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Saboten Con 2014 begins in Glendale

These cosplayers attended Saboten Con in 2012.
These cosplayers attended Saboten Con in 2012.
Photo by Karen Sweeny-Justice

Saboten Con, the annual Phoenix anime convention, begins its 2014 run on Friday, August 29, 2014 in Glendale, Ariz. The Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel & Spa serves as both the convention space and host hotel. Now in its seventh year, Saboten Con continues to grow; last year, the convention drew over 4,000 attendees, making it the largest anime convention in Arizona. In Japanese, the word saboten means cactus.

Among the guests in attendance are:
• Robert Axelrod, actor and voice-over actor
• Chris Tang, cosplayer, video game designer and gaming champion
• Iruma Rioka, songwriter and composer
• Derek Stephen Prince, voice-over actor
• James Perry II, writer and manga artist
• Living Ichigo, cosplayer
• Armand Villavert Jr., manga artist and graphic novel illustrator
• DC Douglas, actor and voice-over actor
• Ian Sinclair, voice-over actor

For a complete list of guests, click here.

On-site registration is open daily as follows:
• Friday: 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
• Saturday: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
• Sunday: 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
• Monday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Programming, including panel discussions, cosplay and gaming runs:
• Friday: 4:00 pm to 1:30 am
• Saturday and Sunday: 10:30 am to 1:30 am
• Monday: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm

The Exhibitor/Vendor Hall will be open:
• Friday: 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
• Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
• Monday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

One of the convention’s primary goals is to support and grow of the cosplay community in the southwestern United States. This year’s con is host to the World Cosplay Summit Southwest Qualifying competition, a pairs or two-person competition that features cosplay of Japanese origin-- anime, manga, video game or tokusatsu. Teams previously registered for the competition will be evaluated on costume and prop craftsmanship and their stage performance. Emcee for the event is Alodia Gosiengfiao, a Filipina cosplayer, actress and recording artist.

The Renaissance Glendale Phoenix AZ Hotel & Spa is located at Glendale Ave. and the Loop 101 next to Westgate City Center, Jobing.com Arena and the University of Phoenix Stadium.