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!
Charles Dunbar is coming back to Nekocon with a few kind words:
“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.”
Nekocon is excited to host 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!
Aaron Clark, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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