2015 Mascot Auditions!


Are you interested in portraying one of our four mascots during 2015? Then please consider completing an application! We will be hosting auditions for all four mascots – Akiko, Miyoko, Reiko, and Takeo! The tentative date and location for the auditions will be January 11, 2015, in Virginia Beach. More information will be provided to accepted applicants. If you want to see the designs for this year, or learn more about our mascots, please visit their pages!

We will be holding auditions in collaboration with our sister convention, Ring of Fire Con, who will be auditioning for their mascot, Fia (pictured below).

Thank you!


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NekoCon 18: Magic Carpet Ride

Magic Carpet Ride

With 2015 officially coming to an end we’d like to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who joined us at NekoCon 17. We had over 6,800 attendees, which doesn’t include any of our wonderful vendors or staff. Our charity this past year was ShelterBox, which provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. This year we were able to raise $1,407, of which $550 came from your generous donations to Lovely Heart Maid Café.

Are you ready to join Akiko, Miyoko, Takeo, and Reiko on a Magic Carpet Ride, November 6-8, 2015, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center?

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Through ELEVEN ARTS, we are giving you the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the theatrical showing of Expelled from Paradise at the Angelika Film Center – Mosaic in Fairfax, Virginia! Visit our Facebook page for all the details on how to enter!
A winner will be randomly drawn from all eligible entries at 9PM EST tonight! The winner will be posted here, so keep an eye on our page! We will also attempt to contact him or her via Facebook message.

Expelled from Paradise is the latest sci-fi action film from genius writer Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero). Staring Rie Kugimiya, Hiroshi Kamiya, and Shinihiro Miki, it takes place in a future in which humanity has abandoned earth and created a new digital society called DEVA, leaving their bodies behind in the process. But when a hacker called “Frontier Setter” attempts to gain control of DEVA’s mainframe, it is up to DEVA Officer Angela Balzac and Earth agent Dingo to find this hacker on the devastated planet that mankind once called home.

For more on the movie, and to find a showing near you, you can visit Aniplex USA‘s official page at http://www.aniplexusa.com/expelledfromparadise/index.php .

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Join Takeo on Twitch!

With this year’s event over our mascots are returning to their other hobbies. This is your opportunity to join Takeo on Twitch at http://www.twitch.tv/takeo_kun . Right now he’s playing Little Big Planet Karting, and you can join him! His PSN username is NekoTK! 

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Nekocon 18: Magic Carpet Ride

Now that Nekocon 17 has come to an end we are excited to announce the dates, theme, and location for Nekocon 18!

Nekocon will be returning to the Hampton Roads Convention Center, November 6-8, 2015! We will be taking you on a Magic Carpet Ride, so look forward to all the fun and exciting announcements.

As always, please feel free to email comments, critiques, suggestions, and compliments to info@nekocon.com!

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We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with pre-registration badge pick-up tonight. Thank you for bearing with us!

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Varekai by Cirque du Soleil will be performing next week at the Hampton Coliseum, and they have some fun surprises in store for us this weekend at the Hampton Roads Convention Center! Interested in seeing the show on opening night for FREE? We will be giving away two pairs of tickets at Jez Roth ‘s panel, “Cirque du Soleil: A Costumer’s Dream” on Saturday at 11am in Panel Room 3. If you miss your chance there we will also be auctioning off a pair in our charity auction with all proceeds going to our charity, ShelterBox.

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In Memoriam

NekoCon has lost two valuable staffers and friends this past year.

A small dedication for Daniel Taraschke, or Big Danny T as we knew him, will take place during opening ceremonies, Friday, November 7th.

A small dedication for Lee Herring will take place during the Masquerade, Saturday, November 8th.

Cards can be found for them in room 205 for you to sign at your leisure over the course of the weekend and will be given to their families after the convention. We encourage you to add art, photos, or notes to the cards, which will later be given to their families.

A memorial gathering will be held for them both in Panel 2 on Saturday afternoon from 5:30pm-6:30pm. We ask that your favorite photos of our parted staffers to be placed in the card.

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Lovely Heart’s Message to NekoCon!

Lovely Heart’s Message to NekoCon!

Lovely Heart Maid Cafe

We have a very special message for you from our friends at Lovely Heart Maid Cafe! If you’re joining us for pre-registration badge pick up this Thursday then you’ll be able to meet some of these wonderful maids since they’ll be joining us… to hype up the line! You can join them for lunch at Cyprus Grille at Embassy Suites on Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 3:00pm with last seating at 2:00pm. There will be no reservations taken, so make sure to arrive early.

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In Memory of Danny T


“NekoCon would like to offer its deepest condolences to the friends, family, and all those who knew and loved Daniel Taraschke. Big Danny T has been a con fixture for a very long time, and if you’ve been to a convention on the east coast chances are you have run into him, or had your picture snapped by him at some point. Not only did the convention world lose a wonderful staffer and avid fan, but a wonderful friend. To everyone who knew him, Danny was one of the most loyal, generous friends you could ask for. Always there to lend an ear or offer advice, always thinking of the happiness of others before himself. He loved people and they loved him in return, and while gone far too soon, we can take a small comfort in knowing that he tried to enjoy his life to the fullest each and every day. Many of us met each other through the efforts of Danny T and he always brightened a room with his booming comedic charm. The party truly didn’t start until he arrived. But as we grieve we know the entertainer in Danny would want the show to go on. Rest in peace, brother, the world has truly dimmed with your parting.”


Kelly Gable, Chairman, and all of the staff here at NekoCon.


There will be a dedication in Danny T’s honor during Opening Ceremonies on Friday. We will also have a card available for all to sign in room 205 (Medical) across from main events. We would be grateful if you would take a moment to share your thoughts and condolences with the family. If you have artwork or pictures you would like us to pass along you may leave them with the card.


Danny T would have wanted the show to go on, so let’s have the best year ever for him!

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