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May 22, 2008

News for Tsubasacon 2008:

Tsubasacon to host maid café

Cash Prices also to be Awarded at Costume Contest

HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA - May 21, 2008 - The popular cultural phenomena from Tokyo, Japan is making its way to Huntington, West Virginia as Tsubasacon, in cooperation with, announces plans to host the Neko Maid Café during its anime and manga convention scheduled for the last weekend of September at the Big Sandy Supercenter Arena. Tsubasacon also announces that it will offer cash prizes to winners of its costume contest.

Maid cafés are theme restaurants and pubs where service staff dress as elegant maids, or as butlers. Such cafés have quickly become a staple of Japanese fan culture in the Akihabara district of Tokyo, Japan. Compared with service at normal restaurants, the service at maid cafés involves the creation of a rather different atmosphere. The staff treats the customers as masters and mistresses in a private home rather than merely as café customers.

The Neko Maid Café will serve imported refreshments to convention attendees for four hours. The café's staff will also entertain patrons as the patrons enjoy their refreshments.

Tsubasacon will also be offering cash prices for winners of this year's costume contest. Referred to as cosplay, convention patrons dress as their favorite anime, manga, or video game character and can compete in several categories involving craftsmanship and skit performances.

"I'm really excited to be offering cash prizes this year to our masquerade contestants," said Mike Thompson, Chairman of Tsubasacon.

Tsubasacon will be holding its fifth annual convention from Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28 at the Riverfront Ballroom and Conference Center adjacent to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

ABOUT TSUBASACON, INC.: First established in 2004, Tsubasacon ( is West Virginia's first and only convention focusing on Japanese animation and comics, respectively know as "anime" and "manga". In early 2006, control of the convention was transferred from Charleston Anime and Manga Society, Inc. to Tsubasacon, Inc. Tsubasacon's goals are to promote anime and manga in West Virginia and to establish a social framework though which anime and manga fans can interact with each other.

ABOUT LIMEBARB.COM: ( is a custom costume and fashion company located in Chicago, Illinois. Owned and operated by Barb Staples, creates custom costumes for anime, video game, and comic book fans attending the hundreds of conventions across the United States. also hosts the Neko Maid Café (, a maid café that travels to multiple conventions across the United States.