For over a decade, John Gluth has been an avid lover of all things anime. In 2002, he found a home for his passion at Otakon.
Otakon is an annual anime convention that will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center from Friday through Sunday. As vice chair of the convention, Gluth, who lives in Fells Point, gets to see this three-day event unfold firsthand.
"I got involved because I wanted to help make it better," said Gluth, 28. "I love watching the cosplayers and seeing friends that I only get to see a few times a year."
Before the convention, Gluth talked to us about his favorite anime character, "Top Gear" and more.
Worst pet peeve? Lazy people.
What songs are you loving/hating right now? Loving "Come With Me Now" by Kongos. Hating "Happy" by Pharrell.
Your worst habit? Sleeping in.
Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Everything from the early '90s being popular again.
Last movie you liked and last you disliked? Liked "The Lego Movie." Disliked "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
TV shows you can't get enough of? "Top Gear." I've watched the entire [series] three or four times.
Favorite and least favorite fashion statement? Favorite: goofy graphic T-shirts. Least favorite: plastic '80s-style glasses.
Last great meal you had? At Iron Age in Rockville.
Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? Outback in Canton.
Best advice you ever got? "Do what makes you happy."
Favorite anime character? Great Teacher Onizuka.
Advice you would give to an Otakon newbie? Drink lots of water and shower at least daily.
Your favorite thing about Baltimore? Dem Birds, hon! GO O'S! GO RAVENS!
AS TOLD TO ALEXA COTTMAN-ROBINSON