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Mace and Crown | May 22, 2018

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NekoCon 20: Day four finale

NekoCon 20: Day four finale

Adam Flores | Senior Writer

NekoCon 20 came to a strong finish Sunday with a host of events and panel discussions followed by the closing ceremonies program and a glimpse into NekoCon 2018 (dubbed as NekoCon 21). The day featured autograph signings, conversations in gender illusion and drag in cosplay, discussions on zombie apocalypse role playing games, clinics on making manga wall art, Pokémon competitions and so much more for attendees of all ages.

ADR Directing and Screenwriting

Colleen Clinkenbeard discussing animé production. Photo by Adam Flores.

Colleen Clinkenbeard unveiled the behind-the-scenes mysteries of screenwriting and production in animé. As an ADR director and producer for special features, you may know her work in Full Metal Alchemist and My Hero Academia.

With an impressive résumé which includes over 200 roles in animé as a voice actor and director, Clinkenbeard covered what happens in the production process of a given weekly animé series from the recording process and script translation to fan expectations of shows.

Clinkenbeard’s colloquium gave a rich overview of animé video production.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Fight Them: Pokémon as Mythic Narrative

Charles Dunbar panel discussion. Photo by Adam Flores.

Charles Dunbar revealed how mythology is storytelling and how it helps us understand the world. He bridged mythological ideologies into the world of Pokémon.

“Mythology talks about a product of our culture, a representation of our life, and how we reflect our human experience. Storytelling is a major way of reflecting this,” Dunbar said.

Dunbar continued a dynamic presentation about mythology’s foundation in art and culture and its use of symbolism and metaphor to relate a story. From heroes to antiheroes, the rival and the everyman, Dunbar left no stone unturned in helping to understand the narratives within animé.

Closing ceremonies performance by Lovely Heart Maid Café dancers. Photo by Adam Flores.

NekoCon 20’s closing ceremonies featured an encore performance by the winner of Friday’s Catpocalyptic Karaoke Overdrive! contest, Klaus Nomi, singing “Total Eclipse.”

Overall, the convention raised more than $4,000 for the Virginia Living Museum from more than 6,900 attendees at this year’s event.

For more information and a glimpse into next year’s convention, which will feature the “Casino Royale” theme Nov. 2-4, 2018 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center, please visit