Naka-Kon 2016 Schedule Now Available!

The schedule for Naka-Kon 2016 is now available online! The schedule includes times for panels and events, as well as hours for registration, the vendor room, info desks, and more.

You can view the PDF here.

Please note, this schedule is tentative and subject to change. The final schedule will be available at the convention.

3 months 1 day ago

New Room Block Opens at Hyatt Place

Hyatt Place

An additional Naka-Kon room block is open at Hyatt Place Kansas City/Overland Park/Metcalf until March 3, 2016.

The hotel is near 11301 Metcalf Avenue at 6801 West 112th Street in Overland Park, Kansas.

Room Block Rates are Standard King Bed $123 per night (before tax/fees). The Cut-Off Date is March 3. Reservations made after that date will be accepted only on basis of availability.

3 months 3 days ago

New Hotel Block: Courtyard Kansas City Overland Park/Metcalf

Still haven’t gotten a hotel room for ‪ Naka-Kon 2016‬ yet? Now’s your chance!

We’ve opened up an additional room block at the Courtyard Kansas City Overland Park/Metcalf, South of College Boulevard. This is NOT the Courtyard Marriott next to the Convention Center — it’s the Marriott Courtyard on Metcalf, located at 11301 Metcalf Avenue (See the map below).

3 months 1 week ago

Naka-Kon 2016 Press Badge Applications now open!

We're always happy to welcome members of the press as well as photographers, videographers, podcasters, and other creators! If you would like to obtain press badges for Naka-Kon 2016, please fill out the form here

Press badge applications must be received by Feb. 26, 2016. You may direct questions to

4 months 1 week ago

Welcome Pros and Cons Cosplay to Naka-Kon 2016!

We're thrilled to welcome Pros and Cons Cosplay as guests to Naka-Kon 2016! 

Pros and Cons Cosplay is made up of twin sisters from Kansas City, Missouri, who first started cosplay back in 2005. Since then, they've won several awards, including Best Master Class in the Naka-Kon 2015 runway cosplay competition for Pidgeot and Gyarados. Pro loves painting and making things pretty; Con prefers the power tools, nuts and bolts. They're both passionate about social justice and inclusivity.

4 months 1 week ago

Welcome Ayu Sakata to Naka-Kon 2016!

Ayu Sakata

We're happy to welcome voice actor and web comic writer Ayu Sakata to Naka-Kon 2016! Ayu is head of the visual novel group sakevisual, as well as the writer for the web comic Ties that Bind (illustrated by Micah Solusod). When she's not writing, she also provides voices for anime and video game characters, including Rio Nakamura in "Assassination Classroom" and Laki Olietta in "Fairy Tail."

Check out her full bio.

4 months 3 weeks ago

Welcome Micah Solusod to Naka-Kon 2016!

Micah Solusod at Naka-Kon 2015

Welcome back Micah Solusod for Naka-Kon 2016! A voice actor and an artist, Micah is probably best known as the voice of Soul Evans in “Soul Eater,” but he is also the voice of Yukine in “Noragami” and Yuichiro Hyakuya in “Seraph of the End.” He also works as lead artist for the webcomic Ties That Bind. Full bio available here.

5 months 1 week ago

Registration Changes: Badge Names

"I LOVE standing in registration lines!" said no one ever, and we completely understand.  

Each year, the Naka-Kon Registration staff goes back over our systems and procedures, looking for ways to minimize time attendees spend in lines to pick up badges. This year we will be introducing a change to our registration system with the goal of dramatically reducing wait times.

6 months 1 week ago

Enter the Naka-Kon 2016 Badge Art Contest!

How'd you like to see YOUR artwork on the  Naka-Kon 2016 badges? You could, if you enter our badge art contest! The winner receives either a free artist table and a VIP badge, or a $300 gift card. Even if you've already applied for an artist table (whether you were accepted or not), you're still eligible to enter the contest! Entries are due by December 6, 2015. For more information, visit the Badge Art Contest page. Good luck!

6 months 4 weeks ago

Welcome Benyamin Nuss

Another special treat for our attendees! Pianist and video gamer lover Benyamin Nuss will be giving a special piano concert at #Naka2016. Nuss is part of the A New World ensemble, and has also performed as a soloist for Distant Worlds concerts in Tokyo and Chicago, among others. A lifelong gamer himself, Nuss released his own album, "Deutsche Grammophon," which is also a tribute to Nobuo Uematsu.

8 months 6 days ago

Earthbound Papas and Critical Hit at Naka-Kon 2016

What's this? Another guest announcement so soon!? We're so excited we just couldn't keep this to ourselves: Earthbound Papas, led by Nobuo Uematsu himself, and Critical Hit, led by Jason Hayes, will be performing at #Naka2016! Uematsu-san is, of course, known for his work composing for the Final Fantasy games, and Jason Hayes is best known for composing the score for World of Warcraft. They'll be bringing you an evening full of spectacular video game music. We'll have more details about the concert to come, so stay tuned! 

8 months 1 week ago

A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY

We're thrilled to announce our first guests for #Naka2016! A New World: intimate music from Final Fantasy​ is a chamber ensemble performing music from the beloved video game series like you've never experienced before! Stay tuned for more details on the concert, as well as more special announcements in the coming days!

8 months 1 week ago

Naka-Kon 2016 Exhibit Hall Applications Open

Calling all artists and vendors! #Naka2016 exhibit hall applications are now open! Prices start at $100 for artist booths, $220 for vendor booths. The application deadline is October 15, 2015. For more information, or to submit an application, go to:

8 months 3 weeks ago

Naka-Kon 2016 Hotel Room Block

Hey, everyone! The ‪#‎Naka2016‬ hotel room block at the Sheraton Overland Park is open! Room blocks at our overflow hotels (Chase Suites, Marriott Courtyard, Hilton Garden Inn, and Holiday Inn) are also available to reserve. Head over to or to get details and directions on how to book a room!

9 months 1 week ago

Registration for 2016 Open!

Dear Naka-Kon Attendees,

Pre-registration for Naka-Kon 2016 is live! That means the convention season is officially upon us. Naka-Kon 2016 will take place March 11-13, 2016, at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Every year, our lovely attendees come back, and you bring more and more of your friends with you! In 2015 we had 8,414 attendees, plus guests, vendors, artists and staff.

9 months 4 weeks ago