In Memory of Cassandra Hodges

It is our grave misfortune to announce Cassandra Hodges passed away earlier this month.

While AnimeIowa did not know Cassi very well, many of our staff had opportunities to interact with her a few times over the last two years. She was first brought to our attention by a fan in late 2009 as someone who would make a wonderful addition to AnimeIowa’s guest lists. So we did the research. Investigated what conventions she had attended up until that time and contacted their Guest Departments to get a better feel for who Cassandra really was; not only as a professional, but as a person. It should come as no surprise to anyone that everyone she met seemed to love her and they all wanted to have her back as often as she could come.

The following is an account from one of our staff members who was in contact with her.

During the course of the 2010 convention year, I got to speak with Cassi on a few occasions. Confirming flight information, panels ideas and going over any unusual requests that she might have had. What stood out the most for me was that she really wanted to go to Riverside, IA in order to see the future birth place of Cpt. James T. Kirk. For anyone not familiar with Iowa and were Riverside is, it is roughly a fifteen to twenty minute drive from Coralville, where the convention is held. As a trekker myself, it was something I looked forward to fulfilling for her. It was not to be however. In 2010, Cassi was unable to attend our convention last minute. While on her way to the airport, Cassi was involved in an auto accident and suffered a blow to the head. From what I was told, Cassi still wanted to get on the plane and make the flight out to the convention, but Doctor’s would not permit her to fly out of concern for her health. I fully agreed with the Doctor’s. Her health outweighed the cost of trying to bring her out to the convention. I kept in contact with her over the few days after AnimeIowa. Cassi insisted that she would repay us for the cost of her plane ticket, I politely told her that if she sends us a check, that we will either send it back or simply tear it up; we didn’t want her to repay us. Thankfully, she never tried.

Over the course of the last year, she was still enthusiastic about coming to AnimeIowa. She always seemed very upbeat about it and always seemed to look forward to it. It is a travesty that she had pass away so early in life. Cassi made a lot of people smile during the time that she was here. She was goofy, witty and downright entertaining. She will be missed by all who knew her.

AnimeIowa staff sends all our best wishes to her and her family in this time of need.

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Registration Info

A note to everyone that registered online that if you have a Paypal receipt for your registration then you are registered, regardless if you received additional notification or not.  All Paypal payments have been accounted for and have a badge. Also, for those that are not registered, we cannot guarantee that you will be registered due to the registration cap. However, if you come to register early Friday your chances are quite good.

Programming Book and Schedule Now Available

The AnimeIowa 2011 Programming Book and Programming Schedule are now available! Remember, the schedule is subject to change at any time so remember to check the Anime Iowa website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed for updates. See you at AnimeIowa 2011!

Mainstage Cosplay Sign-up Now Open

The sign-up page for Mainstage Cosplay is now open. If you wish enter a cosplay for contest at AnimeIowa 2011 fill out the form and get ready to strut your stuff on stage! You may also sign-up at the convention. Be sure to check out the Cosplay page for more information.

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Theme Song Contest

Pull out your writing material and musical instruments and express your joy about AnimeIowa in song! Submission must be entered before midnight on Sunday, July 24. Be sure to check out the rules and submission instructions on the forum.
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Volunteering

Volunteers are a crucial part of AnimeIowa. Volunteers and work for the convention and get points for their time. Those points can be turned in for prizes or even free registration for next year.

As a special promotion, if you sign up for volunteering before midnight on July 27th your can get an extra hour of volunteer points! If you are interested in volunteering email volunteers@animeiowa.com and check out the Volunteers page for more information.

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Buu-chan Art Contest

Buu-chan is getting ready for AnimeIowa 2011 AND his birthday! Feeling creative? Help him celebrate by entering our “Two-Ways-To-Win” Birthday Contest! You don’t have to be an artist to win some great prizes! CLICK HERE to visit the information page on our Forums.

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Panel Submissions Closed

Panel submission has closed! Thanks everyone that submitted a panel; you will be notified if your panel was selected or not.

Pre-Registration Closed

Pre-registration is now closed!

Pre-Registration Ending

A reminder that pre-registration ends May 31st. After that you will have to register at the con. Last year we reached our registration cap and had to turn some people away, so make sure that doesn’t happen to you and pre-register.