Press Releases

February 20, 2009

News for Zenkaikon 2009:

Zenkaikon 2009 announces three new guests

VALLEY FORGE, PENNSYLVANIA -- February 20, 2009: The staff of Zenkaikon is pleased to announce several new guests for its 2009 event - the interactive duo Stephanie Chateau and C.J. Collins from Concept Galaxy, as well as musical guest Eden Star.

About Concept Galaxy:

The goal of Concept Galaxy is to provide interactive themed entertainment - much in the vein of what is presented at theme parks - to events such as conventions, trade shows, and expos. Concept Galaxy's Stephanie Chateau and C.J. Collins will be running a number of interactive events at Zenkaikon 2009.

About Stephanie Chateau (Concept Galaxy):

Stephanie Chateau is an unusual convention guest. In an interview with Dave Durico on Sci-Fi Overdrive, she was asked "You make your own comic, you're an internationally known costume designer, an actress, an intern to Working Actor Productions, and now you're trying your hand at being a show director as well. What DON'T you do?" As a show director, Stephanie is known for creating unique and entertaining shows that turn into interactive games. While she directs these games, she can also double as one of the characters, displaying her talent as an improv entertainer. Stephanie has created interactive events for conventions across the United States.

About C.J. Collins (Concept Galaxy):

C.J. Collins has made a name for himself in both the cosplay community and the convention circuit. He is not only known for his remarkable acting skills but also his "laugh out loud funny" film work. Videos he directed and uploaded to his "lolfilmworks" YouTube account were so well received that he now oversees all of Concept Galaxy's film work. C.J.'s experience in acting and film comes from eight years of classes as well as an extensive amount of participation in community theater.

About Eden Star:

Eden Star's music is chiefly inspired by the hedonism of the 80s hard rock scene and the burgeoning Japanese rock sound. The group plays energetic tunes that combine various forms of Rock and Roll. Hailing from New Jersey, their sound can be described as an amalgamation of Punk Grit and Metal Grind, mixed with Hard Blues, Pop Sensibility and even a dash of Rockabilly. Combined with a manic stage show, the end result is a crazy ride packed with blistering energy.

About Zenkaikon:

Zenkaikon was formed by the merger of the anime and sci-fi convention Zentrancon and the anime convention Kosaikon, both in the Philadelphia area. In 2006, they put on their first event, which was a tremendous success. Zenkaikon will return for its fourth installment on November 7 and 8, 2009, moving into the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge. The convention will feature two days of programming with dealers, artists, panels, performances, gaming, and more. The Zenkaikon staff wishes to thank the many attendees who made the 2008 event such a huge success. They hope to see this trend continue in 2009, and are actively anticipating expansion with larger performance and panel areas, dealer space, and video game rooms.

Zenkaikon 2009 Membership:

Pre-registration for Zenkaikon 2009 is currently open.

Registration Rates:
By June 6: One Day (Saturday or Sunday) $15.00, Two Day $28.00, Two Day VIP $48
By October 6: Saturday $18.00, Sunday $15.00, Two Day $30.00, Two Day VIP $50
At Door: Saturday $23.00, Sunday $20.00, Two Day $40.00, Two Day VIP n/a

Two day group rates are available.
Children under 6 years of age are free.

Visit to pre-register online, as well as to find information on exhibitor space, panel registration, and Zenkaikon rules and regulations. Printable forms for mail-in registrations are also available.