ColossalCon

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ColossalCon
Status Active
Genre Anime, Gaming, Japanese Culture[1]
Venue Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Location(s) Sandusky, Ohio
Country United States
Inaugurated 2002
Attendance 17,374 in 2015[2]
Organized by Nostalgiaconventions.com LLC[3]
Website http://www.colossalcon.com/

ColossalCon, formerly called Cleveland Colossal Convention, is an annual four-day anime convention held during May/June at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

Programming[edit]

The convention typically offers an artist’s alley, art galleries, concerts, cosplay contests, dances, flea market, formal ball, game room, game shows, guest speakers, karaoke, merchandise vendors, panels, and video rooms.[1][4][5][6]

History[edit]

ColossalCon was started in 2002 and began as a one-day convention in Strongsville, Ohio.[7] In 2003, it became a three-day convention and moved to the Holiday Inn Cleveland South Independence in Independence, Ohio where it remained until 2007, except for 2005 when it was located in the Embassy Suites.[8][9][10] The convention for 2008 moved to the Hilton Cleveland East / Beachwood in Beachwood, Ohio, and moved again in 2009 to the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio where the convention has been located since.[11][12] During the 2010 convention a tornado hit the area surrounding the venue, hotel and convention guests were sent to the basement for shelter, and the venue suffered no damage.[13] The convention is considering an attendance cap due outgrowing Sandusky's hotel room capacity.[14] In 2017, the water-park remained open extra hours for the convention.[15]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
August 4, 2002 Holiday Inn
Strongsville, Ohio[7]
March 14–16, 2003 Holiday Inn Cleveland South Independence
Independence, Ohio
Bob Bergen, Scott Dalrymple, Rob Feldman, John Greiner, James Groman, Wendee Lee, Sean McKeever, Myatt Murphy, Eddy Newell, Don Pedicini Jr., Tom Peyer, Walt Simonson, Don Simpson, Robin Welch, Cindy Yamauchi, and Chris Yambar.[8]
March 26–28, 2004 Holiday Inn Cleveland South Independence
Independence, Ohio
Michael Coleman, Sean McKeever, Eddy Newell, Walt Simonson, and Amy Tipton.[16]
June 10–12, 2005 Embassy Suites
Independence, Ohio
Jamie McGonnigal, Peelander-Z, and Janice Williams.[9]
June 2–4, 2006 Holiday Inn Cleveland South Independence
Independence, Ohio
Jamie McGonnigal.[17]
June 15–17, 2007 Holiday Inn Cleveland South Independence
Independence, Ohio
Christine Auten, Chibi Jae, Entertainment System, Jamie McGonnigal, Stephanie Sheh, Mike Sinterniklaas, and The Spoony Bards.[10]
June 26–29, 2008 Hilton Cleveland East / Beachwood
Beachwood, Ohio
Chibi Jae, Aaron Dismuke, Caitlin Glass, Vic Mignogna, and The OneUps.[11]
June 4–7, 2009 Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Sandusky, Ohio
Laura Bailey, Chibi Jae, Aaron Dismuke, Melissa Fahn, Gavin Goszka, Chuck Huber, Vic Mignogna, Sonnya Paz, Michelle Ruff, Mike Sinterniklaas, Brad Swaile, Cristina Vee, and Travis Willingham.[12]
June 3–6, 2010 Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Sandusky, Ohio
Chris Cason, Chibi Jae, Leah Clark, Aaron Dismuke, Todd Haberkorn, Vic Mignogna, Wendy Powell, and J. Michael Tatum.[18]
June 2–5, 2011 Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Sandusky, Ohio
5,000
(est.)[5]
Gavin Goszka, Todd Haberkorn, Cherami Leigh, Vic Mignogna, Lisa Ortiz, Mr. Raptor, and J. Michael Tatum.[19]
June 7–10, 2012 Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Sandusky, Ohio
2D6, Christine Marie Cabanos, Daniel Coglan, Quinton Flynn, Tiffany Grant, Todd Haberkorn, Vic Mignogna, Cassandra Lee Morris, Uncle Yo, Cristina Vee, and Greg Wicker.[20]
June 6–9, 2013 Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Sandusky, Ohio
2D6, Joshua Adams, Daniel Coglan, Jessica DiCicco, Carrie Keranen, Cassandra Lee, Mela Lee, Uke Li, Jamie Marchi, Vic Mignogna, Lisa Ortiz, Monica Rial, Chris Sabat, Ian Sinclair, J. Michael Tatum, V is for Villains, Billy West, and Greg Wicker.[21]
June 5–8, 2014 Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Sandusky, Ohio
2D6, Johnny Yong Bosch, Jessica Calvello, Chalk Twins, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Phil LaMarr, Cherami Leigh, Vic Mignogna, Lisa Ortiz, Bryce Papenbrook, Erica Schroeder, Patrick Seitz, Cree Summer, and Savana Wehunt.[6][22]
June 4–7, 2015 Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Sandusky, Ohio
17,374[2]2D6, Steven Blum, Johnny Yong Bosch, Chalk Twins, Jennifer Cihi, Daniel Coglan, Charles Dunbar, Chuck Huber, Laugh Out Loud, Matthew Mercer, Shonen Knife, Symphonic Anime Orchestra, and Eric Vale.[2]
June 2–5, 2016 Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Sandusky, Ohio
2D6, Bruce Carr, Chalk Twins, Daniel Coglan, Amber Lee Connors, Cosplay, Inc., Taylor Davis, Ben Diskin, Erika Harlacher, David Liebe Hart, Chuck Huber, Kazha, Vic Mignogna, Daman Mills, Cassandra Lee Morris, Laura Post, Professor Shyguy, Spike Spencer, Symphonic Anime Orchestra, Kaiji Tang, Jason Trost, and Nao Yazawa.[23]
June 1–4, 2017 Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Sandusky, Ohio
Dante Basco, Johnny Yong Bosch, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Taylor Davis, Charles Dunbar, Kara Eberle, Quinton Flynn, Ghost in Blue, Kid Yuki and the Otakus, E. Jason Liebrecht, Elizabeth Maxwell, Vic Mignogna, None Like Joshua, Professor Shyguy, Erica Schroeder, Super Guitar Bros., The Triforce Quartet, and Nao Yazawa.[24]
May 31 – June 3, 2018 Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Sandusky, Ohio
Steve Blum, Mica Burton, Ray Chase, Daniel Coglan, Cynthia Cranz, Charles Dunbar, Ghost in Blue, Kazha, Kid Yuki and the Otakus, The Manly Battleships, Kristen McGuire, Vic Mignogna, Max Mittelman, Chris Patton, Professor Shyguy, Chii Sakurabi, Super Guitar Bros., Jason Trost, and David Vincent.[25]

Fan Appreciation Party Weekend[edit]

Fan Appreciation Party Weekend is a two-day convention held during September at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
September 11–12, 2015 Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Sandusky, Ohio
Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, and Amber Lee Connors.[26]

Colossalcon East[edit]

Colossalcon East is a three-day convention held during September at the Kalahari Resorts in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania.

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
September 8–10, 2017 Kalahari Resort and Convention Center
Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania
Dante Basco, Daniel Coglan, Charles Dunbar, Manly Battleships, Elizabeth Maxwell, Vic Mignogna, Erica Schroeder, The Triforce Quartet, and Nao Yazawa.[27]
September 7–9, 2018 Kalahari Resorts
Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania
Morgan Berry, James Carter Cathcart, Daniel Coglan, Charles Dunbar, R. Bruce Elliott, Ghost in Blue, Todd Haberkorn, Xanthe Huynh, Michele Knotz, The Manly Battleships, Professor Shyguy, and Super Guitar Bros.[28]

Complaint against Colossus Con[edit]

Nostalgiaconventions.com LLC (ColossalCon) filed a complaint against Colossus Con in 2017 for using a name too close to ColossalCon.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Krafty, Matt (2010-06-07). "Where anime and gaming rule". Sandusky Newspapers. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
  2. ^ a b c "Colossalcon 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  3. ^ a b Reformado, Wadi (February 28, 2017). "ColossalCon alleges Colossus Con name infringes trademark". Northern California Record. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  4. ^ Krafty, Matt (2009-06-02). "Get dressed up and go play at ColossalCon 8". Sandusky Newspapers. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
  5. ^ a b Addington-Hodge, Morgan (2012-06-05). "ColossalCon 11 is coming to Sandusky". Sandusky Newspapers. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
  6. ^ a b Widman Neese, Alissa (2014-06-07). "Colossalcon expects colossal year". Sandusky Register. Retrieved 2014-06-15.
  7. ^ a b "Cleveland Colossal Convention 2002 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2007-11-27.
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  10. ^ a b "Cleveland Colossal Convention 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2007-11-27.
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  13. ^ Hanson, Brian (2010-07-09). "Hey, Answerman! Identity Theft". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
  14. ^ Benson, John (Jun 3, 2015). "Colossalcon returns to Kalahari". Sandusky Register. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  15. ^ Pletcher, Michelle (May 31, 2017). "Colossalcon 16 set for this weekend at Kalahari". Sandusky Register. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Cleveland Colossal Convention 2004 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2007-11-27.
  17. ^ "Cleveland Colossal Convention 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2007-11-27.
  18. ^ "Colossalcon 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-06-30.
  19. ^ "Colossalcon 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-06-30.
  20. ^ "Colossalcon 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  21. ^ "Colossalcon 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  22. ^ "Colossalcon 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-09-16.
  23. ^ "Colossalcon 2016 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  24. ^ "Colossalcon 2017 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  25. ^ "Colossalcon 2018 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  26. ^ "Fan Appreciation Party Weekend 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-09-10.
  27. ^ "Colossalcon East 2017 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  28. ^ "Colossalcon East 2018 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2018-09-14.

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Coordinates: 41°23′05″N 82°38′28″W / 41.384597°N 82.641151°W / 41.384597; -82.641151