A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 26, 2021
Big Apple Anime Fest (2001-2003)

The Big Apple Anime Fest was held in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The Republican National Convention in New York City in 2004 led to the cancellation of the Big Apple Anime Fest that year, and the Fest never was held again.

The New York Anime Festival existed from 2007 until 2011, when it merged with New York Comic Con. Anime NYC has been held annually since 2017.


Wikipedia: Big Apple Anime Fest
The Big Apple Anime Fest (BAAF) was an anime convention which was held annually between 2001 and 2003 and supported by a consortium of anime and manga companies.
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Cancellations
Despite confirmed dates for 2004, Big Apple Anime Fest announced on its web site that it would skip its event in 2004 due to the Republican National Convention, which was to be held in New York City over Labor Day weekend. The following year, John O’Donnell of Central Park Media, one of the companies supporting Big Apple Anime Fest, informed AnimeCons.com that he was, “unaware of any plans for BAAF 2005 at this time.” The convention has not been held since and it is uncertain if there are any plans to revive it.

Wikipedia: List of anime conventions
Defunct and on-hiatus conventions
Big Apple Anime Fest New York City United States 2001 2003 Defunct
New York Anime Festival New York City United States 2007 2011 Merged

Google Groups: rec.arts.anime.info
Big Apple Anime Fest Press Release 8-21-01
Hiro Awanohara
Aug 22, 2001, 8:40:55 PM
PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
VIRGIN MEGASTORE JOINS AS FIFTH VENUE FOR BIG APPLE ANIME FEST
World’s Largest Entertainment Store to Host Signings and Sales in
Partnership with BAAF
NEW YORK (August 21, 2001)=8BThe Big Apple Anime Fest (BAAF) announced today the Virgin Megastore Times Square as the fifth venue of the weekends (October 26th-28th) events celebrating Anime Manga culture. In its role as a sponsor of the festival, the Virgin Megastore will become the Guest Appearance Venue where Big Apple Anime Fest VIPs will sign autographs as well as participate in “meets and greets” at the Times Square location. As of August 21, fifteen guests are to appear over the course of the festival weekend.

Newspapers.com
21 October 2001, Sunday Courier News (Bridgewater, NJ), pg. C-8, col. 2:
Japanimation
Big Apple Anime Fest offers more than 250 hours of screenings


Twitter
Ava《Eternally Anxious》
@lady_ava
The shirt from big apple anime fest 2001. Still one of the only convention shirts I own. And the one that means the most http://twitpic.com/6jgf7b
11:53 AM · Sep 11, 2011·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Craig Anderson #BLM #StopAsianHate
@canderson1989
Replying to @cosplayamerica
@cosplayamerica there was Big Apple Anime Fest(2001-2003). There was also NY Anime Festival(ran by the people who run NYCC) from 2007-2009.
12:33 PM · Nov 20, 2015·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Liz @ Chief Mom Officer
@LizOfficer
Replying to @zerodayfinance
Nice pop!
Tonight my oldest son has been having fun looking through the program for Big Apple Anime Fest 2002, which my husband and I went to back in the day. He’s finding it a great historical perspective of anime
9:32 PM · Jan 16, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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WeebTrailers
@WeebTrailers
Big Apple Anime Fest 2003
Produced by Central Park Media (Alien Nine, 2003).
World Anime Party
(A trailer is shown.—ed.)
9:02 PM · Jul 15, 2020·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Nebs
@sentient_bees
Replying to @sentient_bees
This was also the first convention (Katsucon) I ever traveled out of state for (went to my first con - the now defunct Big Apple Anime Fest in 2003). When I still lived on the east coast.
(An apple souvenir is shown.—ed.)
6:56 PM · Nov 16, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Nolan N they/he
@No_Says_No
Replying to @cosplaycouture and @cosplayamerica
My first con was probably Big Apple Anime Fest in idk 01? My last so far was Anime NYC 2019, and to both I cosplayed characters from the 2000s, soooo
11:21 AM · Apr 17, 2021·Twitter for iPhone

(Trademark)
Word Mark BIG APPLE ANIME FEST
Goods and Services (CANCELLED) IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment services, namely, organizing and conducting festivals relating to Japanese animation, known as anime. FIRST USE: 20010501. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20010501
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number 76486291
Filing Date January 31, 2003
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition April 27, 2004
Registration Number 2864323
Registration Date July 20, 2004
Owner (REGISTRANT) Big Apple Anime Fest Corporation CORPORATION NEW YORK 250 West 57th Street, Suite 328 New York NEW YORK 10107
Attorney of Record Eric P. Bergner
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “ANIME FEST” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL-2(F)
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Cancellation Date February 25, 2011

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