Press Release: Otakon 2011 With Over 31000 Attendees
Baltimore, MD (July 31, 2011) – For the 18th year, Otakon’s attendance grew, this year reaching a new milestone. At losing ceremonies, the Chair of Otakon 2011, Bob Klemens announced an unofficial count of 31,348 members.
Last year’s official count was 29,274.
Also, Otakon 2012 dates were announced and will be held July 27–29 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD.
ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its eighteenth year, Otakon
is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Since 1999, Otakon has been held in Baltimore, Maryland; currently, Otakon is one of Baltimore’s few large, city-wide events, drawing over 30,000 individual members for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 90,000 turnstile attendees). Otakon is a membershipbased convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily
through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.