Geek Speak – Go To This: ShutoCon
Lansing’s premiere anime (Japanese animation) convention, ShutoCon (3/16 – 3/18), starts today. It will be at the Lansing Center all weekend, and feature plenty of fun for anime fans. Stefanie and Joe Shall, those responsible for the con, were on the podcast this week, and gave us all the details.
I plan on swinging by on Sunday, and I must say I am excited to have such an event in downtown Lansing. I’m a fan of animation in general, but I also enjoy anime quite a bit (especially if it has giant robots).
This is only the second year of ShutoCon, and it has quite the act to follow. Last year, the con brought 1,300 fans to downtown Lansing. That is impressive for a first year event, especially one with such a niche audience. ShutoCon 2012 is off to a good start—they sold out the Radisson, and needed an overflow hotel.
What’s there to do at the con? Plenty. The guests are well-known faces (or rather, voices) in the anime and gaming community, including Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Ghost in the Shell), Richard Epcar (Robotech, and many more), and Doug Smith (Goldenboy) to name only a few. Megatokyo creator Fred Gallagher will there, so will Lansing’s own Year 200x—they perform heavy metal versions of video game themes.
Cosplay, costume play, will be very prominent at the con too. ShutoCon encourages ‘interactive cosplay,’ where cosplayers can act out their characters with each other. There are sure to be some impressive costumes walking around downtown this weekend.
If you are an anime or cosplay fan in Lansing, make your way to ShutoCon this weekend—there is something for fans of all ages.