Sometimes, for whatever reason, I only attend a convention once or twice. Here are all those “one-shot” cons. All descriptions, except for Skullgirls Fan Expo, adapted from the con’s website and/or Wikipedia.
AM² was a multi-day (three days) 24 hour anime convention held annually in the summer at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. It had no general attendance/badge purchase requirement and aspired to be a key meeting place for fans that shared a common interest in Asian music, animation/anime, and comics/manga.
• AM² Con 2012 COMING SOON [WP]
Managed by the SPJA (Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, the parent company of Anime Expo), Anime Conji (“AC”) is an annual convention held in San Diego, California. It is the premiere anime and Japanese pop culture event in the San Diego area, where it brings together cosplayers, gamers, and anime fans for a weekend celebrating the best in Japanese culture and entertainment.
• Anime Conji 2013 COMING SOON [WP]
• 2013 04 13 Sat: Stocking Photoshoot [WP]
• 2013 04 13 Sat: Sharrkan and Morgiana Photoshoot [WP]
Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo is a three day (previously a two day) event held during the fall in Los Angeles, California. Comikaze Expo embraces a diversity of genres, including anime, comedy, fantasy, horror, gaming, and sci-fi, with a large focus on the community. In 2012, veteran creator Stan Lee and his company, POW! Entertainment, as well as Cassandra Peterson (better known as Elvira), formed a partnership with Comikaze Expo, making Comikaze the only pop culture convention owned by two industry icons.
• Comikaze 2011 COMING SOON [WP]
Hatsune Miku Expo in Los Angeles
Hatsune Miku Expo is a festival that showcases various content featuring virtual singer Hatsune Miku, including: an artwork exhibition focused on Hatsune Miku and the cultural movement that was inspired by her; fan gathering activities; and a concert show using cutting-edge projection technology and a live band. The first year (2014)’s exhibition contained artwork displays; a special Halloween-themed area; and a shop selling exclusive goods.
• 2014 10 11 Sat: Hatsune Miku Expo 2014 in Los Angeles [WP]
KCON is the first convention dedicated to “All Things Hallyu” (“the Korean Wave”). The convention was created so that fans could have the opportunity to interact with Korean entertainment and culture as a community. KCON is an annual K-Pop convention held in the United States, organized by Mnet Media, CJ E&M and Koreaboo. It started in 2012 and is based in Southern California.
• 2013 08 25 Sun: KCON 2013, Day 2 [WP]
• 2013 08 25 Sun: KCON 2013 KPOP MASQUERADE [WP^]
Long Beach Comic Con
Long Beach Comic Con is an annual event held in Long Beach, California, each fall. It is a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. Long Beach Comic Con is a MAD Event Management, LLC, production.
• 2009 10 03 Sat: Long Beach Comic Con 2009, Day 2
The Macross World Convention celebrates all things Macross and its influence on the fans and patrons of the franchise. It is held in Southern California.
• MacrossWorld Convention 2012 COMING SOON [WP]
ReactorCon was a free one-day geek convention based in Southern California. Filled with games, costumes, music, tournaments, panels, and guests, it was Nerd Reactor’s first ever convention and was held at Frank & Son Collectible Show in City of Industry.
• ReactorCon 2012 COMING SOON [WP]
Skullgirls Fan Expo
Skullgirls Fan Expo was an event sanctioned by Lab Zero Games, the developer of the Skullgirls fighting game, and run by Ninja-Con. The one-day event took place in Long Beach, California, and featured a tournament, a cosplay contest, live music, and appearances by the game’s voice cast as well as the Tokari Maids.
• 2013 11 16 Sat: Skullgirls Fan Expo [WP]
WonderCon, part of Comic-Con International’s (CCI) family of conventions, is an annual comic book, science fiction, and motion picture convention. Originally held in the San Francisco Bay Area (1987–2011), it relocated to Anaheim, California, in 2012 and changed its name to WonderCon Anaheim.
• WonderCon Anaheim 2012 COMING SOON [WP]