Anime convention this weekend at Davenport Clarion


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Posted Online: May 02, 2013, 10:41 am
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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

The Iowa Anime Convention, "Anime-zing!," is expected to bring over 1,000 fans of anime, manga, cosplay and alternative fashion styles together for a three-day convention at the Clarion Hotel in Davenport starting Friday.

The convention -- at 5202 N. Brady St. -- features over 100 events, discussions with famous guests of honor and numerous video game and table-top gaming tournaments.

Costuming is a major part of the anime expo, and about half of attendees are expected to appear in costumes throughout the weekend. While some are store-bought, the majority are made at home, representing characters from popular shows and sometimes original characters. Fans call this costuming "Cosplay," which is a combination of the words "costume" and "roleplay."

These attendees participate in numerous social events, including an elegant formal ball filled with waltzes and swing dance.

While many attendees come for the costuming and socializing aspects, others come for the guests of honor, many of whom are voice actors in popular shows that appear on Cartoon Network.

Featured guest Greg Ayres is one of the most prolific voice actors in the world, with his voice appearing on new and popular shows almost monthly as a leading character, recently taking the lead in FUNimation's "Deadman Wonderland," which played on Cartoon Network this year.

Fellow guest Sonny Strait played "Lupin III" from the self-titled show, and Krillin in "Dragon Ball Z," which played on Cartoon Network for several years. The complete guest list includes additional popular voice actors and Samurai Martial Arts instructors, and can be found at qcanimezing.com/guests.

Fans attending will have the opportunity to meet these guests and get free autographs. In addition, they will be featured in Q&A sessions throughout the weekend event.

Registration is $25 at the door for one day, or $35 for the entire weekend. For more information, visit the convention website at qcanimezing.com.

















 



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