History

WasabiCon® was started in 2012 as a one day event in North Florida to celebrate cosplay, video games, anime, comic books, and all things “geek”.  In 2013, the convention expanded into two days and is now the longest running pop culture convention in Jacksonville, Florida.

YEAR 1
October 27, 2012 at the Jacksonville Marriott 
~700 attendees

YEAR 2
November 2-3, 2013 at the Jacksonville Marriott
~1,200 attendees

YEAR 3
November 1-2, 2014 at the Jacksonville Marriott
~1,900 attendees

YEAR 4
October 31-November 1, 2015 at the Jacksonville Marriott
2,301 attendees

YEAR 5
October 22-23, 2016 at the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center – Jacksonville Riverwalk 
~2,500 attendees

YEAR 6
October 21-22, 2017 at the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center – Jacksonville Riverwalk 
3,007 attendees

YEAR 7
October 20-21, 2018 at the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center – Jacksonville Riverwalk 
3,610 attendees

YEAR 8
October 19-20, 2019 at the Lexington Hotel & Conference Center – Jacksonville Riverwalk
4,688 attendees

ONLINE (due to COVID-19)
October 3-4, 2020 on Wasabi Anime Twitch Channel

YEAR 9
October 16-17, 2021 at the Prime Osborn III Convention Center
TBD attendees

Attendee numbers are reported using turnstile numbers.


WASABICON ALUMNI (Previous Guests of the Convention)

1701st Fleet (2014-2017)
405th Southern Regiment – Halo Costumes and Props (2018-2019)
501st Legion (2012-2014)
Aaron Pabon (2012)
AKrCos (2019)
Amanda Miller (2015 & 2019)
Bill Salyers (2013)
Bold City Cosplay (2017)
Brema Ebbing (2013-2014)
Brittani Crawford aka Fluffy Butt Arts (2016-2019)
Bryce Papenbrook (2019)
Candy Keane (2013-2019)
Chris Cason (2013)
Console Alliance (2013-2014)
Countess Alyx Cosplay (2018)
Cowford Steampunk Society (2013)
Critical Fit (2018-2019)
David Sobolov (2015)
David Matranga (2019)
DeLa Doll Cosplay (2018)
Dystopia Rising (2018)
Essential Paranormal Society (2014-2015)
Extra Life Team Jax (2015-2019)
For the Love of Clod (2017)
Fred & Elle Designs (2017-2018)
GAAM (2013) (2015-2016)
Geekapella (2017-2018)
Gregg Berger (2012)
Inspector Lemon Cosplay (2012)
Jax Anime Club (2013)
Jedi Academy of North Florida (2015)
Jenifer Ann (2013)
Jenna Esposito (2016 & 2018)
Jig to a Milestone (2015)
Jon Bailey (2014)
Justin Briner (2018)
KiiCosplays (2019)
Kimberly Brooks (2017)
Larry Watts (2016)
Leah Clark (2014)
Lisle Wilkerson (2013)
Little Red Fox Cosplay (2019)
LvL Up Events (2018)
Maid Cafe Mikkusu (2018-2019)
Michael Jaegers (2014)
Miss Fushi (2015-2016)
Noise Complaint (2013-2019)
North Florida Ghostbusters (2016-2019)
NoS Anime (2017-2019)
Nova Kyra Cosplay (2018)
Paranormal Crossroads Investigations (2012-2013)
Paul Chapman (2012-2013)
Pelvic Gaming (2016)
Protectors of Lothal: The Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club (2018-2019)
Rachel Pandich (2013)
Robot Costumes USA (2018)
Rumitto Cosplay (2018)
Rurouni Kitsune Outfitters and Arena (2012-2014)
Sailor Scouts of Jacksonville (2017-2019)
Sean Schemmel (2016)
Seth Kubersky (2015)
Shelby Rabara (2018)
Starfleet: USS Exeter (2012)
Tara Sands (2016)
Tayrex (2017)
The Delta Fleet: Star Trek Club (2016-2019)
The Short Box Podcast (2016)
Todd Haberkorn (2017)
Tom Nabbe (2015)
Triston Johnson (2015)
Umbrella Corps 219th Division Brain Surgeons (2013-2019)
United States Wrestling Alliance (2016)