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Anime Conventions From Japan to Ireland. Origins in Japan Comiket - Started 1975 Over 500,000 people every year Mostly for cosplay, & Dōjinshi (self-

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1 Anime Conventions From Japan to Ireland

2 Origins in Japan Comiket - Started 1975 Over 500,000 people every year Mostly for cosplay, & Dōjinshi (self- published manga) Merch, videos & books readily available in shops

3 Early 80s, YamatoCon Day long screening of Space Cruiser Yamato! Grew out of comic conventions Some cosplay, few traders, no Dōjinshi or guests Spread to America in the 80s

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5 Anime Expo & Otakon Mecca for fans across America & Europe Big emphasis on burgeoning merchandise industry, artists, console gaming & voice actors A place for fans to hang out Screenings increasingly side lined Laid the template for western anime conventions Evolution in America in the 90s

6 Q-Con in Belfast begins screening anime Eirtakon - November 2005 Name based off Otakon DCU Anime & Manga Society founded to facilitate Eirtakon Mostly screenings, some cosplay, a few games ~130 attendees Over to Ireland…

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8 American voice actors invited over every year Cosplay more popular than ever New emphasis on special events, panels, workshops, talks etc Merch traders hugely popular Get-together for groups of friends Screenings not a big draw anymore What is an Irish anime Convention?

9 2010, Nom-Con 2011, Akumakon Q-Con in Belfast incorporating anime Hybrid anime & gaming events appearing, e.g. Epic-Con Burgeoning Scene in Ireland

10 Q-Con - June 22nd July 13th - 15 th Brocon - July 20th - 22 nd Nom-Con - August 24th - 26 th Eirtakon - November 9th - 11 th Akumakon - January 2013 Epic-Con - March 2013 Links & Info | Belfast | Ballsbridge | Limerick | Burlington | The Helix | NUI Galway | Maynooth


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