West Virginia's Premiere Anime Convention, Tsubasacon, Sees 30% Increase in Attendance

HUNTINGTON, WV – Tsubasacon, West Virginia's first and premiere Anime, Manga and Gaming convention, just concluded its seventh consecutive year at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, WV this past weekend, October 12 - 14, 2012. This year, the convention was the largest ever with record attendance.

Final figures for 2012 show a 30% increase in total registrations compared to 2011, entertaining 1,320 attendees from 21 states.

Huntington Mayor Kim Wolfe kicked off opening ceremonies, proclaiming the three-day event as part of “Tsubasacon Weekend” in the city. Wolfe encouraged all people, businesses, organizations, and institutions to welcome those affiliated with the convention to the city and acknowledge them for their continuing participation, as well as their economic and charitable contributions.

“Part of our success criteria this year was to develop and implement a more focused, regional marketing strategy collaborating with local media, businesses, and government organizations” said Jack Varney, Director of Marketing. “In addition, we have a dedicated, passionate, all-volunteer staff that ensures we are the friendliest convention in the business. We are totally focused on our attendees having a positive experience,” Varney said.

Tsubasacon continues to support and promote local charitable organizations. Over the three-day event, Tsubasacon collected 223 pounds of food for the Huntington Area Food Bank. Giving back to the community remains one of the convention's primary goals.

Tsubasacon continues to promote anime, manga, gaming, and Japanese culture in the Tri-State area (West Virginia, Northeast Kentucky and Southern Ohio) and to establish a social framework through which anime and manga fans can interact with each other.


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