Less than a month away to Katsucon 2022, February 18-20, 2022, at the Gaylord Convention Center, National Harbor, MD. This is my first time attending Katsucon, and being a vendor in artist alley will be an interesting experience. There will be more than 200 vendors filling the hall, so it’s going to be hard to stand out in this sea of anime, comic books, movies, and TV. I’m hoping that being a new fantasy author with my unique books at this convention will be enough to attract attention.
Katsucon is an annual three-day anime convention held during February at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. It is traditionally held in February over Presidents Day weekend and was previously held in various locations around Virginia and Washington, D.C. The convention typically offers anime music video screenings, an art show, artist alley, charity auction, costume contests, cosplay chess, dealers room, game shows, formal ball, karaoke, a maid cafe, masquerade, musical performances, panels, rave, workshops, video gaming, and video screenings.
I will be selling and signing all of my novels: Forever Avalon, The Dark Tides, The Outlander War, and The Last Magus: A Clockwork Heart. You’ll find me in artist alley, #P16. In addition to my fantasy/steampunk books, I will have anime-themed pens, bookmarks, and tumblers, handmade by my daughter-in-law, through her own online business, SuMi Gifts.
I have always been a big fan of anime. I started watching anime as a child growing up in the 1960’s on UHF channels, shows like Speed Racer, Marine Boy, and Gigantor. In the 1970’s, it was Captain Harlock: Space Pirate, Star Blazers, and Galaxy Express 999. Anime has always been a part of my life, especially as a father. I raised my kids right, letting them watch Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Sailor Moon, Inyuyasha, and more. They didn’t really care for my “old time” anime (to be expected) but it was important for me to introduce the genre to them.
I hope that, if you are in the Washington, D.C., area, you’ll come out for Katsucon 2022. As a reminder, if you are planning to attend, there are COVID restrictions in place for the convention. You will be required to show proof of vaccination and masks are required inside the convention center. Check out the Katsucon COVID guidelines and policies for more information.
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Mark Piggott is an independent author of the Forever Avalon fantasy book series and other fantasy/steampunk novels and short stories. Forever Avalon is available for purchase as a paperback/ebook at Amazon and as an audiobook from Audible and iTunes. The Dark Tides: Book 2 of the Forever Avalon Series is available for purchase as a paperback/ebook from iUniverse Publishing and at Amazon, and other booksellers. The Outlander War, Book Three of the Forever Avalon series is available for purchase as a paperback/ebook from Austin Macauley Publishing, and at Amazon and other booksellers. His latest fantasy novel, The Last Magus: A Clockwork Heart is available through Lulu and other booksellers.
Get ready for the steampunk historical fiction, Corsair and the Sky Pirates, coming soon from Revolutionary Press; and The River of Souls novella, coming soon from Curious Corvid Publishing. The Prometheus Engine: Book 4 of the Forever Avalon Series and The Last Magus: Dragonfire and Steel are future installments of my current fantasy book series, coming soon.