ShadoCon offers gaming, dancing and anime this weekend

The convention, in its first year but affiliated with the well-known annual MetroCon, is an opportunity to check out the dealer tables and art gallery, indulge in a variety of games and meet like-minded fans of these popular genres. They’ll also have a number of special guests, including voice actors, media creators and music artists.

According to Victoria Woodard, Director of Operations for ShadoCon, the weekend schedule should interest a variety of convention-goers.

“ShadoCon is an event that appeals to all tastes and sensibilities. Whether you appreciate the finer subtleties of Naruto, win every game of Mortal Kombat you play, or know every word of Superman #1, you will find something to please you here,” Woodard said. “Anyone who appreciates anime, video games and comics is going to have loads of fun.”

ShadoCon also has a few things you won’t see at your average convention. The Shado Tournament is a choreographed fight show using real weapons, and figures to be one of the highlights of the weekend. Break Dance Breakdown is a comedy breakdancing show (how often do you see that?) and the Final Fantasy Ball is an interactive event based on the renowned video game series. There’s also a special role-playing game called World of Shado to complement all the other video, board and miniature gaming that will take place (including the new Kinect for Xbox 360, a game peripheral that uses gestures and spoken commands instead of a controller). Throw in band performances, panels and dances and it’s a full weekend of events.

Special guests include Kyle Hebert from the English dub of Japan’s Dragon Ball Z, and Vic Mignogna, whose voice can be heard on Full Metal Alchemist as Edward Elric. Adult tickets are $20 per day ($15 on Sunday) or $40 for a weekend pass. Children under 10 are $10 per day or $25 for a weekend pass. Children under 5 are free with a paid adult. Parking and Internet at the convention are also free. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit

If you’re a fan of anime, video games or comic books (or all three), you might already know about the convention this weekend. But in case you weren’t aware, ShadoCon will take over the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 10221 Princess Palm Ave., today through Sunday with an assortment of exhibitions, art, panels and contests.

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