Cosplay Craft Faire

Come and join us Thursday night from 7-10pm and Friday morning  from 11am-2pm at the Cosplay Craft Faire! Here you can bring your old costumes, cosplay accessories, sewn or constructed crafty items, notions, fabrics, fabric scraps, props and prop materials, and wigs to buy, sell, or trade among the cosplay community. No new items for resale, cosplay related items only, no hardware such as machines, parts, scissors, etc.
The Craft Faire participation is a first-come/first-served, non-refundable and non-transferable area for vendors and attendees purchasing items.

NekoCon AMV Showcase!

Hello editors! Here are the official rules and guidelines for NekoCon’s AMV Showcase!

We’d like you to enter your ABSOLUTE BEST WORK so there will be no freshness rule. Instead we encourage that you submit your three (3) best amvs. Your work will be then reviewed and we will announce the best of the best for the NekoCon AMV Showcase! Our audience will then vote for the ABSOLUTE BEST of the Showcase and our winner will receive one (1) free badge to NekoCon for 2019!

Submission guidelines are as follows:

All submissions must meet the following standards

 

Format

  • 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 720 x 480 resolution (16:9) or no less than 640×480 (4:3)
  • 23.976 and 29.97 are strongly preferred; 24, 25, 59.94, and 60 are also acceptable.
  • Non-Interlaced video (Progressive)
  • 32000, 41000, or 48000 Hz audio

 

Video

  • MPEG 2
  • Uncompressed avi
  • Divx avi
  • Xvid avi
  • MP4 (no Quicktime-formatted videos will be accepted)

 

Audio:

  • Uncompressed wav (PCM)
  • MPEG audio (mp3, mp2, etc.)

 

Submission rules are as follows:

 

1) This should go without saying, but plagiarism will NOT be tolerated! Any attempt to submit the work belonging to anyone other than yourself will result in you being BLACKLISTED PERMANENTLY!!!

 

2) ALL entries must adhere the format above.

 

3) PLEASE ONLY submit your video through GOOGLE DRIVE OR DROPBOX! If you submit any other way your submission will be viewed as null and void.

 

4) NO BUMPERS OR CREDITS permitted! We will provide title screens to introduce each entry for the finals. This includes an editor names and video titles being placed before, after, or anywhere in your video as well.

 

5) The contest IS PG-13, but the following excessive materials are NOT allowed: nudity, excessive blood, major dismemberment of ANY kind, overly foul language/lyrics, racial or verbal obscenities, and any form of suicide. Videos with this content will be immediately disqualified. If the content is questionable it will be put in a special screening to see if it’s acceptable for showing to a con audience.

 

6) That being said, we reserve the right to reject any video for any reason. Rules are subject to change at ANY time.

 

7) Submissions with significant audio or visual degradation, watermarks, logos (THIS INCLUDES ANIME TITLES), and Japanese-produced credits (ex opening and closing credits), or fan-produced (fansub) or licensed subtitles, will not be accepted and result in automatic disqualification. We will accept Japanese audio HOWEVER English audio is NOT allowed due to legalities.

 

8) Entries must be at least 1 minute in length and not to exceed 5 minutes, 30 seconds running time. They must contain at least 75% Japanese animation.

 

9) DVD copies of the contest will not be available due to legal concerns. HOWEVER, if you are there and would like an extra copy of the ballots you’re more than welcome to one (if we have leftovers)

 

10) PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE put your submission forms in a txt document and attach it to your email submission along with the link to your entry. ALL txt documents and AMV submissions should be titled as such ” CATEGORY – EDITOR – AMV NAME “.

This makes it easier on us for organizational purposes!!!

Submissions must be submitted by Saturday, October 20th to amv@nekocon.com.

 

Saturday DJs

spike-logo-colorHaving over two decades of event promotion experience in the 757, Spike is a unique personality that has garnered him and his events the reputation as one of the best in the business.

NekoCon is proud to have Spike as our host for the Dance nights and hope you enjoy a hand-picked group of some of the most amazing DJs in the area.

 

JUNKYARD

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Five years in the making, Junkyard has twisted his way up into the scene with a barrage of warping bass and crushing metal tempo. Junkyard melts the crowd into one fluid, monstrous force. Soaring through the soundwaves on rusted wings. Junkyard leads the assault into the musical apocalypse.

www.mixcloud.com/DJJUNKYARD

facebook.com/DJJUNKYARD instagram.com/djjunkyard

INSOMNIA

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Emerged from the South Carolina club scene as one of the most exciting live DJ’s in the South. Dj Insomnia is known for his heavy beats and uncanny ability to mix. After relocating to the 757, DJ insomnia became known as one of the premier house party djs in the area. Spinning all genres from trap to hardcore, DJ Insomnias ability to adapt to the venue has made him one of the most respected figures in the scene. https://www.facebook.com/Insomniacmusik

https://soundcloud.com/insomniacmusik/demo

KaKuMeI X

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If asked how DJ KaKuMeI X would describe his style, he would respond “I call my style the name of Ferry Corsten’s album. L.E.F. Loud. Electronic. Ferocious.” DJ KaKuMeI X is one to keep an eye on. He blends multiple genres and styles into his mixes. Ranging from his first love, House music, to Trance, into Dubstep, into Hardstyle, and even Happy Hardcore. He enjoys new ways how to play tracks and when to play them. He began DJing at the age of 5 on vinyl when he first learned his father was a DJ in his younger days. Following in his footsteps, he learned how to scratch soon after and it became a very addictive hobby. He continued through the age of 12 when a move caused an unfortunate event with his turntables. He then tried his hand a producing while in class. He then picked DJing back up on his laptop and has moved to CDJs. He is a resident DJ at various clubs in Hampton Roads and often streams live from his home when he feels like giving people something to dance to while at work, or driving. “I have no issue with dancing with the crowd during my sets. I have been a natural born raver since day 1 and there is more to DJ’ing than hitting the play button and twisting knobs.”

https://www.facebook.com/djkakumeix?fref=ts

https://soundcloud.com/djkakumeix/dj-kakumei-x-meeting-of-the-genres

DJ QUE

Featured Panelist: Game Guy

Nekocon is playing the odds on a winning ticket by welcoming back crowd favorite Game Guy!
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Game Guy, aka Jason Kypros, has been traveling across Virginia since 2012 playing games on behalf of the Virginia Lottery. He has a love for games of all kinds and always down for some fun. This will be his 5th time to NekoCon and is excited to be bringing a lot of fun surprises. He’ll be hosting the NekoCon Game Show, the NekoCon Karaoke Show, and playing some games at the Virginia Lottery tent all weekend long. Come by, say hi and give him a high five!
Here is a little sneak peak at what he has in store:

NekoCon Karaoke Show

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Everyone loves karaoke but have you ever want the chance to also win some prizes for it? Game Guy has a created a fun non-stop Karaoke experience unlike anything that’s been at NekoCon before. Sign ups happen in the room, so no need to tell us early which song you are going to sing to wow the crowd. Everyone is welcome to sing but you must 18 years or older to win a prize. Door prizes and giveaways through out the show too! Sponsored by Virginia Lottery

NekoCon Game Show

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Back by popular demand it’s the return of the NekoCon Game Show hosted by Game Guy. Mix of pop culture trivia, puzzles, guessing and Japanese game show style games. Contestants will be picked from crowd, with plenty of opportunities for audience members to play for prizes. Contestants must be 18 years or older but everyone is welcome to attend. Door prizes and giveaways through out the show too! Sponsored by Virginia Lottery

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/valottery/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/virginialottery/

Friday DJs

Spike

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Having over two decades of event promotion experience in the 757, Spike is a unique personality that has garnered him and his events the reputation as one of the best in the business.

NekoCon is proud to have Spike as our host for the Dance nights and hope you enjoy a hand-picked group of some of the most amazing DJs in the area.

DJ 401K

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Originally hails from New Jersey and has been in the Hampton Roads area for 5 years. An open format DJ, he is a former HOT 100.5 on air DJ. DJ 401k was the creator of Rave and Buster’s and co-founder of Hampton Roads EDM. He currently holds club residencies at Tyku Bar and Lunasea in VA Beach. DJ 401k also was one of the primary DJs for the House Nation series and is one of the special events DJs for The Granby Theater in Norfolk VA. His DJ name comes from the fact he is a retired veteran. https://www.facebook.com/officialdj401k/

HIKI

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Being a long time fan of electronic music from Europe and Japan, Hiki is not new to the party music scene. With a wild mixing style and ability to spin an endless collection of genres, Hiki is known for combining little-known gems with classic club favorites and keeping the party going at local clubs and parties around the 757. Listen as Hiki takes you on a musical trip with tunes from around the globe….. https://www.facebook.com/djhikikomori#!/djhikikomori

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Growing up in the Southern California in the 90’s, DJ Unabomber was immersed in the rave scene and fell in love with the hard beats and chipmunk vocals of happy hardcore. Seeing djs such as Paulina Taylor, Smileshot, Twinkle Boi and Notoriuos, and Mindcontroller spin, Unabomber knew he wanted to be a part of this scene. Since moving to Virginia Beach, Virginia he has been immersed in the local scene and continues to grow and push happy hardcore. Unabomber continues to play and push cheesy Happy Hardcore in the area and at local venues, including Nekocon in 2014 and 2015. Unabomber is the first Virginia DJ to join the California based Kids of the Core team, which will allow him to share is love for hardcore music to the country.

www.facebook.com/RobUnabomber

www.soundcloud.com/dj_unabomber

DJ MEDZ

Hailing from Newport News with a love and passion for the EDM Scene since childhood. I aspired to be a Dj as long as I remember, and with a little luck that became a reality in 2012. I now try to apply the same passion I had for the scene in both ways; as a scene lover and now as a DJ. I’m kind of a mix bag of genre’s. I prefer to play Hard Dance / Hard Trance publicly, though I do sport the occasional Drum and Bass, Trance, and Electro House set. I’ve been booked to spin at venues such as Kaboom “Fayt Raves”, along with The Lounge, and Lazy Days. I’ve also hosted my own EDM Nights at London Underground (Williamsburg). https://www.facebook.com/OfficialDjMedz/?fref=ts https://soundcloud.com/angel-medz https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficalDjMedz

Nekocon Ball!

Announcing our first annual Nekocon Ball!

Dress in your finest wears and come ready to party, we’re having a grand ball and you’re invited!

Music will range from classic waltzes to contemporary top 40’s hits so bring your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie.

Our dress code will be considered semi-formal, if you have any questions please email info@nekconcon.com, a picture of your outfit can best help in letting you know if it is appropriate for the ball.

Before reading the rules for the dress code please familiarize yourself with the Nekocon Attendee policy

Dress Code

What is allowed:

Formal wear  (suits, tuxedos, formal dresses)

Dressy skirts/shorts (Must be near knee length)

Dress shirts

Cocktail or evening dresses

Dressy shoes/boots/flats/heels

Military formal wear (from any era)

Dressy separates

Formal period clothing

Costumes that could pass as formal wear

What is not allowed:

Jeans and t-shirts, sneakers, flip flops, combat boots or extreme platforms or stilettos, kigus, large wings, rave gear, utilikilts, stilts. Clothes or costumes must not be too revealing or a hindrance to your movement. Bags are not allowed in main events during dances.

Fan Photoshoots!

You want to have people know about a photoshoot you are hosting?  Please complete the fan photosoot form below to have your shoot added to our online schedule.  All requests are due by Oct 20th to make it onto our schedule.

Fan Photoshoot Coordination Form

For those looking at what photoshoots are being held, don’t forget to keep an eye on our photoshoot schedule!

Photoshoot Schedule

If you have any questions or need assistance in choosing a location for your photoshoot, please email photoshoot@nekocon.com

Featured Panelist:Voidmynx Cosplay

0001_wmLaura Williams, AKA Voidmynx Cosplay, has been creating her own award winning costumes and props since 2015. She specializes in Worbla and EVA foam armor techniques. Laura has a passion for teaching others in the cosplay community and helping them reach their goals by sharing her knowledge, skills, and techniques. Laura frequents many local anime and comic conventions in the area supporting the cosplay scene as a positive force for community and well being.

Her cosplay facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Voidmynx/

Her cosplay instagram: https://www.instagram.com/voidmynx/
Photography courtesy of John Cachero
John Cachero Photography
@ johncachero
@ photosbyjohncachero