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RIT on TV News: Tora-Con

YNN reports on a colorful conference featuring the art of 'anime' that is hosted annually by Rochester Institute of Technology. Anime, the Japanese-style of animation, is taking the RIT campus by storm this weekend. It's the 6th annual Tora-Con Convention, raising money for the club and bringing the characters to life. "We go dress up as characters that we love and go have fun, said Anime fan Tiana Adams-Hawkins. It's like acting, but you aren't getting paid for it. You're actually paying for it because you have to get your own costume." Two years ago, Tora-Con saw 600 people participating. This year, 2,500 people registered, and that's only because they had to stop registration because of capacity. I think we hit a very comfortable [number] right now, but it's up to next years convention staff whether they want to go for 5,000, said Convention Chair Mike Calarco. Valerie Tatro is one of 14 vendors selling merchandise at the convention. This is Tatros second year making the seven-hour trip from Vermont, which is something she says she enjoys. "It's a good convention, said Tatro. It's fun and the fans are good; they are good to us. We want to be out here and be good to them." This convention is more than just dress up. It allows Anime fans to check out the latest merchandise and meet new people. "It just allows us all to mix and mingle and show off what we can do with our sewing skills, or meet friends and make some new friends," said Anime Club member Jennifer Gillette. The two-day convention concludes Sunday on the RIT campus.
Date Added: April 27th, 2010

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