I have been attending anime conventions for close to ten years, one of my favorite conventions is a medium-sized convention that happens every January, Anime Los Angeles. If you have read my report on the convention this year, I write ebulliently on how well the convention was run and how Anime LA was able to differentiate itself from the many conventions out there. Thanks to the great leadership of ALA and the staff that ran the convention, my convention experience was a great experience that I will continue to visit. In my report, I noted that the convention got really packed and that later on it became very difficult to move around the pool deck. The reason was simple, because Anime Los Angeles smashed its 2011 attendance records.
- Anime Los Angeles 2010 - 3,209 unique attendance
- Anime Los Angeles 2011 - 3,598 unique attendance (12.1% yoy)
- Anime Los Angeles 2012 - 4,211 unique attendance (17.0% yoy)
With an impressive attendance increase for 2012, a congratulations is in order to Chaz and his great ALA team. I hope that the organization can find creative ways to deal with potential future increases in attendance.
Source: Chaz Boston Baden, Chair of ALA