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Zenkaikon 2013

Adventures in Lancaster

What used to be the third closest con to my front door is moving west to Lancaster, PA. Is Zenkaikon worth it? I hope so! The formerly Philadelphia-area con, plagued with location dificulties for the past couple of iterations, has never let me down in the past, and the move to Lancaster is a daring gamble. There has always been a deliciously varied panel and workshop selection, and this year looks no different in that regard. The guests this year are among the most notable there have been (to my recollection and experience), and both the venue and the town hosting the con promise a much more accommodating atmosphere than previous years. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to seeing how everything comes together. After the break, you can check out my tentative schedule. Adhesion to said schedule (as always) is subject to whim, and conflicts shall be solved by coin toss or recommendation. Also, come say hi if you see an older bald dude toting around a black bag with “Poetry” on it. That’ll be me! …probably.

Friday, March 22



1:00 to 2:00 pm

Opening Ceremonies

2:00 to 3:00 pm

Joseph Campbell Sends out Mew: Pokémon…

3:00 to 4:00 pm

Women in Anime

4:45 to 5:45 pm

Kimono Show w/Kuniko Kanawa

6:30 to 8:00 pm

The Aging Otaku: Fandom and Getting Older

6:45 to 8:15 pm

Mahou Shoujo Evolution!

8:00 to 10:00 pm

Sakura Cosplay Ball

10:15 to 11:15 pm

Most Heinous Villains in Anime

10:30 to 11:30 pm

Paradise and Fan Service Fiesta

11:45 pm to 12:45 am

The Life of a Yaoi Fangirl


Saturday, March 23



9:15 to 10:45 am

Saturday Morning (and beyond) Cartoons of the 80’s and 90’s

10:15 to 11:15 am

Con Photography: How to, and What Not to Do

12:15 to 1:45 pm

Great Anime Openings

2:15 to 3:15 pm

How Being an Asian Got Me Into Trouble

4:15 to 5:15 pm

Ghost in the Shell w/Richard Epcar & Ellyn Stern

5:15 to 6:15 pm

Creating Manga from Start to Finish

6:00 to 7:00 pm

Tournament: Retro Revenge

7:30 to 8:30 pm

Acting and Directing with Richard Epcar & Ellyn Stern

8:00 to 10:00 pm

Umineko: When They Cry (1–4)

10:00 to 11:00 pm

Our Favorite AMVs

12:45 to 2:00 am

Fullmetal Pornologists

1:00 to 2:00 am

Beyond the Tentacle with +2 Comedy


Sunday, March 24



9:00 to 10:00 am

Shinto, Christianity and Jashinism: Religion in Anime

10:00 to 11:00 am

Changing Faces of Anime Cons

11:30 am to 12:45 pm

Anime Press Your Luck

1:15 to 2:15 pm

What the Pho?

2:30 to 3:30 pm

Second Helping of Animation Openings



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