Otakon Vegas

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Otakon Vegas
Official Otakon Vegas Logo.jpg
Official Otakon Vegas Logo.
Status Active
Genre Anime, East Asian popular culture[1]
Venue Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Location(s) Las Vegas, Nevada
Country United States
Inaugurated 2014
Organized by Otakorp, Inc.
Filing status 501(c)(3)
Website
Otakon Vegas

Otakon Vegas (/ˈtəkɒn/ OH-tə-kon) is an three day anime convention held during January at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The convention is organized by Otakorp, the group behind Otakon.[2]

Programming[edit]

The convention typically offers an artist alley, concerts, dealer's room, and panels.[3] One of the new programming experiments at Otakon Vegas demonstrated Sumo wrestling.[3][4]

History[edit]

Otakorp announced in early 2013 a new convention would be held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada where they hope to create a smaller convention and test new ideas.[2][5] Otakon has had issues where new test content has been too successful such as the 2012 Maid Cafe.[6] Representatives from Las Vegas first approached Otakorp about moving Otakon from Baltimore to Las Vegas.[6] Expansion to Vegas was also chosen due to Otakon reaching capacity in Baltimore, along with Vegas being accessible with affordable transportation and several hotel/food options.[6][7] January dates were chosen for the reason attendees should be less busy.[6] Concerns were raised about the location due the existence of two conventions in the Las Vegas area.[8]

The conventions first year in 2014 featured more than 70 hours of programming.[3]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
January 3–5, 2014 Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
2,006
(unique)[9]
Masahiro Ando, Zach Bolton, Richard Epcar, Kelly Gneiting, Riichiro Inagaki, Kaoru Kurosaki, Jamie Marchi, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Sayaka Sasaki, Frederik L. Schodt, Ian Sinclair, Ellyn Stern, and Byambajav Ulambayaryn.[10]
January 16–18, 2015[9][11] Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Labrador, Jorge (2013-02-25). "Otakon to bring anime fans to Vegas in 2014". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Otakon Spin-Off Convention in Vegas Planned for January". Anime News Network. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  3. ^ a b c Bamboo Dong; Christopher Macdonald (2014-01-06). "Otakon Vegas 2014". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  4. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (2013-08-12). "Otakon 2013 Closing Ceremonies". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  5. ^ "Baltimore's Otakon to host Otakon Vegas in January 2014". The Asahi Shimbun. 2013-03-21. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  6. ^ a b c d "ANNCast Bro-takon". Anime News Network. 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  7. ^ Noorinejad, Florence (2013-02-21). "Otakon goes Vegas, adding festival outside Baltimore". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  8. ^ "AnimeCons TV - February 2013 Feedback". AnimeCons.com. 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2013-08-28. 
  9. ^ a b "Otakon Vegas 2015 Slated for January 16-18 (updated)". Anime News Network. 2014-01-05. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 
  10. ^ "Otakon Vegas 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  11. ^ Labrador, Jorge (2014-01-07). "2014 Otakon photos: ‘It’s about bringing East and West together’ at Planet Hollywood anime event". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2014-01-12. 

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