Username Post: Yamatocon '83        (Topic#2864)
Gale 
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03-20-13 11:42 AM - Post#12162    

http://matthigh.livejournal.com/354453.html

Thanks to CosplayInAmerica for posting this link to a livejournal post about Yamatocon, the first definitive anime convention! Unfortunately the article referenced in the livejournal post is now a dead link, but some passages were quoted, and there's even a picture of the program guide and dealer's room! Also check out the 3rd comment, posted by someone who was there!


 
Nigoki 
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03-20-13 12:14 PM - Post#12163    
    In response to Gale

I've actually been trying to get in touch with someone at Starblazers.com to see if that link can't get fixed or at the very least have the article reposted.
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Nigoki 
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03-20-13 12:58 PM - Post#12164    
    In response to Nigoki

Using Archive.org, I was able to get the article as it looked on Starblazers.com. Definitely worth a read!

Anime conventions and their Yamato roots by Dave Merrill
-Doug Wilder
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03-20-13 01:48 PM - Post#12166    
    In response to Nigoki

Awesome! Thanks, Doug!

Looking at the pictures from YamatoCon 2 I can't help but notice how familiar the scene is. The only notable difference is little to no cosplay and mostly male attendees, but otherwise a bunch of nerds reveling in their shared passion looks much the same in 1986 as today!


 
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03-20-13 03:23 PM - Post#12168    
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I was trying to gather more info on this event for a panel I'm doing soon.

I love that the big draw event is an all day screening of a season of Starblazers (a show adapted from Space Battleship Yamato, hence the name) since this was before home video was really accessible. Nowadays if you're going to a screening at a con it's a big premiere or a way to kill time before other things.

I find it interesting there's divide on semantics for whether or not Yamatocon counts as the first anime convention or not. On one hand, it's all focused on one anime series, on the other it's just one title, not the overall medium of anime.
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03-20-13 03:32 PM - Post#12170    
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  • Nigoki Said:
I find it interesting there's divide on semantics for whether or not Yamatocon counts as the first anime convention or not. On one hand, it's all focused on one anime series, on the other it's just one title, not the overall medium of anime.


Totally counts. The only people I've seen try to claim it doesn't are people from A-Kon or AX/Animecon who would like to see their efforts be considered the first.
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03-20-13 03:50 PM - Post#12171    
    In response to PatrickD

  • PatrickD Said:
  • Nigoki Said:
I find it interesting there's divide on semantics for whether or not Yamatocon counts as the first anime convention or not. On one hand, it's all focused on one anime series, on the other it's just one title, not the overall medium of anime.


Totally counts. The only people I've seen try to claim it doesn't are people from A-Kon or AX/Animecon who would like to see their efforts be considered the first.



Also, if you note in the programming listed in the YamatoCon II flyer, in '86 they also screened Nausca, Mobile Suit Gundam, and a Macross special.


 
Nigoki 
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03-20-13 05:53 PM - Post#12173    
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  • Gale Said:

Also, if you note in the programming listed in the YamatoCon II flyer, in '86 they also screened Nausca, Mobile Suit Gundam, and a Macross special.


That part made me wish I had a TARDIS...
-Doug Wilder
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05-23-13 11:43 PM - Post#12473    
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Hey, I was there! I can't believe people are still talking about this.

- Don Magness

 
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06-07-13 02:21 PM - Post#12499    
    In response to SecretSquirrel

Yeah 30 years ago this August.
I never thought one of our con's would be talked about so long after we held them!

Edited by The Red Tornado on 06-07-13 02:22 PM. Reason for edit: Fixed misspelling.

 
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06-07-13 02:30 PM - Post#12500    
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Any info I can help you out with let me know.
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