New Jersey’s ‘Anime Fan Fest’ 2017 Has Been Cancelled, Is Apparently a ‘Major Bummer’

Well, mark another con in the cancellation file. Otaku Magazine’s Anime Fan Fest was originally scheduled for April 22-23, 2017 at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ. Unfortunately for fans in the area, this is no longer true.

The Anime Fan Fest official Facebook page posted the following earlier today:

MAJOR BUMMER- We are so sorry to inform you that due to complications with the facility, Anime Fan Fest 2017 has been canceled. We've started issuing refunds to our attendees, vendors, and artists. Please note funds may take up to 3-5 business days to return to your account. Thank you for understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

No reasons were given for the event’s cancellation beyond “complications with the facility,” though we can speculate it’s likely for the normal reasons any con cancels — no one is buying. Frankly, we’ve heard reports of sub par experiences from their 2016 event, so there’s been a distinct lack of surprise. The event organizers did go on to say in the comments that they were unsure of their plans for the con in 2018 as well.

None of this seems to have affected Anime Fan Fest Baltimore, which is still scheduled to take place this June, though when an organization starts cancelling events less than seven weeks before their dates, they don’t exactly look stable.

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 writes and draws the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which 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.”