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KotoriCon History


  • KotoriCon started in January 2010  
  • It is organized by college students in the Japanese Anime Guild+​
  • The college name changed from Gloucester County College to Rowan College at Gloucester County on July 1, 2014, and then it changed to Rowan College of South Jersey: Gloucester Campus on July 1, 2019.
  • Students, volunteers and College staff in Faciliti​es, Public Relations, Instructional Technology, Safety and Security and Student Life work with Club Adviser/ Convention Chair Susan Glenn and Co-chairs Ed Knorr and Amanda Gahm to assist in the planning and running of​ KotoriCon 
  • Proceeds from the convention pay for all expenses incurred, with the remainder going to charity donations  
  • The focus in 2020 changed to provide more interactive activities for the attendees.

    Smaller cons bring new people into the fandom and build on the sense of community. To create a fan centered environment, they brought in more workshops, games, contests and interactive events. The interactive experience is designed to make friends and have fun with the fandoms they share.

  • Kotori​ is Japanese for little bird.  The college that hosts KotoriCon has a mascot that is a blue Roadrunner, and Kotori is a baby roadrunner.  Kotori changes cosplay each year with our theme.  Con just refers to "convention", as in ​"anime convention".  
  • Kotori is designed by illustrator Alexandra Glenn-Collins, who has been the KotoriCon staff artist since we started.​
  • Wikipedia maintains an independent page about KotoriCon​​

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Programs and Website from Previous Years

Copies of some of the previous years programs and inserts are available on ISSUU .  

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View Programs on Issuu

Con Attendance

2010:   ​ 350​ tickets
2011:    540 tickets
2012:      733 tickets
2013:   1,191 tickets
2014:   1,228 tickets
2015:   1,500 tickets*
2016:   1,374 tickets**
2017:   1,110 tickets
2018:   1,020 tickets
2019:   1,000 tickets

​  *2015 Capped at 1,500 Tickets and sold out
  **2016 Capped at 1,300 Tickets and sold out

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