By Madeline Ury
Pittsburgh Current Intern
Sixteen years ago, the Tekko convention was born and quickly became a hub for all things anime, gaming, fashion, music, and Japanese pop culture. As the seventeenth convention approaches, Tekko promises to have a lot in store for audiences.
The Tekko Convention runs from April 11th to April 14. There is something for everyone and it is open to all ages. More information on pricing and scheduling can be found at tekko.us.
Year after year, the convention continues to feature vendors, panels, fashion shows, cosplay contests, and much more. Attendees come from all over for the event. Last year, Tekko hosted people from 40 different states and 12 countries, a record breaking number for the convention.
Three musical guests will also be featured throughout the four-day long event. Myth & Roid are a duo combining “sophisticated digital rock and next generation industrial rock sounds.” Sleepyhead combines music, film, fashion, fiction, and design to put on a unique performance. TeddyLoid started out as a DJ and producer, later debuting as a solo performer.
The convention will also host a diverse cast of anime voice actors. Tekko has described the group as the most talented in industry history.
New events for this years Tekko include Friday Night Wrestling promoted by Big Time Wrestling. The show features several wrestlers who spent a significant amount of their careers in Japan, including Road Warrior Animal, Shane Douglas, and the Sandman. A new Tekko mascot, “TekkoBot,” a 7-foot tall animatronic robot will be unveiled.
Another first for Tekko will be the Formal Ball on Friday April 12th. Following dance lessons occurring throughout the day, this is when attendees can show off their skills – or not, since you don’t need to know how to dance to attend the formal ball.
More events include the annual dance party and competition, fashions shows featuring designers and international fashion guests, and two different escape room challenges.
This year, Tekko has partnered on a campaign with the Pittsburgh Nerdfighters, a local chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance: Accio Books.
At the convention, they will be accepting new or gently used books, comic books, graphic novels and more, all of which will be donated to local libraries and after school programs.
Over the years Tekko has received praise from attendees and press alike. A review described the event as a place where introverts can gather and really connect and express themselves through shared interests and experiences. The online community is where this often happens, and it isn’t everyday that a convention offers the opportunity to connect in person.