News & Annoucements

Live Programming Applications end March 4th!

Do you want to present a Panel or host a Workshop at Otakon 2019?  Whether you’re brand new to Otakon or you’ve been coming for years, if you have a great deal of knowledge on a subject you would like to share with your fellow Otaku, we welcome your ideas!  The deadline to submit Panel and Workshop applications is March 4th.  Please see our website for full details:

https://www.otakon.com/activities/panels/

https://www.otakon.com/activities/workshops/

Otakon is Pleased to Welcome Hirokatsu Kihara to Otakon 2019

Otakon is proud to announce our first guest for 2019, Hirokatsu Kihara. 
 
Formerly involved with the production desk at Studio Ghibli, Hirokatsu Kihara was involved in the hit anime Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Nowadays he writes ghost stories and MCs at monster conventions. His most famous work is Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment, and has been a crucial contributor to many other hits in this genre.
 
We are pleased to welcome Kihara-san back as the comminity celebrates the 30th anniversary of Kiki's Delivery Service. Previously, he was a guest at Otakon 2018 and spoke at the Library of Congress last summer. 
 
Don't miss out on seeing Hirokatsu Kihara at Otakon this year.
 

Registration Opens Wednesday 12/19

Still looking for that perfect gift for that hard to shop for Otaku, or maybe a little something special for yourself?

Well good news! Our volunteer Ota-elves have been scrambling and we're excited to be able to open member registration for Otakon 2019 this Wednesday, December 19th at 11am Eastern.

Register early to lock in the special "early bird" discount rate. Learn more at our website and join us July 26-28, 2019!

Hotel booking issues resolved

Our hotel partner, Experient, has contacted us to let us know they are aware that some of our members were having difficulties getting through their website to book rooms today (receiving a 404 error).  They have informed us they believe they have found the problem and it should now be resolved.

Otakon and Experient both are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused.  If you are experiencing any trouble with their website, please call their customer service line (800-967-8852) to talk to them about hotel options and waitlist options.