Saboten Con has really grown since its start in 2008, back then we only had 3 months to plan and execute the convention for its inaugural year. Now, almost 6 conventions later, we have found our groove and putting on one of the Southwest’s largest Anime Conventions. As we have grown we learned from our mistakes and built on our successes, which in turn has allowed us to grow even bigger and better with each year. This year is no exception as we focus on the future of Saboten. As you have noticed over the past few years we have been expanding our night life and special events, giving our attendees even more things to do throughout the day and into the evening.
As our 2013 planning has progressed we realized we are not the same old Anime Convention we used to be, but so much more. While our Anime focus has grown on a yearly basis, we have also built new areas of the convention that focus more on Japanese Pop-Culture. As a result, moving forward you will hear Saboten Con being called a Japanese Pop-Culture Convention instead of just an Anime Convention.
So what does this mean to you as an attendee? This means that while our Anime programming and events will keep growing and be a critical part, we will also be growing our convention in other areas to help build up the Japanese Pop-Culture side. A good example is our new SaboLive events that focus on Japanese music from some of the best up and coming bands both here in the US and abroad. Another good example, and also new for this year, is an entire programming track built around Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls and their collectors.
We hope you are as excited for Saboten Con 2013 as we are! This year will be the beginning of a new chapter for us as the Southwest’s Signature Japanese Pop-Culture Convention and we hope you join us in celebrating with us.