Anime fest provides a paradise for nerds

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If you take Anthrocon, the furry convention held Downtown each summer, subtract most of the fur suits and add young kids in anime costumes, you'd get Tekkoshocon.


At least that's how Jim Gogal, 35, a software engineer from Scott and president and CEO of Tekkoshocon, describes it.

This weekend at the Wyndham Grand hotel Downtown is the 10th annual Tekkoshocon, a pop culture conference for people who like all things Japanese -- music, video games, popular media and anime.

The word Tekkoshocon may be derived from the Japanese words for "steel mill," but in any language, the conference is heaven for nerds.

"It's basically a place for nerdy kids to come and hang out and be someplace safe and enjoy their fandom," Mr. Gogal said. He expects 5,000 people to attend.

The five-day convention started Wednesday night with an event at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont and continues through Sunday afternoon at the Wyndham.

The agenda this weekend includes "History of Anime and Manga," "So You Want to Make a Video Game" and "Anime Folklore." Musical acts include Mega Ran and Soundwitch.

The conference will be open from 9 a.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A weekend pass costs $50 and a pass for Sunday is $20. Information:

Kaitlynn Riely: or 412-263-1707.


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