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Check under Events/Panel Listing for a Listing of Panels! Schedule and Guest Panels coming VERY SOON!

Cosplayer Nation: A Documentary about Cosplaying in Amerca

Check out this documentary we will be screening at the con!

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Cosplay: How did this term originate?  What made it so big in America, like it is now?  And how is it changing America?  Come witness the first ever documentary that covers the history of cosplaying in America, with many stories, many personalities, and the course it might take.

Featuring interviews from Meagan Marie, Malan Breton (Project Runway), Danny Choo, Holly Conrad, Chloe Dykstra, Yaya Han, Roland Kelts, Susan Napier, and the man who created the word “cosplay” Nobuyuki Takahashi

Cosplayer Nation LLC also has the following communities for advocating cosplay

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosplayerNationTv

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/cosplayer-nation/36/669/b49

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cosplayer-Nation/100338663392734

https://plus.google.com/+CosplayerNation/

https://twitter.com/cosplayern

SAO Needs YOU

SAO is excited to bring a concert of Evangelion, Magical Girl Anime, Dr. Who, Skyrim and many more to MatsuriCon – but we still need musicians to perform with us! Especially looking for low reeds, strings and clarinets but all instruments are welcomed!! Find out more or apply to play with us at AnimeOrchestra.org

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Special Incentive to Stay at the Hyatt

Ok everyone, PAY ATTENTION! (sorry for the delay)

Good, I have your attention 

So if you have a room at the Hyatt – you’re awesome. If you don’t — you’re still awesome, but we’re about to (maybe) make you feel bad?

It’s no secret that we want to fill the Hyatt with everyone under the sun – so we want to give you some incentive to come to the Hyatt as well!

So with that, if you have a room at the Hyatt, with all those perks already for the Backstage pass, you could have your entire room paid for the weekend! That’s right! We will be selecting 2 attendees at random during the convention weekend, and if we select you, your room will be paid for by us! We will also do some drawings for having one night paid for, and also some other prizes we have laying around. This is for everyone that is staying at the Hyatt for the minimum Friday/Saturday stay (same as the Backstage pass) We have lots of stuff to clear out, so there will be alot to give away  Just remember to have EVERYONE listed for the room — because then you have more chances to get the free nights.

Also, if we get to 4 digit room nights, we will start giving away more stuff Get us there!

So what we’re asking is – stay at the Hyatt. It helps the con grow and it helps you get free stuff. A win-win  Anyone who gets a room at the Hyatt for Friday/Saturday is eligible! And if you already booked, you’re already in!

Notes:

This sounds obvious, but staff is NOT eligible.

You have to stay for the minimum Friday/Saturday nights at the Hyatt.

Drawings will take place Saturday

4 digit room night means over 1,000 nights, and we will be updating every so often with our status.  We’re at over 900 room nights already.

 

PRESS RELEASE – DEFEND THE WALL! Voice of “Mikasa Ackerman” announced as FINAL GUEST for Matsuricon 2014

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DEFEND THE WALL! Voice of “Mikasa Ackerman” announced as FINAL GUEST for Matsuricon 2014

“Attack on Titan” Voice Actress Trina Nishimura is Final Announced Matsuricon Guest

COLUMBUS, OH – June 23rd, 2014 – Matsuricon is very excited to announce its newest and FINAL GUEST: the voice of Mikasa Ackerman, Trina Nishimura. Previously announced voice actors Matthew Mercer (Levi), Josh Grelle (Armin Arlert), Lauren Landa (Annie Leonhart) and Scott Freeman (Ian Dietrich) also appear in the highly popular series.

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 Cashern 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, 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.

Also scheduled to appear at Matsuricon 2014 are Stephanie Young, David Brehm, Ian Sinclair, Chuck Huber, Erik Kimerer, Erica Mendez, Scott McNeil, Brad Swaile, Darrel Guilbeau, Micah Solusod, Ayu Sakata, Sarah Williams, Johnny Yong Bosch, Danielle McRae, Samurai Dan, James Hatton, and Kevin Bolk. Matsuricon also has musical acts Eyeshine, Professor Shyguy, and the Symphonic Anime Orchestra, all scheduled to perform throughout the weekend!

Pre-Registration for Matsuricon 2014 is still available! We also have hotel rooms available with our flagship hotel, the Hyatt Regency Columbus. We have extended our hotel block, but the rooms are going FAST! You may purchase your badge and reserve your room on our website at www.matsuricon.org.

Matsuricon 2014 is August 22nd – 24th, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus in Downtown Columbus, Ohio.

ABOUT MATSURICON: Matsuricon is an annual Japanese pop-culture event that focuses primarily on Japanese animation (known as “anime”), manga (Japanese graphic novels), and video games. We also showcase both American and Japanese popular culture, due to the natural overlap of fandom from both genres. Matsuricon’s goal is to promote the cultural awareness of Japanese pop-culture through related events, special guest speakers and cultural presentations.

The NEW (FINAL) GUEST will be revealed soon!

The final guest will be revealed soon.  Meanwhile, here are some guests we have been meaning to update on the site!

 

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Want to be part of something AWESOME??

The Symphonic Anime Orchestra needs YOU! Now looking for musicians who play instruments and would like to participate in a fan orchestra playing Japanese pop and video game music. What are we gona play? Don’y know yet. Give us your suggestions, learn more and apply at AnimeOrchestra.org or find us on Facebook

A moment to reflect…

Hey everyone,

This is John Hoelscher, one of the conchairs for Matsuricon.  We take a break from the insanity that is Matsuricon to share something that is very personal – why we do the charity.

Yes, I have my story on the website under the charity header, but I wanted to take a minute and remind people why I started it.

I started it because I laid in a hospital bed, feeling like I got lucky.  I was in the state of the art hospital, receiving treatment for a rare form of cancer that usually strikes people in their 50s.

This is why I started the Matsuricon Charity drive.  Though in reality, it was never about me.  The only solace I get from this is the knowledge that I started something that is talked about at the convention, how people get excited about wanting to bid on this or that item, or what we’re going to put up to auction this year.  The mere fact that I get to see people I consider “famous” give up something near and dear to them for our cause, and not blink an eye.   I see random people who are not even part of the convention come up to me and just give us $100 and say “keep it.”  I see kids half my age, even younger, come up to me or to my staff and give them $50 dollars after LOSING on an auction item, saying “I’m not going to spend this on anything good anyway.  I don’t do this for me.  I do this because of what I see – it’s more than just me now, it’s everyone who comes to Matsuricon and takes part, from the attendees, to the staff, and to our wonderful guests who come and hear about what we do, and just give, just because they want to.

Why do I share this today?  Because today is my 5 year remission date.  I was diagnosed and treated in 2009, and had a long recovery process that took almost 6 months.  But not even 2 months after, I decided to start this with my staff, and we haven’t looked back since.  As I said, this is not about me – this is about the people who do not get a chance to walk out of the hospital.  This is about giving a fighting chance to people today, and in the future, to walk away from the hospital after their treatment, with their head held high.  This is about bringing the fight to cancer, in the best way we know how to – to research the hell out of it and beat it into submission.

I may not be a direct recipient of this charity, but you know, I felt like I’ve done something for everyone, and if we keep this going, who knows what we can do.

Thanks for the few minutes to indulge. Business as usual tomorrow.

 

NEW GUEST REVEALED (with Press Release)

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MATSURICON “MAKES A CONTRACT” WITH VOICE ACTRESS CHRISTINE MARIE CABANOS

Madoka, Kill La Kill Voice Actress Christine Marie Cabanos will be appearing at Matsuricon 2014

COLUMBUS, OH – June 1st, 2014 – Matsuricon is very happy to announce that voice actress Christine Marie Cabanos will be appearing at Matsuricon, August 22nd – 24th, 2014. Christine was recently announced as the voice of Mako Mankanshoku from “Kill La Kill.” Previously announced guests Erica Mendez (Ryuko Matoi), Sarah Williams (Nonon Jakuzure), and Matthew Mercer (Aikuro Mikisugi) have also been announced as voices for the highly regarded series.

Christine is a voice over actress based out of Los Angeles. She is most known for her roles in Anime and Video Games. Some of her most notable roles include Azusa Nakano of K-On!, Madoka Kaname in Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Shiemi Moriyama in Blue Exorcist, Silica in Sword Art Online, Mako Mankanshoku in Kill La Kill, Haruka in Oblivion Island, the titular character of Squid Girl in Squid Girl, Minawa Ando in Mahoromatic: Iʼm Home, General Pisti in Magi, Michi Kondo in Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne, Ruka Asato in Accel World, Reina and Mew in Pokemon Origins, Minori Kushieda in Toradora!, Filia in Skullgirls, Marie Rose in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, Chiaki Nanami in Dangan Ronpa 2, Nepgear in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, Keina Sawaya in Atelier Meruru, and roles in video games such as Time and Eternity, Ragnarok Online 2, Mugen Souls Z and Witch and the Hundred Knight.

Also scheduled to appear at Matsuricon 2014 are Matthew Mercer, Josh Grelle, Stephanie Young, David Brehm, Ian Sinclair, Chuck Huber, Erik Kimerer, Erica Mendez, Scott McNeil, Brad Swaile, Darrel Guilbeau, Scott Freeman, Micah Solusod, Ayu Sakata, Sarah Williams, Johnny Yong Bosch, Lauren Landa, Danielle McRae, Samurai Dan, James Hatton, Kevin Bolk. Matsuricon also has musical acts Eyeshine, Professor Shyguy, and the Symphonic Anime Orchestra, all scheduled to perform throughout the weekend!

Pre-Registration for Matsuricon 2014 is still available! We also have hotel rooms available with our flagship hotel, the Hyatt Regency Columbus. You may purchase your badge and reserve your room on our website at www.matsuricon.org. Follow us on twitter, @matsuricon, and on our Facebook page!

Matsuricon 2014 is August 22nd – 24th, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus in Downtown Columbus, Ohio.

Let the guessing begin

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