Zenkaikon 2015 Artist Alley applications are now live! ^_^
Artist Alley Applications Open September 15th!
We are happy to announce that applications for the Zenkaikon 2015 Artist Alley will open at 10pm US Eastern Time on Monday, September 15, 2014. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. More details on registration and policies are available in the Artist Alley section of our website.
Best of luck to all of our prospective artists! ^_^
Overflow Hotel Room Block: Lancaster Arts Hotel
Zenkaikon 2015 is happy to announce an overflow hotel room block is now available at the beautiful Lancaster Arts Hotel!
This hotel is about 6 blocks away from the Lancaster County Convention Center.
We’ve obtained a rate of $149/night (plus applicable taxes) which includes the following amenities and services:
- Deluxe Continental Breakfast
- Indoor Garage Parking
- 24-hour Fitness Center
- Complimentary cab service between the hotel and the Lancaster County Convention Center
Rooms are available from Thursday, March 26, 2015 through Monday, March 30, 2015
Go here for more details and to book your room: https://zenkaikon.com/location/hotels
Zenkaikon 2015 welcomes Karl “Uncle Yo” Custer!
We’re happy to welcome back Karl “Uncle Yo” Custer for his eighth Zenkaikon! Karl “Uncle Yo” Custer has been a staple at Zenkaikon for the past seven years, having started his side career as a stand-up comedian here back at Valley Forge. He is the Northeast’s premiere geek-specific comedian, having appeared at over 50 anime, comic book and video game conventions. Panel leader, emcee, playwright, puppeteer, and podcaster, Yo’s weekly show “We are the Geek” is free through Lisbyn.
He is also the show-runner of YouTube’s fantasy sitcom with puppets, “Dungeon Crawlers.” His latest two albums, “Matching Hair Clips” and “Ecto-Kitt-Lorean” are available on iTunes and Amazon. His web work can be viewed at “SchnozMan and HolePunch” and the web film “DragonBored.” You can also hear him voicing all nine dogs and trainers for Pretty Smart Games’ Top Dog: Lucky’s Charm.
1st Discount Registration Deadline - September 1st!
Want the lowest rate on your Zenkaikon membership? There’s only 5 days left before registration rates goes up on September 1st!
Go here to pre-register: http://www.zenkaikon.com/registration ^_^
Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions in Philadelphia!
Check it out, Philly-area Pokémon fans: Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is coming to the The Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, September 19th! Video selections from classic and recent Pokémon games will be shown on giant screens while a live orchestra will play the franchise’s most memorable melodies. The show is put together by the same creative team that composed and produced The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.
Want to see the show? More info and tickets are available here: http://www.manncenter.org/events/2014-08-20/pokemon
Titan Trio Guest #3: Matthew Mercer!
And rounding out our Titan Trio Weekend announcements, please welcome Matthew Mercer!
Matthew Mercer is a Los Angeles-based actor/voice actor known primarily for his roles in animation and video games.
His extensive training in theater, improv, and being a life-long hardcore gamer helped prepare him for such projects and characters as Leon Kennedy in Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil: Damnation, Captain Levi in Attack on Titan, Kiritsugu Emiya in Fate/Zero, Gundahar in KNACK, Anarky in Batman: Arkham Origins, Alvin in Tales of Xillia, Sinbad in Magi, Kuroh Yatogami in K, Rexxar in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Iron Man/Tony Stark in Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Walter in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Rihan Nura in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Tygra in Cartoon Network’s Thundercats, Chrom in Fire Emblem: Awakening, Reapmon/Beelzemon in Digimon Fusion, and many other projects you are welcome to look up online.
Titan Trio Guest #2: Trina Nishimura!
Titan Trio Guest Announcement #2! Please help us welcome Trina Nishimura!
Brandishing her voice just as Mikasa wields her blade; Trina Nishimura has sliced her way through the anime world over the past few years, primarily working with FUNimation Entertainment.
From meager beginnings as the little hungry girl Namiko in Desert Punk, to her much anticipated and lauded appearance as Mikasa Ackerman in Attack on Titan; Nishimura’s agile voice has brought her critical acclaim, and unprecedented fan support.
Fans will recall Trina’s many dutiful portrayals in such works as Claymore (Flora and Sophia), Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple (Shigure Kosaka), School Rumble and Yurippe School Rumble: 2nd Semester (Akira Takano), Baccano! (Rachel), Sgt. Frog (Ghost Girl), and the ever popular Witchblade (Shiore Tsuzuki), to name a few.
More recent work includes Luna in Casshern Sins, Mizune in Soul Eater, Francesca Lucchini in Strike Witches, Lan Fan in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Sohara in Heaven’s Lost Property, Aiko Kudo in Baka and Test, Mari Makinami Illustrious in Evangelion 2.22 & 3.33, Kurisu Makise in Steins;Gate, and Mamitas in Space Dandy.
Trina is that rare breed of performer who not only embodies her characters, but also embraces her fans…taking time to make appearances across the US and Canada.
Though her voice and talents have taken her, and her characters, to every corner of the globe….her heart will always belong to Texas, and Taco Villa.
TItan Trio Guest #1: Lauren Landa!
Here’s our first Titan Trio guest announcement! Please give a warm welcome to Lauren Landa!
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Lauren first began acting at the age of 11 in the stage production of Annie, and continued with shows including Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Bye Bye Birdie, and Comic Potential. She was Assistant Director for stage productions such as Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, Batboy the Musical, as well as the Greek comedy, Lysistrata.
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 and most recently, the quiet and even more badass Annie Leonhardt in the hit anime series Attack on Titan!
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!
You want guests? We’ve got guests! #Zenkaikon 2015 Presents: Titan Trio Weekend! One weekend, several Attack on Titan guest announcements. We have not one, not two but THREE amazing voice actors to announce! Can you guess the guests? Stay tuned!