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Nekocon is an annual three day anime convention held traditionally on the first weekend in November at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia. It is Virginia's oldest anime convention.[3] The conventions name comes from the Japanese word 'neko' meaning cat.[4]

Programming

The convention typically offers art shows, artist's alley, autograph sessions, card game tournaments, charity auction, concerts, costume competition, dances, dealer’s room, fashion show, karaoke contests, kimono/tea ceremony workshop, maid cafe, music video contest, panels, Q&A sessions, role playing, tabletop games, vendors, video game tournaments, video rooms, and workshops.[4][5][6][7][8] Nekocon's 2015 charity events benefited Be The Match.[8]

History

An attendance cap of 1,600 passes was instituted in 2003 due to fire code regulations.[9] The convention held its first J-rock concert in 2009, hosting Suicide Ali.[10] Virginia Air and Space Center provided content during the 2012 convention.[1]

Event history

Dates Location Atten. Guests
October 2–4, 1998 Holiday Inn Executive Center

Virginia Beach, Virginia

506 Tristan MacAvery and Jan Scott-Frazier.[11]
November 5–7, 1999 Holiday Inn Executive Center

Virginia Beach, Virginia

1,048 Steve Bennett, Michael Brady, Colleen Doran, Pat Duke, Kuni Kimura, Hiroyuki Kitazume, Tristan MacAvery, Steve Pearl, Jan Scott-Frazier, Elin Winkler, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[12]
October 27–29, 2000 Holiday Inn / Chesapeake Conference Center

Chesapeake, Virginia

1,100 Steve Bennett, Michael Brady, Robert DeJesus, Colleen Doran, Nickey Froberg, Elizabeth Kirkindall, Shin Kurokawa, Rachael Lillis, Tristan MacAvery, and Jan Scott-Frazier.[13]
October 26–28, 2001 Holiday Inn Executive Center

Virginia Beach, Virginia

1,450 Nickey Froberg.[14]
November 8–10, 2002 Holiday Inn Executive Center

Virginia Beach, Virginia


John Barrett, Steve Bennett, T. Campbell, Robert DeJesus, Kara Dennison, Colleen Doran, Brian Drummond, Fred Perry, Deb Rabbai, Jan Scott-Frazier, Rikki Simons, Jeff Thompson, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[15]
November 7–9, 2003 Holiday Inn Executive Center

Virginia Beach, Virginia

1,600 Greg Ayres, John Barrett, Steve Bennett, Tim Buckley, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Christy Lijewski, Chris Patton, Fred Perry, Deb Rabbai, Monica Rial, and Jan Scott-Frazier.[16]
November 5–7, 2004 Chesapeake Convention Center

Chesapeake, Virginia

2,368 Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Tim Buckley, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Dizzy, Tiffany Grant, Trish Ledoux, Fred Perry, Monica Rial, Carrie Savage, Jan Scott-Frazier, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Shawn the Touched, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[17]
November 4–6, 2005 Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton, Virginia


Greg Ayres, Laura Bailey, Steve Bennett, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Jason Cumberledge, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Dizzy, Jerry Jewell, Mike McFarland, Novablade Studios, Jen Starling, Renee Starling, Sonny Strait, Donnie Sturges, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, and Danny Valentini.[18]
November 3–5, 2006 Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton, Virginia

2,500+

(est)[6]

Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, JL Brown, Luci Christian, Jason Cumberledge, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Brian Godwin, Tiffany Grant, Mike Hall, Brittney Karbowski, Bettina M. Kurkoski, Dave Lister, Monica Rial, Doug Smith, Jen Starling, Renee Starling, Donnie Sturges, and Danny Valentini.[19]
November 2–4, 2007 Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton, Virginia

3,249 Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Troy Baker, Eirik Blackwolf, Ron Chiu, Emily DeJesus, Aaron Dismuke, Daniel Kevin Harrison, Jerry Jewell, Michele Knotz, Bettina M. Kurkoski, Christy Lijewski, Dave Lister, Chris "Kilika" Malone, Bill Rogers, Leo Saunders, Joe Silver, Donnie Sturges, Jamie Sturges, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Danny Valentini, and Travis Willingham.[20]
November 7–9, 2008 Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton, Virginia

Nearly 3,500[21] Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Troy Baker, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Aaron Dismuke, echostream, GPKISM, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Jerry Jewell, Bettina M. Kurkoski, Dave Lister, Steven Napierski, and Ananth Panagariya.[22]
November 6–8, 2009 Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton, Virginia

3,429 Greg Ayres, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Richard Epcar, Newton Ewell, Caitlin Glass, Mike Hall, Kyle Hebert, Steve Napierski, Tony Oliver, Fred Perry, Ellyn Stern, Donnie Sturges, Jamie Sturges, Suicide Ali, Tainted Reality, and Danny Valentini.[23]
November 5–7, 2010 Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton, Virginia

3,788 501st Legion, Greg Ayres, Richard Ian Cox, Lar DeSouza, Newton Ewell, Yan "Kern" Gagne, Mary "Kite" Garren, Garth Graham, Mike Hall, Bettina M. Kurkoski, Chris Rager, Ryan Sohmer, Akemi Solloway, The Sound Bee HD, Donnie Sturges, Ryan Thompson, Danny Valentini, and Cristina Vee.[24]
November 4–6, 2011 Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton, Virginia

4,487 Takuya Angel, Born, Leah Clark, MC Frontalot,

Kyle Hebert, DJ Hip*Starr, Jerry Jewell, Donald Kinney, Taku Otsuka, Chris Rager, Akemi Solloway, Tainted Reality, VJ ValuJet, and David L. William.[25]

November 2–4, 2012 Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton, Virginia


Chris Cason, Chin Hamaya Culture Center, Mikako Joho, DJ KaKuMeI X, DJ Midget, Tony Oliver, The OneUps, Brina Palencia, Re:VB-P, Jan Scott-Frazier, The Slants, J. Michael Tatum, and Hiro Usuda.[26]
November 1–3, 2013 Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton, Virginia


Steven Blum, Anthony Burch, Ashly Burch, Chin Hamaya Culture Center, Jonathan Coulton, Yan "Kern" Gagne, Mary "Kite" Garren, DJ HeavyGrinder, Cherami Leigh, Mike McFarland, Chris Rager, and John Swasey.[27]
November 7-9, 2014 Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton, Virginia

7,100[2] Dr. Awkward, Josh Grelle, Todd Haberkorn, Kyle Hebert, KristyBee!, Lauren Landa, Jason Charles Miller, Jez Roth, Sayaka Sasaki, Schäffer the Darklord, Tribe One, and Adam WarRock.[2]
November 6-8, 2015 Hampton Roads Convention Center

Hampton, Virginia


Dr. Awkward, Breathlessaire, Kira Buckland, Erik Kimerer, Hiroshi Kitadani, Erica Lindbeck, Erica Mendez, Professor Shyguy, RinRin, Starlighthoney, Tribe One, David Vincent, and Sarah Anne Williams

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