Artist Alley

The FanimeCon 2017 Artist Alley applications are now closed! We want to thank you all for applying and hope that you will be able to participate this year!

For those that have applied, we will be contacting you once the judging process has been completed. 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)

Art Gallery

We regret to officially inform you that Art Gallery will undergo a transition year and will not take place at FanimeCon 2016. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those that have participated in the gallery in the past and those that have expressed interest this year.

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 dining experience we have to offer! Join us for our 10th anniversary at the best maid cafe on the west coast ˭̡̞(◞⁎˃ᆺ˂)◞*✰!! 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
Saturday 6:30PM – 7:30PM (VIP Event)
Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00PM

Fanimaid☆LIVE Showtimes at Stage Zero:

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

We are looking to invite new applicants into our cafe family. The upcoming tryout dates are:

January 21, 2017 - San Jose
January 29, 2017 - ALA, Ontario
February 4, 2017 - San Francisco

For all the information you need to audition, click here.

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, or Gaming Hall social media outlets (Facebook or Twitter) for the latest announcements / events+tournaments list!


FanimeCon is proud to announce that, for the second year running, our Charity partner will be the Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area. Our Charity is supported by funds generated by our Silent Auction (taking place in the Dealers’ Hall), our Live Auction (Sunday, 4:00 p.m. at Stage Zero), our Putt Putt Golf Challenge (located in the Dealer’s Hall), Yo-Yo Tsuri (Yo-Yo fishing) game, Kingyo Sukui (Fish Scooping) game, and more Midway games to come! We are also working on other ways to help FanimeCon give more back to the community. Thanks to all of the attendees for your support of our continuing partnership with Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area!

Manga Lounge

The Manga Lounge is a great place to sit, kick back, and relax after walking through the Dealer’s Hall or while waiting for a panel. The lounge will be located in the Fairmont Hotel again this year. Come on, stop by, say hi, and read some manga!

Manga Lounge returns with a few new changes that will help enhance your reading experience. This year, manga will be grouped by genre. If you feel like discovering a new action/adventure, horror, or other manga genres, you will be able to browse whatever might interest you. You will also see a small but growing children’s section in the lounge, as well as the return of the Exchange Area. The Exchange Area will allow you to trade your old manga for one of the duplicates from our own library. It’s the perfect way to downsize or make room on your bookshelves. Feel free to bring your manga by to exchange or donate, or contact us for more information.

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, performances, or listen to fantastic music while you plan on which panel to attend. Have a seat, 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 has already contacted us in regards to having performances or events on Stage Zero for FanimeCon 2017. Below is all the information you need to know and send to us 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, 2017. 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 spaces between words.
Event Overview – Explain to Stage Zero Staff on what you want to do on stage and 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: 4 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m. (noon), 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12 p.m. (noon), 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Monday: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m. (noon), 1 p.m.
*For preferred time slots, please list your top five (5) choices. If contacted by Stage Zero, we will adjust to fit the schedule and needs of Stage Zero and FanimeCon 2017.

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 too much stress. The stage is also surrounded by guard rails on the sides and rear. We suggest referring to videos of performances on Stage Zero from previous years of FanimeCon (specifically 2015 & 2016) for a visual guide. Please make sure your performances are safe for your performers, the Stage, and the attendees of FanimeCon 2017 who are watching.

All performances are subject to rules and regulations from Stage Zero, FanimeCon 2017, 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 2017 in accordance with FanimeCon’s mantra of “By Fans, For Fans”. Non-registered attendees performing on Stage Zero will be escorted by Stage Zero staff from the badge check entrance below Stage Zero to Stage Zero and back for their performance.

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, anyone else participating in FanimeCon 2017, 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!

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.