It barely feels like a year has come and gone since we started working on the preparations for AnimeIowa 2016 – AnimeIowa Levels Up!, and now the convention is already over. So as we wrap up this year’s convention and begin to prepare for the next, we just want to take the time to say
Thank you to our wonderful staff, without whom we wouldn’t be able to run this convention. Together we overcame challenges, but in the end you did a phenomenal job in keeping things going. So let us say: we did it!
Thank you to our amazing volunteers, who helped us with tasks that ranged from the mundane to the insane. You are the unsung heroes of the convention. For all your help you have our gratitude.
Thank you to the many talented Guests of Honor, who came and rocked the convention. Without your works, out there every day, we would not have a reason to Celebrate Anime and Asian culture.
Thank you to our artists, merchants, and photographers, who have ensured that attendees and staff got to take home a piece of AnimeIowa 2016 and its memories in one way or another.
Thank you to our enthusiastic attendees. It is your love of anime and Japanese culture that has kept this convention going twenty AnimeIowa’s strong. We are so grateful of the support shown to AI by those attending past and present; you are truly the best attendees that any convention could ask for.
So while we are closing out AnimeIowa 2016, do not fear, for we are leveling up once more for our twenty-first con! So please come join us next year on July 28-30, 2017 back here at the Coralville Marriott, where you can journey into our next theme of the Dark Carnival of Pigs!
– The AnimeIowa 2016 Executive Team
This year’s convention theme is AnimeIowa Levels Up! Celebrating the 20th year of AnimeIowa! So we invite everyone to take a deep breath, focus their chakra, and enter our…:
“Buu-chan Levels Up” Forum Art Contest
We need you to show us how Buu-chan (our cosplaying piggy mascot) levels up or transforms. Is Buu-chan a powerful fighter, increasing his energy when necessary? A magical pig, changing in time of crisis? A gamer, advancing his character? Or just going hog wild? Unleash your art skills and amaze us with Buu-chan’s evolution, to win fame and cash prizes! For full contest details, please visit our contest info thread on the AnimeIowa Forums.
The Events Schedule is now available! You can now see what we have planned for the weekend and get your own schedule all set up. There are two files available: one has the schedule grid; one has the detailed description of each event.
From the menu, select Events | Events Schedule. Or, use this link: http://animeiowa.com/events-schedule/
See you soon!
Both advanced craftsmen and beginners alike can enter their Dolls, Model Kits, Gunpla, Figure Kits and more. Any age can enter! Our distinguished panel of judges will decide on the winners in multiple categories. Awesome prizes will be awarded. It’s important to register before the convention for us to ensure we have enough entries. Items must be of your creation, but don’t have to be made just for this contest.
For rules and entry form, please see http://animeiowa.com/events/animeiowa-mini-festival-and-contest/
AnimeIowa 2016 is almost here, so let’s get to know each other! This Saturday, June 18 is our first official Weekly Open Chat on the AnimeIowa Forums. It’ll be from 8:00 – 10:00 PM and you’re invited! Stop in to say hello, make convention plans, ask questions, or just hang out. Full information is posted on the Forums here:
Official Weekly Live Chat! Every Saturday 8pm – 10pm
If you love FLCL or The Pillows, you will absolutely want to come see The Pillowcases as they perform your favorite songs from FLCL! If you’re not familiar, you’ll still want to stop in to see an awesome rock show, with a few fandom favorites thrown in to keep things lively. It’s going to be an awesome show! The Pillowcases are on a mission to bring the music of the Pillows and FLCL to every convention in the country. The world. The UNIVERSE. And that means IOWA!
The AnimeIowa advertising team is glad to introduce a new contest partnered with RightStuf for AI 2016! By filling out the survey below, you could qualify for a prize pack, awarded at AnimeIowa, directly from RightStuf. The contest will be open through June! We’d love to give away this wonderful prize to a lucky AnimeIowa attendee!
CLICK HERE for the survey! Any questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do our best to get answers for you!
If you’re still busy getting your amazing costumes and works prepared for AnimeIowa, we just want to remind you that there is no need to panic yet. However, if you’ll be going to Anime Central this weekend (May 20-22, 2016), then you might want to start panicking if you aren’t ready yet.
That brings us to some amazing news: AnimeIowa will be at ACen this year, and we have a booth in the dealer’s floor. So drop by and say “Hello.” Also, if you haven’t registered yet, we will be selling badges at our holiday rate of $40 at our booth, so you have one less thing to panic about before AI rolls around.
So whether we see you at ACen or at AI, we look forward to seeing you around.
As of July 1, 2016, the Department no longer issues temporary tax permits. Merchants and Artists who used temporary permits in the past at the AnimeIowa Anime Marketplace must apply for a permanent Iowa tax permit. To apply for a permanent permit, complete and submit the Iowa Business Tax Registration form Form number 78-005 is located on the tax.iowa.gov at: https://tax.iowa.gov/forms/iowa-business-tax-permit-registration-78-005-0
A permanent tax permit allows you to conduct taxable sales or perform taxable services in Iowa at any time during the year. When you attend a temporary event, such as AnimeIowa, you only need to provide the Marketplace staff with your name and address, along with your permanent tax permit number.
The process is simple and you can start selling in Iowa as soon as you fill out the paperwork and either email, fax, or mail the application. You do not have to wait for the number to arrive. (Which takes around 6 weeks.)
There is no fee to apply and receive your Iowa Sales Tax ID number.
The Marketplace Staff
Always wanted to help be a part of what makes AnimeIowa great? Do you miss one of the most diverse, energetic, and enjoyable pieces of convention life? We’d love to see you join our room party block! Until May 1st, room party submissions are open! Here’s a bit about what you need to know:
Room parties can only be held on the second floor, but this will allow you to enjoy your night life with your friends and party guests without worrying about noise complaints! New for 2016, we also have contests and goodies for the room party block and would LOVE to be able to give them away!
Don’t have a reservation? Contact us anyway; we can likely still get your a room party room! Reservations take priority.
Rules and regulations can be found in the forums here: AnimeIowa 2016 Room Party Rules
The link to the submission form can be found here: Room Party Application
The AnimeIowa 2016 Hotel and Room Party Teams