Katsucon

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Katsucon
Katsucon.png
The official Katsucon logo
Status Active
Genre Anime, Manga, Japanese pop culture[1]
Venue Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Location(s) National Harbor, Maryland
Country United States
Inaugurated 1995
Attendance 10,686 in 2013
Organized by Katsucon Entertainment, Inc.[2]
Filing status 501(c)(3)[3]
Website
http://www.katsucon.org/

Katsucon is an annual three day anime convention held during February at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. It is traditionally held in February over Presidents Day weekend and was previously held in various locations around Virginia and Washington, D.C. The basis for the convention's name is unclear as "katsu" has several possible translations from Japanese (including pork.[4]). That being said, the Kanji symbol they have chosen to use as part of their official logo would translate as one or all of the following: "lively", "resuscitation", "being helped" or "living".[5]

Programming[edit]

The convention typically offers anime music video screenings, an art show, artist alley, charity auction, costume contests, cosplay chess, dealers room, game shows, formal ball, karaoke, a maid cafe, masquerade, musical performances, panels, rave, workshops, video gaming, and video screenings.[2][6][7] Katsucon has Japanese Culture programming known as the Japanese Cultural Institute.[8] The convention runs programming for 24 hours a day.[7][9] Katsucons charity events in 2012 benefited the American Cancer Society, Anime Aid, and Cherry Tree Maintenance Endowment Fund.[7]

History[edit]

Katsucon started in 1995 at the Holiday Inn Executive Center, and moved to locations around the Washington metro area after its third year due to growth.[1][3][10] In 2002 the convention had a membership cap of 7,000 people, unsuccessfully attempted to move to the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, and in 2003 returned to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City.[11][12] Katsucon ran for extra days in 2003 due to hundreds of attendees being trapped by road closures during the North American blizzard of 2003.[13] Guests and staff ran panels and opened video rooms.[14] Due to growth, the convention in 2005 moved to the Marriott Crystal Gateway and Sheraton Crystal City from the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. The hotels were unconnected and one had construction ongoing, which caused problems including the first two floors of the hotel having no heat, long dealers room lines, and panels being held in larger hotel rooms.[12][15][16] The convention from 2006-2008 was located at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, but in 2007 suffered crowd control and logistics problems.[15] For 2009 the convention returned to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City and suffered from overcrowding, even with an attendance cap of 6,000.[15] Katsucon 2009 had over 300 volunteers on staff.[17]

The convention for several years had been experiencing problems with convention space, and in 2006 began discussions about moving to the Gaylord.[1] In 2010 Katsucon moved to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center and the February 9–10, 2010 North American blizzard occurred.[18] Attendees traveling to the convention encountered icy conditions and congested traffic, with the weather preventing delivery of the cons badges on Thursday, delaying registration until Friday.[19] The convention in 2011 released a revised Fan Art policy due to controversy over its wording.[20] Due to an incident where a sex offender made contact with an minor at Katsucon 2010, the convention announced that it would attempt to check its pre-registration lists against sex offender databases, and deny attendance to possible threats.[21][22] In 2012, the convention hosted the United States preliminary round for the World Cosplay Summit. The winner from the twenty-two teams entered was Coconut Bubble Sex Cosplay.[23] The masquerade began seating late and was an hour late to start.[6] Due to the conventions attendance growth they ran out of badges in 2012 and will be returning to the Gaylord in 2013.[24] In 2013, the convention hosted the United States Eastern Regional qualifier for the World Cosplay Summit.[9] The dealers room in 2013 suffered from crowding on Sunday, and they had to limit the amount of attendees who entered.[25]

The February 11–17, 2014 North American winter storm occurred on the days before the convention, causing travel disruptions for attendees.[8][26] The convention did not share the Gaylord with other events in 2014 and made the dealers room larger.[8] Registration experienced significant delays due to staff and organization issues. Katsucon again held events for the World Cosplay Summit.

Event history[edit]

Date Location Atten. Guest
February 17–19, 1995 Holiday Inn Executive Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
500 Steve Bennett, Robert DeJesus, Ben Dunn, Danny Fahs, Johji Manabe, Izumi Matsumoto, Fred Perry, Jan Scott-Frazier, Sue Shambaugh, Jason Waltrip, John Waltrip, and Yoshihiro Yonezawa.[27]
March 8–10, 1996 Holiday Inn Executive Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
800 Steve Bennett, Robert DeJesus, Colleen Doran, Ben Dunn, Tim Eldred, Richard "Pocky" Kim, Steve Kyte, Bruce Lewis, Michael Ling, Katsura Masakazu, Helen McCarthy, John Ott, Steve Pearl, Fred Perry, Jan Scott-Frazier, and Toren Smith.[28]
March 7–9, 1997 Holiday Inn Executive Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
800 Steve Bennett, Robert DeJesus, Colleen Doran, Pablo 'Doc' Fraga, and Jan Scott-Frazier.[29]
February 27 – March 1, 1998 Radisson Plaza Hotel at Mark Center
Alexandria, Virginia
1,400 Steve Bennett, Robert DeJesus, Colleen Doran, Kuni Kimura, Steve Pearl, Fred Perry and Jan Scott-Frazier.[30]
February 12–14, 1999 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia
1,800 Steve Bennett, Michael Brady, Colleen Doran, Hiroki Hayashi, Kuni Kimura, Trish Ledoux, Tristan MacAvery, Haruhiko Mikimoto, Steve Pearl, Fred Perry, Jan Scott-Frazier, Jeff Thompson, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[31]
February 11–13, 2000 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia
2,300 Will Allison, Yoshitaka Amano, Steve Bennett, Jessica Calvello, Robert DeJesus, Colleen Doran, Pat Duke, Newton Ewell, Lea Hernandez, Teruo Kakuta, Shin Kurokawa, Trish Ledoux, Tristan MacAvery, Lisa Ortiz, Steve Pearl, Fred Perry, Ryo Ramiya, Mark E. Rogers, Tomoko Saito, Rosearik Rikki Simons, Jeff Thompson, Hiroyuki Utatane, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[32]
February 16–18, 2001 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia
4,000 Steve Bennett, Austell "DJ Asu" Callwood, Jessica Calvello, Kara Dennison, Colleen Doran, Newton Ewell, Robert Fenelon, Lea Hernandez, Amy Howard-Wilson, Humouring the Fates, Noboru Ishiguro, David Kaye, Shin Kurokawa, Tristan MacAvery, Steve Pearl, Fred Perry, Mark E. Rogers, Jan Scott-Frazier, Jeff Thompson, Shawn the Touched, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[33]
February 15–17, 2002 Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
Baltimore, Maryland
3,000 Hirofumi Adachi, Kevin Bennett, Steve Bennett, Austell "DJ Asu" Callwood, Jessica Calvello, Sean Carolan, Colleen Doran, Newton Ewell, Robert Fenelon, Noboru Ishiguro, Maria Kawamura, Yukio Kikukawa, Jennifer Moore, Lisa Ortiz, Steve Pearl, Fred Perry, Mark E. Rogers, Sean Schemmel, Jan Scott-Frazier, Mike Sinterniklaas, Doug Smith, Jeff Thompson, Jason Waltrip, John Waltrip, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[34]
February 14–16, 2003 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia
3,200 John Barrett, Kevin Bennett, Steve Bennett, Robert DeJesus, DuelJewel, Newton Ewell, Fred Gallagher, Hiroaki Inoue, Kazuki Kotobuki, Tsukasa Kotobuki, Kristen Nelson, Fred Perry, Mark E. Rogers, Akira Sasaki, Sean Schemmel, Jan Scott-Frazier, Stephanie Sheh, Satoshi Shiki, Rosearik Rikki Simons, Mike Sinterniklaas, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[35]
February 13–15, 2004 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia
4,500 Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Michael Coleman, Robert DeJesus, Newton Ewell, Fred Gallagher, Takeshi Honda, Tetsu Inaba, Hidenori Matsubara, Vic Mignogna, Chris Patton, Fred Perry, Monica Rial, Mark E. Rogers, Jan Scott-Frazier, Seraphim, and Mike Sinterniklaas.[36]
February 18–20, 2005 Marriott Crystal Gateway /
Sheraton Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia
5,700 Greg Ayres, Katie Bair, Rob Balder, Johnny Yong Bosch, Matt Boyd, Rich Burlew, Jekka Cormier, Richard Ian Cox, Kara Dennison, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Kyle Hebert, Lea Hernandez, Tetsu Inaba, Janyse Jaud, Trish Ledoux, Christy Lijewski, Dave Lister, Ian McConville, Range Murata, Nami, Lisa Ortiz, Ananth Panagariya, Fred Perry, Psycho le Cému, Scott Ramsoomair, Monica Rial, Rosearik Rikki Simons, Mike Sinterniklaas, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Jes Weigand, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[37]
February 17–19, 2006 Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.
6,400 Akiko, Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Matt Boyd, Richard Ian Cox, Robert DeJesus, Barb Fischer, Shawn Handyside, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Onezumi Hartstein, Joel Heyman, Chris Impink, Tetsu Inaba, Larom Lancaster, Trish Ledoux, Dave Lister, Maro, Ian McConville, Mike McFarland, Kirby Morrow, Jamie Noguchi, Ananth Panagariya, Fred Perry, Scott Ramsoomair, Jason Saldana, Salia, Jan Scott-Frazier, Rosearik Rikki Simons, Mike Sinterniklaas, Gustavo Sorola, Mr "New Jack" Takuro, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Chris Ward, Tom Wayland, Jes Weigand, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, Koshi Yasuhiro, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[38]
February 16–18, 2007 Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.
7,000 Greg Ayres, Rob Balder, Steve Bennett, Nick Borkowicz, Richard Ian Cox, Marty Day, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Kara Dennison, Garth Graham, Shawn Handyside, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, James Harknell, Onezumi Hartstein, Chris Impink, Larom Lancaster, Trish Ledoux, Dave Lister, Chris "Kilika" Malone, Mike McFarland, Jamie Noguchi, Rosscott Nover, Ananth Panagariya, Peelander-Z, Fred Perry, Bryan J. Prindiville, Antimere Robinson, Annette Roman, Jan Scott-Frazier, Mike Sinterniklaas, Jerry Stephens, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Brian Wilson, Walden Wong, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[39]
February 15–17, 2008 Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, D.C.
6,300 Robert V. Aldrich, Greg Ayres, Rob Balder, Steve Bennett, Nick Borkowicz, Johnny Yong Bosch, Marty Day, echostream, Josh Elder, Newton Ewell, Eyeshine, Kaja Foglio, Phil Foglio, Geek Comedy Tour, Garth Graham, Tiffany Grant, Brad Guigar, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, James Harknell, Onezumi Hartstein, Chris Hastings, Chris Hazelton, Matt Herms, Michele Knotz, Larom Lancaster, Dave Lister, Chris "Kilika" Malone, Steve Napierski, Jamie Noguchi, Ananth Panagariya, James Peay, Bill Rogers, Mike Sinterniklaas, David Stanworth, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, and Brian Wilson.[40]
February 13–15, 2009 Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia
6,000[n 1] Atomic Box, Aural Vampire, Rob Balder, Steve Bennett, Nick Borkowicz, Marty Day, Barb Fischer, Kaja Foglio, Phil Foglio, Darren J. Gendron, Caitlin Glass, Brad Guigar, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, James Harknell, Onezumi Hartstein, Chris Impink, Dave Kellett, Roland Kelts, Trish Ledoux, Chris "Kilika" Malone, Jamie Noguchi, Tony Oliver, Ananth Panagariya, Bryan J. Prindiville, Mike Sinterniklaas, Kristofer Straub, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Robert Thomas, Cristina Vee, YMCK, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[41]
February 12–14, 2010 Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland
Robert V. Aldrich, Yunmao Ayakawa, Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Jennie Breeden, Austell "DJ Asu" Callwood, Jo Chen, Tristen Citrine, Newton Ewell, Geek Comedy Tour, Garth Graham, Darrel Guilbeau, Mike Hall, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Kittyhawk, Dave Lister, Mike McFarland, Vic Mignogna, Tony Oliver, Ananth Panagariya, Adam Sheehan, Temp Sound Solutions, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Ryan Thompson, Unicorn Table, Maxey Whitehead, and Steve Yun.[42]
February 18–20, 2011 Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland
7,250 Robert V. Aldrich, Yunmao Ayakawa, Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Kevin Bolk, Juliet Cesario, The Clockwork Dolls, Newton Ewell, Barb Fischer, Geek Comedy Tour, Darren J. Gendron, Caitlin Glass, Garth Graham, Todd Haberkorn, Mike Hall, James Harknell, Onezumi Hartstein, Chris Impink, Kittyhawk, Linda Le, Lemon Drop Kick, Mike McFarland, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Vic Mignogna, Misako Rocks!, Scott Simpson, Mike Sinterniklaas, Ryan Thompson, and Alexis Tipton.[43]
February 17–19, 2012 Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland
9,142[44][n 2] Robert V. Aldrich, Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, T. Campbell, The Clockwork Dolls, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Danielle Corsetto, Richard Epcar, Geek Comedy Tour, Garth Graham, Josh Grelle, Yaya Han, James Harknell, Onezumi Hartstein, Kyle Hebert, Kazha, Kiryu, Linda Le, Meagan Marie, Izumi Matsumoto, r*k* Milholland, Stan Sakai, Jan Scott-Frazier, Ellyn Stern, Symphonic Anime Orchestra, J. Michael Tatum, and Steve Yun.[45]
February 15-17, 2013 Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland
10,686 Joshua Adams, Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Steve Blum, Kevin Bolk, T. Campbell, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Crispin Freeman, Geek Comedy Tour, Darren J. Gendron, Garth Graham, Mike Hall, Yaya Han, James Harknell, Onezumi Hartstein, Danny Kang, Phil Khan, Uke Li, Dave Lister, Jamie Marchi, Monica Rial, Bill Rogers, Rosearik Rikki Simons, Mike Sinterniklaas, The Sound Bee HD, Super Art Fight, Symphonic Anime Orchestra, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Ryan Thompson, Lisle Wilkerson, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[46]
February 14-16, 2014 Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, Maryland
Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Brian Boling, Kevin Bolk, T. Campbell, Richard Epcar, Kaja Foglio, Phil Foglio, Geek Comedy Tour, Garth Graham, Yaya Han, Richard Horvitz, Greg Houser, Phil Kahn, Kate A. Lebherz-Gelinas, Kevin McKeever, Svetlana Quindt, Bill Rogers, Rikki Simons, Ellyn Stern, Tom Stidman, Super Art Fight, Symphonic Anime Orchestra, Tainted Reality, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[47]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Attendance was capped at 6,000 paid attendees.
  2. ^ Attendance figures were revised from 12,614 due to an error.

See also[edit]

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