Geekadelphia readers…I hope you are sitting down as you read this.
Philadelphia’s largest and longest-running anime convention, J1-Con, is leaving on the midnight train to New Jersey! [*gasps in geek*] Founder of J-1 Studios and J1-Con and former Geek of the Year Jason Richardson announced today that J1-Con 2017 will be the last one in Philly.
J1-Con’s new home will be Atlantic City, New Jersey. Why? Richardson states, “due to venue costs, union fees, locations with space that is within the company’s budget, AND the TREATMENT of my convention (making it impossible to grow as a convention), J1-Con will be leaving the city of Philadelphia.” J1-Con 2018 will take place in the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City. Guests will be able to enjoy a premium experience with proper air-conditioning, more space for more vendors, 1300 hotel rooms, lots of parking, places to eat in the hotel, and it’s pet friendly! Also, to be honest, it’s way easier to get to than The Oaks Expo Center. I-76 is a nightmare!
It’s not all bad news; J1-Con’s new home the Showboat Hotel will provide a bigger and better experience in 2018. J1-Con will now be three days of anime & gaming awesomeness from September 14 through 16 in 2018. That’s right, Richardson hopes to shine the spotlight on indie gaming as well, similar to E3. J1-Con 2018 will be combining J1 Music Fest and the Cosplay Prom with the convention for one ultimate experience. Also with the additional space in the venue J1-Con will be bringing cosplay wrestling and all age dance parties!
It’s sad to say goodbye to J1-Con as it truly showed Philly’s love for anime. Many hearts will be heavy come August 26-27 for J1-Con 2017, since it’s last time in Philadelphia. Yet just like in life, sometimes you have to move away from home in order to get better. J1-Con’s move to New Jersey will allow it to become a better experience for everyone. Let’s show our love and support for Jason, J1-Studios and J1-Con as it takes the next step to greatness.
Goodbye J1-Con and we’ll see you down the shore in 2018.
Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16 2018
Showboat Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey
For more information about J1-Con 2018 including vendor info, tickets, and hotel prices checkout J1-Con’s post on the move.