Previewing A-Kon 24 from A to Z

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Catherine Downes
A-Kon, the annual summer convention catering to Dallas' anime, Asian-culture and geek aficionados, will be returning for its 24th year this weekend at the Hilton Anatole.

As with Dallas Comic Con, we have compiled a A-to-Z guide to all things A-Kon to give a rundown of the festivities, events and sights for those in and out of the fandom alike.

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The Costumed Fans at A-Kon 2012

Anime and Anime Accessories
For those who don't know Akira from Dragon Ball Z, anime is animation from Japan. You know, the cartoons where the characters have the giant eyes and tiny mouths? Those who need to catch up can retreat to the multiple viewing rooms to watch a plethora of shows, ranging from news releases to old-school classics, throughout the entire weekend.

Blowing Away the (Virtual) Competition
A-Kon isn't just for anime fans. Where would it be without its annual gaming tournaments? Be sure to check out the competition for Call of Duty, Street Fighter and other tournament staples on site.

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Cosplay Shows and Contests
So you've been slaving over the sewing machine for the last six months for your costume and are wanna show off? Show that your Goku is better than all the other Goku costumes at the cosplay contest on Saturday, starting at 8 p.m. Be sure to sign up in advance.

Dealers In All Geeky Goods
A-Kon's dealer room has always been a vast sea of geeky goods at (somewhat) reasonable prices. Be sure to bring plenty of cash to buy that limited Japanese-only release of that figurine you've had your eye on.

Exist Trace Concert
Japan always has interesting takes on things from the West. Take musical guest Exist Trace and their take on death metal. The all-female visual kei band will be performing Friday night.

FANS Conference
It turns out that someone out there may have figured out what makes fanboys (and girls) tick after all these long years. New this year, the FANS conference is a series of academic discussions on fandoms and new media. Keynotes will be given by fandom expert and author Helen McCarthy.

Giving Back
The Anime Military Association will be fundraising throughout the convention weekend. Proceeds to the group help fund events and supplies for anime fans enlisted in all branches of military service.

Hilton Anatole
A-Kon has grown over the last 24 years, and the Sheraton was starting to feel a bit cramped. This year, A-Kon has moved into swankier digs as they have make the transition into the 350,000-square-foot Hilton Anatole. Finally, a little breathing room away from the con funk.

For those night owls attending the convention, A-Kon has many events and screenings throughout the early morning hours if you're too geeked out to sleep. For late information, check out their full schedule, here.

J-horror and Japanese grindhouse
Ever since The Ring I haven't been able to watch a movie on my VCR out of fear of whatever eldritch horror might pop out at me. For fans of Japanese horror, A-Kon will be showing a marathon of Asia's best grindhouse horror movies starting at midnight on Friday.

Katie Tiedrich, Creator of Awkward Zombie
Have you ever played a video game and thought to yourself, "Self, how would any of this work in real life?" Katie Tiedrich has, and she wrote a webcomic about all the little things in gaming that just plain don't make sense in reality. No actual zombies were harmed in the creation of this panel.

Laughing at Your Inner Geek
It's all right to laugh at the little things that come with being a geek. Trust me, they are laughable. If you need proof, check out the late-night geek-comedy shows throughout the weekend.

Mignogna, Vic
Vic Mignogna is the voice behind Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist among other voice-acting roles he's done over the past decade. You'll either know him from that or from the screaming mob of fangirls (and boys) following behind him.

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