Anime America (convention)

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Name: Anime America
Dates: 1993-1996
Frequency: Annual
Location: San Jose & Santa Clara, California, USA
Organization: Foundation for Animation and Comics Education
Founding Date:
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Anime America was an anime and manga convention held in California in the summers of 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1996. A 1997 one was planned but cancelled.

In the 12th issue of the zine Artistic Endeavors, an artist described her experience at the inaugural Anime America:

Anime America

The Art show was pretty well run, it seemed to me, though there weren't any awards given. Also, there was no distinction between Pro and Amateur, but I suppose since there wasn't a contest, it didn't matter much. I showed 13 pieces, the most I've ever had in a show, and sold 6. Unfortunately, only one went to auction, most of the rest sold for minimum bid or $5 above. The art show in general seemed rather on the slow side... I can't think of more than a handful of pieces from the whole show that went to auction. Methinks this is because people were spending all their cash in the dealers room. Not surprising for a con like this, I guess.

They had an 'artists ghetto', free with a panel in the art show, which is where I spend most of the con. I did a few commissions and had people come past my table at a pretty steady rate... I did find something odd, though, A friend of mine (with permission) had made a stack of xeroxes of the drawing that I'd sent him over the past year, and brought them with him. I put the rather sizable stack on the table with a little sign saying "Xeroxes, $1). No pretense to limited print runs or anything; just B&W photocopies. And people bought them. Lots of them. Often $10 worth at a time. So help me, it was the weirdest thing I've ever seen. Not that I'm complaining., but it goes to prove that fen will buy just about anything if it's only a buck.