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• WHAT: ColossalCon 11
• WHEN: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, June 7; 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday, June 8; 9 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday, June 9 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, June 10
• WHERE: Kalahari Convention Center, 7000 Kalahari Dr., Sandusky
• COST: $45/Weekend Pass, $10/Day Pass for Thursday, $28/Day Pass for Friday, $32/Day Pass for Saturday, $15/Day Pass for Sunday
• INFO: http://colossalcon.com
ColossalCon, the anime, gaming and Japanese culture convention, is returning to Sandusky.
The convention, which is in its eleventh year, is a huge hit with locals and out-of-towners alike. The event will be held from June 7-10 at Kalahari Resort.
Last year’s ColossalCon reeled in around 5,000 guests.
“We’re expecting around 6,000 this year,” said Cassie Shoffner, ColossalCon’s guest relations liaison. “We have a few people who come from California and Canada … I’m talking Vancouver.”
The event offers a plethora of things to do, jam-packed into four days of anime and gaming fun. There will be panels, guest stars, anime screenings, concerts, tournaments, game shows and more.
Shoffner said the two most popular events are the cosplay competitions and the events featuring their special guests.
The convention boasts four dances: the ‘80s themed “Club Retro Disco” on Thursday, the raved styled “Dance of Awesome” on Friday and two dances on Saturday with a second “Dance of Awesome” and the “Formal Ball,” where cosplay-inspired formal wear is encouraged.
ColossalCon also hosts plenty of competitions. There will be, of course, cosplay competitions, as well as Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, DJ Max and Pop’n Music tournaments, anime-themed versions of the game shows “The Price is Right,” “Match Game,” “Password” and “Press Your Luck,” and a ColossalCon’s Next Top Model, just to name a few.For less competitive attendees, there will be video rooms showing anime all day long for all four days, a flea market where all guests can buy and sell anime and gaming wares, a ton of DJs spinning all kinds of tunes and even a non-competitive division of the cosplay competition for people who just want to show off their costumes. “There will be a game room with arcade cabinets and Japanese rhythm games, which are hard to find, that you can just play for fun,” Shoffner said. Tickets for ColossalCon will be available for purchase at the door, with weekend passes running $45 a person and passes for individual days being offered at lower rates. We will say that with all of the fun things there are to do at ColossalCon, this also means there have to be a lot of rules. Make sure to go to ColossalCon.com and look at the tab for anything you’re interested in participating in for any rules or guidelines that relate. Make sure you also check out the convention’s general rules page. Words to know
Are you a newbie? Here are some ColossalCon definitions that will help you navigate your visit.
• Anime — Japanese style of motion-picture animation, characterized by highly stylized, colorful art, futuristic settings, violence and sometimes sexuality.
• Cosplay — the art or practice of wearing costumes to portray characters from fiction, especially from manga, animation and science fiction.
• Manga — literally, cartoon, comic strip; usually created in Japan, or by Japanese creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century.