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
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…
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?
2010, Nom-Con 2011, Akumakon Q-Con in Belfast incorporating anime Hybrid anime & gaming events appearing, e.g. Brocon, @rcadeCon, Epic-Con Burgeoning Scene in Ireland
Q-Con - June 22nd - 24 th @rcadeCon - 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