After having attempted to attend for two years, UMES Sequential Arts had a successful appearance at Katuscon! Katsucon is an epic anime/manga convention held annually in National Harbor, MD at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention center. It ran from February 17-19. The convention is wildly popular and competition for space in the Artist’s Alley is great. It’s the first convention of this sort attended by Brad Hudson and his animated troop of budding Sequential Artists. Normally, they attend largely western/American comic book conventions; however, meeting the demand and interests of the students, Hudson worked tirelessly to make arrangements and raise funds for this year’s Katsucon attendance. Students helped Hudson raise monies for the trip, but Hudson inevitably had to partially pay the students registration fees at the con. Nonetheless, students worked diligently at the event to promote the University and the department. They also sold their own works and made connections with other artists and professionals within the field. There were 12 students in attendance including James Baggett, Ikenna Umeh, Keith Elder, Nadja Nemeth, Joanna Webb, Jaron McDougal, Jamaal Peterman, Kelley Curry, Jared Murphy, Earnest Browning, Alycea Ginyard and Chris Perkins. Already, Hudson and his students are making plans and designing new displays for next year’s event. Stay tuned “true believers” for news about the upcoming summer convention circuit including appearences at Wizard World Philly, the Baltimore Comic-Con and the New York Comic-Con.