Hello AnimeIowa Congoers!
The AnimeIowa Paneling Team would like to thank everyone for their panel submissions for 2015. We had many fantastic panels submitted to us this year. In fact, for one of the first times, we had so many panels submitted that we did not have the paneling space for all of them! We truly appreciate everyone’s time and effort in coming up with these fantastic panels. You all truly make the convention what it is. We would like to remind our wonderful panelists to check the forums for your panel check in times as well as the awesome new perks we have prepared for you. Also keep your eyes pealed for new big events for AnimeIowa 2015!
Once again, thank you all for your submissions. We look forward to seeing all of you at AnimeIowa 2015 and making this year the best year yet!
Remember, May 31 is the pre-registration deadline! Also remember that we will not be selling sponsor badges at the door, so if you want all of those wonderful perks then please register now!
The AMV contest is now open for submissions! Please use this page to review the rules and submit your video: http://animeiowa.com/events/amv-contest/
As announced after last year’s convention, the theme for AnimeIowa 2015 is “Ninjas: Celebrating 10 Years of the LoDN”. It’s hard not to love ninjas, since they’re such an exciting part of Japanese traditional and modern culture. Our staff is hard at work preparing ninja-themed events for the convention, and we invite our attendees to make plans too. CLICK HERE to learn more about what ninja items to look for (but not see) at AnimeIowa 2015, and to review the recently released details. (Or paste this link into your browser: http://www.animeiowa.com/cgi-bin/smf/index.php?topic=9791.msg341305#msg341305)
Due to unforeseen circumstances, previously confirmed guest David Matranga will not be able to join us at AnimeIowa in 2015. We are disappointed that he cannot be with us this time, but look forward to working with him in the future!
AnimeIowa is pleased to announce some exciting new additions to the guest lineup! We have some fabulous people coming this year, including international guest Shinichi “Nabeshin” Watanabe! For more information on all of our wonderful guests, please check out the GUESTS page.
Child Rate for Registration
Did you know that a child badge has a lower rate this year? That’s right! Whether pre-reg or at the convention, a child badge is only $35 for ages 6-12.
Spot the Ninja
Spot the Ninja is a hotel-wide activity that Family Programming will be hosting this year. We will have small decals of ninjas up around the hotel. Prizes will be given out to families who can spot the ninjas! Prize levels will depend on the number of ninja decals they find. Others are welcome to participate as well and will receive a sticker for their participation.
Merchants – The Retail Merchants space in the Marketplace is full. We will still be accepting applications for Merchants, but they will be on a waiting list to fill vacancies created by cancellations.
Artists – There is still some room in the Artists Village section of the Marketplace.
With the many advances of technology (for example photography) many changes have occurred. These services in the past were utilized by a select group of hobbies/professions because of the cost factor, but now are used by many people for profit. There are many who are offering services at AnimeIowa which include Photo shoots, commissions, and costumes. These services are great, but they also must keep in the confines of Iowa law for sales of goods and services.
AnimeIowa has in place a policy to include these services in the convention experience. Please review the AnimeIowa 2015 Paid Services Policy and address any questions to: Marketplace.dept@animeIowa.com
Marketplace Applications for Artists and Merchants is open! Get your application in today as space in the Marketplace is limited. You can find everything you need on the Anime Marketplace page, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions!