Schedule

This is the schedule for Tigercon 2014. Tigercon 2015 has been cancelled.

TIGERCON 2014 Schedule!

final schedule

About the Photo Suite:

The Photo Suite is hosted by our school’s Photography Services- it’ll be open from 11:00 AM til 2:00 PM and it is completely free! The photos taken will be uploaded to Shutterfly, and you can make prints from there. If you are not a Towson Student, you need to sign a model release form. If you’re a legal minor, you need a guardian to sign the release form. You’re free to take your own photos of yourself (as space allows) or others (common sense courtesy and ask first, of course), but to use the Photo Suite without being accompanied by your parents, please bring this with you. Adult, non-Towson-student release is here. The form for minors is right here,

Main Events:

Baltimore Gamer Symphony Orchestra

The Baltimore Gamer Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra in Baltimore that arranges video game music. They will be playing music from Legend of Zelda, Ace Attorney, Chrono Cross and Kingdom Hearts. If you are interested in joining or more information email us at info@baltimoregso.org. If you would like to become a fan, like us on facebook at FB/baltimoregamersymphonyorchestra and follow us on Twitter @BaltimoreGSO. We would like to thank Tigercon for the warm welcome!

 Geek Comedy Tour Q&A

Join Geek Comedy Tour as they accept questions and occasionally answer them!

The Anime Dating Game

Ever wondered what would happen if Eren Jaeger, Jonathan Joestar, and America (yes, the country!) fought for the affections of Sailor Moon? What if Kaneki Ken struggled between the choice of  Mary Kozakura, Tohru Honda, and Haruhi Suzumiya? Well wonder no longer! Welcome to Tigercon’s Anime Dating Game, where one bachelor or bachelorette will have to ask three lovely suitors questions and eventually pick their date! Want an idea for that crack-fic you’ve always wanted to write? Want to see what all the fuss is about? Then come and have an awesome time! There will be multiple rounds and plenty of matchups! Any cosplayers who wish for a chance to participate as either a bachelor/bachelorette or a suitor can sign up here!

Geek Comedy Tour

Geek Comedy Tour joins Tigercon once more for another evening of organ-splitting hilarity! The Geek Comedy Tour is a collective of the funniest stand-up comedians from the Washington DC area. Each one is an experienced comic, having performed at bars, clubs, and colleges all over the East Coast.

Panels:

Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Fandom

Discussions and videos on the Kingdom Hearts video game history. There will also be discussions about the new game, 2.5!

Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: The History of Magical Girls

From the humble beginnings of Sally the Witch to the wondrous heights of Sailor Moon, come witness the phenomenal evolution of Mahou Shoujo! We will look at those who established this beautiful genre as well as the tropes and other elements that have kept it blooming with life over the years. Present day champions such as Madoka Magica will be featured along with a few titles that have kept the passionate flame burning for fans around the world. Don’t miss the magic and excitement! See what makes Magical Girls wake up, go to school, and save the world!

Kamen Rider: A History of Riding, Justice, and Kicking

A brief synopsis of the overarching Kamen Rider series’ thereof, explaining the history, motifs, and themes within the various series

Getting Started With Fuse Beads

Fuse beads (or bead sprites) are a form of pixel art where small, individual beads are placed on a grid to form a pattern or image and then melted together with a household iron. It’s a hobby that has been around for a long time, however it has recently become popular thanks to the internet, technology, and a healthy dose of nostalgia for 8 and 16-bit video games. If you’ve ever thought about getting into fuse beads, it’s actually really easy, and this panel (or workshop) will provide you with everything you need to get started. You’ll be making bead sprites in no time.

How to Cosplay: Beginner’s Basics

A basic “how to” panel on how to cosplay for beginners. tips and tricks to help people who want to learn how to cosplay or improve their cosplay.

Con to the Utmost!

Want to make sure you get the most out of your convention? This panel has something to offer everyone from raw first timer to seasoned convention attendees. It will coversthe things you need to know to squeeze every last drop of squee from your convention, from budgeting, to packing, to finding your favorite events, and more! Come to this panel and get the Appleseed to ZZ for enjoying each step of your convention.

Japanese Language and Culture Organization

Join Towson’s very own Japanese Club as we discuss life in Japan and how to get involved with Japanese culture in America!

 Japan Loves Evangelion (Entirely Too Much)

At some point, Evangelion graduated from a controversial, yet successful television series to iconography that has pervaded Japan’s relatively conservative culture in a variety of interesting and unexpected ways. From promotional tie-ins with Pizza Hut, Doritos, and Shick, to an entire Evangelion-themed attraction at the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park, there is no doubt that Evangelion has invaded Japan’s public consciousness. And that’s saying nothing of the breadth of merchandise that has been produced over the past two decades. Attire, electronics, sporting goods, housewares… you name it, they’ve probably slapped a Nerv logo or a relevant color scheme on it at some point. We’ll be taking a look at the many ways that prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that Japan loves Evangelion entirely too much.

 Free! Eternal Q&A

Free! Eternal Q&A is a panel featuring the students of Iwatobi and Samezuka Academy, who would be more than happy to answer any questions you have! Hope to see you next water time!

 How to Be Awesome!

The name really says it all…a quick guide to staying positive and being the kind of fan who draws others to them. Helpful hints for how to act in a variety of convention situations, from cosplay to panels and everything in between.

Hot-Blooded Battles and Methodical Meaning: The History of Shonen Panel

From the humble roots of Astro Boy to the dazzling heights of Attack on Titan, take a look at the history of one of the oldest genres in anime. Come and learn of great stories that paved the way for the likes of Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Bleach, and Naruto. Also, take a look at series that gave new life to the genre such as Death Note and Attack on Titan. Further, we’ll even take a comedic journey with the likes of One-Punch Man and Kochikame to show you the depths of Shonen history.

You Shouldn’t Buy That

Ever worked retail? Ever been a nerd while working retail? Join aspiring comedian, Matt DiGirolamo, for a panel on the insanity of working in a grocery store and how it appears from geekdom perspective. They look at us funny for not watching sports? We look at them funny for not knowing Pokemon. Get on our level bro!

Lupin III: 35 Years Since Cagliostro

Lupin The III straddles the line between Shonen and Seinin: A raunchy, disrespectful womanizer, and also a loving, light-hearted free-spirit.

This panel will examine the contrasts between the portrayals, as well as the bridges that connect them, with a focus on Lupin’s green jacket. See what connects Hayao Miyazaki, Italy, Monkey Punch, and France.

Putting the “U” in Universal Century: A Primer on Understanding the Seminal Gundam Universe

The panel will consist of touching on all of the major points in the original Mobile Suit Gundam universe, including how it came to be, focusing on each of the major series (0079,0080,0083, Zeta, Double Zeta, Char’s Counterattack, F91, etc…) how they interact with on another and how the many alternate universes under the Gundam umbrella draw off of the tropes it has created.

How to Avoid Con Plague

We have all experienced or heard the tales of the dreaded “CON-PLAGUE” that goes around after a convention. In this panel we will cover what con-plague is, what con-funk is, preventative care, maintaining proper hygiene, and tips and tricks for staying healthy and happy at a convention. So please join us in this informative panel, as we will be offering prizes.

Anime Rest Stop: Con Stories and Fan Glory

From the history of Astro Boy to recent achievements like Attack on Titan, this panel explores the history of not only anime and manga, but the history of the very fandom that keeps it thriving today. We will explore some the first achievements of fandom while highlighting amazing feats in both fandom and entertainment pertaining to anime and manga. Social phenomena will be discussed such as fan clubs and social media sites as well as bonds like relationships and life-long friendships formed by this fandom. Join our panel thrill ride for a trip down memory lane and beyond!

 Sega Does…What Nintendon’t

After the video game industry crash of 1983, Nintendo was able to explode onto the scene and secure the vast majority of the market, and it remained largely unchallenged until the early 1990s when Sega gained a foothold with the Sega Genesis and games like Sonic the Hedgehog. What followed was the infamous “bit wars” between Nintendo and Sega, an at times childish back-and-forth that has ingrained itself into the collective memory of gaming. We’ll take a look at the history of Sega, how it became a serious competitor to Nintendo, where it went wrong, and how it all fell apart. We’ll look at its well-known blunders with hardware, as well as the advertising and marketing that ranged from absurd to just plain “what were they thinking” weird.

ARS Presents: The History of Japanese Horror

The Horror genre has given us many things within the realm of entertainment. However, Japan has managed to not only find an edge in the spectrum by taking from its mythological roots, but even innovated facets that are used today. From the myths of the Oni to creepy television sets, this panel dives deep into the spooky world of Japanese Horror. We’ll even cross compare the likes of Cabin in the Woods and Final Destination to Uzumaki, The Ring (Ringu) and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Why and How, Ghouls and Goblins? Come and find out..if you dare!

“I Love the Power Glove, It’s so Bad”: an Ode to Terrible Video Game Controllers and Accessories

In retrospect, Lucas Barton’s iconic line in 1989’s “The Wizard” can be viewed as a skillfully disguised, though painfully self-aware assessment of the officially licensed Nintendo product. The Power Glove is one of numerous video game accessories that never should have seen actual production. Consider this panel an absurd compendium for those who like to gawk, as well as necessary catharsis for those who were unfortunate enough to own some of these awful contraptions.

Screenings:

Video 1 (Shows)

Digimon Adventures

Seven kids are transported to the Digital World, a strange place where digital creatures called “Digimon” reside. A group of Digimon soon befriend them and keep the kids out of harm’s way. The children then discover they are the Chosen Children, which protect the Digital World from evil Digimon like Devimon and Vamdemon.

IGPX

In the year 2048, people are raving about a fighting race called “Immortal Grand Prix”, or IGPX in short, which is faster and more exciting than any of the existing motor sports. The phenomenon is so big that an entire city was built for the racing industry where competitions take place on a huge track. In the “Immortal Grand Prix,” two teams of three IG machines, high-tech humanoid mechs driven by humans, race at speeds greater than 400km/h. The teams make three laps of a 60 km course while intercepting the opponent as they vie for a first place finish. The best machine performance, the best pilots and the best teamwork are the only factors that can make them the winners.

Fruits Basket

Tohru Honda is 16 year old orphaned girl who gets invited to live in the house of her classmate, the handsome boy Sohma Yuki, and his cousins, 16 year old Kyo and 27 year old Shigure. However, these young men and parts of the rest of their family (both close and distant) hold a curse; if they are hugged by the opposite gender, they transform into animals of the Chinese Zodiac. Everyday is an adventure for sweet Tohru, as she gets to know everyone in the large family better (especially Yuki and Kyo), in both common and bizarre situations. But, the Sohma Family curse is certainly no laughing matter… it also holds horrible cruelty and heartbreak.

Natsume’s Book of Friends

Natsume has always been an outcast because he inherited his grandmother Reiko’s ability to see youkai (spirits that are invisible to most people). After moving into his grandmother’s hometown, he inherits her “Book of Friends,” which allows its wielder to command the youkai named within. Now, he has to deal with youkai seeking to either get their names back or to take possession of the Book of Friends.

Steins;Gate

The eccentric mad scientist Okabe, his childhood friend Mayuri, and the otaku hacker Daru have banded together to form the “Future Gadget Research Laboratory,” and spend their days in a ramshackle laboratory hanging out and occasionally attempting to invent incredible futuristic gadgets. However, their claymore is a hydrator and their hair dryer flips breakers, and the only invention that’s even remotely interesting is their Phone Microwave, which transforms bananas into oozing green gel. But when an experiment goes awry, the gang discovers that the Phone Microwave can also send text messages to the past. And what’s more, the words they send can affect the flow of time and have unforeseen, far-reaching consequences—consequences that Okabe may not be able to handle…

Hetalia: The Beautiful World

The fifth season of Hetalia. Based on a popular web-released manga series by Hidekazu Himaruya, Hetalia has been described as a “cynical gag” story set in Europe in the years between WW1 and WW2 (1918-1939) using exaggerated caricatures of the different nationalities as portrayed by a gaggle of bishōnen.

Sakura Wars

Sakura travels to the capital with aspirations of defending the city from the demonic forces of the Black Sanctum Council like her father before her. However, things are not as she imagined as in addition to using her great spiritual energy to pilot a mech called a Kobu, she must also perform on stage as an actor as The Imperial Flower Division’s cover is an art theater. Making a fool of herself and ruining a production gets her on everyone’s bad side and somehow she must learn to work with them as well as prevent the enemy from destroying several shrines which protect the city.

Persona 4: The Animation~

Persona 4 takes place in a rural town named Inaba. There have been mysterious murders occurring whenever there was fog after heavy rain. There were also rumors about a channel on television airing only at midnight called Mayonaka TV, during which it is said that one can see his/her “other half” when staring at the TV screen. After hearing about a recent unsolved murder which occurred during the fog, the characters—Narukami, Chie, and Yosuke—discuss how each of them had attempted to watch the mysterious TV channel and witnessed the murder victim. The protagonist later realizes that during midnight when the channel is on, his body can phase into his television set as a gateway to enter another world infested with shadows. After discovering this, they all decide to explore. When first completely entering the world, dazed and confused, Narukami meets Teddie. Mayonaka TV and the town murders seem to have a connection. The murder victims may be merely victims of Mayonaka TV. Everyone decides that they will together try to solve the mysterious murders by exploring the hidden world of Mayonaka TV.

Little Busters!

When tragedy struck Riki Naoe as a child, he was rescued from grief over his parents’ deaths when four other kids “recruited” him for their group—the “Little Busters.” Now in high school, Riki and the other Busters are still fast friends, and though their vision of being heroes for justice may have faded, they’d still do anything for each other. Which is why Riki is now on TWO special missions. The not so secret one: recruiting new members so the Busters can form a baseball team. Preferably FEMALE recruits, as the current dude/babe ratio is an inconvenient 4 to 1. The OTHER mission, though… That’s the strange one. Because Riki and Rin, the group’s singular girl, are receiving odd messages, delivered by cats, concerning the existence of a “secret world” and assigning them tasks they have to complete. Were their youthful dreams of being crusaders not so fanciful after all? Or is there something even more vital at stake? Between steeling his courage to talk to girls, dealing with his own narcolepsy and facing his feelings concerning Rin, Riki may just need the strength of a superhero to solve the ultimate mystery of the Little Busters!

Ergo Proxy

After the explosion of the methane hydrate layer, the remaining members of mankind are forced to live in isolated domed cities scattered across the arid and inhospitable planet. They live in a controlled society and are assisted in daily life by autonomous robots called AutoReivs. In one of these cities, Romdo, Inspector Re-l Mayer, granddaughter of the regent, leads an investigation concerning AutoReivs that have gone mad after being infected by the Cogito virus. In the process, she comes in contact with a monster called Proxy. Elsewhere in the city, immigrant Vincent Law is on the run after being framed for involvement in several Cogito cases. Together, along with the adorable child-AutoReiv Pino, they set out on a journey to the dome city Mosk in order to unravel the mystery of the Proxies.

AnoHana (Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai)

Jinta Yadomi and his group of childhood friends have become estranged after a tragic accident split them apart. Now in their high school years, a sudden surprise forces each of them to confront their guilt over what happened that day and come to terms with the ghosts of their past.

Video 2 (Movies)

The Cat Returns

The main character of the story, Haru, is a clueless, ordinary 17-year-old girl. She has no special abilities and neither is she an extraordinary beauty. When faced with reality, she is unable to make decisions for herself, thus often sways to others’ opinions to avoid challenge. One day, Haru saves the life of a cat without considering her own safety. The cat turns out to be the Cat Prince from the Kingdom of Cats, however as a result, Haru is trapped in the world of cats. Can Baron and Muta rescue Haru who has wandered into the world of cats?

Howl’s Moving Castle

Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl’s magnificent flying castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell.

Children Who Chase Lost Voices

Strange sounds in the darkness… Unearthly music from an old crystal radio… These are all the warning Asuna Watase has before a simple walk to her clubhouse catapults her into a nightmarish adventure that will take her beneath the Earth to a lost land beyond the realm of legend! Attacked by a strange monstrous creature, rescued by a mysterious stranger and pursued by a relentless enemy, Asuna finds herself enmeshed in a centuries old mystery that will bind her to a strange young defender and lead her inevitably, towards a secret that may hold the key to life itself!

Metropolis

In the great city of Metropolis, severe community structures and prejudice dominate a world where humans and robots live together. Unrest and violence increase with each new day.

Searching for the scientist Dr. Laughton, suspected to violate human rights by trading organs, the Japanese detective Shunsaku Ban and his nephew Kenichi arrive at Metropolis. In the scientist’s laboratory, Kenichi discovers a girl without any memory of her past life. He decides to help her, so they run away together. His uncle follows him and penetrates the dark secrets of the city to find Duke Red, the man ruling from the shadows. Meanwhile, Kenichi desperately tries to protect the mysterious girl from the people hunting her. However, Duke Red and his adoptive son have their own deep reasons for chasing the girl. These reasons are connected to her true identity and the struggle for the domination of Metropolis…

Godzilla

GODZILLA DESTROYS BUILDINGS

xxxHolic: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Yuko receives a letter from an unknown sender. It is an invitation to an auction. Seven avid collectors were invited to an old mansion. They all admit that they accepted the invitation to complete their collections. They waited for the host, but he does not make an appearance. And one by one the collectors disappear. The strange host and a mysterious girl. A night where odd things happen one after another. What is being auctioned? Who is the host? The cunning and foolish people who are obsessed with “possessions” and the host’s “timeless” passion. What is waiting at the end of this enigmatic series of riddles? And what is the conclusion of the sad love story behind them? Mystery leads to mystery, and reaches the unexpected!

Redline

Redline is about the biggest and most deadly racing tournament in the universe. Only held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame, including JP, a reckless dare-devil driver oblivious to speed limits with his ultra-customized car—all the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Amongst the other elite rival drivers in the tournament, JP falls for the alluring Sonoshee—but will she prove his undoing, or can a high speed romance survive a mass destruction race?

*** All series summaries credited to MyAnimeList.net or Wikipedia. You can find them all here: http://myanimelist.net/. We just did the searches for you.

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