January 25, 2017

WARWICK, NY, JANUARY 25–MAD Event Management follows up a successful second year in Edison, NJ at New Jersey Comic Expo with dates and guests for their return to Garden State, and the announcement of an all-new exhibition in Charm City! The second annual Anime Fan Fest presented by Otaku USA will return to the Garden State Exhibition Center in Somerset New Jersey April 22 and 23, 2017 with it’s special brand of geek-centric entertainment, bringing creators and fans together for two days of celebration of manga, anime and Asian culture.


The two companies also announce Anime Fan Fest Baltimore, which will debut two months later on June 3 and 4 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore, MD.

Appearing at both conventions are cosplayers Yuffie Bunny and Jessie Pridemore, along with voice actors Bonnie Gordon, Xander Jeanneret, and Mike McFarland. Look for more guest announcements in the coming weeks!

“After producing countless events celebrating comics and pop culture, and our first anime convention in New Jersey having been such a success, we decided the time was right to look into expanding into additional markets” said Martha Donato, Executive Director and Founder of MAD Events. “Much like when the previous convention in Somerset moved on to a new location, the departure of Baltimore’s longtime anime convention left a hole which we are excited to fill for anime fans in Maryland. Attendees can expect a star-studded guest list of voice actors and cosplayers complimenting a full show floor packed with artists, designers and vendors with something for otakus of all ages! With the help of Otaku USA, we will bring authentic fandom backed with years of professional experience running some of the best conventions in the country. We couldn’t be more excited to announce our second anime convention!”

“Staff members of Otaku USA magazine had a blast at last year’s Fan Fest and we can’t wait to return to Somerset again this year. We’re also super excited to be coming to Baltimore for our second con of the year!  As the premier magazine for anime and manga, we look forward to being able to get together with so many fellow otaku over two weekends this year” says Carl Gnam, editorial director of Otaku USA. “Of course, we’ll have all the great activities we had last year, including our favorite industry guests, plenty of cosplay, lots of artists, panels with our favorite contributors, great dealers, our all-ages Dance Party, and we’re planning to add some new and exciting actives for this year’s two cons. We think anyone who loves Japanese pop culture will have a great time at both Fan Fest Somerset, and Fan Fest Baltimore!”

Further programming details and our full events schedule will be available soon.
Follow Anime Fan Fest for updates as they drop!


About Otaku USA Magazine:
Otaku USA is a thick, full-color magazine featuring comprehensive coverage of manga, anime, videogames and Japanese pop culture written from an American point of view. Otaku USA also publishes 32 pages of the hottest manga previews from the top publishers. Because Otaku USA is an independent US magazine, not a licensed product owned by those with an vested interest in a particular line of comics, anime, manga, games or movies, it presents the reader with objective coverage.

About MAD Event Management:

MAD Event Management is an all-purpose event planning facilitator whose principal owner has over 15 years of experience producing annual large-scale consumer conventions around the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas. MAD’s capabilities include: Site Selection, Exhibit Staffing, Marketing Plans, Vendor Selection, Floor Plan Development, On-Site Execution, Sponsor Exhibitor Sales, Travel Management, Contract Development, Setup & Disassembly and Contract Coordination. Visit for additional information.

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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