in that costume.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Blank

Matthew Blank

Head of Council, Capital City Jedi Knights
Matt had a force-awakening in 2015 when he joined Capital City Jedi Knights. He has been serving the club ever since. Occasionally he can be seen in his other Star Wars costume "Willy" Wampa. He is very excited to share his love of Star Wars costuming and choreographed lightsaber... Read More →
avatar for Greg Ember

Greg Ember

Fight Director, Capital City Jedi Knights
Greg Ember is a ten-year veteran of the Star Wars performing arts community. He is currently a member of Ghost Base (Rebel Legion) and Capital City Jedi Knights. He has helped to lead Capital City Jedi Knights for the better part of five years, and has been a member since 2010, the... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

2:15pm CDT

Plumbobs and Cowplants
Starting with SimCity in 1989, Sims have been around for a while. Join us for a lighthearted discussion of how the games have evolved, some endless speculation on where they might go next, and a healthy debate on the pros and cons of putting vampires and aliens under the same roof.

Speakers
avatar for Katrina S. Forest

Katrina S. Forest

Author/Panelist, Forest Fanfics
Katrina S. Forest is a Clarion West alumna and a member of SFWA. She runs the recently re-launched Urban Fantasy Magazine and released her first middle grade book, My Best Friend Runs Venus, this June. You can learn more about her work at KatrinaSForest.com.


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

2:30pm CDT

AMV 202: You Can [now] Advance
Ready for the next level of Anime Music Video creation? The Zenkaikon AMV Department is here to help you along toward the ultimate goal: a possible finalist position in an AMV competition! Bring your questions and prepare to take notes.

Speakers

Saturday March 23, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

2:30pm CDT

Merica! (America in Anime)
A land of ridiculously busty blondes with blue eyes, a ton of guns and violence, flags on every conceivable surface, and loud and obnoxious idiots as far as the eye can see. Oh, and a real-life celebrity will probably show up. What is this strange and magical place? Why it’s America! Come and join us as we explore what anime and manga think life in America is all about!

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/BrandI also used to run... Read More →
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/zawa113


Saturday March 23, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

3:00pm CDT

CONversations: Austin Tindle [Sign-ups AT CON ONLY]
SIGN-UPS FOR THIS PANEL ARE TAKEN AT CON ONLY
CONversations are small group discussions that allow you a chance to meet and talk with one of our fabulous guests in a small, relaxed setting. Space is limited to nine attendees only. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first serve basis on the day of the particular CONversation. Please visit the Info Desk to sign up for the CONversation of your choice. Due to the limited space available, attendees may only register for one CONversation of their choice/day, and may only register themselves for the particular CONversation.

**Anyone not on the sign-up list will not be given admittance and names will be checked at the door. **

Speakers
avatar for Austin Tindle

Austin Tindle

Actor, Guest
Austin Tindle is a writer and actor living in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Orlando, Florida, raised in Austin, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Dallas on academic scholarship, where he almost became an Electrical Engineer. At 19, he was cast as Romeo, and changed majors... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Montgomery House [Floor 2]

3:00pm CDT

Fandom Saved My Life
Talking about mental health can be really hard, but you aren't alone in your struggles! Corgi Cosplay and Sincerely Sam are here to share their personal stories and to hopefully help make talking about mental health a more normal thing.

Speakers
avatar for Corgi Cosplay

Corgi Cosplay

Cosplayer, Guest
Corgi Cosplay is made up of Kiba (a Pembroke Welsh Corgi) and his human sidekick Nicole that live in Arizona! Kiba is actually Nicole's service dog and takes his job pretty seriously, even under the costumes. Kiba started cosplaying about 5 years ago with a Link cosplay (Legend of... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Sawyer

Samantha Sawyer

Comic Book Illustrator, Guest
Samantha Sawyer (Sincerely Sam) is a comic book artist and illustrator. Samantha is best known for her covers for Coffin Comics’ Lady Death and La Mureta; Big Dog Ink’s Penny for your Soul and Kaiju Epic; Crucidel Productions' Knightingail; and Ayee Dee Studio’s The... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

3:00pm CDT

Steven Universe Panel
NOOO, MI TORTA! Come spend an hour with Steven Universe's very own Amethyst (Michaela Dietz) as we talk about magical space rocks, the universe, and anything in between!

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

Author, Guest
Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime and Japanese culture are one (admittedly large) sphere. After discovering the medium through Dragonball Z in high school, he spent his formative college years indulging in giant robots, Pokémon, JRPGs, and Rurouni Kenshin... Read More →
avatar for Michaela Dietz

Michaela Dietz

Actress, Guest
Michaela Dietz is a Korean-American performer and voice over actress whose credits include Steven Universe (Amethyst), Mighty Magiswords (Danelda), Barney & Friends (Riff), Grand Theft Auto V, Lego Dimensions (Chunk), Krampus (Cherub), and Dolly on Disney's upcoming series 101 Dalmatian Street... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

3:15pm CDT

Cosplay and the Art of the Ball Gown
Have you ever watched a Disney movie and thought, "I wish I could be a princess"? But was too intimidated to tackle a ball gown? Fear no more! Join the Cosplay Crew as they break down how to sew the perfect ball gown. Subjects such as pattern drafting, fabric choices, and more will be addressed. We will even break down famous ball gowns such as Sarah (from the Labyrinth), Princess Peach, and more! Get ready for the ultimate panel in sewing Ball Gowns!

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 March 23, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

3:30pm CDT

Dance Fossils: A J-pop Dance Throwback
These J-Pop and odottemita dances are so old your grandparents probably know them! Well, probably not, but you may remember these dances from the early 2000's! Join us as we learn and discover the dances time has forgotten.


Saturday March 23, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

3:45pm CDT

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 March 23, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

3:45pm CDT

The 40 Tabletop Games You Must Play
These may not be the top 40 board games ever designed, nor are they the top 40 influential or otherwise important games. If you aspire to really understand tabletop, or if you have visions of designing your own games, these are the 40 games that, if you play them, will give you the widest possible perspective on what it means to make a good game (and what "good" even means). Join the GeekNights crew for an exploration of the boundaries of tabletop gaming. There are some gems in there.

Speakers
avatar for Rym DeCoster

Rym DeCoster

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

4:15pm CDT

Meet Monica Rial Q&A
Monica Rial has almost 20 years of voice acting experience, more than 450 anime and video game credits, and she's here to answer your questions. Whether you're curious about a particular role or just want to know what's it like in her world, it's sure to be an hour of fun.

Speakers
avatar for Monica Rial

Monica Rial

Actress, Guest
Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for almost 20 years and she is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the US. She has lent her voice to over 450 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

4:30pm CDT

Thanks for Playing! 30 Years of SEGA Genesis
Three decades ago, SEGA took a stand and proclaimed that "Genesis Does What Nintendon't", and it was good. Three decades later, the SEGA Genesis is fondly remembered as one of the greatest gaming consoles of all time. Ty "the SEGA Guy" returns to Zenkaikon, joined by Emmanuel Hoachlander, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the biggest David and Goliath story in gaming history.

Speakers
avatar for Emmanuel Hoachlander

Emmanuel Hoachlander

Owner, Section 9
I am a fan of video games, music, movies, anime, and retro and old tech. I am always up to talk about any of this and love nerding out with people over this stuff. I have been running my own independent music label for 3 years now and have been producing since i was 14 years old... Read More →
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Ty Hornbeck

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

5:00pm CDT

+2 Comedy Presents Stay Doomed
Noah Houlihan and Laura Prince explore what makes a TV show Stay Doomed, and how to tell if your new favorite is never going to reach Season Two. The Stay Doomed hosts will also discuss the weirdest and wackiest things they've found while researching the smash hit podcast.

Speakers
NH

Noah Houlihan

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

5:00pm CDT

How to Finish A Story
If you want to write a story but you've never been able to pull it off, this is the panel for you. We'll talk about developing your process, how to make peace with drafts and all the editing you're going to have to do.

Speakers

Saturday March 23, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

5:00pm CDT

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. With the show ending after 8 seasons, join us for the last presentation of this panel.


Saturday March 23, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

5:30pm CDT

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

Speakers

Saturday March 23, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

5:45pm CDT

Little bits of magic in Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Ever wonder what is inside the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando/Hollywood. Come to this panel that talks about the little things that most people miss in WWOHP and learn more about these immersive theme park land.

Speakers
TS

Thomas Stidman

Staff, Guest Relations


Saturday March 23, 2019 5:45pm - 6:45pm CDT
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

6:00pm CDT

FLCL Progressive: What Went Wrong?
What does Fooly Cooly even mean? We still don't know, but what we do know is that the original FLCL is a cornerstone of early-2000's anime. The cult classic finally gained a sequel in 2018. However, FLCL Progressive was met with more of a frustrated sigh than raucous applause. What went wrong? Did FLCL even need a sequel?

Speakers
avatar for Ty Hornbeck

Ty Hornbeck

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

6:15pm CDT

3D Scan Your Friends Into Minis
Looking for ways to liven up your gaming table? Want to something cool but cheap? 3D scan your friends into files that can be printed on any 3D printer. Have unique and fun minis for your game sessions or conventions. Plus, see other ideas for 3D printing and gaming. Live demo included.

Speakers

Saturday March 23, 2019 6:15pm - 7:15pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

6:30pm CDT

Pokémon: The Original Dark Journey
Pokémon Let's Go Eevee and Pikachu have brought us back to the Kanto region where it all began. Underneath the bright and exciting world of the game lies a land of danger and intrigue. Come explore the darker side of Pokémon as we look into the Pokedex entries, story elements, and anime moments that show Kanto is a world to be tread with caution.

Speakers
avatar for Forward Progress

Forward Progress

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

7:00pm CDT

CONversations: Monica Rial [Sign-ups AT CON ONLY]
SIGN-UPS FOR THIS PANEL ARE TAKEN AT CON ONLY
CONversations are small group discussions that allow you a chance to meet and talk with one of our fabulous guests in a small, relaxed setting. Space is limited to nine attendees only. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first serve basis on the day of the particular CONversation. Please visit the Info Desk to sign up for the CONversation of your choice. Due to the limited space available, attendees may only register for one CONversation/day of their choice, and may only register themselves for the particular CONversation.

**Anyone not on the sign-up list will not be given admittance and names will be checked at the door. **

Speakers
avatar for Monica Rial

Monica Rial

Actress, Guest
Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for almost 20 years and she is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the US. She has lent her voice to over 450 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Montgomery House [Floor 2]

7:00pm CDT

Puro-Ani: Wrestling X Anime
Special attacks! Larger-than-life characters! Heroic declarations! The overlap between anime and pro wrestling is intense enough that the two frequently bleed into each other, and you have a floor seat to the ultimate clash of champions.

Speakers
avatar for Doug W

Doug W

Rock 'n Roller, Mischief-Maker
Opinionated rock jock and action cartoon wizard.


Saturday March 23, 2019 7:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

7:15pm CDT

Anime That Got Lucky
Ever wonder how some anime gained such immense popularity seemingly overnight? Was it a struck of luck, good timing, or simply a story that won the hearts of anime fans worldwide? Whatever the reason, we explore some of these lucky series as well as explore similar ones that deserve some luck of their own.

Speakers
avatar for Lyndsey Bellamy

Lyndsey Bellamy

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 7:15pm - 8:15pm CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

7:15pm CDT

Cosplay Photography 101
Are you interested in getting into Cosplay Photography? Are you a cosplayer looking to start working with Cosplay Photographers? Come join Amanda of Wild Spice Cosplay.Wild Spice Photography as we discuss how to find a photographer, and plan for your Cosplay photoshoot as well as how to get started in Cosplay photography!

Speakers
avatar for WildSpice (Amanda Walker)

WildSpice (Amanda Walker)

Wild Spice Cosplay & Photography
I’m a cosplayer for 15+ years as well as a photographer! I’m also a Twitch affiliate and lover of anime & Disney!


Saturday March 23, 2019 7:15pm - 8:15pm CDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

7:15pm CDT

Declutter Your Creative Mind
It's hard being a "starving artist". Even harder being a teen in this "dog eat dog" world in the creative industry like Art, Writing, Music, Technology and Video Games. Hear our story of strength and perseverance, and learn how to cope and overcome your fears, social phobia, and anxiety in the creative industry so that you can let your creative skills shine more and love yourself better. This mother+daughter presentation is exclusively teens and young adults who are struggling in their creative venture and lack motivation, inspiration, and emotional setbacks.

Speakers
avatar for Kat Mahoney

Kat Mahoney

Owner/Creative Visionary, WeDiscoverGeeks
I’m the Owner/Creative Visionary of WeDiscoverGeeks and Madness & Misfits. I attended Hawaii Pacific University for Computer Science and I have over 20 years in the Technology and Electronic Entertainment Industry. I test, review, and market video games and technology... Read More →



Saturday March 23, 2019 7:15pm - 8:15pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

7:15pm CDT

Folklore of Pennsylvania and the Lancaster Area [18+]
Ride with us on the "Bus to nowhere" and past "The seven gates to hell" as we explore the myths, legends, and folklore of Pennsylvania and the Lancaster area that the Con is based in.


Saturday March 23, 2019 7:15pm - 8:15pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

7:30pm CDT

Let's Make a Game
Do you want to make your own games, but think to yourself "Thomas, you don't know how's to make the games"? Then you wonder why you call yourself Thomas when your name is Steve? Trust me, I've been there! Come join Children Driving Robots as we delve into the world of indie game development. We will demo the Unity3D game engine as well as other free software that is available to help you on your quest to create quests for other quest takers.


Saturday March 23, 2019 7:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

7:45pm CDT

Gateway to Horror: Creepy Kids Media
Take a look at the world of creepy kids media; the t.v., movies, and books that plant the horror seed into the minds of the youth, corrupting them indefinitely. MUAHAHA!

Speakers
avatar for John Salvino

John Salvino

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 7:45pm - 8:45pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

8:00pm CDT

Costuming for a Cause
What do Stormtroopers, Superheroes and Princesses have in common? From hospital visits to charity walks, costuming groups have done their part to raise awareness for several causes. What is it like to be a member of a costuming group that does charity and what does it take to do it.

Speakers
avatar for Pamela Smith

Pamela Smith

Dame Dahlia is an award winning cosplayer and costumer from central Pennsylvania. She is originally from Dallas, Texas, and studied vocal performance at the University of North Texas focusing on opera and musical theater. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force and studied... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm CDT
Live 7/Autographs [Tellus 360 The Temple]

8:15pm CDT

I Mustn't Run Away…I Mustn't Run Away…An Evangelion Debate Panel [18+]
Who is the best Evangelion Pilot? What do the last 2 episodes really mean? Is Hideaki Anno legitimately insane or just a misunderstood artist? Join us for an open debate and discussion on the groundbreaking anime "Neon Genesis Evangelion"

Speakers
avatar for James Hicks

James Hicks

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 8:15pm - 9:15pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

8:15pm CDT

Lost In Translation
Adapting Japanese content for other cultures is a delicate and time consuming process. When done right we get beautifully crafted stories and games. When done wrong, we get hilarious and horrendous content. From cutesy cover art tuned hardcore to dubs gone wrong, join us as we take a look at translations gone askew!

Speakers
avatar for Linda Kegerreis

Linda Kegerreis

Panelist, A Nerdy Couple


Saturday March 23, 2019 8:15pm - 9:15pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

8:30pm CDT

CONversations: Michaela Dietz [Sign-ups AT CON ONLY]
SIGN-UPS FOR THIS PANEL ARE TAKEN AT CON ONLY
CONversations are small group discussions that allow you a chance to meet and talk with one of our fabulous guests in a small, relaxed setting. Space is limited to nine attendees only. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first serve basis on the day of the particular CONversation. Please visit the Info Desk to sign up for the CONversation of your choice. Due to the limited space available, attendees may only register for one CONversation/day of their choice, and may only register themselves for the particular CONversation.

**Anyone not on the sign-up list will not be given admittance and names will be checked at the door. **

Speakers
avatar for Michaela Dietz

Michaela Dietz

Actress, Guest
Michaela Dietz is a Korean-American performer and voice over actress whose credits include Steven Universe (Amethyst), Mighty Magiswords (Danelda), Barney & Friends (Riff), Grand Theft Auto V, Lego Dimensions (Chunk), Krampus (Cherub), and Dolly on Disney's upcoming series 101 Dalmatian Street... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 8:30pm - 9:30pm CDT
Montgomery House [Floor 2]

8:45pm CDT

Make your own horned headband Mk II
This will be a hands-on make-your-own-horned headband. Using supplied materials, attendees will make their own horns and take away wearable pieces. We had such a huge response last year that we are offering it again, with tweaks and improvements. Ram horns will be limited to the first 20.  Antlers will be limited to the following 20.  $10 materials fee, which includes headband, paint, and all materials. Auditors are welcome

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Collodel

Amanda Collodel

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

Lamia Creations

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 8:45pm - 10:45pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:00pm CDT

Todd Haberkorn presents: (In)-Appropriate Night Time Stories for Kids that are 18+ [18+]
Todd is an award winning audio book narrator and has found some "gems" that he'd like to share with you! Come get an earful of stories that probably shouldn't used to give children wholesome dreams during sleep.

Speakers
avatar for Todd Haberkorn

Todd Haberkorn

Actor, Guest
As a multi-award-winning actor behind the mic, on camera, and on stage, Todd Haberkorn has had the pleasure of working in a variety of mediums in the entertainment industry. The LA-based actor is also a director for companies like Netflix and Funimation Entertainment, as well as a... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 9:00pm - 10:00pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

9:30pm CDT

Nostalgia Bombastic with Kurenai Kiba & Doomastic
We’re throwing a classic cartoon party and you’re invited! Kurenai and Doomtastic go through some of our favorite cartoon theme songs. Be for warned, we encourage audience participation so bring your A game!

Speakers
avatar for Yosei

Yosei

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 9:30pm - 10:30pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

9:30pm CDT

The Apocalypse in Anime
That's great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, samurai are not afraid...or are they? This panel looks at the END OF THE WORLD, and how Japanese culture and stories approach and redefine it.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 9:30pm - 10:30pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

10:00pm CDT

Art Film or Aren't Film? [18+]
Have you ever sat down with a piece of media and asked yourself, is this art or aren't? Us too! Join us as we dance with ladies in radiators and get possessed in a tunnel. This is OUR design.

Speakers
avatar for John Salvino

John Salvino

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

10:15pm CDT

Star Trek: We Used to Be Explorers
With Star Trek Discovery launching, with changes being forced upon fan productions, and with a little rival show coming out called Orville just what is going on in the world of Star Trek? Why are so many people so angry about everything? Join the Manly Battleships® as they dive deep into this drama.

Speakers
avatar for Manly Battleships

Manly Battleships

Presenters, Guest
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving performers that have built a programming powerhouse on the convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their skills with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to create a repertoire of content to suit any taste... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:15pm - 11:15pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

10:30pm CDT

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 Corgi Cosplay

Corgi Cosplay

Cosplayer, Guest
Corgi Cosplay is made up of Kiba (a Pembroke Welsh Corgi) and his human sidekick Nicole that live in Arizona! Kiba is actually Nicole's service dog and takes his job pretty seriously, even under the costumes. Kiba started cosplaying about 5 years ago with a Link cosplay (Legend of... Read More →
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Samantha Sawyer

Comic Book Illustrator, Guest
Samantha Sawyer (Sincerely Sam) is a comic book artist and illustrator. Samantha is best known for her covers for Coffin Comics’ Lady Death and La Mureta; Big Dog Ink’s Penny for your Soul and Kaiju Epic; Crucidel Productions' Knightingail; and Ayee Dee Studio’s The... Read More →
avatar for Austin Tindle

Austin Tindle

Actor, Guest
Austin Tindle is a writer and actor living in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Orlando, Florida, raised in Austin, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Dallas on academic scholarship, where he almost became an Electrical Engineer. At 19, he was cast as Romeo, and changed majors... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:30pm - 11:30pm CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

10:45pm CDT

Naruto Pajama Party!
Come join Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, and other characters in their pajamas to have a good time! Let's play games, have snacks, and give out prizes!

Speakers

Saturday March 23, 2019 10:45pm - 11:45pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:45pm CDT

Sports or Anime? Why Not Both?
In this panel, I will compare and contrast various sports anime as well as talk about what can draw conventional sports fans into our fandom.

Speakers

Saturday March 23, 2019 10:45pm - 11:45pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

10:45pm CDT

Superstitious Yaoi [18+]
Whether you enjoy stories of unlucky-in-love protagonists or series that involve curses and omens, join us as we explore yaoi series that cover it all! Cross your fingers and maybe you'll find a new series to enjoy or discover a new appreciation for ones that you know and love.

Speakers
avatar for Lyndsey Bellamy

Lyndsey Bellamy

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 10:45pm - 11:45pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

11:45pm CDT

B-Horror & Sci-Fi: The Good, The Good-Bad, The Bad-Bad & The Ugly [18+]
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 "Twisted Pair", "Frankenstein's Army", and "I'm Dreaming of a White Doomsday". You'll laugh, you'll cringe, you'll say "WTF". This panel is 18+ and not for those with sensitive eyes!

Speakers
avatar for John Salvino

John Salvino

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:45pm - Sunday March 24, 2019 12:45am CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

11:45pm CDT

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

Speakers
avatar for Cosplay Burlesque

Cosplay Burlesque

Performing Arts Group, Guest
Cosplay Burlesque is a performing arts group of burlesque performers and cosplayers dedicated to combining the two for your entertainment. Their mission is to take the characters fans already enjoy and make them naughty through a humorous and provocative stage show. There is no fandom... Read More →


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:45pm - Sunday March 24, 2019 12:45am CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:45pm CDT

Haunted Teahouse: 100 Stories
This event had advanced signups before the convention and is currently full.

Centuries ago, samurai and nobility would gather and tell fantastic stories of ghosts and monsters. And at Zenkaikon, attendees are now invited to do the same. Drink tea, sit back, and share your best stories. And maybe summon a ghost, if it works out that way.

Speakers
avatar for Charles Dunbar

Charles Dunbar

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


Saturday March 23, 2019 11:45pm - Sunday March 24, 2019 1:00am CDT
Montgomery House [Floor 2]
 
Sunday, March 24
 

12:00am CDT

+2 Comedy Presents Beyond the Tentacle: Fit to be Hentai'd [18+]
A continuation of the popular Beyond the Tentacle series, +2 Comedy tackles a whole new set of fetishes. Don't miss the exciting live demonstrations and the worst video we could find this year!

Speakers
NH

Noah Houlihan

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


Sunday March 24, 2019 12:00am - 1:00am CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:00am CDT

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
BM

Brian Murdzak

Department Head, Mobile Tech
avatar for Bob Zygala

Bob Zygala

Department Head, Mobile Tech


Sunday March 24, 2019 12:00am - 2:00am CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

12:45am CDT

Let's Dub a Hentai: The Threequel [18+]
Ever had the unpleasure if watching a dubbed hentai and think you could do better? Well put your money where your mouth is and say horribly dirty things in front of strangers.

Speakers
avatar for Jessy Lukens

Jessy Lukens

Panelist
I've made questionable decisions in life, like hosting hentai panels


Sunday March 24, 2019 12:45am - 1:45am CDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

1:00am CDT

Introduction to Hentai [18+]
Join others for a panel all about the lewd art of Hentai. A funny, educational, and vary naughty panel. There will be a Q&A and maybe some games too. Bring your wrist bands and leave your shame at the door!

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Sunday March 24, 2019 1:00am - 2:00am CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

1:00am CDT

SasqWatch-13 Cryptids The Government Doesn't Want You To Know About! Click Here To Learn More!!! [18+]
Do you ever feel like you're being watched by a grinning man? Have you been personally effected by rods in the air? Do you know if your heart of hearts there is a 7 foot long worm terrorizing the Gobi dessert? Click here to find out more!

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John Salvino

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


Sunday March 24, 2019 1:00am - 2:00am CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

9:00am CDT

The Cat Lovers Guide to Cat Manga
Do mew enjoy cats? Are mew easily amewsed by videos and imeowges of cute cats on the internyaat? Do mew need to pet every cat you nyotice? Well now it’s time to meowge your love for cats with your love for manga! Learn about all the cat manga you didn’t even knyow existed and purrpare to waste your time on purr cuteness!

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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/BrandI also used to run... Read More →
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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/zawa113


Sunday March 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

9:00am CDT

Workmanship of Costumes & Props
What makes costumes & props memorable? Workmanship & detail. Some costumers and masquerade judges will discuss workmanship and show some examples.

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Pamela Smith

Dame Dahlia is an award winning cosplayer and costumer from central Pennsylvania. She is originally from Dallas, Texas, and studied vocal performance at the University of North Texas focusing on opera and musical theater. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force and studied... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

9:15am CDT

Cosplay Cosmetics
You have makeup question? We have makeup answers. From lingo to lipsticks, Doomtastic and Kurenai Kiba have been getting questions that focus on makeup. Now, you can get your questions answered live! Come to this panel to solve your cosplay makeup inquiries. This panel is dedicated 100% you

Speakers
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Kurenai Kiba

Owner, Kurenai Kiba
I'm an artist. I paint. I write. I sew. I craft. Whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. Most of the time, it takes cosplay to do that. I love using different mediums to achieve something great. I constantly strive to better my art and I hope you can enjoy the results of my... Read More →
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Yosei

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


Sunday March 24, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

9:30am CDT

Anime for Kids
This program will be largely presentation style with approximately fifteen minutes at the end for a Q&A. The tone will be lighthearted, fun, and kid-friendly.

Speakers
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Katrina S. Forest

Author/Panelist, Forest Fanfics
Katrina S. Forest is a Clarion West alumna and a member of SFWA. She runs the recently re-launched Urban Fantasy Magazine and released her first middle grade book, My Best Friend Runs Venus, this June. You can learn more about her work at KatrinaSForest.com.


Sunday March 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

9:30am CDT

Kimono 101
The kimono and the yukata is the most recognizable and instantly memorable symbol of Japan. However, this beautiful garment can be intimidating to a new comer to the culture or those curious about it. Fear no longer! Come and learn how to dress in the simple summer yukata all the way up to the fabulous and often complicated furisode. Learn about the history of the garment and certain techniques to create it and the accessories to go with it. You’ll be sure to walk away knowing a lot more about it and confident in starting to learn on your own!

Speakers
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Sarah Miller

Kimono Consultant
The culture of Japan left an incredible impact on me as a child and has resonated, first through anime, then kimono when I reflected on memories of festivals spent in yukata. I started out teaching myself to dress in kimono before taking professional classes. Now I wish to spread... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

9:30am CDT

9:45am CDT

How to be a Game Master and run a game.
Have you ever wanted to be the ring master of a party game but didn't know how? Have you ever considered being a Dungeons Master but had no clue where to start? Have you ever just wanted to take he reins so that you and your friends can have fun? Then this is the panel for you! Come and learn the tips and tricks to hosting a game and making sure that you and everyone have fun. And these tips and tricks apply to much more than just Dungeons and Dragons, but can be used in any group game!


Sunday March 24, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

10:00am CDT

Cospositivity / Body Positivity
With all the negative aspects in the cosplay community (body shaming, bullying, etc.), how do you remain positive? Join our cosplay guests for an honest and encouraging discussion about cospositivity and celebrating the wins in the community.

Speakers
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Pamela Smith

Dame Dahlia is an award winning cosplayer and costumer from central Pennsylvania. She is originally from Dallas, Texas, and studied vocal performance at the University of North Texas focusing on opera and musical theater. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force and studied... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

10:00am CDT

Cosplay Pro Wrestling
Zenkaikon, let's get ready to rumble!!! Join Cosplay Pro Wrestling for a spectacle like none other! You can catch their show at Zenkaikon on Sunday, March 24, 2019 in the Main Events Hall. Watch as worlds collide from all fandoms such as anime, video games and comics.

Speakers
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Cosplay Pro Wrestling

Performing Arts Group, Guest
Zenkaikon, let's get ready to rumble!!! Join Cosplay Pro Wrestling for a spectacle like none other! You can catch their show at Zenkaikon on Sunday, March 24, 2019 in the Main Events Hall. Watch as worlds collide from all fandoms such as anime, video games and comics.


Sunday March 24, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

10:45am CDT

Cosplay on a Budget
Is cosplaying leaving your bank account empty? Are you interested in learning how to make your dream cosplay without finding yourself flat broke. This is the panel for you! Learn the do’s and don’ts of cosplaying on a small budget.

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Brie Culp

Mad Science Cosplay


Sunday March 24, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

11:00am CDT

Acting 101 with Monica Rial
Let’s get one thing straight, you can’t be a voice actor unless you’re an
actor. Whether you’re interested in becoming an actor, already a pro, or just want to
learn, this panel with professional voice actress Monica Rial will give you some insight
into what it takes to be a working actor.

Speakers
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Monica Rial

Actress, Guest
Monica Rial has been working in the anime industry for almost 20 years and she is currently listed as the most prolific anime voice actor in the US. She has lent her voice to over 450 anime including: Assassination Classroom (Kayano), Black Butler (Mey Rin), Certain Magical Index (Index), Deadman... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

11:00am CDT

Could You Please NOT? Photography Etiquette
We all know it to be true: common sense isn't as common as it should be and wisdom doesn't always come with experience. That's why we're here. To help you have a better con, we offer dos and don'ts for both cosplayers and photographers in terms of behavior and practices. We will answer questions and share stories as well.

Speakers
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Richard Bradford

Staff, AMV


Sunday March 24, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

11:00am CDT

Dr. Who: Care for a Jelly Baby?
“First things first but not necessarily in that order.” Join Children Driving Robots as we delve into the world of the rebellious mind of the mad hattious fourth doctor, Tom Baker. Learn about the historical impact that Tom Baker’s doctor has made not just on England but on the world as a whole.

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Jason Buffone

Featured Panelist, Children Driving Robots
At least a hundred years ago, a group of idiots and a plastic turtle named Kyle came together with a great mission: to have fun entertaining people irregardless of whether or not people were entertained. Whether it be arcade playthroughs and inaccurate anime descriptions on YouTube... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

11:00am CDT

Play (Dirty) to Win!
Ostensibly, you play games to win. (Assuming we're talking about competitive games: you're not playing to "win" Dungeons & Dragons… are you?) But are really? Shouldn't you be winning a lot more often? Maybe you should try that cheap strategy you've heard about. Punch below the belt. Memorize the deck. Read the FAQ. What's the line between playing to win and cheating? Is "playing dirty" even really a thing? Come for the degenerate strategies, stay for the soul-crushing revelations on winning.

Speakers
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Rym DeCoster

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


Sunday March 24, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:00pm CDT

Foam 101 with Kiba the Cosplay Corgi
Just starting out in cosplay or looking for a kind of cheap way to build armor, weapons, or other props out of but not sure how to work with EVA foam? Or maybe just even curious about what it is? Well, Corgi Cosplay is here to answer your questions and help you out on learning about this cool stuff!

Speakers
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Corgi Cosplay

Cosplayer, Guest
Corgi Cosplay is made up of Kiba (a Pembroke Welsh Corgi) and his human sidekick Nicole that live in Arizona! Kiba is actually Nicole's service dog and takes his job pretty seriously, even under the costumes. Kiba started cosplaying about 5 years ago with a Link cosplay (Legend of... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

12:15pm CDT

The Gay Animation Renaissance
Recent years have seen a wave of new LGBT+ content in western animation. Show-runners face many hidden roadblocks behind the scenes, but find creative (and often imperfect )solutions to break new ground. The incremental contributions by Avatar, Steven Universe, Adventure Time, Voltron, She-ra, and others will be discussed.

Speakers

Sunday March 24, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

12:15pm CDT

Todd Haberkorn Presents: A Todd and His Phone
Todd's got a tooooooon of numbers in his phone. But does that mean he calls them all? Nope! Let's find out what happens when Todd calls up folks ya know and some ya don't. You may even get to chat them up too!

Speakers
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Todd Haberkorn

Actor, Guest
As a multi-award-winning actor behind the mic, on camera, and on stage, Todd Haberkorn has had the pleasure of working in a variety of mediums in the entertainment industry. The LA-based actor is also a director for companies like Netflix and Funimation Entertainment, as well as a... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

12:15pm CDT

Welcome to ACTION CASTLE
Hello fellow adventurer, do you have the tactics to solve the puzzles of Action Castle? You will have a chance to navigate the land of Action Castle using nothing but your voice and your mind. Can you defeat the Parser or will you fail?

Speakers
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Patrick Burden

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


Sunday March 24, 2019 12:15pm - 1:15pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

12:30pm CDT

Charity Auction
Zenkaikon has chosen to support Arch Street Center as our official charity for Zenkaikon 2019!

About Arch Street Center

Arch Street Center is a local Lancaster charity whose continuing mission is to support the recovery of adults living with serious mental illness by providing social, moral and material support, recreational and hygiene facilities and fresh, nutritious meals in a safe, nurturing environment. They currently have around 300 members and serve approximately 45 individuals daily, or nearly 16,500 meals annually. Although there are other places in the city to find a meal, there is only one place to find integrated services all year long.

Peer support is at the core of mental health recovery principles. Arch Street Center provides a safe, judgment-free environment where members can feel safe expressing themselves, make and foster friendships and discuss their daily challenges, hopes and dreams. The members themselves become their own social support network, often filling a painful void left by family connections previously lost. Members at risk for social withdrawal, discrimination, employment limitations, homelessness and financial instability can find solace, encouragement, friendship, moral and material support through the connections they make at Arch Street Center.


Sunday March 24, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

1:15pm CDT

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

Speakers
avatar for Katrina S. Forest

Katrina S. Forest

Author/Panelist, Forest Fanfics
Katrina S. Forest is a Clarion West alumna and a member of SFWA. She runs the recently re-launched Urban Fantasy Magazine and released her first middle grade book, My Best Friend Runs Venus, this June. You can learn more about her work at KatrinaSForest.com.


Sunday March 24, 2019 1:15pm - 2:15pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

1:30pm CDT

Gameshow Impossibru™: 8-bit Gaming Challenge
Come to a land before checkpoints, where game over really meant game over. Join the Manly Battleships® as they dig up some of the most horrible gaming challenges from the 8-bit era. Relieve the nostalgia of all those times you died or learn first-hand why 8-bit gamers are such a grumpy group. With random game and difficulty everyone has a chance to get a game over.

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Manly Battleships

Presenters, Guest
The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving performers that have built a programming powerhouse on the convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their skills with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to create a repertoire of content to suit any taste... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

1:30pm CDT

Joey Jojo's Wacky Trip: The Good, The Bad, and the Duwang
A look into the Weird History of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure covering the Cancelled Phantom Blood movie and Staff interviews, The Newly Released English Version of the Part 5 PS2 game, How Jojo nearly caused a Muslim Boycott of Japan, and what makes the English Dub so bad.


Sunday March 24, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

1:30pm CDT

Shinto for Otaku: A Weeb's Guide to Respecting the Kami
While plenty of scholarship exists about this most ancient of religions, its easy to lose track of the basic ideas of Shinto and how anime makes use of it. This panel hopes to cover those bases, using examples drawn almost exclusively from anime and games. Perfect for fans looking to explore the symbols they see in anime, or the student who likes to watch traditions come alive on screen.

Speakers
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Charles Dunbar

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


Sunday March 24, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

2:00pm CDT

More than a Pretty Face: The Women of Gundam
Well behaved women seldom make history, especially in Gundam. From Sayla Mass to Lacus Clyne, these women makes their marks in the world by defying their roles. Join us as we explore just some of the amazing women in the Gundam Multiverse!

Speakers
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Yosei

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


Sunday March 24, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

2:30pm CDT

D.I.Y. Zines
Join Shannon, Emily, and John as they demonstrate how to create a mini comic book... a Zine! All the materials you need will be provided so you can learn about the history and uses of zines and then make your own. Storytellers of all ages are welcome.

Speakers
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John Salvino

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


Sunday March 24, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

2:30pm CDT

Your Mom's Mario Maker Challenge
Do you like to make the Mario's? Are you good at the making of the Mario's? Do the Mario's like to make you? Are YOU the Mario's? If you answered no to all of these questions you may just have what it take to be a champion! Join Children Driving Robots and win prizes by besting our best Mario Maker levels in front of a live studio audience!


Sunday March 24, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm CDT
Live 4 [Floor 3, Hickory]

2:45pm CDT

A guide to Plus size Jfashion with Porcelainette, Mahoushounen and special guest Graveyard Rave!
Join Porcelainette and Mahoushounen for an in depth discussion on how to navigate the J Fashion world as a plus sized person! We will be discussing things like putting together an outfit, popular alt fashion brands, and much more!

Speakers
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Skye McLaughlin

Freelance Multimedia Artist
Fine Artist, SFX Makeup Artist, Singer, Living Doll, Haunter, Crybaby.


Sunday March 24, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Live 6 [Floor 3, Heritage B]

2:45pm CDT

Buddhism 101: An Introduction
2500 years ago, a young Indian prince figured out the meaning of life. Today, his teachings have touched every corner of the world. Have you ever been curious about what the Buddha really taught? You'll be surprised to find out just what insights on life he and his followers have taught when you stop by!

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Adam Beaton

Staff, Guest Relations


Sunday March 24, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Live 5 [Floor 3, Heritage A]

2:45pm CDT

Color Theory and Cosplay with Kurenai Kiba
Cosplay is an art form so treat it like artwork! We will be going over basic color theory and the right color choices for your cosplay from enhancing your makeup job to finding that right pop of color of fabric when taking a creative turn on your cosplay adaptation. Learn to pull from the source of the character you will become and we'll be going through some ideas in a group discussion at the end to better help you with future projects to make your 2d character a 3d reality

Speakers
avatar for Kurenai Kiba

Kurenai Kiba

Owner, Kurenai Kiba
I'm an artist. I paint. I write. I sew. I craft. Whatever it takes to make the idea a reality. Most of the time, it takes cosplay to do that. I love using different mediums to achieve something great. I constantly strive to better my art and I hope you can enjoy the results of my... Read More →


Sunday March 24, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Live 2 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 4]

3:15pm CDT

The amazing 2000s you all forgot existed
Remember the anime boom on the 2000s? Remember all the anime that got released some of them bad and some of them great that no one talks about anymore? There are some amazing anime forgetten in this age of sakuga, streaming and simul-dubs

Speakers
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Jessy Lukens

Panelist
I've made questionable decisions in life, like hosting hentai panels


Sunday March 24, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

4:30pm CDT

Closing Ceremonies and Feedback Panel
Come help us wrap up Zenkaikon 2019! Various awards will be given out, and there might even be a preview of next year!

Sunday March 24, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm CDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]
 


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