Newcon 3's Sponsors & Partners
Crunchyroll, the leading video service for Japanese Anime and Asian media, and Newcon PDX have once again partnered up! Cruchyroll will be providing prize support and screening access to their wealth of over 10,000 hour of Anime, Korean Dramas, and other Live-Action titles for our Newcon 2015 viewing rooms.
Portland Geek Council
The Portland Geek Council strives to unite and cultivate the Portland geek community. We provide opportunities, resources, and events to help network and build Portland’s geek community.
World Cosplay Summit
The World Cosplay Summit is an annual event every year in Nagoya Japan. It hosts competitors from dozens of countries around the world. The first step on the journey to the finals in Japan is at your local country's preliminary, being held for the first time in the Northwest at Newcon 3.
Dante Basco - Guest of Honor
With a career spanning over two and a half decades, DANTE BASCO is a Hollywood actor who has become a cult classic and pioneering figure in Asian American cinema. He was first introduced in Steven Spielberg’s fairytale movie Hook, as “Rufio”, the leader of the Lost Boys. He quickly jumped to leading roles like Newline’s Take the Lead, opposite Antonio Banderas, and The Debut, which became the voice of a Filipino American generation. 20th Century Fox executives were so mesmerized by the uniqueness of Dante’s look and ability that they gave him a development deal for his own series and he starred in a pilot for Touchstone/ABC, The Chang Family Saves the World, written and produced by John Ridley and directed by Paris Barclay. Ever versatile, he’s “Jake Long” in Disney’s animated series American Dragon: Jake Long as well as “Prince Zuko” in Nickelodeon’s phenomenal hit, Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Born and raised in the City by the Bay, Dante started out breakdancing with his three brothers at the age of 8, calling themselves “The Street Freaks”. Quickly they became one of the top groups in San Francisco, opening for acts like Ice-T and Vanity and performing during half-time shows for the 49ers and the Oakland A’s.
Dante and his family moved to Los Angeles in the mid-80s where he started to work immediately. By the age of 16, Dante was fencing against Dustin Hoffman and flying with Robin Williams in Hook. He’s found success on the small screen as well on from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and recurring on Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper and Moesha in the 90’s to prominent spots on Nash Bridges, Touched by an Angel, and Providence in the early 2000’s and hit shows today like CSI: Miami, Entourage and Hawaii Five-0.
A young man of many talents, Dante is the founder of on e of the largest weekly poetry venue in the country, “Da Poetry Lounge” in Los Angeles and he has also shared his spoken word poetry on Russell Simmons’ HBO Def Poetry Jam. He has also begun writing and producing his own features with his production company Kinetic Films, including Hang Loose, a (hilarious buddy) comedy with YouTube sensation KevJumba, winning the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Special Jury Prizes for “Best Actor” and “Best Newcomer” respectively.
From breakdancing in the streets of San Francisco to starring in movies on the silver screen, Dante Basco has become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood and truly an Asian American icon.
Jason Trost - Filmmaker Guest of Honor
Jason Trost is a fourth generation filmmaker that has worked in the film industry for his entire life. Raised on sets, he began young, as an assistant for their father in the craft of special effects. With years of working and learning the intricacies of filmmaking, he developed an appreciation for the art while reaching further than just special effects. Today he has written, directed and starred in four feature films; The FP, All Superheroes Must Die, Wet and Reckless and How To Save Us .
The Slants - Musical Guest of Honor
Portland's The Slants are the first and only all-Asian American dance rock band in the world. They offer up catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and a bombastic live show that is "not to be missed" (The Westword). The Willamette Week says "While the band may well be best experienced live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles." The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie, floor-filling beats which fans affectionately dub as "Chinatown Dance Rock."
They've been featured on Conan O'Brien, the BBC, NPR, IFC TV, Huffington Post, MTV, and over 1,500 radio stations, tv shows, magazines, and websites across 82 countries.
18 international tours, including appearances in 46 of 50 U.S states, have led to headlining showcases at major festivals such as SXSW, MusicfestNW, San Diego Comic-Con, Dragon Con. The band has also tour/provided support for The Decemberists, Mindless Self Indulgence, Girl Talk, Apl.De.Ap (of Black Eyed Peas), Blindpilot and Shonen Knife. In 2011, The Slants worked with the Department of Defense for a series of shows at U.S and NATO bases in Eastern Europe, dubbed "Operation Gratitude."
Every one of their last 7 music videos have gone viral, gaining tens of thousands of views within days. Their single, "You Make Me Alive" surpassed 300,000 views in the first few months.
Two recent music videos feature martial arts choreography by Sammo Hung (The Matrix, Ip Man, & Enter the Dragon) and international stars Daniel Wu and Shu Qi.
They've won "Album of the Year" and "Editor's Choice" from dozens of magazines, including Willamette Week, LA Weekly, Shojo Beat, Village Voice, City Beat, and Rockwired.
Whether rocking music halls, anime conventions, maximum-security prisons, colleges, or army bases, it's clear that The Slants' infectious brand of "so damn good" music will leave you wanting more (MRU Magazine).
Ninja of the Night - Cosplay Guest of Honor
Ninja of the Night (Aka NOTN) is a cosplay performance group based out of the Pacific Northwest, although its members are scattered all across the country! The five principle members, Kayla [BAT], Mandy [Nutcracker], Krystal [Sumikins], Rynn [Rynn], and Chris [GaMeReVx], have been together since 2007 and in that time produced and combined 15+ skits and have taken home numerous performance awards and acknowledgements including four Best In Shows, being featured on several gaming blogs as well as G4's "Attack of the Show", and have had two of their members represent the United States in 2010's World Cosplay Summit. Now, they're ready to share their knowledge in cosplay-related panels as well as entertain! To learn more about NOTN's history and members, as well as see examples of their work, check out their facebook page: www.Facebook.com/NOTNcosplay
Kira Buckland - Voice Actor Guest
Kira Buckland began voice acting at the age of sixteen after having been introduced to the online voiceover community. She got her start voice acting in flash animations and games, and started getting noticed in the industry after winning Anime Expo 2007's Voice Actor Idol.
After moving to Southern California from her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, she soon landed her first official roles and has since voiced many characters in anime (Blue Exorcist, Accel World, LaGrange, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, 5 Centimeters Per Second) and video games (Skullgirls, Castle Crashers, Hyperdimension Neptunia V, Inazuma Eleven, Mugen Souls, Time and Eternity). Recently, she has been announced to be the voice of Hiyoko Saionji in "Dangan Ronpa 2: Goodbye Despair".
Kira's hobbies include video games, singing, cosplay, espresso, and attending conventions.
To keep up with Kira, visit her website or follow her on Twitter @rinachan.
Natalie Hoover - Voice Actor Guest
Natalie Hoover is a voice actor residing in Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised in Oregon, Natalie had always admired the world of Hollywood. Realizing her passion for the arts, she enrolled herself in several organizations to explore what would soon become her career. Her most recent voice acting roles are Sonia Nevermind from the acclaimed title DanganRonpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Tiara in Fairy Fencer F, Ryubence in Witch and the Hundred Knight, Toya in Magi: Labyrinth of Magic, Raven Banecroft in Rival Threads, and Yolko in the hit series Sword Art Online that aired on Toonami, as well as many more titles which will be released soon.
To learn more about Natalie, visit her at www.nataliehoover.com
or follow her twitter (@NatalieHooverVO)!
Sean Chiplock - Voice Actor Guest
Sean Chiplock is a professional voiceover artist who has been quickly making his way into the industry scene, voicing for a number of popular characters in recent videogames and anime. Some of his recent roles include Cassim in "MAGI: Labyrinth of Magic", Ozma and Gruda in "Ys: Memories of Celceta", and Kiyotaka Ishimaru in the game "Dangan Ranpa: Trigger Happy Havoc" due out in February. He's just as much of a character in person, though, and enjoys talking to anyone about basically anything.
A gamer at heart, he issues a calm but stern warning to any would-be Smash Brothers enthusiasts that he "packs a mean as hell Lucas". When not tackling his freelance work, he likes to mod and participate with the community chat on Saltybet.com, host radio podcasts and shows for Gensokyo Radio, and even prepare his next material for Anime Expo's Last Comic Standing competition, which he made the Finals for each year he's entered.
He currently resides in sunny California, battling traffic almost as often as he battles his animated rivals.
To keep up with Sean, follow him on Twitter @sonicmega.
Sharks from Mars - Band
Performing again at Newcon 3 after their amazing performance last year is the Sharks From Mars.
Sharks From Mars play fast and mean little songs about girls, death, and the dangers of modern living. Sometimes they tune their instruments. Though a haze of liquor, violence, and malcontent often circles the group, their mothers insist they’re very nice boys.
Check out their music at http://sharksfrommars.bandcamp.com/
Meepy Gal - Cosplay / YouTube Guest
Meepy Gal is a popular cosplayer, host, content creator, and full time media professional. After years of cosplaying she decided to take her stories and advice to her YouTube channel. With an audience of over 9000 she produces a variety of cosplay and pop culture related videos. This year she published her first book "Get In The Robot - Your Guide to Making Plugsuits" to educate and inspire others to make bodysuit creations. When she is not busy working on creative content, she enjoys getting good food and coffee in Portland OR.
Ryan Wells - Cosplay Guest
Ryan Wells, from Portland OR, has been doing props and sets for various theater and haunt productions throughout the years and only recently started cosplaying in September of 2013 and has already been featured on several cosplay and special effects panels at various conventions throughout the Pacific NW, cosplay websites, web series and Forbes.com.
“Cosplay was a natural progression for me since there’s not enough Halloween in my life”
"I love to learn new skills and make challenges for myself, getting inspiration and bouncing ideas off friends (new and old) and connecting through the great community that has taken me in while creating obscure yet lovingly recognizable characters. Up until now I have tended to draw inspiration mainly from films but I try to branch out into other genres.”
The Cosplay Professional - Cosplay Professional
The Cosplay Professional is a world renowned professional celebrity in many facets of today's society. Primarily known for his contributions to the professional cosplay community, The Cosplay Professional is professionally pleased to be flown in from his current professional seminar tour about being professional in every moment of one's life.
When the Cosplay Professional is not preoccupied with matters of professionalism, he likes to unwind by building churches for the unprofessional and casting 400 foot tall likenesses of himself for all the world to see.
Conventional Improv - Performer
Since 2009, Conventional Improv has been the Pacific Northwest's go-to group for cons. Providing improv shows, game shows, and comedy panel shows, there's something for everyone! We are excited about our second Newcon, and plan on bringing even more great content your way!
The Fine Young Deviants - Performer
The Fine Young Deviants are coming to New Con PDX! The comedy and improv group is known far and wide for their bizzare humor and off-the-wall sketches. They're horrible, and you'll love them.
Slightly Anime Dating Game - Performer
Slightly Anime is an Anime Convention based entertainment group. We have done award winning cosplay (or masquerade) skits, panels, and most notably the "Slightly Anime Dating Game" for many years now. http://www.youtube.com/user/SlightlyAnime
Audio Video Roscoe - DJ
Audio Video Roscoe will be DJing at the Newcon Electric New Year's Dance