Meet Your Animaker

You've been collecting for years: You've got all the Voltron figures, including the metal kind they made before the toy companies switched to safety-conscious plastic. And your stash of Speed Racer comics is nearly complete — all you need is a couple issues of the original Mach GoGoGo manga and you're set. But what you really need is an outlet where you can let your love for anime shine. Well, you're in luck, Racer X. Because the three-day anime convention Mizu Con is crash landing in Miami today.

Got an unquenchable thirst for cosplay? Mizu Con's got costume contests where you'll not only get to dress up like your favorite characters from Neon Genesis Evangelion, among other shows, but perform scenes and sing the theme songs too. And if you're an aspiring anime artist, Mizu Con's Artist Alley is the perfect place to hock your wares or just brush up on your skills. There's also a video room with movies and shows playing throughout the Con, a game room where you can kick butt via controller, industry panels and appearances with vets like voice actor Vic Mignogna from Full Metal Alchemist, and much more. And don't forget the dealer's room, where you might find that odd piece of merch to complete your collection — no matter how specialized it is.

The Con starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hyatt Regency, 400 SE Second Ave. in Miami. Tickets run from $25 for a single visit to $45 for a three-day pass. Call 305-358-1234, or visit
Dec. 27-29, 10 a.m., 2008