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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.

Leftfield Media Buys in to Rose City Comic Con

The slow, eventual consolidation of conventions continues, as Leftfield Media announced yesterday that they are now a part owner of Portland, OR based Rose City Comic Con. Rose City Comic Con, founded by Ron and Paula Brister, ran their first event in 2012 and regularly hits five digit attendance numbers.

Leftfield Media, based in Connecticut, currently operates a handful of events, including their newly announced Five Points Festival, Anime NYC, and Awesome Con (which Leftfield Media bought in 2015). Of course, Leftfield Media was purchased by Georgia based Urban Expositions (who run over two dozen events themselves) in August of 2016. If that wasn’t enough for you, Urban Expositions, of course, is a subsidiary of London based Clarion Events.

I think eventually, if you dig far enough, you’ll find the snake begins to eat itself.

Frankly, with the slow absorption of independently owned major events by groups like Leftfield Media and ReedPOP, it seems like there’s a slow but sure movement for corporate consolidation in the major Pop Culture expo business. Frankly, considering that these are the most expensive conventions to operate, it’s not all that surprising.

I’m just not completely sure it’s a good thing.