Your Con, Your Contest

The Contests Team has one last contest, and it’s something that you can do at the convention: Take a picture of yourself having fun at the convention, and post it to social media. We all see and interact with the convention in a different way, and with this being our last year at the Coralville Marriott let’s make it something truly to remember.

To enter, simply tag us a picture of yourself on either Facebook (@AnimeIowaCon) or Twitter (@AnimeIowa), with the appropriate hashtag:

If you’re wearing cosplay, then use #AnimeIowaCosplay
If you’re not in a costume, then use #AnimeIowaNosplay
And if you’re staffing the convention, then use #AnimeIowaStaff

We’ll have three rounds of judging, held at different times of the convention:
All day Friday (Friday 8:00AM through 11:59PM)
Early Saturday (Saturday 12:00AM through 3:00PM)
Late Saturday (Saturday 3:00PM through 11:59PM)

As per usual, full details are available on the forums.

Marketplace Set up hours and other useful information

Here is some very useful information regarding the Marketplace, especially if you are a vendor or artist!

Marketplace Vendor Access Hours

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Merchant/Artisan Access:
6pm-10pm
Note: If the room can be opened to set up before 6pm, we will do everything we can to open it. But we can not guarantee to be able to.
Merchant/Artist Access: 9am-9pm
Marketplace Walk through: 1:45pm
Sponsor/Staff Access: 2:30pm
Member Access:
3:00pm
Marketplace Closes:
8pm
Doors lock promptly at 9pm
Merchant/Artist Access:
8:30am-7pm
Sponsor/Staff Access: 9:30am
Member Access:
10am
Marketplace Closes:
6pm
Door lock promptly at 7pm
Merchant/Artist Access:
8:30am-8pm
Sponsor/Staff Access:
9:30am
Member Access:
10am
Marketplace Closes:
4pm
Marketplace take down: **
4pm-7pm
Final walk through:
8pm

Hours are subject to change before the date of the convention.
Please check for updates on our website at: http://animeiowa.com/anime-marketplace/

**Take down begins at 4pm when the room closes. Tear down of booths should not begin until that time unless prior arrangements have been made. (Packing of overstock is preparation of leaving is allowed.) We ask that all personal/ company items, equipment, etc. be removed from the Marketplace by 8pm on Sunday, July 30, 2017. Your assigned area must in condition to be returned to hotel control. (Exceptions to the allotted time can be made to this with approval of the marketplace department head.)

Vendors/Artists that require power, internet, phone, and Furnishings:

Booth- Power, phone, and internet
Internet, phone lines, and power are provided for a fee by the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. The Marriott utilities form must be completed and faxed to the Coralville Marriott at least 2 weeks before the convention to ensure your needs are ready when you arrive. Additional forms will be available at setup at the Marketplace check in table. The Marriott staff will try to fulfill these additional requests in a timely manner before the opening of the room to the public.     mhrs.cidic.events.admin@marriott.com

Booth- additional furnishings
You may bring additional tables/display stands and racks for your booth area as stated above.
Additional booth needs are also available and must be requested and paid for through Spielman’s. Information, phone number, and order forms are available at through the link provided on the Anime Marketplace page on the AnimeIowa website.
http://www.spielmans.com/tradeshows/animeiowa/index.php

“Buu-chan Joins the Carnival” Forum Art Contest

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, artists and creators of all ages!  Join us for the most amazing art contest in the history of AnimeIowa!  Our mascot Buu-chan has run off to join the carnival, and he needs your help!

Our 2017 convention theme is “The Dark Carnival of Pigs”, and Buu-chan is ready to become a performer.  But what will our porcine mascot do at the carnival?  Will he become a traditional performer such as an aerialist on the flying trapeze?  Maybe the strong man?  Or has he been lured in by the darker side of show, conjuring ancient magic, or becoming an unusual freak show attraction?

Dazzle the world with your amazing art skills, and show us Buu-chan’s role in the carnival.  His circus career is in your hands!  For full contest details, please visit the contest info thread on the AnimeIowa Forums.

The 2017 Photography Contest: A Shutter in the Dark

Our Contests Team is hosting another Photography contest this year, and the stakes couldn’t be any higher. Up for grabs is a New Nintendo 3DS and a limited edition copy of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, on top of amazing swag bags of goodies containing plushes, towels, board games, DVDs, and more.

So grab your camera, and read up on what it takes to win some amazing prize bundles. As always, more information is available on the forums, which you can find by clicking this link.

The 2017 Panel Schedule is Live!

Grab your pens! Grab your markers! Grab something! It’s time to start making a plan on where you’ll be and what you’ll be doing this convention.

That’s right, the AnimeIowa 2017 Panel Schedule is finally live!

If you have feedback to offer, or any questions, feel free to head over the forum thread that our amazing Panel Team has set up.

Otherwise, here’s the info you probably want:
Panel Schedule
Panel Descriptions

The Wait Is Over!

We are proud to announce our AnimeIowa 2017 Guests of Honor line up.  This year’s mix is one of the most diverse we have had the pleasure of welcoming – and welcoming back – to AnimeIowa.  So without further ado follow the link to our Guests section here at the AnimeIowa website to find out which of your favorite voice actors, writers, animators and entertainers are coming to AnimeIowa 2017.

A Tale of Two Contests

Are you a crafty person, or perhaps nimble with your words? Whether you are simply a beginner or an adept expert at either of those, the Contests Department invites everyone to participate in the two contests that are going on right now.

Mixed Up! is an art contest where the object isn’t to draw or paint a picture, but to craft one together using paper, glue, glitter, pasta, fabric, or whatever you have lying around. If you remember doing macaroni art back in early elementary and want to it another go, or just simply enjoy making messes, then this is the contest for you.

A Tiny Tale is our writing contest, where we are giving our attendees the ability to write the official back story behind our theme, “The Dark Carnival of Pigs.” The catch though is that you have to keep it at one hundred words or less. It is easy to come up with an idea, but the real challenge lies in communicating it within those restraints.

So come one, come all to participate in these two amazing contests. Further rules and details are found in the forum threads linked above. And to all of our participants, we wish you the best of luck.