By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)
Tsukino-Con, the little Victoria convention that could, is growing at a steady rate and may have its unique place among the larger conventions of the Pacific Northwest. The handlers of Tsukino, which rose in February 2010 from the ashes of the seven-year run that was Kei-Kon, have taken few risks.
Those behind Tsukino have adhered to the formula of having their con grow at its own rate rather than take on bigger cons in a head-to-head (Sakura-Con and Emerald City Comicon). Tsukino’s list of past guests is an impressive one, especially for a con of it’s size. Names of Sarah Anne Williams (Gakusen Toshi Asterisk, Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica), Tracey Moore (Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon), Josh Grelle (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, Date A Live), J. Michael Tatum (Baccano!, Heroic Age), Terri Doty (Seikoku no Dragonar, Joukamachi no Dandelion), and Kensho Ono (Aldnoah Zero, Pokemon XY&Z) have appeared previously.
Tsukino-Con 2017 plans to be bigger and better than before. Through its official website it was announced the convention will expand to four buildings on the University of Victoria (UVic) campus. UVic has been hosting Tsukino-Con since day one. This expansion will include a larger main auditorium, a dedicated registration area to decrease crowding and more lounge areas for between panel hang outs and socializing. UVic students may register in-person with Tsukino-Con for free with a valid UVic student ID.
Voice artist, script writer and director Caitlin Glass is Tsukino’s first guest announcement for 2017. Caitlin has voiced over 180 characters including Hitomi Kanzaki of Escaflowne, Winry Rockbell of Full Metal Alchemist, and Lilith Bristol of Absolute Duo.
Tsukino-Con will take place February 17-19, 2017 at the University of Victoria campus. To learn more or to register for this event, visit their official website at http://www.tsukinocon.com/.
Poster Art Source(s): Bomhat.