Two consumer-facing conventions postponed to second half of 2021
SHELTON, CT (October 20, 2020) – LeftField Media, organizer of Awesome Con, Anime NYC, Rose City Comic Con, and Anime Frontier, announced today, due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, two of its shows will be posted in 2021. Awesome Con and Anime Frontier, both originally scheduled for May 14-16, 2021, are postponed to August 20-21, 2021 and December 14-16, 2021, respectively.
Awesome Con, the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington, D.C., was scheduled to run its seventh annual convention in 2020, but like many other large gatherings across the USA, made the decision to cancel its 2020 edition due to the continued COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Awesome Con celebrates all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay and more. In previous years, the event has played host to celebrity guests such as Stan Lee, John Boyega, David Tennant, and Felicia Day; voice actors Tara Strong and Phil Lamarr, and comic creators Howard Chaykin, Mitch Gerads, Sam Maggs, Amy Chu, and Andy and Veronica Fish.
Anime Frontier Powered By Crunchyroll was launched by the creators of Anime NYC Powered By Crunchyroll, the second largest anime convention in the USA, together with key companies from the worlds of anime, manga, and Japanese entertainment with the goal of bringing fans, publishers, and Japanese creators together in Texas like never before.
“As a result of both government guidelines and public health directives we will continue putting the health, safety, and wellbeing of our team, customers, partners, family, and friends above all other priorities,” said LeftField Media President, Kelly Comboni. “Although our celebration will be delayed by another several months, we look forward to providing safe and healthy events next fall and continue to focus on bringing together our fans and community through digital offerings in the meantime.”
All attendees who purchased tickets to Awesome Con and Anime Frontier will have the option to roll their tickets over to the postponed 2021 dates or receive refunds. Likewise, all exhibitors will have the option to move their booths to the postponed 2021 dates or be refunded. Attendees and exhibitors should all look for email communications in the next 72 hours with additional details.
While Awesome Con and Anime Frontier won’t physically take place in the coming months, the team behind LeftField Media is continually presenting alternative and online programming. Last month, Awesome Con hosted Epic Quest, powered by Wacom, a 3-day virtual scavenger hunt, as part of LeftField Online, the digital content brand for all digital content produced and shared by LeftField Media shows. Awesome Con also announced this month the annual Awesome Con Short Film Festival will be presented virtually across a full week, December 9-13, 2020. More information about digital offerings from Awesome Con can be found here. Anime NYC, sister show to Anime Frontier, will have exciting announcements this week around plans to celebrate the anime industry and anime fandom while physically remote.
Announcements about 2021 tickets, guests and other details will begin to be announced later this year, and fans wanting to learn more can subscribe to the Awesome Con and Anime Frontier newsletter and follow the events on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
About LeftField Media
LeftField Media, LLC is an events company focused on developing face-to-face events in a range of communities rooted in contemporary culture and shared passion. LeftField was formed in 2014 by Greg Topalian (President, LeftField Media) and is now owned by Topalian and Clarion Events Ltd. With a keen sense of the evolving needs of businesses and their consumers, as well as new opportunities created by change, LeftField takes a clean slate approach to its work. LeftField’s portfolio includes Awesome Con (awesomecon.com), Washington D.C.’s Comic Con; Rose City Comic Con (rosecitycomiccon.com), in Portland, OR; Anime NYC (animenyc.com), a Japanese pop culture festival in New York City; and Anime Frontier (animefrontier.com). LeftField Media is headquartered in historic Trumbull, CT (leftfieldmedia.com).
About Awesome Con
Awesome Con is the biggest annual comic and pop culture convention in Washington, D.C., having welcomed over 72,000 attendees in 2019. Awesome Con celebrates all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of engaging events, comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay and more. Awesome Con is presented in partnership with LeftField Media, an event organization company developed by the founder of New York Comic Con. Learn more at www.awesomecon.com.
About Anime Frontier Powered By Crunchyroll
Set in Fort Worth, TX, a city that blends cosmopolitan energy and cowboy culture, Anime Frontier Powered By Crunchyroll brings together the best of the US and Japan for a showcase of what’s next in Japanese entertainment. Featuring some of the biggest guests in anime and manga and leading publishers in their first appearances in Texas, Anime Frontier is three days of exciting exhibits, exclusive premieres, and show-stopping special events. Join us for a convention unlike any other in Texas! For more, visit animefrontier.com.