Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Role-Playing Encouraged Anime Lovers May Dress Up for Eville Con 2012

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Role-Playing Encouraged Anime Lovers May Dress Up for Eville Con 2012

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The seasons have seemed confused this year, but those people in costumes won't be celebrating Halloween at the Holiday Inn this weekend. The legions of costumed characters, some of them wearing furry ears and tails, others armed with swords, daggers and maybe even an ax or two, are suiting up for EvilleCon 2012, Evansville's third annual Japanese anime convention.

Attendance for the event, running Friday through Sunday at the Holiday Inn Evansville Airport hotel at 7101 U.S. 41 North, promises to reach its highest level yet, says Joey Stalker.

Stalker, a spokesperson for the event, expects 800 and hopes for 1,000 anime fans to turn out, many of them in costume and in character.

Evansville's celebration of anime and manga, Japanese animation and graphic novels, has grown each year since 2009, when about 350 people visited The Centre for the convention's inaugural year as a paid event.

"Last year we had about 600," Stalker said.

This year's EvilleCon will feature special guests, panels, demonstrations, vendors, music, dancing, karaoke, movies and contests.

The most popular draw, as always, will be cosplay, with costumed participants portraying characters from their favorite manga and anime titles.

Cosplayers will strut their duds, portray anime gameboard pieces in a life-size chess tournament, entertain in an EvillCons Got Talent show and engage in a mock, cosplay wedding of costumed characters.

Special guests will feature a pair of hard-core, award-winning cosplayers from Jefferson City, Mo., who really are married.

Their cosplay names are Ex-Shadow and Malinachan, but husband and wife Kyle and Malinda Mathis bill themselves as Synchro-Hearts when they appear together at anime and comic conventions around the country.

The couple, who met in church as children and came together romantically through their mutual love for making costumes and dressing up, are some of the best around, said Stalker. Kyle Mathis, 26, has a college degree in illustration and Malinda, 24, has a degree in animation. …

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