For the second consecutive year, the New England Anime Society, the organizers of Anime Boston, will be presenting anime programming at First Night Boston. The day's programming schedule has been posted.
East Meets South, which lost its function space last week, has announced a new venue. The convention will be held at the Historic Caldwell Building, six blocks from the original site. They are making arrangements with the Howard Johnson and Best Western.
According to the web site for East Meets South, a new convention in Alabama, the hotel has rented the function space out from under them. They are looking for a new venue and expect to be able to make an announcement on Monday afternoon.
AnimeCons.com has been given ten free passes to eNerGy Anime & Game Festival at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center @ BMCC in New York City this Friday through Sunday. We have to give these out quick, so we'll be giving them out to the first ten people who contact us and provide a name and e-mail address. Please only request a pass if you plan to attend! In order to submit the names to the event in time, our deadline for requests is noon EST on Thursday, November 18th.
Otakon has announced that all ten of their official convention hotels have sold out. Rooms may still be available at other Baltimore area hotels, but attendees are unlikely to find any with reasonable rates within walking distance.
AnimeNext has announced that up-and-coming voice actors Lauren Goodnight and Kenneth Robert Marlo will be attending next weekend's convention in addition to the previously announced guests. The convention will also feature a casting call for MTV's Made and ADR director Tom Wayland will be offering on-the-spot critiques of voice acting demo tapes.
Metrocon, an anime convention scheduled for July 9-11 in Tampa, has announced that their host hotel has sold out of rooms. Two nearby overflow hotels are now available and details should be posted on the convention's site soon. Also, due to professional obligations, Chris Patton will be unable to attend.
The San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced that FanimeCon drew in "more than 7,000" anime fans. It is estimated that the convention generated more than $5 million in business for the local economy.
Anime-Cons.com has launched a new search feature which will enable users to search through its convention database. Users can search by keyword, event type, date, location, attendance, and events offered. The new search form is available in the Events section by selecting Search Events in the navigation.
In response to delays caused by the resignation of their Exhibit Hall department head, Anime Expo will extend the lower booth rates to exhibitors who had expressed interest before the original Febrary 1st deadline. It is reported that the new department head is responding to e-mails within 3 business days.
Anime Boston has posted the following on their web site:
"We regret to announce that due to unforseen circumstances, Nobuteru Yuuki is unable to attend Anime Boston 2004. Mr. Yuuki has expressed interest in attending Anime Boston 2005."
Today, Big Apple Anime Fest posted a long-awaited announcement about the cancellation of Big Apple Anime Fest 2004. Due to a conflict with the Republican National Convention, BAAF plans to skip 2004 and focus on planning their 2005 event.
Twenty-four hours after bringing pre-registration back online, Anime Boston 2004 has sold out of memberships. According to the convention, they are no longer accepting pre-registrations and no memberships will be sold at the door. For full details, refer to Anime Boston's web site at www.animeboston.com.
Anime Boston reports that they have received twice as many pre-registrations as last year and have caught up with their backlog. Pre-registration is available once again, but not expected to last long. There are only a few hundred spaces left and they're being filled very quickly.
With just over two months to go before the convention, Anime Boston 2004 has closed its registration early. The registration cut-off was implemented in order to determine how close the convention is to its attendance cap. Registration may once again be turned on if there is still space available.