Over 6,000 people attended the event in Tulsa last year and convention organizers say they are on track to surpass that this weekend.
Adair resident Cole Train told KRMG the event was packed with people, which is a good thing because meeting people is the best part.
“I went last year with my friend, we just decided to try it out and see how it was and we had a blast,” Train said. “So this year we actually decided to dress up because we didn’t last year and we’ve gotten a lot of positive remarks. Everyone’s being friendly so it’s pretty nice.”
In addition to Japanese and pop culture, the event showcases music, creative art and writing, gaming and fashion.
David Moore runs a table top game but said he also likes to get out and enjoy the event with his family.
“It’s safe for me to bring my kids,” Moore said. “I’ve got two, a six and a two year old. They like watching mommy and daddy play games. They like seeing people dress up as the characters.”
In Moore’s game, Heritage: the Legacy, the character’s genealogy determines their progression through the game’s timeline.
Carlos Moreno, founder of Falkor Publishing, said the convention’s dynamic audience makes it the perfect place to reach fans of all kinds.
“This audience is so diverse,” Moreno said. “It’s not just fans of Japanese animation but fans of all different types of fantasy, all different kinds of science fiction.”
One of Falkor Publishing’s authors, Steve Mix, even flew in from California to promote his book Goodbye from the Edge of Never.
The convention runs until Sunday at the Cox Business Center.
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