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August 24, 2016
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J1-Con 2016
by The MC

J1-Con 2016

J1-Con will be held at 820 Spring Garden Street from Saturday, September 17 to Sunday, September 18th, 11am-8pm. This is a new venue for this soon to be five-year-old convention with the focus being Japanese animation, comics, cosplay, games, and more. This doesn’t exclude anyone who enjoys western comic characters such as Marvel’s Spider-Man or DC Comics’ Batman. All are welcome. This is an all ages’ convention, so bring the family!

About J1-Con and its creation:
J1-Con is the only widely known 100% black owned and operated Japanese animation convention in the United States. President and Founder, Jason Richardson created J1-Con in 2012, with the hopes of bringing ANIME culture together in a major city like Philadelphia. Amidst his many accomplishments, including winner of the coveted 2014 Philly Geek Awards’ “Geek of the Year”, Jason is the founder of the geek hub J1 Studios, where they not only make comics, music, novels (and soon to be gaming); they also review all things nerdy! Jason is also one of the hosts of the geek radio show Black Tribbles, which took home a 2014 Geek Award for “Streaming Media Project of the Year.” J1-Con was also nominated for “Event of the Year” at the Philly Geek Awards in 2015.

Hosted by J1 Studios (the company that brings you Super Bounty J1, Lime Rind: The Rogue Samurai, Silver, Mega Ran: Random Lyricism, Defenders, Arcana X, and Angel Savior), this convention is known for being independently run by fans, for fans.

Estimated attendance numbers of J1-Con:
Sept. 30, 2012: 200 attendees (est.) 1 Day convention
July 28, 2013: 400 attendees (est.) 1 Day convention
Sept. 14, 2014: 1900 attendees (est.) 1 Day convention
Sept. 20, 2015: 2400 attendees (est.) 1 Day convention
This will be the first year that J1-Con will be a 2-Day event!

How much will it cost?
Online Registration*
General (10yrs +) Saturday: $30
General (10yrs +) Sunday: $20
General (10yrs +) Weekend Pass: $40
Kids (5yrs – 10yrs) Saturday: $20
Kids (5yrs – 10yrs) Sunday: $10
Kids (5yrs – 10yrs) Weekend Pass: $25
All toddlers and infants are FREE with a paid Adult/General admission.
All Children must not be left unattended at the event.

*Online processing fees do apply.

YOU CAN STILL BUY TICKETS AT THE DOOR THE DAY OF THE CONVENTION

At Door Registration General Saturday: $40
General Sunday: $30
General Weekend Pass: $50
Kids (5yrs – 10yrs) Saturday: $25
Kids (5yrs – 10yrs) Sunday: $15
Kids (5yrs – 10yrs) Weekend Pass: $35
All toddlers and infants are FREE with a paid Adult/General admission.
All Children must not be left unattended at the event.

PARKING IS AVAILABLE AS YOU ENTER THE GATE FROM SPRING GARDEN STREET. IT’S $10 A DAY.

Is there a theme this year?
Yes. The theme for 2016 is Pokémon since it is the 20th anniversary of the franchise. The voice actors of Brock and James (Eric Stuart) and the voice of Nurse Joy and Bonnie (Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld) will be in attendance to meet the fans. Included in to the Pokémon theme will be tournaments for the games Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire for the Nintendo 3DS, as well as Pokken Tournament, a fighting game based on the beloved Pokémon series that will be played on the Nintendo WiiU.

What should you expect?
Expect more vendors than in previous years. 100 vendor tables sold out in less than a month, by companies such as GameStop, FYE, Sanrio (Hello Kitty), and Blick Art Materials. There will be various independent artists, musicians, prop makers, and much more. Expect feature movie viewings, panels, fan organized discussions, as well as workshops, and opportunities to meet special guests.

What is cosplay?
Cosplay is the act of dressing up in the costume of a character from something, be it literature, graphic novels, a radio play, an Internet meme, and so on. It is most commonly done at conventions, where armies of fans are dressed up attending the event. A cosplay contest to see who has the best costume is held at the convention with the prize being a spot on the following year’s J1-Con commercial that airs on Cartoon Network in certain regions.

Why would you go to J1-Con?
J1-Con is an affordable convention for families and those who may not be able to attend the more expensive conventions, but still desire the thrill of those larger cons. Because it’s in the city of Philadelphia, J1-Con is very accessible via public transportation, as well as being easy to navigate using your GPS. We are also famous for bringing a very positive, accepting vibe to all walks of life, and having a zero tolerance for harassment of any kind. J1-Con is all of that, and more for an event that’s fun for the whole family!

Contact Jason Richardson Call 215-840-5898 or Email j.richardson@j1studios.com