Look out anime fans! Tekko (formerly Tekkoshocon), the region’s premiere Anime, Gaming, Music, Fashion, and Japanese Pop Culture Convention, will be taking over the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this weekend! For the past 14 years, this annual anime convention has provided anime fans with the best industry-related guests, shows, vendors, artists and expanded programming, in an interactive, engaging and friendly environment. This year, they are expecting to reach between 7000 and 8000 people, and Pittsburgh’s CW Green Team will be on the scene to check out all of the fun!
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Mainstay components of Tekko include vendors, artists’ alley, panels, fashion shows, cosplay contests, dance contests, gaming, Tekko Gakkou (School Series) and much more. But new this year will be TeamTekko TV, a “live” stream of selected events, guests and interviews, etc. The convention will also feature The Escape Room, where gaming teams compete in a secured environment with featured themes such as robots, alchemy and ninjas.
Special guests this year include Matt Mercer, a Los Angeles-based actor/voice actor known primarily for his extensive roles in animation, video games, theater and improv. He is also the Dungeon Master for the hit Twitch show Critical Role on Geek & Sundry.
Other Voice actors include Marisha Ray, Micah Solusod, Chris Patton and Austin Tindle. Also, fashion guests Misako Aoki, Japanese government appointed Ambassador of Cute and model and Lynda Leung, comedian Karl “Uncle Yo” Custer, local musician Nancy Kepner and “Study of Anime” website founder Charles Dunbar.
This year’s featured international musical guests will be Back-On, a 4-member hybrid rock band from Japan who made their major label debut in 2005. As well as DJ Bass from Tokyo, Japan who will host Tekko dance events.
Tekko is presented by the non-profit Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society. For more information, visit http://www.teamtekko.us.