Big Apple Anime Fest

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Big Apple Anime Fest
VenueMarriott New York Marquis
Location(s)New York City, New York
CountryUnited States
Most recent2003
Attendance12,832 in 2003
Organized byCentral Park Media

The Big Apple Anime Fest (BAAF) was an anime convention which was held annually between 2001 and 2003 and supported by a consortium of anime and manga companies.[1]


Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
October 26–28, 2001 Directors Guild of America Theater
New York, New York
3,500Tim Eldred, Tiffany Grant, Matt K. Miller, Yuji Moriyama, Toshio Maeda, Kobe Tai, Asia Carrera and Koichi Ohata.[2][3]
August 30 – September 2, 2002 Times Square
New York, New York
7,500Mandy Bonhomme, Akitaroh Daichi, Yoko Kanno, Toshihiro Kawamoto, Yoshihiro Komada, Rachael Lillis, Taro Maki, Liam O'Brien, Tommy Ohtsuka, Ed Paul, Eric Stuart, Yoshiyuki Tomino, Shinichiro Watanabe, and Jimmy Zoppi.[4]
August 29–31, 2003 Marriott New York Marquis
New York, New York
12,832Michael Alston Baley, Mark Diraison, Keith Giffen, Tsukasa Hojo, Amy Howard-Wilson, Yasuhiro Irie, Takeshi Koike, Satoshi Kon, Hyun se Lee, Masao Maruyama, Taka Nagasawa, Takashi Nakamura, Liam O'Brien, Lisa Ortiz, Eric Stuart, Tomoko Taniguchi, Veronica Taylor, Ren Usami, and Tatsumi Yoda.[5]


Despite confirmed dates for 2004, Big Apple Anime Fest announced on its web site that it would skip its event in 2004 due to the Republican National Convention, which was to be held in New York City over Labor Day weekend.[6][7] The following year, John O'Donnell of Central Park Media, one of the companies supporting Big Apple Anime Fest, informed that he was, "unaware of any plans for BAAF 2005 at this time."[8] The convention has not been held since and it is uncertain if there are any plans to revive it.

Attendance counting[edit]

Big Apple Anime Fest's metric for counting attendance differed from those typically used by other anime conventions, counting person-days ("turnstile attendance") rather than memberships sold.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Big Apple Anime Fest To Rock New York over Labor Day Weekend, 2003" (Press release). Big Apple Anime Fest. 2002-11-20. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
  2. ^ "Big Apple Anime Fest 2001 Information". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  3. ^ "BAAF Wrap-up PR". Anime News Network. November 14, 2001. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  4. ^ "Big Apple Anime Fest 2002 Information". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  5. ^ "Big Apple Anime Fest 2003 Information". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  6. ^ PatrickD (2004-02-02). "Big Apple Anime Fest 2004 update". Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  7. ^ "Big Apple Anime Fest cancelled for 2004". 2004-03-31. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  8. ^ "No plans for Big Apple Anime Fest 2005". 2005-01-19. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  9. ^ "Ten largest North American anime conventions of 2003". 2004-01-01. Retrieved 2018-06-04.

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