Hours of Operation
Saturday, June 1st
Convention: 10AM - 12AM
Dealer Room: 12PM-7PM (11AM for VIPs)
Sunday, June 2nd
Convention: 11AM - 6PM
Dealer Room: 12PM to 5PM (11AM for VIPs)
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Knightrokon is coming up fast, so here is a summary of what you need to know the day of the convention.
Knightrokon is June 1-2 and will be taking place at the UCF student union located at 4000 Central Florida Boulevard in Orlando, FL.
Our hours of operation will be Saturday 10am-12am and Sunday 11am-6pm.
For UCF students, the convention is free. For everyone else, it's $15 for both days or $10 for just Saturday or Sunday. You can buy tickets at the door. Cash is preferred, but we can also accept cards. There are multiple ATMs in the student union.
Our voice actor guests are Crispin Freeman, the voice of Alucard; David Vincent, the voice of Grimmjow; and D.C. Douglas, the voice of Wesker.
We will have many special guests, such as Random Encounter, The Gekkos, Aaron Pabon, Chalk Twins, Channel Zero and Propeller Anime.
Our main events this year will be a Pokemon Murder Mystery, Whose Line is it Anime and an interactive event with some familiar characters. We have a fully packed schedule of events and panels online that you can check out now to plan your weekend.
We are running an AMV Contest and a Costume Contest, and we are still accepting entries for both. The deadline for the AMV Contest is May 29th, so be sure to get your video in soon. May 29th is also the deadline to pre-register for the Costume Contest, which will be judged by three veteran cosplayers.
There will be something going on all day in every room of the student union.
We still have VIP passes. If you want to pre-register or get a VIP pass, the link is here: http://www.knightrokon.com/register
The benefits for VIP passes include:
This year's Knightrokon is proudly sponsored by GameStop, Arda Wigs, Ubisoft, Crunchyroll and Diskotek, among others.
We do have an FAQ page that includes our policies and a little bit more about the convention itself.
Hey guys, just wanted to take a minute to let you know that our viewing room schedule is now online. We want to thank and give props to Kent Ward and his crew over at Propeller Anime for picking out the awesome anime to be shown throughout Knightrokon and helping to man the room. There's going to be a variety of things on display, from abridged series to recent movies like REDLINE and Summer Wars to a showing of the most iconic anime openings, so there's a little something for everyone. You can check out the full lineup by clicking here!
Our schedule of events and panels for the weekend has been posted!
Here's just a small sample of what we have to offer come June 1st and 2nd:
Since there's just too much awesome to put into this one post, so we strongly advise checking out the schedule page by clicking here!
Knightroko and Knightro-kun have summoned powerful allies to help them in their battle to control the convention.
It's up to you to choose your side. Will you aid Knightroko and Ash in maintaining order or will you follow Knightro-kun and Team Rocket as they bring chaos? It's up to you to choose your side.
You can gain points for your side by attending the following events and beating the other side:
Photo Scavenger Hunt - Saturday 1:30pm
Rock Paper Scissor Tournament - Saturday 5:30pm
Ninja Tournament- Sunday 3:00pm
There will also be a crossword puzzle available each day that can be turned in for points to your team. Pick these up at registration and return them there when finished. If you don't complete them you can still turn it in for partial points. Make sure to write which side you wish to aid. Saturday's will be a general anime theme, while Sunday's will be all about Pokemon.
If you would like to participate in these events meet in front of the stairs in the atrium, next to the Pegasus Seal.
The winners of the AMV Contest, Costume Contest, Murder Mystery and Iron Cardboard Robot Cosplay will be able to choose a side to give points to.
The results of this contest will be seen during closing ceremonies.
Wackadoos Sideshows, Rave and VIP Afterparty
Brought to us by Channel Zero
We are working with Channel Zero to bring you nerd-themed live music all day in Wackadoos on the first floor
of the student union. These diverse musical acts will be sure to entertain you while you're having a meal at an
iconic UCF establishment.
Saturday, June 1st
|12:00 PM||Jaimee and Jaylyn's Ukulele Group|
|2:00 PM||House of Black|
|3:00 PM||Shammers and Shinobi MC|
|4:00 PM||Benjamin Bear|
|5:00 PM||HD Ninja|
|6:00 PM||MC Wreckshin|
|8:00 PM||Emergency Pizza Party|
Rave featuring Benjamin Briggs
This year, our rave will not only be on campus, but will also be DJ'ed by Benjamin Briggs, who is coming all the way from Indianapolis to perform for us.
Benjamin Briggs (aka chthonic) is an electronic multi-genre musician that is best known for his remixes of video game music. Over the last 10 years Benjamin has become an accomplished remixer, video game composer, arranger, and now DJ, performing twice during Nerdapalooza 2012 in downtown Orlando Florida, following MC Lars, Mega Ran, and many others. More recently, he performed at Ongaku Overdrive.
High-energy electronic dance music with a twist of chiptunes and video game music, Benjamin Briggs displays an unforgettable stage presence that is completely infectious, and essentially FORCES the crowd to dance along through mystical energy transfer techniques, which can be witnessed in this performance video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu0_Ct-T
Along with some of the musical acts you'll see during the day at the convention, Skill Focus: Burlesque will perform at the VIP Afterparty.
Skill Focus: Burlesque started as the drunken ruminations of a group of nerdy girls one fateful night at a downtown Orlando bar. Skill Focus: Burlesque is Florida's one and only Nerdy Burlesque troupe. These ladies (and sometimes gentlemen) combine their love of all things geeky with the sass and comedy of old-school burlesque, all while aiming to put on the most epic show you've ever seen.
For all of this, we give a huge special thanks to:
Do not forget to submit your Entry forms and videos! AMV contest submissions will be accepted no later than 11:59pm Wednesday May 29th. Don't miss your chance to have your work shown up on the big screen for all our kon-goers to see. Who knows? You may even win some sweet swag!
For information on all of our contests and submissions forms. Click HERE.
Here's a quick look at the individuals who are going to be judging this year's Costume Contest. We are extremely pleased and excited to have them at Knightrokon to judge for us, and we expect that they will only pick the best of the best. Think you have what it takes and want a chance to win a gift card from Arda Wigs at the same time? Then just fill out a Contest Contest Entry Form by clicking here!
Cristine, who goes by the cosplay handle "Kapalaka," is a veteran cosplayer based in Florida. Her love for video games and anime led her to the cosplay community in 2005, where she has since earned 4 "Best in Show" trophies and many smaller awards. Cristine’s skills lie in technical sewing, wig crafting, and armor/prop making. She studied sewing and patterning under the former head of Busch Garden’s Costume Shop, Marilyn Bertch, wig crafting through Katie Bair of PettingZoo Wigs, and armor/prop making from Cobheran. She enjoys spreading the fun of cosplay through panels, Q&As, and tutorials, always encouraging new and fellow cosplayers to tap into their talents.
Known as “Cobheran” in the cosplay community, Kevin is an Orlando based cosplayer who has cosplayed since 2001. Entirely self-taught, Kevin builds all of his own props and armor, pattern drafts, and sews his costumes. He has created over 30 costumes and earned several awards, among them multiple Best in Shows. He has judged over 6 separate costume craftsmanship contests in Florida and is excited to be judging at Knightrokon this year.
Operating out of Central Florida, Korin enjoys various fantasy and sci-fi series, and spends her free time gardening, painting, and of course, cosplaying. Korin has been an avid cosplayer since her first convention in 2007. After winning her first costume contest award at that same convention, she continued to enter costume contests at conventions around the US, winning multiple awards up to and including two "Best in Show" awards. She is admired by contest judges and her fellow cosplayers for her technical work, and especially for her wigs. She is currently participating in Arda Wig's Iron Wig competition, and is currently holding first place during one round and has earned two fan favorite awards since its start.
We are pleased to announce two additional sponsors for Knightrokon 2013: Arda Wigs and Discotek Media! They will be supplying us with giftcards and DVDs for the winners of our Costume Contest and AMV Contest, respectively. Want to win these prizes? Just fill out a form for either of these contests by clicking here. We look forward to seeing your entries!
Just wanted to give everyone a reminder that our vendor applications will be closing today. If you or anyone you know would like to be a vendor at Knightrokon, just have them fill out the form here. It's only $70 for an 8' x 8' booth for the weekend. What are you waiting for? Sign up now before it's too late!
Random Encounter, a local band coming out of Orlando, plays music from, about and inspired by video games and nerd culture.
Along with covers from game series like The Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy and Metroid, Random Encounter writes videogame inspired original songs, original songs based on Russian Folklore and mashups of songs from thins like Doctor Who and Jurassic Park.
Random Encounter has been to many conventions in Florida such as Metrocon, Supercon and EXP Con, along with MagFest in Maryland. They recently performed as a part of Florida Music Festival at The Social in Downtown Orlando. They have performed in “practically every major city on the East Coast,” and now, they will be performing at Knightrokon!
Along with giving years of great performances, Random Encounter has won awards like Orlando Weekly’s Best Indie Band in Orlando and been featured on websites like badassoftheweek.com.
While preparing for Knightrokon, Random Encounter is working on a new album that will be released within the next few months.
For more about Random Encounter, like their page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/randomencounterband