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MTAC Devils Dozen coming to downtown Nashville

by Cass Teague

Lee “Fev” Camara

MTAC Devil’s Dozen celebrates the occult and the supernatural in anime, manga and Japanese popular culture, not to mention all the great guests, music, events, panels, cosplay and contests attendees have come to expect. You can expect something wicked at MTAC in 2013. MTAC Devil’s Dozen (playing off of “baker’s dozen”, the number 13) runs Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31, 2013 at the Nashville Convention Center and Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

MTAC (the Middle Tennessee Anime Convention) is an annual convention that produces events related to Anime, Manga, and relevant Popular Arts, providing enthusiasts and the public at large with a forum for patronage and education thereof. Established in 1999, MTAC has been steadily growing annual event based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Major Events at MTAC Devils Dozen will include a Cosplay Contest, Ramen Eating Contest, Rave, Bebop Bar Crawl, Lolita Tea Party, Risque Cosplay Contest, J-Fashion Show, MTAC’s Got Talent. Notable Affiliated Charitable Organizations and Non-Profits include American Red Cross, Autism Society of Middle TN, Book ‘Em, Diva: Defined, Global Education Center, Half Light Theatre, Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Locks of Love, National Marrow Donor Registry, Operation Anime Storm, People Loving Nashville, Planned Parenthood of Middle and East TN, Tennessee Rehabilitation Center, and Tiny Timmy/Timmy Stones.

Joining the convention’s guest line-up are Chris Cason (Gluttony from “Fullmetal Alchemist”, Tien and Mr. Popo from “Dragonball Z”), Jamie Marchi (Panty from “Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt”), Brittney Karbowski (Black Star from “Soul Eater”), and the returning Symphonic Anime Orchestra.

MTAC is excited to return to the Nashville Convention Center and Renaissance Nashville Hotel after 2012’s successful MTAC Omega, which was the largest MTAC yet with 7,200 in attendance. The convention will be utilizing even more of the convention center and hotel’s space in 2013 for an even larger expected attendance.

The big events are hosted by MTAC and their featured guests. Congoers compete at the highest level in AMVs, Cosplay, Trivia, and Ramen! Dance the nights away, and give to some charitable causes too! AMV Contest; Auction Lunch with Todd! Charity Auction; Cosplay Contest; MTAC Blood Drive; MTAC Jeopardy; Grand Galloping Gala (My Little Pony); Guest Q&As and Autograph Sessions; Haber-plugged; Japanese Fashion Shows (SIXH show and Lolita show); Movie Panel; Ramen Eating Contest; Rave: Live from Hell (Featuring Pinn Panelle, DJ Debonair, and DJ Initial P]; Show and Tell with Todd; and the Voice Actor Extravaganza.

MTAC is presented by ArtsCubed, a Nashville-based not-for-profit corporation. The mission of ArtsCubed is to advance popular visual, performing and literary arts – along with related cultural experiences central to the lives of the community – through events, outreach, education and associated initiatives. ArtsCubed also presents MTAC’s sister event GMX – Geek Media Expo. ArtsCubed operates entirely on a volunteer basis.

Panels and events are organized into programming tracks: Adult Track, Analog-gaming Track, Art Track, Costuming Track, Culture Track, Digital-gaming Track, Music Track, Otaku Track, and Theme Track. For more complete information about MTAC Omega, go to the website: http://mtac.net

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