Some fans in the northeast seem to think that the convention season ends in October with New York Comic Con (NYCC), but there are a number of folks who would push back on that. Count LeftField Media as one of them, taking over the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this weekend for Anime NYC 2019.
With the backing of Crunchyroll, the goal of Anime NYC 2019 is to showcase the best of Japanese pop culture in The Media Capital of the World – not a bad reason to bring together fans from across the city, the county, and the globe.
From Friday, November 15, through Sunday, November 17, the NYC anime convention welcomed anime fans, creators, and publishers to three days of panel presentations, exclusive screenings, exhibit hall displays, cosplay in every direction, and an "artist alley" featuring some of the biggest creators in Japan.
Huge thanks to Bleeding Cool contributor and anime lover Alejandra Bodden for being our on-the-scene correspondent and sending in the following images from Saturday's festivities:
We pick up manga at Kinokuniya, shop at Sunrise Mart, and snap far too many pictures at Sakura Matsuri. We've gone to premieres at JAPAN CUTS and saw Hatsune Miku in concert… three times. We love anime like you, live in NYC like you, and now bring all this together for you.
Anime NYC is a party, a market, and a festival; a dedicated showcase of Japanese popular culture; and a space for the anime and manga community to call our own.
Anime NYC is sponsored by Crunchyroll, Aniplex, Bandai Namco, Funimation, HIDIVE, Kinokuniya Bookstore, Kodansha Comics, Sentai Filmworks, SUNRISE, Tokyo Otaku Mode, Yen Press, Vertical, VIZ Media, and more.
LeftField Media is a boutique event company made up of fans and convention organizers. LeftField was founded by Greg Topalian, the original creator of NYCC. NYAF administrative alum Peter Tatara is Anime NYC's Event Director.