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GlassCityCon, Toledo’s own Japanese animation convention, continues for its fourth year July 20 and 27 at the SeaGate Convention Centre.

More than 2,000 anime fans, cosplayers and gamers are expected for this year’s event, which will feature autograph signings by voice actors Amber Lee Connor, Jessica Calvello, Todd Haberkorn and others, along with musicians, dance troupes and comedians.

Attendees are invited to dress up as their favorite anime character and enter the cosplay contest, participate in the videogame tournament or attend panel discussions where special guests discuss their favorite anime films.

Voice actor Amber Lee Connor will sign autographs at
Toledo's anime convention.

Convention organizer Chris Zasada is expanding the programing for this, the first year that GlassCityCon is independently run. Previously, Zasada had run three annual conventions as a staff member of Owens Community College, but searched for a different venue this year where he could support more vendors, panels and events.

Zasada, who lives in Oregon, is also the founder of Otakutopia, a DVD-selling business which travels to anime conventions throughout the United States. Based on his experience visiting conventions in Chicago, New York, Kentucky and elsewhere, he has tried to make Toledo’s convention the ultimate experience for any fan.

“Anime has been popular for a long time because it’s something you don’t find in America,” he said. “Now we’re drawing a certain crowd into the heart of downtown Toledo to invest in our economy who might not have thought about coming here otherwise, so I expect this convention will be a success for a lot of people.

“If you’re into anime or gaming or cosplay, you’ll find a lot of people there with common interests,” he said. “Then you can drop by the vendor room and pick up some cool stuff, and just have a good time.”

GlassCityCon hours are 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $30 at the door. For more information, visit



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