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Otakon Announces 2017 Attendance Numbers

After pulling in the final numbers from all departments, Otakorp Inc. has announced the official attendance for Otakon 2017. The final number is 24,894.

This number includes total memberships/attendees, both pre-registered and at door, as well as staff, dealers, artists, industry, contractors, guests, the Anime World Matsuri and members of the registered press.

While this number is down from last year, this was the first year in a new location, and the Otakon leadership has hopes for future growth. From 1999 to 2016, Otakon had been held in the Baltimore Convention Center and in 2017 held the convention at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

 

Otakon 2018 will be held from August 10 to 12 in Washington DC.

 

NYCC 2019: Titan Reveals Exclusives for My Hero Academia, DC Hero, Arrow, Doctor Who, and More!

Titan Merchandise will be previewing 2020 DC Hero TITANS vinyl figures at Booth #2142 at New York Comic Con 2019 from October 3rd!

Titan Merchandise will have the following TITANS vinyl EXCLUSIVES at booth #2142 in very limited numbers:

My Hero Academia 3” Kawaii TITANS Twin-Pack – Deku & Bakugo U.A. High School Variant

Titan Entertainment are proud to debut their 3″ Kawaii TITANS of My Hero Academia’s Deku (Izuku Midoriya) and Katsuki Bakugo, dressed in their U.A. High School uniforms for this exclusive NYCC 2019 window-boxed twin-pack! 

Available in very limited numbers at Titan Entertainment Booth #2142!

Tokyo Ghoul 3” Kawaii TITAN – Ken Kaneki

Titan Entertainment are excited to reveal our exclusive 3″ Kawaii TITAN of Tokyo Ghoul’s Ken Kaneki!

Available at NYCC 2019 in very limited numbers at Titan Entertainment Booth #2142!

DC HERO TITANS: DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW 3″ John Constance Hero TITAN Incantation Variant!

Titan Entertainment will be debuting our all-new DC Hero TITANS vinyl range at NYCC 2019, with two exclusive DC Hero TITANS releases. The first stars Legends of Tomorrow’s Liverpudlian warlock John Constantine, casting an incantation as seen in the first episode of season four!

Available in very limited numbers at Titan Entertainment Booth #2142!

DC HERO TITANS: ARROW Green Arrow & Canary 3″ Hero TITANS Twin-Pack!

The second Dc Hero TITANS exclusive is a twin-pack featuring the saviours of Starling City, Oliver Queen’s Green Arrow and Sara Lance’s Canary!

Available in very limited numbers at Titan Entertainment Booth #2142!

DOCTOR WHO 3″ Thirteenth Doctor “Kerblam!” Kawaii TITAN

Titan Entertainment are proud to present the latest in their series of limited edition Thirteenth Doctor Kawaii TITANS vinyls! For NYCC 2019, we’re showcasing the Thirteenth Doctor as she appears in the seventh episode of season eleven “Kerblam!” 

Available in very limited numbers at Titan Entertainment Booth #2142!

DOCTOR WHO 3″ Thirteenth Doctor “Rosa” Classic TITAN

Titan Entertainment are thrilled to announce the latest in their series of limited edition Thirteenth Doctor classic TITANS vinyls! For NYCC 2019, we’re debuting the Thirteenth Doctor as she appears in the third episode of season eleven “Rosa”

Available in very limited numbers at Titan Entertainment Booth #2142!

Otakon Sees a Bigger Turnout in 2019 and Announces 2020 Dates Set

The preliminary attendance numbers for Otakon 2019 have been released and it’s up from 2018. Announced at the Con Feedback panel, the number is 28,472 which beats 2018’s 28,116. They’ll be releasing more details and an official number in the next couple of weeks.

The convention began in 1994 where it had 350 unique individuals and 875 turnstile. The highest attendance was in 2013 with 34,211 unique individuals and 107,500 turnstile. Having taken place in Baltimore, the convention moved to Washington, DC in 2017 where it saw a dip in attendance from the previous year’s 29,113 individuals to 24,894. 2018 saw an increase to 28,116.

2019’s preliminary 28,472 would make it the sixth highest attended show so far.

Otakon is an annual convention celebrating Asian pop culture like anime, manga, music, movies, video games, and its fandom.

Otakon 2020 takes place from July 31 to August 2.

Otakon 2020

NYCC 2019: Doctor Who Exclusives From Titan Merchandise

DOCTOR WHO 3″ Thirteenth Doctor “Kerblam!” Kawaii TITAN

Titan Entertainment are proud to present the latest in their series of limited edition Thirteenth Doctor Kawaii TITANS vinyls! For NYCC 2019, we’re showcasing the Thirteenth Doctor as she appears in the seventh episode of season eleven “Kerblam!” Available in very limited numbers at Titan Entertainment Booth #2142!

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DOCTOR WHO 3″ Thirteenth Doctor “Rosa” Classic TITAN

Titan Entertainment are thrilled to announce the latest in their series of limited edition Thirteenth Doctor classic TITANS vinyls! For NYCC 2019, we’re debuting the Thirteenth Doctor as she appears in the third episode of season eleven “Rosa”Available in very limited numbers at Titan Entertainment Booth #2142!

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Producer Shoichi Hotta to Guest at Otakon

Shoichi Hotta

Shoichi Hotta, who produced “Laid-Back Camp” among other anime titles, will be a guest at Otakon 2019

Early in his career, Hotta, a Tokyo native, was involved in animation projects at an ad agency and a videogame company.  Then he entered the field of anime, working as a producer for such anime titles as “Is The Order a Rabbit,” “HaNaYaMaTa,” and “Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler.”  In 2018, he planned and produced the hit series “Laid-Back Camp.”  He currently works at DeNA, Co Ltd, where he is active in producing and creating a number of video and media mix projects.

Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

NYCC 2019: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 is Getting a Deluxe Hardcover

This November, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will hit a pretty big number with issue #100. Announced by IDW at New York Comic Con, you’ll be able to revisit one of 2019’s hottest comic sensations with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100 Deluxe Hardcover, featuring the epic conclusion to the “City at War” story arc, rare artwork pulled from behind-the-scenes sketches and hard-to-find cover variants, and even a complete oral history of the entire record-breaking IDW TMNT series, written by Patrick Ehlers.

Written by Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman, illustrated by Dave Wachter and Mateus Santolouco, and showcasing a cover by Dave Wachter, this deluxe hardcover (ISBN 978-1-68405-402-3) is a must-have item for Turtle mega-fans!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #100

Hiromi Wakabayashi of Studio Trigger Heads to Otakon 2019

Studio Trigger‘s Hiromi Wakabayashi, who has fulfilled a number of roles at the studio, will appear as a guest at Otakon 2019.

Formerly staff at the prolific Studio Gainax, Hiromi Wakabayashi has served a variety of roles on Gainax’s greatest works, including “Gurren Lagann” and “Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.”

Since 2011, when Wakabayashi joined Studio Trigger, he has been involved in a variety of roles on several works with director Hiroyuki Imaishi, including scripting the fourth episode, directing the second ending sequence, and overseeing the design team for “Kill la Kill” as the series’s creative producer. He has additionally been involved in Studio Trigger works, including the hit series “Little Witch Academia,” and “Inferno Cop.” Most recently, he has served as the creative director for Studio Trigger’s latest works, “Space Patrol Luluco” and “Promare.”

Otakon 2019 will be held July 26-28, 2019 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Gen Con 2016 to Feature Record-Breaking Number of Exhibitors, On-Pace to Set Attendance Records

Gen Con 2016Gen Con 2016 returns to the Indiana Convention Center August 4-7 for THE BEST FOUR DAYS IN GAMING, and current badge sales indicate the show is on pace for record attendance as well. Gen Con is the original, longest running, and best-attended gaming convention in the world. Gen Con 2016 will feature more than 15,000 events taking place over the four-day weekend. For the first time ever, Gen Con will offer events in the Lucas Oil Stadium exhibition space to keep up with demand and growth for the show.

Last year, Gen Con set an attendance record with more than 61,000 unique attendees coming from all 50 states, every Canadian province, and more than 54 countries. The show had a four-day turnstile attendance of more than 197,695. This year, badges are moving at an even faster rate.

According to tourism group Visit Indy, Gen Con drives more than $67 million in annual activity to the city of Indianapolis. At Gen Con 2016, attendees will have a chance to meet the experts in the gaming industry, play newly released games, and get a sneak peek at the latest developments.

The show runs Thursday, August 4, through Sunday, August 7, 2016. Thursday through Saturday, the Exhibit Hall is open 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. 24-hour gaming takes place at the Indiana Convention Center and at area hotels during the four-day event. Pre-registration ends on June 19 and after that, you’ll need to get your badge on site.

Below are some of the announced events and highlights for the convention:

  • Sun King Brewing’s 20-Sided Rye Tapping Party – Wednesday, August 3 – Indy’s own Sun King Brewing is releasing their 5th official Gen Con beer, 20-Sided Rye. An open-to-the-public tapping party will serve as the official kick-off to Gen Con 2016, beginning on Wednesday, August 3 at 5 pm on Georgia St. This party will feature live music and entertainment.
  • Mayfair Games Charity Event: Saboteur Tournament – Saturday, August 6 – Gen Con Co-Sponsor Mayfair Games will host a gaming event supporting the Official 2016 Charity, The PourHouse, on Saturday, August 6. Participants will play the popular card game Saboteur in a multi-round tournament where the winner will receive a seat in the Saboteur World Championship in Budapest, Hungary in November, 2016.
  • Paizo Inc. Reveals Upcoming Games at Gen Con – Gen Con Co-Sponsor Paizo Inc. will have hundreds of events at this year’s convention including Pathfinder RPG events in the Sagamore Ballroom located inside the Indiana Convention Center as well as a full Exhibits Hall presence. They also will reveal new products from the world of Pathfinder to brand new RPG initiatives and product lines to come.
  • Rio Grande Games Continues Tradition – Gen Con Co-Sponsor Rio Grande Games continues its tradition of offering players the chance to learn and play are their new games including Dominion: Empires, the latest expansion, along with all other Dominion games.
  • Gen Con 2016 Charity Partner The PourHouse – Gen Con has partnered with The PourHouse, a local charity to Indianapolis. The PourHouse, which opened in 2004, provides street outreach and peer advocacy for individuals experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis. In 2015, Gen Con’s programming generated more than $40,000 for the 2015 Charity Partner, The Julian Center.
  • Georgia Street Experience – Georgia St. will be filled with food and activities with more than 40 food trucks, the Sun King Brewery Beer Garden, Hot Box Pizza food area, games, and more.
  • 31st Annual Costume Contest – The best and most creative costumes will be on display for all to see. Numerous awards will be bestowed across a wide swath of categories during the 31st Annual Costume Contest beginning Saturday, August 6 at 3:30 pm with the pre-show.
  • Author’s Avenue, Art Show, and Artist’s Avenue – Earlier this year, Gen Con announced the Author Guest of Honor, Robin Hobb¸ who will be signing books in the book signing area of the Exhibit Hall. Artist Tyler Jacobson has been selected as the Gen Con 2016 Artist Guest of Honor. Jacobson’s credits include illustration for games such as Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. More than 80 artists will take part in the annual Gen Con Art Show, and prints and original artwork will be available for purchase from many participating artists in the Exhibit Hall
  • Film Festival – Filmmakers from around the world gather to compete in the Gen Con Film Festival. Some travel from as far away as New Zealand and every other corner of the country for screenings, film panels, and a chance to win many coveted awards.
  • Puppet Program – In its second year, the puppet program has a variety of events for novice to professional puppeteers, including workshops on creating puppets, as well as beginning to advance puppeteering. The main event for this program is the Late Night Puppet Slam, an adult puppet comedy skit show.
  • Record Number of Sponsors and Media Partners – More companies are bringing dedicated events and event space to Gen Con 2016. This year features the following sponsors: Mayfair Games, Paizo Inc. Rio Grande Games, CoolStuffInc., Upper Deck Company, LLC., ACD Distribution, Breaking Games/Ad Magic, Spin Master Games, Czech Games Edition, The Pokémon Company International, Asmodée Éditions, Cards Against Humanity, CoolMiniOrNot, End Transmission Games, Fantasy Flight Games, Brotherwise Games, Dimension, Interactive Intelligence, Lone Shark Games, MegaCon Games, ODAM Publishing, Sun King Brewery, White Wizard, Games, Games & Gears, HotBox Pizza, Kickstarter, Offworld Designs Inc., Saltire Games, Scotty’s Brewhouse, The PourHouse, Yo-kai Watch, American Mensa Ltd., Do317, GeekDad, and Nuvo Inc.

NYCC 2019: Stranger Things Returns with Into the Fire in January 2020

Dark Horse Comics and Netflix are expanding the world of Stranger Things in the newest Stranger Things comic series, Stranger Things: Into the Fire!

In 1984, several years after escaping Hawkins, two survivors of Dr. Brenner’s experiments seek out their lost fellow experiment, number Nine, who needs their help now more than ever.

Writer Jody Houser, line artist Ryan Kelly, inker Le Beau Underwood, colorist Triona Farrell, and letterer Nate Piekos, explore the true effects of Dr. Brenner’s meddling experiments in Stranger Things: Into the Fire.

In Stranger Things: Into the Fire, years after escaping Hawkins Lab, two of Dr. Brenner’s former subjects try to return to their live normal lives. When news reaches them that the lab was shut down they go on a harrowing search for Nine, a powerful pyrokinetic, whose shattered psyche threatens to burn them all to ashes if they can’t find her and free her from her own malevolent imagination.

The first issue of Stranger Things: Into the Fire goes on sale January 8, 2020.

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Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1

SDCC 2019: Sideshow Partners with Comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias to Debut New Collectibles

Sideshow has revealed a brand-new collaboration with acclaimed comedian and actor Gabriel Iglesias, known on the comedy stage as Fluffy.  For the first time, fans will be able to bring home a number of unique and exciting collectibles inspired by Fluffy’s likeness and comedic legacy. 

The Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias Designer Toy, available now from Sideshow’s Unruly Industries, brings the funny to your home collection in a stylish format. This vinyl collectible captures Fluffy’s larger-than-life personality and can be displayed anywhere you need to add a little extra humor to your day. Fans will also be able to get their hands on an upcoming Gabriel Iglesias plush toy that gives the name Fluffy a whole new meaning!

As a dedicated collector himself, Fluffy will also be making an appearance at Sideshow’s official booth (#1929) at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Fans can meet the comedy titan himself and check out the designer vinyl toy in person at the booth during the convention weekend. More details about Fluffy’s appearance at the Sideshow booth will be available closer to the event.

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