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Join No Brand Con Staff!

No Brand Con Staff meetings are starting up this Thursday at 7PM. We are looking for awesome people like YOU to help us make No Brand Con 2018!

Stop on by The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Ho Chunk Room, 3rd floor of Davies on September 14th. We are eager to meet you!

(Regular meetings after that continue at 8pm on Thursdays, and you can email us for their location.)

Guest Announcement: Samurai Dan and Jillian

We are happy to welcome back the ever popular Dan and Jillian to No Brand Con 2017!

Dan Coglan, a.k.a. “Samurai Dan” and his wife, Jillian are the acknowledged masters of marital… er, MARTIAL mayhem. This dynamic duo travels the civilized portions of the U.S., bringing their unique show to curious and horrified audiences alike.

In addition to their high-energy, mostly safe stage shows (where razor sharp blades and barbs fly) the couple teaches historical and hysterical panels on the way of the warrior. Offering a wide range of lectures and interactive workshops, Dan and his lethal love Jillian are guaranteed to provide con attendees fun and fulfillment.

Due to a supreme lack of filter, Dan also performs standup comedy, and lives to embarrass his wife onstage, in censored and uncensored settings.

A storyteller at heart, Dan is finishing his third horror novel, and offers insights into the creative process with panels for the aspiring writer as well.

Check them out on their Facebook page!

Guest Announcement: John Gremillion

We are excited to welcome John Gremillion to No Brand Con 2017!

John Gremillion is a stage, film and voice actor who has been working in anime for nearly 20 years. He has provided voices for dozens of popular anime titles for ADV, FUNimation, Okratron 5000, Seraphim Digital and Sentai Filmworks.

John recently played Takeshi Hirokawa in Parasyte: The Maxim and General Liver in Akame Ga Kill!, both seen on Adult Swim’s Toonami. In 2015, he was nominated for BTVA’s Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in an Anime Feature Film for the role of “D” in Sentai’s re-dub of Vampire Hunter D. Some of John’s other popular roles include Dracule Mihawk in One Piece, Arthur Randall in Black Butler, Hakuoro in Utawarerumono, Daiju Mononobe in Eden of the East, Cardinal Francesco in Trinity Blood, Albedo Piazzolla in Xenosaga, Schawanheld Bulge in Galaxy Railways, Law in Full Metal Alchamist, Fal (The Duel) in Halo Legends, Yutaka Takenouchi in Cromartie High School, Dr. Kestner in Appleseed Ex Machina, and Makoto Shinjou in Area 88. John has played supporting roles in such titles as Spriggan, Summer Wars, Devil Survivor 2, Air Gear, Phi Brain, Five Numbers!, Devil May Cry, Darker than Black, Coyote Ragtime Show, Speed Grapher, Full Metal Panic!, Peacemaker, Desert Punk, Gilgamesh, Gantz, D.N. Angel, Chrono Crusade, Saiyuki, Princess Nine and Gasraki, to name a few.

A professional video editor for over 20 years, John worked with ADV Films on the supplemental materials for their 2010 release of Halo Legends. In addition to anime, John has provided voice over for several commercials and some feature films. He studied film at The University of Texas at Austin and Theatre Arts at The Juilliard School.

DJ Announcement: Color Wars

We are excited to bring DJ “Color Wars” to No brand Con 2017!

Whether he’s transmitting radio waves into space or dropping his original songs, Color Wars is a performer you do not want to miss. An Electro House DJ/producer hailing from Chicago, Color Wars perfected his art form by spending countless hours spinning at underground radio stations and designing custom soundwaves. Combining everything from groovy drops to heavy basslines, Color Wars sets are always full of good vibes and dancing. Having previously played New Years Eve shows with the likes of Skrillex, Zomboy, Candyland, Dillon Francis, Adventure Club, as well as some of the best anime conventions in the world, Color Wars brings his signature sound to No Brand Con for an unforgettable experience.

Check out his soundcloud here!

Guest Announcement: Katie Tiedrich

We are excited to welcome webcomic artist and mechanical engineer Katie Tiedrich to No Brand Con 2017!

Katie Tiedrich makes Awkward Zombie, a webcomic about videogames and the things that happen in them. When she’s not doing that, she’s usually at her day job as a mechanical engineer, building spaceship parts.

Click here to find Katie’s website!

Sponsoring No Brand Con 2017!

Are you looking to Sponsor No Brand Con 2017?

Since we are a volunteer organization, every dollar of your sponsorship goes into making No Brand Con even better for you and your fellow attendees!

Sponsorship also gets you a variety of perks!

-A sponsorship badge with exclusive artwork
-The year’s No Brand Con T-shirt
-Your name in the program guide
-Skip the line and pick up your badge right away at the staff room
-Priority seating at guest panels and the cosplay contest
-Early access to the vendor room
-Access to a sponsors only meet-and-greet panel
Already have a regular registration? No problem! You can upgrade yours today!

If you want to grab a sponsorship, or upgrade your existing membership, head on over to our Registration Page!

Attendee pre-reg deadline is April 21st!
Sponsorship deadline is April 15th!

See you there!

DJ Announcement: Liquid86

We are inviting a talented group of DJ’s to spin for you at No Brand Con 2017!

Our Third DJ is Liquid86!

Jason “Liquid86” has been spinning for over 15 years, jumping on his first set of turntables in his sophomore year of high school, and is die-hard fan of raving and EDM for as long as he can remember. In 2007 he attended his first Anime Convention and set his sights on a new rave scene, fueled by otaku and geeks all over the country. Now, a decade later, Liquid has performed more shows than he can count for geeks all over the country. A master of Big Room and Electro House, Liquid is sure to get your hands in the air and make you sweat.

DJ Announcement: Kurtz Callum

We are inviting a talented group of DJ’s to spin for you at No Brand Con 2017!

Second is Kurtz Callum!

Hailing from Eau Claire, WI and jumping on the decks in late 2012, Kurtz Callum brings the bass canon back to this year’s No Brand Con. Kurtz specializes in Glitch-Hop and Dubstep with splashes of Trap and Moombaton making his low-end heavy sets something not to be missed. Coming off of a huge year in 2016 which included his debut performance at Anime Expo back in July, he has been a mainstay at X-Geek events as well as conventions all over the Midwest. You can find Kurtz on his monthly podcast North Star EDM, the first Wednesday of each month, and his mix show The Bass Cannon, every third Wednesday.

DJ Announcement: DJ Kade

We are inviting a talented group of DJ’s to spin for you at #NoBrandCon2017!

First up is DJ Kade, and he has a special message for you below!

“What is up, No Brand Con?? Usually for these DJ bio paragraphs, I try to write something about my style and previous shows in the third person, as most normal DJ bios usually go, but I wanted to try writing something more direct for a change. Conventions like these give me a bunch of unique opportunities as a DJ, not only to bring out my geekier side, but also to bring more unique music to the table than your average radio fare. Although I think the opportunity I’m luckiest enough to have is the ability to help bring together a whole room of people in one intense celebration, where people can express themselves (mostly) however they please and let any cares and worries fade away along with the last track that was just played, and I honestly think that’s pretty awesome. So, even when I’m not DJing, I’m doing what I can behind the scenes to help bring a show together. I’ve been coming back to No Brand for quite a few years, sometimes as an attendee, and sometimes helping out behind the scenes with the Dance, running lights, sound, ect., and I’m thrilled to able to bring my harder-than-your-average flavor to you guys and gals at this years convention! I’ve made a ton of memories already through No Brand, so I want to bring some new stuff to the stage this year that I haven’t yet brought to any of my previous convention appearances, and I’m honestly so hype about it that I’m getting distracted trying to finish writing this bio here. No time for writing out all that “face-destroying bass” stuff this time, you already know it’s gonna be lit. Now go! I must return to the lab and continue crafting these grooves…” -DJ Kade