Media and Press Hub for Tekko 2019!


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

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

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

Tekko 2019 Press Release coming soon!

Tekko Returns with More of Everything!

PITTSBURGH, PA. – Tekko, the region’s premier anime, gaming, fashion, music and Japanese Pop Culture convention, now in its sixteenth year, will be returning to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, April 5 – 8, 2018 with more international guests than ever before.

This year’s featured musical guests will be LM.C, a Japanese visual kei rock duo playing a mix of electronic rock and pop, which they call “new century electro-rock”. Tekko 2018 will be the first and only US East Coast appearance this year for LM.C.

Special guests this year include Bryce Papenbrook, an American voice actor. He has done extensive voice work for Animaze, Bang Zoom! Entertainment, Funimation, and Studiopolis, and has performed the voices for several anime roles, particularly those of young male protagonists.

Other voice actors include Monica Rial, Vic Mignogna, Luci Christian, and SungWon Cho. Also, international fashion guests this year include BABY, the Stars Shine Bright, and ALICE and the PIRATES. Plus, Hard Decora, Haruka Kurebayashi, Toshi Salvino, Puvithel, and Peppermint Fox.

Local musician Nancy Kepner, “Study of Anime” website founder Charles Dunbar, and Dan Coglan, a.k.a. “Samurai Dan” and his wife, Jillian will also be in attendance.

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 15% increase in total registrations, entertaining nearly 8,500 attendees from 38 states and 10 countries! The economic impact of Tekko to the greater Pittsburgh area was 4.9 million dollars over the four-day period, based on information from Visit Pittsburgh.

Tekko’s 16th year 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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