Panels

Panelist: Shylexa
Q&A Panel

Ask questions to your favorite superheroes, along with some family members and kwamis. Keep your cheese hidden from Plagg and watch out for Hawkmoth lurking in the shadows!

Panelist: Danny Schuhmacher
Discussion/Info Panel

Returning for the third year in a row, "Weird Urban Myths and Ghost Stories of Japan" comes back, bringing along old favorites along with some new gems as we go through the English alphabet and look at these odd legends.

Panelist: Worlds of Mages, Ninjas and Saiyans
Discussion/Info Panel

Ready for a crazy adventure with the greatest guild in all of Fiore? Come take a tour around the greatest wizard tale of all time!

Panelist: Nyan Chan Cosplay
Q&A Panel

Have questions about your cosplays? Not sure how to get started? Ask the Cosplayers of New York! We will do our best to answers all your questions.

Panelist: Dillon Chan
Discussion/Info Panel

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran looking for a refresher course, or a fresh recruit to the Order of Heroes wanting a leg up on the battlefield, we’re the panel for you. We’ll be going over the combat of Fire Emblem Heroes, delving into areas such as skills, weapons, and tactics which all walks of summoners can utilize to make the most of our heroes across the various challenges you’ll face within the game.

Panelist: Torri Disario
Q&A Panel (18+)

Meet with Royalty and staff from the Cardverse universe of Hetalia. Ask your preference of innocent or adult-rated questions at this fun and exciting to an 18+ panel.

Panelist: Niki Hill
Other Panel

Come and learn how to make basic chainmaille weaves of scalemaille flowers! All materials provided.

Panelist: Daniel Oltmanns
Game-Show Panel (18+)

A gameshow where contestants see who can write the best Slash fanfics. Round one has contestants bringing prepared pieces, and round two has contestants write a story on the spot with audience suggestions!

Panelist: Nyan Chan Cosplay
Discussion/Info Panel

First time to a convention? Not sure what to bring? We can help you survive the convention floor with this panel!

Panelist: Hannah Brush
Discussion/Info Panel

This panel is an introduction to the history of cosplay and how to start buying or making your cosplays. People of all skill levels and ages are welcome.

Panelist: Erin McAnany
Discussion/Info Panel

Find out what goes into running the Cosplay Chess show that the RIT Cosplay Troupe performs every year at Tora-Con! The show's directors and cast members will explain the process from start to finish and answer questions.

Panelist: Harv Cosplay
Discussion/Info Panel

Can't get enough of EVA foam? Is E6000 holding you together? Find out if you're being safe in the dangerous world of cosplay. (Dun, dun, dun...)

Panelist: Epicpaopu
Game-Show Panel

Find your one true love! Contestants compete to win the heart of the bachelor or bachelorette.

Panelist: Epicpaopu
Game-Show Panel (18+)

Find your one true love! Contestants compete to win the heart of the bachelor or bachelorette, after dark~!

Panelist: ColsonCosplays
Meetup

Come hang out with other Cosplayers and make friends!

Panelist: D&D 101
Discussion/Info Panel

Have you heard about Dungeons and Dragons but have been too afraid to try? Come and learn how to play and make your own character!

Panelist: Deborah
Discussion/Info Panel (18+)

Deadman Wonderland is a delightfully ultra-gory horror anime and manga series. What you may not know is that it's also a perfect manual for how to survive challenging times.

Panelist: KissMe Kayla Cosplay
Q&A Panel

Come join Yui and the Sakumaki brothers.  Ask them questions and have some fun, just don't make the brothers angry!

Panelist: KissMe Kayla Cosplay
Q&A Panel (18+)

Join Yui, and the Sakumaki Brothers after dark with bolder wording and the brothers being more of their usual sarcastic selves.

Panelist: Efrain J. DeJesus
Other Panel

An open classroom discussion about diversity in comics and manga.

Panelist: Adam Newman
Discussion/Info Panel (18+)

Have you ever wanted to travel to another world and get superpowers? Well, that's probably never going to happen, but we've got the next best thing: making a story where someone else gets to do that instead!

Panelist: Matty Joestar
Discussion/Info Panel (18+)

Join Matty Joestar and Symbiotik as they discuss the many connections between anime and hip hop/rap culture!

Panelist: Emily Crane
Other Panel (18+)

Defend your ship with one-on-one showdowns within your fandom.

Panelist: Marinakei
Discussion/Info Panel

Come learn about the evolution of EGL, or Elegant Gothic Lolita fashion, talk about how lolita started, and what's new!

Panelist: Kevin Chong
Other Panel

Welcome Duelist of Toracon! Are You Ready To Duel? Then look no further and come here and compete with duelists across Rochester.  On entry, we will be giving out a free pack, and if you're at the top, we will be giving other cool prizes as well. It's TIME TO DUEL!

Panelist: Nyan Chan Cosplay
Q&A Panel

Got questions for Fullmetal Alchemist characters? Come by, ask a few, and have fun!

Panelist: Mfalme Lion
Game-Show Panel (18+)

Come play some fun adult themed games with the furry community!

Panelist: Mfalme Lion
Q&A Panel

Learn about the furry fandom and how fursuiting works.

Panelist: Zeswazie the Ranting Nitwit
Discussion/Info Panel

A panel discussion the icon that brought Japanese pop-culture to America before Pikachu, Hello Kitty, and Voltron: Godzilla. Learn the 60-year History of the Big G himself as we discuss his past, present, and future as a symbol of film history and Japanese cultural fascination.

Panelist: JP
Discussion/Info Panel

Come learn the basics of how to build your very own Gunpla! We'll show you all the steps to achieve your perfect build. It is not as hard as you think!

Panelist: Sydney Robinson
Game-Show Panel

Have you ever wanted to rendezvous with a volleyball player who may or may not act like an owl, a sun, or a salt shaker? Now’s your chance! Join us for a Haikyuu dating game where you can try out for the man (or woman) of your dreams!

Panelist: Marinakei
Meetup

Join for a walk around RIT to both show off your Harajuku-J-Fashion outfits and to socialize with like-minded people. We will travel indoors and outdoors around the con and take pictures!

Panelist: Astraea Venus
Improv Panel (18+)

I only watch hentai for the writing! Said no one ever. Come on into our after-hours panel to make some jokes and put your words in their mouths!

Panelist: Torri Disario
Q&A Panel

Ask your favorite heroes, new and old, all your hot and burning questions! Meet the main characters from the classic Tiger & Bunny, as well as the hot new series My Hero Academia.

Panelist: Luke Morgan
Discussion/Info Panel

Support the actual creators of the anime and manga you love! This panel will teach you how to spot bootleg merchandise both in dealer's rooms and online.

Panelist: Evan Maloney
Other Panel

A simple interactive informational workshop on tips and tricks to getting the best photos with your smartphone and how to edit them!

Panelist: L-Dragon
Game-Show Panel (18+)

Randomly selected contestants will compete against each other where they are shown randomly chosen clips of very risque content. Get ready for its 3rd year running. It's up to you to see whether you can identify the H.

Panelist: Blue Eyed Fairy
Discussion/Info Panel

Learn how to take your cosplay to the next level and get competition ready!

Panelist: Jessie
Discussion/Info Panel

Are you interested in traveling to Japan, but you are worried about the cost? How much do you actually need to be a tourist in the land of the rising sun? Jessie has visited 3 times and is ready to share cost-cutting tips to help you enjoy visiting Japan without breaking the bank!

Panelist: Tiffany
Discussion/Info Panel

Have you heard of Japanese Lolita & Ouji fashion, always wanted to start but didn’t know how? In this panel, we skip the Lolita 101 and go straight for the good stuff: Where to shop, how to save, how to avoid bad brands, and everything else you’ve wanted to know!

Panelist: Jacob Wolf
Improv Panel (18+)

This panel is not suitable for children, those who are easily frightened, offended or those who want funny jokes. Welcome to the Literature Club!

Panelist: Megan J. Parker
Discussion/Info Panel

Join USA Today bestselling authors, Nathan Squiers and Megan J. Parker as they discuss storytelling fundamentals and techniques at polishing your individual writing voice.

Panelist: Worlds of Mages, Ninjas and Saiyans
Discussion/Info Panel

A discussion of the Dragon Ball franchise including the original series, Dragon Ball Z and the new Dragon Ball Super.  Both die hard fans and new ones can get their Saiyan pride on and rock the dragon.

Panelist: Courtney Douglas
Meetup

If you're a fan of K-pop, come and join our fun meetup and discussion about all sorts of groups like BTS, EXO, BIG BANG, SEVENTEEN, TWICE and many more!

Panelist: The Panda Named Amanda
Game-Show Panel

Experience the recognizable thrill of throwing together a cosplay in 5 minutes!

Panelist: Luke Morgan
Discussion/Info Panel

Learn how to play Japanese Reach Mahjong! Panel includes handouts, online resources, an in-depth tutorial, and will carry into a basic and intermediate strategy session and maybe even a few full games!

Panelist: Luke Morgan
Discussion/Info Panel

Come and learn how to play the excellent multi-anime collectible card game WeiB Schwarz! With dozens of different popular anime and video game licenses, easy to pick up rules, and a completely translated online card sleeve insert database, even people who don't know a bit of Japanese can play this super-popular worldwide game!

Panelist: Allister Gainey
Discussion/Info Panel

You've seen the Tora-Con mascots time and time again, but how much do you really know them? Now's your chance to get to know Kaede, Kyou, Saki, and Sugi a little better!

Panelist: Japanese Culture Association
Other Panel

Come to a traditional Matsuri recreation! Walk along a mock-up Japanese festival street and visit the stands!

Panelist: Yawar Raza
Discussion/Info Panel

Fighting bad guys never gets old! We'll give a rundown of the shows in this genre from the last five years. We'll also discuss related topics, such as television trends, franchises, and where the genre is headed. Audience participation is welcome!

Panelist: Emily Jo
Discussion/Info Panel

Like musicals? Like cosplay? This panel will help you get to know the musicals sweeping the cosplay scene!

Panelist: Marissa Taylor
Meetup

Come hang out with fellow My Hero Academia fans to get together, hang out, and talk about the franchise. There will be a photo shoot during the meetup so cosplay is encouraged but not required.

Panelist: Vyda Cosplay
Q&A Panel

Come meet the beloved Mystic Messengers characters and ask us questions!

Panelist: Andrew Krawic
Game-Show Panel

The classic game show returns for another year with an all-new set of images! It's simple: we show a screenshot from an anime, and the first person to guess it correctly wins a ticket! The more answers you get right, the more chances to win! We'll have hundreds of screenshots without any repeating anime! Everyone in the room can play so you could win a prize just by showing up!

Panelist: Andrew Krawic
Game-Show Panel

It's the classic Name That Anime Image with a unique twist! Rather than just being random images, they are separated into categories. Can you use the particular theme to help identify the name of the anime based on the screenshot? Prizes will be awarded by raffle, and you get a ticket for just showing up!

Panelist: AttorneyAtMusic
Game-Show Panel

If one Name That Anime Tune is just not enough, it's coming back for another round on Sunday with an all new setlist and even more prizes!

Panelist: AttorneyAtMusic
Game-Show Panel

Theme songs are an awesome part of the anime experience, but just how well can you remember what you've heard? Identify songs from among hundreds of series faster than anyone else for prizes and musical glory!
 

Panelist: Jake Krajewski
Game-Show Panel

Test your knowledge of video game music with this game show! Open to all, free to play, and everyone has a chance at winning a prize!

Panelist: Emily Crane
Discussion/Info Panel

The return of the always popular Black Butler discussion panel with the Rochester Kuroshitsuji Cosplay Group.

Panelist: Emily Crane
Discussion/Info Panel (18+)

The return of the Rochester Kuroshitsuji Cosplay Group 18+ Black Butler discussion panel. Come one come all .....if you are over 18!

Panelist: Olivia Dursi
Other Panel

Come join OTONOKI STARS' third year at Tora Con and learn the dances to Wao-Wao Powerful Day, Otohime Haato de Rabu Kyuuden, and Psychic Fire, featuring special performances from Kotori and Hanayo! We're so excited to see you dance with us!

Panelist: Emily Elizabeth
Discussion/Info Panel

A discussion on past and current Overwatch Competitive Meta, why you are where you are ranked, and Overwatch League discussion. Share chat and other experiences in this Blizzard game along with tips and tricks to get where you want to be in this and upcoming seasons in Overwatch.

Panelist: Anastacia Willians
Q&A Panel

The new Paladins of Voltron have returned to Earth once more to answer your questions and play some games.  Join Keith, Lance, Shiro, Hunk, Pidge and a few others for a universe hop and get a chance to ask your favorite Paladin any question with in reason!

Panelist: Blue Eyed Fairy
Meetup

Come together to meet others, show off your cosplay, and support everyone!

Panelist: Ying Sin Gladys Leung
Meetup

Everyone got your quirks? Hero names? Ready for trouble? All heroes and villains alike are welcome to this MHA Meetup. We will gather to have photoshoot and share the same interest for the show, so join in for fun. PLUS ULTRA!

Panelist: Macallister Boldt
Other Panel

A simple interactive informational workshop on tips and tricks to getting the best poses in your cosplay photos!

Panelist: Justin Dennis
Discussion/Info Panel (18+)

Have you ever noticed something in your favorite video game that went over your head at first glance?  Maybe you were too young to get it, or you might have just shut your brain off? Well, I'm here to encourage you to take a second look and face the macabre, the strange, and the other moments, theories, and secrets in the industry that'll make you say... well, WTF?

Panelist: Matty Joestar
Discussion/Info Panel

With the rise of NJPW, wrestling fans may be curious as to what else Japan has to offer. This will be a journey into other facets of Puroresu. If you attended "Pro Wrestling in Japan: This ain’t WWE!", this would be a natural continuation, but all wrestling fans are welcome!

Panelist: Matty Joestar
Discussion/Info Panel (18+)

Are you a fan of pro wrestling and getting more and more tired of what you're seeing every Monday night? Wondering where all these Bullet Club shirts are coming from? Fear not! The answer lies across the ocean in Japan! Let this be an introduction to New Japan Pro Wrestling, the hottest company on the planet!

Panelist: Ryan Spencer
Other Panel (18+)

Back for our second consecutive year of disappointment and self-loathing, it's "Reading Bad Fanfiction"! Wanna read something that was written by actual people for small amounts of candy and copious amounts of shame? Come on down for just the worst.

Panelist: Blue Eyed Fairy
Discussion/Info Panel

Ready to cosplay? Here are some helpful tips and tricks to get you ready to start your journey to Pokemon, um, cosplay master!

Panelist: Danny Schuhmacher
Discussion/Info Panel

Come join us as we discuss one of the reasons we all love Miyazaki movies: relating to a character, scene, story, or theme. This is prominent in Miyazaki's films so come in and discuss how it's used to enhance them.

Panelist: Crystal Rightmyer
Discussion/Info Panel

Stop by and learn a little about the cult classic table-top role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons as we discuss the basics of the latest edition, Adventures League, and swap epic stories of adventures on and off the table.

Panelist: Zwei RWBY
Q&A Panel

Join the Zwei RWBY crew once again on a trip to Remnant! See your favorite RWBY characters like Ruby, Weiss, Penny, and more. Ask us questions and play our shipping game!

Panelist: Celestial Idols NY
Discussion/Info Panel

Do you have what it takes to be a School Idol? Let the girls of Aqours teach you what it means to compete at Love Live!

Panelist: Sweettearsxiii
Q&A Panel

Greetings beautiful beings of Tora-Con~! With all the juicy new knowledge and theories, your favorite Crystal Gems have returned once again to answer the questions you have been dying to ask~!

Panelist: Frankie Gasparino
Improv Panel

Dads enjoy grilling, we hope you do too.

Panelist: Samantha Platek
Q&A Panel (18+)

The Hellsing Organization opens its doors once more to welcome guests so that they can ask their questions about vampires, monsters, or maybe why Alucard likes Adventure Time so much. Just don’t ask why the paintings are tilted.

Panelist: Raymond Stempel
Discussion/Info Panel (18+)

From anime to pillows, waifus have managed to seep into every aspect of popular culture. But where did they come from, how did they get so popular, and what's the deal with pink hair? Well, come on by as we explore the history of waifus from their earliest incarnations to their modern interpretations.

Panelist: Antonia Nicorvo
Discussion/Info Panel

A discussion about what the uncanny valley is and its various uses in visual media, science, and how we view other humans.

Panelist: Worlds of Mages, Ninjas and Saiyans
Discussion/Info Panel

An extensive look at the world of Naruto as you'll be guided through both the Naruto and Boruto storylines.  All lovers of this tale are welcome! Warning: There may be spoilers for those who are not up to date with the manga.

Panelist: Anthony Battilana
Discussion/Info Panel

So you want to go to Japan? Learn these simple tips and tricks to survive your first trip!

Panelist: Callum McLaughlin
Other Panel

A comedy sketch panel poorly describing the events that take place in the manga JOJO's Bizarre Adventure Vento Aureo with two guys in awful cosplay.

Panelist: Samantha Shaw
Other Panel

Meet your favorite Voltron characters for games, Q&A, and more!

Panelist: Desirae Campbell
Q&A Panel (18+)

Come sit in a Literature Club meeting with your favorite Doki Dokis!

Panelist: Marth Sinclair
Discussion/Info Panel

One of the the all-time most successful games of Eastern origin since its launch in 2005, Dungeon Fighter Online has remained a steady but niche presence in global gaming since its English localization in 2010. Join us as we discuss the history and essentials of this fantastic game and discover why it just might be the best free game you haven't yet tried.

Panelist: Ava Enoch
Discussion/Info Panel

You've probably heard of Homestuck, but what is it?  It can be a little complicated.  Come find out what Homestuck is, and decide if it's for you.

Panelist: Marinakei
Discussion/Info Panel

Interested in Japanese alternative fashion? Learn about the roots of the worldwide phenomenon of kawaii culture. From foods to clothes, come and learn how to draw your kawaiiness from the origins.

Panelist: Roche
Game-Show Panel

How well do you think you know your anime? Can you figure out what series is being described using only a poorly written summary and some crappy stock photos that we found on the internet? If the answer is "yes", you may have bigger problems than this silly gameshow!

Panelist: Andrew Krawic
Improv Panel

Are you a psychic? Do you know what will happen in an anime series before it happens? Let’s put that to the test! We’ll play some clips from an anime you’ve never heard of and give you some ridiculous answers. One of them is right, but can you guess which one? You’ll just have to watch and find out! Everyone in the audience can play along, so be sure to bring your friends!

Panelist: Anime Enthusiast
Game-Show Panel

Think you're the biggest Naruto fan on campus? Think again! See if you can prosper as the village does under Naruto's rule in this game shows style competition!

Panelist: Robert LePage
Game-Show Panel

After a year off, "Who's That Pokemon" is back and better than ever!  Join us for a fun game and a chance to win prizes.

Panelist: Andrew Krawic
Game-Show Panel

It’s the trivia game where you don’t need to know the right answer, just make a random guess! In this team-based game, we’ll ask a question with a numerical answer, and based on the answers given you’ll place your wager chips on the answer you think could be right! All questions will be anime-centric, and prizes will be awarded to the winning team. Teams will be formed at the panel (no sign-up required).

Panelist: Jacob Wolf
Improv Panel (18+)

Remember those "Hunky Gents" last year that you may have seen or may not have been able to get into their panel to see? The ones that gave all of you such excellent dating advice? Well, they canceled on us last minute, so instead, we got these guys.

Panelist: Bennoni Thomas
Discussion/Info Panel

Have you been playing Duel Links a lot, or just really liked the old anime and want to give the current game a try? RWAG's got you covered, catching you up to the current game now!

 

Panelist: Annabelle Byrnes
Discussion/Info Panel

Have you ever played the Yume Nikki game, whether it be the old game, a fangame, or the reboot? Are you a total newbie to the dreaming nexus? Find out what it really means for the dream to live on.