Below Are The Featured Panelists for 2022:

What Are Featured Panelists? Panels that catch our eyes as especially popular, well executed, or just generally fantastically informative are invited to share the spotlight and be recognized for their quality panels!

Bob After Dark
Bob After Dark
Bob Anderson is the host of the podcast, “Bob After Dark.” He is a paranormal investigator, researcher, cryptid enthusiast, and comedian. Starting off as a radio talk show host, Bob’s journey has lead him to speak at conventions all over the country, explored fascinating places, and ate some of the best pizza around.
Anime Hell
Anime Hell’s human side cannot be quantified by a mere one or two people. Names? Not needed! Just as the show’s content changes from convention to convention so do its hosts and producers, ever shrouded in mystery and darkness. But maybe it’s because the lights are off in the room. Yes. That’s it.
An Ohayocon nighttime mainstay returns for another metric buttload of weirdness and hilarity: see old faves and new things with the crowd! Anime Hell is a collection of carelessly–errrr–CAREFULLY cultivated video clips processed for your pleasure. (May contain less than 10% actual anime)
The Japan-America Society of Central Ohio is a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership association of Americans and Japanese who desire to bring the Japanese American communities together, promote goodwill through the sharing of knowledge about Japan, and provide a forum for informed discussion regarding the Japan-U.S. relationship. Since 1997, JASCO has had an ongoing commitment to serve the wide and varied needs of the Japanese living in Ohio and Ohioans engaged and interested in Japan. It is one of 38 Japan-America Societies located through the United States and is a member of the National Association of Japan-America Societies.

Benjamin Pachter, Ph.D.,

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Executive Director of the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO), where he oversees the daily activities of the society, which include language classes, cultural outreach activities, and business seminars. He also regularly engages with local educators, business and community leaders, and government officials in an effort to help create cultural understanding, improve Japanese business success, build relationships, and foster education about Japan in Central Ohio. Benjamin is also a performer and scholar of Japanese music, specializing in Japanese taiko drumming. He received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology, serves as Assistant Director of Dublin Taiko, a student taiko group that is part of Dublin City Schools, Dublin, OH, and is present Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Taiko Community Alliance.