There are plans for a Penny Arcade Expo on the East Coast in 2008. PAX05 drew over 9 000 Penny Arcade and gaming fans to Bellevue, Washington.
Last year, someone on Girl Gamers had posted to recruit convention staff volunteers to work at PAX05. He contacted me directly because he knew that I was a veteran staffer at (anime) conventions, and thus would be responsible and mature, and not a big freaking fangirl/flake if I worked at PAX. However, I had to tell him that I would not be going to PAX05 because I was (at the time) unemployed. Although I got a job in the spring, this Summer’s plans did not include PAX. However, if they bring PAX to the East Coast in 2008, I’d probably have to go, either as a regular member or perhaps as a volunteer staffer.
Oh, and Otakon? Over 22 000 members (+~70 000 attendee-days). I find it hard to stop working for Otakon, though I’ve thought of quitting every so often. Even when I attend a different anime convention, I somehow end up working for it, either as Staff or a Gofer. And I don’t even get paid for this! Sad!