SUNNYCON ANIME EXPO
JUNE 16TH - 18TH 2017 COUNTDOWN:
We will be updating all events, panels and talks in the coming weeks and in the build up to SunnyCon Anime Expo 2017.
We are always open to suggestions from experts and fans alike to give our event a diverse and varied schedule where attendees can talk and share their passions with their peers.
SUPER NOT ENOUGH HENTAI
Due to popular demand we are bringing the lewd back to SunnyCon Anime Expo. With even more questionable content, wrongful games, eye-bleaching videos and much more. Join us as we uncover some of the worst Rule 34 has to offer. From your favourite anime characters to gaming legends. Strictly Over 18s Only.
Karen of KrakenKritters has been cosplaying for more than 15 years, specialising in fursuits, creatures and monsters. She placed third in the first Eurocosplay competition in 2010 and currently spends most of her time making and selling tails, hats and other funky furry goods at conventions and online on Etsy.com.
MEET THE MAIDS
Come meet the wonderful Maids and Butlers from Maid In Scotland. Have you ever wondered what it is like to work in a Maid Cafe, what goes on behind the scenes or who we are and what we do?
Maid in Scotland are a pop up maid cafe who are travelling all the way to SunnyCon to spread love and happiness to the convention. We will be hosting a panel so people can get to know our staff, ask any questions about maid cafes.
OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOSTCLUB BLIND READING
The Blunderbolts return to SunnyCon with more comical voices and humorous improv, this time they'll be reading from Ouran High School Host Club, so would you like to hear Tamaki voiced by Squidward? Haruhi with the voice of Woody Woodpecker? Or even Honey with the voice of Yoda? There's no telling what will happen as the audience will be deciding the voices!
WHEN MANGA GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
Many of use anime and manga fan's have notices that a lot of popular titles have been making their way to Hollywood for the big budget live action treatment, Akira, Bleach and even Beyblade are all set to be remade in America over the next few years. Yet this is not a new thing, live action adaptations of anime and mange have existed in Western cinema from the early 90's and this panel will give you a brief history of previous attempts. We shall be covering as many films as we can so bring your popcorn and prepare yourselves for the good, the bad and the Dragonball Evolutions!
PROP MAKING PANEL WITH DAVID FROM SUB-ZERO COMICS
A live prop making demonstration, showing you the techniques used for making awesome cosplay props. Working with a range of materials to show what's possible for all budgets.
POKEMON MULTIVERSE THEORY
Have you ever wondered how each Pokémon game connects to one another? Are you curious about the series of important events that take place in the Pokémon universe? Come check out this fan theory panel about the Pokémon Multiverse! (Performed by Chris Smith)
MERRY MELODIES WITH CHRIS SMITH
Have you ever heard the opening to an anime and it made you want to watch it just because it sounded like a really good song? Is the closing to that one anime done by your favourite Japanese band? Do you just really like Japanese music? Then come check out Merry Melodies where we look at tons of great songs from tons of great anime series!
WILD ASIAN CINEMA
Once again I return to SunnyCon to recommend some of the best (and oddest) live action Asian films I can find, who knows what this years list will have, well I do but you are going to have to come along yourselves to find out. Prepare to go cheer, prepare to laugh and prepare to say 'what the hell am I watching?'
MAID IN SCOTLAND PERFORMANCE
Come and join the maids and butlers from Maid in Scotland for a performance of singing, dancing and maybe a few surprises! With chances for everyone to join in and a lot of fun to be had, the staff are excited to see you all there!
KNOTZ YOUR EVERY DAY DUBBING PANEL
Soooooo you think dubbing is easy huh? Why not give it a shot and try it on for size? See if you can follow those beeps, take direction, create a voice, sound like you’re real, not reading off of a page, ACT, and give a fabulous, stupendous performance! We’re going to take one of my favourite Anime shows that I’ve worked on (no not Pokémon, sorry, LOL) and see if you can dub like the pros! Think you can handle it? There may be a prize in it for you if you can!
What happens when you mix magnesium and sodium together? We don't know, we're not alchemists.
But what we DO know, is that when you mix anime, cardboard and friendship together - you get one of the most spontaneous, team-building, enjoyable activities ever! This is Cardboard Cosplay!
Presented by the Newcastle University Anime Society, you will be put into groups and then you'll choose a character out of the selection available. Then you'll get to choose from items such as tissue paper, cardboard, cling film, bin bags, tin foil and tape to bring that character to life!
How creative are you? How much tape is too much? Are you willing to wear a dress made of bin bags and toilet paper? All will be revealed at Cardboard Cosplay!
Tab Kimpton is a full time comic writer, part time gent and some of the time costume maker. He works around the UK attending cons, selling queer comics, witty t-shirts and other shiny goods. He has over 8 years experience performing skits at cons as well as giving panels to get other people into cosplay! His comic work can be found at DiscordComics.com and costume tutorials on Khaoskostumes.com.
MICHELE KNOTZ Q&A
Have you ever wondered what kind of movies Michele likes or what is her favourite kind of pie? Maybe you’re curious as to how Michele found her way into voice acting or want to ask her how to get into voice acting for yourself! Now is your chance to hang out, relax, and have a fun Q&A panel with Michele. She’s super friendly, outgoing, and loves talking to the fans!!
GUNDAM SPEED BUILD 2017
Prepare for the Mech madness as you get the chance to go toe to toe with your fellow Sunny Expo attendees and battle it out to see who will triumph as the fastest speed builder in the North East. Kits will be provided by Gundam Mad and it is free for anyone to participate however it will be first come first served. Not to worry if you miss one as there will be 2 contests (one Saturday and one Sunday) both with a special prize for first place
POKEMON 3DS PARTY
Do you like Pokémon? I mean, come on, who doesn’t? So where can you go to get your anything and everything Pokémon fix at your all-time favourite place to be at a convention? A Pokémon Nintendo 3DS Party Panel of course! Join the voice actress for Jessie in Pokémon, Michele Knotz and all-around Pokémon expert Chris Smith for games, fun, contests, prizes, battles, sing-a-longs, and so much more! Trade with other Pokéfans, learn about breeding and battling, and play some awesome fun games for amazing prizes! If you’re a fan of Pokémon, and we know you are, you won’t want to miss this panel! Don’t forget to bring your Nintendo 3DS for special prizes! Finally, a panel where bringing your 3DS is required!
BEGINNERS GUIDE TO WATERCOLOURS
Learn the basics of watercolour painting with artist Kidura! The workshop will provide a beginners guide to watercolours such as what paper, brushes and paint brands to choose for you to getting the hang of techniques like wet-on-wet. It's also a chance to get advice from an experienced watercolour artist, ask any kind of watercolour questions you may have and try out painting yourself on the day!
Since its launch in 1995 the Evangelion franchise has gone on to become one of the biggest and most well known franchises to come out of Japan. Spawning a wide array of merchandise, spin-off manga, movies, theme park rides and even its own Bullet Train! Twenty years on the Evangelion brand remains as strong as ever. Come here to get an overview of the franchise from its origins and formation through to the Rebuild films and the fandom surrounding it.
The path of adapting scripts between languages is fraught with twists and turns, powered by an engine made up of many moving parts. James has been the English scriptwriter for Pokémon since Season 5, but he's also adapted cartoons and live action feature films from other languages as well. Please join him and let's drive down that path together!
THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE TUNES
James started studying piano when he was 5, and began playing guitar at 9 (Thanks, Liverpool!). Having spent decades playing classical and jazz piano, as well as singing, songwriting, and playing with many gifted artists, please join him and allow James to share some of the music that lifts him up every day!
BANDURSNATCH STUDIOS PRESENTS: ASK MARAUDERS ANYTHING!
This is an 'in character' Q and A panel where you get the chance to ask the Marauders (and friends) from Harry Potter any question that you like. Want to know who Sirius' favourite girl is? Dying to find out which Marauder gets in the most trouble? Come along in or out of character yourself and ask us all your burning questions. Hope to see you there!
BANDURSNATCH STUDIOS BRING YOU: COSPLAY STORIES
Got a good story about cons or cosplay to share? Have you ever done something so ridiculously silly in the name of cosplay? Or had a disaster at a convention?
Come along and share your stories with us and get to know the Bandursnatch Studios gang out of character at this fun, relaxed panel.
THE HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES & COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY
A look into the past, present and future of video games and technology, the creative industry and controversial issues.
EXPERIENCE THE MUSIC OF JAPAN
The koto is a thirteen stringed zither with a harp like sound. It has been played in Japan for around 1000 years, in court orchestras and as a solo instrument. The shamisen is a three stringed fretless banjo like instrument, commonly used in folk music. Both are played in this performance by Michael Graham who moved to Japan in 2000 where he started to learn traditional Japanese music and since returning to the UK in 2009, has continued to practice, perform, write and teach the music of both instruments, playing at several world music events in the North of England. As well as hearing traditional and original pieces, an explanation of the instruments and a little of their history will be discussed, with a chance afterwards to see the instruments close up and ask any questions.
SUNNY EXPO J FASHION SHOW
Join us for a fun and colourful fashion show. Showcasing a wide range of J fashion styles from the most well dressed folks the North has to offer.
Get your notebooks ready and join us for a crash course in the basics of lolita fashion. By the end of class you will be clued up on the jargon, pitfalls and all those myths will be bust.
LOLITA CRAFT CIRCLE
The crafty Beccy of Two Days Slow will be running a craft session where you can rustle up a cute accessory
LOLITA LEVEL UP
This class is for the seasoned lolitas, the ones who have their basics down and want to share hints and tips about how to take their outfits to the next level.
If you are the sort who has attended many meets but need the extra oomph for you to take the lead or if you have run a fair few but are looking for new ideas then this is the panel for you. Get to grips with the basics of running a small lolita meet or a super big and complicated one.
HOW TO PAINT YOUR DRAGON
The creator behind Starlight Sanctuary welcomes you to join her in a wonderful painting and AMA (ask me anything) workshop. Helen will answer any questions you may have about working with polymer clay, brand differences, materials or even what her favourite biscuit is.
Materials will be provided for you to paint your own Starlight Sanctuary dragon in any design you choose!
To make sure there are enough dragons and material for all you are required to pre-register for the event, which you can do by visiting the Starlight Sanctuary table in the dealers room on Saturday.