Upcoming convention celebrates Asian pop culture

July 2, 2017 by  

The Otakon convention is taking place next month in Washington, D.C. for three days.

The convention is dedicated to Asian popular culture, which includes anime, manga, movies, television shows and video games.

It will feature several special guests including animation director Ei Aoki, voice actor Toshio Furukawa and actor Sandy Fox. There will be discussion panels with the guests, workshops, and movie and TV screenings. In addition, there will be an art show, a dance, a masquerade competition and a manga library. There will be several themed cafes such as the Karaoke Otacafe.

One of the most popular parts of the convention will no doubt be the dealer’s room. The vendors will be selling a variety of items such as graphic novels, action figures and posters. There will also be an Artist Alley and the Video Gaming: Indie Row.

Visitors are encouraged to participate in cosplay by coming dressed as their favorite character.

Those planning to attend must purchase a membership. Fees are $95 in advance and $100 at the door; this is good for the entire three days. Children aged 8 and under will be admitted free of charge.

Many of the participating dealers may contact their favorite Washington, D. C. printing company to invest in items such as banners.

Otakon will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from August 11 to 13. For the most up-to-date information, visit the official web page.