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Staff Recruitment Meeting – Cedar Rapids May 11th

Have you ever wanted to take a step through the looking glass and see what is behind it?  Planning a convention like AnimeIowa can be challenging and fun and is never boarding.  If you have ever wondered what it would be like to take part, or just want to see what it is like to satisfy your curiosity.

We invite you to join us on Saturday May 11th 2019 at Studio Reserved – Cedar Rapids, IA. to sit in on the May planning meeting.  Meeting starts at 2pm. 

Guest Announcement: Greg Ayres

For Friday only, AnimeIowa is pleased to announce that Greg Ayres will be returning!

Greg Ayres has been blasting his way through 2017!  He was thrilled to make his second appearance in Dragon Ball Super earlier this year as Frost, and equally excited to help blast bugs as Geo in Sony Picture’s Starship Troopers : Traitor of Mars. 2017 also gave him the opportunity to reprise one of his favorite roles as Son Goku in Saiyuki Reload Blast, and will also be appearing in Haikyu as Yu Nishinoya, as well as voicing Zenji Marui in Food Wars. With over 290 credits to his name, he has managed to play a variety of characters that are almost as colorful as his hair.  Some recent roles include Nagisa Haruki in Free, and Free Eternal Summer, MonoKuma in Danganronpa, Clear in Dramatical Murder, and Doug in Gangsta. Thrilled to be a part of the Toonami re-launch in the roles of Ganta Igarashi in Deadman Wonderland, and Heihachi Hayashida in Samurai 7, and even more thrill to follow that up the in the following summer’s thriller Another as Kouichi Sakakibara. He can also be hear as Satoru Asahina in From the New World, Kenji Nakanishi in Say I Love You, Sion in No. 6, Heisuke Toudou in Hakuoki, Tommyrod in Toriko, Tomoki Sakurai, in Heaven’s Lost Property, and Volken, in the Book of Bantorra.  Some of his all-time favorite roles include Son Goku in Saiyuki, Chrono in Chrono Crusade, Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club, Youhei Sunohara in Clannad, Yuki in The Wallflower, Leo in Ghost Stories, Satoshi Hiwatari in DNAngel, Kaworu Nagisa in the Director’s Cut of Neon Genesis Evangelion, and Negi Springfield in Negima.

When he’s not in a booth with headphones on, you can usually find him sporting headphones behind “the decks”at many a music event. A veteran nightclub DJ of many years, he has jumped at the opportunity to play music and organize late night dances at many of the conventions he attends. He currently helps organize dance and music tracks at several US conventions. Greg is also a member of Project BECK, who perform music from the anime Beck Mongolian Chop Squad, and has had a blast reliving the music from the show with his friends.  Thrilled to be able to share his love of music with anyone willing to listen – from packed rooms at anime conventions, to the legendary stage of The Knitting Factory (NYC), he’s always ready to make a little  noise.

Guest Announcement: Daniel Mohr and Wolfie B Bad

AnimeIowa is pleased to welcome Daniel Mohr and Wolfie B Bad as 2018 Guests of Honor!

Daniel “Stitch” Mohr – Comic artist, author, and actor who was born and bred in Minnesota. Daniel is also known as that guy over there in the hat. He has been acting for over 20 years in both Community Theater and professional performances, and specializes in improvisation. He has been heard to say he will do anything for a laugh, and has proved it more than once. Ask him about being lit on fire. For almost a decade he has worked with his puppet companion Wolfie, and they have been called equal opportunity offenders however they promise to behave at least five minutes every day.
Currently he lives with his wife in St Paul, where they run Mohr Creations together selling his artwork and her custom made fine jewelry. Daniel has also begun his own publishing company, Wolfie B Bad Productions, which publishes his comic collections, “Everyday Gods”, “World Wide News”, “Life is a Natural One”, and soon the new comic “The Adventures of Bastian and Mushu”.

Wolfie B Bad – Wolfie was born in Minnesota, and was born to be an actor. He was on stage making audiences laugh when he was only three months old. Since then he has expanded his repertoire to include audience participation stand up, giving advice via the podcast “Bad Advice with Wolfie and Cory!!” and carousing on an Olympic level. Wolfie has presented at fortune 500 companies, and has also run for president. Vote Awesome in any future election, they all pay well.

Guest Announcement: Joel McDonald

AnimeIowa is pleased to announce Joel McDonald as a 2018 Guest of Honor!

Joel McDonald is a voice actor, Oreo enthusiast, and ADR director with Funimation Entertainment. He’s directed Space Dandy, Assassination Classroom, One Piece, Initial D, Sgt. Frog, Deadman Wonderland, One Piece: Film Z, and a dozen or so more.

As an adaptive scriptwriter, Joel has worked with Funimation on projects like DBZ: Kai, Claymore, and Linebarrels of Iron, and with Bang Zoom! on Seven Deadly Sins and Fate/Stay Night.

But wait! He acts, too! He’s Dilandau Albatau in the new Vision of Escaflowne dub, Phichit Chulanont in Yuri!! on ICE, Meow in Space Dandy, Brief in Panty and Stocking, Minato in Sekirei, Poland in Hetalia, Jacuzzi Splot in Baccano!, and Takumi in Initial D. But the gamers among you may have heard him in Borderlands 2 as Captain Flynt, Smite as Mercury, Tales of Xillia 2 as Chronos, Walking Dead: Survival Instinct as Deputy Lee, and as Aoi Tokura in the webcomic Rainy Cocoa.

He’s nice. Come say hi.

Mini Festival: A Doll, Figure, and Model Contest

The 2018 AnimeIowa Mini Festival doll, figure and model contest is for both advanced craftsmen and beginners alike.   Entries can include  dolls / doll costumes, handmade / altered plushies, model kits, gunpla (gundum figures), figure kits and more. Any age can enter! Our distinguished panel of judges will decide on the winners in multiple categories.  Prizes will be awarded in each category of the contest.   So if you like to compete, or just want to show off your collection of handmade or assembled creations, this is the Festival for you!

See Rules and Entry Form at Mini Festival: A Doll, Figure and Model Contest

AnimeIowa 2018 updates

Hotels

Our hotels are close to being booked.  The good news is there are still a few rooms left – and several of them are in the host hotel where the after-hours programming is happening.  Don’t be left out in the cold heat – Click here to book your rooms now.  (Deposit not required at time of booking.)

Registration

There is still time to register before the convention.  Bypass the pay at the door lines and the time it takes away from your fun filled weekend.  Click here to register.

Registration has been extended – you can still pre-register until June 3rd !

Anime Hobbies Panel Submission

Enjoy sharing your anime hobbies? Have a crafty project you’d like to teach others? Anime Hobbies has their own room this year and we need people like you to run panels! Please apply here.

Sign up soon because the deadline has been extended to June 3rd. 

 

AnimeIowa Anime Marketplace and Artists Alley

Want information on our hours?  Click here for general information.  

Want to be a vendor and sell merchandise or art at the convention?  Click here to become a vendor.

Want to know who is going to be in the Marketplace in 2018?  Click here to see a list of our Vendors and Artists for 2018

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.