Otakon® 2009 Preliminary Attendance Numbers

Baltimore, MD (July 19, 2008) – As of the close of registration Saturday evening, the head of Otakon Registration confirmed a headcount of 25,108 members from picked up pre-registration and at-con registration. Pre-registration pick-ups and purchased memberships will continue through Sunday.

This year, 17,985 people pre-registered for Otakon, up nearly 800 people, or 4.6%, from last year. At that time, Otakon officials predicted an attendance of 27,000.

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its sixteenth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore's few large, city-wide events, drawing over 25,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 70,000 "turnstile" attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see http://www.otakon.com/otakorp/index.asp
For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2009, see http://www.otakon.com/

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