Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Happy Soon-to-Be-Holidays! Today, I am bringing you the Convention Spotlight you’ve been waiting for!
Convention: Holiday Matsuri
Location: Orlando, FL
Hotel: Marriot World Center!
Yay! We are back to the awesome holiday themed convention in Orlando known as Holiday Matsuri! We enjoyed it last year and now we’re returning for a second year…I know we did one day back in 2013 in order to host The Blind Experience and that slightly counted but we went all three days last year. Anyways, this year will be huge because it is not only going to have a huge voice actor but it will be at the World Center this year!
If you haven’t been to the Marriot World Center in Orlando, it is the biggest hotel in the world! I am not kidding since I’ve been to Omni Expo when it first started two years back. This is the only hotel I seen a multi-leveled style building which not only you have the main part on one part of the hill but you have the convention center just adjacent to it down the hill. It seems like the Conquistador hotel over in Puerto Rico in my opinion. This place has not only a cafeteria but a snack bar too. I hope this can hold up everyone since the Caribe Royale which is down the road was overcrowded by the end of the weekend, especially with…
Guests: Have to mention these guys next since we are excited about them. We do have Indra Rojas coming back this year and if you haven’t met her, you should because she is a very nice person! We also have Café Peko Peko which is a very well-known maid café group that shows up at conventions and they will be doing events, which you can check the Holiday Matsuri website for that. We also have Todd Habercorn coming back to this convention as one of the voice actors. If you missed our interview with him last year, I will link our interview with him in this post so you can see what we done last year!
Next, we have Mary Elizabeth McGlynn! Yay! She is coming for an Orlando convention and you can hear her in such anime like Naruto, .hack, Digimon, and more! I will also link our interview with her from MetroCon 2014 in this post for you guys who have missed that when we done our press job for them. I am also wondering how is she feeling about the live-action Ghost in the Shell movie coming out? Would be a nice question for this year’s convention?
Now to the really big name! ::drum roll:: We are happy to announce that Steven J. Blum will be a guest at Holiday Matsuri 2016! If you don’t know this name then look it up! He is the biggest name in voice acting, he has been in many anime and video games like Naruto, Gurren Lagan, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, and so much more! He even did commercials for Taco Bell and 7 Eleven and does the voice of the robot Tom on Toonami for many years!
If you guys want a full list of guests and more information about events, you can go to http://holidaymatsuri.com/2016-guest-new/
Game Room: We can’t have a convention without the game room where a lot of people love to hang out in! Last year, the game room was huge and can imagine it having it even bigger! This year Nexus Gaming and Final Boss Gaming will be hosting and they will be featuring retro gaming systems and the usual gaming systems like the Wii-U and PS4, arcade machines, tournaments, DDR, and even more! Hoping there is the Rock Band stage again this year!
Well, that is it for this post! You can visit that link for more information hotel, the guests, events, and so much more! Stay tuned for my last minute convention info post on Holiday Matsuri next month! Oh forgot, the dates for this year are December 16th-18th! You can still get your tickets through Event Bright on the Registration page and book your room!
Also, don’t forget to click on our itnerviews with Todd Habercorn from last year’s Holiday Matsuri and our interview with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn from MetroCon 2014!
What is next? Maybe I should get back to cosplay and do a special for Holiday Matsuri by giving pointers on making a holiday themed version of a cosplay since we’re heading into the holiday season!
Also, don’t forget about my book: The Blind Perspective: Convention Stories from the Dark which you can read a story that has Steven Blum and of course, there is one with Holiday Matsuri itself. Check it out on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!