Senshi-Con, a smash with Alaskan geeks

Live action role playing, or LARP, enthusiasts show off their armor in front of their booth during the Senshi-Con event at the Egan Center Sept. 28-29. Photo by Sam Gonzoles.

Live action role playing, or LARP, enthusiasts show off their armor in front of their booth during the Senshi-Con event at the Egan Center Sept. 28-29. Photo by Sam Gonzoles.

The mornings of Sept. 28 and 29, 5th Avenue drivers were treated to something of a shock. Geeks in costume lined up these mornings to attend Senshi-Con, Alaska’s oldest and most reputable anime convention and nerd mecca.

Senshi-Con had its humble beginnings in 2005. It was hosted in West Anchorage High School’s cafeteria by the school’s anime club.

Since that first year, the event was held in UAA’s own Student Union, where it remained and hosted famous guests, such as voice actresses Caitlin Glass and Laura Bailey.

Now the event has expanded to a new, even bigger venue: the Egan Center, where it hosted its largest audience yet. Over 1,500 people attended.

This year saw more special guests hit Anchorage: Katie Diedrich, designer of the webcomic “Awkward Zombie,” and Chuck Huber, a popular voice actor famous in the anime community for his roles in “Soul Eater” and “Hetalia Axis Powers.”

“I’ll do this for as long as I can. I will always do conventions,” Huber said during a panel. “This is too much fun, and you guys are way too cool for me to stop doing it.”

The convention holds many opportunities for Alaska’s geek culture. For example, it allowed vendors to display and sell art and other wares. Other events held at the convention included video game tournaments, cosplay contests, a talent show and a dance.

The organizers are enthralled about the popularity of the event.

“It’s about everyone that likes the same genre coming together and being accepted and networking,” said director Braxton Bundick in an interview with the Anchorage Daily News. “It used to be looked down upon, but it’s this amazing thing where nerds are the great thing.”

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