St. Pete Comic Con organizer focuses on anime and manga | Business Observer

Dewey Caruthers, the ambassador of nerd culture who brought St. Petersburg his own Comic Con earlier this year, is back with Anime St. Pete, a two-day celebration of Japanese cartoons, known as anime. anime, and comics, usually referred to as manga.

Scheduled for September 17-18 at the Coliseum in downtown St. Pete, the event will feature appearances by six voice actors from popular anime shows, panel discussions, cosplay contests, a contest lip-sync, a TikTok film festival and a Kpop (Korean pop music dance showcase) and Jpop (Japanese pop music). Some events will take place at the nearby Sunshine Center, and some require pre-registration. See the full event schedule, at https://animestpete.floridacomiccons.com/schedule, for details.

“We were already planning to do [Anime St. Pete]says Caruthers. “But we sold 3,500 tickets to St. Pete Comic Con, which made us even more excited to do it. We want to put St. Pete on the map with conventions. St. Pete deserves it.

According to Caruthers, most other major cities in Florida, and even some smaller ones, like Ocala and Fort Myers, have anime conventions. Based on the number of ticket pre-sales and vendor booths, demand is strong.

“Vendor booths sold out months ago,” Caruthers says, adding that booths cost between $225 and $375, depending on location, “and we’ve already exceeded the ticket sales we thought we’d have at that time. We are well.

Tickets are $25 for a single day or $40 for the whole weekend, if purchased in advance. Prices go up to $30 and $45, however, a few days before the show.

Caruthers pays Anime St. Pete’s entire bill, without the help of other investors. “When you say it like that, it makes me nervous,” he laughs. But based on the success of St. Pete Comic Con, which he also funded himself, he shouldn’t be.

“We also do other counters,” Caruthers says. “We’ll be hosting a holiday cosplay event at the Tampa Convention Center, and we’ll have an announcement for another convention to be held in St. Pete in April, but we’re not ready to announce the convention’s name or genre. .