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Saturday, July 2 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Your favorite reality television show has NOTHING on the compelling drama of Japanese animation fandom in the Sunshine State.  Join opinionated blogger and convention personality Tom Croom as he tells tales from over a decade of being an active bystander in Florida’s fan culture.

Learn how a small club at the University of Central Florida helped bring anime to VCRs across America.  Hear tales of things called “clubs” where people met in person before the Interwebz took over.  Discover the names of conventions that you’ve never heard of that tried to start in Florida because EVERYONE wanted to create their own!

This panel one long opinion peppered with random facts from a fandom’s past that makes for some great entertainment. Zaniness usually ensues.


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Tom Croom

CEO, Green Mustard Entertainment, Inc.
From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend. The legend of WasabiGuy: Defender of the Interwebz. A mighty robot, loved by good, feared by evil. As WasabiGuy’s legend grew, peace settled across the galaxy… | I started blogging using Livejournal back in 2003.  At that time, I was using it as a social tool for an anime club I started called Wasabi Anime.  My outspoken attitude towards fan conventions... Read More →

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Wasabi Anime

Started in 2001 as “Wasabi Anime”, Green Mustard Entertainment is a production company that designs, operates and promotes events for consumer focused media shows (aka “fan conventions”). While specializing in anime themed concepts, our experienced team of artists, designers, event managers and performers have developed entertainment for a number of nationally known conventions celebrating a variety... Read More →

Saturday July 2, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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