News & Annoucements

Otakon welcomes animation artist, creator, & voice actor CHRIS NIOSI

In the anime world, his credits include the likes of Reigen Arataka (Mob Psycho 100), Dezel (Tales of Zestiria), Garma Zabi (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin), Lagos (Patema Inverted), as well as various characters in the Pokemon franchise and most recently, Pegasus/Helios in Viz Media's upcoming uncut dub of "Sailor Moon SuperS".

View Chris' full bio on our website and the full list of Otakon 2017's announced guests.


The master bladesmiths from Baltimore Knife and Sword are returing to Otakon this year!

Matt Stagmer is the host of the hit web series MAN AT ARMS:REFORGED and the TV show MAN AT ARMS: The Art of War.  Ilya Alekseyev is currently an Armourer working with Baltimore Knife and Sword as well as one of the product designers.  Bill Collison is a contributing smith on both MAN AT ARMS series (TV & YouTube).


Otakon welcomes producer TAKANORI MATSUOKA!

After Takanori Matsuoka joined PONY CANYON INC., he soon joined in the Japanese Anime Production Division, where he worked on many profitable projects of the company such as DEVIL SURVIVER 2 the ANIMATION and ROKKA as a Publicity Producer; and SHOW BY ROCK!CLEAN FREAK! AOYAMA-KUN, and SANRIO BOYS as a Producer.  Having experienced various anime projects in Japan, he is now interested in international co-production with oversea companies.

Check out our website for his full bio and the list of Otakon 2017's announced guests.

Notice: Addition of Bag Inspection

At the recommendation of the venue, Otakon 2017 will require bag inspections upon entering the convention space at the Mt Vernon Place doors of the Walter E Washington Convention Center and the M1 level of the Marriott Marquis. We apologize for any inconvenience or disruption this may cause. The bag inspections will be conducted by a third party contractor, and we are working with them to streamline the process as much as possible. You can help by keeping your bag organized and accessible, and by making sure you are not bringing in anything you are not supposed to (our list of restricted policies can be found on our website at If you have any questions about the new procedures, you can contact our Access Control team at