You spoke, we listened! You want to see original characters and designs, gijinka, lolitas, and furries, etc. in an official contest. We want to see your creativity and talent in a whole new light, so we are opening submissions for our all-styles fashion show! Create an outfit inspired by anime, manga, video games, movies, pop culture, fan art, or something completely original.

You may compete with an outfit which you made, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s an original character or one already existing in any medium. We want you to be as creative as possible!

Information and the registration form are available via https://goo.gl/forms/QcV3ZxEAPKzQWCmm1. Good luck!

Cowboy Bebop voice actor Beau Billingslea, international musical talent Diana Garnet, YouTube cover artist Caleb Hyles, and distinguished anime industry veteran Michael Sinterniklaas will add their voices to our fugue in January!

In the world of anime, Beau has voiced a multitude of characters including: Jet Black in Cowboy Bebop; The Fourth Raikage and Homura in the animated series Naruto; Ogremon, Saggitarimon and Parrotmon in Digimon; Michael in Argentosoma; Seal Walrus in Wolf’s Rain; Gohei in Rurouni Kenshin; Dee Jay in Super Street Fighter II and many others. Beau appears as Captain Abbott of the S.S. Bradbury in Star Trek: Into Darkness. Beau’s sci-fi feature films include The Blob, My Favorite Martians, Leprechaun in the Hood, and Halloween H2O.

 Born in Washington D.C., U.S.A., this 100% American is one of few prominent foreign artists signed to a major Japanese record label. Full of cute charm and an insatiable interest for all things Japan, Diana was heavily influenced by her anime-loving father, and was immersed into anime culture at a young age. Her interest became life-changing when she first heard “Yuzurenai Negai” by Naomi Tamura, which inspired her life goal to become a singer in Japan.

Caleb Hyles is a dynamic entertainer and YouTube cover artist, singing a bit of everything, from top 40 and hard rock to Broadway and anime. You can find all sorts of covers on his YouTube channel, which is going 850,000+ subscribers strong! Be part of the Hyles Hype Crew and join him at his concert, sing with him at a sing-along, and ask him anything at his panels!

Having grown up in a theatrical family and being tossed into children’s church choir at a young age, Caleb has always loved singing. He created his cover channel back in 2009 to share his goofy personality on Rockband with friends and family, but he never expected that working on his YouTube channel would turn into his career. Since his viral cover of “Let It Go” in 2014, Caleb has been recognized by the likes of Ryan Seacrest, Tyler Oakley, and DeeDee Magno Hall, along with many others in the entertainment industry.

Michael Sinterniklaas is a veteran of the anime industry and has worked as an ADR Director, actor, voice actor, script writer, sound engineer, mixer and producer. In 1999, Michael founded NYAV Post, a bicoastal recording studio that has worked on over 500 anime and non-anime titles.

Michael is a prolific actor and has voiced countless roles in anime such as Dagger in Black Butler: Book of Circus; Netherlands in Hetalia; Xellos in Slayers Revolution and Evolution-R; Joshua and Kennedy in Pokémon; Lucemon in Digimon; Ivan Karelin, Dark Magician and Mahad in YuGiOh; Origami Cyclone in Tiger & Bunny; Sarutobi Sasuke in Sengoku Basara; Sora and Utakata in Naruto; Age in Patema Inverted; and Takeru in FREEDOM.

FLOOR WARS

Floor Wars is back for its second year, and bigger than ever! Floor Wars is a 1-on-1, all-styles dance battle, which has been widely popularized in the furry community for years, and even longer before that. We’re continuing to work side by side with these dancers from the community to bring you this outrageously exciting and dynamic competition. Break out your dancing shoes, find some cardboard, and get yourself ready, because you’ll need to bring your A-game for this intense dancing competition!

DAD JOKE OFF

Introducing Who’s Your Daddy, Ohayocon’s first dad-joke competition. Teams of two battle it out, using attendee-submitted horrible jokes; if you laugh you tap out. Then a new team comes to challenge the winners until the ultimate Dads are crowned. Can you outlast others in this competition? We will supply the jokes for this competition in order to provide a level playing field, but we need your help! So if you’ve got some great dad jokes in your back pocket, submit them and you might see them in the competition!

There’s only about two months to go until Ohayocon, and we’re getting pumped! See you there!

Camp Ohayocon will feature four PC tournaments: League of Legends, Fortnite, Overwatch and Hearthstone. Tournament registration is available at PC Gaming. Some games may occur before Ohayocon if there are enough players. The tournaments are sponsored by ALLMID E-sports Events.

We’re also excited to bring back the escape room! This camp-themed game of puzzles and mysteries will be available to all badge holders at no additional charge. We’re also looking for donations of old camping gear such as flashlights, sleeping bags and other thematic props. We need to be able to plan the game well in advance, so we need these things by Nov. 23, 2018. Please send an email to liveevents@ohayocon.org if you would like to donate, and thank you!

Ohayocon Yuki Matsuri Debuting at Ohayocon 19 is the Yuki Matsuri: a hands-on theme room that is 100% Japan! Winter blues got you down? Get a taste of the Japanese festival spirit with traditional arts and crafts, Japan-style matsuri games, cultural programming, traditional decor, and photo backdrop with a chance to try on traditional clothing provided by Columbus Kimono. Come dressed in your best yukata and step into summer!

Event signups and $50 pre-registration

We have five ways you can participate in Ohayocon available right now: you can pre-register before Oct. 8, 2018 to get $15 off admission, apply for volunteering (Kohai) or staff positions, enter the Ohayocon 19 Cosplay Expo, and apply to judge the Expo. There are so many ways to enjoy Ohayocon weekend!

Thanks for spending time with us!

We’d like to thank everyone who came out to the premiere of My Hero Academia: Two Heroes last night. The theater was sold out! We hope you had a great time, and we can’t wait to see you again in January! In the meantime, if you want to keep in touch with fellow Ohayocon fans, check out our Official Facebook Group.

Image of a trophy with three stars on top.Cosplayers, get ready! The Cosplay Expo is accepting applications for the 2019 contest! Interested applicants can find all the information about it on the Cosplay Expo page. There are two divisions: Craftsmanship and Performance, and the application for judging is also available. All apps are due Nov. 30, 2018. Good luck!

Purchase your ticket at the Gateway Film Center website before they’re gone!

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes posterCome join us Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Gateway Film Center for the premiere of My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (Dub)!

We will host a cosplay pre-party at 6 p.m. in the Tornado Room. Come in your best BNHA cosplay and meet fellow fans of the series!

Also, you could win a free badge to Ohayocon 19! We’re holding a raffle at the party, so come on out!

The movie starts at 7. Tickets are only $5, but we expect they’ll sell fast. We look forward to seeing you!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! We can’t say it enough.

Without you, this convention and online community could not possibly exist, and we owe you a big vote of thanks. Here’s some updates about the future:

  • If you would like to enter for a chance to win a free badge for next year, you can take our attendee survey and tell us your thoughts!
  • Our theme for next year is “Camp Ohayocon,” and we hope to see you there, cadets!
  • Technically our convention year ends Jan. 31, but since it is so close to that date, our customer service channels will remain active through Feb. 15, then revert to weekly checks during our long off-season.

See you next year!