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AnimeIowa 2020 “The shirt without a Convention” Goes Virtual!

Art by Shawn King

In 2019 the staff of AnimeIowa began to envision their return to Coralville, and plan AnimeIowa’s 24th annual get together of like minded Anime fans. We were on track for the event to be held back at AI’s longtime home the Marriott Hotel and Conference center.

Unfortunately the world changed and on May 8th we announced the cancelation of our in person event. We feel that the health and safety of our Attendees, Guests, Staff; as well as those presenting panels/workshops, and the artists and merchants in our Marketplace was our top priority.

Still we couldn’t envision a year without AnimeIowa…

So get your cosplay costume ready, and plan to get together with the AnimeIowa staff on Saturday August 1st and Sunday August 2nd for the 24th annual AnimeIowa – gone virtual.

Check out the Virtual convention menu, or use the buttons below, for your entrance to all things AnimeIowa online.

You can order your special edition AnimeIowa 2020 “The shirt without a convention” T-shirt delivered directly to your home.

Enter the online Hall Cosplay Photo Contest and the our Cosplay Video Showcase

Enter your artworks into the AnimeIowa Art Show.

AnimeIowa is having on online Runway Show featuring EGL fashions and a special bonus J-fashion portion. Enjoy the show or better still participate in the show. Check out the Virtual EGL Runway Show in the Virtual Con 2020 menu.

Art by Shawn King

Attend panels, workshops, and much much more. Check the AnimeIowa website’s Virtual con 2020 menu or your favorite social media sources for information and updates.

AnimeIowa 2020 Registrations

AnimeIowa 2017 Marriott Hotel, Coralville, IA.

With AnimeIowa 2020’s convention canceled many of you are wondering about your registration.  With this in mind we have some good news. All registrations have been rolled over to our 2021 convention.  Everyone who registered between Black Friday 2019 and May 8th, 2020 will not have to do anything. Including those who had to roll over from 2019 to 2020. And those who registered at the 2019 convention.

All attendees, registered or not, are invited to join us the weekend of July 31 to August 2, 2020 for AnimeIowa 2020 Online.  AnimeIowa’s very own Virtual convention with lots to do and see.  

 If you have any questions about your registration, including refund and donation options please contact us. The registration department is ready to help you. Email: Please include “2020 Registration Question” in your subject line. The deadline is June 13, 2020.

Keep checking the AnimeIowa website. And visit our Facebook page and social media platforms for more information on our virtual event.


It is with a heavy heart that the Executive Committee announces that we are cancelling AnimeIowa 2020 that was set for July 31 – August 2, 2020. Our staff have worked tirelessly with our partners and health experts to figure out the best way to host a safe and responsible event since learning about COVID-19, and as we have followed news and developments on this illness we do not believe that we can responsibly maintain necessary precautions to keep our staff, merchants, and attendees safe.  We are instead, working on developing a virtual con that will span several social media platforms.  

To decrease the negative effects, we are rolling over badges purchased for 2020 to the next year, with dates of Friday July 30 – Sunday August 1, 2021 at the Coralville Marriott in Coralville, IA. Artist Alley and Dealers booths will also be immediately rolled over. We will have more details on refund options later, so please keep an eye on our website and social media for details as we finalize them. 

Reservations made through the Coralville Marriott will be automatically cancelled on their end. The deposits for rooms that had been scheduled to be taken from credit cards on  June 1, will not be pulled. If you made a reservation at any of the surrounding hotels, it will be your responsibility to cancel your own reservation.  

 Panels and photoshoots will need to be resubmitted for AnimeIowa 2021 when we reopen submissions for those.

The AnimeIowa 2020 Executive Committee

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.

The AnimeIowa Executive Team
and all the staff at 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: and I will forward to the appropriate individuals/departments

Sheril Bogenrief, BSN RN

Convention Chair


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!

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!