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Guest Announcement: Karen Strassman

We’re proud to announce another guest for No Brand Con 2019: Karen Strassman!

Karen Strassman is an actress, voiceover artist and dialect coach, known the world over for hundreds of characters she has created in many forms. She delights in crafting characters that touch the brilliant human spirit and entertain the child within all of us.

Whether on-camera or behind a mic, Karen is extremely versatile. She has played roles as varied as the brilliant and empathic scientist Devra Bogdanovich in “Ingress,” to the quirky bookish OCD accountant Jolene on “Weeds.”

‘ANX Kpop Battles’ Is Coming To No Brand Con 2019!

We’re always looking for new events and experiences to bring to No Brand Con attendees, and with that in line we’re happy to announce an addition of ANX Kpop Battles to our 2019 schedule!

ANX Kpop Battles is a live “Kpop Dance-Cover” event competition where fans of all kinds come together to showcase their favorite Kpop Dances. Events occur at conventions across the country, and ANK Kpop Battles does require participants to sign up online here in advance.

We’re really excited to bring this to you all this year, and think it’ll be an amazing show for spectators and participants alike. More information can be found on the official ANX Kpop Battles Facebook page.

Guest Announcement: Kyle McCarley

No Brand Con is happy to announce another guest for 2019 — voice actor Kyle McCarley!

Kyle McCarley grew up (but not really) in Kansas and moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to study acting. After getting hooked on playing World of Warcraft with his buddies, he co-wrote, co-directed, and voiced several characters in a fan-made online radio play loosely set in that universe. Once he finished his Theatre degree at the University of Southern California, he decided to further pursue that passion in the form of a career in voice acting. Kyle can now be heard in anime, video games, cartoons, audiobooks, live action dubs, TV and radio commercials, industrial ads, and even a talking toy plunger.

Notable anime credits include Mikazuki Augus in Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama in Mob Psycho 100, Koku in B: The Beginning, Ryo in Devilman Crybaby, Joe Shimamura, a.k.a. 009, in Cyborg 009: Call of Justice, Aoba Kuronuma in Durarara!!x2, Shinji Matou in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Ryota Watari in Your Lie in April, Helbram in Seven Deadly Sins, Claudia Hodgins in Violet Evergarden, John Steinbeck in Bungo Stray Dogs, Iruka Umino in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Gran in Granblue Fantasy: The Animation, Kirii in Blame!, Joichiro Nishi in Gantz: O, Silas Norman in The Asterisk War, and Ikuya Ogura in Ajin: Demi-Human.

Kyle’s video game credits include Android 9S in NieR: Automata, Alm in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Hyde from Under Night In-Birth in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, the Prototype Koga skin in Paladins, Zeroken in Disgaea 5, Haruto Higurashi in Zanki Zero, the Pot O’ Gold Fafnir and Playmaker Ne Zha skins in SMITE, Daniel in Unepic, Seilong and Kir in Summon Night 6, Oz, the Trickster in Atlas Reactor, and various characters in Final Fantasy XV, Tales of Berseria, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Grand Kingdom, and Omega Quintet.

A full list of Kyle’s credits is available at KyleMcCarley.com, and if you follow him on Twitter (@kylemccarley), Twitch (twitch.tv/kylemccarley), or like his Facebook page (facebook.com/kylemccarleyvo), you can keep up with all his excitement (or lack thereof).

Guest Announcement: Mr. CreepyPasta

We’re happy to add another name to our guest list for 2019, Mr. CreepyPasta!

Creepy Pasta is the new Urban Legend. These stories of terror and dread spring from the minds of many talented people around the internet and are compiled into free to listen audiobooks by one specific voice. Mr. CreepyPasta, Horror Storytelling Podcast and Youtuber, is a well known voice for such famous horror stories such as Jeff the Killer, Tales from the Gas Station and Borrasca. He started 7 year ago and over that time has becoming a staple in the YouTube community and in the horror genre with over 1.2 Million Subscribers. Since then he has moved into VA voice acting. MrCreepyPasta has produced 2 Creepy Pasta Collection Anthologies that have broken the top 50 Horror Anthologies on amazon and The CreepyPasta Comic Book.

Guest Announcement: Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug

We’re happy to announce our next guest for 2019, Youtuber Lewis “Linkara” Lovhaug!

Lovhaug is the host of Atop the Fourth Wall, where he talks about the worst comic books ever created while fending off robots, mad scientists, and demon glitch Gods from other dimensions. He also occasionally talks for way too long about a show that adapts footage of people in spandex fighting rubber-suited monsters in his retrospective series “History of Power Rangers” (when he’s able to keep it on youtube due to ContentID claims, at least).

Guest Announcement: Sledgehammer Cosplay

We’re happy to announce our first guest, Sledgehammer Cosplay!

Sledge is a Cosplayer and Prop maker based in Austin, TX. Attending conventions since 2008, Sledge has hosted numerous panels, community events, and admins multiple social media groups centered on cosplay and nerd culture. Over the years Sledge has made dozens of props and armor pieces for friends in order to increase his skills. He’s partnered with companies for promotional marketing. He’s been featured in Cosplayers Among Us, Men vs Cosplay Calendar, and in Cosplay Culture Magazine. Sledge is focused on maintaining positivity in the cosplay community through local meetups, prop seminars, and charity events. Dedicated to constant improvement, Sledge hopes to eventually compete on an international level.

Announcing Our Daisho Con/Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale!

This upcoming weekend Daisho Con will be taking place in the Wisconsin Dells, but unfortunately our No Brand Con road show won’t be there this year. We know that’s disappointing to a lot of you, since it’s one of the few places attendees have been able to take advantage of our $20 road show rate. We really don’t like disappointing our attendees though…

…so we’ve decided to offer it to you online instead.

That’s right — During Daisho Con 2018 we’ll be offering our $20 preregistration rate online. That rate is usually only available online during our annual Black Friday to Cyber Monday sale. Of course, with Black Friday only coming up a week later, we’ve decided that rather than have the price go up for a few days in the middle, we’ll just extend the sale for the week inbetween!

All you have to do to take advantage of this rate is go to our online registration page between November 16th and November 26th and take advantage of the rate!

Panel Submissions Now Open For No Brand Con 2019!

Panels are always a bit part of any No Brand Con experience. Whether you want to plunge into in-depth analysis of your favorite series, hear bizarre industry stories you’d never expect, or just want some cosplay tips, it’s the a great way to spend your time. Many of our panels are actually provided by our attendees just like you too.

Fan run panels often provide the highlights of the convention, and we couldn’t do this without them. We also consider time hosting a panel as “double Volunteer hours,” which means hosting an hour long panel counts as two hours of volunteer time.

If you’re interested in submitting a panel for No Brand Con 2019, you can head on over to our Panels page. There you’ll find the rules along with our online submission form.

We’re excited to find out what you want to do!

We’re Heading to Geek.kon 2018!

The twelfth Geek.kon just outside Madison, WI is upon us, and the No Brand Con Road Show is going to be there with bells on! Okay, maybe not with bells… but at least pants?

We will totally be wearing pants!

As always, you can find our team in the Ambassador Alley this weekend (Aug 24-26), where you can preregister for our $20 road show rate. We’re excited to see everyone who might stop by, and we think it’s going to be a pretty great time!

Find Us at Kitsune Kon this Weekend (and Sponsor Registration is Now Open)!

No Brand Con staff is hitting the road again, this time to Kitsune Kon in Green Bay! We’ll be there today, Saturday and Sunday in the Ambassador Alley ready to take your preregistration for No Brand Con 2019. As always, this will be at our Road Show Rate of only $20, which is the best price you’ll ever find for our weekend badges.

We really hope to see you there!

We’ve also now opened registration for Sponsorships for No Brand Con 2019. While we love all of our attendees, when you become a sponsor you get access to the No Brand Con VIP treatment. Benefits of sponsorship include early access to the vendor room, an exclusive meet and greet session with our guests, a gift bag of No Brand Con goodies (including this year’s shirt), priority seating at major events, and more! Sponsorships cost $85 and, as always, are limited to just twenty-five.

But, honestly, whether you opt for our most expensive or cheapest membership options, we’re just excited that you’ll be coming this March.