AN Forums

General Convention Information

This is for news about conventions that already do not have a thread.

Anime Central 2020 Officially Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

March 19, 2020 2:33pm CDT
2021 event will be held May 21-23, 2021

1 Like


To the FanimeCon Community,

On behalf of the FanimeCon staff, I hope you and your loved ones are safe during this tumultuous time and are able to address the challenges that lie ahead. The FanimeCon staff is made up of volunteer staff primarily located in the Bay Area, so our focus has currently been on the well-being of all of our families and ourselves. However, we also recognize that we serve a very important role to the larger FanimeCon Community.

During this unprecedented COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, FanimeCon is taking all precautionary measures, with guidance from the CDC, WHO, local health officials, and other appropriate government and health organizations, to protect our Fans, staff, and community. It is our role and responsibility during this time to prioritize the health and well-being of the FanimeCon community, while also playing a constructive role in supporting local health officials and government leaders as they work to contain the virus.

We are working with our partners to monitor the potential impact that COVID-19 may have on FanimeCon 2020. In the inevitable aftermath of this unusual period of social isolation, we hope to host the convention as a place for our community to heal and come together once again. We are taking the optimistic view that the situation will improve by Memorial Day so we can offer a safe and fun event to continue to serve the FanimeCon Fans. Please understand that there may be some changes to programming in order to maintain a healthy environment and accommodate changes in scope. We will continue to make decisions informed by the latest fact-based information, and we will adhere to any and all policies set forth by the Santa Clara Public Health Department.

We ask you to join us in continuing to monitor updates from the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Santa Clara Public Health Department for their assessments on the outbreak. We will keep you in the loop on any updates or changes. If you have any questions or feedback, please let us know here: and

Thank you,

Eric Wu
FanimeCon Chairman,
on behalf of the FanimeCon Staff.

Anime Frontier Convention Cancels Inaugural Event Due to COVID-19 Concerns

posted on 2020-03-25 09:00 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Convention was scheduled to take place on May 8-10 in Forth Worth, Texas


Anime North Is Latest Convention to Close Its Doors for 2020

March 25, 2020 12:10pm CDT
Canadian anime con announces dates for 2021

Comic Market 98 Event Canceled Due to COVID-19 Concerns

posted on 2020-03-27 07:00 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Cancellation comes after 4 consecutive days of record increase in new cases in Tokyo


May’s Machi Asobi Vol.24 Event Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

posted on 2020-03-27 09:45 EDT by Egan Loo
Organizers in Tokushima City still planning on Vol. 25 this fall

1 Like

Comiket cancelled as coronavirus knocks off Tokyo’s biggest otaku celebration


1 Like

Comiket 98 Catalog Briefly Tops Amazon JP Sales Rankings

posted on 2020-03-31 15:45 EDT by Kim Morrissy
Organizers asked fans to support Comiket by buying catalog after event’s cancellation due to COVID-19 concerns

1 Like

Toranoana, Melonbooks to Give All Proceeds from Comiket 98 Catalog Sales Back to Organizers

posted on 2020-04-03 14:45 EDT by Kim Morrissy
Event was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

Fire Emblem Expo II Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

April 04, 2020 10:02am CDT
Event was originally scheduled to be held May 5-6

1 Like

April 13, 2020

Dear FanimeCon Community,

On behalf of the FanimeCon staff, I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented time.

We are reaching out to you today to announce that FanimeCon will be deferred to May 28-31st, 2021. We thank you for your patience while we worked to establish a healthy and safe solution for the convention in the midst of a pandemic. Until recently, we did not have a viable solution, but with the hard work of our partner management team, we were able to come to this resolution.

Those that have pre-registered for FanimeCon will have their tickets automatically deferred to 2021. A confirmation for FanimeCon 2021 will be sent out prior to the launch date, in Fall of 2020. FanimeCon is operated by the non-profit Foundation for Anime and Niche Sub-cultures (FANS) and all revenue goes back into our events’ operational costs. By deferring your ticket to 2021, you help us remain financially stable and cover expenses we have already incurred this year.

Hotel rooms reserved through the FanimeCon block will be automatically cancelled without penalty. Hotel room selection windows for FanimeCon 2021 will remain the same and will be based on your FanimeCon 2020 registration time. Reservations made directly through a hotel or a third party vendor must be cancelled directly with that hotel or vendor.

Exhibitors in our 2020 Dealer’s Hall and Artist Alley should expect communication from those departments in the coming days.

Programming participants, such as Panels, Cosplay Gatherings, and other events, should expect communication from those departments in the coming weeks.

We are working to inform the community as soon as possible. Please bear with us as we continue to organize the logistics and disseminate information concerning the impact to the many who make this convention possible.

Thank you to our hosts at Team San Jose, the City of San Jose, and our partner hotels for diligently working with us to offer this resolution to our attendees. We would also like to thank our attendees, staff, volunteers, Guests of Honor, vendors, partners, artists, dealers, and panelists for all the passion, effort, and faith you put into this community. There are innumerable elements that come together to make a convention possible. Even during the “normal” times, it takes immense effort to have these elements to align, let alone during these uncertain times.

Anyone would be hard pressed to find someone in this world not touched by this pandemic. We hope that you remain safe and healthy (physically and mentally) in the coming weeks and months of this crisis. We hope that come May 28-31, 2021, our world will be in a more stable place and that we may once again celebrate with this wonderful community that you have helped us create in and around FanimeCon.

Until then, please continue to monitor updates from the CDC, the World Health Organization, and your local government for news and guidance on the pandemic. If you have any questions, please see our FAQ page, or if you have feedback, please let us know at or Your questions and comments would be best served through this avenue compared to calling the phone numbers listed at our registration partner. Please do not call the phone numbers listed on the web page of our registration partner, CMR.

Thank you,

Eric Wu
FanimeCon Chairman,
on behalf of the FanimeCon Staff

Comiket Committee Authorizes Virtual ‘Air Comiket’ Event to Signal Boost Dojinshi Creators

posted on 2020-04-14 13:45 EDT by Kim Morrissy
Online event will run from May 1 to 5 to replace canceled physical event

1 Like

France’s Japan Expo Postpones 2020 Event to 2021

posted on 2020-04-15 18:00 EDT by Alex Mateo & Jennifer Sherman
Voice actor Rick May passes away; Amazon U.S. resumes non-essential shipments

Nico Nico Chō Kaigi Plans Return in 2021 for 10th Anniversary

posted on 2020-04-21 13:00 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda


My Hero Academia, Outlander Standouts Next Up In Wizard World Virtual Experiences Online Events April 28, 30

Apr 21st 2020

1 Like

Tokyo Big Sight’s East Hall Unavailable Due to Olympics Until Fall 2021

posted on 2020-04-22 10:00 EDT by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Also: Yukari Tamura reschedules concert tour to spring 2021; Granblue Fantasy game halts voice recording

1 Like

France’s Japan Expo, Japan Expo Sud Events Get New Dates for 2021

posted on 2020-04-25 00:42 EDT by Bruno de la Cruz, Crystalyn Hodgkins
2020 events were cancelled due to COVID-19

1 Like

Anime Lockdown: A Con in Quarantine

Anime Lockdown is an online anime convention coming May 1-3, 2020

1 Like

Can U explain what this means slow

Are you talking about Anime Lockdown?

It’s a virtual convention… done online.

1 Like


Is it like a panel where u can talk to them
And can u buy staff from the online convention