The first Quad-Cities anime festival will be June 18-20 at The Lodge Hotel in Bettendorf. |
QC Anime-Zing! is the biggest anime festival to hit the area, organized by a group of local fans of Japanese animation. Organizers expect 300 to 1,000 fans to attend the convention, with roughly one-third of all attendees in costume.
Special guests announced so far include two famous anime voice actors, Johnny Yong Bosch and Carrie Savage. These actors have lent their voices to animated characters in popular TV anime shows such as "Trigun" and have appeared in videogames such as "Star Ocean."
Also appearing will be two bands that have played at several anime conventions: Eyeshine and The Man Power.
"We are all very excited," said Ryan Kopf, the event's senior organizer. "We've all attended conventions, and a few of us have helped at other conventions, so this is going to be a lot of fun to be able to host one ourselves in the Quad-Cities."
Convention events will include anime screenings, video games, board gaming, discussion panels, autograph signings, cosplay competition, a concert and a dance. Attendees will be able to buy anime merchandise from vendors, including DVDs, books, key chains, wall scrolls, Japanese candies, and plushies.
Event admission gets attendees access to all convention activities throughout the weekend. Attendees who register by May 20, either online or by mail, pay $40; after that, admission is $50.
For more information, visit www.qcanimezing.com.