Don't have anything to this weekend? Love anime, manga and Japanese culture as much as I do? Then I've got the place for you: Otakon. Otakon is one of the only places in the world where anime and manga fans can just let loose.
Otakon is a convention for fans of East Asian pop culture. It runs from Friday, Aug. 8, to Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Baltimore Convention Center. It features anime (Japanese cartoons), manga (Japanese comics), music, film and other Asian media.
One event highlight is the Masquerade, a talent show where people dress up as their favorite anime or manga characters and act out skits, sing, fight, dance and do anything you can think of in several categories. Later, they're awarded prizes by a panel of judges.
This year's musicial line-up will consist of JAM Project, The UnderNeath, MarBell and DaizyStripper.
But don't think these events are just what you should go see. There are also many voice actors and celebrities who will be there as well. Among them is Peter Fernandez, who's more commonly known as the original voice of Speed Racer from the hit anime of the same name, as well as Kappei Yamaguchi, who does the Japanese voices for Inuyasha, Ranma 1 1/2 and the recently popular Light Yagami from "DeathNote."