Featured Panelist: Charles Dunbar

We are proud to have back Charles Dunbar for Nekocon 20! 

Special Nekocon bio from the man himself:

Eleven years ago, I exited my car and gawked at the sight of the HRCC. It was my first Nekocon, my first Virginia con, and one of my first cons since dropping out of fandom in 2004. I went as a favor. I had no idea how much the show would meant to me. It was the start of many many future Nekocons, and many many cons that would transform from EVENT to HOBBY to career. Neko 2008 inspired my MA thesis. Neko 2009 was my first con as a panelist. Neko 2010 allowed me to fix my errors from the prior year’s work. And since then Nekocon has been my proving ground for new content, my chance to cut loose and give wacky content. And most of all, it’s been my home. 10 conventions later, and it still feels like it did that first time I walked onto the floor.


Karaoke signups are open!

Catpocalyptic Karaoke Overdrive!


The apocalypse has reached all areas of Nekocon, including karaoke!

For one year, AND ONE YEAR ONLY!  There will be very limited regulations as to what you can sing.

Do you want to sing “Cruel Angels Thesis” ?   Sure!

Do you want to sing Vocaloid?  Of course!

Do you want to sing ‘Don’t Stop Believing “ by Journey?   OKAY!

The only “guideline” is to keep it PG, with no excessive profanity.

–To keep sign-ups simple, entries to compete will be held solely online. Once we receive the first 30 complete entries, sign-ups will be closed. No sign-ups will be accepted at the convention!

–There will be a mandatory meeting for all karaoke contestants before the event.  This will be announced by email once your entry is accepted.

-We ask that you send us a MP3 copy of your song in your entry form.  We will check it for quality and content.

— To maximize the number of performances, we are limiting song time to five minutes. If your song runs over time, we will fade the music out and your song is over.

–Everyone involved with the karaoke contest puts a lot of time and effort into making the event a memorable one and a great time. Boos, heckles, catcalls or disrespect of any karaoke judges, MC or contestant will result in ejection from the event, regardless of whether or not you are a participant or audience member. This is the apocalypse, but we still ask everyone to behave.

–Please do not spam the email account asking if we have recieved your entry; you will recieve a prompt email once your song has been evaluated and approved. (Chances are, if you sent it before we post that signups are closed , we have received it.

To Enter send an email to  karaoke@nekocon.com and include

  1. Real Name (don’t worry, this is for lineups only)
  2. Stage Name (what the host(esses) will announce you as
  3. Title of song
  4. Artist
  5. Where its from (game, anime, etc.)


Once again, please include the MP3 of the song, and bring a backup of the song just in case.

DEADLINE FOR ALL ENTRIES IS October 20th , or until they are filled! FIRST COME FIRST SERVED!!

Guest Announcement: AkaneSaotome


Next guest up to announce coming to Nekocon 20 is…


AkaneSaotome is a veteran cosplayer from the east coast. Having spent 14 years in the cosplay community, she has accumulated over 100 costumes, and won multiple craftsmanship and performance awards from various competitions. With those skills, she’s judged many masquerades and craftsmanship contests, including conventions such as Megacon, Anime Boston, Otakon, AnimeNext and even the World Cosplay Summit, plus many more.She has also been featured on many websites, podcasts, videos, and magazines for her cosplays, along with getting casted as the official Mercury for Viz media at Otakon and the Arda Wigs Iron wig contest.

When AkaneSaotome isn’t cosplaying, she’s designing new bags for the medical field, and making dreams come true as a party princess. She loves crystal Pepsi and hates Jalapenos.

You can follow her on her fanpage: http://www.facebook.com/akanesaotomefanpage

Featured Panelist: Action Arcade

Please welcome returning featured panelists, Action Arcade!

Action Arcade is a group of (by no means professional) gamers who got their start at 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!