Mainstage Cosplay Registration is Open!

The AnimeIowa Cosplay Masquerade is one of the Highlights of AnimeIowa. Participants have the opportunity to present their cosplay, skits and dances on stage in front of a live audience! Attendees come to watch the AnimeIowa cosplay contestants showcase their excellent craftsmanship and performance skills. And it all starts now with the opening of the AnimeIowa Mainstage Cosplay Registration!!

Mini Festival: A Figure, Model, and Doll Contest

 

Both advanced craftsmen and beginners alike can enter their Dolls, Model Kits, Gunpla, Figure Kits, Plush and More. Any age can enter! Our distinguished panel of judges will decide on the winners in multiple categories. Awesome prizes will be awarded. It’s important to register before the convention for us to ensure we have enough entries. You may enter up to the beginning of the contest at the events desk or in the paneling room before the contest starts. Items must be of your creation, but don’t have to be made just for this contest.

For complete information visit the Anime Hobbies page!

Have fun!

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: Joan Gordon

The AnimeIowa Guests Team is pleased to announce Joan Gordon as our Artist Guest of Honor for AnimeIowa 2019.

Joan Gordon has been an anime addict since 1999. She tried to kick the habit, but the kawaii otaku force was too strong. To feed her addiction to collect all the animes, she took up the lucrative business of illustration to fuel her addiction. Fighting sleep deprivation by daylight, drawing art waaaay past midnight, never running from a deadline, she is the one named Joan Gordon.

She intensively studied the magic of Drawing, and has a shiny Bachelors of Fine Arts degree to show for it. Joan honed her shoujo powers by mastering watercolors and digital media, to create peaceful imagery ranging from fanart to realistic depictions of animals in space.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day.

There are many days to celebrate during the year some are filled with luck and end at a pot of gold.  Others are made up of friends and those who have become our family of choice.   Conventions like AnimeIowa are a chance to gather, have fun and celebrate Anime and Japanese culture.  The convention is less than 4 months away.  Don’t forget to Register !

Don’t forget to Register

Guest Announcement: IA

AnimeIowa is pleased to announce that IA will be a 2019 Guest of Honor, and she will be putting on a film concert at the convention.

IA is a virtual artist who has a voice with the VOCALOID 3 library (IA -ARIA ON THE PLANETES and IA ROCKS) and with the CeVIO library (IA English). Since she was born as a virtual artist in 2012, she has been collaborating with various artists such as TeddyLoid and Jin on projects such as the Kagerou Project.

Her first live concert in North America was in July 2015, at the Los Angeles Anime Expo, in front of a sold-out crowd of two thousand. Considering that this was her first live, it was a spectacular success! In September of the same year, her first solo live, IA – 1st Live Concert in Japan-PARTY A GO-GO, was held at the Akasaka Blitz in Tokyo. This concert was also resounding success and as a result, she ended up holding a successful world tour in cities such as New York; London; Shanghai; Hong Kong; Mexico City; San Jose, Costa Rica; Melbourne; Montreal; Santiago, Chile; and Madrid. In addition, her film concerts were featured in more than one hundred cities around the world, drawing an audience of over thirty thousand.

In March 2018, on her latest album, IA/04, she sang her songs in English for the very first time. In June 2018, at the Digital Art Festival held in Enghien-les-Bains, France, IA’s latest performance, which was a pre-production performance of the MUSICAL & LIVE SHOW – ARIA, was held. She received high critical acclaim for it at each level of the French media outlets, including national TV. In September 2018, she served as an ambassador (a virtual ambassador) to the 30th IOI (International Olympiad in Informatics) in Japan, which hosted participants from 85 countries. In 2019, IA started her ARIA World Tour, which began with her anniversary performance in Japan on January 26th and 27th.
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