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  • Monday, February 08, 2016
  • 12:00 pm PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - Cosplay Help: Craftsmanship Judging

    If you enter a cosplay competition at a con, you might sign up for craftsmanship judging. Elizabeth walks you through the process and lets you know what to expect.

  • Thursday, February 04, 2016
  • 9:00 am PST

    The Chibi Project posted a new episode

    The Chibi Project - Katniss vs. Fire

    The Girl on Fire has a reputation for sporting fiery outfits and outlasting the competition. It's time for one last Hunger Games.

  • Monday, February 01, 2016
  • 12:00 pm PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - LumaCon 2016 Report

    You've never heard of LumaCon and will probably never attend it, but Patrick explains why it's a wonderful idea in this FanCons.com Special Report.

  • 9:00 am PST

    FanCons.com posted a new article

    Respect your competition or it could backfire

    I went to an event recently and someone went around handing out small flyers for an upcoming nearby first-year convention. A while later, I was looking at it when a guy came up to me and told me that the guy running it was running a charity scam. He didn't give his name, but introduced himself as the organizer of another convention in the same town as that first-year con. He told me that the organizer of that con went to his con's Facebook page and sent invites to everyone on there. Then he walked off. I could barely get two words in. He clearly wasn't interested in discussion and only making sure everyone thought that new convention was some kind of scam.

    I'm sure neither the person giving me the flyer nor this competing convention's organizer knew who I was, so it's safe to assume this was happening to other people at the event as well. It's completely distasteful behavior.

    I've actually heard that this guy has made the "scam" allegation against the new con previously...but that sort of behavior of making baseless accusation's not going to win him any friends no matter if it's true or not. It's a lot like some of the mudslinging we see in political campaigns. Nobody will come out smelling like a rose. I've never been to the accuser's convention and his behavior ensured that it will likely be a long time before I set foot in his event.

    If this guy had any smarts, he'd welcome that new con to his town with open arms. They're not the same weekend as him. In fact, they're FIVE MONTHS earlier! That's more than enough time between the two events. He should be working with them and asking to do some cross-promotion. Advertise in their program, they can advertise in his. Offer to give them a promo table at his event if he can have one at theirs. If they work together, either convention's promotional efforts will also help the other convention in the end.

    Nobody has ever managed to shut any con down through badmouthing...

  • Monday, January 25, 2016
  • 12:00 pm PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - January 2016 Feedback

    Our first monthly feedback episode of 2016 features a lot of comments on the Ten Largest Anime Cons of 2015.

  • Tuesday, January 19, 2016
  • 9:00 am PST

    FanCons.com posted a new article

    YourMiniCon cancels six conventions

    YourMiniCon YourMiniCon has announced via Facebook that they have cancelled their conventions in Wisconsin, Georgia, California, Kentucky, Idaho, and Texas.

    YourMiniCon ran just one event in 2015 and announced that they would be holding anime, comic, video gaming, or "pop culture" events across the country throughout 2016. Their first event of the year was held in Connecticut last weekend. Their next event had been planned for Madison, Wisconsin on the first weekend of February. The guests scheduled for that convention, Kerrigan Mahan and Barbara Goodson, have agreed to appear at their Columbus, Ohio event instead.

    The co-owners of the event cite their small staff (two people), competing events on the same weekend, and winter weather in Wisconsin as reasons for the cancellation. Attendees, artists, and vendors at cancelled events are being offered refunds or space at the Ohio event.

    At one time, YourMiniCon had also considered a July show in Seattle, Washington and California shows in both San Diego in October and Oakland in November. (Only the Oakland...

  • Monday, January 18, 2016
  • 12:00 pm PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - Staff Talk: Being a Nice Staffer

    Doug shares some advice on communicating with attendees and being a nicer convention staff member.

  • Sunday, January 17, 2016
  • 9:00 am PST

    FanCons.com posted a new article

    Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation to expand beyond anime and rebrand

    Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation An article by Roland Kelts in The Japan Times states that the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), the parent organization of Anime Expo, plans to "move beyond otaku/fan culture" and will be integrating "film, gaming, tech, music and other forms of entertainment media." SPJA will open a Tokyo office in 2016 and reveal a new name and logo.

    There is no word on how this rebranding may affect Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in North America since 2004. The statement comes just one month after the SPJA announced that Anime Conji is...

  • Monday, January 11, 2016
  • 12:00 pm PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - Sac-Anime Winter 2016 Report

    Starting the new year off with a con, we headed to Sac-Anime Winter 2016 in Sacramento, CA.

  • 9:00 am PST

    AnimeCons TV Extras posted a new video

    AnimeCons TV Extras - Sac-Anime Winter 2016 Masquerade

    This is our full recording of the Sac-Anime Winter 2016 masquerade in Sacramento, California. Our complete coverage of Sac-Anime Winter 2016 can be seen on AnimeCons TV.

  • Friday, January 08, 2016
  • 9:00 am PST

    FanCons.com posted a new article

    Wizard World Gaming cancelled in Atlanta, integrated with Portland show

    Wizard World has announced that its first Wizard World Gaming convention, which had been planned to be held in Atlanta, Georgia from January 22 through 24, has been moved to Portland, Oregon in February and will be part of their Wizard World Comic Con Portland event.

    John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO, was quoted in their press release as saying, "In planning the debut of Wizard World Gaming, it became evident that we would not have enough time to put on a high-quality show in Atlanta. We are confident and excited in making Portland the launch of our gaming series."

    The move follows a transformation of Wizard World Comic Con Atlanta into Wizard World Gaming Atlanta late last year which left some vendors unhappy that the event they had originally signed on for had been transformed around them. There is currently no Wizard World event scheduled for Atlanta.

    Wizard World will offer access to the Wizard World Gaming part of the Portland event with a separate admission, but Wizard World Comic Con attendees will be able to access both events. The company plans to attach a "Wizard World Gaming" show to some of its other events going forward.

    No details have been provided in regard to those who had pre-registered for the now-cancelled Atlanta...

  • Monday, January 04, 2016
  • 12:00 pm PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - Ten Largest Anime Conventions of 2015

    It's time for AnimeCons.com's annual list of the ten largest anime conventions in North America in 2015.

    Read the full article on AnimeCons.com

    Subscribe to the podcast and don't miss an episode!

  • 9:00 am PST

    FanCons.com posted a new article

    Ten Largest North American Anime Conventions of 2015

    At the start of each year, AnimeCons.com takes a look back at the anime conventions of the last year to see which ones ended up being the largest in North America. Usually we get pretty much the same list with just a couple position swaps and maybe a different con coming in at number ten, but 2015's list has a rather dramatic shakeup!

    Before we present the list, we first need to explain the different ways that a convention can count its attendance:

    1. The most common method, one used by most non-anime conventions and trade shows, is a "turnstile" attendance count. Under this method, if there are 1,000 people at a three day convention each day, they would report their attendance as 3,000...as if each of those 1,000 people passed through a turnstile once per day. Although some anime conventions report turnstile numbers, they are often offered in addition to one of the following two counting methods. We do not list known turnstile counts on this site as we believe they are misleading and disingenuous.
    2. Another method is to count each person who was issued a badge. This is often referred to as "total attendance" or a "warm body count". This will include attendees, staff, press, vendors, guests, and anyone else who was wearing a convention badge. If they attended multiple days, they just get counted once. It does not include people without a badge such as hotel employees or convention center employees.
    3. The final method commonly used to report attendance is a paid attendance count. This simply counts the number of people who paid for a badge. Unlike the warm body count, it doesn't include staff, guests, press, or others with a badge...unless they paid for it. This method also only counts people once even if they're attending multiple days.

    All the attendance figures we present in this report and on AnimeCons.com have been provided by convention staffs themselves. They have been announced on the convention's own...

  • Monday, December 21, 2015
  • 12:00 am PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - 2015 Year in Review

    The entire AnimeCons TV team looks back on the good, the bad, and the ugly from the 2015 convention year.

  • Friday, December 18, 2015
  • 9:00 am PST

    FanCons.com posted a new article

    Anime Conji has been canceled

    The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), organizers of Anime Expo and Anime Conji, have announced that Anime Conji 2016 has been canceled.

    The notice, posted on their web site on Friday, December 18th, reads as follows:

    We at the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation regret to inform our attendees that Anime Conji 2016, scheduled for March 25th - 27th at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina has been canceled.

    We have collectively decided to focus on expanding and improving each of our events, bringing a level of quality seen in our larger shows to our smaller events. Unfortunately to meet this goal, Anime Conji will have to take a small break. We would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest apologies and heartfelt thanks for your understanding and continued support.

    Ticket sales have been pulled and refunds will be issued swiftly.

    Anime Conji's web site content has been pulled and replaced with a...

  • Monday, December 14, 2015
  • 12:00 am PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - Best of 2015

    We've compiled our con reports, feedback, and other special moments into one episode that tells the tale of our con experiences for 2015.

  • Friday, December 11, 2015
  • 9:00 am PST

    The Chibi Project posted a new episode

    The Chibi Project - Chii vs. Elephant Toothpaste

    We use chemistry to attempt to create "Elephant Toothpaste" and see how Chii and Megatron would hold up to science! Recorded live at PortConMaine 2013.

  • Tuesday, December 08, 2015
  • 4:29 pm PST

    Back to the Predictions posted a new article

    Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day

    Pants PocketsToday is “Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day”. When Dresden Codak proposed the day in 2007, he apparently didn’t think ahead very far or he’d have realized that by 2015, we all did this back on October 21st.

    Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day

    You must spend the entire day in costume and character. The only rule is that you cannot actually tell anyone that you are a time traveler. Other than that, anything’s game.

    There are three possible options:

    1) Utopian/cliché Future – “If the Future did a documentary of the last fifty years, this is how badly the reenactors would dress.” Think Star Trek: TNG or the Time Travelers from Hob. Ever see how the society in Futurama sees the 20th century? Run with it. Your job is to dress with moderately anachronistic clothing and speak in slang from varying decades. Here are some good starters:

    – Greet people by referring to things that don’t yet exist or haven’t existed for a long time. Example: “Have you penetrated the atmosphere lately?” “What spectrum will today’s broadcast be in?” and “Your king must be a kindly soul!”

    – Show extreme ignorance in operating regular technology. Pay phones should be a complete mystery (try placing the receiver in odd places). Chuckle...

  • Monday, December 07, 2015
  • 12:00 am PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - Starting a Convention (Part 2 of 2)

    Here's the second half of Patrick's panel on starting and running a convention along with some audience Q&A.
    Did you miss Part 1?
    We have published a PDF of the full presentation.

  • Friday, December 04, 2015
  • 9:00 am PST

    FanCons.com posted a new article

    Takamasa Sakurai, Director of IOEA Executive Office, passes away

    The International Otaku Expo Association, has announced that Takamasa Sakurai passed away on December 4, 2015. He was 49.

    Takamasa Sakurai According to a news report from NHK, at around 12:30am at the Nishi-Nippori station in Arakawa, Sakurai accidentally slipped off a train platform onto the track where a train ran over his foot. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    Born in 1965, Takamasa Sakurai was a content media producer, an author, and a journalist. He was a cultural exchange spokesman, had given talks in 157 cities in 27 countries, and produced fashion shows. He was one of the first persons to use animation and Harajuku fashion in cultural exchange programs and was often invited as a guest in events about Japan.

    Sakurai was most famous as the author of books such as the Anime Bunka Gaiko (Anime Culture Diplomacy) and Sekai Kawaii Kakumei (World Kawaii Revolution). In 2009, he was appointed as "Kawaii Ambassador" by Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Sakurai was a producer for Digital Hollywood University, a director for graduate school, and Executive Director of International Otaku Expo Association (IOEA). IOEA is a global association of anime conventions which encourages these events to work together to broaden otaku...

  • Monday, November 30, 2015
  • 12:00 am PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - Starting a Convention (Part 1 of 2)

    Have you decided to start a convention? Patrick is the founder of AnimeCons.com, has started two conventions, and is here to tell you why it's a bad idea...but how to do it well if you really want to do it.

  • Monday, November 23, 2015
  • 12:00 am PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - November 2015 Feedback

    Patrick responds to fan letters from the last month, explains how we decide who does what episode, and talks about upcoming episodes.

  • Monday, November 16, 2015
  • 12:00 am PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - Staff Talk: Facilities Communication

    Communication between a convention and a hotel is very important. Doug shares some helpful advice for Facilities Liaisons.

  • Monday, November 09, 2015
  • 12:00 am PST

    AnimeCons TV posted a new episode

    AnimeCons TV - SNAFU Con 2015

    Patrick returns to SNAFU Con, an anime con held at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada.

    View the full SNAFU Con 2015 Masquerade in our Extras.

  • Saturday, November 07, 2015
  • 9:00 am PST

    AnimeCons TV Extras posted a new video

    AnimeCons TV Extras - SNAFU Con 2015 Masquerade

    Enjoy our full recording of the SNAFU Con 2015 masquerade in Sparks, Nevada. Our complete coverage of SNAFU Con 2015 can be seen on AnimeCons TV.