Wow! We’re at 4 days post-con now and we’re still overwhelmed by the experience. The love and support you all showed us is immeasurable! On the other hand the attendance #’s we could indeed count and honestly they were stunning. Throughout the entire weekend we had 1,850 paid attendees pass through our doors!!! We were quite shocked on our first count; however, the tally kept coming out the same after checking 2 more times. So that’s it…thanks to your help we increased attendance by 268%!
Now the question in part is where do we go from here? Well we’ll be letting you know ASAP our 2014 dates; however, you can be thinking towards next year’s Anime Blast Chattanooga right now by letting us know what you liked, what you didn’t like, who you want to see as a guest, what events you’d like to see, and definitely be thinking about any panels you yourself might want to submit for Anime Blast 2014.
Let us know what you thought of the con by filling out our Post-Anime Blast 2013 Survey!
Our 2013 schedule is now live!
Good news everyone!
We’ve decided…to extend the pre-registration! That’s right now till Nov. 1st midnight you can pre-register as an individual or as a group at the current Phase 2 rates.
So if you thought you had missed your chance then definitely pre-register in this new grace period to save yourself some $!
The Man Power is the greatest comic book rock ‘n’ roll band of all time. Hailing from Nashville, TN, the band has been forming a fan base through playing anime conventions, Japanese cultural events, rock ‘n’ roll clubs, private parties, and anywhere that loves fun. The group’s live show consists of a high level of crowd interaction, undeniable charm, tongue and cheek stage gimmicks, and frequent celebrity cameos.
The musical style of The Man Power is a cross between glam rock, 3 chord punk, and Saturday morning cartoons. Their songs’ subject matter range from girls to anime to just wanting to take a girl to Japan. The band has shared the stage with such acts as 80s pop icon Tiffany, Japanese punk legends Peelander-Z, rock opera heroes The Protomen, and controversial dance rock act The Slants. The band has played at events catering to over 9,000 attendees all over the country, were voted band of the month at The Deli Nashville for April 2011, and have played shows with 4 separate Power Ranger actors in attendance!
The Man Power consists of Chris Sexxx on lead vocals and guitar and Cody Warhammer on drums and vocals. At many appearances, the band also features a revolving line up of Man Power Girls that act as hype girls and are the best mascots around! Lady Lauren and Anime Anna are the lead girls, but you never know which girls will turn up at a show with the boys. After self releasing their first EP, “The Man Power,” the band blew away the world with their debut full length record, “Hide Your Daughter and Get Your Earplugs Here Comes The Man Power,” in 2011 on Man Power Records. The album is a representation of the band’s roots and a glimpse into the future. So what else is there left to say? The Man Power is your new favorite band! Don’t miss the band when it is in your town because if you do you might never see your girlfriend again.
Chris Davis and His K-Pop All Stars are an American born, nerd culture obsessed, acoustic musical outlet for leader and composer Chris Davis. Sometimes a full band, and sometimes a solo performance, this musical project is consistently changing its approach at performing and presenting very serious music about very serious subject matter. Davis may sound like a folky singer songwriter with songs about cartoons and pop culture in a recorded setting, but the live show is a whole different story. Davis and his all stars bring a punk rock energy to their live performances that are not that far removed from bands with three times the volume and amps. Live shows are meant to be fun so get ready for exactly that. Costumes, lots of crowd participation, and improvisation are all parts of one of the most entertaining and over the top acoustic shows you will ever witness. Chris Davis and His K-Pop All Stars are a new brand of geek pop. Download a song, come to a show, and don’t take your eyes off this charismatic front man for a second. You never know what you might miss if you do.
Laugh Out Loud is a modern improvisational comedy troupe that hails from the University of Georgia. The group was founded in 2007, and has been working on their craft ever since. The group typically performs shows similar to the style most popularized by the television program Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
In 2012 the group expanded to other comedic avenues, adding a RiffTrax style event called Smackdown! lampooning adaptations of anime, cartoons, comic books and video games live and without a script.
If you’ve seen the group before, or not at all, each show is different and made up on the spot with input and situations from the audience. Be ready to have a side splitting time.
Vedetta Marie is a cosplayer native to Asheville, North Carolina. Presently the spokeswoman for “Multiverse Asheville,” she began to make a name for herself with cosplays constructed entirely out of magic cards. As her skills progressed, so have her ambitions, from working with card armor to fabrics and other mediums, she is steadily appearing more and more as a person of interest. Aside from cosplay, she has represented h.NAOTO, Putumayo and Sixh fashion on the runway, and has become a face for “ScatterDOTFashion,” an online publication. Through her cosplays, she has learned a number of ways people can create exciting and elaborate costumes at a price that most anyone who goes to conventions would be able to afford. This is important to her, as she can impart advice to other cosplayers facing financial hurdles. In the end, cosplay is all about fun, and Vedetta Marie loves to both inspire and assist. She can be contacted by her e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook: www.facebook.com/vedettamarie.
We’re happy to announce our plans for International Cosplay Day 2013! We’ll be hosting a cosplay picnic and photo shoot at the Chattanooga Riverwalk – Riverpoint facility. Feel free to show up at anytime, though we’ll be cooking around 12 – 1 primarily. 3PM is also just an estimated end time, as we can keep hanging out if people would like to.
There’s a grill so we’ll be cooking up some hot dogs/hamburgers, but we’re wanting this to be pot luck so feel free to bring some food/snacks as well.
This is a very scenic location with lovely woods, a stream, and a river overlook just a short walk away, as well as a cool pedestrian bridge. So we definitely encourage you come out in Cosplay, and of course bring your camera too if you’d like to get some pictures!
Lost Mound Dr, Chattanooga, TN 37406
Directions once on Amnicola Hwy:
From Chattanooga State direction: Turn right on to Lost Mound Dr. then bear left towards Riverwalk.
From Downtown Direction: Turn left on to Lost Mound Dr. then bear left towards Riverwalk.
Kohalu is a popular cosplayer based in Southern California. He started cosplaying 5 years ago and founded the League of Legends Cosplayers group. He specializes in making wings and large crystals. Most well-known for his recent Aatrox debut at Anime Expo, Kohalu strives to make his cosplays better than the source material.
Trixie J. Valentine is a cosplayer and gamer. She has been an anime and gaming fan since she was 8 years old and has been attending conventions as a cosplayer for 7 years. Like many cosplay guests, she began as an attendee and everything grew from there. Her cosplay got her noticed by Anime Company Gaijin USA, Inc and she was hired to head the Gaijin USA STAR GIRLS, booth girls that do photo shoot and promo advertisements for anime merchandise. She has gone on to run panels as a cosplay guest at various anime conventions.
As a certified stylist and avid gamer, she provides a variety of panels from cosplay panels like wig styling, and make-up to her gamer favorite Resident Evil panels. She has been a cosplay guest judge for conventions like Animeland & Anime Karnival. She recently had the honor of being convention chairman for Sukoshi Con in her home state of Alabama. She also operates her own wig styling and accessories business Lovely Lockpicks Couture.
Trixie plans on attending more conventions as a guest to operate panels and judge contests. She also loves to provide panels via webcam for smaller conventions.