May 21, 2017, Bridgewater NJ
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Panels and Workshops!

Panel applications are now up.  Please see the navigation menu under Registration for the Panel Application Form
The deadline for panel applications is May 1st.  All panels must be family friendly.  Panels based on content (anime, manga, comics, etc) that is rated R or MA are not allowed.  Please do not make any announcements regarding your panel until your application is approved.
As we are a non profit convention, we do not offer any compensation for panels.

Featured Panels!

Michele Knotz and Chris Smith's Pokémon Nintendo 3DS Party Panel!

Do you like Pokémon? I mean, come on, who doesn’t? So where can you go to get your anything and everything Pokémon fix at your all-time favorite place to be at a convention? A Pokémon Nintendo 3DS Party Panel of course! Join the voice actress for Jessie in Pokémon, Michele Knotz and all-around Pokémon expert Chris Smith for games, fun, contests, prizes, battles, sing-a-longs, and so much more! Trade with other Pokéfans, learn about breeding and battling, and play some awesome fun games for amazing prizes! If you’re a fan of Pokémon, and we know you are, you won’t want to miss this panel! Don’t forget to bring your Nintendo 3DS for special prizes! Finally, a panel where bringing your 3DS is required!

Anime Parliament

Welcome to the highest court in the anime multi-verse. Anime Parliament® is where you can step forward as a character or just a concerned fan, and attempt to institute the changes you feel need to be made:  

  • Do you want to have Relena Peacecraft kicked out of office?
  • How about giving Sango that restraining order against Miroku?
  • Want to make Akito Tenkawa the new captain of the Nadesico?
  • Why not petition to make Angelic Layer an Olympic event?

Just come forward, state your case, bring witnesses, and make it happen. But remember, not everyone in the Parliament will agree with you.

Be ready for a debate, because you’ll almost certainly get it.


Poetry in Anime

The Power of Words in a Visual Medium: Japan has a rich sense of literary tradition. The dense poems of this island nation have been written, spoken & chanted for ages for uses in everything from courtship & spirtitualism to politics & philosophy. Much has changed within the nation &, with it, the poetry of its people & how it is delivered, Join Ink of as he points out instances within the relatively new medium of anime where the ancient power of traditional poetry is leveraged for humor, introspection & drama.

Improv Workshop with the Clover Ensemble

Join The Clover Ensemble for some improv fun & see what  "The Expert" has to say, what "The Props" are doing and what happens when we act out  "Scenes from the Clover Hat"!

Japanese Folk & Fairy Tales

After a quick review of Japanese folk & Fairy tales & their terminology, the audience chooses a story to read & act out with various volunteers stepping up to voice the different characters.

Very Superstitious: Japan Edition

Every culture has its own unique superstitions. How will you know whether it's going to rain today, or when you shouldn't get married, or how to stay warm in the winter? Come find out!

Costumes, Cosplay, & Character

Wearing a costume can be more than just putting on a fancy outfit. It gives you the opportunity to truly inhabit the life of a character. By researching what was worn by your character you can learn a lot about who that person is or was. Learn how you can find greater depth in your cosplay or role play through costuming! In this fascinating panel, cosplayers of superheroes, anime & science fiction are joined together to talk about how researching & building their costumes gives them insight into their characters & personas.

Drawing the Basics

Our drawing workshop is a must for beginner artists! This workshop will be exploring the basics of drawing at a beginner’s level. We will go over shaping out figures, proportions of the human body & shadow.

Full Metal Alchemist

“Roy Mustang” & “Edward Elric” take your questions about cosplay and the Fullmetal Alchemist series. They will also be giving tips about safe cosplaying.

Note: Please refrain from calling Ed short.  You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

Get Spirited Away with Studio Ghibli!

Come and enter the enchanting world of Studio Ghibli! Learn more about
the making of a Ghibli movie, the mythology behind the movies, and
more about the man behind the movies, Hayao Miyazaki! And get to see
the beautiful concept art and storyboards of Ghibli from the 1980s to

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