Marketplace Sign-Up has closed

The Marketplace sign-up is NOW CLOSED for the 2017 convention year! 

Important Notice: Anyone that has not been accepted at this time are on a waiting list for openings to the room.  Payment for spaces for those who were accepted this past February are due no later than April 15th.  If not paid by then, we will be moving unpaid acceptances to the waiting list and sending out acceptances to replace them.  Information will be sent to both unpaid and newly accepted vendors/artists on or shortly after April 16th.  

For those who we won’t be able to have space for this year – the good news is that we will have double the space in our new Marketplace in the IEC convention center in DesMoines, IA. for the 2018 convention.   Look for more information here in the upcoming months. 

AnimeIowa 2017 Room Block Opening Monday, March 6th!

Good morning, dear attendees!

For those who have not yet seen the forums, the AnimeIowa room block announcements are up and we’re preparing to open hotel rooms to all of you for AI 2017! You can find information in the Hotel Forums! If you have any questions, please send them to and we’ll respond as quickly as we can.

We’re very pleased to see all your smiling faces at the convention this year, so keep your eyes peeled for the 10am opening of the block and secure your place on site at the Coralville Marriott for the Haunted Carnival of Pigs! *evil cackle*

New Staff Meeting

It’s that time of year again; the air is cold and AnimeIowa seems so distant and far away. Truth of the matter is that AnimeIowa is a year-round operation where our dedicated staff meddle and toil to bring it to life each year. Each year, we have a special meeting where we celebrate the new staff who have joined us, and where we encourage all who are interested to come and learn about being staff at AnimeIowa.

The AnimeIowa New Staff Meeting will be Saturday, February 11th starting at 2:00PM in the Coralville Marriott. Learn about the various departments that make up this convention, participate in a variety of dark carnival games and festivities, and enjoy some food with new friends. If you’re interested in attending, we do highly encourage you to RSVP by sending an e-mail to recruitment (AT) animeiowa (DOT) com.

We also acknowledge that life can get in the way. Work, family, or that dream vacation to Paris might have you busy so you can’t make the meeting on the 11th. Fret not, because new and interested staff are always welcome to our future meetings. So for your easy reference, here are the next staff meetings:

  • March 11, 2017
  • April 8, 2017
  • May 6, 2017
  • June 3, 2017
  • June 24, 2017
  • July 15, 2017

All of those meetings will be at 2:00PM at the Coralville Marriott.

Still, what if you can’t make any meetings and are interested in becoming part of the AnimeIowa family? We do have teleconferencing options for staff where the drive is too much, or otherwise just monthly updates on your progress sent via e-mail is enough. Just contact us at recruitment (AT) animeiowa (DOT) com and we’ll be happy to get you settled and prepared for the road to success.

We look forward to seeing you all on February 11th.


The 2017 AnimeIowa Marketplace is open for Applications!

Back one last time before the move – Come Merchants, come Artists and join us in the AnimeIowa Marketplace!

All the information you need is in the downloadable Merchant or Artist Packet.  

Once you read the packet download the Application, fill it out (per the instructions) in Adobe Reader DC, and send it in.

Come to AnimeIowa and the Dark Carnival of Pigs for a grandstand of a farewell to the Marriott!

Registration News

Are you ready to return to the madness that is AnimeIowa?

Are you ready to dive into the wonderful pool of fun and frolic?

Are you ready to experience the Dark Carnival of Pigs?

We hope so, because REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

That’s right!  You can now register by mail or on-line, and if you do it in December then you get a special discount!

All of the details are here:  All of the Details

Thank You For An Amazing AnimeIowa 2016!

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!”

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.

And finally,

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

Feedback Form is Ready!

Did you attend AnimeIowa 2016?  Please let us know how we did and how we can improve!  All you need to do is fill out the anonymous feedback form and submit it to our diligent tabulating panda (or just click on the Submit button).  We value your feedback and will use it to make next year even better.


Feedback Form




AnimeIowa uses Guidebook as its on-line interactive guide for the convention.  You can view the guide on your Android, iPhone, tablet, or computer  The easiest way to get the guide is to use the QR code below and go directly to the guide!

Or, you can browse to  and search for “AnimeIowa 2016”.  Be sure to select the OFFICIAL guide as there may be a shadow lurking out there — the official guide is oddly enough the guide with the dates 7.9.16 through 8.31.16!  DO NOT LOAD the guide with dates of 7.29 – 7.31!

Better yet, use this code:

QR Code

AnimeIowa Pokemon Go Gym Leader Challenge!

Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm, and AnimeIowa is no exception. The Marriott Hotel is lucky enough to have two Gyms and a plethora of Pokéstops  just outside along the Iowa River Landing Sculpture walk. We invite con-goers to compete over control of those two gyms, and will offer badges to any players who manage to get their gym up to level 10. And starting at 10 a.m. on Friday the first two players to be the leaders of either gym when it gets to level 10 will be named that gym’s Official Leader and get a free t-shirt! Stop by the Pokémon Go desk next to the AnimeIowa Info Desk to learn more, and grab a piece of Pidgey candy.

For more information, please see the forum thread!