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BlerdCon 2018

  • Hyatt Regency Crystal City 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway Alexandria, VA, 22301 United States (map)
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Join us for the second annual BlerdCon! We'll be there offering a bit of everything geek. From Kawaii to Fandoms, we will have a bit of everything.


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Drawing Diversity with Middnite Designs

Panel/Workshop in Potomac 4

Do your characters appear bland or stereotypical? Join Middnite Designs as she tackles the art of creating diverse characters. Come discuss the importance of diversity and representation in all their forms and, if time permits, create your own new and improved character!

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Defining YOUR Kawaii Style with DC Kawaii Style  

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This intro to Kawaii panel includes a comprehensive look at the various Kawaii styles in Japanese Street Fashion that you can incorporate into your own style.I ncludes a Mini Fashion Show and Styling Session!


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Do It for The Culture: Intro to Afro Kawaii with DC Kawaii Style

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What happens when Hip Hop’s Cool meets Kawaii’s Cute Culture and is draped in Pop-Afrocentricity? This panel examines J-fashion and how Kawaii can be (and is) defined through the cool of black aesthetic (also known as Japan’s B-Style).

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Pokemon Go & Draw

Workshop in Potomac 4

Join AWA Artists as they show you how to draw some of your favorite Pokemon characters. From the original 151 to the new Sun & Moon starters, these artists know them all. Participants may even help to create their own creatures. Bring your Pokedex and creativity!


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Character Design and Development with Sticker Adventures Sunday

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Duke Ellington School of Arts Senior D’mario Anderson uses his life experience to develop strong, dynamic characters. Last year, this soon to be graduate successfully utilized these strong characters and interesting plot to create and publish his first graphic novel, Sticker Adventures. Now, come learn from D’mario how to take elements from your own life to develop motivations of your characters and define their environment. During this interactive process, D’mario will help participants flesh out their character’s origin, background,and other defining features to create a successful story.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

Yume Kawaii, Yami Kawaii and YOUR Mental Health with DC Kawaii Style

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Come explore and discuss mental health through the dark side of kawaii culture including the sick cute aesthetic of Menhera and the creepy cute aesthetics of Yami Kawaii. Other kawaii fashion, art,and lifestyle aesthetics will be discussed as well.