Crunchyroll is Launching an Anime Con, Because Lord Knows Northern California Needs Another

Today Anime streaming company Crunchyroll announced that they are partnering with Leftfield Media to launch the Crunchyroll Expo. This new event will be a three day anime convention held August 25-27, 2017 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Yep, it’ll be yet another anime con in Northern California.

Totally needed more of those.

I mean, honestly, launching a convention in a heavily saturated market doesn’t sound like the best business decision, and launching a week off of SacAnime might not be the best timing either. Heck, MAGWest, the first West coast edition of DC area gaming con MAGFest is literally being held across the street that weekend. Scheduling aside, with this being yet another Leftfield Media/Urban Expositions/Clarion Events corporate run con, one has to ask how community focused the event will be.

But maybe I’m just being a little cynical there.

Either way, this is a thing that is happening, regardless of whether or not we think it should. Maybe it will turn out great, and everyone will have a good time. But there are only so many weekends in the year, and there are only so many dollars in fans pockets.

I’m just not sure how far they’ll stretch.

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.”

One thought on “Crunchyroll is Launching an Anime Con, Because Lord Knows Northern California Needs Another

  • February 11, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Re: MAGWest — The Hyatt isn’t across the street, it’s attached to the convention center. The Hilton is across Tasman from the SCCC. That should be really interesting.


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