KATSUCON 2016 LIVE PROGRAMMING
Katsucon is a fan convention for anime, manga and Japanese culture enthusiasts. This belief is reflected in the multitude of panels and workshops that are presented every year at the convention. The largest portion of the panels and workshops presented at Katsucon are designed and presented by fans of anime, manga, and Japanese culture!
What does this mean to you? That your event ideas are encouraged and needed to make us a better convention! The talent of our fans provides many hours of enjoyable and exciting programming for everyone in attendance. Your knowledge of anime, manga, and Japanese culture is exactly what we are looking for.
Who Can Do a Panel or Workshop:
Anyone can apply to do an event at Katsucon! Depending on the material and length of what you wish to do your event may be classified in to one of many category tracks. Applicants are able to present whether they are new to hosting events or a seasoned veteran of the convention community. You are able to present on a variety of topics. Topics that have been presented in the past range anywhere from “Japanese Tea Ceremony How To”, “Top 20 Anime You Must Watch Before You Die”, “How to Travel in Japan”, “Para Para 101”, “Lolita Fashion Show”, and so many more. So if you have an idea……please submit an event request form!!
Types of Panelists and Maximum Panelists per event:
- Lead Panelists – are considered the primary organizer/s and creator/s of the particular Live Programming Event. For registration purposes, a maximum of 4 Lead Panelists will be considered for each event. If more than 4 Lead Panelists wish to be considered for the registration, justification may be required for approval from the Live Programming Director and/or the Programming Director.
- Co-Panelists – are additional panelists to any Lead Panelists and are considered panelists who help present the particular Live Programming Event that has been organized and created by the Lead Panelist(s). For registration purposes, a maximum of 4 Co-Panelists will be considered for each event. If more than 4 Co-Panelists wish to be considered for the registration, justification may be required for approval from the Live Programming Director and/or the Programming Director.
- Maximum Panelists per event is naturally limited as we wish to still have space for attendees in the rooms. Some rooms may only hold a certain number of panelists at the front of the room. Due to this larger casts for events may be asked to adjust their requested time so a larger stage can be available for their event.
While it is our goal to provide quality events for all ages throughout the convention, some events are just not meant for everyone. To better further awareness of the material being discussed or shown we use three key age ratings in our event space outside of our video rooms.
- 18+ events are ones that contain verbally graphic, sexual, extremely violent or obscene material and is not suitable for minors under any circumstance. Please mention this in your event description.
- If you are not sure if your event contains 18+ material and deserves an 18+ rating, then it most likely does. Additionally, if you are unsure if your event may fall in to the 18+ age range you may contact the Live Programming Department with links to your slides or titles that you are referencing and we can make the call for you.
- ID checks are required to enter all 18+ events.
- Events that are 18+ will be scheduled between the hours of 10:00 pm & 8:00 am. All ages paneling will receive priority on the schedule between the hours of 8:00 am & 10:00 pm. Our goal is to keep as many events family friendly as long as possible.
- Events that were not submitted as 18+ and when Katsucon Staff finds that it does contain 18+ material, events in question will be cancelled immediately and/or additional penalties may apply.
- 13+ events are ones that contain mild violence and language or have a complex topic
- 13+ rating is for program description purposes only
- A majority of events fall in to this rating
- No ID checks are required
Chibi Katsu Events:
- Katsucon is a family convention and wants to make sure that even our youngest fans have ample programming
- Chibi Katsu events should be designed with the youngest fans in mind
- Chibi Katsu events should be appropriate for ages 5 to 16, with focus on ages 5 to 13
- Chibi Katsu events usually are presented between the hours of 9:00 am and 10:00 pm
- A Parent or Guardian must be present with their youth for all Chibi Katsu events. While it is our goal to give quality programming to our youngest of fans, parental assistance is what makes the experience a memorable one for all Chibi Katsu attendees. Unfortunately, without a parent or guardian present youth will be asked to move on to other areas of the convention.
- If an event for Chibi Katsu exceeds capacity, please note that attendees 13 years of age or less will have priority seating
- If you are unsure if your event would be appropriate for Chibi Katsu you may contact the Live Programming Department with links to your slides or titles that you are referencing and we can make the call for you.
Late Hour Events:
Katsucon is a 24 hour convention. What does that mean to the perspective panelist? We need events of all types that are appropriate for all age groups at all times during the convention. Please consider hosting an event between the hours of 12:00 am and 8:00 am. While 18+ programming is restricted to the hours between 10:00 pm and 8:00 am, we would also like to provide interesting non 18+ programming during the Late Hours.
Panel Registrations Policy:
Please follow this link to the “2016 Panelist Guidelines”.
Submit all questions through the Katsucon Live Programming Panel and General Inquiries Form.