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August 3, 2010

2010 Otakon attendance tops 29,000

2010 otakon baltimoreThis year's Otakon drew more than 29,000 -- a new high for the annual celebration of Japanese pop culture, according to organizers.

The unofficial tally, which includes staff and vendors, was 29,274.

That number is expected to rise by a couple hundred when the official count is released, according to Otakon publicist Alyce Wilson ...

"This is the biggest we've ever been," Wilson said.

Last year's head count was 26,586. The three-day event has seen a steady increase in attendance since it began.

"We expect it to grow every year," Wilson said.

Here is a link to our 2010 Otakon photo gallery.

(Baltimore Sun photo by Kim Hairston)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:32 AM | | Comments (4)
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Though let me tell you...the fire alarm on Saturday sucked.

Arguably one of my favorite Baltimore weekends to head downtown. Otakon costumes and sports fans (this year with the soccer matchup) milling about together. Great stuff.

yeah and the number of drivers stuck in traffic on pratt st because of this even was up by 5,000.

Recession and economic downturn, my posterior......

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