If you’re located in or willing to travel to the Midwestern US (including Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska), this is your one-stop-shop for upcoming anime conventions! Below, you can find links to the conventions, their locations, monthly calendars of upcoming anime conventions, and some extra information on featured cons!
Upcoming Anime Conventions in the Midwest
Kitsune Kon–Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, WI, March 21–23
Animarathon–Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, March 22
Anime Punch: Armageddicon–Holiday Inn Worthington, Columbus, OH, March 28-30
EvilleCon–Clarion Inn, Evansville, IN, March 28–30
Midoricon 2.5–Shawnee Lodge and Conference Center, West Portsmouth, OH, March 29–30
Highlights: The main highlight of this upcoming anime convention is that I am presenting a panel on crafting costume parts and props out of Worbla! Besides my soon-to-be-awesome panel, though, there is plenty else to do that this upcoming two-day con.
Featured Convention: A&G–Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington, KY. April 4–6.
This one is another convention at which I will be presenting panels! This time, in addition to my Worbla panel from 1–2 pm on Saturday the 5th, I will be presenting a non-mathematical introduction to quantum mechanics and the many-worlds interpretation in relation to how it is used (and misused) in BioShock: Infinite from 10:30–11:30 am on Sunday the 6th! While the list of artists and dealers coming is rather short, the awesome signature events at this con include: Multiverse Rumble Cosplay Wrestling Extravaganza, The Second Annual Chabudai/Table Flip Championship, a Cosplay Musical, and Human Tetris. Some of the special guests are DC Douglas, Kaiji Tang, BOBAFLEX, and Michael Storm Raven. Pre-reg weekend membership is $41.99 ($1.99 for one of those pesky fees). For $57.37, just about $15 more, you can get a special A&G t-shirt that will not be available to the general public!
Anime Detour–DoubleTree, Bloomington, MN. April 4–6.
Shuto Con–Lansing Convention Center, Lansing, MI. April 4–6.
Shinboku Con–Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron, OH. April 10–13.
Anime St. Louis–Gateway Center, Collinsville, IL. April 11–13.
No Brand Con–Plaza Hotel and Suites, Eau Claire, WI. April 25–27.
Anime Central–Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont, IL. May 16–18.
AniMinneapolis–Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, MN. May 23–25.
Featured Convention: Colossalcon–Kalahari Resort, Sandusky, OH. June 5–8.
Sandusky’s Colossalcon is held in the Kalahari Resort, an indoor waterpark. Who doesn’t want to go to a convention that takes place at an indoor waterpark?? Some of the guests attending this upcoming anime convention are Vic Mignogna, Johnny Yong Bosch, Phil LaMarr, Cherami Leigh, and Bryce Papenbrook. Signature events include an Otaku Art & Craft Fair, an Otaku Flea Market, and the Symphonic Anime Orchestra. Pre-reg badges are only $47 for all four days!
Featured Convention: Anime Midwest–Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont, IL. July 4–6.
One of the larger upcoming anime conventions, Anime Midwest provides a huge amount of entertainment for its many guests. Two of this con’s most unique aspects: Dante’s Fabulous Date Auction, a cosplayer auction/change to buy yourself a date to the formal ball—10% of the proceeds go to charity—and ConSweet, an area in which the con provides free, unlimited rice, ramen, and soda all weekend. That’s right, free. Other events are raves, the formal fantasy cosplay ball, a boffer/foam weapons tournament, and a Lolita-inspired tea party and fashion show. Anime Midwest also boasts an excellent guest list this year, including Greg Ayres, Sonny Strait, DC Douglas, Caitlin Glass, Alexis Tipton, Chris Patton, Laura Post… the list goes on. And that doesn’t even include the music (including a cover band of FLCL’s The Pillows), Internet, or comic guests! Pre-reg badges for the weekend are $45 online until March 20th!
Anime-zing!–The RiverCenter, Davenport, IA. July 11–13.
AnimeIowa–Coralville Mariott Hotel and ConferenceCenter, Coralville, IA. July 25–27.
GlassCity Con–Seagate Convention Center, Toldeo, OH. July 26–27.
Go!Daiko-Con–Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint, Pontiac, MI. August 1–3.
Ikasucon–Grand Wayne Convention Center, Fort Wayne, IN. August 1–3.
Matsuricon–Hyatt Regency Columbus, Columbus, OH. August 22–24.
Midoricon–Maumee Bay Lodge and Conference Center, Oregon, OH. September 5–7.
Anime Fargo–Best Western Fargo Doublewood Inn, Fargo, ND. September 26–28.
NyanCon–Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH. October 4.
Meta Con–Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN. October 31–November 2.
For a complete list of upcoming anime conventions, visit AnimeCons.com.