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Poll: How many anime conventions do you usually go to in a year?

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2 comments to Poll: How many anime conventions do you usually go to in a year?

  • The big three for me are AX, Anime Los Angeles and PMX. If it wasn’t for the fact that AM2 was being programmed up against AX I might have decided to go, because it’s going to be attended by a lot of people I know.

    In some respects there is a backlash forming against AX. It’s sort of like the backlash against San Diego Comic-Con: SDCCI is too big, too industry-dominated and requires a lot of money to “do.” The same criticisms can be leveled, to a lesser extent, against AX. The Anime “industry,” however, is hardly in as good of shape as the big entertainment corporations that dominate SDCCI, AX is an order of magnitude smaller than SDCCI (at this point) and one can “do” AX on a shoestring better than SDCCI. Let’s face it: San Diego is a tourist trap kind of town.

    Anime Los Angeles is more like “old home weekend” than AX: it’s smaller and more manageable. And even though the LAX area is kind of sketchy, it’s not as sketchy as Downtown can be if you wander into the nastier areas. I’m hoping PMX decides to stay in Pasadena because it’s a really good convention town, but apparently the Pasadena Hilton and PMX wasn’t a good fit…the con was already too big for the venue. There IS the Pasadena Convention Center, though. It’s pretty sweet.

  • Donald here. My answer is three for sure, possibly more.

    The ones I definitely go to every year are AX, Anime LA, and now PMX.

    Lately (for the last two years) I’ve been able to make it up to FanimeCon; whether or not this will hold, I don’t know. It all depends on finances and free time, which so far this year aren’t looking terribly good. But miracles have been known to happen.

    Other than that, there are a few smaller local cons that I make it to every once in a blue moon (MikomiCon, etc.), but it all depends on time and money. Although apparently now there’s also a small anime convention on the central coast (in SLO) which apparently started last year and I didn’t even know about it. I somehow wound up on their press release list because I started getting PR emails for their event this year. I may check it out, since it’s just a one-day event so there’s no real big hotel or food expenses, driving up to SLO isn’t horrendously expensive, and registration is probably pretty reasonable, so ehh, I’ll probably check it out.

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