The event is a Cosplay Gigapixel Photo Shoot taking place outside of the Main Events on saturday at 2:30 pm. A gigapixel photo is a large panoramic photo with extreme detail. It is taken by a device that pans the photo area over a time period of about 15 minutes and captures multiple images. Cosplayers would need to be able to maintain a stationary position for this time period, no major movements or walking around but talking and small body movements would not be problematic. This photo is being taken by photographer David Martin and is a first for an east coast anime convention.
Hiroshi Kitadani’s first major debut was with the 3-piece band Stagger in 1994. After his other band Lapis Lazuli broke up, he started his solo career. His debut single We are! was used as the first opening theme song for the TV anime series ONE PIECE and was a huge hit. He then performed many theme songs for anime, tokusatsu TV series, and video games, such as Kamen Rider Ryuki, Madan Senki Ryukendo, and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX.
He joined the anime song super unit JAM Project in 2002 as a second phase member and performed together at Nippon Budokan and overseas. In 2012, he released his original album Real. Following that, in 2013, he had successfully headlined shows with JAM Project in Yokohama Arena, the largest venue they’ve ever performed in, and Osaka-jo Hall.
Dr. Awkward (aka Joshua Watson) is a Nerd Hip Hop artist hailing from San Diego, CA with topics ranging from Anime to Video Games, Comic Books, and more. Since his debut in 2009, Dr. Awkward has become a staple at conventions all over the world. His first album, Unlimited, was released in 2010. The album bridged the gap between nerd music and mainstream hip hop. Over the next three years, Doc Awk solidified his spot as one of the most exciting young musicians in Hip Hop. Early last year his The Last of Us inspired song, "Echoes" grabbed the attention of the video game giants Naughty Dog and Playstation. Dr. Awkward's music has been featured on NPR, MTV, Wired Magazine, Zelda Informer, NerdReactor, GeekDad, and local publications all over the world!
In the ten years that have followed his debut release, the Laptop EP, Lars has independently produced and released three other solo full-length albums, four EPs, and a number of mixtapes.
He has collaborated with KRS-One, mentored and helped develop the career of fellow Stanford alum K.Flay (with whom he collaborated on the 2009 Single and Famous EP), opened for Nas and Snoop Dogg, and played multiple summers on the Vans Warped Tour. He has also headlined club shows across the US and in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.
Lars has spoken and presented at two different TEDx conferences, performed at Carnegie Hall with a live string section (at Scholastic’s 2012 Art and Writing Awards – where he debuted the video for his song, “Flow Like Poe,” which is the lead single on his 2012 Edgar Allan Poe EP).
TRIBE ONE (Atlanta, GA) - TribeOneWon.Wordpress.com
“I’ve never been the cool one. I’m just good at rapping so they let me bend the rules some.”
Tribe One is a rapper from Atlanta, Georgia who writes smart, personal and emotional songs about things like comic books and video games. He’s a bit of a nerd and he knows it. Revels in it, in fact. Having worked as a public librarian for eight years before making the jump to rapping full time, he is acutely aware that he is on something of a non-traditional path to rap stardom. But it’s exactly this nonchalance...