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Introduction

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has a long standing fannish history. There are active fan communities devoted to literary science fiction, media fandom, slash fandom, and anime fandom. Philadelphia is also has an extremely active and dedicated sports fandom, in particular for its football team, the Philadelphia Eagles, and its baseball team, the Philadelphia Phillies.

History

Below is a timeline of fandom related events that took place in Philadelphia.

The 1930's

  • In 1936, the first Philcon took place.[2] There is some debate but it is considered by many fans to be the first science-fiction convention ever held. It has taken place every year since then except during World War II.

The 1990's

The 2000's

  • On February 5, 2006, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational (TAKII) had it's debut season at The William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia, PA (TAKII ~Ichiban~). It was the birth of what was destined to become "the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival", capitalizing on things other similar events/cons never did, or couldn't do, in an enigmatic & entertaining style. [5]
  • On August 5, 2007, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational (TAKII) produced its largest season (at the time) of the festival known as TAKII 4 ~Rhythm D-Generation X-Treme. In addition to it being the 4th season in a row where attendance was on a serious upward trend, it featured the east coast debut of budding J-Rock sensation, Natz (Natsuo Kimura), something that area celebration up to that point hadn't ever done. It was also going to do what other area events hadn't done: announce it was to go multiple days for all future seasons! [10]
  • In 2007, a new anime convention, TandokuCon, was announced to be held downtown at the Philadelphia Convention Center, November 9 thru November 11. In addition to being threatened with legal action in the unauthorized use of intellectual property, the con tanked, as there was no law & order whatsoever, among other things that were simply catastrophic.
  • On October 5 - October 7, 2007 the first PhauxCon was held in downtown Philadelphia.[11] It was a convention for science fiction and fantasy fans of both literary and media formats.
  • On April 5-6, 2008, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational (TAKII) debuted the 1st season of its festival to go 2+ days, TAKII 5 ~Shin Seiki (Neon Genesis). Among other noteworthy happenings, it featured yet another area 1st: the arrival of an Anime Expo karaoke champion, Mandy Mefford. Also featured was the Makenai Benefit Concert, featuring all of the season's guests/performers in an effort to raise funds for the Charity Beneficiary, ASIAC (AIDS Services In Asian Communities). [[13]]
  • On April 13, 2008, it was announced that for the 1st time in TAKII history, it was going to do yet another thing no other area celebration has ever done: have 1 entire day of its festival completely online -- a virtual party! TAKII 6 ~NintenDecision 2008~, with a focus on the US Presidential Election, all things Nintendo, & the debut of its very own online broadcast entity, Asian Multimedia Entertainment Network (AMEN), was THE place to be October 25-26, 2008. [14]
Broad Street swarmed by Phillies fans after the victory parade on October 31, 2008
  • On October 31, 2008, the entire city of Philadelphia virtually shut down to celebrate the Philadelphia Phillies victory in the 2008 World Series. Over 2 million people flooded the streets and the sports complex for the victory parade and ceremonies that afternoon, which continued well into the evening. It was the city's first title for a major sport since 1983 and the Phillies first victory since 1980.[15],[16]
  • TAKII 7 ~Simply SINs"ASIAN"al~ is a 2-day celebration of Asian culture's guiltiest pleasures that will be taking place at The Rotunda in Philadelphia, PA on April 25 - 26, 2009. While entry to the celebration of this 7th season spectacular is free, the moments spent on indulging yourself in everything from yaoi/yuri anime to karaoke will be simply priceless. Dare to compete....dare to defy the odds....dare to take it to the extreme!

Canon Release Dates

Below is a partial timeline of canon release dates in Philadelphia.

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Fans

Below is a list of members of fandom from Philadelphia.

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Fan organizations

Fanzines

Below is a partial list of fanzines published in Philadelphia.

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Conventions

Some conventions held in and around the Philadelphia area include:

External Links

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See Also

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Sources

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