Nashicon is proud to present our list of Panels and Events for 2017!

Guest Panels:

Creating Voices for Voice Overs (Derek Stephen Prince)

You’ve probably heard a bunch of guests talk about how to get into the voiceover business, but how many of them
actually tell you about the business of voice overs? Derek Stephen Prince does. If you’ve ever been interested in doing voiceover work, or are just curious about the industry, do not miss this panel!
Sunday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Panel 1

Do-It-Yourself Characters (Interpret As You Will)

So you’ve decided to create an original character and want to know how to make them the best that they can be. We’ll cover fandom characters to role playing, what tropes you may want to avoid, how to fully flesh out your character, and what to do once you’ve got your unique creation fully realized.
Saturday 4:30pm – 5:30pm Panel 3

Everything Digimon (Derek Stephen Prince)

Digimon fans – Digivolve! Derek Stephen Prince, who has been in Seasons 1-5 & 6-7 talks about his experiences recording one of anime fans’ favorite shows.
Saturday 11:30am – 12:30pm Panel 1

Fan vs. Fandom (Interpret As You Will)

There’s many fandoms that seem to have very passionate fans. Sometimes this means that the fandom may have a negative reputation, but this doesn’t make you a bad person. Join us to discuss how to enjoy being in a fandom that might have a bad rep, and what you can do as a fan to make your fandom a little more bearable for others.
Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm Panel 2

From Game Machine to Silver Screen (Interpret As You Will)

You’ve played the game, but have you seen the movie? What about watched the cartoon? Wait, they made a live action tv series of THAT?! Come discover the good and the bad of video game adaptations, and find some you might not know even existed.
Saturday 10:00am – 11:00am Main Events

Geek Talk with Kyle Hebert

Talk with voice actor Kyle Hebert about Marvel, gaming, movies, media, tech, and all things geeky!
Saturday 12:30pm – 1:30pm Panel 1

Great Graphic Novels and Where to Read Them (Carolina Manga Library)

A one-hour presentation which discusses an assortment of titles that demonstrate how graphic novels can change the way people think and how they read.
Saturday 5:30pm – 6:30pm Panel 3

Guilty Pleasure Anime (Interpret As You Will)

Let’s be honest here, some the anime we watch is well, not as good as others. We all have that one show that we watched every episode of, even if it didn’t have great animation, great story, or made any sense to why we liked it. We’ll share some of our guilty pleasures, and explore that even bad shows are good sometimes.
Friday 10:00pm – 11:00pm Panel 1

Iajutsu and Kenjutsu (Palmetto Knights)

Iaijutsu is a combative sword-drawing art. The formulation of iaijutsu as a component system of classical bujutsu was made less for the dynamic situations of the battlefield than for the relatively static applications of the warrior’s daily life off the field of battle. Kenjutsu is the combative art of fighting with the sword after it is drawn. This was either in duels or in battle. The development of classical kenjutsu was designed to be used in and out of armor. We will be demonstrating techniques from Mugai Ryu and Katori Shinto Ryu.
Saturday 11:30am – 12:30pm Main Events

I Ship It (Interpret As You Will)

These characters belong together, but how?! Come dive into the depths of the shipping world, find out that not all pairings have to be romantic in nature, and what makes your particular ships sail!
Saturday 6:30pm – 7:30pm Panel 1

Jeopardy with Derek Stephen Prince

Get up front with Derek Stephen Prince as fans compete in a Jeopardy game, guessing aspects of his career and life The fan(s) who gets the most points wins a 1 on 1 meeting during the weekend .
Friday 5:00pm – 6:30pm Main Events

Jojo’s Bizarre Fan Panel with Kira Buckland

Are you a fan of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure? Come learn about the various parts of the series (covering both the manga and anime adaptations), try your hand at answering trivia questions, and show off your best poses for a chance to win small Jojo-themed prizes!
Saturday 1:30pm – 2:30pm Panel 1

Let’s Fight (Palmetto Knights)

Ever want to try Larp style sword fighting? Interested in how people train for the the full contact armored combat of Battle of the Nations. Or just wanna smack your friend with a sword? Come check us out and have some safe good fun.
Sunday 10:30am – 12:30pm Main Events

Medieval Mythbusting (Palmetto Knights)

Whether you are a writer, artist, gamer, or fan, chances are you’ve come across thousands of portrayals of swords and their use. With so much media focused on this legendary edged weapon it can often be difficult to weed out fact from fiction. Medieval Mythbusting will tackle head on some of the more common myths and misconceptions regarding swords, armor and their fighting arts.
Saturday 6:30pm – 7:30pm Panel 3

Pick a Card with Derek Stephen Prince

Get up front and PERSONAL with Derek Stephen Prince, as fans can ask candid questions and get VERY candid answers. But beware – to ask the question, you must pick the right card. If not, then things get interesting…
Saturday 9:00pm – 10:00pm Panel 2

Red Flags (Interpret As You Will)

Have you ever been on a date that seemed perfect then went horribly wrong? Ever wanted to watch someone else experience that? Well now you can! Come make a team and play the game Red Flags, think Cards Against Humanity, but for dates! Send us on terrible dates right before your very eyes, and maybe even win a prize!
Saturday 10:30pm – 11:59pm Panel 1

South Carolina Kendo Club Demonstration

Kendo, one of the oldest and most respected martial arts, is based on traditional Japanese swordsmanship. The South Carolina Kendo Club would like to invite you to a demonstration and QA.
Saturday 3:00pm – 4:00pm Main Events

The Truth About Voice Acting (Kyle Hebert and Kira Buckland)

So you want to become a voice actor, and you’ve probably been told to follow your dreams. That’s great—but there are major financial, emotional, and lifestyle risks involved with doing so, and it’s important to also take a look at the practical side of things. This is a no-sugarcoating, no-BS look at what’s really involved in being a voice actor, and whether it’s worth it for you.
Friday 6:30pm – 7:30pm Main Events

Video Game Voice Acting (Kyle Hebert and Kira Buckland)

Learn about what it’s like behind the scenes, and the similarities and differences between voice acting for video games and other media such as anime.
Sunday 11:00am – 12:00pm Panel 1

Yes, You Can Improv (Interpret As You Will)

Ever thought about doing improv comedy? Done improv before but it’s been awhile? Come just as you are and learn some improv basics and do some quick fire group games, let your hair down, and have some fun at the end of the con.
Sunday 1:00pm – 2:30pm Panel 1

Featured Panels:

Basic 2D Video Game Programming (workshop)

Learn the basics of 2D Video Game programming by creating a platformer.
Saturday 2:30pm – 4:30pm Panel 3

Carolina Retro Gamers – Live Let’s Play!

Ever wanted to be a part of a lets play? Watch the Carolina Retro Gamers host a live Let’s Play, with audience participation!
Friday 10:00pm – 11:00pm Panel 2

Cute Game Chicks: Skullgirls

Skullgirls is an action packed 2D fighting game with a wonderful and adorable cast! Let’s talk about that.
Saturday 2:00pm – 3:00pm Panel 2

Forgotten Retro Japanese Games

Take a journey to the past with forgotten games from Japan.
Friday 8:00pm – 9:00pm Panel 2

Gotta Catch Em All 6: Alola!

The sixth year of the Pokémon panel! Come hear about all the latest Pokémon news, discuss the new games, reminisce about Pokémon throughout the years, and win some cool prizes!
Saturday 5:30pm – 6:30pm Panel 1


Ever wanted to know what a Metroidvania is? This panel will introduce you to this genre of gaming!
Friday 6:00pm – 7:00pm Panel 3

Overwatch Strategy

Ever wondered how the characters of overwatch survive on the battlefield?? Look no further!
Saturday 6:00pm – 7:00pm Panel 2

Retro Gaming

Family friendly panel about all of the classics before the futuristic Call of Duty games!
Sunday 11:30am – 1:00pm Panel 2

SEGA Dreamcast: Commercial Failure or Hidden Gem?

Come learn about the SEGA Dreamcast, SEGA’s last home console and learn about how it managed to be both a commercial failure and an innovative gem that still sees indie releases today!
Friday 10:00pm – 11:00pm Panel 3

So You Think You Can Fight? Round 3

So you think you can fight? Round 3 will return this year with more random and obscure fighting games to decide who is the best at fighting games!
Saturday 4:00pm – 5:30pm Panel 1

The History of Beat-Em-Ups

Hit the streets and get ready to brawl! The Carolina Retro Gamers showcase the awesome history of the beat ’em up genre of video games!
Sunday 1:00pm – 2:30pm Panel 2

The History of Shoot-Em-Ups

Collect the power-ups and avoid enemy fire with the Carolina Retro Gamers as they showcase the thrilling history of the shoot ’em up genre of video games!
Sunday 3:30pm – 5:00pm Panel 2

The Hype History of the FGC

From laundromats to the White House, fighting games have been played all over. But the competitive history, is even more fascinating. In this panel, we’ll see how we went from a little game made in Japan to a major sporting event on a cable network.
Friday 8:00pm – 9:00pm Panel 3

The Pokemon Raiders’ Rumble

Bring your 3DS and your copy of Pokémon Sun or Moon to this King of the Ring tournament where you and one of your Pokémon have a chance to become The Raiders’ Rumble Champions and attain a wondrous prize. Sign-ups will start at event time.
Saturday 3:00pm – 4:00pm Panel 2

Ultimate Gaming Panel

Ultimate Gaming Discussion. Game on.
Saturday 10:30pm – 11:59pm Panel 3


Basic 2D Video Game Programming

Learn the basics of 2D Video Game programming by creating a platformer.
Saturday 2:30pm – 4:30pm Panel 3

Creature Cosplay

Have you ever wanted to become a giant animal from an anime or game, or even your own design? Here’s your chance – learn the basics of transforming yourself into a creature!
Saturday 10:00am – 12:00pm Panel 3

Cute or Sexy? Learn a K-Pop Dance

Learn some adorably cute or stunningly sexy K-Pop choreography!
Saturday 8:30pm – 9:30pm Panel 3

Make Your Own Plushie

Come make your own plushie! We will give you the kits and the basic know how you need!
Saturday 12:00pm – 1:30pm Panel 3


8 Ways to Become a Better Indie Professional

Have you ever considered writing a book or publishing a webcomic? Maybe you’re working on the next hit game, or launching a new podcast or youtube channel? In this panel, we’ll cover everything from important things to know before getting your project off the ground, to proper internet etiquette and self marketing. Be prepared to launch your indie career with confidence and stand out above the crowd!
Saturday 7:30pm – 8:30pm Panel 3

A Beginner’s Guide to Cosplaying

New to cosplay and not sure where to start? Patterns, fabrics, wigs, and more leaving you confused? This panel will cover all of those and more to get you started!
Friday 4:00pm – 5:00pm Panel 2

All Roads Lead to Tezuka, the God of Manga

“God of Manga” Osamu Tezuka created over 150,000 pages of manga in his lifetime and founded his own animation studio, placing him at the heart of history and influence for all kinds of manga and anime. Come see how he influenced your favorite artist, series, and/or series like no one else.
Friday 6:00pm – 7:00pm Panel 2

Anime Mad Libs 18+

Help create your own erotic fan fiction in this hilarious interactive event.
Friday 11:00pm – 11:59pm Panel 1

Anime Theme Song Challenge

Think you have the ultimate anime theme song memory? Then come show your skills at this super fun event!
Saturday 4:00pm – 5:00pm Panel 2

Avengers Assemble…As Anime!

Pre-series hype and discussion for “Marvel’s Future Avengers,” the upcoming Marvel anime! (Comic and MCU spoilers)
Sunday 10:00am – 11:00am Panel 1

Caption that Anime Screenshot

Think you’re funny? Show off some witty captions and be voted King/Queen of the Captions by the audience!
Sunday 10:00am – 11:30am Panel 2

Caption that Anime Screenshot 18+

Think you’re funny AND you’re over 18? Caption these screenshots and find out if you have what it takes to be the King or Queen of the Captions.
Saturday 9:30pm – 10:30pm Panel 3

Ca$h ‘n Gun$

After a successful heist of a rival convention certain unscrupulous members of Nashicon’s staff meet to divide their ill-gotten gains. But in the end will crime pay? And for who? Nashicon’s Tabletop Lounge presents: Ca$h ‘n Guns featuring your very own convention staffers! Find out which one is the most cutthroat of the bunch!
Friday 4:00pm – 5:00pm Panel 1

Convention 101:

Suitable for con newbies or veterans alike! Come for tips and tricks to the convention scene with Blazey Chan!
Friday 4:00pm – 5:00pm Panel 3

Costume Contest Feedback

If you participated in either the Saturday or Sunday costume contest and you want feedback on your costume, this is the panel for you!
Sunday 3:00pm – 4:00pm Panel 3

Culinary Club: Ramen!

Ever wonder what they’re eating? “Culinary Club: Ramen!” is a basic introduction to Japanese cuisine and beginner cooking techniques. From chopsticks etiquette to slurping your noodles, and even more outside the boundaries of Pocky and Ramune!
Sunday 2:00pm – 3:00pm Panel 3

Dark Side of Your Fandom 18+

Ever wondered just how awful your favorite fandom can get? Come check out what happens when the wrong people get a hold of a fandom.
Saturday 11:00pm – 11:59pm Panel 2

Doki Doki Dance Fest

Get out your glowsticks and cheer on dancers from across the Southeast as we present a showcase of different dances from J-pop, K-pop, and more!
Friday 6:30pm – 8:00pm Panel 1

Drawing Bodies 18+

Fanart is really pretty to look at, but it does hold a deeper meaning. This panel looks at adult fanart and analyses the themes, representations, and why that matters in the “real world.”
Friday 11:00pm – 11:59pm Panel 3

Edgy OC Battle Royale

Create an Edgy OC and bring it up for a fight-to-the-death in our tournament!
Saturday 2:30pm – 4:00pm Panel 1

Epic Rap Battles of Anime

Who wouldn’t want to see their favorite characters spit some rhymes? May the best cypher win! It doesn’t matter where you came from, anime, manga, comics, video games- Whatever ! You can participate in the hottest rap battle in 2017!
Friday 5:00pm – 6:30pm Panel 1

Evangelion: The Symbolism Does (not) Make Sense

Evangelion is a crazy anime that is jam packed with religious and psychological symbolism. Come and join us as we try and understand them and get Shinji into that giant robot.
Saturday 8:00pm – 9:00pm Panel 2

Fiction Death-Battle

Come and debate on behalf of your favorite character in this no-holds ‘Who Would Win’ style panel. Fight in battles that transcend anime, comics, television, and literature- and learn some rhetoric too!
Sunday 4:00pm – 5:00pm Panel 1

From Dio to Diego: A Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Panel

In celebration of its 30th year of publishing, learn just what makes JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure the uniquely bizarre series it is – and answer trivia to win prizes!
Friday 8:00pm – 9:00pm Panel 1

Furries in Anime

Have you ever been curious about the those characters with the cute animal ears, or perhaps the furious humanoid tiger? Well come on down as we discuss some great shows involving these characters, and how you could meet others who share the same interest!
Sunday 4:00pm – 5:00pm Panel 3

Heisei Kamen Rider panel

Ever wanted to know about the current Kamen Riders? In this panel well cover the history of the Heisei Kamen Riders!!
Saturday 10:00am – 11:00am Panel 2

Idol Dance Practice

Come learn a dance from the idol series Love Live! No dancing experience required, just get moving and have fun!
Sunday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Panel 3

Intro to K-Pop

Have you been lured in by the illustrious world of K-Pop but don’t know where to start? Let us show you the ropes!
Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Panel 2


Join us for some funky fresh beats of nostalgia and upbeat classics!
Saturday 7:30pm – 9:00pm Panel 1

Love Live! Sunshine

New to the Love Live stage appears Aqours, our Sunshine ladies from the beach. A new start for the good or a possible awkward copy, find out.
Saturday 1:00pm – 2:00pm Panel 2

Lupin the 301

A videographic presentation involving the worlds most famous thief, Lupin the Third.
Saturday 11:00am – 12:00pm Panel 2

Meet the Cosplay Judges

Meet the people that will be judging the cosplays and handing out the awards for both the Saturday and Sunday costume contests! Learn what they look for in a cosplay, what makes or breaks a cosplay for them, and what you can do to make your costumes contest-worthy!
Friday 7:00pm – 8:00pm Panel 2

Meet the Pokemon League

Come find out what the Nashicon Pokémon League is all about, and meet our gym leaders, elite 4, champion, trial captains, and more! Get the inside scoop about all the events happening throughout the weekend!
Saturday 10:30am – 11:30am Panel 1

Nashicon Art Jam

Come draw with us! Bring your sketchbook and drawing supplies for drawing games, or just meet new art friends.
Saturday 5:00pm – 6:00pm Panel 2

Popular Tropes in Yaoi Media

Tropes are nearly universally used to quickly identify characters and plots in the media. This panel will explore some of the most prevalent tropes in Yaoi media and Fanfiction.
Saturday 10:00pm – 11:00pm Panel 2

Popular Tropes in Yuri Media

Tropes are nearly universally used to quickly identify characters and plots in the media; this panel will explore some of the most prevalent tropes in Yuri Anime/Manga over the years.
Friday 9:00pm – 10:00pm Panel 3

Power Rangers vs. Super Sentai

Ever wanted to know what go behind the scene of Power Rangers? This panel will show you the behind the scenes.
Sunday 2:30pm – 3:30pm Panel 2

Retro Anime: Feel the Nostalgia

Join the FanDames as take a look back pre-2000’s anime: the days of VHS tapes and bad dubs that were apart of how so many of came to be otaku.
Friday 11:00pm – 11:59pm Panel 2

So You Want To Do A Dance Skit?

Join us as we give you advice on doing dance skits for cosplay masquerades and for covers of your favorite group.
Friday 9:00pm – 10:00pm Panel 1

Tag Team Trivia

A team trivia battle of epic proportions, where the winning team gets a prize! There is no knowledge that is not power.
Saturday 7:00pm – 8:00pm Panel 2

The Full History of Anime

If you are a fan of anime please come check out this panel to learn the history of anime all the way from its roots at the start of the 20th century!
Sunday 10:00am – 11:00am Panel 3

The Garden Variety Variety Show

Join us as we play games as seen in various Japanese and Korean variety shows!
Sunday 2:30pm – 4:00pm Panel 1

The Other Half of the Con

Get helpful tips on how to save money and reduce stress when planning lodging, transportation, and getting food at conventions!
Friday 9:00pm – 10:00pm Panel 2

We Make Manga

“The Art and Business of Manga and Anime” has been USC Media Art’s hit manga class for eight years, and hundreds of manga have been created, along with professional careers. Learn why our student manga has been recognized in Japan and elsewhere abroad as quality, and how they are created, and see samples as the students talk about their work, led by Professor Davis, author of Manga and Anime Go to Hollywood (Bloomsbury) and the class’s founder.
Sunday 11:00am – 12:00pm Panel 3

When Fandoms Attack!

Come share your horror stories from different fandoms as we discuss the effects of bad fans on good shows.
Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm Panel 3

Wonderful World of Ghibli

A celebration of all things Ghibli!
Sunday 1:00pm – 2:00pm Panel 3

Young Adult Fiction for Anime Fans

Love manga but don’t know where to start with books? Come hear young adult book recommendations perfect for anime fans.
Saturday 1:30pm – 2:30pm Panel 3

Your Waifu is Trash!

Your waifu is trash, and I can prove it!
Friday 7:00pm – 8:00pm Panel 3