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Time is Running Out – Don’t Forget to Preregister for No Brand Con 2018!

No Brand Con 2018 is just over a month away, and we couldn’t be more excited! That also means that time to preregister for the convention is running out though, as the deadline, April 8th, is just a week away.

Preregistering for a weekend badge for only $30 not only saves you money, but will help speed up your time at the con’s registration table. That allows you to get to the best parts of the convention even faster, without having to wait.

We also have our limited Sponsorship tier for just $85. Sponsorship has a number of benefits, but there are only a few slots left. To get one of those spots, you must make your purchase by April 8th.

To purchase either a standard preregistration or a sponsorship, just head on over to our registration page and pick the package that fits you!

No Brand Con Presents “The Quest” Part Two

The adventure continues for the No Brand Heroes. They’re off to find their missing teammate, but challenges may get in their way as they continue on their journey. Will they be able to move forward, or will they end up tangled in a Yarn-y situation? Watch and find out!

(And if you haven’t seen part one yet, watch that first!)

No Brand Con Presents “The Quest” Part One

The No Brand Heroes are back for 2018! A team member returns from far away, and discovers another one is missing. Will the heroes answer the call to find their displaced comrade, or will Greenboy and Magical Girl Girl just play more tabletop roleplaying games? I mean, it’s pretty even odds with this group.

In any case, the adventure begins here!

Reminder: Don’t Forget to Book Your Hotel Room!

Have you booked your room for No Brand Con 2018 yet? Don’t worry, there’s still time. To do so, just call the Chula Vista’s reservation line at (844) 215-4027 and use the booking code F19802. Unfortunately, the Chula Vista cannot support discount codes through their website, so this is the only way to get in our block.

The Chula Vista often ends up housing multiple events, so space there may fill up before you know it. To make sure you get your spot and the $129 a night rate, you should reserve your room as soon as possible.

We hope to see you there!

Guest Announcement: John Swasey

We’re excited to announce another guest for No Brand Con 2018, and that is voice actor John Swasey. John started down the road of anime in 1997, when he landed his first role in Golden Boy from ADV Films. Since then, John has gone on to voice hundreds shows and characters with Sentai Films, Funimation, ADV Films, Switchblade Films, Okratron 5000, Gearbox, Seraphim Digital and Illumitoons just to name a few. John’s wife once quipped that there are certain actors who might be the “Brad Pitts” of anime but John is the “Kevin Bacon” of anime.

Being more of the character actor type has given John the freedom to voice bazillions of characters such as Undertaker in Black Butler, Salvador in Borderlands II (VG), Gendo in Evangelion, Sgt. Hauser in Halo (VG), Lord Death in Soul Eater, Hoenheim in Fullmetal Alchemist, Sir Crocodile in One Piece, Dodoria in DBZ Kai, Kogoro in Sgt. Frog, Huang in Darker than Black, Hades in Fairy Tale, Zachary in Attack on Titan, Aramaki in Ghost in the Shell, and Jinnouchi in Summer Wars, as well as roles in the live action films 2009 Lost Memories, Conduct Zero, Yesterday, Jungle Juice, and the Gamera trilogy. Most recently you can catch John in the broadcast series of GANGSTA as Chad, and Akame Ga Kill as Bols as seen on Toonami.

John voiced his favorite role (Kumatetsu, The Beast) in Funimation’s theatrical release of Mamoru Hosoda’s film, The Boy and the Beast.

In 2004, John jumped to the other side of the “mic” to direct. Some of the shows he has recently directed include Ushio and Tora, Squid Girl, Flip Flappers, and Yona Yona Penguin. John loves working in the world of anime as a director and voice actor!

Currently John is working with pals Kyle Jones and Jay Hickman on an original animation full length movie called The Perfect Khan. In addition to anime, John has acted in radio and tv commercials and films.

The No Brand Con Road Show Heads to Anime Milwaukee 2018!

The No Brand Con Road Show is making another stop, and this time it’s at Anime Milwaukee! That’s right, we’re going to be in downtown Milwaukee this weekend (Feb. 16-18), as AMKE puts on its eleventh (and a half) convention at the Wisconsin Center and the connected Hyatt Regency.

If you find us while you’re there, we’d love to hang out and say hello. You can, of course, also preregister for No Brand Con 2018 at our Ambassador Table too for our Road Show price of only $20. This is likely our last stop before the con this year, so it may be your final chance to get this incredibly low rate!

If you’re coming to AMKE, we hope to see you there!

Guest Announcement: Kid Yuki and the Otakus

No Brand Con is excited to announce this year’s musical guest, Kid Yuki and the Otakus! Appearing on Saturday only, Kid Yuki and The Otakus is a rock band united under one mission: to bring your favorite anime and video game music to life.

Their acoustic show features a list of over 100 songs for you to choose from – songs from anime like One Piece, Attack on Titan, and My Hero Academia; games like Kingdom Hearts, NieR: Automata, and Fire Emblem; and other nerdy series like RWBY, Steven Universe, and Scott Pilgrim. Come hang out, sing along, and have a good time!

Check out for a taste of what’s in store.


Interested in Joining No Brand Con Staff? Come to Our Open Meeting This Week!

No Brand Con is a completely volunteer run event, and we’re always looking for more people to join the team. Conventions like ours don’t happen without ordinary people like you (and me) pitching in, and if you’ve ever wanted to staff a convention now’s a great time to start.

This week on Thursday, February 8th, No Brand Con is having an open staff meeting for new members in Eau Claire, WI. It starts at 7:00pm in the Council Oak room of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Davies Center.

Joining staff has plenty of perks, and is frankly a ton of fun. Consider stopping by and get on the (metaphorical) train to awesome-town!

(Regular meetings continue at 8pm on Thursday nights at other locations – if you can’t make this meeting and would like to join staff please email us for more information)