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The theme for Kotoricon 2018 is "Romantic Love". Get ready to start your dating sim and make your choices!

The schedule is updated live and sessions will be added and moved around - just like life!
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Friday, January 5
 

5:30pm EST

Thrill of the Frills: Introduction to Japanese Lolita Fashion
Have you ever seen those frilly people in the dresses? Have you heard of lolita and been too scared to find out? Welcome to Thrill of the Frills and have Para Dox explain to you the magic of lolita. Come with minds ready for learning and maybe getting some knowledge on bows and lace.


Friday January 5, 2018 5:30pm - 6:20pm EST
Panel 2 (IC 401) Instructional Center room 401

5:30pm EST

Anime as Art
Join me as I examine the full potential of Japanese-style animation as cinematic art and thought-provoking entertainment.


Friday January 5, 2018 5:30pm - 6:45pm EST
Panel 3 (IC 403) Instructional Center room 403

7:00pm EST

Opening Ceremony
Opening the 8th Annual KotoriCon.
Exciting guests.
New Trading Pins!  


Friday January 5, 2018 7:00pm - 7:15pm EST
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center
 
Saturday, January 6
 

11:00am EST

All the Voices! - Q&A
Meet all of Kotori's invited Voice Actors!

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avatar for James Carter Cathcart

James Carter Cathcart

Voice Actor, Duart Film and Video
New York/New Jersey – based writer, producer, musician and voiceover artist James Carter Cathcart attended the Interlochen Arts Academy for his high school years, winning top honors as a classical and jazz pianist. As a teen member of the eclectic New Heavenly Blue, JCC performed... Read More →


Saturday January 6, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am EST
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

11:30am EST

Gunpla 101
Learn about the great hobby of Gundam building. History of Gundam, how to get started, tools, building techniques, and the wonderful world of customization.

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avatar for Irad Valentine

Irad Valentine

cooking up some Gunpla fun, Millennium Hobbies & The Gundam Kitchen
Gundam and other model kits, also anime figures


Saturday January 6, 2018 11:30am - 12:20pm EST
Panel 2 (IC 401) Instructional Center room 401

12:00pm EST

Natalie Hoover Q&A - Panel
Meet Voice Actor Natalie Hoover who has flown in from Los Angeles to answer your questions!
In 2010 Natalie was awarded the Japanator New York Anime Festival & Comic Con voice acting contest winner. In 2012 she was chosen to voice LADY S in KICK HEART by the creator and director of the film Masaaki Yuasa himself. Her first television appearance was on the hit series SWORD ART ONLINE as Yolko that premiered on Toonami in 2013. You can follow her work on Facebook or on Twitter @NatalieHooverVO

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Saturday January 6, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm EST
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

12:00pm EST

Anime Science 101
Can we create genetic super soldiers? Does the human body really contain gallons of blood at high pressure? Can human alien romance really work? Do chimeras exist? Can we really have blue hair? Can cybernetic arms really make us super strong? Can a ragging girl really pound you with the couch? If you are dying to know the answers to these questions then come to Anime Biology to discover more. Come and see what Anime biology gets right, what it gets wrong, and what is simply ridiculous.

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Saturday January 6, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm EST
Panel 4 (IC 405) Instructional Center room 405

12:00pm EST

Basic Pattern Drafting and Modification
If you've ever wanted to go beyond the world of commercial patterns, this is the panel for you! Learn how to adapt existing patterns to be more accurate to your favorite character's design, or even draft your own pattern for ultimate fit and customization. Perfect for those with a little sewing experience or beginners!

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Saturday January 6, 2018 12:00pm - 12:50pm EST
Panel 3 (IC 403) Instructional Center room 403

1:00pm EST

How Being Asian Got Me Into Trouble
Simon "Young" Tam, from The Slants, talks about experiences where Eastern and Western cultures have clashed...and how that has resulted in being banned from clubs, detained at an international border, and being accused of being racist towards himself!


Saturday January 6, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EST
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

1:00pm EST

Cosplay for Anyone: Wigs, contacts, and makeup oh my
Do contacts scare you? Is trying to get that masculine chin hard? Is finding that character wig for less than $50 impossible? Come on out and have Para Dox help you navigate the world of cosplay detailing to make everything come together seamlessly.


Saturday January 6, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EST
Panel 4 (IC 405) Instructional Center room 405

1:00pm EST

The Answer is Love
From kids to adults, Steven Universe has a message for everyone. And one of them is the message of love! Join us as we discuss the groundbreaking way romance and families are portrayed in the show and how we can spread more peace and love on the planet Earth.

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Saturday January 6, 2018 1:00pm - 1:50pm EST
Panel 3 (IC 403) Instructional Center room 403

1:00pm EST

Pepakura: The Art of Papercraft
Papercraft, or pepakura, is the art of turning a 3D model, often from a video game, into a real world paper model. Papercraft is a fun and inexpensive way to build and collect your favorite characters, and has also been adapted as a way to make cosplay armor and props. Join WhiteRakogis of Rakogis Papercraft (rakogispapercraft.deviantart.com) as he shows you all about the process of building a paper model, including both building and designing.

Saturday January 6, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST
Workshops and Games (IC 443) Instructional Center Room 443

1:30pm EST

An Introduction to MediBang Paint!
MediBang Paint is a favorite digital painting and manga creation software that is free and can be used on any device or computer. Join cartoonist Dre Grigoropol of the comics and cartoon art appreciation podcast and website, Comixgab.com, as she explains and demonstrates how to create digital art with this amazing and intuitive program.

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Saturday January 6, 2018 1:30pm - 2:20pm EST
Panel 2 (IC 401) Instructional Center room 401

2:00pm EST

Dating Sims: The Guides to Real Romance! Panel with Michaela Laws
 Did you know you could use dating sims as guides to real life dating? Don't believe us? Michaela Laws will explain just how you can be a romantic genius with dating sims!

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Saturday January 6, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm EST
Kawaii Stage (BCC 500) Business Center Room 500

2:00pm EST

Crash Course in Amateur Voice Acting
Join fan parody creator Scott Melzer for a "how to" introduction to amateur voice acting.  We'll cover acting for fan projects, voice "method" acting, tips for building voices and staying consistent, directing voice actors and creating voice sound effects.

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Saturday January 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Panel 5 (IC 407) Instructional Center room 407

2:00pm EST

Madogatari: Exploring Studio shaft
Founded in 1975, Japanese animation studio SHAFT spent years in obscurity, hidden behind the credits as inbetween animators. before 2005, their only notable production was 2001's Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden, a coproduction with Studio GAINAX, fresh off of their Neon Genesis Evangelion fame. But in 2004 the studio experienced a renaissance that would rock the world of Japanese animation forever. Starting out with an untested team in a declining anime industry, SHAFT would, by 2009, recreate the sales success not seen since the days of Hideaki Anno's Evangelion over a decade before. Bringing onboard character designer Akio Watanabe, animation director Akiyuki Shinbo, and a team of animators with experience on everything from Kiki's Delivery Service to Hellsing, they set to work rethinking the concept of the "anime adaption", creating a body of work often regarded as surpassing the source material itself. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica. Bakemonogatari. March Comes In Like A Lion. The parade of successful shows hasn't stopped. Of the three best-selling anime in Japan to date, two were produced by Studio Shaft. Join me as I explore the creative genius behind Madoka Magica and Bakemonogatari: the inspirations, techniques, and innovation behind the instantly recognizable Akiyuki Shinbo style.


Saturday January 6, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm EST
Panel 4 (IC 405) Instructional Center room 405

2:30pm EST

Pokemon, Musicals, & Gay: Voice Actor & Activist Jamie McGonnigal
Jamie McGonnigal came to the first KotoriCon in 2010 when we were small and unknown. Jamie is a voice actor, actor, producer, activist and director. You have heard his voice in anime, video games including Barry in Pokemon and several voices in YuGiOh. He is the Community Director for the New Organizing Institute and a blogger for HuffingtonPost.com. He has been a driving force in campaigning for equality.

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Saturday January 6, 2018 2:30pm - 3:20pm EST
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

2:30pm EST

Teaching in Asia
Have you ever wanted to teach? Have you ever wanted to see the world? Well as it turns out you can do both. If you are interested in teaching internationally then this could be the panel for you. Come and learn about the wide wonderful world of teaching overseas.

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Saturday January 6, 2018 2:30pm - 3:20pm EST
Panel 2 (IC 401) Instructional Center room 401

3:00pm EST

Danganronpa Panel Hope VS. Despair! with Natalie Hoover
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Saturday January 6, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EST
Kawaii Stage (BCC 500) Business Center Room 500

3:00pm EST

From Data to Dad Puns: An Overview of Dating Simulators
Love is in the air! And with love comes dating. Step into the world of Dating simulators, for us classy folks that prefer to stay at home. Here we will discuss the differences of dating sims and how you never know what you can expect!

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Saturday January 6, 2018 3:00pm - 3:50pm EST
Panel 3 (IC 403) Instructional Center room 403

3:30pm EST

Creepers and Cassanovas: How to flirt at cons
Cons can be fun and romantic, as well awkward. We help give you tips and stories on flirting at cons.

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Saturday January 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:20pm EST
Panel 2 (IC 401) Instructional Center room 401

4:00pm EST

+2 Comedy Stand Up
The Bad Boys of Nerd Comedy are back! Join +2 Comedy as they take the stage for Kotoricon 2017 with their next greatest installment of comedy! 

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NH

Noah Houlihan

+2 Comedy is the top geek stand-up comedy group on the East Coast. They have appeared at over 60 conventions since 2010. Their 18+ panels have thrilled, educated, and intrigued audiences from Otakon to GKE Classic. 


Saturday January 6, 2018 4:00pm - 4:50pm EST
Kawaii Stage (BCC 500) Business Center Room 500

4:00pm EST

A Beginner's Guide to Shoujo Manga and Anime
Have you ever wanted to read a good romance manga, but had absolutely no idea where to start? Have you ever wanted to watch a romance anime but get overwhelmed by so many suggestions? Hopefully this panel helps you out with that. From manga about arranged marriages to anime about popstars, there's a shoujo for just about everybody out there.

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Saturday January 6, 2018 4:00pm - 5:15pm EST
Panel 3 (IC 403) Instructional Center room 403

4:30pm EST

How to Become YouTube Famous Panel with Alejandro Saab
Have you ever thought to yourself “MAN! Wouldn’t it be cool to make YouTube videos?” Well, now might be your chance to learn how! Join Alejandro Saab also known as KaggyFilms on YouTube and learn how to start up your own YouTube channel and even learn tips as well as having your questions about the YouTube life answered!

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Saturday January 6, 2018 4:30pm - 5:20pm EST
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

5:00pm EST

Cosplay for Anyone: Body Painting and other FX
Find yourself cosplaying characters of non-human skin tone but have no idea how to achieve the perfect Beast Boy green or Lapis blue? We'll show you the Do's and Dont's of body paint along with plenty of tips and tricks for a successful paint job.


Saturday January 6, 2018 5:00pm - 6:20pm EST
Panel 4 (IC 405) Instructional Center room 405

5:30pm EST

Seduce Me the Otome Panel! with Michaela Laws
Did you play Seduce Me or Seduce Me 2? Got questions? We have answers directly from the writer herself! Come on in and meet Michaela Laws while getting your questions answered!  My "Seduce Me the Otome" panel would mainly be about my main romance game series; a Q&A of sorts for the story, characters, and building of the game.

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Saturday January 6, 2018 5:30pm - 6:20pm EST
Panel 1 (IC 430) Instructional Center room 430

5:30pm EST

Awesome Anime You May Have Missed
There’s lots of fantastic anime out today, but what about earlier shows not in the public eye today?  There is plenty of stuff with great stories, animation, and historical significance that paved the way for today.  This panel takes a look at pre-2000 anime you may not have heard of but are equally worth your attention.

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Saturday January 6, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm EST
Panel 5 (IC 407) Instructional Center room 407

6:00pm EST

What the Pho?: A Foodie's Guide to Asian Eating
Food fans unite! The Slants help you discover new types of Asian cuisine, how to find quality eateries, and answer questions about the dishes you’ve always been afraid to try yourself.


Saturday January 6, 2018 6:00pm - 6:50pm EST
Kawaii Stage (BCC 500) Business Center Room 500

7:30pm EST

Cosplay 101 with Crystal Soul Cosplay
Confused on types of fabrics or parts to go with a pattern? Want to learn techniques with Eva foam and leather? Come meet Crystal Soul Cosplay and ask questions! This husband and wife duo, Joe and Jojo, have been cosplaying together for about 6 years. The love of anime and conventions brought these two together and they have been to over 45+ each and have done many cosplays together.


Saturday January 6, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm EST
Panel 4 (IC 405) Instructional Center room 405

7:45pm EST

Anime Dating Game with +2 Comedy
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you had the chance to go on a date with your favorite anime character? Well Anime Dating Game is your chance to make your dreamship happen!

Speakers
NH

Noah Houlihan

+2 Comedy is the top geek stand-up comedy group on the East Coast. They have appeared at over 60 conventions since 2010. Their 18+ panels have thrilled, educated, and intrigued audiences from Otakon to GKE Classic. 


Saturday January 6, 2018 7:45pm - 8:45pm EST
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center

8:45pm EST

Closing Ceremony
Thank the volunteers, college staff, performers, panelists, vendors & attendees. Announce the theme for KotoriCon 2018!

Saturday January 6, 2018 8:45pm - 9:00pm EST
Fine Arts Stage Fine Arts Center