Oni-Con

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Oni-Con
Status Active
Venue Galveston Island Convention Center
at The San Luis Resort
Location(s) Galveston, Texas
Country United States
Inaugurated 2004
Attendance 7,000 (est) in 2011[1]
Website
http://www.oni-con.net/

Oni-Con is an annual three-day anime convention held during October/November at the Galvestion Island Convention Center at The San Luis Resort in Galveston, Texas. The name of the convention comes from the Japanese word for "demon/ogre".[2]

Features[edit]

The convention typically offers anime rooms, art show and auction, concerts, contests, a dance, a dealer's room, demonstrations, industry guests, LARP, masquerade, panels, video games, and voice actors.[2][3][4]

History[edit]

The convention was started by members of an Mallets, Etc., a Houston-based Anime Club.[2] Oni-Con 2004 was held at the Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental.[5] The convention in its first year had an expected attendance of 1,200, but ended up with more than 3,000 attending.[2] Oni-Con 2005 was held at the Park Plaza, Reliant Center. In 2006, Oni-Con had a dispute with the Grand Plaza Hotel in Houston.[6] Oni-Cons 2006, 2007 and 2008 were held at the George R. Brown Convention Center.[3][7] Oni-Con 2009 and 2010 was held at the Houston Marriott Westchase.[8] For 2011, Oni-Con moved to Galveston, Texas and was held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.[1]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Attendance Guests
October 22–24, 2004 Sheraton North Houston
at George Bush Intercontinental
Houston, Texas
3,000[5] Greg Ayres, Jason Balduf, Byron Beaubien, Camino, Rodney "Largo" Caston, Mandy Clark, Clover, Michael Coleman, Duel Jewel, Tiffany Grant, Kyle Hebert, Taliesin Jaffe, Lord Katsuhiko Jinnai, Bruce Lewis, George Manley, Scott McNeil, Vic Mignogna, Chris Patton, Xero Reynolds, Monica Rial, Jan Scott-Frazier, Doug Smith, and Shawn the Touched.[5]
October 21–23, 2005 Park Plaza, Reliant Center
Houston, Texas
4,000[9] Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Tom Bateman, Clover, Emily DeJesus, echostream, Taliesin Jaffe, Bruce Lewis, Mike McFarland, Jamie McGonnigal, Matthew Mercer, Vic Mignogna, Chris Moujaes, Xero Reynolds, Monica Rial, Rooster Teeth Productions, Jan Scott-Frazier, Doug Smith, and Dan Woren.[7]
October 20–22, 2006 George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas
6,000[2][10] 12012, Alistair Abell, Yoshitaka Amano, Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, Charles Campbell, Luci Christian, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Clarine Harp, Taliesin Jaffe, Kyle Jones, Brittney Karbowski, Bruce Lewis, Limit Break Cosplay, Sarah Lindholm, Jamie McGonnigal, Matthew Mercer, Jace Moore, Chris Moujaes, Chris Patton, Xero Reynolds, Monica Rial, Aaron Romo, Don Rush, Sailor JAMboree, Carrie Savage, Jan Scott-Frazier, Blake Shepard, Doug Smith, Space Invader, John Swasey, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, and David L. Williams.[11]
October 19–21, 2007 George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas
4,030[12] Tomo Asaha, Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, Clint Bickham, Michael Coleman, Kaylyn Dicksion, Aaron Dismuke, Tiffany Grant, Josh Grelle, Clarine Harp, Kyle Hebert, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Taliesin Jaffe, Trish Ledoux, Bruce Lewis, Mike McFarland, Scott McNeil, Vic Mignogna, Chris Moujaes, Chris Patton, Wendy Powell, Derek Stephen Prince, Rentrer en Soi, Xero Reynolds, Aaron Romo, Carrie Savage, Jan Scott-Frazier, Doug Smith, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Shinichi Watanabe, Travis Willingham, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[12]
December 19–21, 2008 George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, Texas
Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, echostream, Tiffany Grant, Clarine Harp, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Bruce Lewis, Jamie Marchi, Mike McFarland, Vic Mignogna, Chris Patton, Xero Reynolds, and Jan Scott-Frazier.[13]
October 30 – November 1, 2009 Houston Marriott Westchase
Houston, Texas
6,000[8] Chris Bevins, Born, Buranden, echostream, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Clarine Harp, Jerry Jewell, Bruce Lewis, Wendy Powell, Xero Reynolds, Satsuki, Carrie Savage, Blake Shepard, Alissa Simmons, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, and Twinzik.[14]
October 29–31, 2010 Houston Marriott Westchase
Houston, Texas
Airship Isabella, Almost Angels, Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Chris Cason, Daniel Coglan, Gakido, Josh Grelle, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Jerry Jewell, Kieran Strange, Lemon Drop Kick, Carli Mosier, Wendy Powell, Carrie Savage, J. Michael Tatum, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, and David Vincent.[15]
October 28–30, 2011 Galveston Island Convention Center
Galveston, Texas
7,000
(est)[1]
Airship Isabella, Almost Angels, Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, Erin "Eri" Brady, The Celestial Rogues, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, The Earthbound Papas, Clarine Harp, Taliesin Jaffe, DJ Jimni Cricket, Lemon Drop Kick, Stanley G. Love, Carli Mosier, Otokage, Rikki Simons, J. Michael Tatum, Nobuo Uematsu, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[1]
October 19–21, 2012 Galveston Island Convention Center
Galveston, Texas
Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, The Earthbound Papas, Kara Edwards, Clarine Harp, Taliesin Jaffe, Jerry Jewell, Carli Mosier, Jessie Pridemore, Carrie Savage, Rikki Simons, Mike Sinterniklaas, Soup or Villainz, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, and YTCracker.[16]
October 25–27, 2013 Galveston Island Convention Center
Galveston, Texas
Alsdead, Dr. Awkward, Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, The Earthbound Papas, Foayasha, Clarine Harp, Taliesin Jaffe, Carli Mosier, Whitney Ray, Saber Tiger, SEC-C Cosplay, Nobuo Uematsu, and YTCracker.[17]
October 31 – November 2, 2014 Galveston Island Convention Center
Galveston, Texas
Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, Ganglion, Masashi Hamauzu, Clarine Harp, Atelier Heidi, Imeruat, Taliesin Jaffe, April Martin, Carl Martin, Carli Mosier, Benyamin Nuss, Rachel Robinson, and Junko Takeuchi.[18]
October 30 – November 1, 2015 Galveston Island Convention Center
at The San Luis Resort
Galveston, Texas
Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, Cynthia Cranz, Clarine Harp, Atelier Heidi, Taliesin Jaffe, Jerry Jewell, April Martin, Carl Martin, Xander Mobus, Carli Mosier, Project BECK, and Rachel Robinson.[19]
October 28-30, 2016 Galveston Island Convention Center
at The San Luis Resort
Galveston, Texas
Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, Critical Hit, The Earthbound Papas, Clarine Harp, Taliesin Jaffe, Xander Mobus, Carli Mosier, Lisa Ortiz, Rachel Robinson, Rikki Simons, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[20]

Oni-Con Hawaii[edit]

Oni-Con Hawaii was a three-day anime convention held during November at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. It was created by Oni-Con and Babel Entertainment, growing out of the defunct Hawaii Entertainment Expo (HEXXP).[21] The convention featured a combined artist alley/dealers room (marketplace), host club and maid cafe, tabletop gaming, and video games. Communication issues affected the convention including cancelled panels and running out of lanyards. The convention chair of Oni-Con Hawaii 2014 stated that they did not receive the necessary resources from Oni-Con. He also knew nothing of the conventions 2014 plans.[22]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
November 1–3, 2013 Hawaii Convention Center
Honolulu, Hawaii
The Earthbound Papas, Atelier Pierrot, Hiroki Takahashi, J. Michael Tatum, and Nobuo Uematsu.[23]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e "Oni-Con 2007". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  3. ^ a b "Halloween arrives early at Oni-Con". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  4. ^ Andrews, Travis (October 23, 2006). "Drawn Together - An inside look at one of the last anime conventions in the U.S.". LSUreveille. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Oni-con 2004 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  6. ^ Rouner, Jef (September 15, 2015). "The Con: Anime Matsuri Is Growing, and so Is the List of People Unhappy With It". Houston Press. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Oni-con 2005 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  8. ^ a b "The Final Fantasy: An Inside Look at Anime and Cosplay Conventions". Houston Press. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  9. ^ "Oni-Con, LLC Acquires Largest Guest List to Date". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2012-09-25. 
  10. ^ Berkowitz, Lana (October 21, 2006). "Halloween arrives early at Oni-Con". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  11. ^ "Oni-con 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  12. ^ a b "Oni-con 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  13. ^ "Oni-con 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  14. ^ "Oni-con 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  15. ^ "Oni-con 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-09-24. 
  16. ^ "Oni-con 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  17. ^ "Oni-con 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  18. ^ "Oni-con 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-11-01. 
  19. ^ "Oni-con 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-11-08. 
  20. ^ "Oni-con 2016 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  21. ^ Yadao, Jason S. (November 5, 2013). "Otaku Ohana - Pros and Oni-Cons". Star Advertiser. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  22. ^ Yadao, Jason S. (August 4, 2014). "Former Oni-Con Hawaii chairman speaks out about show". Star Advertiser. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
  23. ^ "Oni-Con Hawaii 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-08-06. 

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