Each year WasabiCon grows a little more but, as many of you saw first hand, this year the event grew a lot. WasabiCon 2018 attracted 3,610 attendees over the weekend, and we couldn’t be happier with the result. So on behalf of the production team: THANK YOU! WasabiCon is a community event and you, the fan community of North Florida, is what drives it year after year.
While we were humbled by the outpouring of fans that showed up this year, it caught us completely by surprise creating a few new challenges. Each year we approach these challenges as the blueprint for the next… for example: in 2017, our top complaint was lack of available food. This year we had a fully operation restaurant, food station, two food trucks, and a beverage vendor in the Exhibitor’s Hall. To make sure we’re addressing the challenges of this year head-on, we are launching a post convention survey.
And we’re willing to BRIBE YOU to do it.
Everyone who completes the survey will be entered to win a WasabiCon prize pack including a t-shirt, two lanyards, a decal, a pin, and a mask from the Rickmobile that was parked out front of this year’s convention. You must complete the survey before midnight on October 31, 2018 to be entered. You can click here to do the survey, or fill it out below. Good luck – and thanks again for helping us grow WasabiCon in Jacksonville!
Here’s a short story for you: The company that owns WasabiCon used to own another convention in Florida called Florida Anime Experience. In January of this year, that convention was sold and merged into the popular MegaCon convention in Orlando, Florida. Since it started in 2011, FAE (Florida Anime Experience) sold Lifetime Passes a few at a time each year. During the convention’s seven year run, about fifty people managed to secure these passes. When FAE ended – those passes transferred to WasabiCon. Until now, we haven’t offered Lifetime Passes (and we don’t plan to start selling them this year).
But we are planning to upgrade one person’s weekend pass to a Lifetime Pass.
You will see two buttons on the event: Interested and Going. Select Going.
If you’re already RSVP’d as Interested – change it to Going.
For every 500 Going, we will randomly give away a FREE PASS to someone who is RSVP’d as Going. SO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!
Already bought your pass? If you win, you’ll be reimbursed and your comp pass will be issued.
The Fine Print
No purchase necessary to enter or win!
You must be a U.S. resident to participate in this social media contest.
Winners will be notified via Facebook – so watch for updates!
Contest ends one week before the convention.
WIN A NINTENDO SWITCH FROM WASABICON!
Have you bought your pass to WasabiCon 2017 yet? No? Well – here’s a reason you should: everyone who pays for a pre-registered pass to WasabiCon is entered to win a brand new Nintendo Switch. The name will be selected from the pre-registration list during opening ceremonies at the convention (time TBA) – and that’s it! You must be present at the convention during the weekend to pick up your prize. Entry can include a single day OR weekend pass.
The winner, by random selection, was Christopher N. He has been notified directly via Facebook regarding how to claim his prize. Watch for other contests coming soon!
Here at the WasabiCon offices, we LOVE giving away free stuff. Last month we gave away free tickets to the Pokemon Symphony and this month: JAPANESE SNACKS! We’re partnering with Freedom Japanese Market to give away a free box of Japanese candy, snacks, and DIY candy kits!
STEP 2: Do it again. (You can enter as many times as you want!)
1. No purchase necessary to enter or win!
2. You must be a U.S. resident to participate in the social media contest.
3. Winners will be notified via social media – so watch for updates.
We will pick a random winner from everyone who posted in that Facebook thread sometime on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. As mentioned in the rules, the winner will be notified via social media.
What is “Freedom Japanese Market“? From their website:
Our family started Freedom Japanese Market as a way to fill the need of many of our friends who had moved away from Japan and were depressed they could not find quality Japanese snacks in their own country. Many of these complained the “Made For Foreign Markets” Japanese snacks didn’t taste like the real thing.
On a family vacation to the U.S., we were shocked to see that many of the snacks in international stores were not even made in Japan, or were dangerously close to their “Sell By” dates. We knew then and there we had to do something; we decided to make it our goal to bring the Japanese snacks we love to the rest of the world. If you love Japanese snacks, the advantage of buying from our Japanese based subscription box service is clear: all your snacks come directly from Japanese manufacturers and are shipped directly from Japan to your home or office.
The boxes we send often include many limited edition snacks only available to the Japanese market for a limited amount of time. We also include an English content list with color pictures, and a short explanation about what Japan is like during each season. We want our customers to know what they are eating, as well as provide some information about Japanese culture with every box. We also include a handmade, seasonal origami (with English explanation). Our team of experienced snack lovers is in charge of putting together a balanced box of sweet, savory, and fun snacks that you are sure to enjoy! Rest assured that if we wouldn’t buy a snack for ourselves, we wouldn’t think of sending it out to our valued club members.
Congrats to our winner: Alex D. Here’s her winning photo:
Due to circumstances outside our control, the concert in Jacksonville has been cancelled. THE CONTEST IS STILL HAPPENING THOUGH! We will be giving away tickets to the Orlando concert on Sunday, April 30th instead. Sorry for any confusion.
Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is becoming the must-see video game concert of the year, giving Pokémon fans of all ages the chance to experience live, beautiful music of the Pokémon franchise, with all-new orchestral arrangements and carefully timed visuals draw from recent and classic Pokémon video games. Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions is produced by Princeton Entertainment.
Post your Pokémon! Show us your Pokémon fandom… do you cosplay? Play the card game? Pokémon GO? Watch the anime? WE WANT TO SEE IT.
STEP 1: This contest is limited to FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER. So make sure you’re on one of those social media sites.
STEP 2: Post a photo of YOU and YOUR Pokémon fandom. For example: a pic of you in a Pokémon t-shirt; you with your favorite Pokémon game; you in a Pokémon cosplay; you holding up your phone showing off you playing Pokémon go. Basically YOU ad POKEMON!
A couple of weeks back, we hosted a FREE Pokemon GO meet up in Jacksonville, Florida. Everyone there posted photos from their experience on Instagram and Twitter using hashtag #WasabiCon in order to spin the prize wheel there to win pins, lanyards, and more. As we initially announced, we were also using the all the entries that day to give away FREE PASSES to WasabiCon 2016. Here are our favorite photos… and the winners:
“Hamaji, a young huntress from the mountains, stumbles into the middle of a shogun’s vendetta against a group of human and dog hybrids, the Fusé. Rumors of Fusé murdering innocent people in the bustling city of Edo have sparked a bounty for their heads. Along with her brother, Hamaji joins the hunt for this dangerous quarry, but after accidentally befriending one of them, Hamaji is torn between two worlds: her life as a self-reliant huntress, and the young woman her new friend has helped her to uncover.”
The Premium Bonus Set Includes:
• Premium hardcover slipcase
• 1 Blu-ray disc
– Runtime: 110 mins
– Original Japanese voice acting (DTS 5.1)
with English subtitles
• Bonus content: Original Japanese commericials
• A full-color, 32-page hardcover art book
(approx. 11″ x 7″) provides a deeper viewing
experience through additional character info,
concept art, and an interview with the director
– Fusé Tear-resistant Poster (11″x17″)
So how do you win?
Simple: purchase your admission to WasabiCon in advance online at www.Wasabicon.com/Tickets. Everyone who buys their ticket is entered and we’ll pick a winner after October 19th.
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