Saboten Con is an oasis for me. Each year Monkey Paw Entertainment (the folks who run Saboten) bring in the best guests in anime, manga, comics, cosplay, voice acting and music! This year is no exception with 27+ guests attending the event!
One of the most exciting guests comes from Hong Kong. He’s a cross dressing, Pro-Wrestling, anime loving, heavy metal vocalists with a penchant for comedy. He’s the one and only Ladybeard! I’ve followed Ladybeard’s antics for some time and am ecstatic that he’s making his way to the U.S. for Saboten Con.
Sabo has an array of guests outside of the musical arena such as…
- Giada Robin
- Twiznik Cosplay
- Blue Crown Comics
- M Project
- Kaoru Hayano
- Tara Platt
- Eric Stuart
- AND SO MANY MORE!!!
There are also a slew of panels with specialized themes such as: anime, cosplay, gaming, J-Culture, music and the Sabo Academy. Here are a few of the panels that I have been invited to participate in this year (why yes, I will actually have a place where I have to stay put for more than a few seconds so you may actually be able to meet me woohoo!):
- Constructing Cosplay Weapons: Friday @5:30-6:30 PM
- Cosplay Armor 101: Friday @ 8:30-9:30 PM
- Anime of the 80’s, 90’s & 2000’s: Saturday @ 8:30-9:30 PM
- Pattern Making Demo: Monday @ 1-3:30PM
If you’re more of a shopper than you MUST visit the exhibitor hall. With over 50 exhibitors, 68 artists and 23,000 square feet this hall has an array of items from cosplay to prints. There is also an Otaku Closet Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening after 5:30 PM where local sellers offer there wares at discounted prices. The Otaku Closet is a GREAT place for someone who likes to haggle.
So WHEN and WHERE is this convention anyways? Saboten Con runs through the Labor Day weekend (September 2-5) at the Sheraton Hotel in Down Town Phoenix, Arizona. As this is a down town convention parking could be a problem…OR NOT! Monkey Paw Entertainment did something FANTASTIC this year. Since Phoenix changed their parking requirements in the down town area Sabo took account for this and secured an ENTIRE PARKING GARAGE where validated Saboten attendees get FREE PARKING ALL WEEKEND!!!!! For more about that please visit their announcement HERE.
Don’t miss out on an INCREDIBLE anime convention in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. Please visit http://www.sabotencon.com/memberships/index.html for membership information and prepare yourself for a wild ride!
Images obtained from saboten.com website.