August 29, 2012
CONVENTION WATCH: FALL 2012 California Anime Con Schedule


A9ent 760 - Staff Writer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.  Still haven’t satisfied your anime convention fix in 2012 yet?  The following conventions are taking place for the rest of the year.  Mark your calendars, bring your cameras and make some friends!

Hyper-Con (San Mateo, CA) - San Mateo Events Center, September 7-9, 2012
Yaoi-Con (Long Beach, CA) - Westin Long Beach Hotel, October 12-14, 2012
Anime Destiny (Berkeley, CA) - Martin Luther King Student Union/UC Berkeley, October 13, 2012
Pacific Media Expo (Los Angeles, CA) - Hilton Los Angeles Airport, November 9-11, 2012
AnimeIcon (Monterey, CA) - Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa, November 30-December 2, 2012

CONVENTION TIP:  Are you traveling out of town for the convention weekend?  Make sure to plan out the travel details of your trip beforehand.  Some of the most important things to work out before going to a convention are accommodations, transportation, dining arrangements and money for the bare convention necessities.  The more you plan before the convention, the less drama you have to deal with when you’re there.

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April 23, 2012
NEWSBYTE: Northern California CBF Anime Costume Parade 2012

Image Credit: Kei Tsubasa Cosplay Photography

A9ent 760 - Staff Writer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Apr. 23, 2012).  Japan Video and Media hosted its 14th Anime Costume Parade as part of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival.  Over 200 participants entering the parade and accompanying cosplay contest came from Yuba City in Northern California and Orange County in Southern California to walk in the parade viewed by over 170,000 visitors to the festival this year.  The cosplay parade was followed up by an awards ceremony with prizes sponsored by Funimation and a cosplay talent show featuring performances by AnimeMyu, Yukie Dong and Angel Hearts.

April 14, 2012
CONVENTION WATCH: 2012 California Anime Con Dates

A9ent 760 - Staff Writer

San Francisco, CA.  Get your convention groove on!The following anime conventions are coming up in California:

Bak-Anime (Bakersfield, CA) - Doubletree Hotel, April 22, 2012
DaiCon (Davis, CA) - UC Davis Memorial Union, April 28, 2012*
Fanime Con (San Jose, CA) -  McEnery Convention Center, May 25-28, 2012
AnimeIcon (Monterey, CA) - Portola Hotel & Spa / Monterey Conference Center, June 15-17, 2012
AM^2/Anime Manga & Music (Anaheim, CA) - Anaheim Convention Center, June 15-17, 2012
Anime Expo (Los Angeles, CA) - Los Angeles Convention Center, June 29 - July 2, 2012
Anime Five Cities (San Luis Obispo, CA) - Location TBA - August 11, 2012*
Kinyoobi-Con (Newark, CA) - Hilton Newark Hotel, August 11-12, 2012
Ani-Jam (Fresno, CA) - Fresno Convention Center, August 18-19, 2012
Sac-Anime - Summer (Sacramento, CA) - Woodland Hotel, August 31, September 1-2, 2012
Hyper-Con (San Mateo, CA) - San Mateo Events Center, September 7-9, 2012
Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo Presented By POW! Entertainment (Los Angeles, CA) - Los Angeles Convention Center, September 15-16, 2012*
Decepti-kon (Sacramento, CA) - Location TBA, September 29-30, 2012
Yaoi-Con (Los Angeles, CA) - Location TBA, October 12-14, 2012
Anime Destiny (Berkeley, CA) - Martin Luther King Student Union/UC Berkeley, October 13, 2012*
Pacific Media Expo (Los Angeles, CA) - Hilton Los Angeles Airport, November 9-12, 2012

Conventions currently not holding a  convention in 2012 as of this article:  Kintoki-Con
New convention listings are indicated by an asterisk (*).

This list does not include Japanese Cultural Festivals with anime programming content.

Source:  Various.

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February 27, 2012
NEWSBYTE: Japan Video Announces 2012 Anime Cosplay Parade; Call For Participants

Image Credit: San Francisco Citizen

A9ent 760 - Staff Writer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.  Japan Video & Media will be hosting its 13th annual Anime Costume Parade on Sunday, April 22nd as part of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival’s Grand Parade.  According to an announcement posted at Japan Video & Media’s store, the event will include a costume contest to be held at City Hall and a 1.3 mile parade march from City Hall to San Francisco’s Japantown.  Pre-Registration to participate in the contest and parade are currently being accepted at Japan Video & Media in-store and by phone by calling the store at (415) 563-5220.  Costume contest prizes will be announced at a later time.

SOURCE:  Japan Video & Media

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December 6, 2011
NEWSBYTE: Mai-Con Announced for 2013, Facebook Page Created

Mai-Con 2013

Agent 760, Staff Writer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Dec. 6, 2011).  Cardace Media, in association with Bay Area Conventions and Vokalect Visions announce Mai-Con 2013 to be held in San Francisco, California.  Initial event offerings will include Dealer’s Area, Games, Local Artist Area, and a Cosplay Contest.  Performances by AnimeMyu and Hatsune Miku Live! have also been announced along with a World Vocaloid Dance event.  Further information about this event will be provided in the future through a Facebook Page created by Mai-Con’s organizers.


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September 15, 2011
CONVENTION WATCH: October 2011 Bay Area Anime Events

Maid Cafe Photo from Spirit of Japantown Festival.  Image Credit:  CherryTeaGirl

A9ent 760 - Staff Writer

SAN JOSE, CA (Sept. 15, 2011).  Japantown Community Congress of San Jose will be hosting its annual Spirit of Japantown Festival on Saturday, October 1st from 10AM to 5PM in San Jose’s Japantown area from 1st to 6th Streets in San Jose.  Anime-related programming will include anime viewing rooms and a maid cafe performance sponsored by Fanime Con.  Source:  Spirit of Japantown Festival (

BERKELEY, CA (Sept. 15, 2011).  Cal Animage Alpha will be hosting its annual Anime Destiny convention on October 1st at the Martin Luther King Student Union on the U.C. Berkeley campus.  Events will also include a live performance by Kurenai. Source:  Cal Animage Anime Destiny Website (

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Sept. 15, 2011).  Japan Video & Media, in association with Japan Center Malls and Japantown Merchants Association will host a 4 hour event on Sunday, October 16th from 1PM to 4PM at the Japantown Peace Plaza.  According to the Japan Video & Media website (, events will include a People’s Choice Cosplay Contest and live performances by Mari Watanabe, local performing artist Yukie Dong and an appearance by sentai cosplayer Barry Evans.

BURLINGAME, CA (Sept. 15, 2011)  Biseinen-ya will be hosting Yaoi-Con on October 21st to 23rd at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel in Burlingame, CA.  The celebration of male beauty and passion in anime & manga will include adult-oriented events such as the Bishounen Auction and Bishounen Bingo along with conventional anime convention programming.  Convention attendees must be 18 years or older to register and participate in the event.  Source:  Yaoi-Con (

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