Forum Art Contest 2016

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.

Mini Festival: A Figure, Model, and Doll Contest

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

Have fun!

Special Appearance by The Pillowcases!

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!

RightStuf Survey

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 and we’ll do our best to get answers for you!

AnimeIowa Abroad at Anime Central


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.

New Iowa Requirement for Merchants and Artists

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 at:

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.

Thank you,

The Marketplace Staff

AnimeIowa 2016

New Guest Announcement!

What do Cowboy Bebop, X-Men, Boxtrolls, and AnimeIowa have in common?

Give up?

STEVE BLUM, that’s what!

Er, who, I mean.

But anyway, Steve Blum will be joining us at AnimeIowa this year!  With hundreds of voice credits, you can be assured that you probably have seen something with him in it!  Details are on the Guest page, but we just HAD to make sure you all knew about this amazing guest!  Steve joins an already spectacular line-up of incredible people who can’t wait to come spend time with you!