Overload (convention)

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Overload
Overload convention logo.png
Logo for 2013 convention
Status Active
Venue ASB Stadium
Location(s) Auckland, New Zealand
Country New Zealand
Inaugurated 2006
Attendance 600 in 2012
Organized by Overload Committee
Website
overload.co.nz

Overload (formerly Doujin Overload) is an annual single-day anime convention focusing on doujin held in Auckland, New Zealand. It is the first of its kind to run in New Zealand.[1]

Origins[edit]

Overload (the Doujin Overload) was set up based on conversations in the Auckland doujin community about helping local artists showcase and sell their work, specifically inspired by the Comiket in Japan.[2]

Programming[edit]

The convention has run as a single-day event every year apart from 2011 when it took place over two days. Aside from the sale of artists' work, it includes a comic competition (from 2012), an art exhibition (since 2012) and cosplay competition (since 2010).

History[edit]

The conference has become more diverse over the years, such as with the dropping of 'Doujin' from the convention name and focus on wider comic work from 2011 on,[3] and with events in recent years such as the 2011 Game Development panel,[4] and the 2012 art exhibition at Unitec Snow White Gallery of Japanese anime artist Fuzichoco.[5][6] The event is notable for early support of cos-players from 2008 on.[7] In 2011 former World Cosplay Champion Yuri Inaba was an invited participant of Overload.[8]

Event History[edit]

Year Dates Venue Attendance Featured Artists
2006 9 July Mercure Hotel 150[5] Ethird (Simon Kao)
2007[9] 8 July The Hyatt Auckland Jianran Pan & W.L.Wong
2008 8 July Ethird (Simon Kao)
2009 26 July Mercure Hotel Paolo Alinea
2010 25 July The Hyatt Auckland 1000[5] Jeremiah W. & Anthony Lau
2011 26–27 July 800 Eddie & SnowWaltz
2012 22 September The Pullman Hotel 600 Fuzichoco
2013 28 September ASB Stadium 1600 (approx)[10] Range Murata[11][12]
2014 4 October 2000 (approx)[13] Yoshitoshi ABe
2015 26 September Noizi Ito, Yuegene Fay

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Overload: About". Website. Overload. 
  2. ^ "Overload: History". Website. Overload. 
  3. ^ Davies, Johanna (15 July 2011). "Drawn in". NZ Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Gaming Panel". Article. NZ Gamer. 
  5. ^ a b c "Art Exhibition". Article. Overload. 
  6. ^ "藤色 fuzishiki – Fuzichoco". Unitec New Zealand. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Tan, Lincoln (15 July 2008). "'Cosplayers' craze grows". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  8. ^ 작성자 (15 July 2011). "오버로드(Overload) 2011 행사 2009년 세계 코스프레 챔피온 유리 이나바 참가". Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "What's On: NZ Herald". Website. New Zealand Herald. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Sponsorship information". Overload. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Range Murata to Attend Overload NZ 2013 as Special Guest". Anime News Network. 20 September 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "进击的漫展!overload漫展9月28日再次引爆奥克兰". 20 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "About Overload". Overload. Retrieved 5 October 2015.