Zenkaikon welcomes DJ Zing & Trifecta!
Zenkaikon is happy to welcome our performers for our Friday and Saturday night dances, as well as the 2014 Sakura Cosplay Ball!
Trifecta: Featuring DJ Jesse James Felice & Violinist Johnny Benson
On Friday night, we welcome TRIFECTA: Featuring DJ Jesse James Felice and Violinist Johnny Benson. Like the paints on a palette used to create a magnificent painting, Trifecta is the culmination of 2 and sometimes 3 very different artists, each with very different musical backgrounds. By combining their talents as individual performers into one entity, they seek to bring a fresh new take on the world of dance, theater, and musical genres. Behind the DJ booth is Jesse James Felice. Be sure to catch Jesse’s performance as he and Violinist Johnny Benson perform under the name TRIFECTA at at our Friday night ball and dance. Learn more about DJ Jesse James Felice and Violinist Johnny Benson on their guest page.
On Saturday night, we welcome DJ Zing, who will performing at our Saturday night informal dance. An old school DJ by heart with over a decade of experience under his belt, Zing delivers a professional new school experience while sticking to traditional old school roots. Representing his global online show “The Centrifugal Force” and his upcoming label Neos Imperalis, tried and tested all over the East Coast, he’s sure to deliver a musical experience everyone will enjoy and talk about. Learn more about DJ Zing on his guest page.
The Karaoke Contest is coming back for Zenkaikon 2014! ^_^ Enter to compete and aim to win a prize! Patrick and Ray of Lolita Dark will be guest judges. For more details, visit: http://zenkaikon.com/events/karaoke
Voice Acting Workshop with Bill Rogers, Greg Houser & Marc Swint!
Zenkaikon is happy to announce voice actors Bill Rogers, Greg Houser, and Marc Swint. They will not only be guests at Zenkaikon 2014, but they will also be presenting a 3-day Voice Acting Workshop for Zenkaikon members!
Ever wonder what it takes to be a voice actor? These three actors will be on hand for three specially designed workshops which will give you an inside look at the voice acting industry. Each day of the convention weekend handles a new topic, from Auditioning to Scene Study to ADR (dubbing). While all Zenkaikon members are welcome to come and observe any or all of these workshops, 18 participants will be selected to be the “actors” for the weekend. Read more about these exciting workshops and how to apply to be a participant on our Featured Workshops page.
About Bill Rogers: Bill is best known for his roles in Gravitation (Touma Seguchi), Boogiepop Phantom (Yamamoto), and Genshiken (Tanaka Souichiro). If you’ve watched Ikki Tousen, The Third, Shingu, KO Beast, His and Her Circumstances, Magical Witch Punie-Chan, Joe vs. Joe, Madara, To Heart, Kujibiki Unbalance, Queen’s Blade, Gokudo, or Comic Party you’ve probably heard his voice. He can also be heard on Saturday mornings as the voice of Brock in Pokémon (as well as over 40 creatures that appear in the show), and a number of other roles. Read his full biography on his guest page.
About Greg Houser: Greg joined the voice acting ranks through his background in IT and Engineering (no, seriously). He’s earned advanced degrees from Penn State University and studied drama with the Walnut St. Theatre, the Wilma Theatre, and the People’s Improv Theatre. In the anime world, he’s provided voices for titles such as Evangelion, Shiki, Tales of Vesperia, and Ikki Tousen. Read his full biography on his guest page.
About Marc Swint: Native to Philadelphia, Marc Swint is a new-media generation voice actor, writer and producer. For more than ten years he’s pinballed as a voice talent, working in small machinima and indie film, doing medium flash animation and indie games, and voicing Mason in Mass Effect: Paragon Lost. He also works on podcasts and web-shows (Anime Abandon, The Spoony Experiment, BadCall TV). During Toonami’s off-air days, Marc provided the voice of Toonami Aftermath’s T.O.M. for a short series of bumps and wrote and directed Aftermath’s short video event “The Reveille” run during #BringBackToonami. Read his full biography on his guest page.
Zenkaikon welcomes Kuniko Kanawa!
We are happy to welcome Kuniko Kanawa to Zenkaikon 2014!
Kuniko Kanawa is a certified Kimono consultant, Kimono model, Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan, and a founder of the Washington D.C. Kimono Club.
In 2007, Kuniko officially became a certified Kimono consultant of the All Japan Kimono Consultant Association after graduating from Sodo Reihou Kimono College. Since attaining her certification, she has been offering her Kimono dressing service, teaching Kimono classes and workshops, and producing informative and entertaining Kimono Shows which feature Kimono dressing demonstrations. She also works as a Kimono model, utilizing the six treasured years of classical Japanese dance training in Hanayagi style under the exceptional tutelage of Hanayagi Wakana sensei.
In the same year, through intensive training by Kazuyo Hozumi, one of the few Edo Tsumami designated masters in Japan, she became a professional Edo Tsumami Kanzashi artisan. As a classically trained successor of this disappearing traditional handicraft, she creates both traditional and modern designed Tsumami Kanzashi, including custom orders. Her beautiful creations can be purchased on her website. Kuniko occasionally participates in craft shows and currently offers beginner’s workshops at the Japan-America Society of Washington D.C.
In early 2013, she founded the Washington D.C. Kimono Club. The Club welcomes anyone who loves Kimono and Japanese seasonal cultural events. Members can participate in Japanese seasonal cultural events in Kimono, attend Washington D.C. Kimono Club workshops at a discounted price, participate in Kimono shows and dressing demonstrations as a model, and participate in the Ms./Mrs./Mr. Kimono of the year contest. For more information about the club, please visit her website: atelierkanawa.com
Kanawa-san will be bringing her Kanzashi workshops and Kimono demonstration to Zenkaikon 2014!
Only 12 hours left before our Dec. pre-reg discount deadline! Have you pre-registered yet? ^_^
Next Discount Pre-Registration Deadline Less than a Week Away!
Don’t forget that our next registration discount deadline is less than a week away! Register for a membership by Dec. 16 for only $45, and attend Zenkaikon 2014 for the whole weekend! ^_^
Zenkaikon welcomes voice actor Jim Cummings!
We are excited to welcome the prolific voice actor and singer Jim Cummings to Zenkaikon 2014!
During his illustrious career, Mr. Cummings has worked extensively for the Walt Disney Studios voicing classic characters such as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, King Louis, Kaa the Snake, Pete (formerly peg legged Pete), and more. His many other credits include Darkwing Duck, Bonkers, Fat Cat and Monterey Jack on Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, Don Kamage on Tailspin, Dingo in Gargoyles, Ed in The Lion King, and too many others to mention here. He was the only actor to appear in every animated series produced by Disney during the 90s.
Cummings has done scores of voices for Warner Bros, as well, including Taz the Tazmanian Devil himself, Steven Spielberg’s Animaniacs, Tiny Toon Adventures, Batman, Pinky and the Brain, Tazmania, Duck Dodgers, and more. Other credits include The Powerpuff Girls (Fuzzy Lumpkins), Sonic the Hedgehog (Dr. Robotnik), King of the Hill, Bump in the Night, Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, The Replacements, The Addams Family, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Simpsons, Barnyard, and Catdog.
Video games he has provided voices for include Epic Mickey, Kingdom Hearts, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Mass Effect 2, and World of Warcraft to name a few.
Cummings’ uncanny ability to sing in character and voice match for stars has led to many platinum and gold records for soundtracks including Anastasia, The Lion King, Fox and the Hound, Pocahontas, Hercules, and more.
Recently, he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy award for his role as Hondo in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and an Annie Award for his performance in Gnomeo and Juliet, where he plays the amorous garden flamingo, Featherstone. He also recently voiced Karu in The Legend of Korra.
Read his full biography on our guest page, or check out his IMDB page for a full listing of his many roles.
Zenkaikon is happy to announce its fourth annual T-shirt contest. Now is your chance to get your unique design immortalized on the official T-shirt that will be sold to members of Zenkaikon 2014!
The theme for this year is “Fairy Tales,” and artwork should be designed for a black T-shirt.
The winner of the contest will receive a complimentary membership to Zenkaikon 2014, a table in the Artist Alley, and a T-shirt featuring their design.
Think you are up to the challenge? Read the rules and specifications on the Zenkaikon 2014 T-Shirt Contest page. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!