Greater Lansing Visitors Bureau Recognizes Shuto Con as Premier Mid-Michigan Attraction

Mar 21st 2014
Greater Lansing Visitors Bureau recognizes Shuto Con as premier Mid-Michigan attraction

Lansing, Mich., Mar. 20 - With the Lansing Center anticipated to be near capacity with animation and gaming fans, it is no wonder Shuto Con has attracted so much attention.
The Lansing area anime convention is facing its first attendance cap of 7,000 people at their Lansing Center and Radisson venues downtown on April 4-6, 2014, and already the convention is receiving accolades from the city.

"I was so honored when we were chosen to receive a Community Champion Award from the GLCVB," said Stefanie Shall, convention Chairwoman. "but it wasn't just us that made it happen, we could not have done it without our amazing attendees and staffers!"

The Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau bestowed the award to Shuto Con on Mar. 6, a month to the convention.

But convention staff isn't content to simply win the award, they plan to earn it with another year of popular events and guests from across the anime industry.

"We have several really great guests this year, and their fans will certainly not be disappointed by amount amount of panels we have featuring them." said Shall.

Badge-holding attendees will be able to meet with guests at scheduled autograph sessions and panels throughout the weekend.
Because of the expansive growth experienced by the convention, an attendance cap of 7,000 admission badges (a mix of weekend and one-day registrations) will be permitted for sale.

"We want attendees to be comfortable in the space and not become a convention where people constantly cue in lines to get in to major events," said Will Burgess, convention Vice Chairman. "Even though we are a growing convention, we still want to maintain our growth while thinking of the desires of our fans."

Shuto Con became a Safe Space partner in 2013 because of the vision staff had to make the convention a weekend destination free from bullying. Even though the initiative was no small effort, Shall knows that it was the right move for the well-being of attendees.

"Cosplay (costume play) should be for everyone regardless of sex, age, body type, etc." said Shall. Advocates for Youth, a sexual education advocacy group, defines Safe Spaces as, "a place where anyone can relax and be fully self-expressed, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, age, or physical or mental ability."

More information about the Safe Space initiative can be found at : www.shutocon.com/safespace.html

Online pre-registration for admission ends Friday, Mar. 21. Badges will be available starting at 9AM Friday April 4th at the door in
limited quantities. Badges are sold at: www.shutocon.com/registration.html.

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