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NEWS: New York Anime Festival Reports 18,399 Total Attendees




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DigimonTamer



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:30 pm Reply with quote
wow, that's a very nice number. Change some things for the better and this could pass Otakon as the biggest con on the east coast.
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Elfen12



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:46 pm Reply with quote
DigimonTamer wrote:
wow, that's a very nice number


Wow, no kidding. Yeah that's approaching the population of my ... my town that i'm from Embarassed - there i said it. Let's hope not the size though. But yeah, that's pretty amazing, more so then i thougth would go.

-Elfen12- so there are 18,000+ of us anime/manga ... oh nevermind
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sykoeent



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:37 pm Reply with quote
Is there any feedback on this con? I'm thinking about attending next year!
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drakenfyre75



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:41 pm Reply with quote
wow, that's awesome for a turn out!! and to think I was part of that number Very Happy
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mythus



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:46 pm Reply with quote
please put back the video gaming room. I missed that.
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sykoeent



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:57 pm Reply with quote
Nice Nice! I've been to Toy Fair a couple of times at the Javits Center over there, how much of it does NY Anime Fest use?
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bayoab



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:36 pm Reply with quote
Halls 1A and 1B of the Javits. 1A is dedicated to panels and video. 1B is the exhibitor room, artists alley, etc.

And it's an okay con as far as things go. The biggest changed needed is they need to add some of the rules that the other large cons have. They also need to get more space because as it is, the con feels really scrunched together and small. (This is mostly because, unlike most other convention centers, there is nearly no between space.)
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cetriya



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:07 am Reply with quote
dam* that was quick. Don't northern east coast con goers have enough cons to go to?
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jvowles
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 9:35 am Reply with quote
cetriya wrote:
dam* that was quick. Don't northern east coast con goers have enough cons to go to?


Never underestimate the power of your potential draw when you are in a city of 8 million residents, linked by a functional public transportation system.

Also remember that NYAF is *not* set up like a traditional convention, though it has some of those features. It is primarily a trade show, and is heavily focused on exhibit hall traffic.
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bglassbrook



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 12:12 am Reply with quote
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but not some of the tickets sold by retailers

I don't know if this this is specifically tickets, which could lead to person-days being counted, or just in the generic sense of some sort of permission to access an event for money or services tendered, but if they are unique attendees ... wow.
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Mohawk52



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:43 am Reply with quote
jvowles wrote:
cetriya wrote:
dam* that was quick. Don't northern east coast con goers have enough cons to go to?


Never underestimate the power of your potential draw when you are in a city of 8 million residents, linked by a functional public transportation system.

Also remember that NYAF is *not* set up like a traditional convention, though it has some of those features. It is primarily a trade show, and is heavily focused on exhibit hall traffic.
That's roughly 0.23% of the population of NYC. The definition of niche.
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enurtsol



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:35 pm Reply with quote
Obviously, as reported, they counted everyone, not just those "paid memberships."

I've been to both Otakon and NYAF, and no way NYAF could fit even nearly Otakon's usual numbers (~23k, before the jump this year) into just those 2 basement halls in the Javits (Otakon occupies the whole of Baltimore Convention Center). I'd guess probably half (about 10k) could fit at one time. (To get an idea how 10k is, it's just under the usual basketball game attendance.)
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