According to Project A-Kon’s official Facebook page, North America’s longest running anime convention has been purchased by an outside investor, Frank Powell, who was listed in a public letter as President of both A-Kon, LLC, and a separate entity called eventPower, LLC.
The convention announced a change of convention venue to a location that has never held A-Kon before, Fair Park, in Dallas, Texas.
Some fans lamented the change, suggesting the area is a high-crime area and that there is a lack of air conditioning between convention buildings in the area in the summer.
Fans’ largest complaint has been about a lack of hotels in the immediate vicinity, which UpcomingCons.com has verified the nearest hotel is approximately a 30 minute walk from the center of the event venue. The venue is connected to a DART station.
Texas is a state full of anime conventions, so fans have many options when it comes to choice of convention. We hope this change does not affect the A-Kon too negatively, and are wishing everyone the best of luck in this new venue. Fans attending are able to take Uber or public transit to and from the event venue.
The full letter announcing the convention handoff can be found below.
A-Kon, LLC January 18th, 2019
Hello A-Kon Fans,
My name is Frank Powell and I am ecstatic about acquiring A-Kon in order to keep the annual tradition alive. Many fans don’t know it, but my company, eventPower, and I have been working with A-Kon for several years providing back-end event technology.
Four years ago, I started helping at A-Kon and simply fell in love with the event and the fans. While it required many late nights and a lot of work, the fans made it worthwhile and I felt honored to be a part of it. I love the community, the devoted fans, the volunteers, and the parties. I’m also amazed by the time and creativity everyone puts into their costumes. I just love it.
Here is a little bit about me. I have been in the event management business since the late 1980’s and have produced well over 1,000 events including concerts, military conferences, corporate events, and large scale meetings. I am looking forward to working with the A-Kon team to bring the fans a fun and memorable experience every year.
When I heard A-Kon was having financial difficulties, I simply could not let Meri’s thirty-year tradition fade away. Therefore, I invested in it in order to provide stability to the event and keep it going.
The decision to get more involved was an easy one for we because of the strong support from the fans and the volunteers. I am pleased to be able to keep the A-Kon community strong for future years to come. I am committed to A-Kon, its fans, and its volunteers. I want to help make the event an even better experience than ever before and your continued feedback is greatly appreciated.
There are many great things we plan on implementing so please keep providing your feedback and keep an ear out for exciting announcements in the coming weeks.
I look forward to seeing everyone at A-Kon 2019.
A-Kon, LLC and eventPower, LLC
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