Press Releases

November 17, 2008

News for Zenkaikon 2009:

Zenkaikon announces 2009 convention dates

VALLEY FORGE, PENNSYLVANIA - November 17 2008 - Zenkaikon, the Philadelphia area's fastest growing anime and gaming convention, has announced that it will be returning to the Valley Forge Convention Plaza for its fourth year on November 7–8, 2009. This year's event will take place in the Radisson Valley Forge Hotel, which is a part of the same complex that has hosted Zenkaikon from 2006 through 2008.

Starting as a one-day convention in 2005, Zenkaikon has experienced rapid growth, with attendance doubling from approximately 570 in 2007 to over 1300 in 2008. The Zenkaikon staff wishes to thank the many attendees who made the 2008 event such a huge success. They hope to see this trend continue in 2009, and are actively anticipating expansion with larger performance and panel areas, dealer space, and video game rooms.

Many of the details regarding convention guests, hotel rooms, and activities are still to be determined at this time. Nevertheless, Zenkaikon is planning to move swiftly with planning and announcing exciting news and information.

Keep watching for details on Zenkaikon 2009. There you will find information onpre-registration dates and rates, artist and vendor table reservations, and 2009 performers and events!

ABOUT ZENKAIKON: Zenkaikon was formed by the merger of the anime and sciencefiction convention Zentrancon, and the anime convention, Kosaikon, both in the Philadelphia area. The decision to merge was originally proposed because both organizations wanted to strengthen and grow. Kosaikon and Zentrancon recognized that they each had a committed and talented staff, and a combined effort would ensure a fun and exciting event for anime fans in the Philadelphia area.

Kosaikon held its first event in early 2003, where 75 individuals came together to celebrate their interest in anime. Over the next three years, it grew to over 400 attendees and gained popularity throughout the East Coast. Zentrancon's debut convention took place in October 2005. Over 350 people came to Philadelphia to watch anime and science fiction screenings, meet celebrity guests, and participate in video gaming.