Thousands Flock to SacAnime

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Thousands of people participated in a non-traditional way to start off the new year.

Comic and anime fans gathered at the Sacramento Convention Center and the Sheraton Grand Hotel for this year’s SacAnime.

SacAnime started out as a niche convention in 1986.

Now, thousands of anime lovers unite twice a year to share their love for the art.

Many appeared in their handmade costumes. Others came to shop for special merchandise.

Others came to meet their favorite A-list celebrities.

Some of this year’s headliners include Steve Cardenas, the original Red Ranger from the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, Irene Bedard, the voice of Pocahontas from Disney’s Pocahontas, and Charles Martinet, the voice of Mario from Super Mario Brothers.

“The best part of Cosplaying is getting to meet all these people who are interested in the same stuff as you, and also, if you find something that is in a character that reflects something inside of you, then you can showcase it to everyone, and it is really special,” cosplayer Tiffany Rizzo said.

Melissa Pagluica is an exhibitor from Sacramento. She now works at an artist in the Bay Area. She said she used to be a SacAnime attendee for many years and is excited to now be able to share her own artwork in her hometown convention.

“It’s exciting to be behind the table because you really get to response to your artwork, because you’re putting it out there and you don’t know how people are going to respond and so it’s been exciting,” Pagluica said.

Tickets are still available for Sac Anime.

  • Friday Only: $30.00
  • Saturday Only: $40.00
  • Sunday Only: $25.00
  • Sunday Exhibitor Room Only: $15.00 – (Not eligible for Free Autograph Sessions.)
  • Full Weekend: $45.00

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