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FanimeCon 2019 Registration Goes Live October 25 at Noon PDT!

October 13, 2018

We have exciting news: Registration for FanimeCon 2019 opens October 25, 2018, at noon PDT! The price starting on October 25 is $65, but as we get closer to FanimeCon 2019, the price will increase. To buy a badge, please look for the link to the Registration form on the FanimeCon website. It will be announced on our social media channels that day!

FanimeCon 2019 Pre-Registration Full Weekend Badge Prices:
October 25th 12:00 pm – Thursday, January 31st 11:59 pm: $65
Friday, February 1st 12:00 am – Sunday, March 31st 11:59 pm: $75
Monday, April 1st 12:00 am – May 23th 11:59 pm: $85
On-site: $85

FanimeCon 2019 At-Con Badge Prices:
Full Weekend: $85
Friday: $55
Saturday: $60
Sunday: $60
Monday: $50
Half-weekend (Sunday and Monday): $75
Child (10 and under): Free with paid badge

Please see our Registration FAQ for more information.

FanimeCon 2019 Artist Alley Registration Closed

October 01, 2018

Thank you, Artists!

The FanimeCon 2019 Artist Alley applications are now closed! We want to thank you all for applying, and hope that you will be able to participate in FanimeCon’s 25th Anniversary!

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

Please remember to check your email and keep updated on the FanimeCon website, Twitter, Facebook, and FAQ.

Thank you for your patience!

FanimeCon Artist Alley Staff

FanimeCon 2019 Artist Alley Registration Officially Open

September 28, 2018

Attention Artists!

FanimeCon’s Artist Alley registration is open, and will be accepting applications for the 2019 convention from Friday, September 28 at 12:00 p.m. PST to Monday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m. PST.

FanimeCon 2019 Artist Alley Signup Website

No payments or seller’s permits will be needed at this time. FanimeCon uses a jury system to choose its participants for the Artist Alley. This submission is only to collect your registration information and your submissions for the jury process. Once this process has been completed, you will receive a notification from Artist Alley staff on the status of your submission.

If you are chosen to participate, we will notify you as to when you can continue the registration process. Typically this process includes:

  • Seller’s Permit information.
  • Table payment.
  • Proof of full convention pass purchase.

We hope that you will apply to be in our Artist Alley and will be given the opportunity to show at FanimeCon 2019!

Please note:

  • All applicants will need to be over 18 years of age at the start of the convention – May 23rd, 2019.
  • Artists wanting to share a table at the convention MUST to apply together.
  • Applications will be reviewed and approved through a jury system, and will need to have 3-5 links for sample images of what they intend to offer at the convention.
  • Table displays will be limited to a maximum of six feet above the top of the table, and may not extend past the confines of the 72″x30″ table.

There is no helper registration. Helpers will be processed at the convention.

Please keep updated on the FanimeCon forums, as well as the website, Facebook, and Twitter feed.

You may direct any additional questions to ArtistAlley@fanime.com.

Artist Alley Applications Open Sept. 28 at Noon PST

September 27, 2018

Calling All Artists and Crafters!

FanimeCon’s Artist Alley will be accepting applications for the 2019 convention from Friday, September 28 at 12:00PM PST to Monday, October 1 at 8:00PM PST.

No payments or seller’s permits will be needed at this time. FanimeCon uses a jury system to choose its participants for the Artist Alley. This submission is only to collect your registration information and your submissions for the jury process. Once this process has been completed, you will receive a notification from Artist Alley staff on the status of your submission.

If you are chosen to participate, we will notify you as to when you can continue the registration process. Typically this process includes:

  • Seller’s Permit information.
  • Table payment.
  • Proof of full convention pass purchase.

We hope that you will apply to be in our Artist Alley and will be given the opportunity to show at FanimeCon 2019!

Please note:

  • All applicants will need to be over 18 years of age at the start of the convention – May 23rd, 2019.
  • Artists wanting to share a table at the convention MUST to apply together.
  • Applications will be reviewed and approved through a jury system, and will need to have 3-5 links for sample images of what they intend to offer at the convention.
  • Table displays will be limited to a maximum of six feet above the top of the table, and may not extend past the confines of the 72”x30” table.

There is no helper registration. Helpers will be processed at the convention.

Please keep updated on the FanimeCon forums, as well as the website, Facebook, and Twitter feed.

You may direct any additional questions to ArtistAlley@fanime.com.

Game Over: A Fond Farewell to FanimeCon 2018

May 28, 2018

When the last panels end and the throngs of cosplayers pack their bags, when the Dealer’s Hall, Artist Alley, and the Gaming Hall close, there’s just one event left to experience. The Closing Ceremonies is the perfect save point to wrap up this year’s gaming-themed convention!

All the staff wish to sincerely thank you for coming and for helping to make FanimeCon the fun, lively, and welcoming convention that it is. We hope you have had a great time this year, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

The Closing Ceremonies will give us one more chance to share the joy of this amazing convention before the year-long wait for FanimeCon 2019. Say goodbye to our talented Guests of Honor and find out a few of the fun things we’ll be planning for our big 25th Anniversary next year! Please join us in SJCC Room 212 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Monday!

See you at FanimeCon 2019!

Welcome to the Black & White Ballroom!

May 27, 2018

Ladies, lords, and gentlefolk of FanimeCon! Tonight is your opportunity to bring out the debonair tuxedos, spectacular ball gowns, and exquisite formal cosplays for an evening of ballroom dancing! Black & White Ball is extending an invitation to all attendees to don their formal wear and join us this Sunday to celebrate our 11th anniversary by dancing the night away!

Not sure how to dance? Don’t know the difference between a Foxtrot and a Salsa? We have lessons all weekend and are here to help. All lessons are on a first come, first served basis, ranging from Argentine Tango to the Tokyo Polka, so sign up early! Lesson sessions will be held all weekend long leading up to the ball, morning to evening. We even have lessons planned for Sunday before the ball! Come join us in the Marriott San Jose Ballroom and learn how to dance!

Don’t have any formal wear ready? Idris’ Closet is here to act as your formal wear fairy godmother for the evening! All proceeds from Idris’ Closet will got the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and they can be found all weekend in Willow Glen 2 and 3 in the Marriott hotel.

If formal wear isn’t your style or you want the chance to practice what you’ve learned in the dance lessons, then come to our Decompression Dance Party on Saturday! Whether you want to dance or just relax with friends, this informal event does not require formal clothings but heels must still be in accordance with the dress code. The Decompression Dance Party will be on Saturday from 10:00 pm – 12:00 am in the Marriott San Jose Ballroom.

So join us on Sunday at 6:00 pm in the Marriott San Jose Ballroom for a night to remember! Visit https://www.fanime.com/events/#black-and-white-ball to find out more, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Sign-up for Overwatch Tournaments at FanimeCon!

May 27, 2018

Fans came together on Friday to cheer on our local Overwatch team, San Francisco Shock, as they went head to head with Houston Outlaws. Sponsored by San Francisco Shock, the viewing party was a first for FanimeCon. Fans filled the seats and more stood to watch the match, some sporting the team colors. Before the match, Houston Outlaws were just ahead of San Francisco Shock in the league standings, but Shock pulled out all the stops and achieved an incredible 4-0 win. The crowd went wild!

In the dystopian world of Overwatch, heroes must band together to maintain a crumbling peace. Each of the game’s many characters has a specialized role and their own unique abilities, but they reach their highest potential as part of a well coordinated team. If you have not yet discovered this exciting world, you are about to have a chance to see it up close because…

The Overwatch fun is not over! FanimeCon’s own Overwatch tournament is coming on Sunday. Sign-ups start at 11:00 am, and the tournament begins at 1:00 pm. Not ready to play? No problem! Watch the tournament streaming live on the big screen in the Asian Film Room with other fans, or on the Twitch page of our sponsor, San Francisco Shock.

Masquerade! Painted Faces on Parade

May 27, 2018

Love cosplay? Want to see the best in action? Don’t miss the Masquerade Cosplay Contest on Sunday, May 27th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the San Jose National Civic Auditorium!

FanimeCon’s annual Masquerade Cosplay Contest is an outstanding show of cosplays, dramatic and comedic performances, and dance routines. It’s a chance for cosplayers to make a name for themselves in the competitive world of cosplay and win some cash prizes while they’re at it!

This year, the dynamic duo cosplay team Aicosu will reprise their role as MCs of the Masquerade. Sheila and Sylar, the couple who makes up Aicosu, are award winning master cosplayers and Guests of Honor at FanimeCon. Last year, they did a special performance at the Masquerade and we’re excited to see what they’ll do this year!

Every convention has a unique process for holding a cosplay contest. At FanimeCon, the competition has two main award categories: Craftsmanship and Performance. These awards are judged separately.

Craftsmanship is judged by the quality of the cosplay itself and it has three divisions: Open, Journeyman, and Novice. The Performance Awards go to the best performers by group and by individual. The performances include dramatic, comedic, and dance.

The doors open at 5:30 pm for seating. Seats cannot be reserved until everyone in line has taken a seat and you have been told to make yourself comfortable.

Catch nano at This Year’s MusicFest!

May 26, 2018

Rock out to the incredible sounds of this year’s MusicFest! MusicFest brings J-Pop, K-Pop, anisong, and more to FanimeCon each year, giving you a chance to meet the artists and hear them live in concert.

This year, we are honored to feature nano, a talented vocalist and lyricist known for switching flawlessly between Japanese and English. Anime fans may recognize nano’s voice from the theme songs of several series, including Btooom!, Phi-Brain – Puzzle of God: The Orpheus Order, Magical Girl Raising Project, Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, and more. Between live tours in Japan, they perform solo concerts overseas, packing stadiums as far away as Germany.

As FanimeCon’s musical guest of honor, nano will perform live for the first time in the country of their birth. The show starts at 7:00 pm on Saturday in the City National Civic (across the street from the Convention Center), and the cost is included in your FanimeCon badge. They will also have autograph sessions and a Q&A for FanimeCon attendees.

Cosplay Your Life!

May 26, 2018

How do you style a wig? What’s the best way recreate that anime look with makeup? How do I make shoes? This and every other question you ever had about cosplay will likely be covered by this year’s cosplay programming!

Your one-stop shop for everything related to cosplay will be SJCC Room 210A. It’s the magical Cosplay Hangout & Repair room which is devoted entirely to cosplay workshops and cosplay repair. The room is open from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

All throughout the weekend, there will be cosplay workshops on all ranges of topics. Ever had a wig that’s impossible to detangle? Go to the Detangling Wigs workshop! Can’t quite get that makeup right? There are multiple makeup workshops to help you master it! Want to make your own cosplay, but can’t sew? Get on over to a sewing workshop! There is a workshop for pretty much everything.

If your cosplay starts acting up or you’re just tired, be sure to stop by the cosplay repair station! You can fix your cosplay and cool off while listening to a workshop on the other side of the room.

Can’t decide what cosplay to wear on which day? Check out the Cosplay Gathering schedule to see when there’s a photoshoot so you can pose with other characters and meet fellow fans! There are gatherings from Sailor Moon, Hakuoki, Naruto, Fire Emblem, and Disney. It’s a great way to meet people from your favorite fandoms and get nice photos taken.

Cosplay Gatherings will be on the street level of the San Jose Convention Center in various spots throughout the convention. Check the schedule for the exact locations.