Tokyo in Tulsa

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Tokyo In Tulsa
Tokyo in Tulsa 2011 logo.png
Tokyo in Tulsa 2011 logo
Status Active
Genre Anime, Gaming, Japanese popular culture[1][2]
Venue Cox Business Center[1]
Location(s) Tulsa, Oklahoma
Country United States
Inaugurated 2008
Attendance 2,640 in 2010
Website
http://www.tokyointulsa.com/

Tokyo In Tulsa (TnT) is an annual three-day anime convention held during July/August at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[1][3] The convention is family friendly, and along with being an anime convention is Oklahoma's largest game event.[3][4][5]

Programming[edit]

The convention typically offers anime video rooms, artists’ alley, collectible cards games, concerts, cosplay ball, costume competitions, LARP, panel discussions, rave, tabletop gaming, vendors, and video gaming (console, PC, arcade).[2][3][6][7]

History[edit]

Tokyo In Tulsa began as a Halloween block party held in October 2005 for the Darkstone Anime Store in Tulsa. After the store closed in 2006 the event continued.[3][6] Cassandra Hodges was scheduled to appear as a friend of the convention prior to her death in 2011.[8]

Event History[edit]

Dates Location Attendance Guests
August 1–3, 2008 Crowne Plaza Hotel Tulsa
Tulsa, Oklahoma
1,804 Amelie Belcher, Crispin Freeman, Gary Friedrich, DJ Infam0us, Sara E. Mayhew, Wendy Powell, The Slants, Spike Spencer, and Team Royal Sabi.[9]
July 10–12, 2009 Doubletree Hotel Tulsa-Downtown / Tulsa Convention Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma
2,118 Laura Bailey, Amelie Belcher, Rei Davidson, David Doub, Todd Haberkorn, Cassandra Hodges, DJ Infam0us, Samantha Inoue-Harte, The Last Dance, Nena Martinez, Vic Mignogna, Wendy Powell, Sephiroth, Sky Pirate, Spike Spencer, Dominic Vitucci, Voltaire, Kent Williams, Travis Willingham, and Stephanie Young.[10]
June 18–20, 2010 Doubletree Hotel Tulsa-Downtown / Tulsa Convention Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma
2,640 Amelie Belcher, Chris Cason, Daniel Coglan, Rei Davidson, Clarine Harp, Cassandra Hodges, DJ Infam0us, Jeremy Inman, Scott McNeil, r*k* Milholland, Jenny Pennington, Peter Pixie, Wendy Powell, Beauty Thibodeau, Eric Vale, Kent Williams.[11]
July 15–17, 2011 Doubletree Hotel Tulsa-Downtown / Tulsa Convention Center[3]
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Troy Baker, Leah Clark, Zach Fast, Freezepop, Todd Haberkorn, Yaya Han, Kyle Hebert, DJ Infam0us, K-Sides, Kevin McKeever, Peter Pixie, Monica Rial, Christopher Smith, and Spike Spencer.[12]
July 20–22, 2012 Tulsa Convention Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Joshua Adams, Steve Argyle, Chris Cason, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Zach Fast, Caitlin Glass, DJ HeavyGrinder, DJ Infam0us, Wendee Lee, Uke Li, Peter Pixie, Wendy Powell, Sephiroth, The Slants, Spike Spencer, Brooke Stephenson, J. Michael Tatum, Eric Wile, and Stephanie Young.[13]
August 2-4, 2013 Tulsa Convention Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma
6,000
(est)[14]
Terri Doty, DJ Infam0us, Jeremy Inman, DJ Jeffito, DJ Jimni Cricket, Kevin McKeever, Brina Palencia, Peter Pixie, Raj Ramayya, Ian Sinclair, J. Michael Tatum, and Eric Wile.[15]
July 11-13, 2014 Cox Business Center[1]
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Jerry Bennett, Chalk Twins, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Cynthia Cranz, Terri Doty, Imza, Jerry Jewell, Cherami Leigh, DJ MaRia, Peter Pixie, Wendy Powell, and J. Michael Tatum.[16]

Community Support[edit]

Tokyo in Tulsa was recognized by the Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Tulsa Hotel & Lodging Association in 2009 for its efforts in attracting tourism to the city of Tulsa.[17]

Fundraisers ranging from challenges, a photo suite, and a silent auction were held plus a portion of the conventions 2013 revenue went to the charity Bikers Against Child Abuse.[2][4] In 2014, the Charity Ball held pre-convention, along with other at convention donations benefited the Greenwood Cultural Center's Kids Korner.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Harlow, Brittany (July 11, 2014). "Tokyo in Tulsa kicks off in Downtown Tulsa". KRMG. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Smith, Michael. "Tokyo in Tulsa event this weekend lets anime fans get their cosplay on". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Ashley Wright, Jason (2011-07-12). "Anime will be in spotlight during 'Tokyo in Tulsa'". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Convention celebrates Japanese culture, games at 2013 Tokyo in Tulsa at the Cox Business Center". KJRH. 2013-08-03. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  5. ^ Hoppa, Jen. "Tokyo comes to Tulsa". Tulsa People. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  6. ^ a b Greenwood, Britt. "Character building". Tulsa People. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  7. ^ Hicks, Chris (July 16, 2014). "Tokyo in Tulsa calls out to Sapulpa Sci-fi Anime fans". Sapulpa Daily Herald. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Memorial Fund, Service for Voice Actress Cassandra Hodges". Anime News Network. 2011-07-04. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  9. ^ "Tokyo In Tulsa 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  10. ^ "Tokyo In Tulsa 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  11. ^ "Tokyo In Tulsa 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  12. ^ "Tokyo In Tulsa 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  13. ^ "Tokyo in Tulsa 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  14. ^ Graham, Ginnie (2013-08-07). "Nerds come together, find community at Tokyo in Tulsa". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 
  15. ^ "Tokyo in Tulsa 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-08-23. 
  16. ^ "Tokyo in Tulsa 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  17. ^ Hollingshead, Nancy (2009-05-24). "Groups honor city's 2009 'Heroes' at luncheon". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2013-08-31. 
  18. ^ Sherrow, Rita (July 9, 2014). "Tokyo in Tulsa has something for everyone this weekend". Tulsa World. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 

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Coordinates: 36°8′56″N 95°59′50″W / 36.14889°N 95.99722°W / 36.14889; -95.99722