We’re less than 100 days from WasabiCon 2017, so we’ve decided to host not one but TWO contests leading up to the convention. BONUS: you can enter BOTH CONTESTS. Here’s the info…
WIN A FREE PASS TO WASABICON 2017
This one’s pretty easy. We want you to RSVP as “Going” to WasabiCon 2017 on Facebook! Here’s how to enter:
- Go to www.facebook.com/events/134335700376144/
- You will see two buttons on the event: Interested and Going. Select Going.
- If you’re already RSVP’d as Interested – change it to Going.
- For every 500 Going, we will randomly give away a FREE PASS to someone who is RSVP’d as Going. SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!
- Already bought your pass? If you win, you’ll be reimbursed and your comp pass will be issued.
- The Fine Print
- No purchase necessary to enter or win!
- You must be a U.S. resident to participate in this social media contest.
- Winners will be notified via Facebook – so watch for updates!
- Contest ends one week before the convention.
WIN A NINTENDO SWITCH FROM WASABICON!
Have you bought your pass to WasabiCon 2017 yet? No? Well – here’s a reason you should: everyone who pays for a pre-registered pass to WasabiCon is entered to win a brand new Nintendo Switch. The name will be selected from the pre-registration list during opening ceremonies at the convention (time TBA) – and that’s it! You must be present at the convention during the weekend to pick up your prize. Entry can include a single day OR weekend pass.
So buy your pass today to enter: www.wasabicon.com/tickets
As a multi award winning actor behind the mic, on camera, and on stage- Todd Haberkorn has had the pleasure of working in a variety of mediums in the entertainment industry. The LA based actor is also a director for companies like Netflix and Funimation Entertainment as well as a producer for production groups like Geek&Sundry. And he’s even the voice of some fun toys like the Meccanoid robots- winners of the top prize at CES and America’s Most Innovative Toy of the Year Award.
In the animated world, he voice roles such as Grey Matter in Ben10, Sparrow Hood in Ever After High, Elfonso in Sophia The First, Natsu from Fairy Tail, Italy from Hetalia, Ling Yao from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Tierno from Pokemon, Allen Walker from D. Gray Man, Hikaru Hitachin from Ouran High School Host Club, Death The Kid from Soul Eater, and many others. He even got the infamous “and I would have gotten away with too…” villain line in an episode of Scooby Doo!
As far as video games go, you’d recognize his voice in the Call of Duty Series, Persona series, World of Warcraft, Street Fighter IV, Ghostbusters, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Borderlands 2, and Rage to name a handful. His voice makes sure to get its marathon training as an award winning narrator for audiobooks. Do a Google search and you’ll find everything from thrillers and young adult to zombie sagas and children’s books. His latest win is the 2016 SOVAS award for best narration of a classic novel.
As far as on camera is concerned see him in the internationally recognized and award winning, Star Trek Continues, as Spock. Todd’s show, Otaking Heads, is a weekly look inside the world of anime with top industry guests and fun games–catch it on Geek&Sundry.
When he isn’t fighting digital monsters in video games or trying to save the day on film, Todd travels the U.S. and internationally making appearances at gnarly pop culture conventions as a guest to meet super cool fans and sign autographs. Follow Todd on Twitter (@toddhaberkorn) and Instagram (“@official_habergram”). For merchandise like his music album, concert dvd, and t-shirts: www.thehabertat.com
Bold City Cosplay began in 2014 with the vision of opening the world of cosplay to the general community. Last year, we began offering cosplay workshops, sharing our basic skills for creating costumes. These workshops also included open discussions on topics such as anti-bullying, prop safety, and cosplaying as a group. We also offer a large group of cosplayers and costumed characters for special events, such as conventions, corporate parties, and even weddings! Over the past year, Bold City Cosplay has developed its family-friendly values allowing us to also partner with charities throughout Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.
Bold City Cosplay is composed of well-known, award-winning cosplayers and character actors in the Jacksonville area. Our cosplayers have been featured on local television and in print and online media by several cosplay and “Geek” publications. Our team hopes to become North Florida’s premier company for cosplay and costumed character needs while promoting family-friendly events and charitable causes that everyone can get behind.
Known by their fans as “Bob”, For the Love of Clod has been making waves in the Steven Universe cosplay community since 2016. Their Peridot impression and propensity to cosplay characters immediately after their television debut have propelled For the Love of Clod to the forefront of the Steven Universe fan scene. Bob has hosted events at Wasabicon, Metrocon, Momocon, and more with distinctly interactive panels and quirky cosplays such as “Bob the Builder” and Peridot cosplaying as Percy from Camp Pining Hearts.
With over ten thousand instagram followers and lively YouTube videos in the works, For the Love of Clod loves talking panels, body paint, and together breakfast.
Find for the Love of Clod at patreon.com/clod and as For the Love of Clod on Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr and Facebook!
Do you like the new Wasabizilla art that has been showing up? That’s the talent work of Brittani Crawford.
Brittani Marie Crawford is an artist, animator, and Corgi enthusiast based out of Jacksonville, FL. She earned her BFA at Kansas City Art Institute after receiving world class instruction in a variety of visual arts, including 2D hand-drawn animation, graphic design, and painting. She considers herself a jack-of-all-trades and in the years since completing university has undertaken projects ranging from detailed sculpture, to costuming, painting, and video game concept art. She also has a passion for teaching and currently instructs adult painting classes, though she also spent 2 years overseas in Japan, teaching English to children.
Though she’s only been a Floridian for three years, Ms. Crawford has been very active in the local artistic community, serving as an invitational artist at GAAM (where she unveiled a 6-foot tall Charizard statue!). Her art inspirations pull heavily from the styles of her favorite anime and video games, especially the Final Fantasy series, Akihiko Yoshida, and the Dragon Age series. She considers hobby and career to be one and the same and will happily discuss chiarascuro techniques with the same passion as Bioware love interests (though Ms. Crawford will not be swayed from the mind that the only correct choices are Alistair and Fenris).
She will be set up in Artist Alley at WasabiCon again this year – so swing by and say hi!
Artists and creators of original content are an important part of the fan convention experience and each year we’ve celebrated this fact by offering discounted space for local talent to sell their commissions, prints, and other handcrafted goods.
Each Artist Alley space comes with:
One (1) six foot OR eight foot table in the Artist Alley area (based on availability)
Two (2) chairs
One (1) weekend pass to the convention labeled “Artist”
PLEASE NOTE that our Artist Alley is juried. This means that we review all applications and a committees from the event operations staff chooses the artists who will be approved. WasabiCon does this in order to make sure a variety of art styles are made available to the attendees – thus avoiding creators all selling the same style/presentation. This also helps artists by making sure they artwork is presented as a unique part of the event!
Each space is $100 (plus Eventbrite fees). There is a limit of one (1) table per artist. This is due to floorplan logistics and to be fair to other artists.
Up to one (1) additional Artist Alley badges may be purchased (per space) at $25.
For complete information and for the Artist Alley Registration Form, please visit www.WasabiCon.com/Art
CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER!
The winner, by random selection, was Christopher N. He has been notified directly via Facebook regarding how to claim his prize. Watch for other contests coming soon!
Here at the WasabiCon offices, we LOVE giving away free stuff. Last month we gave away free tickets to the Pokemon Symphony and this month: JAPANESE SNACKS! We’re partnering with Freedom Japanese Market to give away a free box of Japanese candy, snacks, and DIY candy kits!
HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:
STEP 1: Reply to this post on the WasabiCon 2017 Facebook event by tagging THREE FRIENDS – and invite them to the event: www.facebook.com/events/134335700376144/permalink/241615269648186/
STEP 2: Do it again. (You can enter as many times as you want!)
1. No purchase necessary to enter or win!
2. You must be a U.S. resident to participate in the social media contest.
3. Winners will be notified via social media – so watch for updates.
We will pick a random winner from everyone who posted in that Facebook thread sometime on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. As mentioned in the rules, the winner will be notified via social media.
What is “Freedom Japanese Market“? From their website:
Our family started Freedom Japanese Market as a way to fill the need of many of our friends who had moved away from Japan and were depressed they could not find quality Japanese snacks in their own country. Many of these complained the “Made For Foreign Markets” Japanese snacks didn’t taste like the real thing.
On a family vacation to the U.S., we were shocked to see that many of the snacks in international stores were not even made in Japan, or were dangerously close to their “Sell By” dates. We knew then and there we had to do something; we decided to make it our goal to bring the Japanese snacks we love to the rest of the world. If you love Japanese snacks, the advantage of buying from our Japanese based subscription box service is clear: all your snacks come directly from Japanese manufacturers and are shipped directly from Japan to your home or office.
The boxes we send often include many limited edition snacks only available to the Japanese market for a limited amount of time. We also include an English content list with color pictures, and a short explanation about what Japan is like during each season. We want our customers to know what they are eating, as well as provide some information about Japanese culture with every box. We also include a handmade, seasonal origami (with English explanation). Our team of experienced snack lovers is in charge of putting together a balanced box of sweet, savory, and fun snacks that you are sure to enjoy! Rest assured that if we wouldn’t buy a snack for ourselves, we wouldn’t think of sending it out to our valued club members.
Check ’em out online at www.FreedomJapaneseMarket.com
BONUS: Use this link and get a $3 discount off the first box for all Original and Family pack plans: https://www.freedomjapanesemarket.com/?rfsn=591767.e4b38 (or just use promo code “WasabiCon”)
It’s that time of year! We are now taking submissions for fan panels at WasabiCon 2017. You can fill out the form via this link: https://goo.gl/forms/Stca4IHkiYGvZ2dA2 -OR- using the form below. Please read all the guidelines before completing the form, and we look forward to reading your submissions!