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Anime Club to host TexanCon convention this weekend
Tarleton State University
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 25, 2013
STEPHENVILLE, Texas—The Tarleton Anime Club will host its first anime convention, TexanCon, this weekend. Several hundred guests are expected for the event, which runs March 1-3.
TexanCon promises a weekend of fun, costumes, music, artistry and games, guest panelists and faculty discussions.
According to its website, the Tarleton Anime Club is a place to enjoy Japanese animation (anime) with others and to experience several different forms and styles of the media art form with others who enjoy anime. The club meets every Wednesday.
Among those scheduled to appear at the conference are: R.J. Woods, writer and creator of New Myth Comics, and editorial cartoon editor at Arcadia Magazine; Michael Champion, freelance illustrator and founder of Epic Studios; voice actors Chris Cason, Darrel Guilbeau and Rachel Robinson; and award-winning RPG writer and best-selling author Russell Zimmerman. There will also be performances by comedian Aaron Pabon, the renegade steampunk group The Steam Engine Intrepid, and EVC (Ending The Vicious Cycle), a post-punk Gothic-influenced band.
Several Tarleton faculty members will also speak during TexanCon, including: Dr. Bryant Wyatt, head of the Department of Mathematics; Dr. James Kirby, professor of mathematics; Dr. Daniel Marble, associate professor of physics; Sharon Seelig, associate professor of art; William Jones, instructor of English and languages; Dr. Jeff Justice, assistant professor of political science; and Dr. Rajani Srinivasan, assistant professor of chemistry.
The purpose of TexanCon is to provide an annual anime festival to raise funds for participating student organizations, as well as a renewable source of scholarship monies, said convention director and TSU Anime Club member Margaret Risher. “TexanCon is the first convention of its kind to be held at Tarleton,” she said. “It is our dream to make this a reoccurring event to raise money for student scholarships. There is also a silent auction open to the public for the Wounded Warrior Project.”
Donations for the auction can be dropped off at the Wounded Warrior booth at the vendor space in the Thompson Student Center.
TexanCon is a paid event, however, there are some free areas including the convention floor and vendor area. Cost to attend is $55 for adults at the door and $20 for children. Single-day tickets are also available: $20 for Friday, $30 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday.
For complete details about TexanCon and a schedule of events and speakers, please visit: www.texancon.com.
Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System
Contact: Margaret Risher