Tsubasacon welcomes anime/manga fans for 3-day convention

Updated 2 years ago by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
Bunny Bombshell at summer picnic as Sailor Moon.
Bunny Bombshell at summer picnic as Sailor Moon.

Tsubasacon assembles performers and fans to celebrate gaming, anime, music, cosplay, and a vast assortment of various types of artists which for the 3 day convention, from Friday Sept. 30th to Sunday Oct. 2nd.

One of this year's voice actor guests, Steve Blum, holds the Guinness World Record for over 261 credited video game performances and has a wealth of animation and anime appearances, including Transformers Prime, X Men,  Star Wars, and other franchises.

Co-organizer Michael Thompson said that many favorites will return, including the masquerade ball and late night activities.

New? "We have Pachinko Fever which is new for this year, also a new cosplay contest on Sunday called Iron Cosplay Contest," Thompson said.

"I believe we're the largest of our type," he continued,  which "we consider ourselves anime, gaming and cosplay. I don't have access to numbers for other conventions in the state but hopefully we're up there." 

Photographer Paul Sebert will hold one of many  panel discussions at Tsubasacon on Saturday morning cartoons of the 80s and 90s. Sebert's is just one of numerous panels throughout the three day  event.

Huntington's Bunny Bombshell, a professional cosplayer and model, will be returning as one of this year's exhibitors.

"Tsubasacon was my first convention and it's one of my favorites in the region," she said, adding, "I've been watching anime (specifically Sailor Moon, my favorite cosplay character) since grade school."

Bombshell has a Sailor Scout cosplay group consisting of several friends who travel from all over Appalachia to meet up at TSU.

Jeni Propst, who travels from Phillipi, WV and participates in Bunny's Sailor Scout group said, "My favorite aspect of Tsubasacon is meeting new people and learning about their costumes!"

Tsubasacon will be held at the Big Sandy SuperStore Arena in downtown Huntington WV. Tickets are currently on sale and can be found at http://www.tsubasacon.org. You can check the site for a full schedule.

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