EU Jacksonville, formerly known as Entertaining U, is a monthly entertainment magazine published in Jacksonville, Florida. It contains feature reporting and entertainment and cultural guides for Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida region. We’re thrilled to have them as a sponsor and we appreciate their help getting the word out about WasabiCon 2013!
The Jacksonville Anime Club was created to join anime and manga lovers of all ages to join together online and offline for fun events and social settings, to promote social growth, and to share the culture of our hobbies and interests. We want to form a solid and strong community of like-minded and motivated friends.
Helping round out our game room experience at WasabiCon 2013 is Jacksonville’s local video game mecca: Gorilla Games.
Gorilla Games is a new type of Video Game store with new and pre-owned video games, consoles and accessories. They carry new generation systems and games like the XBox 360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, DS, 3DS and PSP as well as all the classics: Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, PS1, PS2, XBox, Game Cube, Nintendo 64, SNES, NES, Genesis, Atari and more.
Do you have a broken Xbox 360 or PS3? No problem because they can repair them as well as resurface scratched discs.
(Unfortunately they can’t repair PS3 or Blu Ray discs)
What really makes Gorilla Games unique? It is their “Game Cage” which features two 40″ LCD TVs with Ultimate Gaming chairs for hourly rental, birthday parties and tournaments.
Stop by and check them out: www.gorillagamesjax.com
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In early July, in the year 2012, the team at Green Mustard Entertainment (aka “Wasabi Anime”) decided to jump on an opportunity that had presented itself: there was no longer any form of “geek” event taking place in the Jacksonville, FL area in October. This void needed to be filled, and our team took it upon themselves to create a new experience for fans of anime, comics, science fiction, video games, and geek culture.
Thus, WasabiCon was born.
It was not a smooth road. These things usually take 8-12 months to get off the ground, and we had only four months to get everything together. We had to make some changes and some concessions, but thanks to the support of all of you out there in the fan community, we chugged along relentlessly with our promotion and planning, making every effort to deliver a fun event.
So…We want to extend a HUGANTIC AND GINORMOUS “THANK YOU!” to the amazing people out there that came out to our first-year convention and made it a success! Without you, we are nothing and there is no show. You all stuck with us through the ups and downs, and we can never thank you enough.
THANK YOU also, to our amazing guests and groups for graciously agreeing to come and help us out by running presentations and panels and enriching the event all around!
-Paranormal Crossroads Investigations
-The 501st Legion
-Starfleet group from the U.S.S. Exeter
-Rurouni Kitsune Outfitters and Arena (for the EXTREMELY popular sword arena)
A big THANK YOU to Jennifer and Theresa from Jacksonville Marriott! You and your team helped us with everything we needed for our little event.
Thank you to all the vendors and artists who came out to support our convention!
And THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to the AMAZING staff of WasabiCon 2012 for making the darn thing run. We were short on staffers, and you all went above and beyond the call of duty (some of you were even working when you should have been at home in bed sick!).
-Eddie Hall (remote I.T. support)
-Jennifer St. Pierre
WasabiCon 2012 has been a wonderful experience, and we appreciate every person who helped make it the success it was.
Now…. ON TO 2013!!
Ryan Mulligan, Con Chair for WasabiCon 2012
Greetings Internet! The very first WasabiCon kicks off this Saturday morning, and we’re very proud of our look-what-we-did-in-four-months convention. They fan support has been AMAZING and we’ve sold more tickets than we honestly expected for a a first year show. We can’t WAIT to see everyone come out and join us for the day.
A couple of notes…
1. The schedule is posted. You can see it here: http://www.wasabicon.com/schedule
2. The schedule isn’t complete yet. Check when you get to the convention and find out about the TOURNAMENTS in our video game room (run and sponsored by our friends at Anime Festival Orlando.)
3. Another exciting edition is something we pioneered at the very first Florida Anime Experience… Win Mike Broder’s Pocky! Mike from Florida Supercon will he on hand hosting his signature panel at WasabiCon. (Check the schedule on site for details.)
4. The hotel is sold out. We recommend checking Friday for last minute cancellations – but as of this post the hotel is booked solid for the weekend. (Note: you do not have to stay at the hotel to go to the convention.)
Watch the website tonight for detailed event descriptions and more!
Building WasabiCon has been an ambitious project. The team from Green Mustard Entertainment is growing a show for Jackonville’s fans in less than four months time, and (in doing so,) we’ve gotten a LOT of feedback based on local expections for a convention like this coming to town.
One of the primary concerns that has been voiced is the ticket prices we’ve selected for a first year show.
Well… we’re listening.
We want to make a show FOR the fans, so we’ve made some modifications to the format of WasabiCon.
FIRST – WasabiCon 2012 will now be a ONE DAY convention. It is our intent to keep the format the same… same guests; same entertainment; same events; same vendors; etc. The difference is that we’re going to lower the cost of the show by shaving off Sunday for year one because (let’s face it) Sunday’s are slow and sleepy at newer shows.
Events will run from 11:00 AM on Saturday to 2:00 AM Sunday morning (Saturday night.) So, in reality, the impact on the show will be minimal. Based on our originally planned schedule, the event will lose less than six hours of planned entertainment.
SECOND – If you’ve already bought a ticket, you should have received an email from us regarding getting a partial refund for your pass.
THIRD – If you haven’t bought your pass yet, we are offering 100 tickets at only $15 for the next week. After that, tickets will be $20 in advance. At the door, tickets are $25 (dropped $5 from the original Saturday only price.)
Now that we’ve gotten the structure of the show reset, we will be emailing/posting panel confirmations and putting up the schedule over the coming week.
If you have any questions – email us!