Meet the team behind Anime Dallas!



A word from the chairman.
Hey there Boys and girls and grown-ups too. I am fired up and honored to present to you the second Anime Dallas. Coming to you in Dallas, Texas!!! Texas is an anime Mecca, and I decided to put on Anime Dallas as an experience where my friends and I get to share even more anime excitement (and maybe some whiskey) with you!

Our first year had more than sixteen amazing guests, and over 2,000 wonderful anime fans showed up. The second year had 4,000 amazing fans come. We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for the next convention.

We want Anime Dallas to be a fun experience that is really fan-focused. It’s not all about big money. It’s about you. We want this to be a big anime party where you’re king. Thank you for looking at Anime Dallas and we will see you in November.

Let’s party!!!

John Swasey

Board Members

Christine Auten, Advisory Board Member
John Swasey, Chairman
Jay Hickman, Advisory Board Member

John Swasey founded Anime Dallas in 2018. Our advisory board members help to decide which charities to support, which special guests to invite, and work to reach out to local organizations in support of the convention.

Charity Support

Our first year (2018) we raised and donated $8,700 to Disaster Relief USA!

Our second year (2019) we spent a lot more on guests and events but we still raised and donated $5,000 to the trafficking victims fund.

In our third year (2020) the convention’s attendance was limited due to social distancing we implemented in light of COVID. The convention still managed to donate $1,000 for the North Texas Food Bank.