Zenkaikon 2008 Announces Cosplay Ball, Cosplay Dating Game and AMV Contest

Jun 12th 2008
VALLEY FORGE, PA – Zenkaikon 2008 is pleased to announce three more of its major events: the Cosplay Ball, the Cosplay Dating Game, and the Anime Music Video Contest.
Zenkaikon's First Annual Cosplay Ball!
The Zenkaikon Ball is a formal costume dance party taking place Friday evening. Plus instructors will be on hand to teach you Japanese, English and Scottish folk dancing. No prior dance experience is necessary to take part in the lessons!
For rules and more information, please visit: http://www.zenkaikon.com/cosplayball.html
Zenkaikon's 2008 Cosplay Dating Game:
Come join us for a hilarious good time as the classic 'Dating Game' takes on a whole new meaning with cosplaying bachelors and bachelorettes! Are you a serious cosplayer? Do you really know your character? Would you like to compete for a "date” with a lovely bachelorette or handsome bachelor? Then you need to audition for Zenkaikon's Cosplay Dating Game!
One of the biggest changes we have made from last year to this year is the addition of two seperate segments - PG13 and 18+. Applicants ages 15-17 can apply for the PG 13 segment (parental consent waiver required). Applicants 18 and up and can apply for the 18+ segment (valid ID required).

* Dating Game Format:
Just like in the traditional 'Dating Games' of yesteryear TV, this dating game is similar. 3 Bachelors or 3 Bachelorettes sit on one side of a curtain, on the other side is the 'prize', an elusive bachelor or bachelorette for one of the 3 other contestants to 'win'. Twist is, you're in costume and you ARE your character. The prize will ask several questions which you must answer in character and then choose which one they want. There will be several rounds of the dating game. One game will be rated for 18+(in the evening) and one will be rated PG 13 (during the day). There are different requirements for each game, so read on!

* Winners of the Dating Game: will receive their picture on our website, some pocky and snacks to take on their 'date' and special reserved seating at the Masquerade (no waiting in line, folks!) if they choose to attend it as a 'couple'. (Winners are not required to go on a real date, its pretend).
Applications are due no later than September 19, 2008.
Chosen applicants will be notified by October 3, 2008.
For rules, requirements and to download the application and waiver forms, please visit: http://www.zenkaikon.com/cosplaydatinggame.htm

Zenkaikon's 2008 AMV Contest:
Here talented editors get to display their skills and anxious anime fans are treated to unique videos that combine Japanese animation and music. Have an AMV you'd like to show off? Please read the rules thoroughly before submitting. Improvements in this year's contest include: additional prize categories (provided enough submissions are received); the acceptance of non-competing music videos for a showcase; and expanded formats for submission.
The deadline for contest submissions is September 17, 2008.
Any general or technical questions should be directed to [email protected]
For more information about submissions please visit:http://www.zenkaikon.com/amv.htm

Zenkaikon 2008 Membership
Membership registration by September 15 is: $13 for Friday; $15 for Saturday; $23 for both days; $45 for Two-Day VIP (please visit www.zenkiakon.com for VIP details).
At-Door registration: $15 on Friday; $20 on Saturday; $30 for both days
Two Day Group rates also available!

Pre-registration for Zenkaikon 2008 is up and running! Go to www.Zenkaikon.com to pre-register online and get information on reserving exhibitor space, panel registration Zenkaikon rules and regulations and forms for snail mail pre-registration.

Hurry and reserve your place at Zenkaikon 2008 today!

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About Zenkaikon: Zenkaikon was formed by the merger of the anime and sci-fi con Zentrancon, and the anime con, Kosaikon, both in the Philadelphia area. In 2006 they put on their first event which was a tremendous success. Zenkaikon will return to the Valley Forge Scanticon Conference Center for its third installment on 10/17-10/18/08. The con will kick off its expansion to two days of programming on the evening of Friday, October 17 with concerts, a Cosplay Ball, gaming and other special events. A full day of convention action will follow on Saturday, October 18 with video screenings, concerts, gaming, cosplay masquerade, the new Zenkaikon favorites – the anime version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” and The Cosplay Dating Game, and so much more!

For more information about Zenkaikon 2008 please visit www.zenkaikon.com and/or email the Zenkaikon chair with any questions at [email protected]

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