Tickets open
Eastern Shore to Rising Sun
DEC 25 2016
Anime Fan Fest Tickets Are Now Available!!
Be sure to check here often for info about Anime Fan Fest guests, exhibitors, programming and more!

Also, keep an eye out! We'll be opening registration for the 2017 Anime Fan Fest Cosplay Contest soon!

Tickets for AFF 2017 can be purchased by clicking here.

Bring the whole family! Kids under 10 get in FREE with a paid adult!

MAY 4 2016
Just days before the doors open, Otaku USA's inaugural Anime Fan Fest unveils an all star guest line up, along with sponsors, exclusive programs and more in preparation for the convention's debut this weekend. Anime Fan Fest will play host to more than 30 special guests and over 80 panels and will take over the Garden State Expo Center - Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Special Guests

Anime Fan Fest recognizes the following special guests for their unparalleled excellence in all things Otaku. From Japanese comics to cosplay, we are lucky to have such an all-star guest list at this year's show, and are proud to announce the following special guests appearing at Anime Fan Fest:

AniMia, internationally known cosplayer and writer for Otaku USA;
Aaron Mitchell Dismuke, original voice of Alphonse Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist;
Mike McFarland, Director Fullmetal Alchemist and Attack on Titan, voice of Jean Havoc FMA, Master Roshi Dragon Ball Z, Senior Director, writer and actor for FUNimation;
Vic Mignogna, Voice of Edward Elric Fullmetal Alchemist and Broly Dragon Ball Z. Executive Producer and Director of Star Trek Continues in addition to playing the role of Captain Kirk;
Marcus Swint, Voice actor, writer and new-media producer. Most recently cast as Necalli in Street Fighter V and Mason in Mass Effect: Paragon Lost;
Tommy Yune, President of Animation at Harmony Gold USA, co-writer and director of Robotech: Shadow Chronicles;

Show Sponsors

Otaku USA and MAD Event Entertainment welcome BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. as the premier sponsor of the event! BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. will be in attendance at Anime Fan Fest with an interactive booth on the tradeshow floor. Their booth will feature game demos that will give fans an exclusive look at their newest and forthcoming titles, fun giveaways, and more!

MAD Event Entertainment is proud to again partner with Bernina of America, who will be donating prizing to Anime Fan Fest's highly anticipated Saturday night cosplay contest!

Program Highlights

Attendees will be treated to a wide array of programming throughout the show. Highlights include:

Bandai Namco Entertainment presents: Anime Games in America: Join Bandai Namco for a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like working for the premier Anime videogame publisher, the process and challenges of bringing over anime-based and Japanese game content to the Western market, and exclusive insider-only looks at Bandai Namco's upcoming titles. Also: FREE STUFF! (Friday)
Cosplay 101: Get your cosplay construction questions ready and ask cosplay guests Yuffie Bunnie and Most Flogged what you can do to improve your skills. Feel free to ask questions on wigs, makeup, armor and sewing tips. Hosted by Mia McLaughlin. (Saturday)
Inside the Alchemist Studio: Fullmetal Alchemist celebrates its 10th Anniversary and Anime Fan Fest New Jersey is honored to bring to you the creative staff who made its American release possible. On stage will be ADR Director and Lt. Havoc, Mike McFarland, Voice of Edward Elric, Vic Mignogna, Voice of Alphonse Elric, Aaron Dismuke and former Senior Marketing Director, Lance Heiskell. (Saturday)
Robotech Industry Panel: Tommy Yune of Harmony Gold USA presents the latest developments in the Robotech universe, from awesome new products to the live action film in development at Sony Pictures. Jonathan Brands also joins in to reflect on the development of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, which debuted 10 years ago. (Sunday)
Street Fighter V: The Panel: With the release of Street Fighter V came many battles. And while gamers are racking up League Points and Fight Money online, telling stories of victory and defeat to their friends or streaming audience, the battles of the road to launch still go largely untold. Join Bill Rogers (Script Adaptor), Bonnie Gordon (Voice of R. Mika) and Marc Swint (Script Adaptor / Voice of Necalli) as they talk about the hard work of voicing for and helping with the localization of Street Fighter V. (Sunday)
Down to Nerd: Attack on Titan: Join RuthAnn Thompson (Bulma, DBZ: Light of Hope) as she discusses with Mike McFarland all the ins and outs of directing the English cast of the "giant" hit Attack on Titan as well as voicing Jean Kirschtein. Casual fans and uber otaku join us and get Down to Nerd! (Friday)
All Ages Dance: Otaku + Music + Awesome DJ = A night to remember. Cap off your Anime Fan FEST-tivities with a night of booty shaking with one of the East Coast's favorite DJ's, DJ Rage Quit! (Saturday)
VIP Party: Guest list includes- Ani-Mia , Vic Mignogna , Aaron Dismuke , Bonnie Gordon , Xander Jeanneret , Jez Roth , Yuffie Bunny , Ashley Chantilly , Mike Toole , Charles Dunbar , Lance Heiskell , Darius Washington , Greg Wicker, and more to be announced! (Friday)
A Saturday night Cosplay Contest hosted by Jez Roth and Jessie Pridemore with special performance by the Library Bards, and Cosplay panels throughout the weekend
Japanese Live Music Performance by REAKT: REAKT is an artist from Tokyo, Japan currently living in USA. His music is a mix of Japanese Pops, EDM, and Hip Hop. His musical purpose is to spread his sound and message to the world. (Friday)
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Here is our Anime Fan Fest guest list! We'll be adding guests all the time so make sure you check back often and see if your favorite creator or media star will be coming to the Anime Fan Fest, April 22nd to 23rd, 2017.
Anime Fan Fest 2017 EXHIBITORS
Anime Fan Fest boasts a wide range of exhibitors and we are adding exhibitors often so be sure to check back.

Our exhibitor floor is now accepting registration forms for 2017! Contact James Ross here:
Artist Alley features talented artsits exhibiting their exceptional work.

Artist Alley is now accepting registration forms for 2017! Contact James Ross here:
The Anime Fan Fest is a three day event held April 22nd to 23rd at the Garden State Exhibit Center. Registration is available using the REGISTRATION button on this site, or at your local comic book shop. Additional details about the event can be found on the FAQ page or by emailing Customer Service.

What is Anime Fan Fest?
Anime Fan Fest, where friends come together and celebrate being Otaku. Anime fandom took hold in the Universities and comic shops all throughout the eastern United States, from Ohio over to New York and down into the Carolinas. One could say that New Jersey is the crossroad of anime fandom and what better way to celebrate, then to renew past friendships and explore new ones. New Jersey Anime Fan FEST will showcase the exceptional works of your favorite actors, cosplayers, artists and musicians who rejoice in being Otaku. At New Jersey Anime Fan FEST you'll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational panels, guest signings and providing a safe zone for you and your whole family. For more specific information about the show, please check out the FAQ. New Jersey Anime Fan Fest is a MAD Event Management, LLC production.

The Anime Fan Fest Team
Martha Donato (Executive Director; Founder/Principal) is the President of MAD Event Management, an all-purpose event planning facilitator. Donato has over 19 years of experience.

RuthAnn Thompson (Asst. Show Manager; Programming Coodinator) s a partner at GeekChic Promotions and has extensive event and program planning experience. She loves dark chocolate, Dragon Ball Z and parties are in her blood… Planning them, that is.

Caterina Toscano (Volunteer Manager) is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and works at a NYC Advertising Agency. She has been attending and working at comic-cons since she was a teenager. You can find her working in the Volunteer or Registration areas at Anime Fan Fest!

Arlene So (Art Director; Design Ninja) has been a graphic designer for over 20 years and ever so briefly, worked security at a comic con a while back. She is also a producer for an award-winning web series called Haywire.

Kris Simon (Programming Manager) has written and edited comics for over 10 years, and introduced hundreds of middle school girls to the comic book industry as a Program Manager for Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles. Her love for the medium can only be surpassed by her love for a good burger.

Carly Marsh (Event Coordinator) handles administrative duties as well as assists the MAD Event Management team with various tasks. Carly is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality management and a minor in event management.

Kris Longo (Sales Director) is the founder of Geek Riot Media, the first and only fully integrated geek culture advertising and sponsorship representation firm. Prior to Geek Riot, Longo managed East Coast advertising sales for DC Comics and served as Vice President of Business Development for Bonfire Agency.

James Ross (Sales Manager) is a veteran in the trade show/events industry. He has been in the conventions and events industry since 1999. For the past 15 years he has specialized in exhibit sales & sponsorships, event logistics and floor management. He has been involved in comic book convention genre for over 10 years.

MAD Event Management
If you are interested in exhibit space, retail booths or Artist Alley tables at Anime Fan Fest, please download the appropriate form and complete it - we'd rather you sent it in via email, but if you want to fax your completed form, you can send it to 845-787-2499. If you have any questions, you can contact us:

Martha Donato - Executive Director
We have easy access to the show floor for move-in and move-out at both shows. The Garden State Exhibit Center is a great facility to work with!

Are you interested in helping us promote Anime Fan Fest? We can offer you free tickets to the show to use for promotions. We can also offer reciprocal banner ads. Contact Martha, Mike or Jonathan to set it up.

Martha Donato - Executive Director
Do you want to get involved with our shows? Promote your brand or product? Contact Kris Longo by clicking here.

2017 Exhibitor Registration Form
EXHIBITORS: Download a registration form here!
RETAILERS: Download a registration form here!
ARTISTS: Download a registration form here!

COSPLAY CORNER: Download a registration form here!

2017 Professional Registration
Professional Credentials Form will be available Spring 2017.

2017 Exhibitor Kit
Exhibitors, Dealers, Fan Groups & Artist Alley: Download the exhibitor kit here!.

2017 Electrical Form
Download the electrical form here!

2017 Internet Form
Download the internet form here!

2017 Show Floor Map
Check back in Spring 2017 for more info!

Anime Fan Fest - April 22nd to 23rd, 2017
Exhibit Hall Hours:
Check back in Spring 2017 for more info!

Anime Fan Fest POLICIES
Panel Rooms

All programming rooms have limited capacity as set by the Edison Fire Marshal and subject to available seating. Although your Anime Fan Fest badge is required for entry into all events, it doesn't guarantee you access to any programming session if it has reached its capacity, subject to the discretion of Garden State Exhibit Center and Anime Fan Fest staff members. We don't clear our programming rooms between sessions.


Anime Fan Fest believes in creating an environment where every attendee, exhibitor and staff member is treated with respect and dignity, and does not tolerate any act of bullying or harassment. If an attendee of any type is believed to be in violation of our rules, they will be asked to leave immediately without reimbursement of any kind. Anime Fan Fest employs professional security guards who enforce our rules and regulations, as do our staff members. Volunteers are NOT staff members and are assisting us in exchange for certain reimbursement and experiential value. Please report any serious incidents or concerns to a ANime Fan Fest Staff Member, as identified by their badge.


We have a strict policy of checking weapons to ensure that they are only props. The security guards at the entrance will check yours and place a band on it to show that it's been approved. The responsibility to get this weapons check performed is yours, so please don't sneak in without it. We reserve the right to deny access to anyone who presents a public safety or security issue in our sole discretion.

The following items are forbidden at AFF:
  • All firearms (including air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns and pellet guns)
  • Replica firearms (including reproduction, fake or toy guns that can be confused for real firearms)
  • Projectile weapons (including blow guns, crossbows, long bows, slingshots and water guns)
  • Metal-bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatches, knives, kunai, shuriken, swords, sword canes and switch blades)
  • Explosives (including firecrackers and fireworks)
  • Mace and pepper spray
  • Blunt weapons (including brass knuckles, clubs and nunchaku)
  • Hard prop weapons (including props made of metal, fiberglass and glass)
We allow prop weapons if they are composed of foam or cardboard only. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with brightly-colored caps. We allow prop bows if all arrows have soft tips.

Anime Fan Fest Cosplay Contest
Cosplay at it's best!

Our Cosplay Contest held on April 22nd, 2017 at Anime Fan Fest will be one of our premier events of the weekend. Make sure not to miss it! If you would like to be a part of the excitement our contest has an open entry. For a detailed set of rules and regulations click here.

Click here to enter. Please fill it out completely and we'll get back to you to confirm your entrance as well as make sure all the details are set.
Volunteer to be Part of Our Team!

We are accepting applications for a few awesome Volunteers for Anime Fan Fest on April 22nd to 23rd, 2017.
Click here to download a volunteer registration form. Please fill it out completely and send it to
When is the convention?
Anime Fan Fest is being held from Saturday, April 22nd to Sunday April 23rd, 2017. Check back in Spring 2017 for more info!

How much is registration?
Check back in Spring 2017 for more info!

I registered online; what time can I arrive to pick up my ticket?
Check back in Spring 2017 for more info!

Can I register on-site?
Yes, you can buy tickets at the door.

I am a Professional interested in attending the convention. What do I need to do?
Anime Fan Fest is pleased to offer complimentary admission to creative and trade professionals working in the animation, manga, comic, entertainment or related industry. After the deadline of April 29, a $20 fee will apply. Anime Fan Fest staff will review your submission and you will be contacted with further registration instructions. Professional badges are for industry professionals only, no guests.

Click Here for the Professional Credentials Form.

Once we have your info we will reply as soon as possible with a confirmation and further instruction.

Where do I pick up my badge? What about pre-registration?
There will be a clearly-marked booth in the Lobby of the Convention Center for walk-ins. Pre-registrants will take their barcode scan copies or use their smart phones at the Advance Registration Area. It's that easy!

Do I have to wear it at all times?
Yes - you need to wear it inside the hall at all times.

I want to dress my dog up as my sidekick and bring him. Can I?
Sorry, no pets, except for registered service animals.

Can I take pictures?
Generally, you can take photographs at Anime Fan Fest of the conventioneers and exhibits. Please respect the privacy and ask before taking a picture of a celebrity, as some of them charge for their photo and autograph.

Where can I park and how do I get there?
There are parking lots located at the Garden State Exhibit Center and all around the area that are privately owned.

Where are the ATM machines?
Cash machines are located in the main lobby.

Where is Lost & Found located?
Lost & Found is located in the main lobby at the registration Booth.

Do I have to pay extra to get autographs?
Some guests charge for their autographs, and some don't. Please ask first.

I really need to take this call, it's my agent...
Then really, take it outside. Please be courteous and no cell phone usage when you are at panels, events or in programming rooms.

To complete my costume, I carry a large battle-axe that I hone to razor sharpness every day. It's cool for me to bring that, right?
Ummm, seriously? Props are one thing, but anything that could take an eye out, could hurt someone, or make the cops (or my mother) take it away from you, is not allowed.

I need to blog frequently... is there wi-fi?
The Garden Sate Exhibit Center does offer wi-fi service on the promenade level for a small fee. Launch your browser and you'll reach their homepage.

Who are the mysterious people behind the curtain of the Anime Fan Fest?
The AFF team is comprised of people who celebrate what they love. They put in countless hours to create the best experience they can for fans, guests and exhibitors alike.

Anime Fan Fest 2017 Registration
Anime Fan Fest - April 22nd to 23rd, 2017!
Saturday hours: 10:00am-7:00pm (9:30am for Advanced registration Holders!) / Programming runs 10:00am-12:00am | Sunday hours: 10:00am-4:00pm (9:30am for Advanced registration Holders!) / Programming runs 10:00am-5:00pm

We offer discounts to senior citizens (65 & older) and members of law enforcement and military - use promotional code MilitaryLawenforcement or SeniorCitizenDiscount when you purchase your registration below. You will be asked to show proof of status when you arrive at the event to pick up your registration.

Long Beach Comic Con - September 17th & 18th, 2016!
Saturday hours: 10:00am-7:00pm (9:30am for Advanced Ticket Holders!) | Sunday hours: 10:30am-5:00pm (10:00am for Advanced Ticket Holders!)
Click here for Long Beach Comic Con this September 17th & 18th!

New Jersey Comic Expo - November 20th & 21st, 2016!
Saturday hours: 10:00am-7:00pm (9:30am for Advanced Ticket Holders!) | Sunday hours: 10:00am-5:00pm (9:30am for Advanced Ticket Holders!)
Click here for New Jersey Comic Expo this November 20th & 21st!
Check back here for updates to our guest list, artist alley, convention exclusives, programming updates and more!



Convention Floor
For our show floor plan click here.

Here's a quick look at what we.
have in store for AFF2017...
  • Coming Soon!
For a more detailed look for what we have planned click here and download the entire programming schedule.

Check back often because there's more to be announced!

Check back in Spring 2017 for more info!

Garden State Exhibit Center
50 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873

No hassle move-in and operations give the professional show manager or event professional the freedom and convenience they deserve. Central Jersey's second largest exhibit space, the Garden State Exhibit Center offers three loading docks, one drive in door, unlimited floor load and 20-foot ceiling clearance.

The Garden State Exhibit is right off I-287 Exit 10 and within convenience of Newark International Airport (30 minutes), New York City, Lincoln Tunnel (50 minutes), Philadelphia Airport (1 hour 30 minutes) and four nearby major highways (I-95/NJ Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Route 1, and Route 22).

The Garden State Exhibit Center is convenient to all major transportation centers with public transportation available from New York City provided by AMTRAK to both New Brunswick and Islen/Metropark.

About Anime Fan Fest:
Anime Fan Fest is an annual event held at the Garden State Exhibit Center every spring. It's a celebration of comic books and pop culture that showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Anime Fan Fest you'll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Anime Fan Fest is a production of MAD Event Management, LLC. Visit for additional information.

Press Pass Requests:
Anime Fan Fest welcomes media outlets that cover the animation, manga, comic, or entertainment industry on a regular basis. Please provide the following information and documentation. Anime Fan Fest staff will review your application. Approved applicants will be contacted with further registration instructions. Press passes are only available to working personnel from your organization, no guests. 2 passes maximum per outlet, please. Please click the following link and fill out the form entirely.

The Press Credentials Form will be available in Spring 2017.

Our priority is to provide a safe and inviting atmosphere for attendees, press, vendors and guests alike, so please conduct yourself professionally at all times and announce yourself as a press representative (naming your outlet) when approaching vendors, guests and attendees. Be courteous and ask permission before shooting pictures of vendors, attendees (including cosplayers), and guests (who may be charging for pictures). We want everyone to be happy, so your cooperation is a big part of that.

If you have any questions about press passes please contact Paul Nicholasi

Media Contact:
Jeremy Atkins
Please send interview requests, press requests and more to Jeremy Atkins at:

About MAD Event Management:
MAD Event Management is an all-purpose event planning facilitator whose principal owner has over 15 years of experience producing annual large-scale consumer conventions around the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas. MAD's capabilities include: Site Selection, Exhibit Staffing, Marketing Plans, Vendor Selection, Floor Plan Development, On-Site Execution, Sponsor Exhibitor Sales, Travel Management, Contract Development, Setup & Disassembly and Contract Coordination. Visit for additional information.

Convention Photos:
Exciting images from AFF2017 to come!
Pictures to come!