Anime and horror fans were once again reunited at the 13th annual Realms Con held every year at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. With Realms Con being the longest-running convention in Corpus Christi, its arrival was expected, but nonetheless appreciated.
After withstanding the disaster of Hurricane Harvey and grieving for the lives lost at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, South Texas definitely needed a weekend of camaraderie and fun. This year’s Realms Con certainly brought the fun with its stupendous lineup of guests and entertainment, while additionally guaranteeing the safety of its attendees by beefing up security.
Similar to previous years, Realms Con 2017 had a running theme throughout its three-day weekend. This year’s theme was dedicated to Black Butler, an anime series about a boy who sells his soul to a demonic black-clad butler in order to avenge his parent’s death, while also solving crimes in Victorian-era London. The English cast from the anime series – Briana Palencia, Caitlin Glass, J. Michael Tatum, Luci Christian, and Todd Haberkorn – were present for a good old fashion Q&A panel, along with signing autographs for fans.
Power Ranger fans who enjoyed last year’s theme dedicated to their favorite Super Sentai show weren’t forgotten. Three iconic stars of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers were present at Realms Con: Karan Ashley (second Yellow Power Ranger), Steve Cardenas (second Red Power Ranger) and David Fielding (Zordon). All three took questions from fans about their experience on the show and their thoughts on its legacy. They also took a moment to promote their independent film, The Order, featuring themselves and their former Power Ranger co-stars.
There were also a slew of familiar faces at Realms Con 2017. Jonathan Joss, known to many as the voice of John Redcorn from King of the Hill, stopped by Saturday to chat with fans. Professional cosplayer Mika Nicole returned to Realms Con to show off her latest cosplay designs. Dark cabaret musician Aurelio Voltaire, or simply Voltaire to his fans, also returned and shared a wonderful personal story about how his love art helped him endure bullying at school and eventually paved the way for his musical career.
Stephanie Chateau, the founder of the Concept Galaxy entertainment group, shared her artist knowledge in a series of workshops dedicated to teaching illustration. Anime fans who dreamed of being an artist like their favorite Japanese creators were able to take their first steps to making their dreams come true, by learning how to illustrate a face, sketch out a figure model in seconds, and learn the basics of coloring.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an anime convention without anime merchandise to buy. Realms Con was not only well stocked with imported Japanese goodies, but also had its share of merchandise from homegrown franchises like Star Wars, Rick and Morty, and Steven Universe.
Below are a set of pictures taken from Realms Con 2017.