Featured Panelists

Ohayocon is proud to host amazing panelists! We’ve invited some of the best in the Ohio panel scene to perform for our attendees.

Kick–Punch-QWOP is an American paneling octet which began as a trio. The group has been entertaining fans at Ohayocon (and various other conventions) for eleven years, presenting panels often to standing-room-only crowds. They are best known for the Ohayocon Game Show and The Weirdest Games You’ve Never Played. None of them have ever been arrested. The group had 3 consecutive Platinum albums along with 6 top 10 hit songs on the Billboard Hot 100 during the 1990s including “Just Kickin’ It”, “Who Can I Run To”, “The Arms of the One Who Loves You”, and “My Little Secret” [citation needed].

From its humble beginnings as a room party at Atlanta-area conventions, Anime Hell has grown to be a room-filling event for hundreds at a time at conventions across the country, and even into Canada! Produced and hosted by several mortals worthy enough to survive compilation of these video morsels into crowd-pleasing(?) extravaganzas, no two shows are ever completely the same, and even have their own regional flavors. Presenting Anime Hell at Ohayocon for what feels like the fiftieth time (it’s really been since 2003) are Jeff “Rich Lather” Tatarek and Ryan “Gavv” Gavigan, returning for two shows: one chock full of classic clips, the other stuffed with as much new high weirdness as the world can belch forth. (please note: Anime Hell may contain less than 100% actual anime. Deal with it)

Tea Time with Deadpool Don’t call it a come back! Mainly because Ohayocon can’t seem to get rid of us, AND LOOKIE AT THIS FANCY NEW LIVING SPACE WE GOT FOR OUR DESCRIPTION! (All leather, and no gentle cycle) We’re ready to bring the party to Ohayocon BIGGER than we ever have before! As we talk about any and everything, from a foul mouthed Robin, to what happened to me the night of the Deadpool 2 premier and why I wound up naked on a NYC building rooftop, the sky’s the limit, and we plan to take you there in all our unrated glory, all with a cup of steaming hot tea! (Must be 18 or older to ride this ride)

The Japan-America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO) is a private 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership association of Americans and Japanese who desire to bring the Japanese American communities together, promote goodwill through the sharing of knowledge about Japan, and provide a forum for informed discussion regarding the Japan-U.S. relationship. We are committed to supporting the relationship between Central Ohio’s Japanese and American communities by hosting cultural events and business seminars, offering language classes, and much more. Though these activities, we provide the gateway for connecting people and fostering friendships.

The Columbus Koto Ensemble plays a wide variety of music ranging from traditional and modern koto music, to anime and popular American tunes. The koto is the national instrument of Japan and is similar to a Western harp or dulcimer. The aim of our performances and workshops are to introduce audiences to this beautiful and unique instrument, and to show the diversity and versatility of the koto.