ColossalCon

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Convention
Name: ColossalCon
Dates: 2002-current
Frequency: Annual
Location: Ohio
Type:
Focus: Anime/manga
Organization: NostalgiaConventions.com, LLC
Founder:
Founding Date:
URL: http://colossalcon.com/
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ColossalCon, formerly called Cleveland Colossal Convention, is an annual four-day anime convention held during May/June in Ohio.

Colossalcon East is held in September in the Poconos, Pennsylvania.

History

ColossalCon was started in 2002 and began as a one-day convention in Strongsville, Ohio. In 2003, it became a three-day convention and moved to the Holiday Inn Cleveland South Independence in Independence, Ohio where it remained until 2007, except for 2005 when it was located in the Embassy Suites. The convention for 2008 moved to the Hilton Cleveland East / Beachwood in Beachwood, Ohio, and moved again in 2009 to the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio where the convention has been located since. During the 2010 convention a tornado hit the area surrounding the venue, hotel and convention guests were sent to the basement for shelter, and the venue suffered no damage.[1]

Disputes

In 2017, ColossalCon's LLC, NostalgiaConventions.com filed a legal complaint against Colossus Con due to the similar name, "alleging trademark infringement, unfair competition, false advertising and other counts".[2] As a result, Colossus Con's events were renamed California Republic Comic Con and Campbell Con.[3]

In 2018, a fan criticized the scheduled panel "Shonen or Shoujo: It's a Trap!", saying "this is really transphobic and gross". Within 24 hours, ColossalCon canceled the offending panel.[4]

In 2019, a panel submission "Cosplaying while Black" was rejected/waitlisted, and, when contacted via Facebook Messenger, ColossalCon said, "Many initially rejected panels actually end up on the schedule. If you're looking for a con dedicated to social issues, I think they made one called Dashcon."[5] ColossalCon's Twitter later said the staff member who had made this remark had been fired for it.[6]

References

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