Project A-Kon

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A-Kon
Status Active
Venue Hilton Anatole Dallas
Location(s) Dallas, Texas
Country United States
Inaugurated 1990
Attendance 29,383 in 2015
Website
http://www.a-kon.com

A-Kon, formerly known as Project: A-Kon, is a three day anime convention held annually in Dallas, Texas usually on the first weekend of June.[1] First held in 1990 with just 380 people in attendance,[2] A-Kon is North America's longest running national anime convention.[3] The convention is the 5th largest North American anime convention as of 2014.[4]

Departments[edit]

A-Kon consists of several departments, ranging from Kon Patrol to Medical to Children's Programming. Each year, usually in February or March, they post a web page for volunteer sign-up. Volunteers work at least sixteen hours during the weekend and receive a free pass to the convention. Working for 20 hours, volunteers aged over 18 can receive a hotel room, shared with 3 other staff members.

Programming[edit]

While the focus of the convention is centered on anime fandom and screenings of films and television series, many other activities take place encompassing various segments of geek and Japanese pop culture. These events include panels with American authors and artists, a Dance Dance Revolution room, cosplay, scavenger hunts, martial arts demonstrations, an art show, and concerts by Japanese bands. The convention also maintains a vigorous social network presence on Facebook and Twitter, having about 15,000[5] and 7,000[6] followers respectively, through which they post information and run contests throughout the year. A-Kon 24 will see the addition of the Fandom and Neomedia Studies (FANS) Conference, an academic effort to sponsor, encourage, and assist in the study of fandom and media phenomena.[7]

History[edit]

The name seems to be a play on the early anime series Project A-ko + Convention.[8]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten.[8] Guests
July 28–29, 1990 Richardson Hilton
Richardson, Texas
380[9]
May 25–26, 1991 Radisson Hotel & Suites
Dallas, Texas
497 Adam Warren.[10]
June 5–7, 1992 Holiday Inn Brookhollow
Dallas, Texas[11]
May 28–30, 1993 Holiday Inn Brookhollow
Dallas, Texas
850[12]
June 3–5, 1994 Sheraton-Mockingbird Hotel
Dallas, Texas
1,111 Robert DeJesus, Ben Dunn, Neil Nadelman, Lisa "Honey-chan" Nelson, Monkey Punch, Tomoko Saito, Sue Shambaugh, Toren Smith, and Adam Warren.[13]
June 2, 1995 Harvey Addison Hotel[14]
Addison, Texas
1,450 Kevin Altieri, Ippongi Bang, Glen Murakami, and Yorihisa Uchida.[15]
May 31 – June 2, 1996 Harvey Addison Hotel
Addison, Texas
800 Ben Dunn, Neil Nadelman, Jan Scott-Frazier, Rikki Simons, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[16]
May 30 – June 1, 1997 Harvey Hotel-Addison[17]
Addison, Texas
1,243 Tiffany Grant and Jan Scott-Frazier.[18]
May 29–31, 1998 Harvey Hotel D/FW[19]
Dallas, Texas
1,931 Will Allison, Ippongi Bang, Steve Bennett, Pat Duke, Ben Dunn, Newton Ewell, Tiffany Grant, Amy Howard-Wilson, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Kuni Kimura, Neil Nadelman, Jan Scott-Frazier, Doug Smith, Shawn the Touched, Elin Winkler, Robert Woodhead, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[20]
June 4–6, 1999 Hyatt Regency DFW[21]
Dallas, Texas
3,000 Will Allison, Hiroshi Aro, Steve Bennett, Jessica Calvello, Rodney "Largo" Caston, Robert DeJesus, Pat Duke, Ben Dunn, P.N. Elrod, Newton Ewell, Tiffany Grant, Lea Hernandez, Amy Howard-Wilson, Mari Iijima, Kuni Kimura, Trish Ledoux, Edward Luena, Neil Nadelman, Fred Perry, Rikki Simons, Brian Stelfreeze, Shawn the Touched, Valkyrie Games, Adam Warren, Brett Weaver, Joe Wight, Elin Winkler, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[22]
June 2–4, 2000 Hyatt Regency DFW
Dallas, Texas
4,500 Arik Renee Avila, Rodney "Largo" Caston, Dementia7 Studios, Tiffany Grant, Amy Howard-Wilson, Lisa Ortiz, and Gilles Poitras.[23]
June 1–3, 2001 Sheraton Park Central Hotel
Dallas, Texas
5,200 Arik Renee Avila, Dementia7 Studios, Crispin Freeman, Tiffany Grant, Amy Howard-Wilson, and Brett Weaver.[24]
May 31 – June 2, 2002 Hyatt Regency DFW
Dallas, Texas
6,420 Will Allison, Arik Renee Avila, Steve Bennett, Tippi N. Blevins, Rodney "Largo" Caston, Meg Chittenden, Dementia7 Studios, DNA Studios, Duel Jewel, Pat Duke, Ben Dunn, P.N. Elrod, Newton Ewell, Melanie Fletcher, Fred Gallagher, Tiffany Grant, Yaya Han, Matthew High, Taliesin Jaffe, Daniel Kanemitsu, Kobushi Taiko, Steve Kyte, Edward Luena, Lee W. Madison, Lee Martindale, Helen McCarthy, Scott McNeil, Lindze Merritt, Millermuller Ballet, Phillip Nelson, Jonathan Osborne, Panther Comics, Eddie Perkins, Fred Perry, Radio Comix, Xero Reynolds, Joe Rosales, Stan Sakai, Jan Scott-Frazier, Diana X. Sprinkle, Michael Suarez, The Sun String Quartet, Valkyrie Games, Joe Wight, and Elin Winkler.[25]
May 30 – June 1, 2003 Hyatt Regency DFW
Dallas, Texas
7,413 Will Allison, American Dream, Arik Renee Avila, Greg Ayres, John Barrett, Steve Bennett, Bob Bergen, Kei Blue, Samuel Bohon, Camino, Jonathan Clements, Dr. Comet, Robert DeJesus, Dementia7 Studios, Doug Dlin, DNA Studios, Duel Jewel, Lee Duhlig, Pat Duke, Ben Dunn, P.N. Elrod, Rod Espinosa, Rhonda Eudaly, Newton Ewell, Bruce Faulconer, Melanie Fletcher, Iain Gill, Tiffany Grant, James Hanrahan, Kyle Hebert, Matthew High, Amy Howard-Wilson, Ursula Husted, David Hutchison, Charlene Ingram, Daniel Kanemitsu, Kikimo-dan, Steve Kyte, Jason Lee, Joshua Lesnick, Bruce Lewis, Edward Luena, Lee W. Madison, Manga Graphix, Lee Martindale, Carol McAlister, Helen McCarthy, Mike McFarland, Scott McNeil, Stephanie Nadolny, Lisa "Honey-chan" Nelson, Phillip Nelson, Jana G. Oliver, Chris Patton, Eddie Perkins, Fred Perry, Walker Plagge, Monica Rial, Sally Ridout, Kai Robertson, Jan Scott-Frazier, Rikki Simons, Diana X. Sprinkle, Brian Stelfreeze, Strong Arm Productions, The Sun String Quartet, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Jonathan Tarbox, Temple Studios, Eric Vale, Valkyrie Games, Michael Vega, J. Shanon Weaver, Jochen Weltjens, Joe Wight, Elin Winkler, Amanda Winn-Lee, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[26]
June 4–6, 2004 Adam's Mark Hotel
Dallas, Texas
9,449 Will Allison, Arik Renee Avila, John Barrett, Steve Bennett, Samuel Bohon, Rick Bones, Camino, Michael Coleman, Zach Davis, Dementia7 Studios, Brad DeMoss, Doug Dlin, Do As Infinity (D-A-I), Lee Duhlig, Pat Duke, P.N. Elrod, Rod Espinosa, Newton Ewell, Bruce Faulconer, Steve Fellows, Fred Gallagher, Lauren Goodnight, Tiffany Grant, Alan Gutierrez, James Hanrahan, Kyle Hebert, Matthew High, Tony Hobdy, Amy Howard-Wilson, Ursula Husted, David Hutchison, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Jonathan Klein, Steve Kyte, Mark Lancaster, Bruce Lewis, Lee W. Madison, Manga Graphix, Carol McAlister, Helen McCarthy, Mike McFarland, Scott McNeil, Stephanie Nadolny, Jonathan Osborne, Eddie Perkins, Walker Plagge, Psycho Le Cému, Xero Reynolds, Monica Rial, Sally Ridout, Kai Robertson, S. John Ross, Carrie Savage, Sean Schemmel, Jan Scott-Frazier, JE Smith, Diana X. Sprinkle, Brian Stelfreeze, The Sun String Quartet, Nami Tamaki, Jonathan Tarbox, Valkyrie Games, Michael Vega, J. Shanon Weaver, Jochen Weltjens, Joe Wight, and Elin Winkler.[27]
June 3–5, 2005 Adam's Mark Hotel[28]
Dallas, Texas
10,771 Tom Bateman, Ferret Baudoin, Steve Bennett, DJ Boss, Anthony Brownrigg, Robert DeJesus, Michael Dobson, Robin Atkin Downes, dream, Ben Dunn, P.N. Elrod, Newton Ewell, Melanie Fletcher, Fred Gallagher, Megan Giles, Kyle Hebert, Joel Heyman, Matthew High, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Tramell Isaac, Taliesin Jaffe, Kumiko Kato, Kobushi Taiko, Steve Kyte, Bruce Lewis, Masao Maruyama, Jonathan Mathers, Helen McCarthy, Mike McFarland, Vic Mignogna, Stephanie Nadolny, Phillip Nelson, Jonathan Osborne, Eddie Perkins, Fred Perry, Michael Pondsmith, Radio Comix, Xero Reynolds, Kai Robertson, Rooster Teeth Productions, Joe Rosales, Brian Ruh, Jan Scott-Frazier, Doug Smith, Yasufumi Soejima, Gustavo Sorola, Michael Suarez, Takahiro Umehara, Elin Winkler, Dan Woren, Toshifumi Yoshida, and ZZ.[29]
June 9–11, 2006 Adam's Mark Hotel[30]
Dallas, Texas
12,459 Justin Achilli, Steve Bennett, Eirik Blackwolf, Anthony Brownrigg, Chromelodeon, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Ben Dunn, Newton Ewell, Caitlin Glass, Michael "Piano Squall" Gluck, Darrel Guilbeau, Zel Harris, David Hutchison, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Jonathan Klein, Kotoko, Steve Kyte, Bruce Lewis, Peter Mayhew, Helen McCarthy, Jamie McGonnigal, Vic Mignogna, Jana G. Oliver, Tony Oliver, Jonathan Osborne, Penicillin, Fred Perry, Radio Comix, Xero Reynolds, Rooster Teeth Productions, Jeremy Ross, Kristine Sa, Jan Scott-Frazier, Patrick Seitz, Doug Smith, Gustavo Sorola, Sonny Strait, Jonathan Tarbox, Sean Teague, and Joe Wight.[31]
June 1–3, 2007 Adam's Mark Hotel[32]
Dallas, Texas
14,309 An Cafe, Peter S. Beagle, Steve Bennett, Bleedman, Brian Denham, Newton Ewell, Brian Glass, Kyle Hebert, Matt Herms, Samantha Inoue-Harte, ketchup mania, Steve Kyte, Bruce Lewis, Helen McCarthy, MELL, Vic Mignogna, Chris Patton, Wendy Powell, Scott Ramsoomair, Xero Reynolds, Rooster Teeth Productions, Jan Scott-Frazier, Doug Smith, Gustavo Sorola, Spike Spencer, David Stanworth, The Sun String Quartet, Jonathan Tarbox, Howard Tayler, Billy Tucci, Travis Willingham and Tommy Yune.[33]
May 30 – June 1, 2008 Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Dallas, Texas
15,324 Steve Bennett, Anthony Brownrigg, Budo Grape, Steven Cummings, David Drake, Bill Fawcett, Kyle Hebert, M. Alice LeGrow, Helen McCarthy, Kevin McKeever, Vic Mignogna, Douglas Niles, Chris Patton, Wendy Powell, Monica Rial, The Sun String Quartet, Jonathan Tarbox, Versailles Philharmonic Quintet, and Shinichi Watanabe.[34]
May 29–31, 2009 Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Dallas, Texas
16,037 Lynn Abbey, Vanessa "Vii" Arteaga, Keith Baker, Paul Benjamin, Steve Bennett, Anthony Brownrigg, Camino, John D. Carmack II, Megumi Cummings, Steven Cummings, Camilla d'Errico, Brian Denham, Tim Eldred, Newton Ewell, Bill Fawcett, Melanie Fletcher, Anthony Gallela, Oscar J. Garza III, Yaya Han, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Kyle Hebert, DJ Infam0us, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Thomas W. Knowles, Steve Kyte, M. Alice LeGrow, Bruce Lewis, Lee Martindale, Helen McCarthy, Mike McFarland, Kevin McKeever, Vic Mignogna, Jody Lynn Nye, Ananth Panagariya, Chris Patton, Wendy Powell, Mike Resnick, Jeremy Ross, S. John Ross, Tony Salvaggio, Jan Scott-Frazier, Doug Smith, Jonathan Tarbox, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Jonathan Thompson.[35]
June 4–6, 2010 Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Dallas, Texas
17,596 Abney Park, Robert Axelrod, Peter S. Beagle, Steve Bennett, David Brehm, Anthony Brownrigg, Jon Buran, Ewen Cluney, Sheldon Drzka, Melanie Fletcher, Esther Friesner, Terrance Griep, Yaya Han, Victor Hao, Malcolm Harris, Chris Hazelton, Kyle Hebert, Steve Horton, DJ Infam0us, Thomas W. Knowles, Steve Kyte, Bruce Lewis, Catherine Lundoff, Lee Martindale, Helen McCarthy, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Kevin McKeever, DJ Midget, Jim O'Rear, Jan Scott-Frazier, Jonathan Tarbox, Michael "Mookie" Terracciano, Jason Thompson, Ursula Vernon, Crystal Yates, Stephanie Young.[36]
June 10–12, 2011 Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Dallas, Texas
18,447 Lynn Abbey, Vanessa "Vii" Arteaga, Clint Bickham, Blood Stain Child, Jennie Breeden, Brentalfloss, Robert Brown, Anthony Brownrigg, Jon Buran, Chloe Chan, D, Brian Denham, Melanie Fletcher, Kaja Foglio, Phil Foglio, Brad Foster, Esther Friesner, J. Grant, Terrance Griep, Priscilla Hamby, Kyle Hebert, Mark Hildreth, Steve Horton, Amy Howard-Wilson, Mel Hynes, DJ Infam0us, Cherami Leigh, Bruce Lewis, Lee Martindale, Helen McCarthy, Kevin McKeever, Elizabeth Moon, Mandy "AmazonMandy" Moore, Monty Oum, Michael Poe, Amy Reeder Hadley, Emmanuel "Master" Rodriguez, Jonathan Tarbox, Adande "sWooZie" Thorne, Laura J. Underwood, and Eric Wile.[37]
June 1–3, 2012 Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Dallas, Texas
21,982 Curtis Arnott, AYABIE, Steve Bennett, Brentalfloss, Nathan Robert Brown, Anthony Brownrigg, CJ Cherryh, Ming Doyle, Sheldon Drzka, Sarah Elkins, Jane Fancher, Melanie Fletcher, Quinton Flynn, Scott Frerichs, Esther Friesner, Catherine E. Hajek-Harris, Bev Hale, Yaya Han, Kyle Hebert, DJ Infam0us, Nick Landis, Chris Layfield, Cherami Leigh, Pascalle Lepas, Russell Lissau, DJ MaRia, Lee Martindale, Helen McCarthy, Vic Mignogna, Elizabeth Moon, Jana G. Oliver, OZ, Meredith Placko, Tak Sakaguchi, Rikki Simons, Sleeping Samurai, Elizabeth Sloan, Jesse Sosa, Dirk Tiede, Harry Turtledove, Lisle Wilkerson, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[38]
May 31-June 2, 2013 Hilton Anatole Dallas
Dallas, Texas
22,366 Curtis Arnott, Martin Billany, Exist Trace, Esther Friesner, Todd Haberkorn, Kyle Hebert, Lee Martindale, Kristen McGuire, Vic Mignogna, Elizabeth Moon, Meredith Placko, August Ragone, Sleeping Samurai, Jesse Sosa, Sonny Strait, Take One Productions, Jonathan Tarbox, Cathy Weseluck, and Lisle Wilkerson.[39]
June 6–8, 2014 Hilton Anatole Dallas
Dallas, Texas
26,377 Curtis Arnott, Martin Billany, Anthony Brownrigg, Darren J. Gendron, Caitlin Glass, Yaya Han, Kyle Hebert, Amy Howard-Wilson, Taliesin Jaffe, Nick Landis, M. Alice LeGrow, Lee Martindale, Helen McCarthy, Elizabeth Moon, Gilles Poitras, Lawrence Simpson, Mike Sinterniklaas, Ken Steacy, Take One Productions, Jonathan Tarbox, and J. Michael Tatum.[40]
June 5-7, 2015 Hilton Anatole Dallas
Dallas, Texas
29,383 Curtis Arnott, Nathan Robert Brown, Scott Frerichs, Caitlin Glass, Kyle Hebert, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Nick Landis, Bruce Lewis, Kristen McGuire, Amber Nash, Trina Nishimura, Bryce Papenbrook, Tyson Rinehart, Anthony Sardinha, Take One Productions, J. Michael Tatum, and David Vincent.[41]

References[edit]

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