Guest Announcement: Lauren Landa

Nekocon is dealing out another guest announcement: Lauren Landa will be coming to Nekocon 21!


Within the world behind the mic, she 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”, Nora in “Noragami”, Sailor Neptune in the VIZ Media’s Sailor Moon, Merlin in “The Seven Deadly Sins” and many more! She has also had several other roles in anime and video games such as Leeza, (Blazing Souls Accelate), Arf and Chrono Harlaown (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha/ A’s), Kirche Van Zerbst, (Familiar Of Zero) Aegil, Cotton, Sasha (Rondo of Swords), Lila (Summon Night Twin Age), Rina (Luminous Arc 2), Yoko (Sakichi Satô’s Tokyo Zombie), Sy-Fy channel’s anime addition (Monster) and more!

Guest Announcement: haru

Nekocon is proud to announce our collaboration with Chaotic Harmony in bringing the j-rock soloist haru( from universe) to Nekocon!

Official Announcement:

“Chaotic Harmony is excited to announce an east-west coast collaboration with PMX (Oct. 27-28 in Los Angeles, CA) and NekoCon (Nov. 2-4 in Hampton, VA)! We will be bringing BLEACH anime song artist and j-rock soloist haru (from universe) to both events this year! No matter what coast you are on, you can come out and see this amazing singer perform.

Check out this comment video to see what haru himself has to say about the events: https://youtu.be/tO_NVd-My_Q

After you’ve watched that, check the artist intro video we did to learn more about him! https://youtu.be/StCucyw8XMQ

About haru: As the vocalist for universe, haru’s overwhelming singing voice dazzled the crowd at the Lotte x Sony Music’s “Uta no Aru Gum Project” competition, beating out five thousand other people to win the grand prize. The single “Haruiro” (the song in the commercial for Lotte Ghana milk chocolate) was their major debut. Their second single “echoes” was used as the theme song for the Tokyo television anime “BLEACH”. haru was the first Japanese artist to ever release an official cover of U2’s “Vertigo”, and he has been expanding his overseas performances by appearing two years in a row at Anime Weekend Atlanta, as well as giving a show in front of 3,000 people at Berlin’s AniMaCo.
He has also garnered attention as the singer for the song used for MONSTER SUMMER!! Zettai Hansha Shugihen (Monster Strike (Monster) TV commercial).
During the summer of 2017, haru embarked on his first European tour as a soloist, performing a total of six shows in four countries, including Germany, France, Netherlands, and Belgium. In 2018, he returned to Europe twice more. The first time on tour visiting France, Belgium, and Italy where he attended Comicon and again in June 2018 to attend Magnificon in Poland. He is looking forward to doing more shows overseas and is excited to add Los Angeles and Virginia to his resume.

We can’t wait to see you at PMX and NekoCon!”

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

Nekocon Photobooth!

This year Nekocon’s Official Photo Booth in Artist Alley will be run by Lina Hammer!

Lina has been providing professional photoshoots for conventions for the last ten years. She has been providing services to conventions such as DragonCon, AMA, ROFCON, Otakon, and Nekocon for the past ten years. This year she will be taking official photoshoot requests at Lina.Hammer@nekocon.com for anyone interested in preplanning their photoshoots at the Nekocon Photo Booth.

Her photobooth will be the same hours as Artist Alley on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Her photo rates are as follows:
-$5 for a print
-$13 for 3
-$10 per High resolution Digital Copy
-$20 for all digital photos on a device of your choice or on a CD as available.
-All photo sessions are free to the public with unlimited number of snapshots and costume changes.

Here is her digital portfolio and a few shots from ROFCON.

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

Featured Panelist: Lipgloss and Lashes Drag Brunch

Attention Ladies and Gentlemen! NekoCon is proud to present to you
“This Show is a Drag – Anime Edition” presented to you by
the ladies of Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch!

Drag

Come out and see

Jasmine Devoux Spaulding, Lily Dolce, Gilette Black, and Jasleane Jade!

This will be a special “one time only” one and a half hour show on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10pm in Panel 1. This is going to be their tribute to anime and geek culture that we here at NekoCon bring to you the fans.

We are also pleased to be bringing you DJKiwi757 to spin the tunes and keep these ladies dancing and entertaining for you!   DJKiwi757 is not new to NekoCon but this will be her first time preforming for everyone!

***This is show is suggested 13 and up due to possible language and crude jokes.

  You can see these Ah-Mahzing Ladies every Sunday for brunch at 37th and Zen.  Call (757)354-1029 for information and reservations and like them on Facebook!

 

Lipgloss & Lashes Drag Brunch Facebook

Don’t miss out on our Open Staff Drive!

Have you ever been interested in working behind the scenes and seeing how the convention is made or run? Well, Nekocon Open Staff Drive opened today! We are looking for volunteers interested in helping to further our event in departments such as Guest Relations, Panel Programming, Convention Safety, and more! Our staff drive can be found at https://www.nekocon.com/volunteer/open-staff-drive/ and will be open until August 31st, 2018! If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Recruitment Team at recruitment@nekocon.com

LARP Character Reservations are LIVE!

Nekocon LARP 2018 Character Reservation Will be Opening Midnight Monday June 18th.

Reservation will be handled with our online system, which has again been upgraded.
To reserve a character you will follow these steps.

1. Go to http://nexus-larp.appspot.com/

2. Sign in with the account that you wish to use to reserve your character.

3. You will now be asked to both put in your name (for official records) and the name you want to be referred to by on the public reg list. Please take these seriously, as we use them for official purposes. Inappropriate reference names may result in a registration being removed.

4. Select the NekoLARP 2018 Event.

5. Scroll through the list to find the SERIES your character is in, and click on it. A list of available characters from this series should appear. If no characters are listed, it means the series is generally approved, but no characters are yet made.

6. Select the character you wish to play.
6a. If the character is available, click on it, and you will be automatically registered for it, and taken to the reserved character list. There is NO confirmation pop up, but you should receive a confirmation email.
6b. If the character has a name next to it, it is already taken, and you must choose another character.
6c. Only one character may be reserved per person. Each reservation must also have a unique e-mail address associated with it. Multiple people may not reserve characters using the same e-mail address. We note that if this is attempted, only one of the reservations will be allowed to remain on the list

7. If your character is not listed click on the New Character Request tab at the top. This will take you to a form you must complete to request the character.
7a. Please take the request for a brief description of who the character is and why you want to play it seriously. This will help us determine who the character is, whether it can be made, and how to design the sheet best.
7b. No video game characters, hentai characters or characters based on non-Asian pop culture works will be allowed. The GMs retain sole discretion as to whether a character is allowable.
7c We will try to respond to any request for a non-listed character as soon as possible. We will try to accommodate all requests for non-listed characters. However the GMs may deny otherwise acceptable character requests if they do not believe they will be able to make the character in time for the LARP. Please have a backup in mind if you request a non-listed character.

8. You may change your character at any time up until when registration closes by simply clicking on a new character. This will change your character and take you to the reserve list. However, once reservation closes, you will not be able to change your character without GM permission. Further, we do not guarantee that your request for the new character will be successful, and you may not be able to return to your original character if it gets taken.

9. At any time, you can check the current list of reserved characters at by clicking on the “Registered” tab up top.

Cosplay Chess Piece Applications are OPEN!

Come and Join us at Nekocon 21 Cosplay Chess!

Chess will be held on Sunday, please fill out the application below to apply to be a chess piece. The application closes September 16th at midnight to give us time to notify chosen
participants.

Theme will be chosen based on the applicant pool and announced Monday, September 17th.

Rules of the Game
1) You do not need to know how to play chess in order to be a chess piece.
2) You must be over the age of 16 to participate.
3) You MUST be in costume, and you MUST be able to commit 1.5 hours of time to chess on Sunday.
4) It is not a requirement, but we prefer people give a theatrical performance on the chess board instead of just standing and moving from square to square. The more theatrics the better, just keep it family friendly.
5) We prefer anime costumes but costumes from all genres will be considered, no original characters. You must be able to move freely in your costume.
6) If you are not selected you may visit the info booth to be put on the backup waitlist at con.
7) Selected characters will be notified prior to the convention and must check-in at the info booth by Sunday at 12 (noon). If you do not check-in your spot may
be given to a backup. If you do not arrive in time for chess set-up your spot may be given to a backup.
8) You may apply with multiple costumes for a better chance at being selected. You must fill out the application for each character/costume.

COSPLAY CHESS PIECE APPLICATION