Photos: Anime convention showcases local creativity

A group of cosplayers share a laugh at Saboten Con in the Sheraton in Phoenix, Ariz. on Sept. 1, 2019. (Meg Potter/DD)

At Phoenix’s annual anime convention, you’ll stand out more if you’re not in costume. Saboten Con, whose name derives from the Japanese word for cactus, has been a feature of downtown Phoenix since 2008. For the past several years, its Labor Day weekend attendance has topped 10,000.

Saboten Con attendees take the escalator to the first floor of the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, Ariz. on Sept. 1, 2019. (Meg Potter/DD)
People do K-pop dances during the annual Saboten Con at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Saturday, August 31, 2019. (Nicole Neri/DD)
Cosplayers sit at the bar in the lobby during the annual Saboten Con at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Saturday, August 31, 2019. (Nicole Neri/DD)
Cosplayers look at merchandise during the annual Saboten Con at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Saturday, August 31, 2019. (Nicole Neri/DD)
Two attendees play Unstable Unicorns at Saboten Con in the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, Ariz. on Sept. 1, 2019. (Meg Potter/DD)
Aubreeana Adams, dressed as Goddess Madoka, takes a brief break from the activities at Saboten Con in the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, Ariz. on Sept. 1, 2019. (Meg Potter/DD)
Cosplayers outside of the Sheraton during the annual Saboten Con at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Saturday, August 31, 2019. (Nicole Neri/DD)
Saboten Con takes place in the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Phoenix. (Noah Rowe/DD)
A young girl watches people dance during the annual Saboten Con at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix Saturday, August 31, 2019. (Nicole Neri/DD)

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