Our Guests Team is happy to announce APRILAPIN as an Artist Guest of Honor for AnimeIowa 2020!
APRILAPIN (pronounced like “april-a-pawn”) is an illustrator and graphic designer from Davenport, Iowa. Growing up, she was heavily influenced by anime and manga such as Sailor Moon, X/1999, Chobits, and Fruits Basket. These influences, along with her interest in horror, video games, fashion, and cosplay, formed the bedrock of her work today. These days, some of her favorites are Revolutionary Girl Utena, Madoka Magica, Oyasumi Punpun, and Mawaru Penguindrum. She loves to create illustrations that evoke a mood, juxtapose the unexpected, and unsettle. APRILAPIN can usually be found drawing at home, eating chips, petting her cat, sewing cosplay, or on social media at @aprilwithfluff on Twitter or Instagram. You can also visit her on the web at www.aprilapin.com.
We are pleased to announce our first Guest of Honor for AnimeIowa 2020: Cristina Vee!
Cristina Vee is a Los Angeles based voice actress, director, and producer. In animation, she is known as Sailor Mars in Sailor Moon, Hawk in The Seven Deadly Sins, Killua in Hunter x Hunter, Darkness in Konosuba, Homura Akemi in Madoka Magica, Meiko in Digimon Adventure Tri, Sakura Matou in Fate Stay/Night, Mio Akiyama in K-ON!, Miki Makimura in Devilman Crybaby, Kotori Minami in Love Live!, Xochi in Victor and Valentino, Jay-Ten in Steven Universe, and Marinette Dupain Cheng aka Ladybug in Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir. Other roles include parts in Re:Zero, Bleach, One Punch Man, Mob Psycho 100, Sword Art Online, Tiger and Bunny, One Piece, Violet Evergarden, Naruto, Boruto, Fairy Tail, Magi, Kill la Kill, Your Lie in April, Kakegurui, Pokémon, Gantz: O, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters,The Promised Neverland, Lupin III, Yokai Watch, Inazuma Eleven, and so many others. Fans may be surprised that she provides the English voices for Disney’s Violetta and Tokyo in Netflix’s Money Heist. You can hear her in Disney World’s Avatar Land, but you’ll have to find her yourself!
has also worked in hundreds of video games, as Velvet in Tales of
Berseria, Ophillia in Octopath Traveler, Riven in League of Legends,
Eagle Eye in Fortnite, Noel Vermillion, Nu-13, Lambda-11, and Mu-12 in
BlazBlue, Cerebella in Skullgirls, Tatiana, Athena, and Lachesis in Fire
Emblem, Cinque in Final Fantasy Type-0, 5-Volt and 13-Amp in Warriors
Ware Gold, Shantae in Shantae, and can also be heard in Kingdom Hearts
3, Command and Conquer: Rivals, Monster Prom, Soul Calibur 6, Xenoblade
Chronicles, Star Wars: KOTOR, Dangan Ronpa, Street Fighter V,
Hyperdimension Neptunia, Just Cause 4, Drakengard 3, to name a few.
Her singing can be heard in the 3DS game Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage!? and in Shantae: Half Genie Hero. Her directing credits include Skullgirls, Skip Beat!, Indivisible, and Last Hope. She was the first canon female Black Ranger in the official Power Rangers TTRPG. Her character Anya was a fan favorite in the short lived Wizards of the Coast D&D show Dark & Dicey. She is also known for her music, with her most popular song, Bad Apple!! English, standing at over 20 million views.
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.
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.
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.
AnimeIowa is pleased to announce the opening of the application phase of it’s Anime Marketplace and Artists Alley. We can’t wait to be back to the Marriott this summer and look forward to seeing some of our favorite vendors and artists again this summer. From the Blue-Ray, Figures, plush and pocky the merchants bring, and lets not forget the wigs, paws, Kimono and chainmail. I get excited just sitting here typing this out. Then there is the gorgeous art that showcases the talents of the artists in the artist’s alley.
You might be making your list and checking it twice for the coming holiday. I am making mine for the end of July and the AnimeIowa Anime Marketplace and Artists Alley!
Now that everyone has had time to rest up from the convention it is time to look back, reflect and help us as we put 2019 to bed and get ready to start planning the 2020 convention. Now is is the time to tell us what you did and did not like about AnimeIowa 2019. AnimeIowa is a Fan run convention which is run for our attendees and takes their input seriously. So please take a little time now to let us know about your experience at AnimeIowa 2019. Buu Chan is listening.
The owners of Tangerine Mountain, Cheri and Teri have brought something special to AnimeIowa. Stop by the Mezzanine above level 3 of the IEC to see a beautiful collection of Historical Japanese Kimono and accessories. The only way you will be disappointed, is if you leave the convention without seeing them
It’s only three(!) days until AnimeIowa 2019 begins, and our staff know that people are busy getting prepared and packed for the convention. Whether it’s just the essentials (clothing and toiletries), costumes and props, or even swag to trade at our Swap meets, we know that people are making their lists, and checking it twice.
Our Charities Team would love to ask everyone to just pack a little love for the convention. A lot of us have items that we don’t use anymore, and are just collecting dust. Small donations of items to our charity auction could really help make the difference for a lot of people, especially since we are supporting Families Helping Families of Iowa, Inc. Anything you wish to donate to our charity auction is massively appreciated, and donations can be dropped off at the Info Desk.
Some ideas of items that traditionally do well at the charity auction include: * DVDs and Blu-rays * Manga and books * Artwork and Craftwork * Japanese cultural items * Merchandise and collectibles
Items that we can not take include: * Broken or damaged items * VHS tapes
Even if you can’t donate items to our Charity Auction, you can still support it by being there on Sunday 11:30AM-2:00PM in Programming 3. We also have a special donation by our friends at RightStuf, where we will be auctioning a Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collector’s Ultra Edition Blu-Ray paired with a photo of the Japanese voice actor of Chang Wu Fei.
Thank you for your support, and for the love you have shown not only our convention, but to the community as well.