This years special guest is Brandon Potter, who is best known for his roles in Black Cat, Aquarion, and FUNImations One Piece. This ADR direction whiz will be dropping knowledge about his voice acting career, so if youve ever dreamed of being animated yourself (and really, who hasnt?) you should stop by. Host Aaron Pabone will be cracking wise about otaku life, and Buffalo band Armcannon and nerdcore phenomenon Benjamin Bear will rock the house. Theres a Royal Linen Maid Café, where simpering waitresses will cater to your every PG-rated need, an anime theater where Batman: Gotham Knight will be screened on Blu Ray, and a hot game room hosted by Noobie Games where your sick Nintendo Wii Super Smash Bros skillz could win you cash prizes. And then theres the cosplay coliseum, where live action role playing goes to a whole nother level. How rabid is the cosplay scene at Yasumicon? It varies. Some people are just casual, you know... but some people really get into it, they like go to Joanns Fabrics and take months to create the perfect costume, says planning committee vice chairperson Claire Daniels, who predicts that the most popular characters this year will be from Bleach. The three-day fiesta kicks off with a dinner party (which costs seven bucks a person) and pre-registration at from 8 p.m. until midnight, at Florida International University's Graham Center and Library Auditorium (11200 SW 8th St., Miami). Admission is free, but parking costs two bucks. Visit www.yasumicon.com for all the event info you need.
Fri., Aug. 1; Sat., Aug. 2, 2008