Are you a die-hard comic book fan? Do you love Star Wars more than anyone you know? Do you enjoy cosplay events? Maybe you are a huge e-sports player. Regardless of your fandom, there is a convention for you! These are some of the best upcoming fan conventions around the world.
Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, USA
The Electronic Entertainment Expo is held annually in Los Angeles, USA, and is dedicated entirely to the video gaming industry. Although the event was once exclusive to video gaming vendors, it has since opened its doors to gaming enthusiasts. The 2018 Electronic Entertainment Expo will take place from June 12-14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event will include press conferences with the biggest names in the gaming world today, discussion panels from some of the most popular video game creators, and spotlights on upcoming games.
Comiket in Tokyo, Japan
Fan conventions are incredibly popular around the world. In fact, more than 550,000 people attended Comiket 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. These exhibitions are an excellent way for fans to interact with each other, as well as the creators, actors, and developers of their favorite movies, tv shows, video games, or comic book series. Comiket 2018 takes place from August 10-12. The event gives fans the opportunity to trade and purchase signed comic books and to dress up in their favorite cosplay.
Gamescom in Cologne, Germany
If you love e-games and live gaming competitions, try Gamescom in Cologne, Germany which starts on August 21 and runs until August 25. Gamescom has been a favorite event in the gaming industry since 2009. It initially began as an event for showcasing new gaming technologies, but it has evolved into the world’s largest gaming platform for releasing new games. Exhibitors from more than 52 countries come together to share the latest in the gaming world. In addition to the expected video gaming systems, Gamescom also features children’s toys, battery operated games, and even action figures.
Japan Expo in Paris, France
If you are into Japanese pop-culture, you may want to check out the Japan Expo running July 5-8 in Paris, France. This event brings in thousands of guests each year to celebrate Japanese culture. The event includes live music, cultural experiences, and Japanese film and art presentations. It is also fairly common to spot current Japanese celebrities at the event including musicians, actors, and graphic artists. The festival also has a dedicated Anime 100 stage that includes over 100 of the biggest Anime creations over the years.
Fan Expo Canada
The Fan Expo of Canada takes place from August 30 to September 2, 2018. The event hosts fans of some of the biggest names in media today including comic books, movies, and TV shows. The Fan Expo event strives to connect fans and to provide them with the best fan experience possible. This year’s Fan Expo includes celebrity photo opportunities, question and answer panels, and over 400,000 square feet of fan-based shopping exhibits. This year’s attendees can also enjoy the meet and greet experience with cast members from Back to the Future.
Comic Con in New York City
Comic book and TV/film fans will love the Comic Con in New York City event running October 4-7. The event brings in over 180,000 attendees every year. In fact, the event failed to plan for such a wide interest in its first year of running and has only grown in popularity since.
Comic Con brings comic and literature fans from all over the world together. It includes hundreds of exhibitors, live gaming contests, and even dance parties. One of the biggest draws of Comic Con is the unique cosplay. You never know what, or who, you might see at Comic Con.
Anime Festival Asia in Singapore
Anime has become an important part of Japanese culture. The 2018 Anime Festival Asia takes place in Singapore from November 30- December 2. The event is filled with Anime related exhibits, Anime performances, and entertainment from some of Japan’s top musical artists. Just a few of the musical guests that have graced the stages of the Anime Festival in previous years include Minori Chihara and T.M. Revolution.
Regardless of your interests, there is a fan convention for you. Whether you want to meet your idols, get autographs and photos, buy collectibles, or just socialize with others who share your interests, attending a fan convention can be a fun and memorable vacation.
Each entertainment industry has their own convention, and there are several options within each subset. Deciding on what fan convention to attend can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to narrow it down to one. Fortunately, the infographic below lists the biggest fan conventions from around the world. Check out the top fan conventions and let us know your favorite in the comments below.