Hello, it’s been a while. It’s hard to believe that we haven’t seen each other since 2019. The past few years have brought on difficult challenges and plenty of anxiety, but we’ve thankfully been able to move forward to finally present you with Anime Boston 2022! There’s a lot to catch up on.
Though our last two conventions were canceled, the world moved on. We’ve had to continuously adapt to changes as the situation developed. We knew that if we made an announcement every time something changed, the end result would be confusion. So, we decided to wait until the dust settled in order to give a comprehensive and more detailed update on what is happening with Anime Boston and what to expect for 2022. Now, we are finally on more stable footing to make such an announcement.
To start, we want to let you know that planning for Anime Boston 2022 is scheduled as any other convention year would allow. However, there will be some changes and new policies in place. Let’s break it down into pieces.
Anime Boston 2022 will have a COVID-19 vaccination and mask requirement for all in attendance, including but not limited to artists, exhibitors, staff, and attendees. More specific details on these policies will be announced closer to the convention date. These policies may change as we continue to observe the status of the pandemic and receive instructions from the city and state.
As a reminder, we will be honoring all pre-registered members who have allowed us to rollover their registrations from Anime Boston 2020. All pre-registered members from 2020 should receive a confirmation email after our systems go live. Please allow one month for this process to complete. If you are not sure about the status of your registration, please contact our registration customer service team. There will no longer be a Merch Store coupon to cover the difference in registration prices from 2020 because...
The New England Anime Society (NEAS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. As such, our revenue to expense ratio has always been thin. We have always priced memberships at the amount we believe we need to break even for that year. Any excess assets are directed toward the operation of the corporation and future conventions. No members of Anime Boston or NEAS staff or executives receive any pay or financial compensation, ever.
We have always prided ourselves on keeping membership costs as low as possible. This still holds true today, but the unfortunate reality is that the world and expenses are not the same they were three years ago. Whenever we increase our membership prices, we also acknowledge that we may price ourselves out of some people’s budgets, which is why we are bringing back…
That’s right! Single day memberships are back. We will be offering single day memberships for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Additionally, we will be introducing a family package that includes two adult and two youth memberships.
- Artists' Alley: We plan to offer the same spaces to the same artists who would have attended AB2020. Artists on the AB2020 waitlist will be contacted if there is space available.
- Dealers' Room: We will reach out to vendors and sponsors to maintain their booth space from AB2020 and work with waitlisted exhibitors if space becomes available.
- Hotels: Scheduled to go live in November.
- Pre-Registrations: Scheduled to go live in November.
- Panelists: All panelists must reapply for 2022.
- Press: All press must reapply for 2022.
- Community Row: All must reapply for 2022.
- Staff Applications: Currently open.
Thank you all, and we will see you soon!