One of our artists from NyanCon is helping put on a cool new event in Flint Michigan and we're helping spread the word! On Saturday November 15th (just a couple weeks away), KoyoFest will be a fun, family friendly event that started much the same way NyanCon did. If you're in the area and interested in a free, one-day event, stop by and show some love!
We've been listening to feedback and are already making plans for some big changes next year, but we want to hear what you have to say about this year's NyanCon!
We said that last year and we just had to say it again. You guys are amazing. We were hoping we would be turning into something big, and based off of those crowded hallways I'd say we certainly are. NyanCon will keep growing and moving into bigger parts of the school so we can provide you with even more entertainment and fun to be had. Caturday is going to keep getting bigger, and it's all thanks to you!
We want to formally thank:
Thank you again from our fluffy little hearts, we love you!
So the big day is tomorrow! Caturday is imminent and resistance is furtail (my joke is bad and I feel bad). We have some things you should keep in mind!
NyanCon is completely, totally free. There is no registration, ticket, or badge needed to get into any part of the con. You only need to bring money for food, art and merchandise!
All parking at Lakeland is free! The big parking lot by the H-building (by the clocktower) will be your quickest path to NyanCon.
NyanCon is held at a college and classes are happening during the convention. Please remember to respect teachers and students in areas of the school that aren't being used by NyanCon by being quiet in the halls.
Breakers cafeteria has created a menu just for NyanCon! It includes the basics like pizza, burgers, chicken nuggets, sammiches and salad bar, but they're also offering sweet and sour chicken, spicy orange chicken, fried rice, egg rolls, egg drop soup and sushi (veggie, crab, and shrimp). Between 6p and 7p, they're offering a pizza deal of one large one-topping pizza for $8!
Breakers is open from 9am-7pm and the coffee bar (coffee, smoothies, etc.) is open from noon-4pm.
Con Ops (convention operations) will be your main point to ask questions, get directions, pick up a program, get your weapons checked and any other odds and ends that need to happen! Con Ops is located on the first floor by Breakers cafe.
NyanCon is selling collector's badges and buttons at Con Ops! 100% of profits go to guests and events for NyanCon 2015. If we sell all of our merch we'll be completely funded for next year!
Our rules, maps, and schedules are posted on the walls in key locations! Remember to follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr) for any at-con updates.
Our volunteers are wearing orange volunteer shirts and black cat ears; we're super friendly and would love to help you find your way!
Remember to please read and adhere to the rules. We want everyone to have fun!
The Nyan-Neon Rave ends at 11pm when the college is officially closed. Once you have left the building the doors automatically lock. Please don't loiter on the campus after 11.
Try not to have Caturday withdrawals. We know it will be fun, but avoid post-con depression by joining the other amazing peeps on social media to share your pictures, videos, and stories! We might even feature your pics on our NyanCon Fans page :3
See you soon everynyan! :D
So if you're just now discovering NyanCon, the first thing we want you to know is that we're FREE!
The second is that we have some absolutely amazing guests that we want you to know about! Our guests are holding panels, selling their art, performing live, and signing autographs. You should read these here mini-bios and see how they're turning Saturday into Caturday!
Tiffany Grant is celebrating her 20th anniversary as an industry voice actor this year and is hosting two panels! Voice Acting vs Stage Acting will go over Tiffany's experience with both and a discussion on the differences and similarities between the two. The Hello Kitty Panel is pretty self-explanatory; go for the Kitty!
Amber Lee Connors is a returning voice acting guest at NyanCon and is bringing back her popular "Intro to Online Voice Acting" where you can learn and ask questions. You should definitely stop by!
Daman Mills is a new voice in the scene and will be debuting as a guest at NyanCon! He's hosting a panel about how our fresh young Nyangoers can learn how to do voice acting too!
M. Alice LeGrow (swoon) is a graphic novelist, game developer, cosplayer, and has been published by TOKYOPOP! She's going to be gracing our Dealer's Room all day and we can't wait to see what she'll bring!
Thom Zahler is a comic book artist, caricaturist, Harvey nominee, Cleveland native and all around pretty awesome. The Dealer's Room is going to love his table, where he'll be at all day showing off his art!
Del Borovic really loves oranges. Also, she illustrates beautiful pieces of comic art and is returning to NyanCon to make our Dealer's room even more amazing (barely even possible).
Greggo's Gameshows, professional gameshow host extraordinairre, is also returning to bring you the very popular "Pokemon Gameshow" and new to NyanCon "Anime Definition" which is sure to bring some smiles to our Main Events room!
Abracadabra, Northeast Ohio's own travelling Kpop and Jpop dance troupe, is returning to blow your feet away (possibly literally) with their open instruction workshop and their Halloween themed performance in Main Events!
The Anime Ballroom Orchestra is making their delightful debut at NyanCon! Formerly known as the Colossalcon Ball Orchestra, they will be performing live in Main Events to bring you nostalgia made audible with a symphony of feels.
Adinga, EverettG, and ExiA are wrapping up the night as the sole event after 9pm! These local DJs are ready to bring you face-melting yes at the Nyan-Neon Rave and you better not miss out on our first of many dances!
All of our guests have a table in the Exhibit Hall or Dealer's Room. Stop by when they aren't in a panel to chat, say hello and get your very own autograph! *explodes*
Our staff has busted their butts getting you guys the best merch in town to give to you in our free raffles! They've raised over $1500 worth of merchandise from cool companies like RightStuf, Viz Media, and Stone Bridge Press. We also have a raffle basket full of art from the Dealer's Room featuring their original art of the Nyan-chan mascot (meow) and Breakers cafeteria is giving away a couple free pizzas!
The raffles are completely free to enter, just go to con ops and ask to be entered into our all-day raffle! Make sure you have a mobile phone to get your notification if you've won
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Good luck everynyan!!
Hey. So. We know you've been wondering. 'Bout that Pocky Eating Contest on the schedule. The one at noon in the big panel room? Oh yeah. It's happening. We have a few more details for you to read about before entering into the contest!
Contestants are chosen raffle style; only five people will be competing. If your ticket number is called and you do not want to participate, I will call another number. You may not give your ticket to a friend.
All contestants must sign a liability waiver. Basically this means that if you are injured or worse as a result of this contest, you hold the college, NyanCon and all of its employees, students, and volunteers harmless (means you can't sue). If you're not comfortable signing the waiver, you don't have to participate. If you are under 18, you must have a parent sign the waiver and they must be present during the contest. No one under the age of 16 may participate in the contest. Please bring a photo id or have it ready.
The winner receives a framed certificate of their completely amazing accomplishment as well as a gift basket with assorted Pocky and cool stuff. The runner-ups get the remainder of their 100 sticks of Pocky.
Good luck everynyan, we can't wait to see those faces stuffed with Pocky! :D
Remember that tomorrow is Self-Promo Sunday for Vendors and Artists! For just one day, our approved vendors and artists will be occupying our social media to share with you what they're bringing to NyanCon! After Sunday, regular posting will resume, but we hope you get excited about buying stuff from the coolest local businesses around! :D
For your viewing pleasure, we've uploaded all of the entrants of the NyanCon Panel Flyer Contest! All of the flyers are excellent, but we could only choose one to put in our program book! Check out some of these completely amazing panels and keep your eyes peeled for these colorful ads gracing our hallways in designated areas! Thank you panelists! :D
The NyanCon 2014 program book is now available! We're still waiting for a few updates but we are ready to show you our stuff! The programs are free and available at the convention but we have a limited number being printed so stop by con ops early to grab your copy before they run out.