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AniZona was an annual anime con held over the Easter Weekend. It was founded by Anthony Grutta, David Hungerford and Jason Bustard.

From 2005 to 2007 it was run by AniZona Anime Conventions Inc but that organisation was dissolved in 2007. WesternSFA hosted the last AniZona in 2009.

As other anime cons started to join the scene, it advertised itself as 'Arizona's FIRST Anime Convention'.


Chronology of Arizona Conventions

# Date Location Chair Guests Book Web
1 2005
25 Mar
27 Mar
Embassy Suites Phoenix North
Anthony Grutta Yoshitaka Amano
Colleen Clinkenbeard
Travis Willingham
Aaron Dismuke
Yaya Han
Katie Bair
Nicole Gibson
Charles Dee Rice
2 2006
14 Apr
16 Apr
Embassy Suites Phoenix North
David M. Hungerford III Colleen Clinkenbeard
Sonny Strait
Michael McConnohie
Melodee M. Spevack
Katie Bair
David Beaty
Jodon Bellofatto
3 2007
5 Apr
8 Apr
Mesa Convention Center
Shane Bryner Wendee Lee
Haruka Miyabi
Kenyth Mogan
Yoko Molotov
Amanda T
Michael McConnohie
Melodee M. Spevack
Greg Ayres
Geoff Pinckney
Kevin Tye
David Beaty
Jodon Bellofatto
Katie Bair
4 2008
21 Mar
23 Mar
Wigwam Resort
Litchfield Park
Richard Epcar
Chris Hazelton
Trish Ledoux
Ellyn Stern
Amanda Tomasch
David Vincent
Toshifumi Yoshida
5 2009
9 Apr
12 Apr
Embassy Suites Phoenix North
Bob LaPierre Toybox 5


1. Attendance for AniZona 1 was capped at 850 with ~950 warm bodies.
2. Attendance for AniZona 2 was capped at 1,000 with ~1,200 warm bodies.
3. Attendance for AniZona 3 was capped at 1,600 with ~1,900 warm bodies.
4. AniZona 4 was cancelled. The board dissolved AniZona Anime Convention Inc. in 2007 and donated all funds and assets to the WesternSFA with the wish that AniZona continue.
5. Attendance for AniZona 5 was capped at 1,000 with ~1,200 warm bodies.

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