Artist Alley

We are so excited for Artist Alley this year! We’ve had more than 700 artists apply and we’re bringing the finest to you. Come to the Alley to find illustrations, crafts, clothing, buttons, and so much more made by fans like yourselves! Can’t find what you’re looking for? Commision one of our skilled artisans to craft a custom piece for you. There’s such a wide variety of things you can find at FanimeCon’s Artist Alley!

We can’t wait to see everyone at the convention this year and hope that you find a bit of what you’re looking for in our exhibit hall.

For the latest information, stay up to date on the Fanime Facebook, Twitter, and Fanime Artist Alley FAQ, and if you have any questions, you can email us at artistalley@fanime.com.

Artist Alley hours of operation:

Friday (2:00pm – 8:00pm)
Saturday (10:00am – 7:00pm)
Sunday (10:00am – 7:00pm)
Monday (10:00am – 3:00pm)

Artist Gallery

Coming soon

Cosplay Hangout

The Cosplay Hangout is our “Press Free” zone where you can repair your cosplay, sit down, cool off, and rehydrate. Half of the room is dedicated to cosplay related workshops or discussions throughout the day. And at night, we hold special events like our Cosplayer Crane Ceremony.

Check out this year’s cosplay workshops and events!

Dealer’s Hall

Dealers is the place to shop!
We are located in Halls 1 & 2 with over 100 vendors; where attendees can shop from a vast array of merchandise. Items being sold include: anime, manga, gaming, fashion companies, and much more.

Hall Hours Are:
Fri 2pm-8pm
Sat 10am-7pm
Sun 10am-7pm
Mon 10am-3pm

For information about being a Dealer please email Dealers@fanime.com.

Donation Station/Idris’ Closet

Want to go to Black & White Ball, but don’t have anything to wear? Have formal wear collecting dust in your closet? Having issues decoding the dress code? Our helpful staff at Idris’ Closet can give you a hand. Idris’ Closet is a formal wear thrift shop that will be open throughout FanimeCon to help with your Black and White Ball needs!

Idris’ Closet is looking for formal wear donations. If you have any questions about donations, please contact us at idris.closet@fanime.com. All of our proceeds go to charity.

Fanimaid Café

Okaerinasaimase, Goshujinsama! Welcome to FanimeCon’s very own Fanimaid Cafe with the most amazing themed cafe experience we have to offer! Enjoy delicious food enchanted with moé charms, play tabletop games with your maid, and watch our spectacular stage performances!

Fanimaid Cafe features in-cafe performances and cafe-wide stage games as well as the Fanimaid☆LIVE showcase on Stage Zero. Don’t miss out on all the exciting highlights we have this year, including the chekis Polaroid giveaway for the first 50 guests on Saturday and Sunday. Come early to receive a shinkansen ticket so your party can skip the line (for parties of four and fewer).

We are located at Club Regent in The Fairmont Hotel.

Our cafe hours are:

Saturday 11:00 AM – 6:00PM
Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00PM

Fanimaid☆LIVE showtimes at Stage Zero:

Saturday 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Follow us on Facebook (Fanimaid Café) and Twitter (@fanimaidcafe) for live updates and more information.

Come visit us and see what the magic of Fanime’s maid cafe is all about ♥

Gaming Hall

Please refer to our eGaming or Tabletop web pages, the official FanimeCon Gaming Hall forum thread (link TBA), or Gaming Hall social media outlets (Facebook or Twitter) for the latest announcements / events+tournaments list!

Manga Lounge

Need a rest after navigating around the Dealer’s Hall and Artist Alley? Missing that feeling of turning pages right to left instead of scrolling on your tablet? Want a place to meet up with friends before you go to a panel? Check out the Manga Lounge at the Fairmont Hotel. Come read mangas you’ve been thinking about buying before you buy them. We have English, Japanese, and Chinese titles. There is manga in the lounge you have heard of and some you’ve haven’t waiting to be explored. This is a place to relax and read a good book. If you want some quiet with a nice waiting place and cool FanimeCon staff, we’ll be here.

Hours Open
• Friday: 8 AM ~ 11 PM
• Saturday: 8 AM ~ 11 PM
• Sunday: 8 AM ~ 11 PM
• Monday: 8 AM ~ 3 PM

• All FanimeCon badges must be checked in to the Librarians upon entry to the Lounge.
• Please take no more than three manga at a time so that others can enjoy the books.
• Return the manga you have been reading to a staff Librarian at the check-out counter in order to reclaim your badge and/or to check out new books.
• The lounge is for reading, relaxing, and quiet discussion; please be respectful to those around you and keep your voices low.
• Don’t forget to verify that the CORRECT badge and all possessions you checked in are returned to you before you leave.
• Bags, backpacks, purses, or anything that can carry or fit a book must be checked in with the Librarians.
• Any attempt to leave with Lounge property results in the loss of your FanimeCon badge
• No sticky foods
• No open beverage containers allowed in the lounge.
• Manage your time wisely and head to the check-out counter at least 15 minutes before a scheduled activity you plan to attend outside the lounge to allow your badge to be returned to you in time.

New Exchange Section
This is new to the Manga Lounge. It’s a place where you can take mangas you don’t want anymore and exchange them for something different. You might even find that one manga you’ve been looking for to complete your collection.
Come trade one of your own manga for any manga in the section. As long as the manga is legible and is not torn or missing any pages or the cover, we will exchange it for your choice from the exchange section of the Lounge.

Stage Zero

In a land clogged with attendees, artists, dealers and cosplayers, where does one turn for comfort, relief and entertainment? Stage Zero, of course! Stage Zero is located smack dab in the middle of the main hall for your temporary entertainment needs. Watch AMVs, watch performances or listen to fantastic music, while you plan on which panel to attend. Have a seat and watch the wackiness, or participate in games for prizes while you wait for friends to come back from the bathroom. The Stage will be your information nerve center to the rest of the convention by way of the talented staff. So don’t be afraid to take a load off your feet for a while and absorb the amazing that is Stage Zero!

We thank everyone who have already contacted us in regards to having performances or events on Stage Zero for FanimeCon 2016. Below is all the information you need to know and need to send to us at Stage Zero to apply for one of our performance times.

Requesting Time on Stage Zero
To request time on Stage Zero, please email the following information to stagezero@fanime.com
The deadline is March 31. Industry requests are not being accepted at this time.

Contact Info
Phone Number
Email Address

Event Info
Event Title

Style of Event
Musical Performance “Original Tracks”
Musical Performance “Non-Original Tracks”
Dance Performance
Combination of any or all Styles listed

Event Details
Event Description – This is the text that will go on the website, as well as our Stage Zero schedule. Descriptions must be 140 characters or less, included white spaces.
Event Overview – Explain to Stage Zero Staff on what you want to do on stage & how you plan to do it.
Song/Video Selection – Please list the songs or videos you are planning to perform to. Stage Zero wants to have a variety of music to showcase.
References – If you have video references to your performance/event, please list them here, to help us have an idea of what you would like to do on Stage Zero.

Tech Requirements- Stage Zero will not accommodate your personal equipment. If you have audio or video that is part of your performance please make note of the following rules:

Microphones needed (up to 4 wireless microphones are available).
Audio Playback (Yes or No). If yes, please provide all audio on a USB Flash Drive, 15 minutes prior to your event. 320kbps Constant Bit Rate Stereo Quality .mp3.

Video Playback (Yes or No). If Yes, please provide all video on a USB Flash Drive, 15 minutes prior to your event. Must be .mp4 or .mov container, with the h264 codec. Stage Zero has a High Definition screen, thus High Definition is preferred, either 720p or 1080p. Standard Definition will be accepted but no sizes below 720×480.

Scheduling Preferences*-All scheduled events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be in 15 minute time slots. Monday time slots will be for 30 allotted minutes. Schedule and allotted times are subject to change, and not all slots will be filled. Current Times available are as follows:

Friday: 4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm, 5:30pm
Saturday: 10am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12pm (noon), 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30pm, 5pm, 5:30pm
Sunday: 10am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12pm (noon), 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 5pm, 5:30pm
Monday: 10am, 11am, 12pm (noon), 1pm
*For preferred time slots, please list your top five (5) choice. If contacted by Stage Zero, we will adjust to fit the schedule and needs of Stage Zero and FanimeCon 2016.

Please note the size of our stage, according to previous diagrams, it is 12 ft. deep x 24 ft. wide x 24 in. high. The floor is sectioned and cannot take too many people or take too much stress. The stage is also surrounded by guard rails on the sides and rear. It would be suggested to refer to videos of performances on Stage Zero from previous years of FanimeCon (specifically 2015). Please set your performances to cater to the safety of your performers, the Stage, and the attendees of FanimeCon 2016 who are watching.

All performances are subject to rules and regulations from Stage Zero, FanimeCon 2016, and the San Jose Convention Center.

Your performance is a voluntary (unpaid) performance.

Performers on Stage Zero are expected to be registered attendees or staff of FanimeCon 2016, as following the mantra of “By Fans For Fans”.

Stage Zero is not accepting performances involving live instruments (including electric guitars, amplified instruments, et al.) at this time.

Any performances that might cause damage or harm to Stage Zero, the attendees, staff, and others participating in FanimeCon 2016, and the San Jose Convention Center are subject to immediate shutdown of performance.

Thank you and best of luck!

The Dojo

Get to know the people behind the steel. The Bushido Department proudly presents the Twilight Knights, students of the science and the art that is martial combat. Get to know fellow weapons and combat enthusiasts at the meet and greet and ask about each of our workshops and panels so you can plan which ones to attend.

Self-Defense for Women I:

One of two workshops geared just for ladies this year!  Some basic self-defense knowledge is a must-have in these times and we are here to give it to you free of charge.*

WARNING:  Due to the nature of the topics under discussion a “Trigger Word Warning” is hereby issued!

Self-Defense for Women II:

After having this requested for many years Fanime now brings you the second level class in this course of instruction.  More information.  More situations discussed and taught.  Situational training is ramped up in this course and you are being taught past the basics at this event.  This is a test run for this class and there will be only 1 workshop for this the whole weekend (Held on Sunday.)!*

REQUIREMENTS:  MUST have attended and finished Self-Defense for Women I

WARNING:  Due to the nature of the topics under discussion a “Trigger Word Warning” is hereby issued!

Sword and Shield Workshop:

The weapon of choice for myth and stories.  Video games and movies.  The main combo of a knight or a noble.  Come see and learn the basics of a weapon style that is so iconic in all things media!  You asked for it back and Fanime has answered! *

Yoga with the Twilight Knights:

Come and have a basic Yoga workout for free!  Our yearly early morning warm ups.*

Paired Daggers Workshop:

One of the most beloved weapon combos yet one of the most misunderstood.  Come and try out this weapon style!  You’ve asked for it for two years and now Fanime brings it to you!!*

Self Defense for Men:

You asked for it and here it is!  A simple basic self defense course for men who may not want to be a martial artist but who wishes to know how to handle themselves in a confrontational situation!  This workshop is just for gentlemen.*

WARNING:  Due to the nature of the topics under discussion a “Trigger Word Warning” is hereby issued!

Krav Maga with the Knights:

The self defense form of Israel brought to you by one of our long time practitioners.  Come and learn the basics of this art form and be prepared to work out!*

Leather and Chainmail Working Panel:

Panel on basic leatherworking one day and how to start making chainmail on another.  What tools do you need to get started?  Basic skills you can start working on.  Simple project ideas that will look great for Cosplay or Armor.  Early arrivals may actually get to make something to take home!  Space is limited so come early!!

Archery Panel:

A discussion on traditional archery, archery concepts, gear and do’s and don’ts.  See and learn about what you will need to start this great weapons style.  Panel ONLY!  No actual live firing will happen at this event!

Team Lift: See the panels listing for what they do.

Amtgard:  See the panels listing for what they do.

Boffers Sales and Last Q&A:*

Want to bring something home for practice? Consider boffers as a safe, affordable alternative to buying a bokken or katana.  We will be selling off the weapons used during our workshops at low prices!!

Your last chance to see the staff before the weekend ends!

*Waivers are required and all participants must be at least 10 years of age. Anyone under the age of 18 will require a waiver (To be found online.). Dress comfortable, and expect to sweat.  Any unsafe behavior or not following the rules will end your session.