Nekocon

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Nekocon
Status Active
Venue Hampton Roads Convention Center
Location(s) Hampton, Virginia
Country United States
Inaugurated 1998
Attendance 4,487 in 2011
Website
http://www.nekocon.com/

Nekocon is an annual three day anime convention held traditionally on the first weekend in November at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia. It is Virginia's oldest anime convention.[1] The conventions name comes from the Japanese word 'neko' meaning cat.[2]

Programming[edit]

The convention typically offers art shows, artist's alley, autograph sessions, card game tournaments, concerts, costume competition, dances, dealer’s room, fashion show, karaoke contests, kimono/tea ceremony workshop, maid cafe, music video contest, panels, Q&A sessions, role playing, tabletop games, vendors, video game tournaments, video rooms, and workshops.[2][3][4][5]

History[edit]

An attendance cap of 1,600 passes was instituted in 2003 due to fire code regulations.[6] The convention held its first J-rock concert in 2009, hosting Suicide Ali.[7]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
October 2–4, 1998 Holiday Inn Executive Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
506 Tristan MacAvery and Jan Scott-Frazier.[8]
November 5–7, 1999 Holiday Inn Executive Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
1,048 Steve Bennett, Michael Brady, Colleen Doran, Pat Duke, Kuni Kimura, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Tristan MacAvery, Steve Pearl, Jan Scott-Frazier, Elin Winkler, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[9]
October 27–29, 2000 Holiday Inn / Chesapeake Conference Center
Chesapeake, Virginia
1,100 Steve Bennett, Michael Brady, Robert DeJesus, Colleen Doran, Nickey Froberg, Elizabeth Kirkindall, Shin Kurokawa, Rachael Lillis, Tristan MacAvery, and Jan Scott-Frazier.[10]
October 26–28, 2001 Holiday Inn Executive Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
1,450 Nickey Froberg.[11]
November 8–10, 2002 Holiday Inn Executive Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
John Barrett, Steve Bennett, T. Campbell, Robert DeJesus, Kara Dennison, Colleen Doran, Brian Drummond, Fred Perry, Deb Rabbai, Jan Scott-Frazier, Rosearik Rikki Simons, Jeff Thompson, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[12]
November 7–9, 2003 Holiday Inn Executive Center
Virginia Beach, Virginia
1,600 Greg Ayres, John Barrett, Steve Bennett, Tim Buckley, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Christy Lijewski, Chris Patton, Fred Perry, Deb Rabbai, Monica Rial, and Jan Scott-Frazier.[13]
November 5–7, 2004 Chesapeake Convention Center
Chesapeake, Virginia
2,368 Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Tim Buckley, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Dizzy, Tiffany Grant, Trish Ledoux, Fred Perry, Monica Rial, Carrie Savage, Jan Scott-Frazier, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Shawn the Touched, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[14]
November 4–6, 2005 Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, Virginia
Greg Ayres, Laura Bailey, Steve Bennett, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Jason Cumberledge, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Dizzy, Jerry Jewell, Mike McFarland, Novablade Studios, Jen Starling, Renee Starling, Sonny Strait, Donnie Sturges, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, and Danny Valentini.[15]
November 3–5, 2006 Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, Virginia
2,500+
(est)[4]
Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, JL Brown, Luci Christian, Jason Cumberledge, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Brian Godwin, Tiffany Grant, Mike Hall, Brittney Karbowski, Bettina M. Kurkoski, Dave Lister, Monica Rial, Doug Smith, Jen Starling, Renee Starling, Donnie Sturges, and Danny Valentini.[16]
November 2–4, 2007 Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, Virginia
3,249 Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Troy Baker, Eirik Blackwolf, Ron Chiu, Emily DeJesus, Aaron Dismuke, Daniel Kevin Harrison, Jerry Jewell, Michele Knotz, Bettina M. Kurkoski, Christy Lijewski, Dave Lister, Chris "Kilika" Malone, Bill Rogers, Leo Saunders, Joe Silver, Donnie Sturges, Jamie Sturges, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Danny Valentini, and Travis Willingham.[17]
November 7–9, 2008 Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, Virginia
Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Troy Baker, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Aaron Dismuke, echostream, GPKISM, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Jerry Jewell, Bettina M. Kurkoski, Dave Lister, Steven Napierski, and Ananth Panagariya.[18]
November 6–8, 2009 Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, Virginia
3,429 Greg Ayres, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Richard Epcar, Newton Ewell, Caitlin Glass, Mike Hall, Kyle Hebert, Steve Napierski, Tony Oliver, Fred Perry, Ellyn Stern, Donnie Sturges, Jamie Sturges, Suicide Ali, Tainted Reality, and Danny Valentini.[19]
November 5–7, 2010 Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, Virginia
3,788 501st Legion, Greg Ayres, Richard Ian Cox, Lar DeSouza, Newton Ewell, Yan "Kern" Gagne, Mary "Kite" Garren, Garth Graham, Mike Hall, Bettina M. Kurkoski, Chris Rager, Ryan Sohmer, Akemi Solloway, The Sound Bee HD, Donnie Sturges, Ryan Thompson, Danny Valentini, and Cristina Vee.[20]
November 4–6, 2011 Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, Virginia
4,487 Takuya Angel, Born, Leah Clark, MC Frontalot, Kyle Hebert, DJ Hip*Starr, Jerry Jewell, Donald Kinney, Taku Otsuka, Chris Rager, Akemi Solloway, Tainted Reality, VJ ValuJet, and David Williams.[21]
November 2–4, 2012 Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, Virginia
Chris Cason, Chin Hamaya Culture Center, Mikako Joho, DJ KaKuMeI X, DJ Midget, Tony Oliver, The OneUps, Brina Palencia, Jan Scott-Frazier, The Slants, J. Michael Tatum, Hiro Usuda, and VocaNoIro.[22]
November 1–3, 2013 Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, Virginia
Steven Blum, Anthony Burch, Ashly Burch, Chin Hamaya Culture Center, Jonathan Coulton, Yan "Kern" Gagne, Mary "Kite" Garren, DJ HeavyGrinder, Cherami Leigh, Mike McFarland, Chris Rager, and John Swasey.[23]
November 7-9, 2014 Hampton Roads Convention Center
Hampton, Virginia
Dr. Awkward, Josh Grelle, Todd Haberkorn, Kyle Hebert, Jezeroth, KristyBee!, Lauren Landa, Sayaka Sasaki, Schäffer the Darklord, Tribe One, and Adam WarRock.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McDonald, Sam (2011-10-03). "NekoCon, a Japanese animation festival, brings colorful characters to Hampton". Daily Press. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  2. ^ a b "After Action Report". The Virginian-Pilot. 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  3. ^ Tennant, Diane (2011-10-03). "NekoCon, a gathering of anime aficionados". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  4. ^ a b Forster, Dave (2006-10-05). "Fans of Japanese animation, or anime, convene in Hampton". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Audience: Nekocon 16". WAVY. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  6. ^ "Nekocon Announces Attendance Cap". AnimeCons.com. 2003-10-02. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  7. ^ McDonald, Sam (2009-10-06). "This Year's Nekocon A Treat For Eyes And Ears". Daily Press. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  8. ^ "Nekocon 1998 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  9. ^ "Nekocon 1999 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  10. ^ "Nekocon 2000 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  11. ^ "Nekocon 2001 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  12. ^ "Nekocon 2002 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  13. ^ "Nekocon 2003 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  14. ^ "Nekocon 2004 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  15. ^ "Nekocon 2005 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  16. ^ "Nekocon 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  17. ^ "Nekocon 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  18. ^ "Nekocon 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  19. ^ "Nekocon 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  20. ^ "Nekocon 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  21. ^ "Nekocon 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  22. ^ "Nekocon 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  23. ^ "Nekocon 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  24. ^ "Nekocon 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-09-07. 

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Coordinates: 37°2′13″N 76°22′55″W / 37.03694°N 76.38194°W / 37.03694; -76.38194