Nyancon 2016 Follow Up & FAQ!

Thank you for making Nyancon 2016 a huge success! We’ve been crunching numbers (and our poor, poor bodies) to get everything all set to explain stuff to you, and we’re all set.

We had a whopping 1900+ Confirmed Registered attendees, and an estimated 300+ unregistered, bringing us to a total of 2200+ attendees for Nyancon 2016! This is a 29% guaranteed increase in attendance, which is amazing! A quick break down about the age of our attendees can be found below:

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We had a few questions asked multiple times at Nyancon and wanted to round this all up. Below you’ll find the Nyancon 2016 FAQ! 

Why did we have to fill out and give our info to get into events & the vendors area/get a wristband? 

This info is used for future events, as Nyancon is a free event. We go to the school as well as local businesses to try to acquire funding, and having this data will help potential deals in the future. Think of the info Google collects, but a bit more safe 🙂

Why did the fire alarm go off?

We had an issue with a panelist bringing in an unchecked smoke machine, and it triggered the fire alarm. While we’re happy that there wasn’t an actual emergency, we still had to take all the college and local authority’s directions at this time. We thank everyone that attended for being so quick, careful, and honestly amazing at evacuating the convention. We had the entire convention that was effected evacuated in less than five minutes, which is an absolutely amazing deal. Thanks, and thanks to the amazing Fire Department and Lakeland Police Department, you guys are the real heroes!

Why do you need to see my weapon?

Again, Nyancon is held at a college, so we have to follow up on any safety precautions. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Why did vendors move?

As the convention grows, we’ve had our share of growing pains. The biggest issue has always been the Vendors/Artist’s room, as previously it was held in the A Building (Breaker’s) area. This area was a bit too small for the amount of people flowing in and out and we had to look for a new area. The auxiliary gym worked perfectly for what we needed, despite being a bit of a walk. Upon convention start there was tape, signs, and balloons to direct you to the Vendors/Artists, but while the event was going on these were taken down/went missing. Overall, we are looking into concerns and seeing what we can do in the future!

Can I donate money to the club? / How can I volunteer for future cons?

Thanks for even asking this! We were asked this a surprising amount of times. We’re looking into this now and we’ll be posting updates as we figure it out on the facebook page!

Will you be doing this again next year? 

As long as Lakeland allows us, we’ll be working to provide you with the most fun experience every year we can. We’ve already started planning for 2017 just incase though 😉

Alright, I’ll bite: What’s next year’s theme? 

We’re not quite ready to announce next year’s theme, but if you search hard enough, you might be able to find it. We’ve been pretty gracious with hints so far. Again, thanks so much for everything you guys have done this year!

 

One last update:

Dan Hunley, our con head had decided to step down after two years to let someone else’s vision shape Nyancon. This was decided before this year’s Nyancon? And the staff were made aware of it. There will be a new con head as well as changes in leadership for 2017!

We can’t wait to bring more fun experiences to you in the following months!

-The Nyancon Staff

Get your dance on with Abracadabra!

businesscardnyanAbracadabra is a K-pop, J-pop, and Anime dance cover group from Cleveland, Ohio, celebrating their fifth year anniversary since their debut  in 2011! Abracadabra has gone on to compete and be finalists in all of Perfume’s Official Dance contests, performed at conventions all across the mid-west, and hosted over 25 performance panels. Their most recent accolade is snatching up  2nd place at the Cleveland Asian Festival’s K-pop Dance Cover Contest!

They’re so excited to be back for their 4th Nyancon performance, and thrilled to see all the wonderful staff and con-goers they’ve come to know and love!

Make sure to catch their trademark dance cover performance. As well as their hyper energetic dance workshop!

You can find them on their website, their Facebook, and their YouTube channel!

Take a dip with Gem, Mermaid of the Sea!

rf09022016-61-2Mermaid Gem is the Cleveland area’s premier professional mermaid! A former Lakeland student, Gemma Lascio’s lifelong passion for the ocean and extensive background in theatre helped motivate her to grow her fins. Gem has appeared at a variety of events across the country since 2013, including notable local venues such as Greater Cleveland Aquarium and Great Lakes Medieval Faire. She strives to make a splash and encourage people of all ages to ignite their wildest dreams!

You can find Mermaid Gem on her Facebook, Instagram, and Weebly pages!

Gem is also a member of The Ohio Mermaids!

Action Comedy Nerd Show bursts into the scene!

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Time to meet Action Comedy Nerd Show.  They’re a group of comedian who love pop culture and travel the country going to conventions and venues to perform for fans of Nerd Comedy.  Here’s a bit from them specifically!

We cover any and all aspects of nerd culture, from Star Wars to Role Playing, from Sports to Marvel vs DC, Games of Thrones to whatever is on your TV, down to our daily lives as nerds living in an adult world!  The Action Comedy Nerd Show is led by Dan Brown and Jerry Jaffe, two working comedians who between them have performed in thousands of comedy shows.  (Don’t tell anyone, but THESE nerd shows are our favorites because we finally get to hang out with and tell jokes for people just like us!)

In the photos, Dan Brown is on the left, Jerry Jaffe is on the right. You can find a video of Dan here, and a video of Jerry here! They also have their own websites for Dan and Jerry! Make sure to check them out!

 

Time for a taste of Japan with Ohio Kimono!

 We’d love to welcome the return of Ohio Kimono, a previous Nyancon vendor! This time, Ohio Kimono will be attending as a guest as well, introducing you to proper kimono wearing and workshops! 

received_1348328228514625Ohio Kimono is a passionate educator with a focus on traditional Japanese culture, art history, and women’s cultural studies. Since 2009 she has travelled around the midwest sharing the joy of wearing kimono, and helping others discover the joy of Japanese ethnic clothing. At NyanCon she is going to teach a hands on kimono workshop, people are encourage to bring their own kimono and get tips and tricks on dressing. The kimono dressing class is beginner friendly, and perfect for people new to wearing kimono.

Attendees do not need to bring a kimono to the class to attend.

You can find Ohio Kimono on their website, their Facebook, Instagram, or even buy a kimono from them  on their Etsy!

Get ready for Wake!

IMG_1167Wake has been an artist for as long as he has had conscious memory.  His very first memory is drawing, with crayon firmly in hand, epic Godzilla battles into his tattered spiral notebook.  His influences have been monster movies and American comic books, until, as a teenager, he was introduced by a wonderful otaku to the film Akira.  He quickly found the world of anime to be vast and seemingly endless, holding untold riches: the rest they say is history.  Wake now finds himself staring into the many influences throughout his own love of story, genre, and anime/manga in his own personal artistic works.

He is currently working on his series called Blacklight Orphan.  Blacklight Orphan is a surrealist story in a cyberpunk setting.

Check him out on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

Introducing our first musical act…Ghost in Blue!

Ghost in Blue is a J-Rock cover band based out of Stow, OH. Making their first appearance at Nyancon, they hope to deliver a performance that will leave you saying “Golly gee Willickers! That show was swell!” Keep an ear open for some of your favorite anime tunes from Deathnote, Erased, Naruto, and more! Stick around afterwards for fine dining and deep conversations while gazing deep into the stars…

GhostinBlueGhost in Blue is:
Sean Goodrich, Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Thomas O’Malley, Bass
Joe Studer, Lead Guitar

Say hello to David Russell!

NyanoxakjasdaBorn in Painesville, Ohio, David studied Industrial Design at the Art Institute in Pittsburgh and Fine Art at Lakeland Community College and Academy of Art University. In 2010 he began his art career with the northeast Ohio publishing house, Bystander Group LLC. At Bystander, he supplies covers and interior art for the magazines, Bystander Presents and The Vampire Gazette along with several novels which include: The Expediters, The Camelot Memo, Orson vs. Alfred: Linking the Legends, and the ongoing Bystander Adventure Series.

You can see some of his work on the Bystander Group Facebook page!

Fresh from the vault, it’s Lindsey Glinka!

13403272_1801792353390845_7102673215866919323_oLinds, also known as Lady of Rohan, has been cosplaying for more than 10 years, and modeling since 2012. She’s an avid gamer, and loves recreating outfits of her favorite characters!

Her cosplay has been featured by Kotaku, as well as companies such as Capcom, Naughty Dog, and Bethesda, including the official page of The Evil Within (her favorite game).

When not cosplaying or attending conventions, Linds can be found writing and creating jewelry pieces inspired by video games and nerd culture.

You can find Linds at her Facebook, Etsy, Instagram, or Tumblr!