April 9, 2016

News for Anime Southwest 2016:

Anime Southwest changes venues and loses most of their guests

by Patrick Delahanty, Executive Producer, and

Anime Southwest changes venues and loses most of their guests

Anime Southwest, has announced the cancellations of seven guests: Horsedeer Productions, Laura Post, Lisle Wilkerson, Marissa Floro, Martin Billany, Warky T. Chocobo, and Warumono. The convention's own "Guests" page does not cite a reason, but states "Due to unfortunate circumstances, the following previously announced guests will no longer be attending Anime Southwest this year. Each previously announced guest extends their apologies to their fans who were anxious to see them."

The convention had been promoting some of these guests as recently as two days ago.

Martin Billany, Marissa Floro, and Warumono also announced their cancellations on social media.

This news comes one week after a new venue was announced for the convention. Originally scheduled at the Radisson Hotel Denver Southeast in Aurora, Colorado, the hotel announced in mid-March that the hotel had cancelled the event. On April 1st, the convention announced that it had found a new location at the Ramada Plaza Northglenn/Denver North in Northglenn. The new location is 25 miles from the former location.

Anime Southwest is run by the same organization that runs Sukoshicon conventions in the South. They entered the Denver market last year when they licensed the Animeland Wasabi name. However, they split off for their 2016 convention and Animeland Wasabi 2016 was not organized by Sukoshicon.