Tekko in the News

I really enjoyed going to Tekko 2016, it was one of the best experiences in my life. I purchased the vip ticket and it was well worth every penny. I attended 10+ cons this year, and Tekko was one of the best price wise and content wise. I participated in most of the fashion events and recommend this convention to everyone especially those with high interest in J-Fashion.
Molly Gee

When you look at a convention like this, you’re looking at a group of mostly introverted people. This is an opportunity — they can get the videos online, now, play games online. This is a place they can come and be themselves with peer-to-peer interaction. Where else can you do that, but at a friend’s house.

Tribune Review

While Tekko is on track to bring in a lot of new faces and costumes, some long-time attendees have made the annual trek to Tekko a tradition.

“It’s like Thanksgiving, you come together with your family,” Foster Owens, who has been coming to Tekko since 2008, said. “Every year you can come and meet someone new to be friends with … and … ya know, be nerds together,”

Pittsburgh City Paper


Press Pass Application

Press Application and Process

On-site press registration & membership pick-up will be done at the Operations office (Con Ops) of each event.

Any pertinent press-related items (with the exception of print samples) may be sent to the Marketing Department via email prior to the convention for pre-registration. Any outlet that pre-registers will be able to pick up press badges (2 maximum) at the event with a government-issued photo I.D. (or Student I.D. as applicable). Failure to do so may result in denial of your press badges. Only one of each of the required credentials is required; however, each individual press member should submit a business card if available, validating their affiliation with their organization.

Online press registration will close 1 week prior to the event and any inquiries for badges received after that point will be directed to on-site registration at the convention.

Each press membership must be picked up by the person whose name appears on the pass.

Each outlet is allowed to have representation at a maximum of two (2) press badges per event.

Eligibility for Press/Comp badges will be decided by the Tekko Marketing group.  Press Badges can be picked up at the Operations office.  Print and broadcast media should send clips or links to pre- and post-show coverage to marketing@pittjcs.org

Video & Audio Recording

Any video or audio recordings of Pitt JCS-sponsored events are not to be uploaded to the Internet, or made available to the public, in their entirety. If you wish to use recordings of such events, only “highlight” clips may be used.

Please keep in mind that any video recording containing audio of third-party content (such as a song, audio track, movie/show clip, etc.) must have audio/video removed prior to posting, as its usage is governed by copyright rules of the artist, production company, and/or label.

Press/Digital Media Credentials Verification
  • Print Newspaper Media
  • Broadcast Media (Radio/Television)
  • Student Press
  • Online publication, web-based blog, podcast, etc.
  • Documentary

Press Members may direct any additional questions/disputes regarding these policies with the Marketing Department Head.

Submitting a request for a press/digital media badge does not guarantee automatic acceptance. Please follow us on our Websites and Facebook Group! We will be updating information frequently to announce any changes or additions to each scheduled event.

For additional information and/or questions, please contact:marketing@pittjcs.org

Press Interviews with Tekko Guests:
  • Tekko Marketing staff will send out the press-only session schedules for VAs including times, dates & location, once the final programming schedule is complete.

Note: Music and Fashion guest Q&A will only be available in the general sessions.

Press Release

The Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society Celebrates 15 Years of Tekko!

PITTSBURGH, PA. – Tekko, the region’s premier anime, gaming, fashion, music and Japanese Pop Culture convention, now in its fifteenth year, will be returning to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, Pa., April 6 – 9, 2017.
This year’s featured international musical guests will be MAGIC OF LiFE, a melodic rock band from Japan known for the credit songs from the popular anime Yowamushi Pedal and Joker Game. Tekko 2017 will be the first and only US appearance this year for MAGIC OF LiFE.

Special guests this year include Ian Sinclair, an actor, director, and voice actor that has been working in the anime and video game industry for over a decade. Ian’s more popular roles include: Whis from DragonBall Z, and Brook from One Piece.

Other Voice actors include Brina Palencia, Jad Saxton, and Cherami Leigh. Also, fashion guests this year include Kimura U, an international fashion designer, model, and voice actress, Haenuli, and Royal Princess Alice. Comedian Karl “Uncle Yo” Custer, local musician Nancy Kepner and “Study of Anime” website founder Charles Dunbar will also be in attendance.

New this year will be a Scale Model Competition where fans can build models that depict Mecha robots from various anime series. Also, significantly expanded 18+ anime programming.

Mainstay components of Tekko include vendors, artists’ alley, panels, fashion shows, cosplay contests, dance party with 4 DJ’s, gaming, Tekko Gakkou (School Series) and much, much more.

Last year Tekko obtained another record attendance, with a 30% increase in total registrations, entertaining nearly 8,000 guests from 27 states! Over the four-day period, the economic impact to the greater Pittsburgh area was 4.7 million dollars, based on information from Visit Pittsburgh.

Tekko’s 15th anniversary promises to provide anime fans with even more of the best industry-related guests, shows, vendors, artists and expanded programming, in an interactive, engaging and friendly environment.

Tekko, presented by the non-profit Pittsburgh Japanese Culture Society, continues to establish a social framework through which regional anime fans can interact with each other.

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