GATO Con is an anime and gaming convention that started last year at Texas A&M University--Kingsville. It was created in combination by the Gamerz Elite and Otaku Anime clubs in order to raise profits and have a local convention so students did not have to drive anywhere for the experience.
Last year's convention was a success and this year they expect even more participants and more excitement. They got the entire Student Union Building (SUB) booked and nearly every room on the second floor and some on the first floor are filled with events. Last year there was an entire room dedicated to games, one with magic and warhammer, and one for vendors. There were other event rooms that had different things occurring every hour or two. It was a fun time and a great first year for the event.
This year they are extending the convention by one day--starting on Friday and ending on Sunday. This means that there will be more events and more fun to be had! It also means that the price for a full event pass will be slightly increased from last year. It will now cost $30 to get a 3-day pass. According to the preregistration it is $10 for a single day pass on any day. If you want to get a ticket for just that day though then it will be $15 on Friday and Saturday, while still only $10 on Sunday.
We will have more events than before. Tournaments that include Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Tekken, Marvel Versus Capcom, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 2, League of Legends, Warhammer, Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon TGC, and many more! There are also games such as Ninja (a type of tag), anime and video game trivia, and scavenger hunts. There is also a drawing at the end where you can possibly win many great prizes. Last year they gave away a bluray player, iPod nano, and many other things I cannot remember.
So let me leave with this: It is new but is growing fast. Get in now while the prices are still cheap. If you are a vendor then contact the people at the website and they will hook you up nicely. If you are unsure about going check out the website and just see what it is about. Possibly you'll convince yourself to go--which you should.