Land of the Rising Fun

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to retreat back to all of the hobbies and habits that would be too hard to explain to those not-with-it relatives. The aptly named Taiyou Con hits the Valley of the Sun on Friday, January 4, to gather Japanese pop culture fans who likely had to suppress their otaku ways at family gatherings.

Whether you have a yen for anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comics), cosplay (elaborate, homemade costumes for role-playing and fun), or gaming, Taiyou Con has all your geek leanings covered. Special guests include master cosplayer Maridah, the voice of Dragonball Z’s Krillin Sonny Strait, and San Diego video game rockers Kirby’s Dream Band.

Jan. 4-6, 9:30 a.m., 2013
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Jose Gonzalez