Tsubasacon is an annual convention currently held at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and Riverfront Ballroom and Conference Center. Historically, Tsubasacon started in 2004 and was held in Charleston, WV.
In 2006 Tsubasacon moved to it's current home in Huntington, WV and has grown in scale dramatically over it's 11 year tenure while still maintaining it's small hometown con charm. Popular large events include the Masquerade, Anime Music Video Contest, Concerts, Game Shows, and the Midnight Rave.
Tsubasacon is a three day fun-filled event that offers late-night dances, video programming, gaming rooms, and many informative guest and fan panels. Many of the attendees take advantage of the opportunity to cosplay at the convention, and there are many gatherings for fans of different anime and manga series.
In 2015 Tsubasacon is expanding into the arena as well as the convention center.
Kyle Hebert is a Los Angeles-based anime and video game voice actor whose credits include Wreck-It Ralph/Street Fighter (Ryu), Naruto (Kiba), Bleach (Aizen, Ganju), League of Legends (Ezreal, Jarvan, and Graves) and Gurren Lagann (Kamina). He is best known as the Narrator and Teen Gohan from the Funimation dub of Dragonball Z. Other fan faves include Blue Exorcist (Bon Suguro), Fire Emblem Awakening (Frederick, Validar), Fullmetal Alchemist (Vato Falman), Tales of Symphonia (Richter Abend) and Star Ocean (Dias, Arumat, Crow). Kyle can also be heard in numerous popular shows and games, such as Pokemon (Professor Oak in “Origins”), Digimon (Ballistamon and Dorulumon in “Fusion”), Sonic (Big the Cat in “Colors”), Final Fantasy (Nimbus in “Type-0”), World of Warcraft (Algalon the Observer in “Lich King”, Skylanders, Devil May Cry, Dynasty Warriors, Soul Calibur and Resident Evil. He is also the voice of filmmaker, Kevin Smith's Smodco Internet Radio and cohosts “The Big Bald Broadcast” geek news podcast for that network. For more info, visit http://www.kylehebert.com.
Keith Silverstein entered the world of voiceover by playing number of original characters for Chuck Jones’ Thomas Timberwolf series. Since then, he’s voiced Kirby O’Neil in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Captain Gantu in Disney's Stitch!, Mikoto Suoh in K, Masrur in Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Full Frontal in Gundam Unicorn, as well as Johan in the chilling series, Monster. In the video game world, Keith has worked on titles like Batman: Arkham Origins, Persona Q, Shin Megami Tensei IV, Tales of Xillia, Elder Scrolls Online and World of Warcraft, as well as his recurring roles as Zasalamel in Soul Calibur, Hunk in Resident Evil, Bash and Dino-Rang in the Skylanders series and Vector, The Crocodile in the Sonic, The Hedgehog games. Keith is, however, probably best known for his portrayal of Kimimaro on Naruto.
Charles Dunbar is a fan of many things, of which anime and Japanese culture are but one (admittedly large) sphere. After discovering the medium through Dragonball Z in high school, he spent his formative college years indulging in giant robots, Pokemon, JRPGs, and Rurouni Kenshin, never expecting his coursework in cultural anthropology to ever intersect with his burgeoning fandom identity. This was only the first of many instances when the Universe decided to troll him hardcore for his obliviousness. After spending years attending his local SF con, Charles began attending anime cons in earnest in 2007, bumping them up drastically while undertaking fieldwork for his MA in Anthropology, where he researched and wrote on fandom, convention culture, and the changing dynamic of anime fan practices.
Matthew Erickson is a Canadian voice actor. He was born and raised in rural Alberta, before moving to Vancouver to pursue an acting career. He has played several roles in anime, most notably “Trunks” in Dragonball GT, “Van Flyheight” in Zoids: Chaotic Century, “Yoshitaka Waya” in Hikaru no Go, “Shinn Asuka” in Gundam Seed Destiny and “Amuro Ray” in Zeta Gundam. Most recently, Matt provided the voice of “Harvey” in the new show Sabrina, Secrets of a Teenage Witch.
With our expansion into the arena we are hiring in several key departments, if you wish to staff please check out our Staff Application under applications.
If you would like to volunteer instead you can also find a volunteer application under applications as well!
Kazha is a rock band formed by Japanese singer/songwriter Kazuha Oda.
Kazuha Oda was born in Japan, and spent her childhood in Brazil and U.S.A.. She started out as a solo singer in Japan, and had worked with wide variety of performers including grammy winning pianist Bob James. She had worked on more than 20 records/projects in Japan until now.
In September 2009, Kazha released their first EP "Breathe Through Your Dreams" and toured Japan and Korea. With the release of their first album "Overture" in 2010, they made their first North America tour debuting at Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco, and went through 15,000 miles.
Our annual free to attend picnic! Tsubasacon will be cooking hotdogs and serving them up on buns with your favorite condiments.
We also have a Potluck Signup Sheet for you to bring a dish for others to enjoy (and to help beef up our food selection)!
We will also be selling water for 25 cents a bottle with proceeds going to our chosen charity (TBD).
Head over to our Facebook Event Page to RSVP and sign up for the potluck!
The Carolina Manga Library is a non-profit organization that sets up free libraries at conventions for all attendees to enjoy. They bring over 3000 manga, American graphic novels, webcomics, and novels for fans to enjoy.
By setting up a quiet place for people to relax at conventions, the Library seeks to promote literacy through the medium that they love.
Vitamin H Productions is the professional panelist group that has been sweeping the South. Founded in 2013 by Kidd “The Maniac” Bowyer and Ryan “Pathos” Prime and fueled by a love of all things geeky, Vitamin H aims to create the most memorable convention programming you've ever experienced (and give folks at cons who might not be into Q&As and cosplay something to actually DO besides sit in the game room and play Cards Against Humanity for hours on end).
Thanks to our expansion we are excited to announce the addition of Tokyo Attack to our game room this year!
In addition to 12 Japanese arcade machines they will also be running a DDR Tournament at 5:00 PM on Saturday.
The game room area is the place to be for everyone attending Tsubasacon and especially is a MUST if you love video games. Our free play area consists of consoles from the past like the SNES and the Genesis, all the way to the present with the Xbox 360 and PS3.
Not only this, we will have an area to accommodate all you handheld, gamers too! If you’re more of a competitive type, we host multiple tournaments every day for you to show your skill and prove you’re the best.
If you’re more of a spectator, we will also be having events throughout the day for you to enjoy and participate in.
Tsubasacon occurs annually in Huntington, West Virginia at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and Riverfront Ballroom and Conference Center. Huntington is located within three hours of the majority of West Virginia, Columbus, Cincinnati, Lexington, Louisville, and Christiansburg.
Tsubasacon is located within walking distance of Holiday Inn, Pullman Plaza, and Pullman Square where there are numerous dining options.