Tora-Con

Tora-Con is an annual two-day anime convention held during April at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. The conventions name comes from the Japanese word 'tora' meaning tiger and is organized by the Rochester Institute of Technology Anime Club.[1][4] The event is family friendly.[5]

Tora-Con
StatusActive
GenreAnime, Manga, Japanese culture, Sci-Fi and Fantasy[1][2]
VenueRochester Institute of Technology
Location(s)Rochester, New York
CountryUnited States
Inaugurated2005
Attendance2,999 in 2019[3]
Organized byRIT Anime Club[4]
Websitehttp://toracon.org/

ProgrammingEdit

The convention typically offers an Animated Music Video Contest, anime showings, Artists Alley, concerts, contests, Cosplay Chess Tournament, Cosplay Contest, Cosplay Dating Game, dances, gaming tournaments, Iron Cosplay, panels, and performances.[5][6][7][8]

HistoryEdit

Tora-Con was founded to raise money for the Anime Club.[2][9] They hit an attendance capacity of 2,500 in 2010 and had to close registration.[9] The convention celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014.[1][2] In 2014, the event expanded to additional parts of campus and capped attendance at 3,000 people.[5][7] Tora-Con 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[10][11]

Event historyEdit

Dates Location Atten. Guests
April 16, 2005 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
Rukis Croax, Luke Morgan, and Yuko "Aido" Ota.[12]
April 22, 2006 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
Pine*am[13]
April 28, 2007 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
625Cosplay Crack Crew, Geek Comedy Tour, Sonny Strait, and Stephanie Yanez.[14]
April 26, 2008 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
Austell "DJ Asu" Callwood, Geek Comedy Tour, Carrie Savage, and Unicorn Table.[15]
April 25, 2009 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
1,481Armcannon, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Geek Comedy Tour, Todd Haberkorn, Vic Mignogna, and John Swasey.[16]
April 24–25, 2010 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
2,500[9]Armcannon, Johnny Yong Bosch, Eyeshine, Geek Comedy Tour, Gavin Goszka, Yuko "Aido" Ota, Ananth Panagariya, Michael Poe, Monica Rial, Chris Sabat, Adam Smithee, Eric Vale, and Billy West.[17]
April 16–17, 2011 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
Chris Cason, Richard Epcar, Geek Comedy Tour, Brina Palencia, Chris Rager, Ellyn Stern, Uncle Yo.[18]
April 20–22, 2012 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
Alfred State Jesters, The Asterplace, Leah Clark, Caitlin Glass, Kyle Hebert, Jamie Marchi, Trina Nishimura, Jon St. John, J. Michael Tatum, and Uncle Yo.[19]
March 23–24, 2013 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
2,600[5]Todd Haberkorn, Cherami Leigh, Mike McFarland, Powerglove, Monica Rial, and John Swasey.[20]
March 8–9, 2014 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
3,000
(est)[21]
Tia Ballard, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Scott Freeman, Aki Glancy, Josh Grelle, Chuck Huber, Brittany Lauda, Rare Candy, Symphony Anime Orchestra, Alexis Tipton, Uncle Yo, and Lara Woodhull.[5][7][21]
April 18–19, 2015 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
Armcannon, Chalk Twins, Geek Comedy Tour, Josh Grelle, Cherami Leigh, and Chris Rager.[22]
April 23-24, 2016 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
Bryn Apprill, Steven Blum, Chalk Twins, Clifford Chapin, Richard Epcar, Todd Haberkorn, and Uncle Yo.[23]
April 22-23, 2017 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
3,234Chalk Twins, Digitrevx, Charles Dunbar, Aki Glancy, Erika Harlacher, Erica Lindbeck, Laura Post, and David Vincent.[24]
April 14-15, 2018 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
3,197Felecia Angelle, Bit Brigade, Justin Briner, Danimal Cannon, Chalk Twins, Clifford Chapin, Digitrevx, Charles Dunbar, Aki Glancy, Shigeto Koyama, Uncle Yo, Eric Vale, and Hiromi Wakabayashi.[25]
March 23-24, 2019 Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, New York
2,999Brian Beacock, Chalk Twins, Aki Glancy, Hanyaan, Brittany Lauda, The Manly Battleships, Kristen McGuire, Matt Shipman, Ian Sinclair, and Uncle Yo.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Tora-Con at R.I.T." WHAM ABC 13. March 11, 2014. Archived from the original on March 23, 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Anime and cosplay enthusiasts gather for annual Tora-Con at RIT". WHEC. March 9, 2014. Archived from the original on March 23, 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Tora-Con 2019 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  4. ^ a b "Tora-Con 2013 Announces Second Round of Gues". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2014-03-21.
  5. ^ a b c d e Castle, Nathan (February 25, 2014). "Ten Years In: Tora-Con Celebrates a Decade". Reporter Magazine. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Tora-Con Kicks Off at RIT". Time Warner Cable News. March 8, 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b c Bureau, Scott (February 28, 2014). "Anime and cosplay enthusiasts gather for 10th annual Tora-Con at RIT Family-friendly convention celebrates manga and more March 8–9". Rochester Institute of Technology University News Service. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
  8. ^ Cook, Susan (May 9, 2008). "Tora-Con 2008". Reporter Magazine Archive. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  9. ^ a b c Gallegos, Chris (April 24, 2010). "Animation Comes to Life at RIT's Tora-Con". Time Warner Cable News. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Official Tora-Con Announcement". Facebook. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Tora-Con 2020 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2020-03-15.
  12. ^ "Tora-Con 2005 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  13. ^ "Tora-Con 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  14. ^ "Tora-Con 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  15. ^ "Tora-Con 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  16. ^ "Tora-Con 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18.
  17. ^ "Tora-Con 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  18. ^ "Tora-Con 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  19. ^ "Tora-Con 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  20. ^ "Tora-Con 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  21. ^ a b "Tora-Con 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  22. ^ "Tora-Con 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  23. ^ "Tora-Con 2016 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  24. ^ "Tora-Con 2017 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2019-04-10.
  25. ^ "Tora-Con 2018 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2019-04-10.

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