Category Archives: AnimeIowa 2017

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:
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:
Marketplace Closes:
Doors lock promptly at 9pm
Merchant/Artist Access:
Sponsor/Staff Access: 9:30am
Member Access:
Marketplace Closes:
Door lock promptly at 7pm
Merchant/Artist Access:
Sponsor/Staff Access:
Member Access:
Marketplace Closes:
Marketplace take down: **
Final walk through:

Hours are subject to change before the date of the convention.
Please check for updates on our website at:

**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.

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.

“Buu-chan Joins the Carnival” Forum Art Contest

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, artists and creators of all ages!  Join us for the most amazing art contest in the history of AnimeIowa!  Our mascot Buu-chan has run off to join the carnival, and he needs your help!

Our 2017 convention theme is “The Dark Carnival of Pigs”, and Buu-chan is ready to become a performer.  But what will our porcine mascot do at the carnival?  Will he become a traditional performer such as an aerialist on the flying trapeze?  Maybe the strong man?  Or has he been lured in by the darker side of show, conjuring ancient magic, or becoming an unusual freak show attraction?

Dazzle the world with your amazing art skills, and show us Buu-chan’s role in the carnival.  His circus career is in your hands!  For full contest details, please visit the contest info thread on the AnimeIowa Forums.

The 2017 Photography Contest: A Shutter in the Dark

Our Contests Team is hosting another Photography contest this year, and the stakes couldn’t be any higher. Up for grabs is a New Nintendo 3DS and a limited edition copy of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, on top of amazing swag bags of goodies containing plushes, towels, board games, DVDs, and more.

So grab your camera, and read up on what it takes to win some amazing prize bundles. As always, more information is available on the forums, which you can find by clicking this link.

The 2017 Panel Schedule is Live!

Grab your pens! Grab your markers! Grab something! It’s time to start making a plan on where you’ll be and what you’ll be doing this convention.

That’s right, the AnimeIowa 2017 Panel Schedule is finally live!

If you have feedback to offer, or any questions, feel free to head over the forum thread that our amazing Panel Team has set up.

Otherwise, here’s the info you probably want:
Panel Schedule
Panel Descriptions