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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!

Panel Submissions are Open!

At long last, it’s time to get those brilliant panel ideas flowing! Now that you’ve registered for AnimeIowa 2021, 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 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 2021, 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 to receive your application. Auditions close February 1st so don’t wait!

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

Buu Chan is Victorious! We are back online for Registrations.

And as promised we have extended our Black Friday Special until 11:59 pm on Sunday night.

Buu Chan fought bravely, and in the end chased the yokai back to the underworld and restored AnimeIowa’s online registration. The staff welcomed him home with a grand celebration including turkey and pumpkin pie.

The special pricing was only down for the last day – Cyber Monday. But in true AnimeIowa spirit you have the next 4 days to take advantage of the great savings we offered then. It’s like we turned back the clock and rebooted Black Friday back up from the beginning.

Registration Shutdown – The Yokai Broke the Internet!

The Yokai have invaded and put a curse on the Registration link that takes you from the AnimeIowa Registration From to PayPal. Those evil spirits mean to stop our faithful attendees from coming to AnimeIowa this July by keeping them from the best pricing of the year.

Fortunately Buu Chan is diligently working on fixing the payment issue that is plaguing the site at this time. He will not stop will it is back up and running

And both Buu Chan and the Registration team of AnimeIowa will Extend Our BLACK FRIDAY PRICING to compensate for the time the registration is down.

We will keep you our attendees informed here and on our Social media sites including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Just a little Teaser…

This year we have a new artist lending her artistic skills to create our unique Buu Chan convention T shirt. Based on the 2020 Youkai Invasion….

One pig against the end of the world! Last year a wild invasion of Yokai wreaked havoc in the world and it takes one sole Samurai pig to restore order.

Join Buu-Chan as he fights different Japanese Monsters, sending them back to the spirit world. Only he can restore the world to how it once was. 

Meet the Artist Cheri Stantellano (on the right) who along with her sister Teri Noto own and run “Tangerine Mountain”

Be sure to check out their Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Sales lasting through Monday. You will love to Kimono.

Gobble Gobble, now that you have filled up on the bounties of the holiday it’s time to get the best deal of Black Friday

Register now for AnimeIowa for the lowest price we will offer before con. Best of all you don’t have to go out in the cold or wait in lines. Your pass to this July’s best weekend is just a click or two away right here on your computer. Come celebrate with us at the Marriott in Coralville, IA. at panels, dances, in the marketplace and on the back patio. We can’t wait to see you there.