Following their Facebook acquisition, Virtual Reality company Oculus VR is putting forth a Social Initiative program to use their Oculus Rift virtual headgear for new and exciting social activities. We are proud to announce that AnimeIowa has acquired an Oculus Rift development kit as part of this charter program and are beginning work on Virtual AnimeIowa. Soon you be able to enjoy the rustle and bustle of the convention in the comfort of your own home. No longer will you need to walk anywhere, be physically present, or get dressed to enjoy the convention. We are even looking into third-party attachment to enhance the immersion; such as tactile support for glomping simulation or an olfactoric add-on for the full con-funk experience. We are very excited about this opportunity and believe this is the future of conventions.
If you are an artist or dealer looking to sell at AnimeIowa 2014 pay close attention. Sign-ups for the Anime Marketplace are open. Go to the Anime Marketplace page to find the 2014 Anime Marketplace Contract. Simply read and fill out the contract and email firstname.lastname@example.org. All the details about pricing and conditions are included on the contract. There has been delays in setting up Paypal for contract payments, but you are welcome to submit a contract for approval prior to payments opening. Be sure to email if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. The Marketplace department will be happy to help in any way possible.
Are you interested in hosting a Room Party at AnimeIowa 2014? We are taking submissions to host official Room Parties. Check out the Room Party page for the guidelines and submission form.
The Hotel Block has filled up in record time. Not to worry, you still have plenty of options. If you are still set on having a room at the convention hotel you can sign up for the Hotel Waiting List which allows you to book a room if one happens to come available in a first come first serve basis. Otherwise check out our page of Offsite Hotels.
Let the fun begin! Hotel Reservations for AnimeIowa 2014 begin at 10 A.M. this Monday, March 10th, and YOU are invited to reserve your hotel room at the Marriott! Check out the AnimeIowa 2014 Hotel Reservations Thread or on the Location page to find out how.
We suggest you move quickly, as historically, the Marriott fills up in less than a week! Take a look at our Reservations FAQ Page if you have questions, and even consider our Roommate Page in case you need someone to share that room cost. On-site is the way to go and we recommend you reserve your room within 1-2 days of the block opening to make sure you can get there! We look forward to seeing you!
Calling all video editors! The AnimeIowa AMV Contest is now open for submissions. From now until July 20, 2014 make your Anime Music Video submissions for the opportunity to win prizes and prestige in our yearly contest. Read the AMV Contest page for guideline, rules, and submission instructions. Learn more in the AMV section of the forums.
Tabletop Gaming is where you can go to play a wide variety of tabletop games at AnimeIowa. Board games, pen and paper RPGs, card games, and more are all available for free casual play to attendees. In addition to casual play anytime, you can participate in tournaments and special events.
Are you interested in hosting a Tabletop Gaming event? We are currently seeking people to host events; check out the Tabletop Gaming page and submit a proposal. In addition, Tabletop Gaming is seeking general Volunteers and Staff to assist with running the game room during the convention. Be sure to email email@example.com if you are interested or have any questions. You can also find out more in the forum.
Are you interested in hosting a panel for AnimeIowa 2014? You are in luck, panel submissions are now open between now and May 1st. Attendee run panels are a mainstay of AnimeIowa and are crucial to keep the con fun and functional. We need quality submissions from motivated individuals such as you! If you are interested, go to the Panel Submissions page, read the rules and policies, and fill out the form. Any questions can be pointed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Good luck!
Are you ready for AnimeIowa 2014? Room reservations will begin on Monday, March 10th, 2014. Check out the AnimeIowa 2014 Hotel Reservations Forum Thread or the Location Page for more information. Hotel Reservations are first come/first serve so you’ll need to be quick. Also check out the list of Offsite Hotels. We look forward to seeing you!
You may know Samurai Dan and Jillian as regular guests of honor at AnimeIowa. Their North Liberty, Iowa based dojo Kojokan frequently performs demonstrations at Anime conventions across the United States. Recently they have announced they have come under severe financial hardship as a result of scammers. They are requesting donations to help keep their business afloat. Please check out their IndieGoGo page before March 4th and consider making a donation to help them out. Any amount would be appreciated.