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Voice Actor and Director Christopher Ayres Needs Your Help
Posted on: 11-15-17 04:59 PM
Posted by: PatrickD


Christopher Ayres is well known in the anime convention community for his "Mock Combat for Cosplay" workshops. He has also been invited to conventions to talk about his role as Frieza in Dragon Ball Z and his directing work on anime titles such as Nerima Daikon Brothers, Beyond the Boundary, Another, and Bodacious Space Pirates. As of 2017, he has been a guest at 137 conventions.

Unfortunately, Chris has been diagnosed with "End Stage C.O.P.D." and is facing a double lung transplant, multiple surgeries, and significant medical treatment. He's in need of financial help from the community. Anime Detour has established a YouCaring fund which will go to Chris to help pay for what will surely be overwhelming medical expenses.

The YouCaring page created by Anime Detour states:
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Earlier this year actor/director Christopher Ayres was rushed to a Houston hospital with complicated respiratory difficulties. A team of pulmonary doctors diagnosed Chris with "End Stage C.O.P.D.", an irreversible illness that would require a double lung transplant in order for him to survive. He would spend the next three months in and out of hospitals and intensive care units for testing, therapy, and rehabilitation. In preparation for transplant, he learned that he would also need two additional surgeries (double bypass, and oral maxillofacial) before he can move forward with transplant.

Chris is dependent on continuous flow oxygen during the day and a BIPAP breathing machine to reduce carbon levels in his lungs at night. Due to hospitalization, and rehabilitation Chris has not been able to work since March. In spite of being insured, the deductibles, and non covered expenses have been continuous, and are exhausting his and his family's resources. While it's hard to determine exactly how much assistance will be needed at this stage of the process, these costs have become a concern.

Chris has been a long time friend to both the anime and convention community. known for roles such as Frieza in Dragon Ball Z in recent years, and has directed several well loved anime titles including; The Nerima Daikon Brothers, Beyond the Boundary, Another and Bodacious Space Pirates. Since he has always been a strong supporter of Anime Detour, and one of the first to grab the mic at it's charity auctions, we would like to begin what will be the first of probably many fundraisers across various platforms to help him with these expenses. We would appreciate any help you can give us as we try to help someone who has given so much to our community.</p>


Our AnimeCons TV podcast conducted an interview with Chris Ayres in 2010.

As of this post, $2,097 has been raised by 61 donors. The fund has a $25,000 goal. We encourage anyone who has enjoyed Chris's work in anime or his convention programming to give what they can in his time of need. Let's show Chris that we want more of his love and laughter. Always.
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Wizard World cancels shows and announces 2018 locations
Posted on: 09-27-17 02:21 AM
Posted by: PatrickD


Wizard World has issued a press release to announce the cancelation of five of their remaining seven 2017 conventions. They have also announced their 2018 locations which include the five cancelled cities.

Conventions in Biloxi, Montgomery, Peoria, Springfield, and Winston-Salem have all been cancelled. These five conventions were only recently announced and in smaller venues than Wizard World is normally held. These "postponed" events are planned to be held sometime in October or November 2018. Although Wizard World will refund tickets for the convention, this leaves some fans who were planning to fly in with non-refundable airline tickets.

In total, nine Wizard World conventions were announced and cancelled in 2017. This is more than any previous year. Twelve conventions have taken place this year with two remaining conventions for the rest of 2017.

Wizard World's 2018 schedule includes dates for conventions in New Orleans, St. Louis, Cleveland, Portland, Philadelphia, Des Moines, Columbus, Boise, Chicago, Madison, and Oklahoma City. Of these locations, Boise is the only new city to be added. Additional conventions are planned for Austin, Biloxi, Montgomery, Peoria, Springfield, and Winston-Salem, but dates have yet to be announced. The 2017 cities which Wizard World will not be returning to are Minneapolis, Sacramento, and Nashville.
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Otakon Issues Warning of Fake Hotel Web Site
Posted on: 07-13-17 02:47 PM
Posted by: PatrickD


Otakorp, the organization behind Otakon, has issued a warning about a "pirate housing website" that was created to trick people into signing up for invalid hotel reservations. The "otakon2017.org" web site, which has since been shut down, was not associated with Otakon, Otakorp Inc, or Otakon's exclusive hotel provider, Experient.

Otakorp is unable to determine if any reservations were taken through this site, if those reservations will be honored, or any information that may have been collected by the site.

If you have not received a reservation confirmation e-mail which looks like the official confirmation pictured below, Otakon urges you to contact Experient immediately at (800) 967-8852 or otakonhousing@experient-i nc.com. International residents may call +1-847-996-5832.



John Nadzam, Hotel and Venue Manager for Otakorp, said in a written statement, "We are very sorry this has happened, but we are glad we caught it. Our members are important to us, because we are also fans, cosplayers, artists and dreamers. Our mantra from day one has been 'by fans for fans' and we mean it. I know, I was there, and we could have never got here any other way."
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It's Over 9,000! That's the Number of Cons in the FanCons.com Database
Posted on: 06-01-17 09:44 PM
Posted by: PatrickD




Today, just over 6 months after the 8,000th convention was added, the FanCons.com convention database passed the 9,000 convention mark. The database began in October 2003 as part of AnimeCons.com, but expanded beyond anime conventions with the creation of FanCons.com in early 2012.

The 9,000th convention to be added was one of the longest running and most well-known conventions, Worldcon 76 which is scheduled to take place in August 2018 in San Jose, California. The first Worldcon took place in New York City in 1939.

Anime fans, of course, will likely associate this particular milestone with an infamous quote from the English dub of Dragon Ball Z. The line, "It's over nine thousand!" was in the episode "The Return of Goku" where it was spoken by Vegeta (originally performed by Brian Drummond, now performed by Christopher Sabat) has since become a meme. Appropriately enough, the 9,001st convention is an anime convention, No
Brand Con 2018
, which will take place in May 2018 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

Even as we quickly approach cataloging information on 10,000 conventions around the world going as far back as 1936, there are still many, many more conventions out there. Any convention organizers who don't see their conventions listed can submit them. After the submission is reviewed for accuracy, the information will be added.

All of the data available through FanCons.com and its affiliated sites (AnimeCons.com, FurryCons.com, SteampunkCons.com, and VideoGameCons.com) has been painstakingly entered by hand by a team of unpaid volunteers with an appreciation and love for conventions.

Patrick Delahanty is the creator of FanCons.com and executive producer of AnimeCons TV. He has attended 165 fan conventions and plans to visit three more in the next month.
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Now Available: AnimeCons.com stickers for iOS and AnimeCons TV app for Appl
Posted on: 05-30-17 02:51 PM
Posted by: PatrickD


We have just launched an AnimeCons.com sticker pack for iOS that can be used in Apple's Messages app as well as an Apple TV app for watching HD video content from AnimeCons TV.

AnimeCons.com launched in 2003 and in that time, our mascot, Connie, has gone through multiple iterations. The art has evolved from the original design created by Riki "Riddle" Lecotey and the chibi artwork by Sarah "Nami" Hevey used for the first four years of AnimeCons TV to the current artwork created by Svetlana Chmakova. We've released an iOS sticker pack featuring all of this artwork. Using Apple's Messages app (which you use when you send a text to anyone), you can tap a sticker and place it into the conversation or you can tap and hold a sticker to drag it up onto a previous message.

We've also launched an AnimeCons TV app for Apple TV. Launching as a podcast in 2009, AnimeCons TV has published over 250 episodes and 48 "extras" such as full costume contests and guest interviews. The show started publishing in HD at the start of its 5th season and the Apple TV app allows for easy viewing of any of those HD episodes from the last 4+ years as well as all of our "extras" content.

New episodes of AnimeCons TV are published every Monday at 3pm Eastern, Noon Pacific. They are available in the Apple TV app, on YouTube, and in our podcast feeds.

Both the iOS stickers and the Apple TV app are available as free downloads.
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