Back in 2008 at Owens Community College, I was approached by our head of gaming, Aaron Auzins, about combining the efforts of three of the college’s clubs to host a Japanese culture convention. This was the spark which started Glass City Con. Almost a decade later, here we are at Glass City Con 7! Along the way, I’ve had the opportunity to work with more incredible people than I can count, folks who have given their sweat, tears, and even a little blood to put on the con. I want to take a moment to recognize the planning committee, without whom none of this would happen.

Amanda Cuprys approached us not long after we started planning our first convention. She was excited to run our Cosplay Department, but almost immediately jumped on Planning Committee and eventually Live Events duties and helped kick things into high gear. Andy Agin provided amazing personnel support, and keeps the con clock ticking like no one else. Samantha Wagoner joined us one month before our first year at the SeaGate Convention Centre, and has been a Guest Relations dynamo ever since! Aaron Auzins and his wife, Christina Auzins, have been around since the very beginning, and have been providing top-notching gaming over the years! It’s been
great, great privilege to work with these fine people.

These guys, among all the other wonderful folks I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years, have helped make Glass City Con one of the most incredible things I’ve ever been a part of, and an experience I’ll never forget!

And yet all things must end…

Glass City Con 7 will be the final convention this hard-working group and I will be operating. Running a convention is a tough gig, especially when balancing personal and professional lives. After seven Glass City Cons and four TAG Fests, we are taking a step back from the industry and pursuing other opportunities.

Don’t worry, Glass City Con fans! We’re currently in negations to pass on Glass City Con and TAG Fest to another organization so they can carry on Toledo’s anime and gaming events! Please check back here for any developments! BUF's Otaku Stop will still be in operation, so please stop by at your favorite con and say hi! And there’s no doubt the GCC crew will see you guys around the convention circuit, as well as those rascally Fuku Brothers and Sakura!

Thank you again to all the staff, guests, dealers, venue management, and especially the attendees for all of the years! It’s been an experience which carries more meaning than I can describe, and I’ll never forget it! See you, space cowboy!

Chris Zasada, Glass City Con CEO