Anime NebrasKon

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Anime NebrasKon
Status Active
Genre Anime, popular culture[1]
Venue La Vista Conference Center
Location(s) La Vista, Nebraska
Country United States
Inaugurated 2004
Organized by Nebraska Japanese Animation Society[2]
Website
animenebraskon.com

Anime NebrasKon is an annual three-day anime convention held during November at the La Vista Conference Center in La Vista, Nebraska. It is organized by the Nebraska Japanese Animation Society.[2]

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.[2][3][4][5] The convention raised $2,600 for Big Brothers Big Sisters during the 2012 charity auction.[6] Charity auctions prior to 2012 raised around $1,000 which was donated to Make-a-Wish and Open Door Mission. The convention's charity events in 2015 benefited the National Alliance on Mental Illness and raised around $7,500.[7]

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.[3][8][9] Due to the conventions growth, in 2009 it moved to the Holiday Inn Omaha Convention Center in Omaha, Nebraska, and added 24-hour programming.[3] Weddings have been held at the convention in both 2010 and 2011.[5] The dealers room was expanded in 2012 because of renovations at the Ramada.[10] 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.[11] For 2016, the convention moved to La Vista in order to accommodate growth.[12]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
October 9, 2004 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska[13]
300[3]
November 4–6, 2005 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
500
(est)[9]
Matt Burke, Tiffany Grant, Jan Scott-Frazier, and Shannon Townsend.[14]
November 17–19, 2006 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
Steve Bennett, Tiffany Grant, Kyle Hebert, Jan Scott-Frazier, Richard Townsend, and Shannon Townsend.[15]
November 16–18, 2007 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
Steve Bennett, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Richard Townsend, and Shannon Townsend.[16]
November 14–16, 2008 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, James Hatton, Richard Townsend, Shannon Townsend, and Kira Vincent-Davis.[17]
November 6-8, 2009 Holiday Inn Omaha Convention Center
(Coco Key Water Resort)[18]
Omaha, Nebraska
1,470[19] Buranden, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Yuri Lowenthal, Tara Platt, Richard Townsend, and Shannon Townsend.[19]
November 5-7, 2010 Holiday Inn Omaha Convention Center
(Coco Key Water Resort)[2]
Omaha, Nebraska
2,100[5] Tiffany Grant, Jerry Jewell, Keith Silverstein, Richard Townsend, and Eric Vale.[20]
November 4-6, 2011 Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center
(CoCo Key Water Resort) (Formerly the Holiday Inn)[21]
Omaha, Nebraska
David Brehm, Chris Cason, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Christopher Sabat, Keith Silverstein, and Stephanie Young.[22]
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.[23]
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.[24]
October 31 - November 2, 2014 Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center
Omaha, Nebraska
Robert Axelrod, David Brehm, Chris Cason, Richard Epcar, Fredd Gorham, Kyle Hebert, Erica Mendez, Eric Stuart, Alexis Tipton, Cristina Vee, and Stephanie Young.[25]
November 6-8, 2015 Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center
Omaha, Nebraska
Amber Lee Connors, Fredd Gorham, Kyle Hebert, Amanda Celine Miller, Chii Sakurabi, Keith Silverstein, Karen Strassman, Cristina Vee, and Doug Walker.[26]
November 4-6, 2016 La Vista Conference Center
La Vista, Nebraska
Colleen Clinkenbeard, Aaron Dismuke, Caitlin Glass, Fredd Gorham, Todd Haberkorn, Cassandra Lee Morris, Kirby Morrow, Chii Sakurabi, Jād B. Saxton, Keith Silverstein, Sonny Strait, and Alexis Tipton.[27]

Mascot[edit]

Anime NebrasKon's mascot is the Husker Ninja.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Best. Convention. Ever. Anime NebrasKon draws hundreds in Omaha". Omaha.com. Retrieved 2014-11-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Anime NebrasKon Expects More than 2,000 Attendees at 7th Annual Convention". Star City Blog. Archived from the original on October 10, 2015. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Anime NebrasKon expected to draw 1,500 to Omaha". Journal Star. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  4. ^ a b Ryan Kopf. "Something Fun in Nebraska - Anime Nebraskon 2010 Review". UpcomingCons.com. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  5. ^ a b c "Nebraska anime convention to unite fans from around the world". Daily Nebraskan. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  6. ^ "NebrasKon auctions off anime collectibles for Big Brothers Big Sisters". Daily Nebraskan. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  7. ^ Elliott, Jacob (November 9, 2015). "Anime Nebraskon tradition benefits fans and mental health research". Daily Nebraskan. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "An eye-opening look at Anime NebrasKon". The Gateway. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  9. ^ a b "Convention proves anime popularity on campus". Daily Nebraskan. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  10. ^ "Anime NebrasKon brings something for every fan". The Daily Nonpareil. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  11. ^ "NebrasKon convention costume causes confusion". KETV. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  12. ^ Alecci, Alex (November 4, 2016). "Anime NebrasKon Convention this Weekend". KETV. Retrieved 24 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2004 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  14. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2005 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  15. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  16. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 
  17. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  18. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2009". UpcomingCons.com. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  19. ^ a b "Anime NebrasKon 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  20. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  21. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2011". UpcomingCons.com. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  22. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2011-10-20. 
  23. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  24. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-10-03. 
  25. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-11-01. 
  26. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  27. ^ "Anime NebrasKon 2016 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 

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Coordinates: 41°10′53.7″N 96°06′30″W / 41.181583°N 96.10833°W / 41.181583; -96.10833