Contests: Mish-Mash and A Tiny Tale

The AnimeIowa Contests Team is at it again, and right now two contests are available:

Mish-Mash has you getting crafty to create a collage to show Buu-chan’s adventures in Des Moines. What sights will he see before or during AnimeIowa? Entries are due by March 31st on this contest, so get creative if you want to win an amazing prize pack of plushes, pillows, and blankets. More details and rules for this contest are available on the forums.

Next up we have A Tiny Tale. The troublesome dinks are causing problems, and it’s up to Buu-chan to stop them. In one hundred words or less, can you describe how a showdown would go down between Buu-chan and a dink? Entries are due by May 5th, so you still have time to get cracking and thinking up ideas so you can win a lovely Japanese cultural prize pack. More details and rules for this contest are available on the forums.

We have two more contests lined up, so keep your eyes peeled for more ways you can express your creativity before AnimeIowa hits.

Cafe AI Submissions are open!

 
Hello Everyone! Have you ever been interested in being a Maid or a Butler? Want to take part in a fun activity during AnimeIowa? Or maybe you just want a chance to interact with fellow attendees and make some new friends? Then this is the place for you! AnimeIowa’s very own Maid Cafe, Cafe Ai is looking for some awesome Maids and Butlers to join in the fun for 2018.
 
If you are interested, please fill out the audition form here
 
If you have any questions about the audition process, requirements or details on what being a Maid or Butler entails, please check out our forum post here or send us an email at ai.cafe@yahoo.com
 
 
We look forward to seeing all of you during AnimeIowa 2018!

Thank You for an Amazing 2017

Thank you.

For such a seemingly simple string of characters, they represent so much more than meets the eye at first glance. Not only can they show appreciation, but they can also signify a warm nostalgia.

For eleven years, we have called the Coralville Marriott our home. For many of our staff and attendees, the Coralville Marriott has been the only home that we have known. Even though we announced the move in 2015, it was only as we were planning for this year that the true gravity hit: this was the final year here.

We hope everyone took in the time to reflect on the small things that made the Coralville Marriott such an interesting home. The large patio and walkways over the river. The winding hallways. The insanely powerful air conditioning that sometimes resulted in sections of the convention freezing. Even the “Naruto curtains,” which seemed oddly appropriate given that we are anime convention. But even if you didn’t take the time reflect on the small things, we at least hope the last year was memorable, and that you made some amazing friends along the way.

We could wax nostalgic for ages, so we just want to again say: Thank you.

To the Coralville Marriott and its staff: thank you for an amazing eleven year run. Some years were more eventful than others, but you were always gracious hosts.
To the attendees: thank you for your continued support. Truly, you are the best fans that any convention could have.
To our merchants and artisans: thank you for being a part of a great dealers hall. Our wallets still ache.
To our Guests of Honor: thank you for visiting and sharing in the memories with our fans.
And finally, to our staff and volunteers: thank you for your hard work. We went through a lot, but in the end we made it through because you all pulled together.

Now as we close one chapter of our history, we start a new chapter. Next year we are celebrating our new home with AnimeIowa 2018: Where Pigs Fly! Mark your calendars, because we’re landing on July 13-15, 2018.

– Your ever thankful AnimeIowa 2017 Executive Team

The Winners of Three Contests

Since June, the Contest Department has held three Contests. Today we are pleased to announce the winners. So without further ado, please welcome…

For our microfiction contest “A Tiny Tale”, the winners are:
1st Place: Karen H.
2nd Place: Grace H.
3rd Place: Victor M.

The winning entry is as follows:

The red and white carnival tents had appeared overnight as if by magic. There’d been no sound, no tire tracks or footprints left in the dirt to indicate the direction traveled to reach this Iowa field. A single banner, strung across Main Street, announced that the Dark Carnival of Pigs had arrived. Worse still, Buu-Chan had gone missing. Disquietude permeated the air, and folks spoke in hushed nervous tones, contemplating what it may all mean. A single red ribbon and a missing whisk broom, the only clues. No one would look for Buu-Chan. No one dared.

For our mixed media art contest “Mixed Up!”, the winners are:
1st Place: Hilary S.
2nd Place: Rory H.
3rd Place: Karen H.

The winning entry:

Art by Hilary S.

And finally, for our photography contest “A Shutter in the Dark”, the winners are:
1st Place: Denna M.
2nd Place: Anna L.
3rd Place: Doug B.

The winning entry:

Photo by Denna M.

Thank you to all of our participants. Please come to the Events Desk during the convention to pick up your participation ribbons or prizes.

Your Con, Your Contest

The Contests Team has one last contest, and it’s something that you can do at the convention: Take a picture of yourself having fun at the convention, and post it to social media. We all see and interact with the convention in a different way, and with this being our last year at the Coralville Marriott let’s make it something truly to remember.

To enter, simply tag us a picture of yourself on either Facebook (@AnimeIowaCon) or Twitter (@AnimeIowa), with the appropriate hashtag:

If you’re wearing cosplay, then use #AnimeIowaCosplay
If you’re not in a costume, then use #AnimeIowaNosplay
And if you’re staffing the convention, then use #AnimeIowaStaff

We’ll have three rounds of judging, held at different times of the convention:
All day Friday (Friday 8:00AM through 11:59PM)
Early Saturday (Saturday 12:00AM through 3:00PM)
Late Saturday (Saturday 3:00PM through 11:59PM)

As per usual, full details are available on the forums.

Marketplace Set up hours and other useful information

Here is some very useful information regarding the Marketplace, especially if you are a vendor or artist!

Marketplace Vendor Access Hours

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Merchant/Artisan Access:
6pm-10pm
Note: If the room can be opened to set up before 6pm, we will do everything we can to open it. But we can not guarantee to be able to.
Merchant/Artist Access: 9am-9pm
Marketplace Walk through: 1:45pm
Sponsor/Staff Access: 2:30pm
Member Access:
3:00pm
Marketplace Closes:
8pm
Doors lock promptly at 9pm
Merchant/Artist Access:
8:30am-7pm
Sponsor/Staff Access: 9:30am
Member Access:
10am
Marketplace Closes:
6pm
Door lock promptly at 7pm
Merchant/Artist Access:
8:30am-8pm
Sponsor/Staff Access:
9:30am
Member Access:
10am
Marketplace Closes:
4pm
Marketplace take down: **
4pm-7pm
Final walk through:
8pm

Hours are subject to change before the date of the convention.
Please check for updates on our website at: http://animeiowa.com/anime-marketplace/

**Take down begins at 4pm when the room closes. Tear down of booths should not begin until that time unless prior arrangements have been made. (Packing of overstock is preparation of leaving is allowed.) We ask that all personal/ company items, equipment, etc. be removed from the Marketplace by 8pm on Sunday, July 30, 2017. Your assigned area must in condition to be returned to hotel control. (Exceptions to the allotted time can be made to this with approval of the marketplace department head.)

Vendors/Artists that require power, internet, phone, and Furnishings:

Booth- Power, phone, and internet
Internet, phone lines, and power are provided for a fee by the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. The Marriott utilities form must be completed and faxed to the Coralville Marriott at least 2 weeks before the convention to ensure your needs are ready when you arrive. Additional forms will be available at setup at the Marketplace check in table. The Marriott staff will try to fulfill these additional requests in a timely manner before the opening of the room to the public.     mhrs.cidic.events.admin@marriott.com

Booth- additional furnishings
You may bring additional tables/display stands and racks for your booth area as stated above.
Additional booth needs are also available and must be requested and paid for through Spielman’s. Information, phone number, and order forms are available at through the link provided on the Anime Marketplace page on the AnimeIowa website.
http://www.spielmans.com/tradeshows/animeiowa/index.php