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It's Over 9,000! That's the Number of Cons in the FanCons.com Database
Posted on: 06-01-17 10:44 PM
Posted by: PatrickD




Today, just over 6 months after the 8,000th convention was added, the FanCons.com convention database passed the 9,000 convention mark. The database began in October 2003 as part of AnimeCons.com, but expanded beyond anime conventions with the creation of FanCons.com in early 2012.

The 9,000th convention to be added was one of the longest running and most well-known conventions, Worldcon 76 which is scheduled to take place in August 2018 in San Jose, California. The first Worldcon took place in New York City in 1939.

Anime fans, of course, will likely associate this particular milestone with an infamous quote from the English dub of Dragon Ball Z. The line, "It's over nine thousand!" was in the episode "The Return of Goku" where it was spoken by Vegeta (originally performed by Brian Drummond, now performed by Christopher Sabat) has since become a meme. Appropriately enough, the 9,001st convention is an anime convention, No
Brand Con 2018
, which will take place in May 2018 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Even as we quickly approach cataloging information on 10,000 conventions around the world going as far back as 1936, there are still many, many more conventions out there. Any convention organizers who don't see their conventions listed can submit them. After the submission is reviewed for accuracy, the information will be added.

All of the data available through FanCons.com and its affiliated sites (AnimeCons.com, FurryCons.com, SteampunkCons.com, and VideoGameCons.com) has been painstakingly entered by hand by a team of unpaid volunteers with an appreciation and love for conventions.

Patrick Delahanty is the creator of FanCons.com and executive producer of AnimeCons TV. He has attended 165 fan conventions and plans to visit three more in the next month.
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Now Available: AnimeCons.com stickers for iOS and AnimeCons TV app for Appl
Posted on: 05-30-17 03:51 PM
Posted by: PatrickD


We have just launched an AnimeCons.com sticker pack for iOS that can be used in Apple's Messages app as well as an Apple TV app for watching HD video content from AnimeCons TV.

AnimeCons.com launched in 2003 and in that time, our mascot, Connie, has gone through multiple iterations. The art has evolved from the original design created by Riki "Riddle" Lecotey and the chibi artwork by Sarah "Nami" Hevey used for the first four years of AnimeCons TV to the current artwork created by Svetlana Chmakova. We've released an iOS sticker pack featuring all of this artwork. Using Apple's Messages app (which you use when you send a text to anyone), you can tap a sticker and place it into the conversation or you can tap and hold a sticker to drag it up onto a previous message.

We've also launched an AnimeCons TV app for Apple TV. Launching as a podcast in 2009, AnimeCons TV has published over 250 episodes and 48 "extras" such as full costume contests and guest interviews. The show started publishing in HD at the start of its 5th season and the Apple TV app allows for easy viewing of any of those HD episodes from the last 4+ years as well as all of our "extras" content.

New episodes of AnimeCons TV are published every Monday at 3pm Eastern, Noon Pacific. They are available in the Apple TV app, on YouTube, and in our podcast feeds.

Both the iOS stickers and the Apple TV app are available as free downloads.
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Midwest Media Expo cancelled three days before event
Posted on: 04-26-17 03:00 PM
Posted by: PatrickD


Midwest Media Expo, a fan convention near Detroit, announced last night that their 2017 event has been cancelled. The convention was scheduled to start on Friday.

The announcement posted to their web site and social media was as follows:
  • Morgan Kollin Said:
We are coming to you with a very heavy heart to inform you that, due to circumstances beyond our control, the 2017 Midwest Media Expo has been cancelled. For the past year we have been working hard to bring you a very special event, and it pains us greatly to have to make such an announcement, especially this close to our event date. We understand how much this event meant to everyone, and we apologize for this happening so suddenly. At this time, we are making arrangements to assist those displaced by this turn of events and those affected should expect we will be sending off notifications immediately to go over available alternatives.

We will be making further statements as we are able to discuss things, but know that we are working with good people to help us in this dark hour. Thank you very much for your understanding.

Morgan Kollin
Chairman of the Midwest Media Expo



According to responses on the convention's Facebook group, the prevailing rumor is that the cancellation is a result of the hotel asking for additional money. It's not unusual for a first-year convention to be caught off guard by a venue's payment schedule, but this isn't the first event for Midwest Media Expo. Youmacon is run by the same group and has been around for over a decade, so there should be plenty of staff members experienced in working with facilities and venue contracts. This would have been the second Midwest Media Expo held at this venue.

The convention has responded to Facebook comments indicating that they plan to offer pre-registered attendees a full refund on the cost of their badges.
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Crunchyroll Announces Convention Partnership Program
Posted on: 03-29-17 02:39 PM
Posted by: PatrickD


Crunchyroll has announced the "Powered by Crunchyroll" program to team up with conventions around the United States to bring benefits to their premium members and VRV subscribers. The first conventions announced as a part of this program are Anime Boston, Anime Weekend Atlanta, and Anime NYC.

The program promises to give perks like discounts, early access to the exhibit hall, panels, or events, and additional convention-specific items.

Crunchyroll has launched a site at CrunchyrollEvents.com which has information on these conventions, Anime Movie Night, and their upcoming Crunchyroll Expo convention. The site also provides information on joining the Crunchyroll Events Crew Program and their Outreach Program for libraries and clubs.
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EliteCon bans cosplay from their event
Posted on: 03-07-17 08:04 PM
Posted by: PatrickD


EliteCon in Tampa, Florida, which is promoting itself as "A Premium Collectibles Event for Advanced Collectors", has banned people from attending their convention in costume. Although the ban is not mentioned on their web site and previously appeared only as "no cosplay" on some promotional advertising on some of their Facebook posts months ago, their March 5th Facebook update has attracted the attention of many cosplayers and prompted hundreds of responses.

The post says, "Just one week to Elite Con so a quick reminder in case you missed it along the way, there is no cosplay allowed at Elite Con. We appreciate cosplay but we want to keep the focus on the collectibles for our event. Thank you in advance for your adherence to this policy!"

Many responses seemed confused by the decision not to allow costumes. One commenter said, "Woooow OK obviously you don't want many hardcore collectors to be there then. I collect collectibles, especially of the characters I cosplay. What a way to disregard a wide demographic of consumers. #GeekDiscrimination"

Another thought it might be a joke. "Wait... What? No cosplay at a convention? You're kidding, right? I mean, it is a bit early for an April fool's joke."

Someone else made a play on the convention's name saying, "That sounds very elitist, and not in a good way."

Earlier today, Elite Con posted in response to the outcry from cosplayers. "Hello, we are well aware that this rule is not desirable to some collectors, however the intention of this post was not to argue the merits for or against having cosplay at our convention. It was simply to make the rule known prior to the event so that no one makes the trip out and is denied access to the event. There is no cosplay and no exceptions. If your primary concern is the allowance of cosplay and not the premium collectibles we will offer then our show may not be the right one for you. Our focus is solely on the collectibles as we have stated many times. We respect your decision not to attend and ask that you respect our decision to be a different kind of event even though you may disagree with us."

The convention has yet to clarify what qualifies as "cosplay" and what might merely be someone's unusual clothing.

Although cosplay may not be allowed at some professional trade shows, we're not aware of any previous fan conventions that have banned cosplay from their event. It's their event and they can ban cosplay if they want to, but we would not be surprised to see some Florida cosplayers organize a protest outside the convention.
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