SaikouCon Welcomes Voice Actor Robert Axelrod as Guest of Honor for SaikouCon 2016

Convention also books NEPA musician Damien for special acoustic performance at 2016 Opening Ceremonies


4/11/16 Lake Harmony, PA – SaikouCon, which means "best convention", is the large scale, annual anime convention of the Pocono Mountains. Boasting a dedicated staff of longtime Japanese anime and manga fans, SaikouCon is excited to be the only large scale annual convention dedicated exclusively to anime, manga, and Japanese culture and pop culture in this area of Northeast Pennsylvania. The convention grew out of web magazine Anime Ate My Brain Magazine; the sibling to music focused web magazine, Tastes Like Rock! Music Magazine. Both journalistic endeavors fall under the publishing wing of Nerdy Rock 'n Roller Productions.

The convention promises to remain very hands on and attendee friendly every year, while also maintaining a safe atmosphere for attendees to enjoy the convention to their carefree fullest. As always, Cosplay =/= Consent is a very important issue to the staff of SaikouCon, and the same rules and regulations that made SaikouCon 2013, 2014, and 2015 safe havens for cosplayers will be enforced just as strictly at SaikouCon 2016. SaikouCon 2016 will feature many diverse and entertaining panels, workshops, activities, events, screenings, gaming tournaments, and much more!

SaikouCon is honored to have the legendary voice of Lord Zedd from the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers as a Guest of Honor at the convention's 2016 show! This Robert Axelrod's forst appearance at SaikouCon, the Los Angeles based actor also has a long list of voice work in several English dubs of anime series and films including Robotech, The Big O, Cowboy Bebop, Digimon, Akira, Fist of The North Star, Captain Harlock, among many others! Born and raised in New York City, he did commercials and theater as a child and teen, eventually ending up in the Soho Avant-garde Theater scene in a show called “Little Trips”, then Off-Broadway in a play called “The Destroyers”. Axelrod left acting for the world of music. He spent eight years as a working rock musician playing electric bass and singing in folk, rock, and soul bands. Music brought him to Los Angeles where he decided to return to acting, a decision he never regrets.

Since then, Mr. Axelrod has appeared in over thirty feature films including four with Charles Bronson, the Sci-Fi hit remake “The Blob” with Kevin Dillon and many others. Television appearances include guest star roles on “Amazing Stories”, “Star Trek Voyager”, “Tim And Eric's Awesome Show”, and “The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers". He also starred in the Michael Jackson music video “Stranger in Moscow”, and is in the soon-to-be-released horror dark comedy, “The Revenant”. As Lord Zedd, he starred in both the first Power Rangers feature film and the wildly popular live show that toured the country. He was a regular character on Saban Entertainment's “Wowser” series (as Ratso Catso), “Journey To The Heart of the World” (as Scarface), “Hallo Spencer” (as Elmer), and more.

Joining the Musical Guests for SaikouCon 2016 is Northeastern/Central PA musician, Damien! Damien has performed at many venues and events throughout North East and Central Pennsylvania, Damien is an eclectic acoustic instrumental guitarist mixing, classical, jazz, and modern styles, to weave a tapestry of sonic magick. Damien has been a long time supporter of SaikouCon, acting as a security officier for the convention and many other roles in the past, it is an honor for the convention to now have him as one of its musical guests. Damien will be performing a special acoustic concert as part of the convention's Opening Ceremonies on SaikouCon Friday!

SaikouCon had it's one and only pre-registration price jump on April 8, 2016 on General Admission badges only; VIP badges are price locked until VIP pre-reg closes, VIP badges will not be available for at door registrations. SaikouCon 2016's Artist Alley is now sold out as of April 2, 2016, Vendor spaces in the Merchant Hall are still open but moving fast. Spaces for both merchants will be 8 X 5, include a table, two chairs, waste basket, and Wi-Fi access. Merchant registrations opened on January 11, 2016 and will remain open until July 1, 2016 or until both the Merchant Hall and Artist Alley are both sold out; whichever comes first. Spaces are primed to sell as fast as the record sale times set for the convention in 2015, so don't wait too long if you wish to sell at SaikouCon 2016! To review SaikouCon's Rules and Regulations for merchants as well as register for a space(s) in the Vendor Hall visit www.saikoucon.com/vendors.html.

SaikouCon 2016's Guests List to date:

Guests of Honor:
RuffleButt Cosplay
Robert Axelrod Voice Actor
More To Be Announced!

Musical Guests:
The Adarna
REAKT
Damien
More To Be Announced!

Featured Guests:
Koralene Cosplay
The Gamer's Edge Comics & Gaming
Cosplay Burlesque
More To Be Announced!

Special Guests:
Cloudsofsand Cosplay
celsius Cosplay

To Pre-Register for SaikouCon 2016 badges visit www.saikoucon.com/guest-registration.html and make sure to note the returning designations for Teen and Adult badges to attend the convention, the new designations do away with the need for parental consent forms for SaikouCon guests age 13-17, attendees 12 and under still need to be accompanied by a chaperone age 18 or older at all times and children 10 and under enter free of charge! While family friendly, SaikouCon is largely PG-13 so tweens and little ones need accompaniment. Don't forget to look into SaikouCon's Group Rates. To book a room for SaikouCon 2016, visit Split Rock Resort's special booking webpage for the convention's block of rooms, SaikouCon's new home located at 100 Moseywood Road, Lake Harmony, PA 18624, at https://splitrockresort.reztrip.com/classic/en/special_offer?rate_code=Sak&offer_code=SAIKOUCON2016&vr=3 and book a room in the SaikouCon block of rooms for the discounted rate! Split Rock is offering SaikouCon attendees a block of 50 rooms (to start, if we sell out before the discount deadline, the resort will open more rooms to SaikouCon attendees at the discounted rate) available until July 1, 2016 or until the block is booked solid beyond expansion. Once the July 1 deadline hits, rooms will only be available at Split Rock on an as available basis and will not be discounted; discount extension is at the discretion of Split Rock Resort and not SaikouCon or its organizers.

The convention will always feature some of the best live entertainment themed to Japanese culture and pop culture, as well as the best in J-Rock, J-Pop, and nerd/geek culture musical acts from all over the US and beyond.

All of this plus top creators, writers, artists, distributors, industry insiders, English dub and original Japanese voice talent, some of the best cosplay talent, shows, masquerades; and so much more!

To get the latest up-to-the-minute updates follow SaikouCon on http://www.saikoucon.com, http://facebook.com/SaikouCon, http://twitter.com/SaikouCon, and SaikouCon's listing on animecons.com: http://animecons.com/events/info.shtml/6709/SaikouCon_2016

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