Featured Panelist: Troy Gale

Another member of the Study of Anime crew signs on for our Catpocalypse. Now introducing Troy Gale!

Troy Gale is relatively new to the Study of Anime team, but has been a follower for many years. By day, he is putting his energy towards his studies in music, but by night, he writes about tokusatsu, tabletop gaming, and all other sorts of things. He has also presented the Fueled by Coffee Phoenix Wright Mock Trial at Nekocon and Anime Mid-Atlantic in Southeastern Virginia for the past nine years. Most days, when he’s not at work, you can find Troy at any number of coffee shops, probably thinking up his next article. If not, he is likely at home, gaming or practicing his vocal performances. In addition to Study of Anime, Troy helps out on occasion with the Youtube channel Trylons, and consults on panels with various other presenters.

He can be reached at gale.troy@gmail.com.

Troy’s favorite anime are: Gurren Lagann, Read or Die, and One Punch Man

His favorite games are: Earthbound, Super Mario RPG, and Crypt of the Necrodancer

Featured Panelist: Aaron Clark – The Eva Monkey

Aaron, who goes by “The Eva Monkey” online, has been operating his Evangelion fansite, EvaMonkey.com, for over 15 years. Deeply involved in the fandom for Evangelion, he’s been a fixture of numerous fansites and discussion forums, and has co-founded EvaGeeks.org, and serves as a moderator of the Evangelion subreddit at Reddit.com/r/Evangelion.  Recently, he’s been making videos sporadically on his YouTube channel at YouTube.com/EvaMonkey.


Aaron has contributed commentary as a guest on numerous podcasts, and as an occasional contributor to Otaku USA Magazine. For more than a decade, Aaron has presented dozens of panels at fan conventions all over the Mid-Atlantic and beyond. In particular, he has been a panelist for Otakon every year since 2003. His panels are often on the subject of Evangelion, but also pertain to his other interests, such as video games, fuse beads, new media, and more.

Featured Panelist: Puvithel

Nekocon is announcing with style featured panelist Puvithel!

Indie American alternative fashion brand Puvithel is run by self-taught artist and designer Puvithel Rajan who’s formal background is in nuclear engineering. Puvithel has been making and designing original handmade jewelry and accessories, clothing and handbags for J-fashion and alternative styles since early 2015. Her motifs include detail work, over-the-top gothic designs, and vector and laser cut work. Puvithel also occasionally writes for the Wunderwelt English blog, and has been featured in several fashion shows and events worldwide. While Puvithel does not aim to fit in one particular style or another, she is heavily inspired by American gothic, punk, menhera, and lolita fashions. Puvithel will be presenting her best work to date with lines Slaughterhouse 413 and Existence is Futile in the NekoCon fashion show.  Additionally, she will also be hosting panels for those who’d like to learn more about J-fashion, and you can even create your own J-fashion pieces to take home in her interactive workshops!

Guest Announcement: Jez Roth


Cirque du Soleil. Nightclubs. ONE PIECE.  Olympians. Red Carpets. Electric Daisy Carnival. Film. Commercials. Music Videos.  Jez Roth started sewing at the age of 13 on small crafts and at the local dance studio before falling in love with the art of cosplay at Katsucon 1998.

After many years of competing at anime convention masquerades winning Best in Show 15 times with tailored costumes and heavily choreographed skits, he moved to Las Vegas to work for The Venetian designing the Opera Gowns, eventually landing at Cirque du Soleil’s water spectacular O. Since leaving Cirque, he currently works freelance out of his own studio – creating everything from mermaids that shoot water, Mirrorball Men, and Golden Fairies that contort through the air, designing for events with A-list celebrities such as Kim Kardiashian, Eva Langoria, Snoop Dogg, and DJs such as Benny Benassi, Dash Berlin – his jewelry has even been worn on the red carpet at the Billboard Awards.

He has traveled as far as Japan as a cosplay guest and represented the United States at the IOEA Otaku Expo in Japan and Canada to choose the Canadian WCS representative. He believes that the world of costuming is an endlessly fascinating pursuit – from armor to gowns, giant puppetry to monsters and his goal to share unique events that educate and involve the community such as his Lip Sync For Your Cosplay Event.

His artistic journey came full circle last year when hired as an Artistic Consultant for One Piece: Gold film, working with Toei Animation to give their film a fully realized Las Vegas feel.

He is excited to return to Nekocon!

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 CLOSED!

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.

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


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