Join the Chair and Vice Chair of the KuroNeko Cultural Association as we welcome in KuroNekoCon 2017 with special performances, guest introductions, trivia, and general convention shenanigans!
Help us send away another great KNC with convention highlights, special performances, contest winners, and general hilarity born from a long weekend of non-stop action.
Cosplay chess is a game of human chess performed by players in costume. Short performances, fights, and skits between the battling players decide the outcome of the game!Cosplay Chess Application
Cosplayers bring their favorite characters to life on stage in KNC's Cosplay Contest! The contest is judged based upon overall look of the costume, accuracy of the character, difficulty of the costume for the contestant's skill level, execution of sewing and crafting technique, and stage presence. Bring your friends to watch this great show full of the finest cosplay our wonderful attendees have to offer!Cosplay Contest Application
Cosplay Skit Contest
The Cosplay Skit Contest is where cosplayers and performers bring their talent to the KNC stage! Skits can range anywhere from a dance, to a song, to a set of dialogue and everything in between. The most important part is the crowd gets pumped and the contestants get creative and fun! The cosplay Skit Contest is primarily judged on performance.Cosplay Skit Contest Application
Foam Sword Fighting Tournament
A double elimination tournament for ages 13 and up. Contestants fight for honor, glory, and trophies with safe, foam-padded swords. We are pleased to once again welcome the Epona Equestrian Team as this year's guest judges!
Sign ups for the tournament are taken on a first-come first-serve basis at the door. Please arrive to the event before the start of the tournament to reserve a spot.
Youth Foam Sword Tournament
A single elimination tournament for ages 12 and under. Contestants fight for a chance at honorable victory upon the battlefield with safe, foam-padded swords.Sign ups for the tournament are taken on a first-come, first-served basis at the door. Please arrive to the event before the start of the tournament to reserve a spot.
Japanese Fashion Show
The J-Fashion show will showcase many of the past and current exciting Harajuku styles such as Sweet Lolita, Gothic Lolita, Visual Kei, and Decora, along with several others! The models will show off their styles on the stage in each fashion, and those who wish to will be participating in a post-show Q&A to allow audience members to learn more about their unique looks!Japanese Fashion Show application
Welcome to KuroNekoCon's annual night of grace, dignity, and mystery. Come dance the evening away to fun dance music that ranges between waltz, pop, and ballads. There's music for everyone. As is custom, masks are required, but don't worry if you don't have one already, we'll have our free mask-making panel to get creative and make your own.
If you'd rather a more direct route, we'll be selling them from $1 to $5 in various styles at the Masquerade door. Dressy or Cosplay costumes are encouraged, but only a mask is a requirement since all are welcome. We hope to see you there!
Neon Nyan Revolution
Dance the night away to some of the Inland Northwest’s best DJ’s. Glowsticks sold at the door.
Check out the DJs here: Neon Nyan Revolution Guest DJs
KNC Events and Panels
Anime music videos (AMVs) are fan-made compositions which synchronize edited video clips from one or more anime with an audio track, often songs or promotional trailer audio.
Honoring the tradition of Tango no Sekku, a Japanese children's festival that celebrates children's personalities and happiness, kids will be able to enjoy fun Japanese children's games, crafts, and stories. Some examples of our crafts including making paper koinobori flags or carp flags, origami paper folding, a tutorial on how to use chopsticks, lantern making, japanese folk-tale story telling, beginners kendama playing, and coloring of children's anime characters!
All ages are welcome to come play with us!
Sing your heart out! Karaoke provided by Decibel Diversions.
Come prove your love and talent to the world with KuroNekoCon's second year ANIME IDOL! Our illustrious KJs, with the help of our screaming karaoke fans, will pick one winner to be the very best (that no one ever was!). The winner will get a basket of prize goodies and get to perform their winning song at closing ceremonies! All levels are welcome to join! Any fandom song or tribute is also welcome!
Sign up starts at Sunday @ 10:00am in the Karaoke room and close @ 1:00pm
Live Drawing Contest
Compete against your fellow artists by drawing our cosplay models live at KuroNekoCon! Artists will have two hours to complete their drawings. Participants must bring their own supplies, and we ask that you use traditional media only.
Drawings will be submitted at the end of the event to a panel of judges who will determine winners based on presentation, ability to accurately observe and record the subject, mastery of selected materials, stylistic development, and design/composition.
Be sure to arrive to the panel early to secure a good spot!Live Drawing Contest Rules
Movie Event: Rurouni Kenshin Origins (Ages 18+)
Rurouni Kenshin: Origins is a 2012 Japanese film adaptation of the manga of the same name originally written by Nobuhiro Watsuki. The film focuses on fictional events that take place during the early Meiji period in Japan, telling the story of a wanderer named Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the assassin Hitokiri Battōsai. KNC will be showing the English dubbed version featuring our 2017 Guest of Honor Micah Solusod as Himura Kenshin!
18+ or with adult signature.
In the Manga Library you can read manga, take a rest from the convention jumble, and experience a bit of Japanese culture.
Ayu Sakata’s Q&R
You got questions? Ayu’s got responses! Come ask your questions about voiceover, directing, writing visual novels, or how brew the perfect cup of tea. There will be free things. (Answers not guaranteed.)
Faina Lorah - Not So Happily Ever After: The Truth About Fairy Tales
It's no secret that the fairy tales we know are polished, Disney-fied versions of something a bit more disturbing. But how dark and creepy were the original stories? What was the original inspiration? Join author and artist Faina Lorah and hear about the real versions of popular fairy tale characters that you know and love.
Faina Lorah - So You Wanna Be an Artist
Learn the inside tricks to being a full-time artist: what your daily schedule can look like, how you can market yourself, what you need to know, and more!
Faina Lorah - Villains of Russian Fairy Tales
You may have heard about Baba Yaga, the mysterious witch in the woods who eats children, but do you know about Koschei the deathless king who ultimately inspired Voldemort's immortality? Or the sneaky man-eating wolf with a big heart? Learn about the quirky and goofy villains of Russian Fairy Tales with Faina Lorah.
Fantasm - Belly Dancing
Ventaia and Mishti lead a lesson in the art of belly dancing. Dance, learn, ask questions, and have some fun while trying something new.
Jessica Cavanagh - Anime for Autism
Are you or someone you know and love on the autism spectrum? Do you love anime? If so, Jessica invites you to come share what anime has meant to you or your loved one. Tell us about your favorite shows and characters! This will be a warm, safe environment to express yourself in the company of friends who can relate. Or, feel free to simply come and listen!
Jessica will be sharing about her experience with her son, who is on the spectrum, and she can't wait to meet you!
Jessica Cavanagh - Women in Anime with Jessica Cavanagh and Wendy Powell
Women of the anime dubbing industry come together to share stories from behind the mic and more! Hosted by Jessica Cavanagh.
Joe Perez - Getting into the Game Industry as a 3D Artist
Joe Perez has 7 years of experience in the video game industry and joined Cyan in 2014 where he was an integral part of the graphics development of their newly released game Obduction. Cyan is a local video game company best known for it's hugely popular point-and-click adventure games Myst and Riven.
Madeline West - The Art of the Kimono
Learn about kimono and how each design has a different meaning as well as the deep history behind these beautiful pieces of clothing and culture.
Micah and Ayu - Let’s Make a Visual Novel
The last visual novel sakevisual made took four years to complete. This one will only take one hour! Join Ayu Sakata and Micah Solusod as they speed through the VN-making process and make an original visual novel from scratch. Audience participation welcome!
Micah Solusod - Soul 2 Soul
Stop by and chat with Micah about what it’s like talking to yourself in a dark padded room. From anime to video games, Micah will take all of your questions and maybe even answer some ; ).
Spokane Buddhist Temple Bon Odori Dancers
Have fun learning about folk dances of Japan by joining in on this long-standing cultural tradition.
Spokane Kendo members will demonstrate traditional Kata forms, prearranged striking drills (kirikaeshi), and free-style sparring with nothing prearranged (ji-geiko). Attendees will also be given an opportunity to learn hands on about the sport of Kendo by participating in basic exercises.
Spokane Taiko - Interactive Taiko Drumming Demonstration
Spokane Taiko hosts an interactive panel with the fantastic musical instruments of Taiko drumming. Come learn about the history and art of Taiko drumming and try them out for yourself.
Uptown Cosplay - Getting into Character
Learn tricks and methods from Uptown Cosplay, actor and veteran in hosting in-character panels, for getting inside a character's head and bringing your cosplays to life. Discussions and exercises on character study, mannerisms, avoiding bias, and headcanons with an emphasis on accuracy.
Uptown Cosplay - Storytime
Sit down with Uptown Cosplay and ask whatever questions you might have. Whether you want to get to know the cosplayer, get tips and advice, or just pick their brain, you never know what stories might come up. It's bound to be interesting!
Wendy Powell - Monolog Madness
Some lucky people will have the chance to write out crazy monologs and test out their acting skills with the master of character diversity. Wendy Powell, as your guide! Come on in and watch the madness unfold.
Zack Davisson - A Brief History of Yokai
From Godzilla to Pokémon, Japan is monster country. And all of Japan's monsters have their roots in the bizarre menagerie of creatures called yokai. Noted monster scholar and yokai folklorist Zack Davisson guides you through the history behind yokai; a journey from the invisible monsters of the Heian period to the yokai catalogs of Edo.
Zack Davisson - Supernatural Cats of Japan
All cats are magical, but the cats of Japan have their own secrets. If they live long enough, their tails split, they stand on their hind legs, and they start to dance. Come learn some of the secrets of these bakeneko from yokai scholar and author of Supernatural Cats of Japan Zack Davisson.
Adventures in Wonderland
Fall down the rabbit hole and join Alice and her friends for a Wonderland adventure! Meet the residents of Wonderland for a crazy Q&A, wacky games, and be prepared for shenanigans galore!
The Anime Trivia Game Show
It's the return of the Anime Trivia Game Show! Where teams selected from the audience compete over their anime knowledge.
Ask The Teen Titans
The Teen Titans finally have the day off! They've decided to come check out the con. Meet the Titans and ask them your questions!!!
Battle of the Fandoms
Battle of the Fandoms is an audience participation tournament where audience members are selected to represent their fandoms and battle for their honor through a series of mini-games. Fight for your glory in our arena to take home the gold as The Best Fandom!
Camp Camp Panel Panel
Have you ever wanted to ask Max why he hates Camp Campbell? Maybe you want to ask David why he is the way he is? Well here is your chance!
Copyright Law and Fan-Art: IP Laws and Landmines
Can I get sued for drawing Luffy or Sailor Moon? Can I get sued for selling my Pikachu or Naruto drawings? Join the attorney-panelists for an overview of intellectual property laws and a discussion of the space that “fan-art” occupies within the framework of art and entertainment law. The panel will include real life copyright holder and fan-artist examples. This panel involves general information on general legal issues only, and NO LEGAL ADVICE WILL BE GIVEN DURING THE PANEL. FOR LEGAL ADVICE, CONSULT A LICENSED ATTORNEY.
Could you watch with... Adults Edition
Curious about the rated R anime your friends told you about or you read about on the internet? How about being unsure about the difference between Yuri, Yaoi, and Hentai? Come and ask us! We will have a list of anime presented in a game show-like format where you can test your ability to recognize what might not be something you could share with your parents. Note: All suggestions are only our opinion and we don't know your friends or family to tell you the specifics.
Could you watch with... Kids Edition
Find out if that anime you heard about is something you could watch with your little brother or sister, or if you can put it on for those kids you babysit, or if you really should buy that DVD for your kid. We will be giving our face reviews of anime and whether they are suitable for the under 8 crew, 8 to 13, or 13 to 18 group. Come and ask, and we will give you our suggestions. Note: Everything we review is only a suggestion and we suggest you review anything yourself to be sure.
Dating Game is an annual event where the mystery of the one behind the curtain is strong. Are they human, alien, or even a country?!? All you have to do is ask. Participants are chosen at the panel.
Dorks in Space a Voltron Panel
Join Voltron's Legendary Defenders for an hilarious Q&A along with trivia and games.
Games, truth or dare, and everything Haikyuu! We've gathered eight Haikyuu characters together for you to talk with and join in on the fun.
Haikyuu Volleyball Madness
Do you enjoy Haikyuu? If so, this fun and interactive panel is for you! This roller coaster of fun is hosted by Tsukishima and your favorite Haikyuu characters. There will be games, Q&A, and prizes. So come on, let's have some fun!
Ita Bags: Carry Your Merch in Style!
Discover the geeky Japanese fashion trend: Ita Bags! These "painfully" expensive bags covered in anime merchandise are a fun way to get some use out of your collection!
The Magi have temporarily set aside their differences to answer your questions in this panel about the anime and manga series, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic.
An in-depth look into a concept of manilyness, as it is represented in the media and popular culture.
Come one and all as you partake in this classic 70's style game show. Answer fill-in-the-blank sentences in hopes of matching with the stars. Look forward to laughs, funny moments, and references to some of your favorite series! Can you match the stars in this modern day take on the Match Game?
I'm Adrien Agreste and I've managed to sneak away from my photoshoot to have some fun! Ladybug is here too! Maybe this is my chance to show her this time- uh-oh. . . Volpina just showed up! How is Adrien going to handle the situation when he can't get away from the two girls to suit up?
Panel of Manilyness
Come ask manly questions and maybe get some answers from our panel of manly experts.
Percy Jackson: Ask The Demigods
Hang out with some of your favorite Percy Jackson characters! You can ask them anything. Well, almost.
Rick and Morty Q & A
Rick has come from dimension C-137 to bring some pals together for a Q & A session!
RWBY Ask Panel
This is your chance to ask your favorite RWBY characters all of the questions you've been wanting to ask.
Sakuga: The Art of Japanese Animation
Ever wonder how the anime style got started? Want to know who drew your favorite scenes in One-Punch Man and Spirited Away? Curious about the history and technique of Japanese animation? Visit Spokane's first Sakuga panel! It will feature AMV showcases of anime's greatest artists.
Soul Eater Q & A
Meet the cast from Soul Eater! You can ask questions of your favorite characters and they may even perform some improv skits.
South Park Shenanigans
The South Park kids welcome you to an hour of fun-filled madness! There will be improv, audience interactive games, the dating game, and so much more! If you like fun, madness, shenanigans, and free hats, feel free to come on down and meet some friends of mine!
Steven Universe Panel
This is your opportunity to ask questions of the lovable characters of Steven Universe!
Team RWBY's Friendship Party!
The cast of RWBY and members of the audience will have a chance to show off their improv skills through various popular improv games!
Theories of the Type/Moon Universe a Fate/Stay Night Panel
Are you a fan of the Fate franchise? Can't get enough Fate/Stay Night? Have you ever wondered about the backstory and the secret behind the story's main character? Or have you ever wondered what events have to occur for Fate Kyleid Liner Prisma Illya to be plausible? Well sit back and enjoy the ride as we take an in-depth look in the Nasuverse to answer these questions and more.
Tokusatsu vs American
Discover the difference between Super Sentai and Power Rangers as we go over the history and differences of each season.
Undertaker Has Some Fun
Undertaker here! I've managed to get the Queen's Watchdog and his ever-so-hilarious butler to accompany me for a spell. I haven't had a good laugh in ages and I'm hoping to nab some by seeing what interestin' questions our guests have come up with. And not just questions, I've plenty of fun things planned and I'd love it if everyone joined me in havin' a laugh!
We are going to be a Q&A session and then we are going to be doing games.
Experience a variety of Japanese bands performing songs from some of your favorite anime. Learn about each band as the videos play on.
An hour and a half of Haikyuu fun! In this 18+ panel we will hold a short 30 minute Q&A where you can ask your favorite athletes all the questions you've been dying to ask. After the Q&A we will move into our very own rendition of Family Feud, where our volleyball players will compete to determine the best!
Voltron Legendary Defender
Pidge, Shiro, Lance, and Keith have returned to Earth! Your deepest burning questions will be answered! Also memes and dares.
Whose Fandom is it Anyway? (Takes 1 & 2)
The Nerdy Version of 'Whose Line is it Anyway?' is back and ready to make things schwifty. Watch or participate in many of your favorite improv games including Freeze, Scenes from a Hat, Party Quirks and many more. To join in on this wicked fun just swing on by the panel and stay for a while!
Yuri on Ice Pajama Party
Join the cast of Yuri on Ice for a hilarious character Q&A and games with prizes. Brought to you by the cast of Sakura Con's "YOI After Dark". PG Edition.
μ's "kyu" &A
Would you like to hang out with μ's from Love Live? Then come to our panel! We'll be having a Q&A, trivia, dancing, truth or dare, and having lots of fun!
KuroNekoCon's Gaming Department is in search of equipment! In order to make gaming at KNC awesome we need things like TV's, monitors, game systems, and all the other shiny things that will carry us through our long convention journey.
For questions, comments, and concerns please contact our Gaming Coordinator at Gaming@KuroNekoCon.com.