Anime Apocalypse Officially Calls It Quits

Well, it’s official – Illinois based anime convention Anime Apocalypse has called it quits. Last week, the convention chair Corey Wood posted the following announcement to Anime Apocalypse’s official Facebook page:

Hi all,  For those wondering, and our apologies for not mentioning anything sooner on here, but we are not having Anime Apocalypse this year.  We felt with the attendance (that while grew) was not something we would be able to continue on. We as senior management recognized that there was 1) no good financial option in Rockford and 2) there is already a bunch of other Chicago area cons that we felt it was best to step back and hold of a year, if not more.  Should there be a huge desire for Anime Apocalypse in the future, we'd love to hear it! We run these cons for you the fans and if it is something you would like to see return, we are all open ears. (It would return to Schaumburg, if it did return given the price of the other venue, the Cliffbreakers that we priced out in Rockford before our initial move to Schaumburg)  We truly appreciate everyone's dedication and enthusiasm to Anime Apocalypse, and we hope to see you at future events we run.  Thanks all,  Corey Wood Owner/Convention Chair Anime Apocalypse

Anime Apocalypse was first held back in December of 2012 in Rockford, IL. For their last convention, they shifted a month later and relocated to Schaumburg, IL. From all reports, that relocation saw a significant drop in the convention’s attendance. With that in mind, the cancellation is frankly unsurprising, as no announcements had been made about their next convention (which likely would have been held next month had they been going forward).

Whether or not Anime Apocalypse’s failure is part of a larger pattern is hard to say at this point, but it can’t be a great sign.

h/t to KORfan

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also wrote and drew the now completed webcomic UnCONventional, and produces the podcasts BS-Free Witchcraft, On This Day With Trae, Stormwood & Associates, and The Nerd & Tie Podcast. This leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

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