Programming: Panels & Workshops Submission Deadline

Panelists! The deadline for panels and workshops submissions for NekoCon 2016 is rapidly approaching! Make sure to get your submission in by Saturday, October, 1, for consideration!

Please keep in mind that successful completion of the form does not guarantee that your idea will be selected. Once the submission period closes all entries will be put before a selection committee. The committee will choose which submissions will be accepted. Please complete all sections of the form to the best of your ability, and please refer to the Panel & Workshop FAQ before emailing with a question.

Programming: Dreamy Hearts Host Club

New for this year we are excited to officially announce that we will have our first ever host club! Please welcome Dreamy Hearts Host Club!

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Dreamy Hearts Host Club is a Hampton Roads based host club whose goal is to entertain the nightlife crowd at conventions. Inspired by hostess and host clubs in Japan, their goal is to bring the experience to Hampton Roads! To learn more about the host club, what to expect, and hours of operation, please visit their page!

Please note that just like a traditional host club, Dreamy Hearts Host Club will be 18+ only, and will require a valid government-issued photo ID. However, if you’re looking to take part in a unique dining experience, then make sure to check out Lovely Heart Maid Cafe during their hours of operation on Friday and Saturday!

Featured Panelist: ORCSLARP

Please welcome our next group of featured panelists, ORCSLARP!

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Darkon: the Realm of Orcs (ORCSLARP) is a Live Action Role Playing wargaming club, a.k.a. LARP. Being a chapter of Darkon, an even larger war gaming club, the Realm of Orcs is ever exciting and always accepting new members even with it’s extensive 16 years of history and adventure. The club members are always interactive whether it be practicing different fighting tactics to teaching on how to make your own weapons and armor.

To learn more about ORCSLARPS and our other featured panelists, check out their page in our Programming sections!

Guest Announcement: Lauren Landa

Please welcome back voice actor Lauren Landa for NekoCon 19!

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For the last 10 years, within the world behind the mic, Lauren is most known for roles such as the ninja beauty, Kasumi in Dead or Alive 5; the sexy Litchi Faye Ling in the popular fighting games BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, as well as the sequels BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, and Continuum Shift Extend: Chrono Phantasma; the badass Kyoko Sakura in Puella Magi Madoka Magica; the enthusiastic Yan Leixia in Soul Calibur V; the deadly Little Queen in Tales of Graces; the valley girl racer in pink, Boiboi, in REDLINE; the adorable zombie Squigly in Skullgirls; kind hearted Leia in Tales of Xillia; the innocent Chubo Sonken in Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians, the quiet Annie Leonhardt in the hit anime series Attack on Titan, One in DrakenGard 3, Nio in Riddle Story of Devil, Nora in Noragami, Karin Kanzuki in Street Fighter V and most recently, the voice of Sailor Neptune in the VIZ Media dub of Sailor Moon!

Make sure to visit our guest page for our full line up!

Programming: Lolita Fashion Tea Party

Image Courtesy of Yenra Photography
Image Courtesy of Yenra Photography

Tickets for the Lolita Fashion Tea Party will be available via Eventbrite beginning on Friday, September 9, at 11:00 PM EST! 

This is a limited ticketed event. Tickets will be available until sold out. Tickets do not include a membership to NekoCon, which must be purchased seperately.

All ticket holders will receive a novelty gift from BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT, a commemorative postcard, and a raffle ticket for a prize drawing. Two coordinate contests will be held, one for BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT and another for Alice and the Pirates. Attendees of the tea party will also have the opportunity to have photos taken with our guests from BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT.

To learn more about the event, dress code, and guidelines, please visit the Lolita Tea Party page!

Featured Panelist: Con LG

Please welcome our next group of featured panelists, Con LG!

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Con LG exists to bring grade A panels, workshops, and events to the CONvention community and those affiliated with it. Since coming together, they have performed several podcasts, game shows, and comedy panels at different conventions in the state of Virginia. Some of their better known panels have included: Welcome to Night Vale live performances, Whose Line is It Anime (NekoCon), and Vague Jeopardy.

Check out our Featured Panelists page to learn more about who will be presenting at this year’s NekoCon!

Featured Panelist: Action Arcade

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Please welcome our first featured panelist, Action Arcade!

Action Arcade is a group of (by no means professional) gamers who got their start in the first Ring of Fire Convention in 2014. They take games and find different ways to play them, sometimes painful, oftentimes hilarious. They do speed runs, card games, tag team gaming, finding weird games to stream, and their signature in competitive gaming: Cutthroat Gaming. Come out and watch as this group of gamers torture themselves for your entertainment!

Guest Announcement: BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT

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Please join us in welcoming our fashion guest for this year’s NekoCon, BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT! Established in 1988, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright is a lolita fashion clothing brand founded by Akinori and Fumiyo Isobe in Tokyo, Japan. The brand’s vision is to create designs that make one feel cute and elegant like a beautiful princess, happily dressing up in fancy frills and lace.

Cosplay: Masquerade Online Registration Open

Online registration for the Cosplay Competition/Masquerade is now live!!

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Photo Credit: Yenra Photography

Interested in creating an original skit to participate in our Cosplay Competition known as the Masquerade? Need to brush up on the rules? Then make sure to visiting our Cosplay Competition/Masquerade page before submitting your entry!

Reminder: Online registration will be limited to the first 25 confirmed entries. Confirmed means they have been contacted by the Cosplay Staff and have replied to this contact. Once 25 entries have been reached, we will post here that Cosplay signup is full.