'Anime NYC' Announced as New York's Newest Anime Convention

Author Thumbnail BY Caitlin Donovan - September 20, 2016

New York is getting a brand new anime convention, Anime News Network reports. The  event compant LeftField Media announced 'Anime NYC' earlier today. The official website claims the convention will bring "anime fans and publishers together for three days of unique exhibits, exclusive screenings, extensive panels, and appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan". 

The about page for the website says the convention is needed because while anime and manga are popular in America, "No major event championing Japanese pop culture" can be found in New York. ANN notes that New Yorks big anime convention, "The New York Anime Festival" was incorporated into the New York Comic Con in 2012. The Anime NYC website claims this has left a void, saying "A lot of events – including the Brooklyn Sakura Matsuri, JAPAN CUTS Film Festival, and New York Comic Con – touch Japanese pop culture, but none exist for the anime and manga community, and there’s a want from fans for an event to call their own. ".

The new convention will be sponsored by many major Western anime distributors, including Crunchyroll, Funimation, Viz Media and the US branch of Kinokuniya Books. The event will be organized by Leftfeild Media founder Greg Topalian and Head of content Peter Tatara. Both men are associated with New York Comic Con and Tatara managed events for the New York Anime Festival.

The convention will happen in from November 17-19 in 2017. Tickets and additional details will be available this November.

The convention sounds potentially exciting. It's enough to make me wish I could head to New York. What about you? Does this sound like something you'd like to go to? 

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Caitlin Donovan is a long-time nerd with a passion for superheroes and epic fantasy. She lives in North Carolina with her cat and wrestles with writing novels and doing editorial work when she's not ranting about pop culture online. She runs a blog at ladyloveandjustice.tumblr.com
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