Providence Anime Conference

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Providence Anime Conference
Status Inactive
Venue Rhode Island Convention Center
Location(s) Providence, Rhode Island
Country United States
Inaugurated 2008
Most recent 2008
Attendance 375 in 2008
Organized by New England Anime Society

Providence Anime Conference (PAC) was a three-day anime convention held in Providence, Rhode Island.[1][2] It was the first 21-and-older anime convention.[3] PAC was created by the New England Anime Society, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit organization also responsible for creating Anime Boston.[4]

History[edit]

Providence Anime Conference was announced at Anime Boston 2007 with a 21-and-older age requirement and programing geared towards mature fans.[5] The convention estimated that attendance would be in the thousands for the first year, and instituted a 2000-attendee cap, but only registered 211 paid attendees.[1][4][5] Problems with the convention included a remote convention location, an expensive convention center with limited public transportation, the 21-and-older age requirement, and no one-day passes.[5][6] At times, the convention's halls were empty due to heavy panel attendance and the dealers suffered due to the frugality of the attendees.[1][5] Positives included cash bars selling alcoholic beverages, the use of adult language, and full panel rooms with good Q&A's and discussions.[5][6] The low attendance caused the convention to lose money and not return for the immediate future.[2][5][6]

Even with those problems, the convention was felt by many to be a good experience.[3][6][7] The convention has influenced other "18-and-older" events including Sangawa Project.[8]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Attend. Guests
October 3–5, 2008 Rhode Island Convention Center
Providence, Rhode Island
211 (paid)
375 (total)
Christopher Ayres, Kevin McKeever, Adam Sheehan, Tom Wayland, and David Williams.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Providence Anime Conference 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Looking Back on the Anime Conventions of 2008". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  3. ^ a b "Inside the Providence Anime Conference!". Robotech.com. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  4. ^ a b "Providence Anime Conference 2008 announces launch date and Robotech Convention Tour". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "The Mike Toole Show The Con That Failed". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  6. ^ a b c d "A Look at the Providence Anime Conference". Mania.com. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  7. ^ "Providence Anime Conference 2008". Reverse Thieves. Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  8. ^ "Sangawa Project: A History". Tekkoshocon Inc. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 

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