I first attended the Greater Cincinnati Area’s premiere anime convention, Sugoicon, way back in 2001, then returned in 2002 with a table at Artists Alley showing off my Rebus and Angel Moxie work. In the meantime, I made friends with the organizers (it helped that some of them were fans) and eventually was invited as a Special Guest, and have been invited back every year ever since.
I love doing artwork for them. Their character, Sugoi, is very flexible. All they require is green hair, a horn in the middle of her forehead, and tiger stripes somewhere on her person.