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Katsucon is an annual 3-day fan convention held in the D.C. metro area for multicultural enthusiasts and entertainment. Katsucon is produced by Katsucon Entertainment, Inc. (KEI), a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization dedicated to bringing information about Japanese animation, society, and traditional and popular culture to fans everywhere.

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Katsucon XX Voice Acting Workshops

Ever wonder what it takes to be a voice actor? Turn your Katsucon weekend into a fully interactive voice actor experience. Bill Rogers and Greg Houser will be on hand for three specially designed workshops which will give you an inside look at the voice acting industry.

Each day of the Katsucon weekend handles a new topic. Read more at http://www.katsucon.org/programming/voice-acting-workshops/

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Charity Auction for Katsucon XX

Greetings Katsucon attendees! We’d like to bring your attention to this year’s Charity Auction. This year our charity efforts will be in support of Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society. Last year, with the collaboration of Katsucon’s staffers, volunteers, vendors, guests, and you––our beloved attendees––we raised over $8,000 in charity. With this great accomplishment our goal this year is to get OVER 9,000––yes that’s right––over $9,000! Together we can accomplish this goal. Be sure to stop by Art Show where some of our items will be on display both Friday and Saturday. If you have any questions, visit our booth in Merchant’s Hall on Friday and Saturday. Remember, the auction will be held Sunday from 10:30am to 1:00pm in Live One! Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Welcome Musical Guests Lolita Dark to Katsucon XX!

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Lolita Dark is an Epic Rock band with roots in Southern California and Japan, who formed in 2011. Their sound weaves together crunching guitar riffs, progressive bass lines, lush harmonies, and complex melodic structures in songs that reflect both angst and optimism in an increasingly interconnected world of disconnected residents.Fronted by Shibuya-born singer/songwriter Rayko, Lolita Dark provides the soundtrack and visuals of a world where light intersects dark, east meets west, and the past overlaps the present, depicting the, seemingly, redundant circles of our lives and universe. Read more about Lolita Dark at http://www.katsucon.org/guests/

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Katsucon Japanese Cultural Institute (JCI)

Kuniko KanawaEver had an interest in Japanese Culture? Ever wanted to learn about Japanese folklore, taiko drumming, or traditional Japanese crafts? The Japanese Cultural Institute (JCI) at Katsucon has you covered! The JCI specializes in classes that explore Japan’s rich culture, crafts, and history.
We have expanded from last year’s two panel rooms to a full wing of fascinating programming. This year’s two workshop rooms will be filled with classes teaching traditional hands-on Japanese crafts from morning until night and our four large classrooms will cover a large breadth of incredible, informative programming with teachers from around the world.  We will also be premiering our own Chibi educational track for the kids which will feature the return of Kamishibai with Jamie, puppetry, origami, taiko drumming and basic martial arts.
Whether your interest is in travel, language, folklore, art, history, kimono, traditional dance or even hands-on craft workshops, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
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Take a look at Katsucon’s Maid Café menu…mmmm!

Miso Soup and Edamame for an appetizer. Tonkatsu Bento with Panko Chicken as your main dish. A cup of hot cherry tea and mochi ice cream for dessert. Sound good? Then you’ll want visit the Maid Café page to peruse the menu and to make your reservation. Remember, you cannot reserve a table during Katsucon, so you’ll want to claim your time and table soon. And all proceeds go to the
Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. 
So plan your meal, reserve your table, and bring cash to the Maid Café for a unique dining experience!

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Gaming, Gaming and more Gaming

BIG NEWS! This year our Video Gaming Room will not be sharing space in an Exhibit Hall. Instead, it will have its own dedicated space in the Potomac Ballroom, adjacent to Main Events. The Video Gaming Room will have a variety of systems with a mix of the latest games and retro favorites. By popular demand, we will have Pachinko machines again this year. Proceeds from Pachinko will go to charity; come visit the Pachinko table for more details. We’d also like to thank Save Point for providing us with a great selection of arcade cabinets once again. As an added bonus, fans of the Touhou Project will have their own systems set up to promote this popular game.
For our twentieth anniversary, we have not one, but TWO rooms dedicated to Table Top Gaming. One room will be Open Gaming, where you can bring and play your own games. The other room will have a funtastic assortment of games provided by our friends at Foam Brain Games. After playing the games, you can visit their booth in the Merchants Room to purchase your own copies to play again and again! Be sure to check them out.
Our twentieth anniversary also marks the return of a long-absent event – a LAN Party! The LAN Gaming Room at Katsucon XX is brought to you by the fine folks at Maryland LAN Gamers. This will be a BYOL event (Bring Your Own Laptop) for up to 40 players; LAN cables and power connections will be provided. More details to come.
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Invasion of the Malboro!

97px-Malboro_ScanA Malboro from Final Fantasy X will be invading our Artist Alley this year, in the form of 1/3 scale costume built by a very dedicated cosplayer. (Even at 1/3 scale, it’s still HUGE!) The Malboro will be lurking in the back of the Alley, keeping a watchful eye on those who come by to take advantage of our famous 60′ Photo Backdrop. If you ask nicely, you may even be able to have your picture taken with the Malboro. And don’t worry about halitosis – he’s promised to brush his teeth before arriving.
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Japanese Manga artist Senno Knife to Appear at Katsucon XX

SennoKnifeJPGSenno Knife has a long and varied portfolio that includes decades of Manga art. His work has attracted various audiences, and spans across many genres. Read Senno’s extensive bio at http://www.katsucon.org/guests/.

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Steve Bennett to appear as a Guest of Katsucon XX

SteveBennettEven though he still currently lives in Japan, Steve Bennett will attend Katsucon XX to interact with other cartoon geeks like himself! Visit the Guest Page to read his bio, and visit his website www.stevebennettart.com for upcoming projects and convention dates!

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SAO wants you to play with them at Katsucon XX!

StringsClarinetLast chance to play with the Symphonic Anime Orchestra.  We are looking for anyone that would like to play with us but we especially need, bassoon, french horn and percussion/piano (must have your own instrument) Visit AnimeOrchestra.org to apply or learn more.  Come make music with us! 

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