AnimeIowa

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Anime Iowa
Buu-chan Fans01.png
AnimeIowa's mascot, Buu-Chan
Status Active
Venue Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Location(s) Coralville, Iowa
Country United States
Inaugurated 1997
Attendance 3,000[1]
Organized by Mindbridge Foundation[2]
Website
http://www.animeiowa.com

AnimeIowa is a volunteer run three-day anime convention held each July in Coralville, Iowa by the non-profit Mindbridge Foundation.[2][3]

Programming[edit]

The convention typically offers artist alley, cosplay contests, dealers room, Maid Café, masquerade, tabletop gaming, video gaming, and video rooms.[4][5][6] The 2011, the Maid Café benefited We Heart Japan, a charity supporting 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami victims.[7] AnimeIowa held a fundraiser to benefit Swisher's Miracles in Motion in 2014.[5]

History[edit]

AnimeIowa's first convention in 1997 was organized by the SFLIS Wing of Anime and Manga People (SWAMP).[8] Technical issues occurred during the 2008 masquerade and some attendees rooms were relocated to a different hotel due to the Iowa flood of 2008.[6] The 2011 convention occurred during the RAGBRAI bicycle ride.[7] Cassandra Hodges was scheduled to attend the 2011 convention, but died on June 27, 2011.[9] Iowa River Landing was used by both the RAGBRAI bicycle ride and AnimeIowa in 2015.[10][11]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
September 19–21, 1997 Highlander Inn
Iowa City, Iowa
150 Steve Bennett and Kuni Kimura.[12]
September 18–20, 1998 Highlander Inn
Iowa City, Iowa
300 Steve Bennett, Robert DeJesus, and Kuni Kimura.[13]
September 3–5, 1999 Collins Plaza Hotel
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
420[14]
September 1–3, 2000 Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
700[15]
August 24–26, 2001 Collins Plaza Hotel
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
900[16]
August 23–25, 2002 Collins Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Steve Bennett, Robert DeJesus, Tiffany Grant, Lea Hernandez, and Stan Sakai.[17]
August 22–24, 2003 Collins Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1,608 Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Max Allen Collins, Robert DeJesus, Lea Hernandez, Jay Hickman, Kevin Lillard, Rob Mungle, and Jan Scott-Frazier.[18]
September 17–19, 2004 Hotel Fort Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa
Kia Asamiya, Greg Ayres, Ron Kaulfersch, Dr. Susan Napier, Monica Rial, and Mike Schwark.[19]
September 9–11, 2005 Hotel Fort Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa
Greg Ayres, Johnny Yong Bosch, Keith Burgess, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Tricia Dickson, Bamboo Dong, Lea Hernandez, Taliesin Jaffe, Zarah Little, and Felipe Smith.[20]
August 4–6, 2006 Crowne Plaza Hotel
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Kyle Hebert, Lea Hernandez, Richard Kekahuna, Shawn Kleckner, Rob Mungle, and Carrie Savage.[21]
August 10–12, 2007 Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Coralville, Iowa
Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Carrie Savage, Richard Torrance, Richard Townsend, and Shannon Townsend.[22]
August 15–17, 2008 Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Coralville, Iowa
2,468[23][better source needed] Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Clarine Harp, Kyle Hebert, Carrie Savage, Richard Townsend, and Shannon Townsend.[24]
August 14–16, 2009 Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Coralville, Iowa
Greg Ayres, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Michael McConnohie, Melodee M. Spevack, Richard Townsend, Shannon Townsend,[25] and Robert Axelrod.[26]
July 30–August 1, 2010 Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Coralville, Iowa
Attendance capped at 3,000[7] Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Kyle Hebert, Cassandra Hodges, Helen McCarthy, Evan Miller, Richard Townsend, Shannon Townsend, and Maxey Whitehead.[27]
July 29–31, 2011 Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Coralville, Iowa
Attendance capped at 3,500[7] Robert Axelrod, Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Allie Dyal, Kyle Hebert, Lea Hernandez, Helen McCarthy, Carli Mosier, Steve Raffill, and Jan Scott-Frazier.[28]
July 27–29, 2012 Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Coralville, Iowa
3,000[1] Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Johnny Yong Bosch, Svetlana Chmakova, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Patrick Delahanty, Terri Doty, Eyeshine, Josh Grelle, Stephen Hoff, Brittney Karbowski, and Chris "Kilika" Malone.[29]
July 26–28, 2013 Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Coralville, Iowa
Robert Axelrod, Greg Ayres, Josh Grelle, Chuck Huber, Trevor A. Mueller, Peter Pixie, Raj Ramayya, Mimiru Riley, Tyson Rinehart, Jad B. Saxton, Sarah "Sully" Sullivan, David Wald, and Young Wang.[1]
July 25–27, 2014 Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Coralville, Iowa
Robert Axelrod, Greg Ayres, Chris Cason, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Russell Lissau, Trevor A. Mueller, Mimiru Riley, Lucas Schuneman, Uncle Yo, and Greg Wicker.[30]
July 24–26, 2015 Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Coralville, Iowa
Greg Ayres, Caitlynn French, Briana Lawrence, Andrew Love, Chris "Kilika" Malone, Carli Mosier, Trevor A. Mueller, Peter Pixie, Steve Raffill, Xero Reynolds, Micah Solusod, Paul St. Peter, Brooke Stephenson, Alexis Tipton, Jessica Walsh, and Shinichi Watanabe.[31]
July 29–31, 2016 Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Coralville, Iowa
Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Steven Blum, Chris Cason, Fredd Gorham, Kyle Hebert, Chris "Kilika" Malone, Trevor A. Mueller, The Pillowcases, Spike Spencer, Paul St. Peter, Brooke Stephenson, Doug Walker, Shinichi Watanabe.[32]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ McCollough, Katelynn; Davis, Ashley (July 27, 2014). "Cosplayers Pack Coralville Marriott For AnimeIowa 2014". The Gazette & KCRG-TV9. Retrieved 7 June 2015. [dead link]
  4. ^ Herman, Isaac (July 24, 2014). "Japan comes to Coralville". The Daily Iowan. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Schmidt, Mitchell (July 27, 2014). "Anime Iowa sees growing numbers". Iowa City Press-Citizen. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Lawrence, Briana (August 24, 2008). "Pigs, Corn, and… Anime? Anime Iowa 2008". Mania.com. Archived from the original on August 2, 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
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  8. ^ Walz, Edward (September 21, 1997). "Midwest greets the East - Devotees bring Japanese animation and comics to Iowa City convention". The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Iowa City). 
  9. ^ "Memorial Fund, Service for Voice Actress Cassandra Hodges". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  10. ^ Cooney, Bill (July 27, 2015). "Anime invades Iowa". The Daily Iowan. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
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  22. ^ "AnimeIowa 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
  23. ^ Kopf, Ryan (August 8, 2008). "Thousands Turn Out For Anime". Iowa City Owl. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
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  25. ^ "AnimeIowa 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  26. ^ "ANIME TODAY Anime Iowa Special". Rightstuf.com. Retrieved 2015-05-24. 
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  28. ^ "AnimeIowa 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  29. ^ "AnimeIowa 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  30. ^ "AnimeIowa 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-07-20. 
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  32. ^ "AnimeIowa 2016 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2016-08-18. 

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