Anime NebrasKon

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Anime NebrasKon
Status Active
Venue Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center
Location(s) Omaha, Nebraska
Country United States
Inaugurated 2004
Organized by Nebraska Japanese Animation Society[1]
Website
animenebraskon.com

Anime NebrasKon is an annual three day anime convention held during October/November at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center in Omaha, Nebraska. It is organized by the Nebraska Japanese Animation Society.[1]

Programming[edit]

The convention typically offers an artist's alley, anime idol, anime music video contest, cosplay contests, cosplay masquerade, dance/rave, dating auction, dealer's room, game room (video, tournaments, tabletop), formal ball, human chess, panels, and talent shows.[1][2][3][4] The convention raised $2,600 for Big Brothers Big Sisters during the 2012 charity auction.[5] Charity auctions prior to 2012 raised around $1,000 which was donated to Make-a-Wish and Open Door Mission.

History[edit]

Anime NebrasKon was founded by the members of University of Nebraska-Lincoln's anime club (Otaku Jinrui) in 2004 as an fund-raising project and had 300 attendees at the first convention.[2][6][7] Due to the conventions growth, in 2009 it moved to the Holiday Inn Omaha Convention Center in Omaha, Nebraska, and added 24 hour programming.[2] Weddings have been held at the convention in both 2010 and 2011.[4] The dealers room was expanded in 2012 because of renovations at the Ramada.[8] An attendee on the way to the convention in 2012 was briefly detained by police after entering a bank wearing cosplay from the series Resident Evil.[9]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
October 9, 2004 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska[10]
300[2]
November 4–6, 2005 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
500
(est)[7]
Matt Burke, Tiffany Grant, Jan Scott-Frazier, and Shannon Townsend.[11]
November 17–19, 2006 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
Steve Bennett, Tiffany Grant, Kyle Hebert, Jan Scott-Frazier, Richard Townsend, and Shannon Townsend.[12]
November 16–18, 2007 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
Steve Bennett, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Richard Townsend, and Shannon Townsend.[13]
November 14–16, 2008 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, James Hatton, Richard Townsend, Shannon Townsend, and Kira Vincent-Davis.[14]
November 6-8, 2009 Holiday Inn Omaha Convention Center
(Coco Key Water Resort)[15]
Omaha, Nebraska
1,470[16] Buranden, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Yuri Lowenthal, Tara Platt, Richard Townsend, and Shannon Townsend.[16]
November 5-7, 2010 Holiday Inn Omaha Convention Center
(Coco Key Water Resort)[1]
Omaha, Nebraska
2,100[4] Tiffany Grant, Jerry Jewell, Keith Silverstein, Richard Townsend, and Eric Vale.[17]
November 4-6, 2011 Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center
(CoCo Key Water Resort) (Formerly the Holiday Inn)[18]
Omaha, Nebraska
David Brehm, Chris Cason, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Christopher Sabat, Keith Silverstein, and Stephanie Young.[19]
November 2-4, 2012 Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center
Omaha, Nebraska
Steven Blum, David Brehm, Richard Epcar, Kyle Hebert, Keith Silverstein, John Swasey, and Stephanie Young.[20]
November 1-3, 2013 Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center
Omaha, Nebraska
Dante Basco, Richard Epcar, Fredd Gorham, Wendy Powell, Keith Silverstein, April Stewart, and Alexis Tipton.[21]
October 31 - November 2, 2014 Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center
Omaha, Nebraska
David Brehm, Chris Cason, Richard Epcar, Fredd Gorham, Kyle Hebert, Erica Mendez, Eric Stuart, Alexis Tipton, Cristina Vee, and Stephanie Young.[22]

Mascot[edit]

Anime NebrasKon's mascot is the Husker Ninja.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Anime NebrasKon Expects More than 2,000 Attendees at 7th Annual Convention". Star City Blog. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Anime NebrasKon expected to draw 1,500 to Omaha". Journal Star. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  3. ^ a b Ryan Kopf. "Something Fun in Nebraska - Anime Nebraskon 2010 Review". UpcomingCons.com. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  4. ^ a b c "Nebraska anime convention to unite fans from around the world". Daily Nebraskan. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  5. ^ "NebrasKon auctions off anime collectibles for Big Brothers Big Sisters". Daily Nebraskan. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  6. ^ "An eye-opening look at Anime NebrasKon". The Gateway. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  7. ^ a b "Convention proves anime popularity on campus". Daily Nebraskan. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  8. ^ "Anime NebrasKon brings something for every fan". The Daily Nonpareil. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  9. ^ "NebrasKon convention costume causes confusion". KETV. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  10. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2004 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  11. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2005 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  12. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  13. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  14. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  15. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2009". UpcomingCons.com. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  16. ^ a b "Anime NebrasKon 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  17. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  18. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2011". UpcomingCons.com. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  19. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  20. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  21. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  22. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 

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Coordinates: 41°13′40.3″N 96°01′16.8″W / 41.227861°N 96.021333°W / 41.227861; -96.021333