Anime Programming in the US
Making a Living in Manga in Japan with Felipe Smith
Lost in Translation
When: February 17-19, 2012
Where: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland
2011 Attendance: 7,264
Katsucon, together with another area con, Anime USA, has established Anime Aid, which is an organization "committed to the task of assisting fan based support initiatives throughout the area to maximize the impact in assisting the people of Japan as they weather the continuing trials of this situation and move toward rebuilding their lives, their communities, and their nation." Considering the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami disaster is less than a month away now, it's a good cause to bring attention to.
Katsucon is a small convention; most of its guest list consists of the regular list of American voice actors and actresses, but Katsucon is also hosting Kimagure Orange Road creator Izumi Matsumoto, as well as some musical artists from Japan.
Katsucon's logo this year incorporates a cherry blossom, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of cherry blossom trees to the Washington, DC area, which will have a much bigger celebration later on this year with DC's annual Cherry Blossom Festival. And there's your history lesson for the day.