Super Anime Fest is inviting the surrounding area to its first-ever Amarillo Super Mini-Con, to be held Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Regency Room inside the Amarillo Civic Center Complex, located at 401 S. Buchanan St.
The mini-con will host approximately 60 booths, including cosplay contests, guest panelists, and 30 vendors selling a variety of items such as Funko Pops, cards, comic books, collectibles and more. The booths range from all areas of interest, including sports, anime, handmade crafts, comics and sci-fi.
“We try to keep it as affordable as possible just so that everyone has the opportunity to attend and enjoy, so ticket pricing is $10, and we tried to include a variety of vendors. Hopefully there will be something for everyone,” said Geoff Cupit, owner of Super Anime Fest.
The cosplay contests will include both expert and beginner’s cosplay competitions for adults held Saturday, as well as a kids’ cosplay contest on Sunday. Each of the contests will be judged by guest panelists. Individuals placing within the top 10 for each bracket will receive a prize.
Guest panelists to be featured at the mini convention will include actress Vanessa Angel, best known for her role in films “Kingpin” and “Weird Science”; voice actors Kyle Hebert, Kent Williams, and Chuck Huber, each commonly recognized for their roles in animes “Dragon Ball Z” and “My Hero Academia”; and Jeremy Inman, also commonly known for his role in “Dragon Ball Z.”
“This will be our first Super Mini-Con in Amarillo. We have shows in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Northern Texas including Wichita Falls. … We were inspired to host a con in Amarillo due to the lack of shows that we see in the area, especially with how big the city is. I know that Amarillo has two pretty big shows annually, but we wanted to offer a little bit more to the con community,” Cupit said.
According to Cupit, Amarillo was brought to its attention by Steve Bybee, local owner of S&S Sports Cards located at 4006B S. Washington St., who reached out to Cupit about the potential community interest in the area.
“I’ve been in sports cards for 38 years, and we used to have card shows pretty often here in Amarillo, probably about four or five a year, but I noticed that the last 10 years or so we haven’t had one. I know that mini-cons and conventions are popular right now, and I have worked with them (Super Anime Fest) for a while and felt that this could be a win-win opportunity for the community,” Bybee said.
According to Cupit, he has seen a lot of community engagement in the mini-con and actually had to turn away a few vendors due to limited spacing. The owner also said that considering the engagement, they are planning to return to Amarillo and host multiple cons in the upcoming year.
Tickets can be bought in advance or in person at the door the day of the mini-con. Advance ticket pricing is $8 per adult and $5 per child, or $10 at the door the day of the convention. Each ticket includes a wristband that can be utilized for both days of the Super Mini-Con.
To purchase tickets in advance, go online to https://www.superanimefest.com/event-details/amarillo-super-mini-con .
For more information, follow the Amarillo Super Mini-Con on Facebook or visit them online at https://www.superanimefest.com/?fbclid=IwAR0WNT9YbpLx4VbPqZbM9pEkCMYcBncv2JISORlzvXgYUDzwT95ug4ffRJ8 .