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 K-pop (Korean pop music) and J-pop (Japanese pop music) dance showcase. Some events will take place at the nearby Sunshine Center, and some require pre-registration. To see the full calendar of eventsat AnimeStPete.FloridaComicCons.com/schedulefor more details.
“We had already planned 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,” says Caruthers, adding that booths cost between $225 and $375, depending on location. “And we have already exceeded the ticket sales that we thought we had 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 covers all of Anime St. Pete’s costs, 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 are going to make a holiday cosplay event at the Tampa Convention Center, and we’ll have an announcement for another con to be held in St. Pete in April, but we’re not ready to announce the name of the con or the genre.