Photos: WasabiCon 2021

Author: Alexa Andino, Downtown Vision Marketing and Events Intern

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to WasabiCon 2021!

About the Event: WasabiCon is a 2-day convention and is Jacksonville, Florida’s largest pop culture event for fans of cosplay, anime, gaming, and everything “geek”. The convention took place at the lovely Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center on October 17-18, 2021.

Jacksonville really showed up to this event! WasabiCon’s creator, Tom Croom, announced to the crowd of attendees on Saturday morning of the event that they were all sold out of tickets and asked for patience due to the record numbers of attendees. The WasabiCon team was blown away by the large turnout, which additionally brought business to local parking lots/garages, Downtown hotels, and places to eat around the convention center. Everyone was respectful to one another and grateful to be back in the convention scene and that attitude shined throughout both days of this event!

The founder of WasabiCon announced a plan to add a third location for this popular convention, in addition to the events in Seattle, WA, and Jacksonville, FL.

We are so lucky to have this con here in #DTJax and it’s super exciting that they are looking to expand!

Tom Croom, founder of WasabiCon, with a crowd happy to be back at a convention.

Everyone loved the convention center and how beautiful it looks inside and out, perfect for pictures in cosplay. What made it even better are the remnants of the building’s history as a railroad hub which allowed amazing pictures for those fans of the movie Demon Slayer: Mugen Train.

Attendees in the convention center. The convention center has such a unique design that makes it stand out amongst other ones in our state!

WasabiCon created a convention that felt small and intimate, where the guests can take their time to talk to their fans and get great selfies, but also the big convention feel with famous guests, lots of panels, and an exhibitor hall packed with creativity and art to purchase.

Here is a look at some of the wonderful vendors and artists that participated!

Handcrafted low-key anime inspired jewelry by Sopeb Beads, whose first convention was WasabiCon!
Lumikha Design Co. has incredibly detailed art on rice paper!
StegoCat is an illustrator specializing in all things cute!
DeLa Dolls Stuff‘s creations are inspired by gaming, internet culture, and anime.

Highlights from WasabiCon

WasabiCon offered panels that had something for everyone from watching anime together, dance battles, cosplay lip syncs, improv sessions, Q&A panels with voice actors, and informational panels such as how to self-publish a book or tips on cosplaying.

Demon Slayer: Mugen Train Panel
Q&A Panel with Mark Whitten.

The photo below is anime coming to life. For those who do not know, a majority of those in the picture are cosplaying from an anime called Haikyu!! which is all about volleyball. The spacious field outside of the convention center let this group of people have fun with great views of #DTJax!

This field is also where the anime car show took place! This let everyone get a taste of the gorgeous weather we had this past weekend.

Zach Aguilar, voice actor for Tanjiro, posing with a Demon Slayer car in the car show (Source).

Of course, the cosplays were a highlight of the con. So many people dressed up and put in so much effort for WasabiCon! Probably one of the most fun things to do at the con was people watch and admire all of the cosplays.

Genshin Impact cosplayers (Source).


This was, personally, my first time at WasabiCon and will definitely not be my last! If you missed out, be sure to mark your calendars and attend next year’s convention!