Opening Ceremonies –
Join us as we kick off our convention for our third year! Find out what we have in store for the weekend.
Newcon’s Anime Music Video competition, created for fans, by fans. Entries are grouped into categories, and you the audience vote for your favorite videos. Come see how your video does, or just sit back and watch! Winners will be announced during Closing Ceremonies. This year’s show will also feature a best of 2014 showcase!
Newcon Rock & Roll Show
We are pleased to be providing a full three act rock concert this year, featuring amazing local bands. Returning are the Sharks from Mars, bringing you some fast paced punk rock! We also have booked Bat-Mania, a fantastic band that does many original and covers of great songs about Batman and Gotham. To top off the concert we, by popular demand, have brought you The Slants!
Bad Cosplay Contest
Ever wonder what a cosplay contest is like when it’s not taken seriously? Don’t have a cosplay? No Problem! Is your cosplay made out of a plastic bag? GREAT! Compete to be the best of the worst or just try to make the audience laugh as much as you can. Come and join us for some good laughs and possible not so great to great prizes!
Masquerade (Cosplay Contest)
Whether you like to compete or just like to see costumes being presented, the Cosplay Contest is Newcon’s main costume event. Various individuals and groups will present their costumes and entertaining skits. At the end of the contest, prizes will be announced for outstanding entries.
World Cosplay Summit Northwest Preliminaries
World Cosplay Summit is a pair’s competition. You and your partner must select a source of Japanese origin (Anime, Manga, Video Game or Tokusatsu), from which you will prepare costumes, props, and a stage performance. Teams will be evaluated on craftsmanship during a scheduled time slot, as well as performance during the main event. Teams compete in qualifying rounds. The top two teams per round will advance to the finals. The top team chosen in the finals will move onto the World Finals in Japan.
Newcon Formal Ball – One Night in Paris
You are invited to attend the Newcon Ball. Come in all your finery, ready to waltz with your favorite host. The dress code is semi-formal or semi-formal cosplay. The first half will be classical music from waltz to jazz, the second half will be more of a prom style with DJ Switch.
Electric New Year’s Festival
Newcon was founded on the belief that the convention year should be started off with a party. Given our proximity to New Year we think this is the perfect time to bring everyone together. The oldest and first event ever hosted by Newcon was our electronic dance party, and we continue to build upon it every year. This year is no exeception! We have great DJs – Audio Video Roscoe, Easterislandhead, and Mr. Eh Young!
Come see your favorite characters battle it out on a giant chessboard stage! Coplay Chess is an event where convention attendees in cosplay serve as the pieces, and at the direction of two chess masters, will move, fight, and die, live on stage.
Lolita Fashion Show
One of our oldest events, the Lolita Fashion Show returns again for a third year! Come check out a runway show with the finest Lolita fashions!
The final event of Newcon – contest winners announced, highlights are replayed, and the venue and mascot for next year are revealed.
Brown Bag Creature Challenge
Find yourself a buddy or two (or four) and come find us in the mad, mad workshop where you find a random bag of junk that your team of masterminds will come up with the most beautiful, crazy, exotic, scary, ugly, or pitiful Newcon will grace their eyes on. Our works of art will be displayed throughout the day for judging even though we all know they’re all special in the creator’s eye. Hosted by Ryan Wells.
CI! Presents: Geeky Game Shows
How well do you know your geekdom? Come play three popular game shows against other congoers and find out! There’s a bonus prize at the end you don’t want to miss out on!
CI! Presents: Midnight Madness
Join Conventional Improv for some game-based comedy, including @midnight and Wheel after Dark. Anything can happen here, so be prepared!
CI! Presents: Whose Line is it Anyways?!
Join the cast of conventional Improv as we perform scenes and play games based off of YOUR suggestions! Who knows, you may even become part of a scene!
CI! Presents: Whose Line is it Anyways?! (18+)
Time to kick out the kiddos and roll in the adult humor as Conventional Improv brings you MORE Whose Line – but this time a little more suggestive!
Cosplay Skits with Ninja of the Night
Cosplay Guests “Ninja Of The Night” discuss the ins and outs of skit writing,rehearsing and performing Cosplay Skits! They will be going over the Do’s and Don’t’s and what to look out for when planning your next cosplay contest entry! Don’t miss it!
Cosplay Tips: Meepy-Gal & Ryan Wells (featuring the Cosplay Professional)
Come join three accomplished cosplayers as they share with you tips and tricks on cosplay costume construction. They’ll also have a Q&A to answer all your cosplay crafting questions!
Cosplay Tips: Ninja of the Night
Ninja of the Night would like to share some tips and tricks to costume construction. Think of it as, “the stuff they wish people would have told them prior to starting their costumes”. A Q and A will follow the tips.
Come join Ryan Wells as he takes you through his process of bringing characters from film and television to life.
Come join three of the voice stars; Kira Buckland, Natalie Hoover, and Sean Chiplock, from the dub of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc as they talk about the franchise and their experiences working on it.
Dante Basco – Asian American Icon
Join Dante Basco as he talks about his work in film, television, and more.
Dante Basco Q&A
Dante Basco’s career has spanned dancing, poetry, voice acting, acting, and much more. Come get any questions you may have answered!
Fine Young Deviants AMA / What Do You Hate? (18+)
Ask them anything, but watch out, they may turn it around on you. No question is out of bounds for Fine Young Deviants as they do their best to answer every question… Without incriminating themselves.
Fine Young Deviants Presents: Hobo Battle Royalle (18+)
The Fine Young Deviants invite you to an evening of Sketch & Stand Up comedy. This is our biggest event, don’t miss out. Expect a powerful kinetic energy to arise from the entire crowd as the 5 Deviants fire on all cylinders!
FYD Productions Presents: Jay and Hirsch: Serial Killers (18+)
Be the first to see a brand new Comedy-Thriller series presented to you by Fine Young Deviants Productions. Blood, Bullets, and Banter – What other B-words could you want?
Get in the Robot! Your Guide to making Plugsuits.
Join MeepyGal for a fun panel on learning about the ideas behind her favorite costumes as well as getting a more close and personal look into her book on Plugsuit making! Physical copies will be available.
How Being Asian got me in Trouble
Simon Young, from The Slants, talks about experiences where Eastern and Western cultures have clashed…and how that has resulted in being banned from clubs, detained at an international border, and being accused of being racist towards himself!
How to Save Us – Film Screening with Jason Trost
Come see a screening of Jason Trost’s newest film, How to Save Us. He will be there to introduce the film and do a Q&A about it afterwards.
Jason Trost: Life & Film
Join Filmmaker Jason Trost (The FP, How to Save Us) as he talks about his career in making independent film, comics, and more.
Jason Trost Q&A
Join filmmaker Jason Trost as he answers any questions you may have about his life, works, or career.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure with Kira Buckland
Voice actress Kira Buckland will host a Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure panel where she will discuss background and trivia about the series, as well as host a JoJo Pose contest.
Kira Buckland Q&A
Voice Actor Kira Buckland answers any questions you have about his career and works.
Legends Of The Hidden Temple …Of Time!
Come one! Come all to Legends of the Hidden Temple…Of Time! Prepare to enjoy some friendly competition as you all fight for the ultimate goal. What’s that you ask? Well to be the hero and rescue Princess Zelda of course! Come and play games with us or just root for your favorite team!
Natalie Hoover Q&A
Voice Actor Natalie Hoover answers any questions you have about his career and works.
Outlast after Dark (18+)
Everyone grab your adult diapers because it’s about to get scary up-in–here! Join NOTN as they play through the terrifying game, Outlast. You’ll jump, you’ll scream, and you’ll probably laugh because we are a giant group of sissies.
Poetry Hour with Dante Basco
Not just a great actor and dancer, Dante Basco is also a fantastic poet. Join him as he talks about poetry and does some readings.
Sean Chiplock Q&A
Voice Actor Sean Chiplock answers any questions you have about his career and works.
Asian Americans have been behind the scenes making an impact on geek culture as comic artists, writers, and performers. However, very little of fandom or entertainment represents the rich diversity of the creators. Join several geek culture icons and artists in a discussion about where to find diversity and how you can help support it.
Slightly Anime Dating Game
Join Slightly Anime as they host their iconic dating game, where they pull people out of the audience for a chance to win a date with eligible bachelor and bachelorettes (for comedy, no actual date is required).
Slightly Anime Dating Game (18+)
Join Slightly Anime as they host their iconic dating game, where they pull people out of the audience for a chance to win a date with eligible bachelor and bachelorettes (for comedy, no actual date is required). The same as the all-ages show except more suggestive and a bit raunchier.
Story Time with the Fine Young Deviants
Join Fine Young Deviants around the campfire as they tell their fondest, and sometimes, most cringe-worthy Convention tales.
The Slants Q&A: War wounds and road trips
An open, candid question and answer session where band members can talk about upcoming projects, tell tour stories, and answer questions about The Slants.
Voice Acting (with Kira Buckland, Natalie Hoover, and Sean Chiplock)
Come join three young and talented rising voice actors as they talk about their projects and craft.
What the Pho?: A foodie’s guide to Asian eating
Food fans unite! The Slants help you discover new types of Asian cuisine, how to find quality eateries, and answer questions about the dishes you’ve always been afraid to try yourself.
World Cosplay Summit – Information Panel
Want to know about the international cosplay competition known as World Cosplay Summit? Well this is the panel for you!
YouTube/Digital Content PDX
The digital content creation panel for Newcon! Hosted by local content creators we will share about our experience and advice with making our projects. A casual meet up will be held out in the lobby afterwards!
Are you a master at knowing anime? Think you got what it takes to prove it? Come join us as we play a gripping game of Anime Charades. Contestants will be put into two teams to see who really knows their animation. Contestants will draw from various hats to act out a character or series to try and get their team mates to guess what it is. Only one team will win. Will it be yours?
Anime Science Theater 3000
Have you ever sat around with your friends and watched anime? Are you and/or your friends jerks? If so, then you are probably familiar with the basic concept of Anime Science Theater 3000. Join a panel of jaded anime fans, who are too old to have fun anymore, while they watch their favorite shows and talk over them so you can’t enjoy your viewing experience.
Anime & Video Game Musical Jeopardy
Just how good of a listener are you? Do you know your openings, endings and soundtracks? Are you lyrically inclined? Come test your skills in this Jeopardy-like trivia game show! There will be prizes for the winners!
Ask the Ancestors
Ever wanted to hear the Sufferer’s sermon? Have a request of Her Imperial Condescension? Want to know why Dualscar has no friends? Come for over an hour of questions, games, and skits with some of your favorite Homestuck Ancestors.
Ask the Homestucks!
Based on Andrew Hussie’s ‘Homestuck’, panelists will be answering questions in character as characters from the infamous Homestuck. Come in and ask the troll and kids about their lives and times playing Sburb!
Attack on Newcon
An eventful titan slaying panel for ages 13+
We’ll be going through the basics for Cosplay, Attack on Titan as a whole, and much more!
Bad Trivia for Bad Prizes
The name says it all, answer some terrible trivia questions and walk away with terrible prizes.
Come learn more about the Bismark from someone who had an ongoing correspondence with a senior surviving member of the ship until 1992.
Beasts of Hentai Maid Café (18+)
What more could you want? We have beautiful boys in skirts and they’ll be serving you fine foods. All with a diner show. This is not for the weak of heart. [This event has a cover charge of $5].
Beneath the Waves: Big Trouble, Little Submarine
Mad Science! Sunken Treasure! One Enormous Angry Squid! Come aboard the HMS Persephone, salvaged from the finest post-War scrap that money can steal…er buy…where opportunity awaits!
If being the first to experience the inky depths of the uncharted Minnow Trench wasn’t enough, scientists, adventurers and big game hunters alike are guaranteed to have something to set their sights on. Rumors abound that long lost human technology, along with mystical elven artifacts, have all found a watery rest here. Their strange energies have mutated the local sea life to enormous proportions and hostile dispositions.
Beneath the Waves is a four-hour Science Fiction/ Fantasy LARP that incorporates simulated combat with NERF guns.
Big World, Small Fandom
Come gather around for a panel about small fandoms! This panel is run like a discussion circle, where we provide the topics, and we all provide the answers. With the help of our ever so lovely tacky powerpoint and the power of the Magical Girl Box, we’d like to welcome you to an evening of fun, community, and crying over how alone we are!
Convention Horror Stories
Have you ever been to a convention, and then something went horribly wrong? Anywhere from mistaking someone for the whole convention of being the other gender, to cosplay malfunctions at the wrong time. We tell it all here. But what happens in that room, stays in that room. It’s a safe place, to have a good laugh, and share your stories with other people who can relate.
Cosplay Character Posing
Tired of not being able to come up with posing for pictures at a convention? Well professional model Sage Bell would like to help you create character specific posing for when you are at a convention.
Cosplay Contests: What are judges looking for?
Ever wanted to enter a cosplay contest or masquerade? Were you too nervous because you didn’t know what the judges were looking for? Did you enter a contest and thought you should have won, but didn’t? Or win even when you weren’t expecting to?
Then this is the panel for you. The judges of the Newcon cosplay contest are here to tell you their experiences competing, and what they look for when they’re judging! Panel will focus on craftsmanship, but will also include minimal skit discussion.
Are you interested in healthier living? Perhaps you want to know a safe way to pack on some muscle or lose a few inches off the waist? This is the panel for you! Join a host of cosplayers who have transformed their bodies with years of hard work and now want to share that information with you. This panel is for all levels of interest and experience.
Could she BE any more sugoi?
We will discuss anime from the perspective of Chandler Bing.
Cultural Appropriation vs Rule of Cool
If all culture is remix culture, how do we as fans and creators borrow from other cultures respectfully while calling out problematic uses? We will explore the history of appropriation, it’s negative effects on both the source culture as well as the appropriators, and where it has been done well.
Explore the origins and the many meanings and faces of steampunk, from sci-fi genre to design aesthetic and beyond, with the organizer of Portland’s steampunk convention.
Disney Sing-Along PJ Party
Come sing and dance with us at the Disney Sing-Along PJ Party in your favorite PJ’s, Kigurumi, Disney cosplay, or anything for that matter! Don’t forget to bring your friends to this magical filled adventure because what’s better than singing your heart out with other Disney fans? Going to Disneyland maybe, but this is close enough!
Have you ever been concerned and curious about draculers? This panel with teach about draculer and defense. Professional draculer slayer Carl Danger Freeman will be there to open the world of draculers. Come and have fun.
Entitlement, Representation & Power In the Gaming Industry
The lack of diversity within video games and in media aids in the lack of self-identity for many children of color, and creates an already looming gap between people of color and those who identify as white in the online world. During this Panel we will show how the gaming industry has portrayed its people of color and women over the last decade.
Essential Tips for Fitting Yourself
Start right, finish right. Discover the basic and practical steps involved in preparing your paper pattern for custom fitting and alteration. Learn which measurements are critical, how to develop a system for recording both pattern and personal measurements, calculating differences and more. Once learned, it’s simple and you’ll use it every time you open a new pattern envelope.
Fruity Rumpus Factory Live
A Choose-your-own-adventure Homestuck panel featuring your favorite characters from the comic! Homestuck written by Andrew Hussie
FUNNY VIDOES (18+)
Laughter is the best medicine? Yes. Here are some Videos.
Want to know about the most popular mecha anime series in the world? If so, come on down to learn about the large multiverse of Mobile Suit Gundam. We will go through production order of every major Gundam series from the original 1979 series to present. Well will address concepts, ideas and time lines of this popular franchise. This panel is for all levels of knowledge from new friends to veterans who might learn something new.
Hentai Cupcake’s Swimsuit Competition (18+)
Join Hentai Cupcake as he brings back his convention renowned cosplay swimsuit contest.
Holiday Fashion Show
Imagine a magical winter wonderland filled with fashion, Santa suits, New Year’s party hats, and fur-trimmed coats. This is Newcon’s first ever Holiday Fashion Show—Rockin’ Around the Double Tree! It will be merry, tacky, jolly, and, let’s face it, totally ridiculous.
HOWL CON: “The Best Werewolf Movies since Twilight”
A Brief Rundown of all the latest and greatest dramas, comedies, and films of all genres as long as that genre is Werewolves.
Intermediate Costume Construction
So you’ve made several costumes already but feel you need to learn more to bring your costuming to the next level? This class will include information intermediate level costume sewing, including inserting zippers and grommets, making pockets, selecting fabrics, and tailoring.
Come and learn about the basics of karaoke! This panel will discuss things like the history of karaoke, tips for picking songs, etiquette for karaoke bars and private rooms as well as the best local spots to sing your heart out.
LARP – Amtgard (Demo)
Come check out an interactive demo for the LARP (live action role playing game) Amtgard.
LARP – Belegarth (Demo)
Come check out an interactive demo for the LARP (live action role playing game Belegarth.
LARP – Distopia Rising (Demo)
Come check out an interactive demo for the LARP (live action role playing game Distopia Rising.
Nerdy By Nature
Most people think of nerds and geeks as being glued to their computers and other tech. But what about those of us obsessed with nature and the outdoors? In this presentation, self-described nature geek Lupa talks about how to be an amateur naturalist even if you don’t have a degree in the sciences, how nature is an influence on all sorts of pop culture, and why it’s important for even the most hardcore nerds to get outside.
Original Characters and You
Interested in creating your own original characters or want to get some tips how to improve your own? In this panel we’ll talk about where to start, how to come up a design, and tips on avoiding the infamous title of “Mary-Sue”.
Ouran Highschool Host Club
Come join the boys from Ouran for a Host of wonderful memories.
Pokemon: NewCon League
Want to prove yourself as a real life Pokemon Master? Show us your mettle by challenging the NewCon League Gym Leaders and collecting our badges. Anyone who collects all eight by the end of the convention will be crowned a bona fide NewCon Pokemon Master and entered in a raffle to win a fabulous prize. Have you got what it takes?
This event lasts for the weekend, the panel is just to explain the rules for people who might have questions about the event itself.
Portland Augureys Quidditch Team Info Panel
Come see the guys and gals from Portland’s own Quidditch team. They’ll have a full demo in Holiday Park on Sunday, but stop by and get to know about them beforehand!
Prop Building: Knowing your Tools and Materials
Prop Building: Knowing your Tools and Materials, is a 90 minute course will cover the basic tools and materials commonly used in prop/replica building, and how to use them in a safe and appropriate manner. Discussion points will include project inception, planning and budget, parts fabrication, painting and coloring, and tips for protecting your project longevity.
A Q&A at the end of the panel will allow attendees to have short questions answered, or for more complicated questions, contact information exchanged. Samples of the afore mentioned materials will also be present to examine.
The Random Panel
The Random panel has come to new con, But not the way you think. we are doing some new things for new con along with the things you love like Bigger and Better, and con pick up line. we are introducing some new games. stop in for the games stay for the insanity!
Repo the Genetic Opera (18+)
Your local repo team is here to talk to you about what it’s like to be a part of The Oregon Donors, and what it is like to shadow cast. We tell you all the little secrets and inner workings of what we do.
Come check out an interactive demo for the SCA (The Society for Creative Anachronisms).
Fight Fight Fight! Come Join Valentine, Ms. Fortune, Minette and others to play games, ask questions, Karoke, and show you what us girls (and boys of course!) are all about!
Soul Eater: Kid & Liz
Death the Kid and Liz Thompson have agreed to entertain you and answer all your questions! Patty has managed to slip away and left the meister and her sister alone to host the panel by themselves! There’s no telling how the shinigami and his weapon will get along, but it’s guaranteed to be interesting!
Steampunk Short Film Showcase
Selections and highlights from the Steampunk Film Festival. Indie shorts, animation, and music video from a past that never was.
Sword Art At-Con
Join Kirito, Asuna and Yui as you’ve never seen them before – at NewCon, and no longer trapped inside a Virtual World! Sing along with Asuna as she performs the Opening Theme Song to SAO, “Crossing Field.” You will be on the edge of your seat watching the live sword duel between Kirito and Asuna. Got questions? Submit them ahead of time on the SAO -Newcon Panel- Facebook Page. We will be surprising you with a live drama of all the questions put together, written into a script and performed before your very eyes. And much more! Don’t miss out on Sword Art At-Con!
Tea & Cake: An Intro to Lolita Fashion
This panel is an overview of lolita fashion. You will learn about the history, outfit anatomy, sub-styles, culture, and community surrounding it. Suitable for beginner lolitas, or those interested in finding out more about the fashion. Seasoned lolitas are encouraged to attend and share their expertise!
TV, Movie, and Anime Gun Gaffes We All Love to Bust On
When the media gets how a firearm works or should be used, boy do they get it wrong! Come join experts as we take an look at all those wild mistakes made in media!
Vis-Kei Your Visuals
Music meant to be seen as well as heard, that is the essence of Visual-Kei. The music spans all genres from jazz to heavy metal and the fashions are sweeping harajuku and jingubashi bridge! Join us for an hour of fun, visual, musical discussions of favorite bands, brands, and the basics to newcomers in the Visual Kei world.
Watch This, Not That
Don’t know what to watch? Come on down and be mind blasted by an anime themed standup routine followed by a presentation on all the year’s best anime.
Come spend time your night with us Yaoi fans to discuss, and play fun activities, and see all the goods Japan has to offer for us ! Prizes will be given to the best Yaoi Couple Cosplay, so bring your partner with you~
Your guide to Kigurumi making
Have you ever wanted to make a kigurumi, but didn’t know where to start? This panel is for you! Learn from a Kigu making fanatic how to make the best kigu that you can make. We’ll show you the best technique for pattern making, what fabric to buy, and how to make the perfect face. Come join us for some fleece filled fun!
Yuri 101: Girl’s Love
Everything is better with girl’s love. Everything. Join this panel to learn more about the history of Yuri/Shoujo-ai (girl’s love) in anime and manga, preview a fantastic series, and play a quick yuri-licious game for a prize!
Panels are scheduled to be 60 minutes in length, you may request additional time but it can’t be guaranteed.
Panelists are expected to show up fifteen minutes prior to their panel’s scheduled start time. They are also expected to end their panels on time and a moderator will be present to help keep track of time.
Panels are scheduled according to several criteria. For this reason, we don’t take requests for when to schedule panels. We’ll do our best to avoid scheduling similar panels opposite each other, but we make no promises.
We will attempt to schedule each panel in an appropriately-sized panel room. We have limited space and not all panels can be in our largest panel rooms. We use historical data about panels from previous years to determine which room is the best fit for each panel.
All panels covering mature content matter will have ID checks at the door.
All panelists must be pre-registered for Newcon (or be on Newcon Staff) in order to submit a panel for final approval. Panels will not be accepted unless the panelists that submit them have already secured a badge for Newcon.
You must be at least 16 years old or have a co-panelist that is. No one under 16 may host a panel on their own. If you’re under 18, you may not participate in panels that discuss adult topics. No exceptions.
So that you don’t overload yourself at the expense of your panels, you may not run (or help run) more than six hours worth of panels per year. No exceptions.
Panels will be limited to two panelists. You may have as many people help you with panels as you’d like, but we’ll only provide remuneration for the primary panelist and their co-panelist. There are no exceptions to this rule.
If your panel is accepted, you’ll be expected to run the panel. If for some reason you can’t run your panel, you must notify us at least two weeks before the convention. After that point, your panel will be on the printed schedule and it’ll be too late to cancel.
If your panel is on the printed schedule and you fail to show for your panel, you’ll be banned from running any panels at Newcon in the future. The only exceptions made will be for emergencies, and only if you contact us before your panel is scheduled to begin.
If you have responsibilities that might preclude you from running a panel during specific time frames, let us know on your detailed panel submission. Such obligations might include: volunteering for Newcon, being on Newcon staff, working for a dealer, having a table in Artists Alley, or participating in a major event (e.g. the costume contest).
If you’d like to attend any major events at Newcon, you may choose up to three events in their detailed panel submission. We’ll do our best to avoid scheduling you against those events, but we make no promises.
We are currently restructuring the way we reward people for providing panels, this will be updated prior to panel submissions going live.