Article by PatrickD    (01-07-13 01:04 AM)
The year 2012 has come to an end and, as per our tradition, it's time to take a look at some of the stats from the past year.

In the last 12 months, there were an amazing 449 conventions listed on our site featuring anime programming. That's up from the 396 we listed for 2011 meaning that there was, on average, about one new convention every week!

In terms of attendance at conventions, AnimeCons.com has continued collecting attendance figures from anime conventions around the world and we list them on this web site. All numbers reported here and elsewhere on this site were reported by the conventions themselves. We do not take numbers from Wikipedia unless they are accompanied by a link to a reliable source. (However, since we get most of our numbers direct from the conventions' staffs, Wikipedia often cites AnimeCons.com as the reliable source for its data.)

We run down the ten largest anime conventions in North America during 2012 in the first weekly episode of AnimeCons TV, so you should check that out. We've listed them here as well:

It's interesting to note the large gaps between the attendance numbers of Otakon and Anime Central and then between FanimeCon and Anime Weekend Atlanta.

Although we had mentioned in AnimeCons TV that we did not hear from AnimeNEXT, they did report 9,850 attendees shortly before the episode was posted. We still have not received numbers from Anime North or Ohayocon, which are both candidates for the list. This is the first year Anime North has not reported numbers, but Canadian anime fans should not worry since if we had continued the list to an 11th convention, Otakuthon and its 11,000 attendees would take that spot.

Also worth noting is San Japan and its 9,464 attendees.

Last year, MomoCon made our list, but their attendance actually dropped to 8,600 in 2012 because they changed from a free convention to a pay convention. However, 8,600 is still quite an impressive attendance count.

The above list only includes conventions that are primarily anime conventions. This means you won't see large conventions like San Diego Comic-Con or Dragon*Con included. Also, we only list conventions for which we have attendance numbers and put the list together using numbers available as of press time. (...although some conventions seem to wait until we publish the list every year and then send in corrections.)

Next year, we're considering also running down the top rated conventions of the year, so get yourself an account on the AnimeCons.com Forums and start rating conventions you've attended!

You can see the AnimeCons TV 2012 Year in Review as part of our December 2012 episode. Don't forget to watch our rundown of this list in our podcast as well. You can subscribe to AnimeCons TV using options on our Subscribe page.

Patrick Delahanty is the creator of AnimeCons.com and executive producer of AnimeCons TV. He is the host of The Chibi Project, Anime Unscripted, and is one of the founders of both Anime Boston and Providence Anime Conference. Patrick has attended over 100 conventions, cosplaying at most of them.

 
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PatrickD 
Executive Producer
PatrickD
Loc: California
Reg: 12-07-06

01-08-13 02:07 AM - Post#11748    
    In response to PatrickD

As usual, we've heard from a couple conventions after the list was published. These have been updated in the main article document. I wouldn't be surprised if a few that are listed send in "corrections" to their previously published numbers since that tends to happen for a couple of these cons every year.

The updated article is here:
http://animecons.com/articles/article.shtml/1464/Ten_Largest_No rth_American_Anim...
-PatrickD
AnimeCons.com Executive Producer
Co-Founder: Anime Boston and Providence Anime Conference
Host of The Chibi Project & Anime Unscripted™


 
meauho 
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meauho
Loc: Houston(ish), Tx
Reg: 04-24-08

04-15-13 03:59 PM - Post#12312    
    In response to PatrickD

If so many cons insist on waiting until after the list is published to report their numbers - especially cons that are on it every year, and happen any other time than December/ late November - you should let the numbers stand and not correct the list.

I realized I'm a lot suspicious, but if somebody waits to find out where they are on the list every year before reporting "accurate" or "corrected" numbers, then I'm not sure I would trust those numbers. The top 10 know who they are, and those close should know it as well. They really should publish those numbers when the con is done.
Joshua Andrade

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PatrickD 
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PatrickD
Loc: California
Reg: 12-07-06

04-15-13 07:55 PM - Post#12314    
    In response to meauho

That's a good idea. I think I'll tell them at the end of November that they have X number of days to submit it and that we will not be modifying the list after it is published.
-PatrickD
AnimeCons.com Executive Producer
Co-Founder: Anime Boston and Providence Anime Conference
Host of The Chibi Project & Anime Unscripted™


 
Mega Negi 
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10-04-13 02:19 AM - Post#12898    
    In response to PatrickD

Odd that Fanime only has an estimated head count.

 
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