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