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New York Anime Fest to Be Combined With New York Comic Con

posted on by Egan Loo
October event to still have anime guests, exhibitors, panels; Masquerade to turn into daily contests

The organizers of New York Comic Con (NYCC) announced on Tuesday that the New York Anime Festival (NYAF) will be folded into NYCC, beginning with this year's October 11-14 event. NYCC promised that while NYAF will no longer be a separate event, it will announce anime guests for this year and maintain a "commitment to booking top Japanese entertainment guests."

NYAF launched as a standalone event in December 2007, and it eventually began sharing the same weekend and location — Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan — with NYCC in 2010.

According to NYCC, "[NYAF] guests, exhibitors, screenings and panels will remain largely as is, and additional NYAF events will change within this transition. NYAF's traditional Saturday Masquerade will turn into daily, evening costume contests; the show will feature one live-events stage with both comic and anime content instead of separate comic and anime stages; and the Anime Artist Alley will fold into NYCC's overall Artist Alley. Speakers interested in presenting an anime-themed panel should submit their information into NYCC's online submission tool and artists looking to set up with anime-inspired art should apply to NYCC's Artist Alley now."

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