Panels

Japan Through Literature Friday 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
There have been a great many books written on Japan, both by Japanese and by gaijin who have lived, worked, or traveled there. This discussion panel explores some of these books, how they relate to discovering Japanese history and culture, and their potential impact on the world outside.
Karaoke Jamboree Friday 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Lets sing our hearts out! All kinds of songs are accepted from Anime, JPop, KPop, and Disney… Sing anything you want, nothing is off limits!
Sharing Sandboxes: Writing in Existing Franchises Friday 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Writing for existing universes isn’t just a matter of fanfiction: tie-in novels, reboots, comics, and audio dramas are all becoming more popular with a variety of intellectual properties. But what happens when you go pro? This panel will teach you what to expect when you write professionally for other people’s IPs, do’s and dont’s, and how to prepare your own universe for guest contributors.
The Wide Wide World of Sports Anime Friday 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Come see the diverse, sometimes bizarre, activities chosen to be in sports anime. Sorry NHL fans, still no hockey anime!
The Terror Next Door – Americana and Horror Friday 11:00 PM – Midnight
From the origins of the Gothic romance and tales of the strange lights on the moors to shows like The X-Files or Gravity Falls, Americana and horror are uncanny companions. This panel is an overview of the thread of why horror, the fear of the other, and how those elements intersect with “Americana”.
Cats in Japan and Anime Saturday 11:00 AM – Noon
A brief survey of the role of felis domesticus in the medium of anime, and in the culture of Japan.
Destiny: Tales of the Guardian Saturday Noon – 1:00 PM
Gather round and listen to the tales of two Guardians who are here to catch you up in the lore of Destiny. This panel covers lore and discusses things such as the PVP meta, how to acquire powerful items and a Q&A with the panelists to cover anything you want to know that we may not have covered.
Can You Voice This Saturday 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
An audience participation panel where we read scripts in silly voices.
The Cosplay Adventure Saturday 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Have you ever been to a convention and wondered how cosplayers cosplay their characters so well? Are you complete novice when it comes to cosplay? Are you an experienced cosplayer that wants to learn some new tips or improve on your cosplays? Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish I could cosplay, but I don’t know why I haven’t or where to start”? Do you want to cosplay, but don’t have the funds or the time? Never fear! This Cosplay 101 panel has just what you need. I will take you through an adventure and cover a number of topics including how is cosplay for you, cosplay history, cosplay savings, and much more!
A History of Magical Girl Anime: From Sally to Madoka and Beyond Saturday 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Who was the first magical girl to fight evil? To die? To have a mascot character? The magical girl genre has been around for almost 50 years, and its origins may surprise you! Learn about how the very first magical girls, the evolution of the genre, and the shows that changed it forever.

Hot Pepper Variety Hour

Saturday 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Patio Area
Come watch guests, staff, and friends of the con torture themselves by eating hot peppers and dancing (or singing, or otherwise performing) like hot pepper monkeys for your amusement and for charity. pay money to enhance and/or extend the pain and hear the participants question their life choices. It’s Schadenfreude at its finest. Located on the patio outside the north side of the building. Peppers will include Carolina Reapers, Ghost Peppers, and Habaneros. Side effects may include swearing, possible vomiting, and fiery poops.
Fractured Persona (Persona & Identity) Saturday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
An analysis of the Persona game/anime series concentrating on gender roles and performances.
Stress: It’s a Killer Saturday 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Don’t worry, be happy
My Toyota Prius Still Can’t Be This Cute Saturday 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Still more odd uses of your favorite anime characters and anime styling by our corporate overlords.
Cosplay Therapy Saturday 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cosplay Therapy is an extension on The Cosplay Adventures Panel. While The Cosplay Adventures focuses on learning about cosplay, Cosplay Therapy focuses on how cosplay can help you in your daily life. If you deal with depression, anxiety, or something else- Cosplay Therapy may just be the thing of you. In this panel you will learn about how you can use cosplay to help you in daily living, how you can use cosplay to improve your self-esteem, how cosplay can help with certain conditions, and so much more.
Common Decency: Dating for the Congoer Saturday 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
This panel will teach about cultivating healthy relationships in the con-going society. It will cover basic con etiquette, cosplay is not consent, and how to start and maintain a healthy relationship. The main panelist, Gabrielle, works The Haven Shelter & Services, Inc, a nonprofit organization committed to putting a stop to intimate partner violence and sexual assault. To learn more go to: http://www.havenshelter.org .
Road to Becoming a Magical Girl Saturday 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Magical Girls are a large part of the anime experience. But while they are heroes par excellence, their journey to heroism is different than that of their male counterparts. This panel explores the nature of the mahou shoujo, and how their stories transcend storytelling and human nature.
Can You F******* Voice This (18+) Saturday 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM
An audience participation panel where we read scripts in silly voices, but with swearing and adult scenarios.
It’s the Naughty and Nice AMV List! (18+) Saturday 11:00 PM – Midnight
You’ve had a long day, you’ve needed to sit down for a while, well come in and enjoy some Naughty and Nice AMV’s. I have received many AMVS in my 3 years of being an AMV Contest Coordinator and I’d like to share my favorite AMVs with you in a Naughty and Nice list! Maybe Santa is watching, maybe he’s sleeping who knows! **WARNING** This will be 18+, and some scenes will be gory and some will contain nudity.
Nerdism and Professionalism Sunday 11:00 AM – Noon
In today’s society, it is 100% common to hear someone in the workplace talk about “the game” or sports in general, but what about us nerdy folk? Well, in this panel, we’ll talk about how to appropriately geek out in the professional world including desk decorating, dress codes, how to talk to people and how to subtly do it all.
Hello and Goodbye: Anime Openings and Endings Sunday Noon – 1:00 PM
The 90 seconds at the beginning, the 90 seconds at the end. Warming up the audience, and cooling them down. Come in, dance, sing, just sit and watch and enjoy the openings and endings to anime.
Coding for the Rest of Us Sunday 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Interested in learning how to code but intimidated by university programming classes? Kit takes you through several alternative ways to learn coding and coding tools, from markup like HTML and CSS to using GitHub for projects, meant for people who do not define themselves as programmers.
Doctor Who: The Un-Sci-Fi Sunday 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
It’s one of the most popular sci-fi series in the world… but ‘Doctor Who’ in itself isn’t technically science fiction! Learn about what makes science fiction according to the early founders of the genre, why ‘Who’ breaks that mold, and explore those episodes when it IS sci-fi.
Kamen Rider: A Deeper Look Sunday 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
What is Kamen Rider? On its surface, it is brightly-colored Japanese superhero bugmen fighting with special effects. But is there more to the story? Come and see a deconstruction of multiple Kamen Rider series, to enhance repeat viewings, or to get those who’ve never seen Kamen Rider interested.
Over the Garden Wall: Faery Realms and Personal Mythology Sunday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Fairy tales are meant to take us to strange places. But some of those strange places play host to hidden dangers, exotic beings, and all sorts of trickery, both real…and not. This panel explores ideas of the fairy realms, from Western forests to Eastern enclaves, and how travelers may or may not navigate them safely.