An anime convention hits the Chicago suburbs this weekend, bringing fans of Japanese animation together to meet voice actors, play video games, and participate in "cosplay" all weekend.
The Sheraton hotel in Lisle will become a mecca for nerds of all kinds, who will be coming together for the first annual Con+Alt+Delete convention (a pun based on the computer keyboard shortcut and the shortening "con" for "convention"). Con+Alt+Delete is a three-day haven for geeks that provides them with about 100 different events crammed into three days, including a cosplay contest, discussions about popular Japanese anime shows, dances, and anime screenings.
Many attendees will be coming to meet some of the convention's special guests, flown in from anime voice acting hubs in Los Angeles and Texas. Vic Mignogna, the convention's star guest, is known for his role as the lead on Fullmetal Alchemist, which played on Cartoon Network. Guests Richard Epcar and his wife Ellyn Stern both co-starred in Ghost in the Shell, which also played on Cartoon Network.
Some of the other guests include comic book authors and internet video creators.
Most attendees will be "cosplaying" throughout the weekend; dressing up as characters from their favorite shows and acting like those characters throughout the weekend. Many attendees bring multiple costumes and change between them every day.
The full event list can be found on the convention's website at http://conaltdelete.com/events
People interested in attending can register at the convention for $50 for a 3-day pass. A single day pass is just $35 at the door.
Over 1,000 people are expected to attend throughout the weekend. Con Alt Delete is a smaller convention sponsored by the larger Anime Midwest, which will bring together just under 10,000 anime fans in July. Both events are organized by AnimeCon.org.