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Friday, February 17
 

11:00am

SAO Closed Practice - No Attendees!!!!
Guests

Symphonic Anime Orchestra

Symphonic Anime Orchestra (SAO) is run by a team of four people who bring together the worlds of Anime and Classical music through large ensembles, chamber music and panels. SAO plays gripping background music, peppy opening and ending themes, videogame music and heart felt Jrock. | SAO is made up of dedicated anime fans of all ages who enjoy music. If you play an instrument, you can play with us at KatsuCon

12:00pm

10 Tips for Cosplay Beginners

Anyone can cosplay and this panel will offer you ten easy tips on how to get started. Our panelists will address the subject of wigs, contacts, makeup, sewing, prop-making, and more. 

 

12:00pm

Cosplayer Nation: The Documentary

Meet the Mad Men & Mademoiselles behind Cosplayer Na- tion: The Documentary, a yearlong project on documenting cosplayers all across America. There will be brief screen- ings of never-released footage and a scandalous Q&A with CEO Joshua Adams and co-producer Uke Li. 

 

12:00pm

12:00pm

Tenchi Muyo!: No Need For a Game Show!

Join Washu as she quizzes audience members on the lore created by Masaki Kajishima! (Tenchi Muyo, Tenchi Universe, Tenchi in Tokyo, Tenchi GXP, Pretty Sammy, etc.!) Answer correctly and win prizes and treats! Then, at the end of our show, members will be able to attempt to stump the genius at her own game, but don›t forget: WASHU IS THE GREATEST! So don›t miss out on a flash from Toonami›s past! 

 

12:00pm

THE Legend of Zelda Panel

Every game has a story; only one is a legend. The Legend of Zelda has progressed through a quarter of a century and continues to grow in quality and popularity. Join us as we discuss the past, present and future of the legend itself; participate in some tricky trivia to win prizes, knowledge and more! Spoilers may be revealed towards the end of the program to those who are not up to date gamers.

1:00pm

90s Anime Revival

Whether it was magical girls, enchanted books, epic sword fights or space cowboys, the ‘90s was a decade of some of themosticonicanimeofourtime. Jointhispaneldiscussion on some of the most beloved anime of the ‘90s and you may just learn something new, while being filled with nostalgia! 

 

1:00pm

Kamishibai: Children's storytelling in Japanese and English

Kamishibai is a Japanese form of storytelling with pictures; this panel will be conducted with original Japanese materials provided by the Japanese Embassy. Children ages 3 and up welcome. 

 

1:00pm

Martial Arts Fight Scenes: The Video Game Connection

Video games and movies have built an interesting history together; surprisingly, Hollywood studios aren’t the only ones putting our favorite digital fighters onto the silver screen. Going beyond the Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter movies you know, this panel will showcase how studios overseas have made live-action movies out of popular fighting game franchises as well as some lesser-known efforts from the US. It will also explore some of the ways fighting games have borrowed back from the movies and show how the two mediums have influenced each other for longer than you think.

 

1:30pm

Robotech Panel w/ Steve Yun

Harmony Gold’s Steve Yun covers the history of the tele- vision series that introduced a generation to anime and discusses new releases in the wake of the announcement of the live-action feature film.

 


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Guests

Steve Yun

While still a young college student and part-time hacker in 1998, Steve got his first job at an anime company as a digital animator. It was a dream come true for any fan who grew up on anime to be working somewhere in the industry. After slaving away through 80 hour work weeks and one really bad 100 hour work week where he started hallucinating from being awake too long, Steve called it quits and went back to Riverside where he got his B.A. in Creative Writing. Stay in school, kids!

2:00pm

Anime Music Videos (AMVs)

It’s back and better than ever! Katsucon is proud to present two hours of drama, comedy, and surrealism, all set to mu- sic. Some of your fellow attendees have poured their hearts and souls into these short video clips. Come celebrate their hard work, their vision, and their occasional insanity. There will be a second showing on Saturday; please check your pocket program for exact times and location.

 


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2:00pm

Crossplay for Girls

This panel will give you, the attendee, the inside info on how to pull off the perfect crossplay. Our skilled group will go through the basics from binding to make-up and even to posing. We will give you all the information needed to be the best trap you can be! 

 

2:00pm

2:00pm

Make Your Own Mini-Top Hat w/ Helene de Fer of Clockwork Dolls

Join The Clockwork Dolls’ own Helene de Fer in an intimate workshop where you will learn how to create your own mini-top hat! Space is limited. Please bring any notions or baubles that you would like to include in your creation! 

 


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Guests

The Clockwork Dolls

When The Clockwork Dolls emerged onto the Steampunk music scene back in 2007, their mission was simple: To create music that serves not only as a source of recreation, but as a storytelling vehicle as well. Utilizing epic orchestral music and operatic vocals, The Clockwork Dolls established their presence in Steampunk music early on and were considered one of the pioneering bands to labeled under the “Steampunk” genre, along with the Vernian Process, Abney Park, and the Unextraordinary...
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2:00pm

The Geek Comedy Tour - The Actual Panel

This is a full-on Q&A panel with the Geek Comedy Tour, complete with road stories, robots, prizes, nerdery, em- barrassing stories, and love. 

 


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Guests

The Geek Comedy Tour

The Geek Comedy Tour is a collective of the funniest stand-up comedians from the Washington DC area. Each one is an experienced comic, having performed at bars, clubs, and colleges all over the East Coast. Telling their normal jokes to normal audiences but all of that was about to change. | | There was something amiss. For you see, they were all gigantic dorks, and comedy club crowds don’t fully appreciate jokes about comic books, anime, and video games. So, they’ve decided to let their...
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2:30pm

3:00pm

FUNimation Sneak Peek Panel

What could be better than a FUNimation clip show? Join FUNimation for a showing of some new and upcoming DVD releases. Curious about their new releases, but don’t have the time to catch a screening before shelling out the cash? This is the panel for you. Fan participation and prizes are encouraged. 

 

3:00pm

Wiggin' Out! Cosplay Style: Novice Edition

Wigs can be foreign and downright scary! Come join Wig Commissioner DizzyLizzy and friends as they discuss and demonstrate several techniques for novice and even advanced cosplayers. Questions are welcome. Let’s get wiggin’!! 

 

3:30pm

A Minute of your Time: Anime Openings - Style and Symbolism

Anime often has a short time to catch your attention and much of that time is focused on the introduction. Indeed, the opening is often the first chance to look into the show itself. “A Minute of Your Time” traces the evolution of the anime opening in terms of art styles, music choices and inserted symbolism, to show that sometimes the openers offer a deeper look into the changing face of anime than the show itself. 

 

3:30pm

Hello, My name is _________ And I'm a Brony (1hr) [21]

Come join the gathering for fans of My Little Pony: Friend- ship is Magic. We’ll talk about what it’s like to be a Brony, the origins of the fandom, and what makes it great! There will be a costume contest (with prizes!), so make sure to have your costumes ready! There is no better time to “come out of the stable” than when surrounded by fellow fans! 

 

3:30pm

4:00pm

Bad Anime, Bad!!

The pain! Oh dear god, the pain!! Oh, Japan – how could you ever allow these shows to see the light of day?! The panelists take no responsibility for any psychological dam- age done when they show (re: inflict upon you) some of the worst of the worst. Remember, they say ‘cruel & un- usual punishment’ is illegal in this country!

 

4:00pm

Cosplay International

International Cosplay Panel - Have you ever wondered what it's like to cosplay in different countries? Join with cosplayers and organizers that have been involved in cosplay around the world with our presentation and Q&A.


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4:15pm

Cosplay Dance Off

Have you ever wondered how funky battles would be in your favorite slash fics if all the battles were dance offs? Video game characters and anime characters have come to life and have decided to battle it out once again for the title supreme ON THE DANCE FLOOR. Complete with a fantastic mixing of dance music and genre tracks, the “Cosplay Dance Off” is destined to be the funkiest event you will ever see. 

 

4:15pm

4:30pm

An Introduction to the Japanese Language 1

This panel is an introduction to spoken Japanese, includ- ing greetings and basic grammar.

 

4:30pm

Anime Rest Stop: Con Stories and Fan Glory

Lookingforsomethingalittledifferent? Thencome,oneand all, to the crossroads of fandom we like to call the Anime Rest Stop! This panel is an extravaganza of exploits not for the faint of heart. Stories of courage, cowardice, and everything in between will be discussed. Fan favorites and forgotten legends will be showcased for your viewing pleasure! 

 

4:30pm

My Little Pony: So you wanna be a Brony?

So, you know that new series called My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic? Want to see what it’s all about? Princess Celestia herself will teach you everything you need to know and introduce you to the ponies (and bronies) of Equestria! Songs, interviews and quizzes with prizes await. It’s where magic makes it all complete!

 

4:30pm

Wiggin' Out! Cosplay Style: Advanced Edition

Wigs can be foreign and downright scary! Come join Wig Commissioner DizzyLizzy and friends as they discuss and demonstrate several techniques for the advanced cosplayer. Novices are welcome to join in on the fun. Questions are fantastic. Let’s get wiggin’!! 

 

5:30pm

Digital vs. Print w/ Chris Flick

This panel deals with the pros and cons of working in digital, print or both. Chris will cover things a webcomic creator needs to be aware of for print and what print cre- ators need to be aware of for the web. 

 


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Guests

Chris Flick

Chris graduated from Radford University in 1991 with a graphic design and commercial illustration degree – which he put to use by being everything from a silk-screen illustrator, newspaper production artist and an advertising agency graphic designer. In between all of those gigs, he has continued to find work as a freelance illustrator and caricaturist.

6:00pm

Anime Voicing w/ SAO

Why is it that anime and video games are able to touch us so strongly? A huge part of it is the music; this panel is directed both to music noobs and composers alike. Us- ing tons of video examples, we talk about types of music, what composers use, and how to voice music both instru- mentally and compositionally to get the sounds you want. The quartet plays many live examples through the panel and the audience can watch the notation go by as we play. 

 

Guests

Symphonic Anime Orchestra

Symphonic Anime Orchestra (SAO) is run by a team of four people who bring together the worlds of Anime and Classical music through large ensembles, chamber music and panels. SAO plays gripping background music, peppy opening and ending themes, videogame music and heart felt Jrock. | SAO is made up of dedicated anime fans of all ages who enjoy music. If you play an instrument, you can play with us at KatsuCon

6:00pm

Chris Ayres' Mock Combat Cosplay 101

Want to give your cosplay skit a little extra “punch”, or just wanted to learn how to make it look like you’re beating someone up without really hurting them? Well, join vet- eran fight director and voice actor Christopher Ayres for this on-your-feet, hands-on workshop as he teaches you how to stage effective fight sequences. 

 


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Guests

Christopher Ayres

Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. His work has been seen Regionally, Nationally and on Broadway. He currently works as a voice actor for ADV FILMS and FUNimation ENTERTAINMENT.

6:00pm

Dance Lessons

Are you all ready for the Formal Ball? Are you ready to show off on the dance floor? Not so much? Got your costume all figured out, but still have two left feet? Don’t worry; we can help! Come join us and learn everything you need to know to dance the night away!

 


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6:00pm

How to Mix w/ Allkore
Have you ever wondered just what that DJ on the stage is doing with all those knobs and buttons?  Or are you already a DJ, but want to learn and share techniques?  Come check out the mixing 101 panel, hosted by the DJs from Allkore.  We'll have an explanation of the fundamentals of mixing, and talk about some of the things you definitely DON'T want to do.  We'll also have some live demonstrations from our very experienced DJs.
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Guests

Allkore

Allkore is an America-based record label started in the early Spring of 2009 by DJ SBZ and DJ Melancholia with the aim of establishing a worldwide , all-inclusive label geared towards fans of the “J-Core”
scene of hardcore music. From the very beginning, Allkore’s goal has been to create enjoyable music that caters to the interests of their fanbase. Allkore’s releases showcase talent from across the globe and are often themed after specific elements of pop culture.

6:00pm

Official Gaia Panel

Come meet Gaia’s staff, and get a sneak peek at upcoming features, games, and events. Stick around for the open-mic Q&A session and get your burning questions answered! Expect plenty of fun and some great prizes! 

 

6:00pm

6:00pm

Project Cosplay

Can’t figure out why that wig won’t stay on, why you look like a ghost in photos, or why the fabric keeps wrinkling? Long-time costumers will discuss their experiences and cover common cosplay faux pas so you can shine under the spotlight. Come with your questions and photos; heck, we’ll even dust off some of our worst! 

 

6:30pm

AMV Salad 5: Happy Meal

For a fifth consecutive year, the smorgasbord of laughs is open! Not even the world of children (TV, music, toys, etc) is safe from this horde of AMV editors. Context? What’s that? Who cares! 

 

6:30pm

Anime Name That Tune!

Want to get more out of your favorite show? Want the tools to see depths others miss or just understand the lat- est widget series? Want to get into cons for free? Class is in session! Learn from a veteran fan and panelist how to take a series apart, expose its secrets, find (or create) deeper meaning in just about anything, and have fun doing it! 

 

7:00pm

Chocobos Ate My Baby: The Evolution of Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy has come a long way. From a last-ditch at- tempt at success to the worldwide juggernaut it is today, the iconic series has undergone numerous changes in storytelling, mechanics, and content. “Chocobos Ate My Baby” is a look into these changes, and how each game has changed the series (and not always for the better). 

 

7:00pm

Let's Make Video Game Music!

In this panel, attendees will be asked to participate by think- ing of video game scenarios or concepts and as a group we will create the music for these ideas. We will see and experience the process of composing music for games! Come and share your creativity! Musicians: please feel free to participate in some of the recording/composition. 

 

7:30pm

7:30pm

Giant Robot Rumble w/ Steve Yun

armony Gold’s Steve Yun hosts a panel where judges argue over which robots would win in a fight, while Steve makes fun of attendees for being huge nerds. 

 


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Guests

Steve Yun

While still a young college student and part-time hacker in 1998, Steve got his first job at an anime company as a digital animator. It was a dream come true for any fan who grew up on anime to be working somewhere in the industry. After slaving away through 80 hour work weeks and one really bad 100 hour work week where he started hallucinating from being awake too long, Steve called it quits and went back to Riverside where he got his B.A. in Creative Writing. Stay in school, kids!

7:30pm

Victorian Etiquette to Modern Manners w/ Colette Lovelace & Allison Curval of Clockwork Dolls

Join The Clockwork Dolls’ Colette Lovelace as she explores the intricate rules and values of Victorian etiquette. Learn fascinating facts about the Victorian approach to courting, parties, and day-to-day living, marveling at how outdated some customs seem while others fit perfectly into modern society!

 


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Guests

The Clockwork Dolls

When The Clockwork Dolls emerged onto the Steampunk music scene back in 2007, their mission was simple: To create music that serves not only as a source of recreation, but as a storytelling vehicle as well. Utilizing epic orchestral music and operatic vocals, The Clockwork Dolls established their presence in Steampunk music early on and were considered one of the pioneering bands to labeled under the “Steampunk” genre, along with the Vernian Process, Abney Park, and the Unextraordinary...
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8:00pm

Con Horror Stories

Sometimes conventions just go wrong. Weather, overcrowding, bad roommates, streets exploding... you name it, it’s happened to a con near you. Come and share your stories. See who has the best/worst one of all. 

 

8:00pm

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Japan

Take a fun, hectic crash course through the culture, his- tory, current affairs, geography, politics, and many other aspects of Japan. 

 

8:00pm

8:30pm

9:00pm

AMV Critique Round Table [6]

Do you create anime music videos? Do you want to break into the field of finalists for any given AMV contest, but lack the constructive criticism needed to get there? This is the time and place to find what you need to do to be the best. Show your work and receive pointers and ideas from your peers as well as those who have “been there.” 

 

9:00pm

Cardfight!! Vanguard: How to Play, Ride, and Win

This panel is a guided how-to-play for the card game Cardfight Vanguard, including a demonstration game, a question-and-answer period, and free-play against other panel attendees using one of the four trial decks.

 

9:00pm

Cosplay Sociology w/ Yaya Han
Guests

Yaya Han

Yaya Han is a costume designer, model and cosplay entertainer with 12 years of experience. After discovering cosplay at her first con over a decade ago, she quickly absorbed the heart and soul of costume design and creation. To this day Yaya has made 200 (and counting) costumes in the genres of anime/manga, comic books, video games, sci-fi and of course from her own original designs. Her intricate and lavish creations have won many awards and acclaim world wide, and Yaya has been featured in a...
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9:00pm

Japanese Hardcore Music Discussion w/ Allkore
Have you heard of "J-Core" but don't really know what it's about? Want to know more about the kind of music you're going to hear at Saturday's rave?  Or do you just like electronic music with Japanese influence?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this panel is for you.  Learn about the evolution and history of Japanese Hardcore music, and what it might become in the future.  And feel free to ask plenty of questions!
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Guests

Allkore

Allkore is an America-based record label started in the early Spring of 2009 by DJ SBZ and DJ Melancholia with the aim of establishing a worldwide , all-inclusive label geared towards fans of the “J-Core”
scene of hardcore music. From the very beginning, Allkore’s goal has been to create enjoyable music that caters to the interests of their fanbase. Allkore’s releases showcase talent from across the globe and are often themed after specific elements of pop culture.

9:00pm

Super-Natural Makeup

From perfect geisha-white to full-body blue: how to attain a natural-looking unnatural skin color. Come out and play with us as we demonstrate products and techniques on audience volunteers! 

 

9:30pm

DRAGONBALD: A Dragonball Evolution Roast w/ Kyle Hebert (18+)

This is a screening of the live action Dragonball movie, which will be receiving the MST3K treatment courtesy of Kyle Hebert. 

 


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Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Marvel Vs Capcom 3 (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), X Men Arcade (all male voices) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from Dragonball Z. Other notable roles include Soul Eater (Masamune), Ouran High School Host Club (Kazukiyo Soga), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow).

10:00pm

How to Get Your Start In the Gaming Industry w/ Meagan Marie

Meagan Marie draws from her experience at Game Inform- er (magazine) and Crystal Dynamics (development studio) to offer up tricks and tips for breaking into the gaming industry. Come prepared with questions (or a résumé if you’re an over-achiever!) for the Q&A session at the con- clusion of the panel. 

 


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Guests

Meagan Marie

A passion for video games, comics, and anime introduced Meagan Marie to the world of cosplay – a hobby she’s indulged in fully for the last five years. Her modeling background lends itself to a keen eye for set design, and parings with phenomenal photographers have aided in producing several recreations well-known within the cosplay community. A strong focus on prop making and armor fabrication has landed Meagan features in international gaming magazines, Otacool, CosMode, Kotaku, USA Today...
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10:30pm

The Lurking Burrow, a Cthulhu-themed GURPS Bunnies & Burrows game w/ Randy Milholland

Who doesn’t love cute, fuzzy bunnies? Someone at Miskatonic University, that’s who. Rabbits have been vanishing from the warren and it’s up to a few brave souls to find out why. This is a table-top role-playing game for 3-7 players using GURPS Bunnies & Burrows rules. Characters will be provided. 

 

Guests

Randy Milholland

Randy Milholland has been drawing the webcomic Something*Positive since 2001 and making people uncomfortable even longer. Ask him nicely and he’ll draw a free fast sketch for you. His hobbies include cooking, hiding acorns, and forgetting to write bios and making poor, unfortunate con staff members miserable.

10:45pm

How to Spot Bootleg Merchandise w/ Greg Ayres

Did you know that the box set you recently purchased on eBay could be a bootleg? Don’t feel bad...you’re not the only one! Thousands of anime fans are ripped off every year by retailers and convention vendors selling unlicensed merchandise. Come and learn how to spot the good deals and stay away from the bad. 

 

Guests

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres can usually be found rockin’ out somewhere, whether animated or not. From the loud-mouthed Hideki in Nerima Daikon Brothers, to Koyuki, singing with the the band in Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad, he’s always glad to shake things up a bit. He is thrilled to be able to include Aoi Miyoshi in Night Raid 1931, Naoi in Angel Beats, Kouta Tsuchiya in Baka and Test, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, and Abe in Big Windup to his list of new roles.

11:00pm

Convention and Cosplay Etiquette - The RAGE Edition (18+)

Annoying by Narutards? Stuck in line between two dudes who haven’t showered? Tired of hearing that you “Lost the Game” over and over again? We understand and we’re here for you. Come on in and vent it out. This panel will not only give you the dos and don’ts of the conventions, but let you vent about what you hate. Everyone has got a pet peeve; now it’s time to let it out! 

 

11:00pm

11:00pm

J. Michael Tatum: WTF 101 (18+)

Remember his earlier Q&A? Well, this is very similar, only this one is a bit more uncensored. Put the kids to bed and come with your unvarnished questions. 

 


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J. Michael Tatum

Nurtured on anime classics from the tender age of Star Blazers, et al, this reclusive fanboy-turned-voice actor/writer/ADR director/flake extraordinaire spent more years than he cares to remember in what might charitably be described as freefall before landing, mostly by accident, smack dab on the industry of his dreams. To this day, some believe the small crater made by the impact remains the source of his power.

11:00pm

Moe Moe What?

Moe: a term used in otaku culture that (very) roughly translates to “cute.” Yet, such a simple translation gives no credit to how complicated this word really is. Come join us in a discussion of both the meaning of moe and its impli- cations on otaku culture in general. 

 

12:00am

12:00am

Ikebukoro After Dark (18+)

Ever wanted to ask your favorite Durarara!! character any question that your little fan heart desires? Well, here is your chance! Come join us for games, laughs, and just plain insanity! 

 

12:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: the Good, the Bad, & the Monchichi's

Join comic artist, humorist, and cartoon connoisseur Kevin Bolk as he shows off clips from some of the best, worst, and most obscure cartoons from his vast and eclectic VHS collection. Dinosaurs shoot laser beams; Mr. T will punch a shark; and Snow White will meet the Harlem Globetrotters. Warning: this panel may contain Paw Paw Bears. 

 

12:00am

Whose Anime is it Anyway? (13+)

Love to laugh? Love anime? Look no further. In this an- ime-centric take on improvisational comedy (as seen on Whose Line Is it Anyway? or Drew Carey’s Improvaganza), it’s all about making stuff up as we go along for maximum laughter. Audience participation is definitely encouraged: in fact, we need YOU for most of these games! We will include classics such as “Scenes from a Hat” along with more anime-specific improv games. Come join the fun! 

 

12:30am

Masquerade Skit Building

Have you ever wanted to perform at your favorite con’s masquerade, but you have no idea where to begin? Then this panel is right for you! Helios Raven and Goku Girl, two skit masters, will tell you their secrets on how they prepare skits for the masquerade! They’ll cover all areas – from coming up with ideas, planning them out, getting a cast, all the way up to performing on the big stage. If you’re looking to make your first skit, or are looking for some new ideas on approaching ones, then check this panel out! 

 

12:30am

1:30am

The Man Panel (18+)

The League of Men is a place where men come to assert their manliness, talk about manly things, and be awe- some. Beards, guns, axes, and testosterone abound in this holiest of man sanctuaries. 

 

2:00am

Con Horror! (And How Not to be One)

This is a panel about how to not be That Person. Don't be somebody else's con horror story: come to this panel. Discussing cleanliness, glomping, vandalism, being nice to cosplayers, and generally how to be the Best Congoer Ever - while telling the best Con Horror Stories we know.

2:00am

Nintendo: Entertaining Since 1889

Nintendo has some of the most iconic characters in video game history. Come learn how Nintendo got its start as a card manufacturer,the legal battles against Universal, the break-up with Sony, and its innovation of the way we play video games. To the successes, to the failures, and to our predictions to Nintendo’s future, we have it all covered in this in-depth look at the history of Nintendo.

 

2:00am

The "Plus" Side to Cosplay

Biggirl,youAREbeautiful! DizzyLizzyandfriendswilldis- cuss the dynamics of plus-size costuming from the nitty gritty of construction to the coping with negativity. Bring your questions, comments, and stories to share! 

 

2:30am

Anime Rest Stop: Put the Kids to Bed for this One (18+)

Cold night? Nothing to do? Well, stop by the Anime Rest Stop to warm your soul with a look at all things adult! Leave your inhibitions and children aside as we dive into topics ranging from simple relationships to Japanese erotica. There will be plenty of fanservice! 

 

2:30am

The Yaoi-ing Game (18+)

Like BL? Love pretty boys?!? Do you want to be queen or king of Katsucon’s fujoshi? Don’t know what a fujoshi is? Play “The Yaoi-ing Game” and try five segments of Q&A, voting, and video to win. Four contestants are chosen and audience participation is encouraged and rewarded.

 

3:00am

Harley's Mad Tea Party

I'm having a tea party and everyone's invited! I've always heard from ole Jervis Tech, you know, the Mad Hatter, about what fun tea parties can be, and how he has "the best" tea parties. Well I'm out to show him what a real party is! Come join me for tea and games! Lolita, Batman, Alice in Wonderland (Pandora hearts,Tim Burton, Miyuki-chan, etc) cosplays are encouraged but not necessary. Any non-costumed attendants will be handed over to Mistah J.

4:30am

Gaming Revolution: The Future is Nigh (18+)

Gamers, unite! Come join the panel that celebrates all things awesome about video games! Cavort with your fel- low gamers in a relaxed and fun panel. We will review and discuss games that we feel are too awesome to ignore. Also, this is a great way to get those street passes and round out your Pokédex! 

 

5:30am

Are you a Werewolf?

Are you a Werewolf? Come one come all! Make friends and folk alike in this easy and addicting game of  “who done it”. Cosplayers Welcome and encouraged! If you have played it, you know how fun it is. If you haven't, then you are about to embark on a game that you will play well outside of here!

6:00am

Coloring With Copics

Learn the secrets and techniques of professionals. This isn’t your basic tutorial; this fast-paced workshop will grant you with the knowledge you need to excel at color- ing with Copics. 

 

6:00am

Video Games and Teaching

The panel will look at the use of videogames as instruc- tional tools over the past 30 years from text-based games such as Oregon Trail up to today’s vast choice of game websites for children. The panel will include studies done on the benefits of the use of video games as instructional tools, as well as things that needs to be avoided when choosing an instructional video game. 

 

6:30am

DDR = Reading Music! w/ SAO

“DDR = Reading Music!” focuses on the fundamentals of music – how to read and write it and how that applies in the anime industry. The basic pieces of music theory are presented in relation to music games such as Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, Magic Maestro and Karaoke games. Then we do everyone’s favorite part: play DDR! Make sure you sign up for your time slot to play in advance. 

 


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Symphonic Anime Orchestra

Symphonic Anime Orchestra (SAO) is run by a team of four people who bring together the worlds of Anime and Classical music through large ensembles, chamber music and panels. SAO plays gripping background music, peppy opening and ending themes, videogame music and heart felt Jrock. | SAO is made up of dedicated anime fans of all ages who enjoy music. If you play an instrument, you can play with us at KatsuCon

7:00am

Anime vs The World

How has anime influenced the world, and in turn, how has the world influenced anime? 

 

7:00am

Gaijin Girl: Life in Japan

What happens when a 20-something otaku meets the real Japan? Meet Anne Zaccardelli, the otaku who decided to live and work in Japan. From becoming a hair model to learning the secret arts of the ninja, Anne provides insights into the culture that produces our beloved anime. 

 

7:00am

7:30am

Delicious Japanese Cuisine

Sushi, tempura, ramen, green tea, pocky... for some, this might be the extent of their experience with Japanese food. However, Japanese cuisine is so much more than that – like... RIDICULOUSLY more than that. Also, there’s a good chance that you might have never really had good Japanese food in the first place, especially if you don’t live in New York or another big city. This panel will discuss some of the most popular and delicious Japanese dishes, including both washoku (traditional cuisine) and yoshoku (Western-inspired cuisine), authentic vs. “counterfeit” vari- ations, and how to find great Japanese food in your area. If you like great food, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t attend this panel. Itadakimasu! 

 

8:00am

Hetalia: Ask A Nation

The Nations of the world have never gotten along very well, so in an attempt to become more friendly, they’ve decided to meet up and try to set things right! Join us as we discuss current events, go over international relationships, and pretty much try to keep France away from... well, anyone. Audience members will enjoy improv, games, and a raffle! 

 

8:00am

LoL for Beginners

Come learn the basics of League of Legends! We will go over everything from gameplay to champions and strategies to runes and masteries. Ask seasoned players any questions you might have if you’re thinking about getting into or are just starting up this online game. 

 

8:00am

Mythbusters: Anime Edition

Come join physics graduates, Joe and Rukan, as they take a look at how well anime adheres to the laws of physics. From the sane to the far-fetched to the absolutely ridiculous, an- ime will be scrutinized under the lens of modern science. 

 

8:00am

Writing Techniques: What not to do (Or at least do it in style)

Participate in a fun and productive exercise spotting the deliberate flaws in a variety of samples written by author J-F Bibeau for the exclusive purpose of this panel. Ways to avoid and correct these writing flaws (or turn them into bold statements!) will be discussed. 

 

8:30am

Allez Cuisine! An Iron Chef Japan Retrospective

Before becoming a popular Food Network series in America, Japan’s cooking competition show reigned supreme for nearly a decade with over 300 episodes! Showcasing talented chefs, various cooking styles from around the world, and a wide variety of themed ingredients, the “Iron Men of Cooking” battled for the eccentric Chairman Kaga in a fierce cooking competition! Bring your bell peppers and celebrate the Iron Chef legacy with us! Allez cuisine! 

 

8:30am

International Relations 101: War, Trade, Love & Peace according to Axis Powers Hetalia

This panel is for casual and diehard fans alike, for anyone with a sense of history and humor. Class is starting at the World Academy! You don’t want to be late for this edutain- ment lecture, where we will discuss the basics of interna- tional affairs and how Hetalia approaches the crazy relation- ship drama in a unique, family-oriented way. Let’s discuss the families, their histories, and how they interact with each other today on the real world stage. There will be a quiz at the end with prizes! We hope you have fun and leave with a below-the-surface look at how nations and states interact. 

 

8:30am

Ryokucha: Japanese Green Tea

Ryokucha (green tea) is ingrained in the culture and daily life of the Japanese. Utilizing a different growth and pro- cessing method than other green teas, its unique taste also includes a wealth of health benefits. This panel will showcase all the different types of ryokucha, appropriate brewing techniques and a robust tasting seminar of loose leaf and ready-to-drink teas. If you are an existing fan of tea, or only barely interested, this is a panel not to miss! 

 

9:00am

Help! My kid wants to go to an anime con?

Attending a convention with a smaller child is a completely different animal in many ways. Learn from the mistakes of myself and others, and find out what works, what to keep in mind, and what you can do to make a convention the best experience for your child. This is for all who want to bring a child under 12 to a convention. From basic con survival with the K-5 set to how to help them have a wonderful cosplay experience, we’ll help you figure out how to make conventions something they want to do again and again. (In-room entertainment provided for ages 4-12) 

 

9:00am

9:00am

Otaku Around the World

Since anime has become popular worldwide, otaku all over the world have different, yet similar, ways of celebrat- ing it. Which anime are more popular overseas than they are in Japan? How do anime fans generally behave in their fondness for an international phenomenon? Finally, how far is a little too far? 

 

9:00am

Intro to Cosplay Modeling & TFP/TFCD and Q&A w/ Meagan Marie

Interested in taking your cosplay to the next level with pro- fessional photography, makeup, or hair styling? This panel will introduce you to the basics of TFP/TFCD modeling, and provide tips on how to best (and safely) collaborate with like-minded professionals for fantastic results. 

 


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Meagan Marie

A passion for video games, comics, and anime introduced Meagan Marie to the world of cosplay – a hobby she’s indulged in fully for the last five years. Her modeling background lends itself to a keen eye for set design, and parings with phenomenal photographers have aided in producing several recreations well-known within the cosplay community. A strong focus on prop making and armor fabrication has landed Meagan features in international gaming magazines, Otacool, CosMode, Kotaku, USA Today...
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9:30am

History of Sharp Shiny Pointy Things w/ Samurai Dan & Jillian

See samurai battlefield weaponry displayed, explained, and demonstrated by an expert in 16th century Japanese combat. This lecture features stunning visual aids and a question-and-answer session for attendees. 

 


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Studio Kojokan

The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, specializing in 16th century Samurai arts. When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel the United States performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history. | | With a combined 35 years of experience, their show is a unique blend of history, combative skill, and humor, designed to educate and entertain audiences both large and small.

9:30am

SAO Closed Practice - No Attendees!!!!
Guests

Symphonic Anime Orchestra

Symphonic Anime Orchestra (SAO) is run by a team of four people who bring together the worlds of Anime and Classical music through large ensembles, chamber music and panels. SAO plays gripping background music, peppy opening and ending themes, videogame music and heart felt Jrock. | SAO is made up of dedicated anime fans of all ages who enjoy music. If you play an instrument, you can play with us at KatsuCon

9:45am

10:00am

Voice Acting and Directing w/ Ellyn Stern & Richard Epcar

This informative panel explores acting and directing in anime, as told by veterans Ellyn Stern and Richard Epcar 

 


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Richard Epcar

Richard Epcar has voiced over 300 characters and is well known to fans starting with ‘ROBOTECH’ in which he played ‘BEN DIXON’, ‘LUNK’, ‘GREL’, and now ‘CAPT. VINCE GRANT’ in ‘ROBOTECH: THE SHADOW CHRONICLES’ , which he also directed. | | He is the voice of ‘BATOU’ in all things ‘GHOST IN THE SHELL’. | | Most recently he’s in a brand new series from Nickelodeon, ‘AVATAR: THE LEGEND OF KORRA’.

Ellyn Stern

ELLYN began in voice work, 30 years ago and has voiced hundreds of animated with the original ‘Robotech’ series- in which she played several characters. Most recently: GUNDHAM UNICORN: (series regular) Martha, TRUE CRIMES HONG KONG: Dorothy.

10:00am

Voice Acting and Directing w/ Ellyn Stern & Richard Epcar

This informative panel explores acting and directing in anime, as told by veterans Ellyn Stern and Richard Epcar 

 


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Richard Epcar

Richard Epcar has voiced over 300 characters and is well known to fans starting with ‘ROBOTECH’ in which he played ‘BEN DIXON’, ‘LUNK’, ‘GREL’, and now ‘CAPT. VINCE GRANT’ in ‘ROBOTECH: THE SHADOW CHRONICLES’ , which he also directed. | | He is the voice of ‘BATOU’ in all things ‘GHOST IN THE SHELL’. | | Most recently he’s in a brand new series from Nickelodeon, ‘AVATAR: THE LEGEND OF KORRA’.

Ellyn Stern

ELLYN began in voice work, 30 years ago and has voiced hundreds of animated with the original ‘Robotech’ series- in which she played several characters. Most recently: GUNDHAM UNICORN: (series regular) Martha, TRUE CRIMES HONG KONG: Dorothy.

10:30am

Steampunk Show and Tell w/ Steampunk Family & Clockwork Dolls

Join The Clockwork Dolls and The Steampunk Family for an exhibition of steampunk paraphernalia. Have a ray gun, a corset, or a fancy hat that you’re dying to show off? Bring your favorite steampunk item for this fascinating show and tell! 

 

Guests

The Clockwork Dolls

When The Clockwork Dolls emerged onto the Steampunk music scene back in 2007, their mission was simple: To create music that serves not only as a source of recreation, but as a storytelling vehicle as well. Utilizing epic orchestral music and operatic vocals, The Clockwork Dolls established their presence in Steampunk music early on and were considered one of the pioneering bands to labeled under the “Steampunk” genre, along with the Vernian Process, Abney Park, and the Unextraordinary...
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10:45am

10:45am

11:00am

Ask a Homestuck

The Homestuck cast from MS Paint Adventures answers your burning questions! 

 

11:00am

Joseph Campbell Sends Out Mew

Pokémon is one of the most successful franchises in gam- ing history, managing to reinvent itself over and over and over. Yet, is there more to these cute little critters than pokéballs and fighting? This panel will explore how Poké- mon mirrors and recreates the human experience through storytelling, philosophy, and monsters drawn from our mythology and folklore experience. There’s more to Poké- mon than what we see. 

 

11:15am

Otaku Date & Dash

Want to find that special someone that loves Pocky just as much as you? Then come to our special Otaku-themed speed dating panel! We’ll give our attendants five to eight minutes of time to converse, test your compatibility, or just chat about the latest chapter of your favorite manga, and then swap Wonderland-style to the next person and give it another shot. Who knows? Towards the end, you just might find your Prince Charming or perfect princess or cute tsun- dere schoolgirl you were just too shy to talk to before. 

 

11:30am

Chris Ayers' Mock Combat Cosplay 201

Had a great time at “Mock Combat for Cosplay 101” and find yourself wanting more? Well join Christopher Ayres for another round with the 201 workshop. Find ways of bridging the techniques from 101 with new things that will be taught in this workshop. You must have taken the beginning workshop in order to take this one. 

 


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Christopher Ayres

Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. His work has been seen Regionally, Nationally and on Broadway. He currently works as a voice actor for ADV FILMS and FUNimation ENTERTAINMENT.

11:30am

Creating Fanfictions: Crossovers

Join other crossover enthusiasts as they talk about what they like and don’t like about the crossover world. Learn different ways to make your own unique fan fiction and get feedback on your own ideas from your peers. 

 

12:00pm

Steampunk to Cyberpunk: A History w/ Garth Graham

Cyberpunk has dominated science fiction for decades and now it seems as if its cousin Steampunk has taken the reigns. “Steampunk to Cyberpunk: a History” lays into these two fan-favorite genres and examines their origins, thematic elements, key works and authors, as well as the amazing subcultures that have spawned off of them. What does our fascination with the near future and the turn of the century say about us as a society? Come find out. 

 


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Garth Graham

They just say how professional he is as he lurks in modest internet fame, churning out captivating comics since 2004 in an artistic style that mystically abducts the essences of both western comics and eastern manga; blending them together through patent pending methods into an addictive drug that tantalizes the optic nerves in ways science has yet to be able to explain.

12:00pm

WCS General Summit

The World Cosplay Summit is an annual international co- splay event that promotes friendly international exchange through Japanese pop culture. You likely won’t want to miss any of the WCS events.

 


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12:00pm

Wig Hair Styling w/ Linda Le

Linda Le presents a lesson plan on natural cosplay make-up and how to make your eyes look and appear “anime-ish.” She’ll also tell you what to do with those crazy eyelashes. If that weren’t enough, she can show you how cutting the strands with a razor can make your wig look like a million bucks (all for less than $10). 

 


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Linda Le

Linda Le has always been a dreamer since she was a small girl. Paint brushes and her Mom’s sewing machines always made their presence known around her old house in Oklahoma. Blaring in the background would be Transformers, GI Joe, Rainbow Brite, and He-Man. Toys filled her room as well as NES video games stacked ready to play. She was born an Otaku with her brothers, and enjoys Metal music.

12:00pm

Worldbuilding 101 w/ T. Campbell & Phil Kahn

To paraphrase Carl Sagan: if you want tell a story from scratch, you must first invent a universe. What points of detail are the most crucial to consider when developing a believable fictional/fantasy universe? We’ll share with you what we’ve learned from years of practice and give you some distinct points and questions to consider before you begin. 

 


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T. Campbell

An ex-stage actor and failed Internet shut-in, T Campbell has written eighteen gazintillion pages of comics, won some awards and gotten high-flying writers to praise his work, so if you don’t love his series, it’s probably your own damn fault. Besides Guilded Age, his series include Quiltbag, Penny and Aggie, Fans, Rip and Teri, Widgetitis, Divalicious and Cool Cat Studio, plus about fourteen seconds’ worth of work for Marvel and Archie. He spends his “spare time” designing crosswords...
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Phil Kahn

A longtime Professional Neckbeard, Phil Kahn has spent a few years writing for various Webcomic, Webcomic Criticism, and Webcomic Enthusiast sites, and is now trying to take his accumulated knowledge and put it all to good use on Guilded Age. While building a daytime career as an IT Support Specialist and Pokémon Trainer, he also spends a great deal of time practicing silly voices/faces in front of a mirror for the inevitable day where the only thing that can save the whole of humanity from...
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12:30pm

12:30pm

Something*Positive Panel w/ Randy Milholland

The comic Something*Positive has been around for a de- cade and its creator has a lot of stories to tell. Come listen to Randy ramble about comics, their fans, and more. Due to language this panel is 18 and up. 

 


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Randy Milholland

Randy Milholland has been drawing the webcomic Something*Positive since 2001 and making people uncomfortable even longer. Ask him nicely and he’ll draw a free fast sketch for you. His hobbies include cooking, hiding acorns, and forgetting to write bios and making poor, unfortunate con staff members miserable.

1:00pm

All Tied Up: A Look into Corsetry w/ Colette Lovelace of Clockwork Dolls

Join The Clockwork Dolls’ Colette Lovelace in an explora- tion of the history and construction of corsets. Colette will discuss the history of corsetry and its place in modern day fashion, as well as different styles and construction of dif- ferent historical corsets. 

 


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The Clockwork Dolls

When The Clockwork Dolls emerged onto the Steampunk music scene back in 2007, their mission was simple: To create music that serves not only as a source of recreation, but as a storytelling vehicle as well. Utilizing epic orchestral music and operatic vocals, The Clockwork Dolls established their presence in Steampunk music early on and were considered one of the pioneering bands to labeled under the “Steampunk” genre, along with the Vernian Process, Abney Park, and the Unextraordinary...
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1:00pm

Anime Music Appreciation w/ SAO

“Anime Music Appreciation” is based in discussion. Our top- ics will range from current composers to anime’s unique connection to the old Disney cartoons, and the classical music history that remains prominent even today. 

 


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Guests

Symphonic Anime Orchestra

Symphonic Anime Orchestra (SAO) is run by a team of four people who bring together the worlds of Anime and Classical music through large ensembles, chamber music and panels. SAO plays gripping background music, peppy opening and ending themes, videogame music and heart felt Jrock. | SAO is made up of dedicated anime fans of all ages who enjoy music. If you play an instrument, you can play with us at KatsuCon

1:00pm

1:00pm

Rumiko Takahashi: From Tomobiki to Furinkan

Before she began the twelve years of writing her feudal fairytale, Inuyasha, Rumiko Takahashi had already re- ceived the title of the “Queen of Manga”. 30 years after her first appearance, Urusei Yatsura’s Lum still continues to be made into new figurines and used in commercial promo- tions. This panel will recount Takahashi’s early years and the three series that solidified her legacy: Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku and Ranma 1⁄2. 

 

2:00pm

Arashi: Everything about the super idol j-pop boys group! (1hr)

Here is an intro course to the most popular J-pop boys group in Japan, Arashi! See what all of those fangirls are kyah-ing about! Learn about all of the aspects of this super idol group in variety shows, music, concerts, commercials, dancing, hosting, and much more! Music videos and hilari- ous clips will be shown. At the end, there will be contests and quizzes with prizes, so be sure to show up! 

 

2:00pm

Fear The Anime Chick! w/ Samurai Dan & Jillian

Ladies! Come learn some basic self-defense moves.


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Studio Kojokan

The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, specializing in 16th century Samurai arts. When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel the United States performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history. | | With a combined 35 years of experience, their show is a unique blend of history, combative skill, and humor, designed to educate and entertain audiences both large and small.

2:00pm

Hetalia History w/ Walter Amos

Axis Powers Hetalia may be much more than a goofy comedy with lots of doujin fodder; it may be the biggest boon to history teachers in years! Anything getting teens to do independent research on topics from Frederick the Great to the Russo-Japanese war is awesome! This panel will discuss the real history behind some of the scenes, costume designs, and obscure jokes in Hetalia. What’s the outfit Prussia wears when he gloats over Austria? Who is “William I” and why does Japan want to emulate his wail? Answers to these and many other questions await! 

 

2:00pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

Women in Anime w/ Ellyn Stern

“Women in Anime” explores the prototypes and stereo- types of the female characters in anime and looks at how we can expand our awareness. 

 


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Ellyn Stern

ELLYN began in voice work, 30 years ago and has voiced hundreds of animated with the original ‘Robotech’ series- in which she played several characters. Most recently: GUNDHAM UNICORN: (series regular) Martha, TRUE CRIMES HONG KONG: Dorothy.

2:30pm

We Con, Therefore We Are: A Critical Look at the Modern Congoer

Why do you go to anime conventions? How have anime conventions changed over the years? What’s right/wrong about convention culture today? Come join Zhao Chen and Charles Dunbar in this roundtable discussion about the ups and downs of contemporary convention culture. 

 

3:00pm

3:00pm

So You Want to Go to Japan?

Do you want to go to Japan, but need advice? This is the panel for you! I’ll teach you everything you need to know for a vacation in Japan. You’ll get a crash course in Japanese language and etiquette. Learn what to bring, how to get around, where to stay, what to do, what to eat, and more. All anecdotes come from my year studying in Tokyo and my multiple trips to and travels around the Land of the Rising Sun (and anime). I’ll show you how to save your money and how then to proceed to blow it all on souvenirs.

3:15pm

Are You Smarter than a Butler?

Are you smarter than a butler? If so then take part in the Kuroshitsuji (AKA Black Butler) game show, hosted by Ciel and Alois. Ciel and Alois will ask you multiple questions about the series; questions can range from character names to series events. Those who win are awarded prizes and are then entered into the final rounds of the game show panel where a finalist is able to win the panel’s grand prize. 

 

3:30pm

Voice Actor Panel

Join in on a discussion about the realities of working as an actor in the anime industry. From auditions to recording, come learn what it’s really like to make a living working in the anime industry. 

 

3:45pm

Photoshop For Comic Artists/ Garth Graham

Come watch a demonstration of the artistry that goes into every single panel. From basic coloring techniques to ad- vanced lighting theory, Garth Graham will show you how simple it all really is. 

 


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Guests

Garth Graham

They just say how professional he is as he lurks in modest internet fame, churning out captivating comics since 2004 in an artistic style that mystically abducts the essences of both western comics and eastern manga; blending them together through patent pending methods into an addictive drug that tantalizes the optic nerves in ways science has yet to be able to explain.

4:00pm

Crossdressing for Girls

Are you nervous about crossplay? Come to learn tips on breast binding, costume design, posing, makeup, and more to successfully Be a Man. (Note: becoming swift as a coursing river, forceful as a typhoon, strong as a raging fire, or mysterious as the dark side of the moon not guaranteed.) 

 

4:00pm

Japanese Pop-Culture and It's Revision of History and Re-imagining of Japan to the World

This panel examines how anime has or can be used to re-create Japan’s image in the world. Many of Japan’s “His- tory Anime” seem to re-write Japanese history; several other anime as well as video games that give glimpses into Japan’s culture provide an opportunity for Japan to advertise to the world how it wants to be seen. In the age of globalization and mass media, I wish to demonstrate how Japan’s media can be used as a form of soft power in relating to other peoples and what it seeks to add and omit in its presentation. 

 

4:00pm

4:00pm

The Geek Comedy Tour- Post Valentine's Mecha Romance

Need a little geek humor in your life? Then hit up this pan- el – it’s a complete geek-focused nerdcore comedy show complete with anime, sci-fi, robots, aliens, the horrors of geek life, geek dating, and prizes. Some material is 13+, with mature topics being discussed by immature people. 

 


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The Geek Comedy Tour

The Geek Comedy Tour is a collective of the funniest stand-up comedians from the Washington DC area. Each one is an experienced comic, having performed at bars, clubs, and colleges all over the East Coast. Telling their normal jokes to normal audiences but all of that was about to change. | | There was something amiss. For you see, they were all gigantic dorks, and comedy club crowds don’t fully appreciate jokes about comic books, anime, and video games. So, they’ve decided to let their...
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4:00pm

4:00pm

4:30pm

Awesomely Bad Japanese Music Videos

“Awesomely Bad J-Music Videos” returns to Katsucon to bring you, the attendees, the crazy world of music video insanity you love to indulge in! 

 

4:45pm

Improving Artistic Skills Unleash Your Creativity w/ Jan Scott-Frazier

Anybody can learn to draw and anybody who already draws can benefit from a new viewpoint on their art. Jan Frazier has been a professional artist for over 18 years and covers a wide variety of artistic techniques and aids. 

 


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Jan Scott-Frazier

Jan worked in the animation (anime) industry in Japan for almost 14 years. She attended animation school and later went on to work at a number of studios in including Artland, Production IG and Atelier BWCA on shows including RikiOh 2,Locke the Superman (OVA), Shurato (OVA), Bubblegum Crash (OVA) and Tottoi(feature). She become an expert in many different aspects of animation production, such as cel painting, animating, backgrounds, camera and directing.

5:00pm

FUNImation Industry Panel

Catch up on the state of the industry, direct from FUNima- tion. Hear the latest news and get updates on upcoming releases live at the show. Stick around till the end of the show for some special announcements. 

 

5:00pm

Yamato Tour 2010 w/ Walter Amos

Ever imagined traveling to Japan? How about traveling to Japan to see a movie premiere? How about to see a movie premiere, meet your all-time favorite anime creators, and eat delicious meals with fellow Japanese fans – all in the course of a week? Join me for a retrospective of Yamato Tour, seeing Yamato, the movie (Space Battleship Yamato, biggest film in Japan last year), and Yamato, the country, and learning how knowing the right people is the key to making magic! 

 

5:15pm

Woady B Presents The Top 10 Videogames that should have an Anime Series

Have you ever wanted to watch your favorite video game stories told in the style of an anime series instead of having to play through the entire game? What about a fighting game with tons of background characters, but no story mode? Well, Woady brings you ten video games that he feels would make very entertaining television series. Come check out his picks and give your opinions of which games he may have left out or should have been left out. 

 

5:45pm

Totally Subversive Toons

We all remember when cartoons were nice and safe for kids... or were they? Sift through the subtext and you can see how shocking and tradition-defying they were – and still are – to this day. 

 

6:00pm

How to have a Webcomic Career on a Shoestring Budget w/ Chris Flick

Chris Flick, author and artist of the webcomic, Capes and Babes, will share tips, tricks and resources webcomic creators can use to help promote themselves through postcards or via print and the web. 

 


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Chris Flick

Chris graduated from Radford University in 1991 with a graphic design and commercial illustration degree – which he put to use by being everything from a silk-screen illustrator, newspaper production artist and an advertising agency graphic designer. In between all of those gigs, he has continued to find work as a freelance illustrator and caricaturist.

6:00pm

Let's Talk About Homestuck

Hey there! Would you like to talk about Homestuck? A round- table discussion about the popular webcomic Microsoft Paint Adventures: Homestuck featuring kids & fun, trolls & quadrants, and all their wonderful life-threatening hijinks! 

 

6:00pm

Tales From the Sippy Cup w/ Chris Ayers

A noted voice actor and ADR director, Chris Ayres has acted professionally since the age of six and is the voice behind a multitude of anime characters. Come hear him discuss being on both sides of the microphone.

 


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Guests

Christopher Ayres

Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. His work has been seen Regionally, Nationally and on Broadway. He currently works as a voice actor for ADV FILMS and FUNimation ENTERTAINMENT.

6:15pm

Make Your Own Plushie (30 child capacity)

Would you like to know how to make a basic plushie doll? Then this is the panel for you! You can come and make a plushie: no sewing skills necessary. Supplies will be pro- vided, so come and enjoy! This panel runs twice during the weekend, so please check your pocket program for times. 

 

6:30pm

An Introduction to the Japanese Language 2

This is the first follow-up to “Introduction to the Japanese Language 1”. It is an introduction to the writing systems of Japanese. Learn your first characters of hiragana, katakana, and kanji. 

 

6:45pm

Creating Comics w/ Stan Sakai

This panel takes you through a step-by-step look at creat- ing a comic book story from initial idea to outline, thumb- nails, pencils, and inking. 

 


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Stan Sakai

Stan Sakai was born in Kyoto, Japan, raised in Hawaii, and currently lives in Southern California. His creation, Usagi Yojimbo the samurai rabbit, was first published in 1984. Since then, Usagi has been on television, as a guest of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and has been made into toys, statues, seen on clothing, and featured in a series of graphic novels. His latest, Usagi Yojimbo Book 25: Fox Hunt, was published in July, 2011.

7:00pm

Gaia Game Show

If you enjoy fun, games, contests and random awesome- ness, come to the Gaia Game Show. We’ve got some cool surprises and fantastic prizes up our sleeve, so come prepared for a good time. All attendees are guaranteed to walk away with a prize! 

 

7:00pm

Izumi Matsumoto Tells all (all ages)

Izumi Matsumoto is a popular Japanese comic writer and creator, best known for Kimagure OrangeRoad. Come listen to his tales of experiences in the industry. 

 


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Guests

Izumi Matsumoto

Izumi Matsumoto is a popular Japanese comic writer and creator. He is well known for the “Kimagure Orange ★ Road” series, which he begun writing in 1984. Featuring a teenage boy with supernatural powers and adolescent girls, this school romance comedy with a love triangle became one of the mega-hits in the Japanese comic industry. “Kimagure Orange ★ Road” was later adapted to a TV animation series, a novel and a radio drama during the 80s and 90s and has been adored by both the comic...
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7:00pm

Steampunk in Anime and Manga

Although many associate steampunk with the British Victorian Empire, steampunks draw influences from many cultures and the steampunk aesthetic is showing up in fashion and pop culture all over the world. Jonathan Cook (Super Cosplay Kazoku) and The Steampunk Family will lead a discussion of the anime and manga that ste- ampunks love, from Galaxy Express 999 to Howl’s clanking castle and beyond, examining inspiration and influences from the land that emerged from a feudal state to the only modern Asian state during the Victorian/Meiji Era. 

 

7:45pm

Princess Jellyfish Craft Panel w/ Adam Shehan of FunImation

Love Princess Jellyfish? Come join me to make your own Clara stuffy to love. Materials are all provided, but the panel is limited to 30. See your convention schedule for the room. 

 

7:45pm

Staff Uncensored (21+)

Think that “Guests Uncensored” was wild? You haven’t heard anything yet. Peek behind the curtain and hear the crazy stories of our staff and other conventions’ staff interacting with each other and attendees. 

 

8:00pm

An Introduction to the Japanese Language 1

This panel is an introduction to spoken Japanese, includ- ing greetings and basic grammar. 

 

8:00pm

Anime: A Parent's Guide

Need a place to drop off your parents for a half-hour? Want them to have a glimmer of understanding and may- be even appreciation for what is going on around them? Drop them off with Sean and Punkie for a half-hour dis- cussion of why Anime is not Saturday Morning Cartoons, a brief history of anime, and information which they all should have as proud otaku parents. 

 

8:00pm

Ask A Nation: An Axis Powers Hetalia Panel

The nations of the world have gathered for a very impor- tant Q&A session; the people of the world deserve to know the truth! Now you can ask your favorite nation anything from what they like for breakfast to what was their most humiliating moment. Please come and join us for this year’s prime Axis Powers Hetalia event. 

 

8:00pm

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8:30pm

Anime Cat Fight w/ Steve Yun

Harmony Gold’s Steve Yun hosts a panel where judges argue over which anime girl would win in a fight, while Steve makes fun of attendees for being huge nerds. 

 


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Guests

Steve Yun

While still a young college student and part-time hacker in 1998, Steve got his first job at an anime company as a digital animator. It was a dream come true for any fan who grew up on anime to be working somewhere in the industry. After slaving away through 80 hour work weeks and one really bad 100 hour work week where he started hallucinating from being awake too long, Steve called it quits and went back to Riverside where he got his B.A. in Creative Writing. Stay in school, kids!

8:30pm

Promoting Your Work Online w/ Onezumi & Harknell

Social media has changed the industry dramatically. Gone are the days when creators had little to no contact with their fans. Which services are worth using? How do we use them? What are some common mistakes? What are some creative promotional techniques? 

 

Guests

Harknell

Stupid and Insane Defenders Against Chaos couldn’t happen without Harknell. He designed and manages all of Onezumi’s websites and prevents her from punching anyone. He also contributes a blog for the My Annoying Life comic. Onezumi’s webcomic gallery is Harknell’s custom-designed AWSOM Pixgallery. He is one of the key developers that makes the Webcomics Central App Service which gives free custom iPhone apps to webcomics and indie creators.

Onezumi

Oni is one of the most active contributors to and supporter of the independent comics scene: She writes and draws Stupid and Insane Defenders Against Chaos: A Lovecraftian Horror Comedy. Her dev team made the Webcomics Central App Service. They give free custom iPhone apps to other webcomics. She founded an entire webcomics and New Media convention. Intervention is a convention for webcomics, fans, and creators who want to learn, have fun, or just geek out. She posts...
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8:45pm

Webcomics are Really Business w/ Danielle Corsetto & Randy Millholland

Often if one is asked, “What do you do for a living?” and one replies, “I have a webcomic”, the inevitable second question is, “No, really. What do you DO for a living?” Webcomics, if you will pardon the vernacular, are indeed serious business. Join Danielle and Randy as they walk you through some of the behind-the-scenes machinations of having one’s comic be one’s method of earning a living. 

 


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Guests

Danielle Corsetto

Danielle Corsetto is the creator of the hit webcomic “Girls With Slingshots,” a weekdaily strip about two girls, a bar, and a talking cactus. | | She also created “The New Adventures of Bat Boy” for the Weekly World News, following the honorable Peter Bagge after his run on the strip. | | This is Danielle’s second year exhibiting at Katsucon and she’s excited to return! Danielle hails from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where she lives in a 230-year-old farmhouse with two...
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Randy Milholland

Randy Milholland has been drawing the webcomic Something*Positive since 2001 and making people uncomfortable even longer. Ask him nicely and he’ll draw a free fast sketch for you. His hobbies include cooking, hiding acorns, and forgetting to write bios and making poor, unfortunate con staff members miserable.

9:00pm

Artist Alley 101

This panel is for anyone who’s ever wanted to sell their art. Work that artist alley table and succeed in the three core areas of any Artist Alley experience: make money, make friends, and make a splash! 

 

9:00pm

Kowai: Yurei, Yokai and Scary Japan

OK, so you’re walking down the street when a lady in a face mask approaches you. In a shrilly, tinny voice, she says “Watashi kirei?” Unsure of what she just asked, she repeats herself. “Am I beautiful?” Then she pulls down her mask to reveal a hideously smiling face.

Yokai are a huge, and recognizable, part of Japanese culture. From humble beginnings, supernatural explanations and regional ghost stories, yokai have transcended their roots as things that go bump in the night, and become one of the most prevalent denizens of modern Japan, represented in media, manga and even urban legends. Kowai takes a look into the origins of yokai culture, how they have come to represent Japan across the world, and have proudly shown their colors in Japanese media. Come by and check them out... if you have the courage to.

9:00pm

What does Yaoi have to do with that Part 2 w/ Greg Ayres (18+)

Whether it’s reading about his characters in fan fiction sent to him, or being asked to pose with the “Yaoi” paddle for pictures...one thing is for sure - Greg Ayres cannot escape Yaoi fandom. Come laugh (and cry) with us as Greg relives tales both funny and awkward about it all. 

 


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Guests

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres can usually be found rockin’ out somewhere, whether animated or not. From the loud-mouthed Hideki in Nerima Daikon Brothers, to Koyuki, singing with the the band in Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad, he’s always glad to shake things up a bit. He is thrilled to be able to include Aoi Miyoshi in Night Raid 1931, Naoi in Angel Beats, Kouta Tsuchiya in Baka and Test, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, and Abe in Big Windup to his list of new roles.

9:30pm

Jan Scott-Frazier Live (18+)

Jan delivers a high energy experiential autobiographi- cal (often interactive) monologue about her experiences living and working abroad and around the US as well as stories from her eclectic career. Never rehearsed or scripted, the experience is unique each time and has been a favorite at anime cons for over 13 years. 

 


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Guests

Jan Scott-Frazier

Jan worked in the animation (anime) industry in Japan for almost 14 years. She attended animation school and later went on to work at a number of studios in including Artland, Production IG and Atelier BWCA on shows including RikiOh 2,Locke the Superman (OVA), Shurato (OVA), Bubblegum Crash (OVA) and Tottoi(feature). She become an expert in many different aspects of animation production, such as cel painting, animating, backgrounds, camera and directing.

9:45pm

Katsucon Live Art Auction

The Katsucon 18 Art Show is a showcase for two-dimen- sional and three-dimensional anime-oriented works by professional and amateur artists. For attendees, it provides an opportunity to see the artwork up close. For artists, it provides an opportunity for self-promotion and sales of artwork through the Katsucon 18 Art Auction.

Yes, some of the artwork on display will be for sale! We have an on-going art auction that lasts the whole week- end where attendees can bid on artwork that is for sale, in hope of being the high bidder and taking the artwork home. Any piece of artwork with four bids at the time the Art Show closes on Saturday will go to the Live Auction Saturday night following the Masquerade. Any piece with one, two, or three bids is sold to the high bidder at the bid price Saturday evening or Sunday morning. 

 


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10:00pm

Anime Old Geezer Panel (18+)

Check out this gathering of several old-school anime guests and fans chatting about what anime was like in the old days, and how they think it should be in the 21st century. Come one, come all... and bring your Kevlar vests! 

 

10:00pm

Fact & Fiction in Hentai w/ Robert Aldrich (18+)

Nobody thinks hentai is even remotely realistic, but just how far off-base is it? Can shibari really be comfortable? Do sex clubs exist? Are school uniform skirts really that short? This panel will explore the many staples of classic and mod- ern hentai and discuss the realities of what is depicted. 

 


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Guests

Robert V Aldrich

Robert V Aldrich – professional writer, accomplished speaker, and know-it-all extraordinaire – returns to Katsucon to give panels on a wide variety of anime and anime-related topics, as well as to promote his newest series, Epitaph For A Memory, and the final chapter of Crossworld II: Outcasts. | | A recognized author in numerous mediums, RVA draws from a wide range of anime and Geek-Chic sources to present highly informative panels that are part-standup routine and part-multimedia...
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10:00pm

Kimono 101

Learn the basics of identifying and wearing of kimono.  This is done in a show and tell format to demonstrate different silks and decorations used for kimono.

10:00pm

The Postmodern Otaku: A Look at Azuma’s Database Animals

Hiroki Azuma is one of the pioneering anime scholars, and his book, Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals, offers a fas- cinating, if not sobering, account of the modern state of otaku culture. His thesis is interesting, controversial, and very important for fans trying to find perspective in their views on anime fandom. This panel seeks to discuss the contents of Azuma’s work and its implications for both the culture as a whole and our own identities as otaku. 

 

10:30pm

Weiss Schwarz - The Anime TCG from Japan

Come learn about one of Japan’s best TCGs based on popular anime and games, Weiss Schwarz! In this game you use your charicters to battle your opponent to try and get their program off the air before yours. An introduction to the rules will be given then anyone interested can try out a game using provided trial decks translated into English. The brand new Madoka set will also be available for use for the first time at this event. 

10:45pm

Richard Epcar’s Out Take Panel (18+)

Join Richard Epcar as he shares hilarious outtakes of Lupin the Third, Noein, and Bobobo-bobobobo.

 


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Richard Epcar

Richard Epcar has voiced over 300 characters and is well known to fans starting with ‘ROBOTECH’ in which he played ‘BEN DIXON’, ‘LUNK’, ‘GREL’, and now ‘CAPT. VINCE GRANT’ in ‘ROBOTECH: THE SHADOW CHRONICLES’ , which he also directed. | | He is the voice of ‘BATOU’ in all things ‘GHOST IN THE SHELL’. | | Most recently he’s in a brand new series from Nickelodeon, ‘AVATAR: THE LEGEND OF KORRA’.

11:00pm

Adding Eroticism & Realism to Fanfiction (18+)

This panel is an intense discussion on realism and eroti- cism and how to effectively add both elements to your writing while maintaining a true-to-the-original character- ization in fan fiction. We discuss common mistakes and misconceptions, and generally plan to have a good time while learning a few things to make our writing better. 

 

11:00pm

Girl's Gude To Hentai (18+)

Do you think hentai is just for the boys? Think again! Come on down for a raunchy good time to learn about the birds and bees of some classic hentai featuring some of the naughtiest tentacles around. There’s trivia and prizes and oodles of oozy good fun. 

 

11:00pm

11:30pm

The Life and Works of Hideaki Anno

Neon Genesis Evangelion has been wildly successful and popular worldwide. But despite its popularity, its principal creator, Hideaki Anno, remains shrouded in mystery for many people. This panel will take a look at his life and works and provide biographical information about the man who created Evangelion.

12:00am

Anime Dating Game (18+)

This panel is a spin-off of The Dating Game from TV, but with anime and video game characters. For those too young to remember the source material, it’s an audience interactive game where a ‘bachelor’ or ‘bachelorette’ tries to win a blind ‘date’ with one of the contestants! 

 

12:00am

Guest Uncensered (18+)

Due to the state of the economy, this year’s “Guests Uncensored” event will be a little more toned down than it normally is. That means no flaming hoops of death or live reenactments of Battle Royale with our guests. We hope you’ll still join us for a mellow, quaint evening of sophisticated and intelligent conversation. Wait... this just in! The recession is over! “Guests Uncensored” is back on in full force! Light the flaming hoops and break out the explosive collars and implements of death! It’s going to be a long and interesting night.

12:00am

Pocket Gaming: The Power is in Your Pants: Redux

This panel will go over the past, present, and future of por- table gaming, focusing on the Gameboy DS and PSP. We will discuss notable titles that are here and on the horizon and canvass rumors of future systems – not to mention this is also a great excuse to work out your 3DS street pass! 

 

12:00am

The Glass of the Gods presents: How to Mix Drinks

Like the anime Bartender? Just appreciate a good pick me up? Come watch as an anime nerd and an experienced bartender mix a few drinks from the show and tell a few tales from the anime and real life history of distilled spirits. 

 

12:00am

The Late Night Enduance Test

Got a few nighttime hours to spare in your convention schedule? Come plop down in a chair and strap in for the long haul with hours of bizarre film footage, inane videos, and scenes from anime so bad that it will etch itself in your cerebellum. Prepare for the DEEP HURTING.

1:00am

Anime Rant

We all love anime! Let’s face it, though – there may be cer- tain things about specific shows or characters that annoy us, confuse us, or fill us with insatiable rage! Have a charac- ter you just can’t stand? Is there a plot point that makes no sense to you? Is there a show that makes you so mad that you want to kill adorable, fluffy plushies? Come on down to the “Anime Rant” and get it off your chest. [Note: No actual plushies were harmed in the making of this panel description.] 

 

1:00am

1:00am

MangaGamer Visual Novel Panel (18+)

Staff from MangaGamer.com will be on hand to discuss the exciting world of visual novels as well as to discuss recent and upcoming releases from our company.

1:00am

The Chanverse - A Introduction to the Imageboard Culture

There’s more to imageboard culture than 4chan. As a matter of fact, there is a whole universe of textboards and imageboards on the Internet. “The Chanverse” is basically version 2 of Yotsuba Society’s first panel. “The Imageboard World”, with a proper introduction to Yotsuba Society and what happened since we last came to Katsucon. We’ll ex- plain the history of sites that existed before 4chan such as Futaba Channel, Ayashii World, and Amezou World, the general anonymous channer culture, plus other things you may or may not know about the chanverse.

Charity Auction 

 

2:00am

Analyzing Anime 101

Want to get more out of your favorite show? Want the tools to see depths others miss or just understand the lat- est widget series? Want to get into cons for free? Class is in session! Learn from a veteran fan and panelist how to take a series apart, expose its secrets, find (or create) deeper meaning in just about anything, and have fun doing it! 

 

2:00am

BioWare Fan Panel

From Baldur’s Gate to the highly successful Dragon Age and Mass Effect series, BioWare has captured the attention of RPG fans around the world. BioWare started making PC RPGs like Neverwinter Nights and Baldur’s Gate, but eventually made the move to consoles with the highly rated Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic for the Xbox. We will also analyze how BioWare has managed to recreate the RPG and have taken the thunder out of Final Fantasy.

2:00am

OMG!..WTF Did I Just Watch? (18+)

Spend an hour watching examples of why Japanese TV is so much better (or perhaps worse) than ours. There will be music videos, comedy, game shows, weird commercials, pro- wrestling highlights, and whatever else we could find. This has nothing to do with anime, so leave the kids at the door. 

 

2:30am

Japanese Bondage 101

Sciguy and Xander present a rope class for beginners! Sciguy has been a rope rigger for 5 years and is an active member of the community. Sciguy has also been mentoring Xander for a year in bondage techniques and the kink community. Together, they’ll show you the ropes and teach you all you need to know to tie people up, Japanese style!

2:30am

Tentacles and Such. The Hentai Panel! (18+)

As previously stated by the title, this is the hentai panel! We talk about all of your favorites and all the best kinds of crazy Japanese animated porn! 

 

3:00am

Digital Love 4, What It Got to 4 (18+)

The world is filled with many beautiful things such as love. This panel will be about love... well, a special kind of love. It’s the love that includes S/M, yaoi, yuri, futanari, Goo girls, shotas, lolis and much more. The panelists will examine the psychological reasoning behind hentai and some of its more popular fetishes. Some of the questions the panelists will investigate are:

Does liking loli or shota make one a pedophile?
If you’re a girl likes Yaoi, does that make you gay?
If you’re a guy and like futanari, does it not make you gay? It should prove to be an enlightening discussion. 

 

3:30am

Evangelion, WTF? (18+)

Fandom works in very interesting ways. Given enough time, it tends to spawn various oddities without aid or encouragement. Some things you can never unsee, and some you’ll probably watch over and over on YouTube and LOL and ROFL. Sometimes you get an Evangelion ReDeath, and sometimes you even get prank calls from Spike Spen- cer as Shinji Ikari to MySpace users that never thought twice about having their cell phone numbers listed pub- licly. This panel for better, or for worse, is a collection of such nonsense and shenanigans. 

 

7:00am

Judaism and Anime

From the crossplosions in Evangelion to Madoka’s use of Faust, anime is full of Western references. However, Chris- tianity isn’t the only religion whose myths and symbols appear in anime. From the legend of the Golem (without which there’d be no mecha shows) to putting the Sephi- roth into everything, Jewish symbols and stories are every- where, too. Join us to explore the Jewish myth and folklore used in such popular anime and games as Pokémon, Evan- gelion, Fullmetal Alchemist, Final Fantasy, and The Big O. 

 

7:00am

Non-Visual Japanese Music

Japanese music does not only consist of pop idols, shamisens, and bands that wear excessive makeup and outfits. Whether you like rock, punk, jazz-fusion, electronic or experimental music, Japan has a lot to offer. During this panel, we’ll watch a plethora of great PVs (music videos) and cover a wide range of great artists, both past and present. This is a great chance to find new music as well as learn a little bit about the Japanese music scene in general.

8:00am

Evangelion, Deconstructed

Neon Genesis Evangelion and its mysteries have been put under a microscope more than almost any other anime. While many questions have been left unanswered, many facets of its creation have been documented in detail. This panel will present a broad survey of what went into creating Evangelion.

8:00am

SAO Closed Practice - No Attendees!!!!
Guests

Symphonic Anime Orchestra

Symphonic Anime Orchestra (SAO) is run by a team of four people who bring together the worlds of Anime and Classical music through large ensembles, chamber music and panels. SAO plays gripping background music, peppy opening and ending themes, videogame music and heart felt Jrock. | SAO is made up of dedicated anime fans of all ages who enjoy music. If you play an instrument, you can play with us at KatsuCon

8:00am

You MUST Read This Manga

Are you tired of the same old genres? Do you ever wonder about what other manga is good from ten or more years ago? Perhaps there was a manga released last week you never would have known about? Well, you can find out here! From officially released favorites to fan scanlated to an out-of-print magnum opus, we will talk about the MUST reads of manga. 

 

8:30am

AKB48: More idols than you know what to do with!

Kawaii pop idols! Music videos! Dancing! Hilarious Japa- nese TV antics! Crazy fanbase! You won’t find a bigger or more popular girl group in Japan these days than AKB48. They top the music charts with their catchy singles. Their forty-eight faces appear everywhere: magazines, TV, advertisements, EVERYWHERE! This panel hopefully will convert you to be a part of the giant AKB48 fanbase by introducing you to the wonder of AKB48. 

 

8:30am

Touhou Project

Touhou Project is a Guinness Book-recognized doujin franchise created by a single man known as ZUN. A visual experience once described as “a fireworks display being sick” the Touhou games are a series of bullet hell shmups with an all-female cast and stellar music. Arguably most notable about Touhou, however, is the fanbase, which has taken on a life of its own, with countless music arrangements, doujins, fangames, and even unofficial anime episodes with voice acting from the likes of Rie Tanake and Kikuko Inoue!

This panel is designed to be accessible to fans of all familiarity levels -- whether you think “Reimu” means a lasershooting cow or you huddle in fear when you hear the phrase “25 Mushrooms”, there will surely be something you’ve never seen before. Even if there isn’t, you know you’re in for a visual assault impressive in both its beauty and difficulty. Whatever your level of familiarity is, we hope to see you there.

8:30am

Way More Than Meets The Eye... Transformers: The Panel

For over 25 years, the war between the heroic Autobots and dastardly Decepticons has waged on in comics, televi- sion series, toy lines, and even the big screen. After over- night success, the Transformers have been a mainstay since its ambitious beginnings in 1984 to today where it’s become a billion-dollar movie franchise. The Transform- ers are ingrained in pop culture in not only North America, but even Japan. We will be exploring many facets of the Transformers universe through toys, video, images, and discussion! Come and learn about how it’s evolved over the years and lies ahead for the robots in disguise! 

 

9:00am

Historical Costuming for Cosplay

A look at the different types of clothing worn by your favorite characters.  Emphasis on traditional Japanese with a look at Victorian clothes and related fashion lines like Gothic Lolita and Steampunk.

9:00am

I <3 the 90's

When you hear “Sailor Moon”, do you start singing the theme song in English in your head? Remember waiting for a million years for Goku to go Super Saiyan? This is the panel for you. Come ride the nostalgia train to the 90’s, when subbed anime was bootlegged and huge shoulder pads were all the rage.

9:00am

9:00am

Latin Latin Madoka More Latin: Reading Exactly Enough into Puella Magi Madoka Magica

“From the moment I finished watching Madoka, it owned my brain like nothing had since Evangelion.”

With these words, we begin a journey deep into one of the best anime of the past decade. Madoka is a dark de- construction of magical girls, but it is also so much more: it is a celebration of post-modernism and a line in the sand against nihilism. It is the heartwarming story of how a depressed writer overcame his inability to make happy endings. It is a morality tale. It is Faust and a subversion of Faust. Finally, it’s a bunch of middle-school girls kicking the butts of freaky monsters. Add some bizarre and beau- tiful artwork and one of the best soundtracks in years, and one panel almost isn’t enough. 

 

9:00am

10:00am

Beyond Castles, Forests and Bath Houses: Politics and Philosophy in the films of Studio Ghibli

The films of Studio Ghibli are beloved the world over, but aside from being brilliant filmmakers, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are also deep men of philosophy. “Beyond Castles, Forests, and Bath Houses” picks up where the stories end – with a look inside the social issues, politics, and activism that are the undercurrents of many of their films.

10:00am

Copyrights For Artists w/ Garth Graham

In a world of legal ambiguity, frequent lawsuits, and intense fandom, it’s easy to run afoul of copyrights. Come talk with artist and comicker Garth Graham as he lays down the basics of copyright, clears away common misconceptions, and does his best to chart the muddy course of just what copyrights mean for artists: how they protect their work and how to avoid stepping on the toes of other creators. 

 


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Guests

Garth Graham

They just say how professional he is as he lurks in modest internet fame, churning out captivating comics since 2004 in an artistic style that mystically abducts the essences of both western comics and eastern manga; blending them together through patent pending methods into an addictive drug that tantalizes the optic nerves in ways science has yet to be able to explain.

10:00am

10:00am

Kamishibai: Children's storytelling in Japanese and English

Kamishibai is a Japanese form of storytelling with pictures; this panel will be conducted with original Japanese materials provided by the Japanese Embassy. Children ages 3 and up welcome.

10:00am

Teach Yourself Japanese: A How-To Guide

Ever wanted to learn Japanese from scratch? Don’t have access to one of those fancy Japanese classes people talk about? Have no fear -- we will be talking about how to learn Japanese entirely by yourself, with resources like the Internet, anime, and manga.

10:30am

Charity Auction

Come one; come all! It’s that time of the year again – to come and bid on popular and hard-to-find items and donate to a wonderful cause! This year our benefitting charities are the American Cancer Society and the Cherry Tree Maintenance Endowment Fund. As always, we will have hard-to-find items from around the Con, some popular items from the Merchants’ Hall, as well as original artwork from Artists Alley. We will also have all the panels from the Super Art Fight competition and you can only bid on them at the auction. We will have a table set up Friday and Saturday in the Merchants’ Hall with information – feel free to stop by. The auction is Sunday morning, 10am to 1pm in Live One. We can’t wait to see you there!

10:30am

Katsucon Idol

Katsucon Idol will be held on Sunday, and will feature judging by several convention guests with musical/performing backgrounds.  Please review the rulesfor participation on page 22 of the program guide.

10:30am

11:00am

Cosplay Chess - The Royal Rumble

Join your host Izaya Orihara as we see the age-old battle of Good vs. EvilTM brought to life in “Cosplay Chess!” Come watch our chess players match wits, using human – or not so human – battle pieces to decide who will claim victory in this ancient battle. Which side will you root for? 

 


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11:00am

Journey from the West: American Anime

Everybody knows it: there’s anime; there’s Western animation; and they’re completely different. Guess what? Everyone is wrong! For decades, Western animation has been influenced by, copied from, and sometimes even made by the same people as anime! Join us as we journey to the West for four decades of American anime!

11:00am

Makeup Styling & Wig Cutting w/ Linda Le

Linda Le presents a lesson plan on natural cosplay make-up and how to make your eyes look and appear “anime-ish.” She’ll also tell you what to do with those crazy eyelashes. If that weren’t enough, she can show you how cutting the strands with a razor can make your wig look like a million bucks (all for less than $10).

Guests

Linda Le

Linda Le has always been a dreamer since she was a small girl. Paint brushes and her Mom’s sewing machines always made their presence known around her old house in Oklahoma. Blaring in the background would be Transformers, GI Joe, Rainbow Brite, and He-Man. Toys filled her room as well as NES video games stacked ready to play. She was born an Otaku with her brothers, and enjoys Metal music.

11:00am

Translating Manga/Anime w/ Jan Scott-Frazier

Let Jan Scott-Frazier walk you through the process and art of translating manga and anime professionally. Some subjects to be covered are idioms, important changes that need to be made, how to deal with names and politeness levels, schedules, and rewrites.

Guests

Jan Scott-Frazier

Jan worked in the animation (anime) industry in Japan for almost 14 years. She attended animation school and later went on to work at a number of studios in including Artland, Production IG and Atelier BWCA on shows including RikiOh 2,Locke the Superman (OVA), Shurato (OVA), Bubblegum Crash (OVA) and Tottoi(feature). She become an expert in many different aspects of animation production, such as cel painting, animating, backgrounds, camera and directing.

11:00am

Webcomic Artists Unite w/ All Webcomic Guests

To combat Earth’s mightiest villains, the webcomics artists here at Katsucon have banded together. However, due to Earth’s badly polluted atmosphere, their powers can only sustain them for sixty minutes. Go, webcomic artists! Fight in the name of love and justice! 

 

12:00pm

"Chris Says 'Do It Again!'" – A Voice Director Q&A w/ Chris Ayres & Chris Bevins

How does casting work? Why did that one character have that weird accent? What do directors listen for in an audi- tion or demo? Join voice directors Christopher Bevins and Christopher Ayres (and maybe a couple of voice directors NOT named Chris) as they share insights and anecdotes from their years of experience on “the other side of the mic” and answer all your questions relating to the dub recording process! 

 


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Guests

Christopher Ayres

Christopher Ayres has been working professionally in theatre, television and film since the age of 6. His work has been seen Regionally, Nationally and on Broadway. He currently works as a voice actor for ADV FILMS and FUNimation ENTERTAINMENT.

Christopher Bevins

Since 2001, Christopher Bevins has recorded, cast, directed, produced, acted in and/or adapted scripts for nearly 100 anime series, movies and specials. | | Outside of anime, Chris’ interests include magic, crosswords and comic books… But mostly the comic books. In fact, his comics collection is old enough that it should’ve gotten a job and moved out of the house by now.

12:00pm

Spirits, Wheels and Borrowed Gods

Ever hear the word “Shinto”, but not know what it means? Wonder how Buddhism came to Japan? (Did you know it was practiced by the samurai?) Or ponder what exactly Taoism is? Then there’s that Confucius guy... but wasn’t he Chinese?

“Spirits, Wheels, and Borrowed Gods” is here to answer those questions. Navigating the often complicated world of Japa- nese sacred traditions, this panel will explore the religions of Japan: how they are practiced, the history behind them, and how they influence anime, manga, and video games. 

 

12:00pm

Usagi Yojimbo's World w/ Stan Sakai

Join Stan Sakai as he discusses the characters in the Usagi Yojimbo comic, and their real world counterparts. This panel will also cover the history of the comic and their foundation in Japanese culture. Questions are encouraged.

Guests

Stan Sakai

Stan Sakai was born in Kyoto, Japan, raised in Hawaii, and currently lives in Southern California. His creation, Usagi Yojimbo the samurai rabbit, was first published in 1984. Since then, Usagi has been on television, as a guest of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and has been made into toys, statues, seen on clothing, and featured in a series of graphic novels. His latest, Usagi Yojimbo Book 25: Fox Hunt, was published in July, 2011.

12:00pm

Video Game Voice Acting Workshop w/ Kyle Hebert

Join voice actor Kyle Hebert as he demonstrates how video game voice acting is done, utilizing volunteers from the audience. Get ready to dive into dialog and fight sounds! 

 


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Guests

Kyle Hebert

Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Marvel Vs Capcom 3 (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), X Men Arcade (all male voices) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from Dragonball Z. Other notable roles include Soul Eater (Masamune), Ouran High School Host Club (Kazukiyo Soga), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow).

12:00pm

Video Games in Education

This panel explores the growth and development of video games as instructional tools. It starts at the early ‘80s with the text-based games such as Oregon Trail to the variety of games available today, including free games on internet websites, early development games such as the V-tech and Leap Frog learning systems, and games that districts have purchased. Several studies will be discussed show- ing the effects that games can have on students learning and engagement as well as things to avoid when choosing a game as an instructional tool. The primary focus will be on the elementary level of instruction. 

 

12:15pm

Tea Party w/ Clockwork Dolls

Relax and enjoy some tea and cookies at this meet-and-greet with The Clockwork Dolls. Curious how their music is made? What their favorite tea is? What their strategies for the upcoming and inevitable zombie apocalypse are? Now is your chance to find out!

12:30pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

My Little Panel: Friendship Is Magic

Friendship. Rainbows. Cutie marks. Feminism? Rounded characters? Half the D&D Monster Manual? Massive fan- base of 20-somethings? Why is this show popular, and how did a half-hour toy commercial turn out so... good? Gather ‘round, bronies and pegasisters, as we dig deeper than a diamond dog into this internet phenomenon. 

 

1:00pm

Prop Building

Prop making 101
This entry level class will teach you how to break down props and figure out the best way to go about creating them. We will go over material, tools, and painting processes.


Prop making 102
This advance level class will go over differnt techquines and different material combonations and the pros and con of each during the building process 

1:00pm

The Many Colors of Greg Ayres

Come join us for an hour-long chat with Greg Ayres (voice actor, DJ,) about any and everything. He’ll be discussing some of his new shows (Heaven’s Lost Property, ef: A Tale of Memories, Night Raid 1931, Angel Beats, and Demon King Daimo) as well as give some hints about a few new projects he’s working on. He’d also be glad to answer any other question you may have for him.

Guests

Greg Ayres

Greg Ayres can usually be found rockin’ out somewhere, whether animated or not. From the loud-mouthed Hideki in Nerima Daikon Brothers, to Koyuki, singing with the the band in Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad, he’s always glad to shake things up a bit. He is thrilled to be able to include Aoi Miyoshi in Night Raid 1931, Naoi in Angel Beats, Kouta Tsuchiya in Baka and Test, Seikechi Tayama in Oh Edo Rocket, and Abe in Big Windup to his list of new roles.

1:00pm

Thunder in the East '70 Japan's Rock & Roll Legacy

Join us for a showcase of original music and artists from one of Japan’s most vibrant and unique period of rock & roll glory that helped to shape the modern face of the Japanese music scene today. 

 

1:30pm

Geek Comedy Tour Q&A

Did you come away from the earlier Geek Comedy Tour panels with even more questions? Well, now’s your chance to ask them. 

 

Guests

The Geek Comedy Tour

The Geek Comedy Tour is a collective of the funniest stand-up comedians from the Washington DC area. Each one is an experienced comic, having performed at bars, clubs, and colleges all over the East Coast. Telling their normal jokes to normal audiences but all of that was about to change. | | There was something amiss. For you see, they were all gigantic dorks, and comedy club crowds don’t fully appreciate jokes about comic books, anime, and video games. So, they’ve decided to let their...
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1:30pm

Otaku Origami w/ Samurai Dan & Jillian

Join Dan and Jillian as they demonstrate self-defense moves for the anime fan, utilizing easy joint locks to im- mobilize an attacker. 

 

Guests

Studio Kojokan

The husband and wife team of Daniel and Jillian Coglan are full-time martial art instructors, specializing in 16th century Samurai arts. When not teaching at their dojo, the Kojokan, they travel the United States performing and teaching the ancient ways of the most famous warriors in history. | | With a combined 35 years of experience, their show is a unique blend of history, combative skill, and humor, designed to educate and entertain audiences both large and small.

2:00pm

Japanese Voice Lessons w/ Kazha
Guests

Kazuha Oda/Kazha

Kazuha Oda started the band Kazha after her successful solo career, releasing several albums in Japan, working with a wide variety of different performers including the Grammy winning pianist Bob James. | | Kazha released their first EP “Breathe Through Your Dreams” from major Japanese label Victor Entertainment in September 2009. With the release of their first full-length album “Overture” in April 2010, Kazha made their first National tour in North America and South America...
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2:00pm

Make Your Own Plushie (30 child capacity)

(25-child capacity)

 

Would you like to know how to make a basic plushie doll? Then this is the panel for you! You can come and make a plushie: no sewing skills necessary. Supplies will be provided, so come and enjoy! This panel runs twice during the weekend, so please check your pocket program for times.

2:00pm

Robotech Free-For-All w/ Steve Yun

Did you miss the first Robotech panel? Do you have more questions that weren’t answered? Here’s your chance to catch up and see more funny Robotech clips. 

 


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Guests

Steve Yun

While still a young college student and part-time hacker in 1998, Steve got his first job at an anime company as a digital animator. It was a dream come true for any fan who grew up on anime to be working somewhere in the industry. After slaving away through 80 hour work weeks and one really bad 100 hour work week where he started hallucinating from being awake too long, Steve called it quits and went back to Riverside where he got his B.A. in Creative Writing. Stay in school, kids!

2:00pm

The Computer is Willing, but the Spirit is Weak: How to Build the Motivation to Keep Going w/ Onezumi & Harknell

Everyone hits that point in their career — where it seems like a wall has popped up in front of your creativity or output. How do you find the motivation to keep on working? Our panelists will talk about the techniques they’ve used to move forward and keep their motivation and creative juice flowing.

Guests

Harknell

Stupid and Insane Defenders Against Chaos couldn’t happen without Harknell. He designed and manages all of Onezumi’s websites and prevents her from punching anyone. He also contributes a blog for the My Annoying Life comic. Onezumi’s webcomic gallery is Harknell’s custom-designed AWSOM Pixgallery. He is one of the key developers that makes the Webcomics Central App Service which gives free custom iPhone apps to webcomics and indie creators.

Onezumi

Oni is one of the most active contributors to and supporter of the independent comics scene: She writes and draws Stupid and Insane Defenders Against Chaos: A Lovecraftian Horror Comedy. Her dev team made the Webcomics Central App Service. They give free custom iPhone apps to other webcomics. She founded an entire webcomics and New Media convention. Intervention is a convention for webcomics, fans, and creators who want to learn, have fun, or just geek out. She posts...
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2:30pm

Chocolate Covered Cosplay Discusses Con-Culture

Ever had someone troll your costume? Too tall to be Krillin, too skinny to be Wario, or not exactly the same heritage as Mulan? We are a group of five women of color dedicated to promoting the freedom of cosplay by showcasing and empowering the gamer/nerd/geek/cosplayer within us all chocolate style!

We welcome all fans – girls and guys – of all different backgrounds to come meet the lovely ladies of Chocolate- Covered Cosplay for an open and honest dialogue on con culture and see what we ladies of C3 are all about. 

 

2:30pm

Steampunk Costuming

Assemble your steampunk wardrobe from thrift shops, Etsy, historic and modern patterns, specialty vendors, and bespoke tailors. The Steampunk Family and friends will show off styles and hand out tips for the look that suits your ideals, your talents, and your budget. 

 

3:00pm

An Introduction to the Japanese Language 3

This is the final in the “Japanese Language” series. This panel is a discussion of study materials and methodology, focusing on self-study. Learn how to study efficiently and teach yourself Japanese. 

 

3:00pm

Guilded Age - The Panel! w/ T Campbell & Phil Kahn

This is a panel for the fans to Q&A with Phil Kahn and T Campbell, co-writers and co-creators of Guilded Age, the saga of the working class adventurer. Come learn every- thing you ever wanted to know that they’re willing to tell you: the untold secrets of Arkerran Lore, the inspirations behind the heroes, and how to not get sick of puns. 

 


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Guests

T. Campbell

An ex-stage actor and failed Internet shut-in, T Campbell has written eighteen gazintillion pages of comics, won some awards and gotten high-flying writers to praise his work, so if you don’t love his series, it’s probably your own damn fault. Besides Guilded Age, his series include Quiltbag, Penny and Aggie, Fans, Rip and Teri, Widgetitis, Divalicious and Cool Cat Studio, plus about fourteen seconds’ worth of work for Marvel and Archie. He spends his “spare time” designing crosswords...
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Phil Kahn

A longtime Professional Neckbeard, Phil Kahn has spent a few years writing for various Webcomic, Webcomic Criticism, and Webcomic Enthusiast sites, and is now trying to take his accumulated knowledge and put it all to good use on Guilded Age. While building a daytime career as an IT Support Specialist and Pokémon Trainer, he also spends a great deal of time practicing silly voices/faces in front of a mirror for the inevitable day where the only thing that can save the whole of humanity from...
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3:00pm

3:00pm

Intro to game collecting

Every five years, the video game industry pushes forward into a new hardware generation with better graphics and (hopefully) better game play. What of those old games whose systems get discontinued? While many remain in the ownership of the players who continue to enjoy them, many find their way into the secondary used market, which is ripe for game collectors who have learned that for the cost of one brand-new game, they can get a dozen or more from eBay or Craigslist instead. For some, it can
become a self-sustaining hobby, where funds from resells can fund new purchases indefinitely, all while adding more and more titles to your collection.

 
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