Wasabi Con

WasabiCon is Wasabi Anime‘s convention for fans of cosplay, anime, gaming and pop culture. The events are designed to create an inclusive environment for fans to immerse themselves in the otaku culture and celebrate the energy and creativity that surrounds the fandom and everything “geek.” The two-day convention features celebrity guests, local artists, exhibitors, gaming, panels, contests and much more. Daytime programming and events are designed for all ages with content appropriate for adult attendees scheduled in the evening.

Tom Croom is the mastermind behind WasabiCon and its producing company Green Mustard Entertainment. Folio’s Rob Nicholson chatted with Croom via Zoom to discuss the convention and how it came about in the first place.

WasabiCon takes place Oct. 15-16 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. As of this writing, ticket sales have exceeded 10,000 (up from 7,000 in 2021) but are still available.

For more information, visit wasabicon.com/jax.

Watch the interview here!

About Rob Nicholson

Rob started his media career in the late 80’s working in the Press Office at the Georgia House of Representatives. From there, Rob segued in to Radio at The Voice of Georgia State University, WRAS Album 88.5 in Atlanta. In the early 90’s Rob was picked up by the Radio 2000 Group and became Program Director and later Vice President of Programming USA. In the late 90’s, while running 3 music-driven radio stations in Springfield, Missouri, Rob had the opportunity to put together and launch, Southwest Missouri’s Regional Periodical, 417 Magazine. A publication that is still in circulation today. After selling his interests in Radio 2000 in the early 2000’s, Rob returned to his hometown of Jacksonville Beach, Florida to be near family. For 10 years he worked with the Clear Channel Radio Stations: Planet Radio and KISS-FM. In 2010, Rob took a hiatus from radio and went in to concert promotion and event planning, while also running the now 30 year old Beaches Hospitality Network – the organization that is well known for bringing the Superbowl, 2004 to the beaches area. When presented with the opportunity to work with Folio Weekly Magazine, Rob said, “there was no way I could resist an opportunity to work with the local, independent news magazine in the city I’m from. I can’t wait to get to work every morning”. Rob currently resides in North Jax Beach with his brother, Rich and dog, Tonka.