It’s that time of year again! No, not Halloween (though that is sneaking up on us faster that I realize). I’m talking about New York Comic Con time! Though not as prolific as San Diego Comic Con, NYCC is the East Coast’s biggest comic and media convention, boasting hundreds of exhibitors and tens of thousands of attendees.
Just like its West Coast counterpart, NYCC attracts countless collectors and, as such, has become a haven for exclusive merchandise. This is where Funko comes in. Over the summer we showed you all of Funko’s SDCC exclusives, the Pop!s, Dorbz, Rides and Vnyls that were only available at the con. Luckily, they’re bringing a pretty strong game to New York Comic Con as well.
Since they’re revealing all of their exclusives in waves so make sure to check back often as we update to see everything you can expect to find at NYCC.
Residents in the Heartland, rejoice! Boss Key Productions’ Tramell Isaac and thatgamecompany’s Jacky Ke Jiang will keynote the first ever XPO Game Festival, which will be held Sept. 23 – 25 at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
XPO Game Festival is the first ever full-scale game festival to be hosted in America’s Heartland. Featuring a retro lounge, Indie Alley, panel speakers, tabletop games, film screenings, LAN party areas, a laser tag arena, concerts, and after-parties, there’s something to do for everyone!
Isaac and Jiang join a star-studded list of industry professionals who will be speaking at XPO, including: Susan Arendt (GamesRadar), Candace Brenner (Daybreak Game Company), Nick Chester (Epic Games), The Coster Brothers (Butterscotch Shenanigans), Charles Cox (4Gency), Jake Baldino (Lead Producer/Host, Gameranx), Craig Kaufman and Steve Spohn (AbleGamers), Richard Mitchell (XPO, Joystiq), Monika Lee (Blizzard), Chris Rickwood (Rickwood Music), Paul Yoskowitz (WinterLeaf Entertainment), noted game journalist Robert Workman, and many more.
“We’re thrilled with the warm reception we’ve been getting from the gaming community. It goes to show that there’s a huge demand for events like XPO Game Festival in the Heartland. I’m honored to have such talented gaming legends come speak at XPO. Hearing their stories and learning from each speaker first-hand will be quite a thrill for both our guests and XPO Game Festival organizers.” – Ray Hoyt, President, VisitTulsa and Office of Film, Music, Arts and Culture
RETRO GAMING’S “HOLY GRAIL”
Dan and Terry Diebold will be showing off the mythical Nintendo PlayStation — the product of a failed partnership between Nintendo and Sony that’s considered by many to be the “holy grail” of retro gaming. The father and son duo will be showcasing the console throughout the convention and will also host a panel discussion where they’ll share the story behind the discovery. If you’re a fan of retro games, this is something you won’t want to miss!
Friday & Saturday, September 16 – 17th
9:00pm: Pre-event film screening at Circle Cinema in Tulsa
Thursday, September 22nd
Kickoff Party featuring Brentalfloss
Friday & Saturday, September 23 – 24th
* After parties with live music in downtown Tulsa
* Live music throughout the festival, featuring Bit Brigade and Mega Ran
* Virtual Reality setups including Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
* $10k Rocket League Tournament produced by LegionBattles in conjunction with XPO
* Fabled Nintendo PlayStation prototype on display
* Live escape room presented by Escape Tulsa
* Retro lounge packed with vintage arcade games and consoles
* Laser Tag Arena
* Console tournament with thousands of dollars in prizes
* Cosplay contest and nationally recognized cosplay guests
* Indie Alley featuring intra and international indie developers
* LAN Party areas
Saturday, September 24th
12:00pm: Tabletop game tournaments presented by Alien Games — including a Magic the Gathering pre-release
Weekend passes grant access to XPO Game Festival and all of its attractions for the whole weekend — including the kick-off party on Thursday, Sept. 22 – and feature full access to XPO, including the virtual reality showcase, Indie Alley showcase, retro lounge, tabletop gaming, fighting games, Magic the Gathering tournaments, panels, and the expo floor. In addition, attendees will also get access to that day’s concert and afterparty in downtown Tulsa. More information and a full price breakdown can be found at the XPO Game Festival official website!
See you in Oklahoma!
Nan desu ka in Japanese means, “what is it?” which is a very appropriate name for an anime convention. Anime conventions harbor some of the most ambitious cosplay, attracts the most interesting people, and is a place where passion comes out to play. From standing in line for panels, to making jokes in the back row of the viewing rooms where anime plays 24/7, there are plenty of social opportunities at conventions and events like Nan Desu Kan.
Like most anime conventions, Nan Desu Kan will have a cornucopia of activities to see and do. Every corner of the nerd world is on display at Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, the home for Nan Desu Kan. With a myriad of activities and guest to keep you entertained, I would be surprised to find someone nose deep in their phone – unless you’re playing Pokemon Go.
This year, Nan Desu Kan is celebrating its 20th anniversary and is taking place on September 2-4th, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Nan Desu Kan staff and coordinators have a petty good lineup of guests that will be appearing here. Chris Bevans, (voice actor for hits like Sengoku Basara, .hack//Quantum, Samurai 7). Also there will be Johnny Yong Bosch (played the Black Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, as well as a voice actor for Kaneda in Akira, Renton in Eureka Seven, Albert in The Count of Monte Cristo, and Kiba in Wolf’s Rain). As well as Richard Epcar (voice of Batou in Ghost in the Shell) among many other voice actors and industry types.
Are you an AV type? Well they have an anime music video contest. I used to watch those things nonstop in the days of LimeWire and Kaza peer to peer sharing applications. You fancy yourself an artistic type? Well enter in some work into a contest, auction off some of your work or just come in and gaze! You want to know more about specific things in the industry? Well, check out the assortment of culture and industry panels. You will also have game rooms for designer board games and video games. Along with, workshops, and the before mentioned anime viewing rooms. Musical guests and dance parties are present if you’d like to get your groove on. Finally, there are the dealers rooms where you will learn to hate your wallet and all of its contents within.
With over 7,500 attendees last year, Nan Desu Kan will be a much smaller con than I am used to. I originate from Dallas, Texas where we have Project A-Kon. In 2016 its attendance was over 32,000 super fans. A smaller event than what I am used to actually has me very excited. While A-Kon is mega fun, it is too crowded, and becomes a beacon for unsavory types alongside the nerd crews I seem to get along with more.
If visiting with voice actors isn’t your bag and you have the incurable need to dance, don’t forget to attend the multiple concerts that will be occurring. Eyeshine, an American edge rock band from West Hills, will be the musical talent for a show as well will be there running a panel. DJ Bullock will be handling the Saturday night rave, and Onemadcow will be setting the tunes for the J-Pop dance party on Friday night.
I recently moved to Denver, Colorado, a beacon of outdoors activity. Being a huge fan of all things nerd culture, it’s easy to become worried about how the scene is here. I have lived a lifetime indoors digesting media and evading the sun. Living with no regrets, I still knew wanted a bit more. Combining some old passions with the new in a nice juggling act I like to call, “My Life.” So how does one jump into the nerd scene here in Denver? I could try awkwardly meeting people out in the wild like some insane person. Maybe instead I could seek a location where I know my kin will be located. So I decide on Nan Desu Kan, the Rocky Mountain region’s largest anime convention.
I have a peculiar relationship with Japanese animation. Loving anime was easy growing up as a kid in the 90s and early 2000s. However, slowly I fell off the boat as the newer stuff did not resonate with me. Reminiscing about anime has me realizing that I grew up in the golden age of Japanese animation. That late 80s to early 2000s was just a special time for the medium. Anime was different back then, and to me it was just better. All of that aside, I still very much enjoy the culture. Going to conventions like Nan Desu Kan allows me to live and breathe for 3 solid days with other like-minded individuals as we geek out about all things Japan. After all, anime conventions are hardly ever just about the anime, it’s about nerd culture in general.
With my time at Nan Desu Kan you can expect tons of pictures of cosplay. Also some quick reviews of anime I pop in and watch in the viewing areas. You can also expect some coverage over useless purchases made. Expect a couple more articles chronicling my experience at the con.
Nan Desu Kan takes place on September 2nd to the 4th at the Sheraton Denver Downtown. You can get all the information at the official website, and there is still time to pre-register for the event as well! Sub Cultured will be on hand to cover every aspect of the convention in real time on Twitter and Facebook, but you can also visit right back here at Sub-Cultured to read up on my review surrounded by a culture and people I just love. More to come on Nan Desu Kan!
With Halloween around the corner, we dove into our closets to find quick and easy costumes to please all manner of costume and cosplay enthusiasts! Our focus today is on the adorably naive Misa Amane from the popular anime Death Note!
Misa Amane is introduced to viewers in beginning of the series with somewhat of a gothic lolita style, which is a perfect balance between the character’s dynamic as a bubbly, aspiring top idol with a secret interest in the darkness of the Shinigami world. We chose a black corset dress with a fluffy tiered lace skirt from Tragic Beautiful, which sounds like the most appropriate shop for Misa Amane to spend all her easily earned cash. The gloves from Etsy are both laced and lace to mirror the dress. To go with the fleur de lis theme from the anime, we picked thigh high patterned stockings from Mod Cloth with a flower motif. Betsey Johnson ruffled combat boots were a great find to compliment the hard and soft of Misa’s character, and as an up and coming model, we can totally see Misa clunking down one of Betsey’s runways. As Misa’s style can be portrayed through just a few pieces, we left room for you to accessorise with crucifixes and chokers to your dark little heart’s content.
Want to take your Misa costume to the next level? Find a black leather diary, write “Death Note” on it, and grab some red contacts for your Shinigami eyes! You could even beg and plead in that adorably cute way to have a friend make a Halloween costume of L from Death Note so you can go as a pair!
Planning on making this costume? Doing some other DIY awesome? Want to check out the rest of our Halloween Costumes From Your Closet ideas? Show me all your spook-tacular creations with the hashtag #SCaryMonth on Twitter and Instagram!
New York Comic Con is a day away, and we’re STILL finalizing our schedule. It’s a packed weekend, and with a cornucopia of panels and themed parties to satisfy any geek, it’s definitely going to be a whirlwind. What’s on your agenda, besides participating in our Instagram challenge?
11:00 AM – 88MPH: A Celebration of Back to the Future
11:15 AM – We Need More Diverse Comics
1:30 PM – TOR: The Next Generation
2:45 PM – Disabled or Mislabeled?: Graphic Novels and Comics About Disabilities
4:00 PM – VERTIGO: The New #1s
5:30 PM – Games and Education
5:15 PM – New York TimesOUT presents LGBT in Comics
5:30 PM – VIZ Media Presents: An Evening with Masashi Kishimoto, Creator of Naruto
PARTIES AND EVENTS:
MootCon4 – Game of Thrones Meetup at Stitch from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM (FREE)
11:15 AM – From Black Face to Black Panther: The Evolution of the Depiction of People of Color in Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Film
12:15 PM – Image Comics: Where Creators Own Worlds
2:30 PM – [Adult Swim] Panel Block
2:45 PM – DC Entertainment Spotlight on Scott Snyder
3:30 PM – USA Network: COLONY Screening & Q&A Followed by Mr. Robot Panel with Cast and Creator
4:15 PM – Archie Comics Forever
7:45 PM – Fresh Romance
PARTIES AND EVENTS:
BrimpForum – Celebration of Sex Criminals at Mustang Harry’s from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (FREE but there is a raffle benefitting The Hero Initiative)
Sonicboombox presents: Image Comics NYCC Afterparty – Join creators for drinks and bowling at Bowlmor Times Square from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM ($15-$20)
11:15 AM – All New All Different Marvel
12:30 PM – Marry, Do, or Kill? What Will It Take to Shatter Female Stereotypes in Comics?
1:45 PM – Clueless 20th Anniversary Panel
2:45 PM – MARVEL: Cup O’Joe
4:15 PM – Comics Creators Consuming Coffee: Where Food & Comics Collide
4:15 PM – Image Comics: Where Creators Own Reality
5:00 PM – The Netflix Original Series Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Daredevil
5:15 PM – Secret Identities – Creating Transgender Characters in Comic Books
5:30 PM – Street Fighter V
7:45 PM – Bravest Warriors from Cartoon Hangover
PARTIES AND EVENTS:
Sonicboombox presents: Cosplay Dance Afterparty at Slate NY from 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM ($20)
10:45 AM – Goosebumps & The Baby-Sitters Club Revisited: A Conversation with R.L. Stine, Ann M. Martin, Raina Telgemeier, and Dave Roman
12:15 PM – DC Entertainment: All Access
1:30 PM – Women of Marvel