Multipass Discounts writes: I have been attending Science Fiction Conventions since the mid-1980’s. Back then, cons were mainly divided into Comic Book conventions, Star Trek (or Dr Who) conventions, or general sci-fi conventions that covers multiple aspects, such as I-Con here in New York.
At some point in the 90’s, I started to notice the influx of Anime programming at cons. At first it was mostly one room playing videos (often 18+ content). But eventually Anime content started to take up large chunks of programming, and even have entire cons dedicated to it.