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Fandom Culture

Check out our guide for library resources on different types of fandom culture, and upcoming lectures and events on fandom.

Fandom Conventions

There are a wealth of fandom conventions in North America, some conventions have a specific focus (Star Wars, MLP), and some have a more general focus (Anime, Comics). Here are resources about fandom conventions in the USA.

Photo of a large group of Fire Emblem Cosplayers

Photo of a large group of Fire Emblem cosplayers at Anime Los Angeles 2020, by Kris Zoleta

Links and Additional Convention Resources

Conventions Close to Cal Poly Pomona

Anime Los Angeles
Date: January
Website: https://animelosangeles.org/
Location: Long Beach Convention Center
Attendance Information: 11,961 Unique Attendance (2020)
Fandom Focus: Anime, Manga, and Cosplay

Anime Impulse
Date: January
Website: https://www.animeimpulse.com/
Location: Pomona Fairplex
Attendance: Unknown
Fandom Focus: Anime, Manga, and Cosplay

Gallifrey One
Date: February
Website: http://www.gallifreyone.com/
Location: Los Angeles Airport Marriott
Attendance: 3,900 Unique Attendance (2018, attendance capped)
Fandom Focus: Doctor Who

Wondercon Anaheim
Date: March/April
Website: https://www.comic-con.org/wca
Location: Anaheim Convention Center
Attendance: 66,000 Unique Attendance (2018)
Fandom Focus: Comics, American Animation, and Hollywood

Anime Pasadena
Date: April
Website: https://www.animepasadena.com/
Location: Pasadena Convention Center
Attendance: 5,400 Unique Attendance (2019)
Fandom Focus: Anime, Manga, and Cosplay

Comic Con Revolution
Date: May
Website: https://www.comicconrevolution.com/ontario/
Location: Ontario Convention Center
Attendance: 5,449 Paid Attendance (2017)
Fandom Focus: Comic and Sci-Fi

Anime OC (formerly TitanCon)
Date: May
Website: https://animeoc.org/
Location: Cal State Fullerton, Titan Student Union
Attendance: Unknown
Fandom Focus: Anime, Manga, and Cosplay

Ronin Expo
Date: June
Website: https://www.ronin-expo.org/
Location: JACCC Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
Attendance: Unknown
Fandom Focus: Anime, Manga, and Cosplay

Anime Expo
Date: July 4th Weekend
Website: https://www.anime-expo.org/
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center
Attendance: 115,000 Unique Attendance, 350,000 Turnstile Attendance (2019)
Fandom Focus: Anime, Manga, and Cosplay

AniManga
Date: July/August
Website: https://www.animangausa.com/
Location: Ontario Convention Center
Attendance: Unknown
Fandom Focus: Anime, Manga, and Cosplay

Power Morphicon
Date: September
Website: https://officialpowermorphicon.com/
Location: Pasadena Convention Center
Attendance: Unknown
Fandom Focus: Power Rangers and Super Sentai

LA Comic Con (Formerly Comikaze Expo)
Date: September/October
Website: https://www.comicconla.com/
Location: Los Angeles Convention Center
Attendance: 100,000 Unique Attendance (2019)
Fandom Focus: Comics, American Animation, and Hollywood

Notable California Fandom Conventions

SacAnime
Date: Winter Convention: January/Summer Convention: September
Website: https://www.sacanime.com/
Location: Cal Expo in Sacramento, CA (Normally Sacramento Convention Center)
Attendance: 21,000 unique attendance (2018)
Fandom Focus: Anime, Manga, and Cosplay

Clockwork Alchemy
Date: March
Website: https://www.clockworkalchemy.com/
Location: Burlingame Hyatt Regency Hotel
Attendance: Unknown
Fandom Focus: Steampunk

BayCon
Date: May
Website: https://baycon.org/
Location: San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport
Attendance: Unknown
Fandom Focus: SciFi and Fantasy

FanimeCon
Date: May
Website: https://www.fanime.com/
Location: San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Attendance: 34,000 Unique Attendance (2019)
Fandom Focus: Anime, Manga, and Cosplay

Comic-Con International
Date: July
Website: https://www.comic-con.org/cci
Location: San Diego Convention Center
Attendance: 130,000 Unique Attendance (2019, capped)
Fandom Focus: Comics, Sci-Fi, and Hollywood

Crunchyroll Expo
Date: September
Website: https://expo.crunchyroll.com/
Location: San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Attendance: 45,000 Turnstile Attendance (2018)
Fandom Focus: Anime, Manga, and Cosplay