Saboten Con

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Saboten Con
Saboten Con Mascot.png
Status Active
Venue Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
Location(s) Phoenix, Arizona
Country United States
Inaugurated 2008
Attendance 4,002 in 2013

Saboten Con is an American anime convention held in Phoenix, Arizona and organized by Monkey Paw Entertainment. The convention is held on labor day weekend and lasts for 4 days (Fri-Mon). It is currently hosted at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. Saboten Con is the largest anime convention in Arizona with attendance reaching 5,137[1] for the 2014 event.

Saboten Con gains its name by combining the Japanese name for Cactus "Saboten" and adding the word "con" for convention at the end. The cactus helps reference the conventions roots in Arizona which is home to many species of cactus.

Saboten Con was awarded the "Best Anime Convention - 2010" by the Phoenix New Times, which recognized its growth in Arizona as well as it ability to bring in big named guests from the Anime and Manga industries.[2]


Saboten Con features events including concerts, artist's alley, a masquerade, J-Fashion Show, Lolita Tea Party, AMV contest, swap meet("Otaku Closet"), karaoke, video gaming, table top gaming, raves("SaboLight" and "SaboDark"). There is also a wide variety of panles from the Anime, Manga, Gaming, and Japanese Culture genres.

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
May 24–26, 2008 Crowne Plaza Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona
Adella, Mara Aum, Greg Ayres, Laura Bailey, Katie Bair, Jodon Bellofatto, Johnny Yong Bosch, Erica Reis, Christophe Tang, and Armand Villavert Jr.[3]
October 30 - November 1, 2009 Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa
Mesa, Arizona
Mara Aum, Steve Blum, David Doub, Yaya Han, Jolene Houser, Chuck Huber, Kitsune Robot, M. Alice LeGrow, Vic Mignogna, Toybox, and Armand Villavert Jr.[4]
October 1–3, 2010 Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
Phoenix, Arizona
Mara Aum, Colleen Clinkenbeard, David Doub, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Yaya Han, Kyle Hebert, Jolene Houser, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Victoria Paege, SunaCosu, Christophe Tang, and Armand Villavert Jr.[5]
September 30 - October 2, 2011[6] Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
Phoenix, Arizona
2,730[7] Katie Bair, The Black Crystals, Rob Blatt, Johnny Yong Bosch, David Doub, Eyeshine, Yaya Han, Jolene Houser, Kairu, Kazha, Kitcho Daiko, Reuben Langdon, Sam Riegel, Sean Schemmel, Christophe Tang, and Armand Villavert Jr.[7]
September 1–3, 2012[8][9] Renaissance Glendale
Glendale, Arizona
3,432[10] Troy Baker, David Doub, Richard Epcar, Jolene Houser, Kazha, Phil LaMarr, Linda Le, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Kevin McKeever, PikminLink, Ellyn Stern, Christophe Tang, Armand Villavert Jr., and Akira Yamaoka.[8][11][12]
August 31 - September 2, 2013 Renaissance Glendale
Glendale, Arizona
4,002[13] Laura Bailey, Frances Delgado, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Jolene Houser, Kazha, Aimee Lee Lucas, Maridah, Ryan McMurry, Yuko Miyamura, Steve "Warky" Nunez, Nylon Pink, James Perry II, PikminLink, Joe Romersa, Spike Spencer, John Swasey, Christophe Tang, Armand Villavert Jr., Travis Willingham, Amanda Winn-Lee, and Eryn Woods.[13]
August 29 - September 1, 2014 Renaissance Glendale
Glendale, Arizona
5,137[1] Robert Axelrod, D.C. Douglas, Electric Lady, Alodia Gosiengfiao, Jolene Houser, Kazha, Lauren Landa, Living Ichigo, Ryan McMurry, Moon Stream, Giada Pancaccini, James Perry II, Derek Stephen Prince, Iruma Rioka, Ian Sinclair, Christophe Tang, Alexis Tipton, and Armand Villavert Jr.[14]
September 4-7, 2015[15] Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
Phoenix, Arizona


  1. ^ a b "Saboten Con 2014 - American Anime Convention". Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  2. ^ "Best Anime Convention - 2010". Retrieved 2011-02-14. 
  3. ^ "Saboten Con 2008 Information". Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  4. ^ "Saboten Con 2009 Information". Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  5. ^ "Saboten Con 2010 Information". Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  6. ^ "Turning Japanese". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  7. ^ a b "Saboten Con 2011 Information". Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  8. ^ a b "Saboten Con 2012 Information". Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  9. ^ "OH!Victoria - "The Battle of Saboten Con 2012"!". Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  10. ^ "Saboten Con 2012 Review". Retrieved 2012-09-012.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  11. ^ "Saboten Con 2012 Welcomes Cosplay Guests Pikman Link, Vampy Bit Me, and Chris Tang". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  12. ^ "Silent Hill Composer Yamaoka to Attend Phoenix's Saboten Con". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2012-05-24. 
  13. ^ a b "Saboten Con 2013 Information". Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  14. ^ "Saboten Con 2014 Information". Retrieved 2014-08-27. 
  15. ^ "Saboten Con 2015 Information". Retrieved 2014-09-17. 

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Coordinates: 33°31′53.8″N 112°15′48″W / 33.531611°N 112.26333°W / 33.531611; -112.26333