Category Archives: AnimeIowa 2011

We Heart Japan Charity Drive

AnimeIowa would like to announce the total of its charity drive for this year’s convention!  We raised $3,000 for the We Heart Japan charity! We Heart Japan is ran by voice actress Stephanie Sheh, translator Satsuki Yamashita, comic book artist Pinguino Kolb, Japanese film promoter Rhona Medina and Steve Yun who works at Harmony Gold on Robotech and Macross.  AnimeIowa gladly donates the funds we raised to this organization, whose proceeds go to relief efforts for the areas effected by the March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami.  Check them out at and feel free to keep on donating!  AnimeIowa would like to give the greatest of thanks to all those who donated and wish the We Heart Japan charity the best of luck in their endeavors!

Thank You AnimeIowa 2011

The Executives would like to take the time to thank all who came to this year’s AnimeIowa!

The staff as a whole would like to collectively hug all of you for not causing near as much damage to The Marriott. ^_^!

Damage this year was almost Zero! We are grateful to you all for your concerted efforts in protecting our wonderful hotel home and hopefully a home away from home for many of you. We realize the air-conditioning was a bit of a rough spot this year; we do appreciate everyone hanging in there all weekend. We do not expect it to be an issue again, but it’s comforting to know we have such respectful and understanding members. It was also nice to see everyone enjoying the new Riverwalk. It should prove to be a fun and unique part of AnimeIowa for years to come.

Our staff is working hard to find solutions to many of the problems you have reported to us so far. We hope to see everyone again next year, July 27-29. In the meantime, please continue to help us help you! Fill out one of our online feedback forms or comment on the feedback sections of our forum. We do our best to take in all the feedback you give us and turn it into positive results. Please don’t be shy, but do be respectful. With your help, we can make next year the best AnimeIowa ever!

Thank you all again and again for your continued support.
-The AnimeIowa Staff of 2011

Double Hours for Setup/Tear Down Volunteers

As with previous years if you help set up Thursday or help tear down Sunday you get double volunteer hours. Also, if you help with setup you can pick up your badge early if you are pre-registered or jump to the front of the line Friday if you are not registered. Set up crew starts at 2pm Thursday, July 28 by the staircase in the lobby. Be sure to email if you are interested. Check out the Volunteer page or the volunteer section of the forum for more information.

In Memory of Cassandra Hodges

It is our grave misfortune to announce Cassandra Hodges passed away earlier this month.

While AnimeIowa did not know Cassi very well, many of our staff had opportunities to interact with her a few times over the last two years. She was first brought to our attention by a fan in late 2009 as someone who would make a wonderful addition to AnimeIowa’s guest lists. So we did the research. Investigated what conventions she had attended up until that time and contacted their Guest Departments to get a better feel for who Cassandra really was; not only as a professional, but as a person. It should come as no surprise to anyone that everyone she met seemed to love her and they all wanted to have her back as often as she could come.

The following is an account from one of our staff members who was in contact with her.

During the course of the 2010 convention year, I got to speak with Cassi on a few occasions. Confirming flight information, panels ideas and going over any unusual requests that she might have had. What stood out the most for me was that she really wanted to go to Riverside, IA in order to see the future birth place of Cpt. James T. Kirk. For anyone not familiar with Iowa and were Riverside is, it is roughly a fifteen to twenty minute drive from Coralville, where the convention is held. As a trekker myself, it was something I looked forward to fulfilling for her. It was not to be however. In 2010, Cassi was unable to attend our convention last minute. While on her way to the airport, Cassi was involved in an auto accident and suffered a blow to the head. From what I was told, Cassi still wanted to get on the plane and make the flight out to the convention, but Doctor’s would not permit her to fly out of concern for her health. I fully agreed with the Doctor’s. Her health outweighed the cost of trying to bring her out to the convention. I kept in contact with her over the few days after AnimeIowa. Cassi insisted that she would repay us for the cost of her plane ticket, I politely told her that if she sends us a check, that we will either send it back or simply tear it up; we didn’t want her to repay us. Thankfully, she never tried.

Over the course of the last year, she was still enthusiastic about coming to AnimeIowa. She always seemed very upbeat about it and always seemed to look forward to it. It is a travesty that she had pass away so early in life. Cassi made a lot of people smile during the time that she was here. She was goofy, witty and downright entertaining. She will be missed by all who knew her.

AnimeIowa staff sends all our best wishes to her and her family in this time of need.

Registration Info

A note to everyone that registered online that if you have a Paypal receipt for your registration then you are registered, regardless if you received additional notification or not.  All Paypal payments have been accounted for and have a badge. Also, for those that are not registered, we cannot guarantee that you will be registered due to the registration cap. However, if you come to register early Friday your chances are quite good.