A massive FANTOKU Thank You!

THANK YOU

This is going to be a long post so please bear with us, but we wanted to get it out there ASAP.

After talking to staff and vendors and musicians and a few other involved parties and crunching our budget numbers we want to announce that for ONF presents – Fantoku: Fantasy Tokusatsu Nerd Fest (Nov. 4&5) we broke almost exactly even!

In case some of you don’t know, we took a massive leap of faith in the community to throw FANTOKU almost immediately after sponsoring The Megas to help Ongaku Overdrive throw their massive love letter to the Mega Man franchise, the upcoming Mega Mania: Celebrating 30 Years of the Blue Bomber, which is going to be amazing and also features other favorites of ours like Bit Brigade, Mega Ran, and Kadesh Flow! Our goal here is to help keep Orlando a mega hub of Nerd Music and Geek Culture and do what we can to either bring you amazing shows whenever possible personally, or help the other amazing promoters and venues in the area do so as well.

Did you see that MC Lars, MC Frontalot, Mega Ran, Schaffer the Darklord tour that came through here a few weeks ago? We need to keep this amazing tour stop super active so we can have shows like that touring through Orlando and selling out as much as possible!

That said, we were having to take a lot of risks to bring you such an amazing line up of performers, special guests, and vendors. Holy cow did our performers, special guests, and vendors just absolutely kill it this weekend. Every single one of you was just incredible and amazing. Vendors putting in super long hours and just being the best people in every possible way, special guests just being so helpful to make the show successful, including even dressing up in extra amazing cosplay and sign spinning to draw in more traffic and help the show! OMG we just absolutely love everyone involved with the vendor side of things so much, we literally can’t even… And the performers that killed the stage for everyone live and also watching on the Twitch stream, which got a ton of subs and views and sooooo many compliments on your performances. Just thank you so much for coming out and working with ONF again to make the magic happen.

Our staff. Holy crap, our staff. Cold season wiped out a few people and left us with a skeleton crew. Some even showed up really sick to work the event, but we HAD to send them home to avoid a “patient 0” situation. Thank you so much to them and we hope you feel better soon! The staff that covered all empty spots, (and the people that randomly volunteered (or were “volunteered” by Chozo) that took up positions to help, you’re the reason we survived this weekend. Period. It would have been a disaster if it wasn’t for the volunteers and people that would drop anything to help cover a spot or work a million hours just to help the event succeed. (We all need to get together for a dinner or something to celebrate you all. I will work to ensure that that happens at some point! -Chozo)

The venues, omg, seriously, like the best venues ever. A Comic Shop, The Geek Easy, and Campus Cards & Games 2 really let us put this crazy dream mash up music festival and vendor bazaar together and worked with us to make sure that we did everything we could to make it a success. Shout out to the staff at the card shop that slept overnight Fri and Sat to guarantee our early vendor load in times each day after our previous day’s late ours, and hosting our Dance Party on Friday! Shout out to the staff at the comic shop and bar for handling everything and promoting leading up to the event and giving us the extra half hour on Sunday night to finish up!

Speaking of Sunday night, massive shout out to Shaken Not Stirred Burlesque for hosting such a great after party! We needed to be able to sit and enjoy your comedy and routines and laughed a lot and had a blast! Thank you so much for doing everything you did to ensure we had a successful event, on top of your performances.

I skipped this part above to make James Dechert wonder where his shout out was, lol. It’s right here! James was running the sound and stream all weekend for the massively brutal hours, and he and his team just absolutely nailed it. They kept the schedule running super tight and were able to self adjust and auto correct any time inconsistencies on an also skeleton crew all while making sure the performers were set up professionally and sounding and looking amazing the entire time. TWITCH absolutely LOVED the show, and our rising subscriptions to that channel are all thanks to everyone involved in performing, or making the performing happen.

Huge absolutely massive shouts to my amazing girlfriend Dyanii Fergy for running the ticket table for the ENTIRETY of the event, Diana Galvin and Therese N Milcarsz for running the Vendor Bazaar all weekend, Mo Brothers and his +1 Ty (both winners of a contest to see the show turned staff/volunteers, LIKE WHAT???), Derek Allen Marunowski, Phillip Marunowski, Rosa Sam, Leva Bates (official fb page), Pikabellechu, Rando Calrissian, Randy L. Pence and Izzy Bryant for being absolutely amazing photography staff for the event, Chris Cruz and all of our costume contest judges, Ruby Ravissement and all staff of Shaken Not Stirred Burlesque, Phil Whigham and ALL STAFF of the Card Shop, Aaron Haaland and all staff of the Comic Shop, Adam Tyler and all staff of the Geek Easy, for just making this show happen and just flat out be the best thing ever that we’ve done in a long while. If we missed someone on this list, it’s because the list is so freaking big that we just haven’t recovered enough fully to be able to think properly and process anything properly yet, lol.

Last but certainly not least we definitely need to thank you, the fans, and supporters, and stream watchers, and Patreon Patrons, and those that donated directly (or bought Supporter Passes, my next emails are to you so I can find out who didn’t get their swag from our show! -Chozo) This is YOUR music festival more than it is ours, and you killed it this year fam. We couldn’t do any of this without you and you are the lifeblood of these events. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. (I guess I have to keep doing these things since I promised that if they are successful I’d keep doing them as long as you want me to, lol. -Chozo)

Closing words. We want to get bigger. We want to return to a hotel scenario. We want to be able to bring out those big bands we started off with at #ONF2014, like Nobuo Uematsu, Critical Hit, Steam Powered Giraffe. We want to bring out big acts we’ve never been able to host yet, like The Protomen, or The Aquabats!, or Lindsey Stirling! But we can’t do that without your help, or unless Chozo wins the lottery. The best way to make that happen is to donate when you can on our site, or become a patron on our Patreon (http://patreon.com/orlandonerdfest) or using your connections, abilities, friends, family, or businesses to lend us a helping hand to keep costs down or offer new and cool things. Mostly though? Just keep sharing and spreading the word about our events and sharing your memories from our events!

ONF is a Music Festival, convention, and family reunion, and YOU are just as big a part of it as we are, if not more, and we are humbled by your constant support and encouragement. We love you, and we’ll be doing these again as they financially make sense, to keep bringing you more memories and more fun times.

As we left you successful and happy at the end of #ONF2015, we wish to send off FANTOKU, basically our #ONF2017, in the same way:

Cheers, and WE LOVE YOU! See you soon, and GO TO MEGA MANIA this December! We’ll be there, and SO SHOULD YOU!
-Chozo

Chozo Ninpo announced for FANTOKU!


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Chozo Ninpo
Chozo Ninpo

…is a former Nerdcore Hip-Hop emcee turned event coordinator/promoter and occasional “DJ” that likes to play oddball music videos that will either make you laugh out loud or question your own existence. Starting his Nerd Music “careeer” back on the old RhymeTorrents forums and releasing such “classics” as Robot Girlfriend, Game Dreams, and Nerds All Over The Place. He then went on to produce several of the official RT compilation albums such as the Halloween EP 2.0 and Halloween EP 3.0 seasonal albums and has been featured on songs with several artists including MC Wreckshin, Rai Kamishiro, TitanKvad, and Ty Guenley of Shael Riley and the Double Ice Backfire.

His last vocal performance was with MC Inadequate at Nerdapalooza 2008, and since then he’s been messing around and playing flat out ridiculous or long lost and forgotten music videos in what he refers to as “DING! – Level Up!” party sets. The EXP you earn while participating in one of these crazy sets is always guaranteed to be more than enough to earn you at least one level per performance, hence the name. Level up with Chozo Ninpo at both the Friday Pre-Party and as the Opening set at 2pm on Sunday!

Our Facebook Page could use some more likes if you have the time, and if you’re planning on attending please RSVP on the event page!

This is one of the stupidest posts I’ve ever written. -Chozo

Rhythm Bastard to play at FANTOKU!


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Rhythm Bastard
Rhythm Bastard

…is a self-described “Punk Rock Mercenary”, and takes the stage armed only with his voice, his guitar and his band-mate, a laptop, playing a mix of punk, garage rock, and filk. After moving to Florida from New York, the Rhythm Bastard is a regular on the convention circuit playing shows like Holiday Matsuri, Florida Supecon, Momocon, and previous Orlando Nerd Fest events. In 2015, he released his second album “Status Quo Radio, a concept album about love, betrayal and ultraviolence in the 1960’s Southwest, inspired by the video game Team Fortress 2. A major project of his is to do a song based off every set of the card game Magic The Gathering as they are released.

His first major release was in January 2013, “Dino Hunter MD: The Sound Track”, a compilation of songs he had written for the internet series Dino Hunter MD, which was created by fellow Stony Brook alum. You can also find his music featured in League Of Heels events “Paxamania III” and ” Currently you can find him as a regular host on the podcasts “The Echo Chamber” and “I’d Rather Not”. He can be followed at RhythmBastard.Rocks, because he rocks so hard that he had to put it in the URL.

Our Facebook Page could use some more likes if you have the time, and if you’re planning on attending please RSVP on the event page!

Geekapella to perform at FANTOKU!


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Geekapella
Geekapella

…is Orlando’s hometown geeky a cappella group! With the popularity of shows like Glee and movies like Pitch Perfect, a cappella performances are back in the mainstream—and Geekapella is here to make sure pop culture is represented. They’ve performed alongside bands like Emerald Rose, The Doubleclicks, and The Cog is Dead, turning every event into a real concert with music from all your favorite fandoms.

Founded back in 2012, Geekapella has been a staple of ONF events for quite some time now, and they’re performances are always a treat. Do you like Star Wars, Batman, anime, or just enjoy weird internet things? You’ll find all this and more in their repertoire!

Our Facebook Page could use some more likes if you have the time, and if you’re planning on attending please RSVP on the event page!

PolyKarp to perform at FANTOKU!


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PolyKarp
PolyKarp

… is an Orlando based producer and DJ specializing in K-Pop, J-Pop, and anime remixes. Known for very versatile performances, he brings a wide range of energy to any party. Whether it be feel good house music or heavy hitting trap tunes, he’s got you covered.

You might recognize him if you frequent events like Anime Festival Orlando, Ongaku Overdrive, or pretty much anything involving Tiny Waves. PolyKarp has made a big splash in Orlando, and it’s SUPER EFFECTIVE!

Please take a moment to go and like our Facebook Page, and if you’re planning on attending please RSVP on the event page!

Purchase your tickets now and save yourself some time and money at the door!

Jackson Parodi to play FANTOKU!


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Jackson Parodi
Jackson Parodi

…is an accordion player who specializes in music from video games, memes, professional wrestling, and everything in between. He releases weekly accordion videos on YouTube, and regularly broadcasts accordion music on Twitch. Jackson has performed at such events as Awesome Games Done Quick, Zeldathon, TwitchCon, MAGFest, and Smash the Record.

You might also remember this master of the squeezebox from the Pokemon MiniCon earlier this year, where we worked with Channel Zero at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Jackson dazzled everyone with his musical flights of fancy! Good times!

Head on down and like our Facebook Page, and if you’re planning on attending please RSVP on the event page!

StarF to perform at FANTOKU!


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StarF
StarF

…is a pretty cool guy who occasionally yells at a microphone and calls the results music. Influenced by the Minneapolis punk and hip hop scenes, he creates rap music that is sporadic, energetic, and often just plain fun. A member of the nerdcore community for nearly a decade, StarF has performed along side the best of them and all across the country.

Since Halloween is coming up, here’s a scary song to wet your whistle:

If you enjoy pizza, video games, having fun, and/or cats you and StarF already have something in common, so why wouldn’t you want to see him perform? He will dazzle you, razzle you, and maybe even razzledazzle you if you’re into that sort of thing.

Take some time to like our Facebook Page, and if you’re planning on attending please RSVP on the event page!

This is the last week you can win 2 free passes to FANTOKU by sharing this image of FUZE! Every time you share it is another chance to win!

Ben Briggs announced for FANTOKU!


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Ben Briggs
Ben Briggs
Photo Credit: Vikka Leoni

… is a full-time musician, entertainer, and DJ with over a decade of experience, most widely known for remixing video game music. As the co-founder of Tiny Waves and a veteran contributor to GameChops, he has quickly become a key influencer in the industry with successful events and music releases. He has appeared at countless conventions and events worldwide, including Otakon, MAGFest, ConBravo in Canada and Minami Convention in Chile, South America.

Beloved for his electronic dance music with strong chiptune / 8-bit influence, he delivers a high-energy performance full of positive momentum and LOTS of dancing. Dedicated to “making the fun happen”, Ben believes it is his duty to remove people from the stress and problems of their daily lives with music. With any luck, his plan for world domination will succeed… one smile at a time.

The clock is running down for donations,but we’re still looking for new Patrons on our Patreon campaign!

Please take a second to like our Facebook Page, and remember to RSVP on the event page!

You can also still win 2 free passes to FANTOKU by sharing this image of FUZE! You’re entered every single time you share it!

Leva Bates announced for FANTOKU!

FANTOKU: Fantasy Tokusatsu Nerd Fest

Leva Bates
Leva Bates

…is an American professional wrestler, currently performing on the independent circuit in the United States. She is best known for her appearances within Shimmer Women Athletes under her real name, and is also known to create amazing cosplays for many of her matches! Leva has also made several appearances on WWE’s NXT where she is only referred to as the energetic Blue Pants.

She’s constantly flying around the world to wrestle, but in her spare time Leva hosts her own nerd focused show and podcast called The Geek Soapbox, which happens to be featured on the website of our sponsor Channel Zero. She’s been a fan, a guest, a supporter, and a friend to the Orlando Nerd Fest ever since we started doing these events and we love the hell out of her!

As for us, our FREE ENTRY vendor area has been met with critical acclaim and a huge demand for a larger space and more vendors, so we’ve doubled the space we’re renting and will be doubling the amount of vendors we approve for the Orlando Nerd Fest Vendor Bazaar. You can find the Facebook Event for that part specifically here! As of right now we still have some slots available, but apply quickly as they’re going like hotcakes!

We still need your support, and you can send donations directly to us here, or join our amazing patrons on our Patreon here!

Give us a like on our Facebook Page, and make sure to RSVP on the FANTOKU Event Page and the Vendor Event Page!

Last but not least, don’t forget that you can win tickets to the music side of things by simply sharing this image of FUZE! You’re entered every single time you share it!

SkyBlew to perform at FANTOKU!


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SkyBlew
SkyBlew

…grew up in Alabama. Most of his neighborhoods were polluted with drugs, gangs, and violence. Surrounded by negativity and transitioning into various foster homes, he could have easily chosen the wrong path. Rather than succumbing to his environment and dire circumstances, SkyBlew chose to rise above them and use music to soothe his soul and escape. His music is proving to be unique with an uplifting, powerful, and positive message in Hip-Hop. He uses his sincere, substantive lyrics & soulful sound to breathe life into a genre saturated with lies, darkness and gimmicks. Most say, SkyBlew is a breath of fresh air! He pushes the boundaries with his music and brings a new/unique flavor to the music world.

Staying true to himself and following his dreams has even led to his music being used by the GIANT anime company, FUNimation!!! SkyBlew, accompanied by his live Jazz Hop band – The Digi Destined, made headlines after their memorable performance at the 2015 Hopscotch Music Festival opening for Pusha T! He has performed at countless anime and video game conventions including: Anime Weekend Atlanta, The Carolina Gaming Summit, Hoshicon, The Triad Anime Con, T-Mode & more! He’s been on multiple tours, including a few with his musical mentor, Mega Ran!! SkyBlew’s distinctive sound is attributed to the diversity of his many idols.

We’re still looking for donations here, and would love if you joined our patrons on our Patreon here!

If you haven’t already, please give us a like on our Facebook Page, and remember to RSVP on the event page!

You can also still win 2 free passes to FANTOKU by sharing this image of FUZE! You’re entered every single time you share it!

E-Turn announced for FANTOKU!


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E-Turn
E-Turn

…is one of the rising stars of the Orlando Hip-Hop scene, and she’s been a staple performer of several ONF events for many years now. Her performances have been known to evoke an emotional response from a large spectrum of fans, and her passion and talent are among the best of any Master of Ceremonies that you can put on a stage. Her skill sets include chaining together quick witted and meaningful lyrics that will make you think, and belting out soulful vocals in a melodic tone that will make you feel it.

With definitive grit, E-Turn wields a message of triumph to her audience. She is part of a collective in Orlando, FL called Second Subject and has recently landed her first distribution deal with Fake Four Inc, which houses artists like Ceschi, Myka 9, Open Mike Eagle, and Busdriver. This November she’s going to be rocking our main stage and we feel that we can comfortably guarantee that if you somehow aren’t already a fan of hers, you soon will be.

We’re still accepting donations here, and looking for more esteemed patrons on our Patreon here!

Toss us a like on our Facebook Page, and don’t forget to RSVP on the event page!

Don’t forget that you can win 2 free passes to the ONF Mystery Event by sharing this image of FUZE! You’re entered again every time you share it!

Nuclear Bubble Wrap performing at FANTOKU!


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Nuclear Bubble Wrap
Nuclear Bubble Wrap

…is a psychedelic/alternative rock band from Nashville, TN. Their music is known for containing lush, multi-layered psychedelic arrangements, with catchy melodies and witty lyrics. They’re known for their sense of humor and tendency to lean towards nerdy references and subject matter. They quickly started getting airplay on the Dr. Demento Show and became members of The Funny Music Project. In 2010, Nuclear Bubble Wrap released their first full length studio album, Exploding Head Syndrome.

This album spawned several hits, including “Avada Kedavra,” which earned over 1.5 million views, and was their biggest hit to date. The video for the song “Sharktopus” earned over 300,000 views and remains their most popular original song. The Pokémon-pun rock song “Raichu a Song” was the #1 most requested song of the year 2010 on the Dr. Demento Show. The video for “Avada Kedavra” also won a Logan Award for Excellence in Comedy Music, with both Dr. Demento and “Weird Al” Yankovic as jurors.

We’re still accepting donations here, and looking for more esteemed patrons on our Patreon here!

Give us a like on our Facebook Page, and make sure to RSVP on the event page!

Don’t forget that you can win 2 free passes to the ONF Mystery Event by sharing this image of FUZE! You’re entered again every time you share it!

MagiTek announced for FANTOKU!


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MagiTek
MagiTek

Science and Magic are two very powerful sides to the same coin. Those that can combine these forces can create the ever-experimental and evolving but always unified sound waves that take control of the crowd and get those feet moving. Whether it’s defending the earth, creating Homonculi, beating up waves of bad guys, or practicing their unique 16-bit wizardry, MagiTek is sure to get your blood pumping and your power levels raised!

MagiTechnicians use their unique skills in manipulating sound patterns to alter space and bend time to their will. It is a said that the Aurora Borealis is a representation of the end trails of a space-time rip that was once repaired by the sub-harmonic frequencies put forth by an entire alien race taking part in the “Deep Space Step”. For FANTOKU, MagiTek will be bringing bringing you their award winning experimental project, past present and future.

We’re still accepting donations here, and looking for more esteemed patrons on our Patreon here!

Give us a like on our Facebook Page, and make sure to RSVP on the event page!

Don’t forget that you can win 2 free passes to the ONF Mystery Event by sharing this image of FUZE! You’re entered again every time you share it!

Sci-Fried to rock out at FANTOKU!


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Sci-Fried

… is freaking awesome. They’re the true embodiment of what “Geek Rock” is. In fact, if you looked up the definition of Geek Rock, you’d see their picture next to it! They’ve been a staple of the Orlando Nerd Fest for years, and have been playing gigs way before that even. The talent and experience in this band is second to none. Recently, Captain Dan of the Scurvy Crew has joined their ranks, making this unstoppable force even more contentious as the eye of the storm for all things rock.

Sci-Fried has earned many video awards such as Best Video several times at Creation’s Las Vegas based Official Star Trek Convention, Best Video at Creation’s Vancouver based Official Stargate Convention, and First and Second Place in different categories for the Dragon*Con Fan Music Video contest in 2012. Sci-Fried has also won the Battlecon Battle of the Bands, and was voted Best Metal Band in the Orlando Weekly magazine multiple times.

We’re still accepting donations here, and looking for more esteemed patrons on our Patreon here!

Give us a like on our Facebook Page, and make sure to RSVP on the event page!

Don’t forget that you can win 2 free passes to the ONF Mystery Event by sharing this image of FUZE! You’re entered again every time you share it!

Shaken not Stirred VIP Burlesque Show!


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Shaken not Stirred Burlesque
Shaken not Stirred Burlesque

Known for their signature James Boned opening number, Shaken not Stirred Burlesque is Tallahassee’s premier burlesque troupe. They features vocal and dance numbers from a variety of decades and genres in addition to classic sideshow acts and Nerdlesque numbers. They have performed at several venues all over Tallahassee as well as at other conventions, events and establishments throughout the rest of the Florida-Georgia region.

Shaken not Stirred Burlesque

Shaken care of business since 2014, Shaken not Stirred Burlesque is a tantalizingly immersive experience that leaves audiences thirsty for more. They’ll be closing out ONF Presents – FANTOKU as a special separate after party type event that will sell out VERY quickly so make sure to buy early! Tickets for this special VIP event are $5 online here and are $8 at the door, or are included in our $50 weekend Supporter Package!

As for us, we’re still accepting donations here, and looking for more esteemed patrons on our Patreon here!

Give us a like on our Facebook Page, and make sure to RSVP on the event page!

Don’t forget that you can win 2 free passes to the ONF Mystery Event by sharing this image of FUZE! You’re entered again every time you share it!

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