RIT Anime Club Prepares for Two-Day Convention: Tora-Con 2011 April 16-17

Conference features impressive line-up of anime superstars

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The anime extravaganza Tora-Con 2011 will be held on campus April 16-17.

Most kids today are probably familiar with anime—the Japanese art form made popular by television shows like Dragon Ball Z, Naruto and Yu-Gi-Oh. However, the student-run Anime Club at Rochester Institute of Technology was formed to enlighten the community about the rich history and beauty of the art form as well as its place in Japanese culture.

To help further that education, the club hosts its annual Tora-Con anime convention 9 a.m.-2 a.m. April 16 and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. April 17 on the RIT campus. Admission is $30 for both days; $20 for Saturday only and $15 for Sunday only.

Convention guests scheduled to appear include Brina Palencia, an actress best known for her voice work on Summer Wars, Spice and Wolf and Hetalia. On camera, Palencia can be seen as the co-host for GameStop TV, as well as in the new hit horror Web series, Throwing Stones. She has also had guest spots on the national television series The Good Guys and Chase. Other guests scheduled to appear include comedian Uncle Yo, Chris Rager, Ellyn Stern and Chris Cason. All guest appearances are subject to studio responsibilities. In addition to guest appearances, the event will feature performances by Geek Comedy Tour, vendors, contests, Web comic artists and dancing.

For a complete schedule of Tora-Con 2011 events and a list of conference guests, go to toracon.rit.edu.