Update – Hotel Room Deposit Date Changed.

Good day AnimeIowa Family and Friends

At this time, with the information we have available, we are continuing to plan to host AnimeIowa this year.   Our venues team is continually working with the Marriott to make sure that you, our attendees, are not over extended at this time.  The room deposit which is normally charged on May 1st has been delayed until June 1st, 2020. 

AnimeIowa is working on plans to ensure that everyone attending the convention will be safe.  We are striving to get extra hand sanitizer and wipes to have available at the convention, as well as good old soap and water.  As a team we are working on establishing additional protocols to keep you, our guests, attendees and staff as safe as we possibly can.

The executive team will keep you informed of any changes as they happen.  Thank you for being part of the AnimeIowa family.

Sincerely,
The AnimeIowa Executive Team
and all the staff at AnimeIowa

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM ANIMEIOWA

AnimeIowa has had several posts by concerned attendees on social media asking if the convention has been canceled. In response to those concerns, the executive team is taking its lead from the CDC and State and Local governments regarding large group events and the relationship to Covid-19. New information will be provided as it becomes available. Please watch for information from us here as well as on our social media presence. Information and misinformation is abundant from many sources, we are continuing to follow information from the CDC, as it is the most accurate source of information.

In relation to cancelling the convention, the Execs and myself continue to work with our business partners and we are monitoring the general health concerns related to large events attendance. At this time, it is too early to cancel the convention, but be assured we will be very mindful of the happenings and restrictions as we move closer to the convention. I understand that some Conventions have cancelled, and we only want to ensure the health safety of our attendees. Rather than spreading rumors, if you have questions or concerns, please email: hotel.dept@animeiowa.com and I will forward to the appropriate individuals/departments

Sheril Bogenrief, BSN RN

Convention Chair

Operations/Venues

2020 Guest Announcement: Bizarre Couture

We are pleased to announce Bizarre Couture as our 2020 Fashion Guest of Honor!

The fashion visionaries based in Tulsa, Oklahoma have traveled all this way to be the Fashion Guests of Honor for AnimeIowa 2020! Their studio specializes in mixing time periods, motifs, cultures, and textiles to create stunning acts of fashion. They have been invited to headline the J-Fashion show based on their particularly Japanese fashion inspired work, which often draws from Visual Kei and other Harajuku street fashions. The duo officially started designing together three years ago and, since then, the two have been creating works of art and leveling up with each new garment. With 20+ years of sewing experience behind each piece, these two are not afraid of creating looks from the wearable all the way to the most avant-garde. They have been featured at other fashion events such as Paradiso: A Lolita Fashion Event, and Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week.

While by night we know them as Bizarre Couture, Ariel and Billie are newlyweds and engineers by day. Ariel is a Mechanical Design Engineer, while Billie is working towards a degree in Environmental Engineering. If they have a moment to breathe, they can be found caring for their pet rabbit. 

The designers want Anime Iowa to know that, “We strongly believe that there’s no one look or feature that is beautiful, but rather that everyone is beautiful in their own way, and they should have the freedom to express that how they choose.” This quote is flawlessly executed by the brand’s diverse portfolio. 

You can see many of their looks at the Fashion Show presented by the AnimeIowa Fashion Department. There will also be a trunk show featuring the work of all of the participants after the show.

AnimeIowa Fashion Department

The new AnimeIowa Fashion Department will be hosting a formal runway show on the mainstage Friday night at AnimeIowa 2020. We are excited to reveal that one of the four design collections to walk the runway will be a collection of historical and contemporary kimono curated by Tangerine Mountain Imports and Designs.  The Fashion Department is hard at work planning new and exciting content for 2020 so stay tuned for more AnimeIowa runway J fashion show and Fashion Department related updates!

2020 Guest Announcement: Chris Hackney

We’re pleased to announce that Chris Hackney will be appearing as a Guest of Honor for AnimeIowa 2020!

Chris Hackney is an American voice actor currently residing in Los Angeles, CA.

Originally from Florida, Chris found his way to acting when in college for music. While looking for more outlets for artistic expression, he discovered an entire new world of creativity in acting. Several years of training and a cross-country move later, Chris has found his life and passion in voiceover.

Chris can be heard in various forms including commercials, video games, anime, and animation. Currently, he’s most known for titles such as Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Dimitri), Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (Boey), Hunter x Hunter, Mega Man 11, K Project, Valkyria Chronicles 4, and Gundam SEED. Chris is always looking forward to the next exciting opportunity he can lend his passion to.

2020 Guest Announcement: TyrannosaurusLexCosplay

We are pleased to announce TyrannosaurusLexCosplay as our 2020 Cosplay Guest of Honor!

Lex, also known as TyrannosaurusLexCosplay, is a Midwest cosplayer who loves the process of creating costumes and the awesomeness of the cosplay community. Lex officially started cosplaying in 2013, and created her first self-sewn cosplay in 2014. Since then, Lex has been creating cosplays non-stop and working on leveling up her skills. Lex is never afraid to start learning a new skill in sewing, thermoplastics or foam armor and loves talking with anyone about cosplay tips and tricks! Lex always attends conventions with one goal in mind, to encourage others to take part in the fun and exciting hobby of cosplaying!

When not cosplaying, Lex can most likely be found watching anime, playing D&D or spending time with her two very spoiled dogs.  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tyrannosauruslexcosplay/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tyrannosaurus.Lex.Cosplay/

Submissions are Open! – Panels and Hobbies

At long last, it’s time to get those brilliant panel ideas flowing! Now that you’ve registered for AnimeIowa 2020, you now have everything you need to submit that panel idea you’ve been dreaming of! 

To submit your panel, please locate the Submissions page under the Programs & Panels tab, there you will find the link to the Paneling and Hobbies forms along with helpful information on all things to get you started!  Or just click on this convenient button.

There’s no guarantee your panel will be accepted, but we can promise that it will be given fair and careful consideration. We really value all of your creativity and hard work, we can’t wait to see what you come up with! Only you know how to bring the fun in 2020, so what are you waiting for? Submit the panel of your dreams.. TODAY!

So much News coming your Way…

AnimeIowa Discord Group – More ways to stay connected

You the attendees have asked for this additional option to interact with both staff and other attendees. We are proud of all the work that Katie -our head of Marketplace- along with other staff members have put into this project. Come and check it out. Say hello and give Katie a shout out.


cafe ai

Maid and Butler Volunteer auditions are now open for Café Ai 2020! We are looking for passionate and professional people to be part of our team. Please email cafeai@animeiowa.com to receive your application. Auditions close February 1st so don’t wait!

Thank you to Joan Gordon for the official Café Ai artwork.