Friday, May 11, 2012

Newspaper Clippings, Part 1 - Anime Expo

At Sacramento State, we have a huge media library which includes microfilm from various newspapers, including the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times. I've started to dig into these archives to see how newspapers covered anime and comic conventions, and I started with the biggest article that I've seen in any newspaper - Los Angeles Time's half-page article about Anime Expo 2011, published July 1st 2011.

As you can see, they really elaborate on the events going on at Anime Expo, including a mention of Hatsune Miku, the many movies screening at the convention, and quotes from Mark Perez, the chairman of Anime Expo at the time. Compare that to the Time's "mention" of Anime Expo 2010, which was barely a paragraph and didn't mention any of the Guests of Honor or events. (I have to rescan it, so I hope to have it up soon to illustrate the comparision.)

Since I have a lot of time during finals, I hope to look into the Sacramento Bee archives to see articles or mentions of SacAnime. I also plan on looking at the San Francisco Exaiminer archives (I believe Sac State has them) to see if there are any mentions of FanimeCon too as well.

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