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.
Both advanced craftsmen and beginners alike can enter their Dolls and Doll Costumes, Handmade and Altered Plushies, 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.
For more information and to enter, please check out this page!
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.
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 email@example.com 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*
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.
It’s that time of year! Our room party team is standing by and ready to take applications for this, our final year at the Coralville Marriott. Head to the forums for more information!
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!
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
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