As you read this notice, I am getting more and more excited for this years NY Comic Con at the Javits Center which will begin in the coming weeks. I might have mentioned elsewhere that I am once again attending as a member of the accredited press and I look forward to bringing you hundreds and hundreds of images across a wide number of posts. Now, the other day I caught wind of a brand-new convention that will be happening in Javits at the end of 2017 called “Anime NYC” and since its a new event and sounded like something you would enjoy I am presenting the full press release that I discovered. Read it at your leisure and I will return with a few thoughts about it afterward.
The Press Release:
ANIME NYC CONVENTION TO LAUNCH IN 2017: “Crunchyroll Presents Celebration of Anime and Manga in New York City”
LeftField Media today announced the debut of Anime NYC, a new convention focused on anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture launching next year in New York City. The first Anime NYC will take place November 1719, 2017 in Midtown Manhattan’s Javits Center and bring fans together with guests from Japan and publishers across America. Anime NYC will be presented by anime streaming portal Crunchyroll and built with the support of industry partners Funimation, VIZ Media, and Kinokuniya Bookstore.
Anime NYC is the creation of LeftField Media, a boutique event company also responsible for PlayFair, a toy and family entertainment celebration run with the Toy Industry Association, and Awesome Con, Washington DC’s Comic Con.
“Anime and manga have never been more prolific in America, with anime conventions in other cities bringing together as many as 100,000 attendees,” said Greg Topalian, founder of LeftField Media. “Yet while New York City is the largest city in America, no large event championing Japanese pop culture calls it home. Anime NYC will change this, and once established, we believe Anime NYC has the potential to become the largest anime convention on the East Coast.”
“It’s been years since there’s been a dedicated anime convention in the Javits, and we’re excited to have The opportunity to support a show in New York,” said Dallas Middaugh, Crunchyroll’s head of content management. “The LeftField team already has amazing experience working on anime shows, and it’s great to have the chance to help bring the best of anime and manga to East Coast fans at Anime NYC.” Crunchyroll the world’s largest anime streaming service, with more than 20 million registered users and Over 750,000 paid subscribers will present premiere screenings and special guests throughout Anime NYC, and Crunchyroll Premium Members Can expect exclusive benefits at the event. Attendees overall will enjoy appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan, extensive screenings, robust panel sessions, and features from anime, manga, and cosplay to Japanese toys, games, food, and fashion from brands across the Japanese pop culture spectrum, headlined by Funimation, VIZ Media, and Kinokuniya Bookstore.
“New York is a city where Japanese performers hold soldout concerts and Japanese films receive North American premieres. Various events touch Japanese pop culture here, but no major event exists specifically for the anime and manga community,” said Peter Tatara, LeftField’s head of content.
“There’s a demand from fans for an event to call their own, and I’m proud to work with our friends across the anime and manga worlds to create Anime NYC.” Anime NYC tickets and details will be released this November, and fans looking to learn more can sign up for the Anime NYC newsletter at the website link at the close of this post and follow the event on Facebook and Twitter.
About Anime NYC: Anime NYC is New York City’s anime convention! A showcase of the best of Japanese pop culture in the biggest city in America, Anime NYC brings 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. Join us for a celebration of Japanese animation, manga, cosplay, movies, food, fashion, travel, technology, toys, and games in the heart of NYC! For more, visit the link at the close of this post.
About Crunchyroll: Crunchyroll is the destination for the largest and latest lineup of anime, manga, merchandise, and exclusive content in the world. Crunchyroll brings hit shows to millions of viewers around the world and allows them to purchase related merchandise through its online store. Through its app on game consoles, settop boxes, mobile devices, and more, Crunchyroll delivers content from leading Asian media producers directly to viewers translated professionally in multiple languages. The service is available for free or through a premium offering that allows users to watch adfree with access to simulcasts top anime series available immediately after Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll’s majority investor is Otter Media, a joint venture between AT&T and The Chernin Group. Crunchyroll has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Tokyo and is a member of the Association of Japanese Animations (AJA). For more information, visit the link at the close of this post.
About LeftField Media: LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing facetoface events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the everevolving needs of businesses and their consumers as well as new opportunities created by change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to business. LeftField’s portfolio includes Play Fair (playfairny.com), a familyfocused celebration of toys and play built with the Industry Association, And Awesome Con (awesomecon.com), Washington DC’s Comic Con. LeftField Media is headquartered in historic South Norwalk, CT. For more, visit the link below.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Now though I have mentioned on a few separate occasions about my lack of overall expertise in the Anime and Manga stuff, I do still enjoy the conventions that offer the diehard fans of this kind of thing the place the convene and make awesome purchases and the like. As longer termed readers know, we’re not strangers to the Geek Stuff and awesome conventions that happen for our mutual interests and we’ve been covering the NY Comic Con and Toy Fair for about seven years now. As a matter of fact, the very first NY Comic Con that I attended as a Press was called “NY Comic Con and Anime Expo” and I chuckle at how I was a bit of a noob to the convention circuit at the time. If you want to examine that way back in time set of posts just click HERE. If you’re interested in learning more about this new convention, then definitely hit the website links below and know that I will also plan on posting assorted topics that relate to it. Perhaps I will even sign up for press credentials for this one if I can work it out in my schedule. It’s happening right after the NYCC and in the same venue so why not. Let me know what you think about this new event and if it piques your interest at all. You can do that down in the comments section below. Until next time, and please watch the website for numerous stories from the NY Comic Con that will be coming as the event progresses.