Katsucon is an annual 3-day fan convention held in the D.C. metro area for multicultural enthusiasts and entertainment. Katsucon is produced by Katsucon Entertainment, Inc. (KEI), a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization dedicated to bringing information about Japanese animation, society, and traditional and popular culture to fans everywhere.
A huge THANK YOU to all of you who participated as Panelists for Katsucon 20, 2014!
The Panel Reimbursement Request Application is now open, and will remain open until Friday, April 18, 2014. All panelists who wish to be considered for a reimbursement must apply for the reimbursement on or before Friday, April 18, 2014.
We would like to thank everyone for their interest and participation in Katsucon 20! You helped make our 20th anniversary a wonderful celebration. We’re thrilled that so many of you were able to make it despite challenging conditions – while our number is not final, yet, we had more than 12,500 attendees!
For those who were unable to attend, we missed you! We regret not being able to have all of you with us this year, but we hope for your continued patronage, and look forward to seeing you at the next Katsucon (Katsucon 2015 – February 13th-15, 2015). As per our Refund Policy, all refund requests submitted on or before February 1st will be refunded within 90 days of the convention, by May 17th. Refund requests submitted after February 1st will not be processed, and we will not be able to grant rollover requests.
We’re appreciate all of your feedback, so please keep it coming. We have a Feedback survey for your convenience. Please submit your feedback, it really helps us plan better for YOU for next year – we’ve already made changes to our Registration check-in and At-Door processes based on what you’ve shared! Please share your thoughts with us!
Join us at ROFcon, February 28th-March 2nd, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach Norfolk, Hotel and Conference Center!
If you’re attending ROFcon you can pick up a discount code at the Katsucon table, good for $5 off your pre-registration (good for this event/this weekend only, does not apply to VIP registrations)! It will be our lowest price of the year.
If you’re not going to be at ROFcon this weekend, we’ll miss seeing you, but you can still access our regular online Registration portal through our Registration Page!
I must thank you for Attending Katsucon for our 20th year. Amazing that you braved the snow storm to get to the Gaylord National. But that shows the your love of this genre speaks volumes. We had several flight challenges in getting our guests of honor in, but in the end, they all came through. I cannot thank out host facility for their great service and respect.
In all it was a great weekend and it was great due to the people involved, Katsucon Staff, Guests of honor, our great Attendees, and the beautiful people of the Gaylord National. You all made it great, I cannot wait till next year.
Thank you for allowing me to be your Chairman.
In closing please let the staff of Katsucon how we did, what we can improve, what was great and not so great, this is your convention and our job is to make it great for you. Please fill out our marketing survey, to be entered into a drawing for a free badge to next years Katsucon (KXXI)! For more details click the link: bit.ly/1jg7Fpt
Bid for this quilt that groups together all the t-shirts from Katsucon I to Katsucon XX! This rare piece, and other cool stuff, is available to the highest bidder during the Charity Auction. Take a look at the list!
While you’re pursuing the various goodies of Katsucon XX, don’t forget to save some funds for the Charity Auction. Proceeds go to the Relay For Life for the American Cancer Society, and you get cool stuff! Go to http://www.katsucon.org/programming/charity-auction/ to see the full list. I don’t know about you, but this autographed photo of actors George Takei and Walter Koenig portraying their roles of Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu and Ensign Pavel Andreievich Chekov is mighty tempting!
We of the Katsucon staff are at the lovely Gaylord Hotel eagerly setting up for our Pre-Reg pick-up tonight at 7 PM:) We know there’s snow out there and it looks great from the Atrium. Come join us, be snowbound with us, enjoy an awesome weekend with us. A coupe of reminders:
Don’t forget your IDs – you’ll need them (and you Parental Permission Slips if you’re a minor that did not pre-register
Remember that we have the Gazebo all to ourselves this year! This means that you’ll need a badge to access it, so plan to pick-up your badges/register before you start taking photos.
Speaking of photos, remember that the Gaylord has a strict photography policy that prohibits professional setups – we won’t be able to have lights/flash diffusers/tripods/etc. within the facility without written permission from the Gaylord in advance.
Hotel Check-in is at 3:00 PM (1500), not 3:00 AM. Guestrooms cannot be guaranteed to be clean and ready if you try to check-in prior to that time.
Lots of businesses are open in National Harbor (Baja Fresh is giving us a modified menu and extended hours on Friday and Saturday evening, National Harbor Market is offering a 10% discount on everything and free coffee, Freshii is opening early for breakfast), including:
Fiorellas- Only Pizza
In addition, National Pastime is serving lunch and dinner tonight; Cocoa Bean Express will be offering hot items and there will be IRD service.
Channel 48 on their guestroom TV will offer updates on weather.
Current Weather Update: An inch or two of snow, mixed with rain at times, this morning through early this evening. Potential rapid freeze up on the roads. High of 36 degrees.
The Katsucon 20 – KXX Schedule is available now on Guidebook! Download the app today and share in the fun. We’ll be adding more and making updates as the weekend goes on, so set up your alerts and check back often!
For those wishing to view the Schedule online or though a mobile browser – you can find it here!
Anime Aid is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Washington, DC's two main anime conventions, Katsucon and Anime USA. AnimeAid is committed to the task of supporting fan based aid initiatives throughout the area to maximize the impact in assisting the people of Japan as they weather the continuing trials of this situation and move toward rebuilding their lives, their communities, and their nation. See more information on the Anime Aid website at their Facebook page!