WasabiCon isn’t just a pop culture convention; it’s also a community event. As a part of this focus, we partner with a number of local and nationally based sponsors to help our convention grow further as a part of Jacksonville’s ever expanding pop culture scene. We’d like to take a moment to thank our sponsors for their support this year…
“As is the case with most toy and comic book stores, our store was born out of a love for toys and comics! Jamey’s love began with anything that had to do with Ironman. Kathy had a special place in her heart for Monster Jam trucks! From there, our collection grew larger, eventually expanding to many other types of toys and even comics!
When our collection finally managed to take over every room in our home, we realized it was time to share our beloved collection with everyone else!
Our store may be small in size, but it is big on variety! We carry a large selection of toys, both new and old! You are sure to find something you’ll love – whether you are a collector yourself or looking for the perfect birthday gift for your child!
So come to Mythical Mountain! It’s worth the climb!”
Mythical Mountain will be sponsoring our 2015 Costume Contest with some AMAZING prizes… so watch for updates!
Meanwhile, check ’em out online: www.MythicalMountain.com
WasabiCon was designed from day one to be a LOCAL EVENT. We wanted to create a pop culture fan experience for fans of anime, cartoons, comics, gaming, etc. for folks who don’t always have the time/means to travel away from the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area.
With that in mind, we spent time seeking out support from a number of local (and national) businesses to help make this event more exciting for our attendees… and we’re proud and the folks who stepped up to help us out.
So, on behalf of the WasabiCon 2013 staff: THANK YOU to our 2013 sponsors. We’re thrilled to have you all on board for the ride!
In 2013, WasabiCon is expanding its programming to include a Tabletop Gaming presence during the event. Following our matra of “Geek Culture, Extra Spicy” – we’re reaching out to some of the hottest game companies out there and are proud to announce the support of Rio Grande Games.
In 1995, Jay Tummelson began working for Mayfair Games. At that time, Mayfair had begun to import German-style board games for sale, without doing any localization. Tummelson first suggested that they incorporate an English translation, and then that they completely localize the game for American audiences. Tummelson acquired the rights for Detroit/Cleveland Grand Prix, Manhattan, Modern Art, Streetcar, and The Settlers of Catan, which were published together in 1996.
One part of the localization process was to create original art and components. Tummelson thought that a better solution would be to use the same artwork and components as the originals and to share the cost of printing with the European publishers, as well. In 1998, he founded Rio Grande Games to take that approach.
Since then, Rio Grande Games has published over 350 games and has had a significant effect on board gaming in the United States.
The most popular of the games published by Rio Grande Games are Carcassonne, Puerto Rico, Dominion, Power Grid, Race for the Galaxy, Bohnanza, and Lost Cities. More recently, Rio Grande Games has begun publishing its own games and has even begun licensing its games to partners in other countries wanting to localize the games in their local languages. Thus, Race for the Galaxy will soon be seen in Chinese, Korean, and others, as well as its original English, French, and German.
Check ’em out online at www.riograndegames.com