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SaikouCon 2020 Location Logo
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SaikouCon News
SaikouCon News
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- 11/4/19 -

SaikouCon Panel Submission
SaikouCon Panel Submission
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SaikouCon 2020 Panel Submissions are now open! Panel Submissions will be open from 12 PM ET on November 4, 2019 until May 1, 2020 at 12 AM ET; we are giving a longer submission period for this year's show after the high amount of no show panelists that gave no warning they would not be able to attend the convention and present their panels, to make sure we have an ample amount of panel submissions again this year too, please review the changes made to our panel submission process on the new Panels page that will remain up all year long instead of how we used just place Panel submission info on the Events page and only through the Panel Submission period. Selected panelists will receive free badges, up to four per panelist group, to not only present their panels at SaikouCon 2020, but also enjoy all three days of the convention. Panelist Badges confer the same unlimited access to SaikouCon 2020 panels, events, activities, concerts, the Merchant Hall etc. that regular 3 Day General Admission Badges give non-presenter attendees.

The Panel schedule with descriptions of this year's chosen Panels will be posted on this page as well. On the new Panels page we will only be posting Panels and their descriptions after the submission period has closed, we will still be posting the full schedule of events (panels, concerts, screenings, special events, cosplay events etc.) within SaikouCon on the Events page with links to Facebook Event pages also with full info on each.




- 11/1/19 -

SaikouConVolunteerApp
SaikouConVolunteerApp
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Volunteer staff applications are now open on the Volunteers page here on SaikouCon.com! Please review the rules and regulations for volunteer staff, as well as rewards and perks for fulfilling your volunteered hours (your choice of 6, 8, or 10 hours) before applying! Volunteer staff are an integral part of SaikouCon being a fun and successful convention, are you ready to join the SaikouCon Family on a new level?



Mangagiving 2019
Mangagiving 2019
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Don't forget, Mangagiving 2020 Giveaway is now open too!! Head over to the Events page and enter today! Entry form will close on November 27 at 6 PM ET, winner will be announced on Thanksgiving Day, November 28 at 12 PM ET!


Also, Panel Submissions for SaikouCon 2020 were scheduled to go live today too, but we are delaying that until this Monday November 4 at 12 PM ET. We are going to build a new page just for Panel Submissions and later in the year the Panel schedule with descriptions of the Panels (our con chair just thought this up earlier today and will not have the time to build the new page until Sunday afternoon); we will still be posting the full schedule of events within SaikouCon on the Events page with links to Facebook Event pages with full info on each. On the Panels page we will only be posting Panels and their descriptions after the submission period has closed, but now our Panel Submission criteria will be available to read and review all year long instead of just when submissions are actually open.




- 10/1/19 -

SaikouCon Merchant Application Open
SaikouCon Merchant Application Open
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Our Merchant application for SaikouCon 2020 is now open! Head to the Merchants page here on SaikouCon.com for all the information, please review all the rules and regulations for vending at SaikouCon if you are a first time applicant, and returning Merchants please review some of the changes beginning for 2020 forward. Thank you all in advance for your continued support and interest in being part of the SaikouCon Family! Merchant Application period will run from today, October 1, 2019 until January 11, 2020; good luck to all that apply!



SaikouCon Halloween Horror Manga Giveaway
SaikouCon Halloween Horror Manga Giveaway
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Also, our annual Halloween Horror Manga Giveaway is now open as well! Go to our Events page and enter to win a randomly selected horror manga tankoben volume! Plus as a bonus, we're sending the winner a spooky anime DVD this year! Good luck to everyone that enters the giveaway, the entry period will run from today, October 1 until October 30 at 6 PM ET, winner will be announced on Halloween with prize package sent out shortly thereafter.




- 9/25/19 -

SaikouCon 2020 Room Block Open
SaikouCon 2020 Room Block Open
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- 9/15/19 - 

SaikouCon 2020 Pre-Reg Open
SaikouCon 2020 Pre-Reg Open
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Pre-Registration (Advance Ticket Sales) for SaikouCon 2020 is now open! Visit the Registration page for details and purchase your passes to SaikouCon 2020, our eighth year! Where has the near decade gone? Are you ready for our best year yet? Will SaikouCon finally give up making these "long @$$" posts? How many more question marks will our con chair attempt to cram into this announcement?????

In all seriousness... get ready. Get hype, as the convention gets closer to the decade mark we're going to kick off the new decade as Best we can with one hell of a party year; we're going to put the roar into the new Roarin' 20s, and we want you to be part of it! Pre-Registration will remain open until Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 12 AM ET (the 12 AM going into July 26). Be on the lookout for for Guest announcements before September, 2019 is out!

Also, be sure to note that Pre-Registration purchases will appear on your credit card/bank statements as "SaikouCon Anime Convention/Dark Dimensions Horror Con" now as we are using one master account to process pre-reg for both conventions.




- 9/7/19 -

SaikouCon 2020 Dates Reveal
SaikouCon 2020 Dates Reveal
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Ready for our 2020 dates? Here they are!!! SaikouCon 2020 will be taking place on August 7, 8, and 9 next year! We are happy to announce that the convention will be returning to The Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa in White Haven, PA for our 2020 show! Thank you to every one that submitted feedback forms, we appreciate your input and the time you took to let us know your thoughts on SaikouCon 2019 and on Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa. While a few of you did not like the resort as our hosting venue, to the point some even stated they will not return to SaikouCon if we held the show there again, more of you liked it than disliked it between feedback form evaluations and in person comments at SaikouCon 2019 itself. So, we have accepted the resort's invitation back with assurance that the aspects of remodeling that affected SaikouCon attendees and merchants negatively will be finished by our 2020 show; public restrooms in the Panels Plaza will be finished and the sleeping rooms remodels will also be complete by August 2020.

Pre-registration for SaikouCon 2020 will be open on September 15 at 12 PM ET here on SaikouCon.com, our room block (with lower rates than 2019!) will open for booking at the same time pre-reg opens; reservations will be open to make both by phone and through a special booking link that we will be both posting on the Convention Info page here and sending to those that pre-register for Badges to attend SaikouCon 2020. Merchant Applications will open on October 1, 2020 at 12 PM; we are reworking how the Merchant Hall will be set up, and there will be no mix up with table sizes this year. Merchant tables will be 8 foot tables again so we are reworking how many merchants we can accept and how the Hall will be set upto avoid the overcrowding experienced in 2019.
Volunteer Staff Applications and Panel Submissions will open on December 1, 2019; more information will be released as we get closer to the opening of those application and submission forms. In the realm of panels, we will be reworking some aspects so there are back ups in place should we run into a similar amount of no show panelists without advance warning from said panelists as we did for 2019. Keep your eyes peeled to SaikouCon.com and our social media profiles for more news and 2020 guest announcements in the coming weeks! 



Dark Dimensions 2020 Dates Reveal
Dark Dimensions 2020 Dates Reveal
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For those of you that also love non-anime horror and science fiction, we are also excited to announce that we are expanding our line up of conventions from just SaikouCon to the horror and sci-fi con we have been working on launching since 2015, Dark Dimensions Horror & Sci-Fi Convention!! The first show is coming September 25, 26, and 27 of 2020 to kick off the Halloween season for the year. The website for Dark Dimensions will be launching on October 1, 2019 with full information on the convention, its own pre-reg, hotel room block booking information, and maybe its first round of guest announcements! Keep your eyes open for the Dark Dimensions website launch, and social media profiles (currently only on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/DarkDimensionsCon, but soon on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr same as SaikouCon). This is going to be creepy fun... indie horror marathon with presentations by the film makers, midnight presentations of classic horror from the silent film era and some modern classics, live readings from the works Edgar Allen Poe, Merchant Hall, celebrity autographs/meet and greets/photo ops, panels, concerts, Cyberpunk Rave, Dance of the Dead, and more!




- 8/12/19 -

SaikouCon Will Return in 2020
SaikouCon Will Return in 2020
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Here we are, just over a week since SaikouCon 2019 has concluded. What a year... new venue, new town, more guest star cancellations than we could shake a stick at... what a year. In all honesty, it was shaping up to be our last year, with all the problems with guest stars cancelling their appearances, us being forced to cancel a few, flight cancellations delaying one guest until she decided just to go home. I was determined not to hold another SaikouCon as things kept hurting the show, but we made it to showtime and together (attendees, merchants, guest stars that followed through, panelists, volunteer staff, staff, and the Mountain Laurel Resort's staff) put together a great show, maybe the best we've had so far. I can't tell you how that bolstered myself and the con staff to keep this show going, SaikouCon always endures and I forgot that for a little while this year; I'm sorry that I did. SaikouCon will be back in 2020 and beyond. SaikouCon isn't about or for the guest stars, it's about and for you; guest stars come and go, but all of you are here year in and year out. For that continual support in the face of all the adversity the con has faced, the yearly moving from one venue to another when past venues are either outgrown immediately, close down, or end up completely sub par for the needs of the show... you're all there waiting for the next year what ever it may bring. I thank you all for that, as I do every year, thank you... thank you... thank YOU! 

On the Events page you'll find a feedback form, it will be open until Monday, August 19, 2019 at 6 PM ET. Let us know your thoughts on this past year, on the new venue (we have been invited back for 2020 already, but we want to hear from you before we finalize our decision to return to the Mountain Laurel Resort). We'll also have an announcement about a new side event for SaikouCon soon, we had hoped to launch it within 2019, but that wasn't in the cards for this year when all was said and done, so it will be coming in 2020 as well; keep an eye out! And finally, congratulations to Brenda B. from Catawissa, PA! Brenda was drawn from a blind drawing as the winner of our Summertime Manga Giveaway! Brenda has won two randomly selected manga tankoben volumes, Brenda your prizes will be in the mail to you before this week is out, congratulations again! Our next monthly giveaway will be in September as we are taking the remainder of the month of August off except for post show staff meetings, reviewing your feedback forms, and speaking with the Mountain Laurel Resort as well as a few other venues that have fielded offers to us; though we are heavily favoring a return to the Mountain Laurel Resort.




Best,
Mike Meade
Con Chair
SaikouCon




- 7/30/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Musical Guest the cucks
SaikouCon 2019 Musical Guest the cucks
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Please welcome to SaikouCon 2019 for their first time, the cucks! the cucks are an all original Pocono area band that defies genre with every song! Bits of punk, bits of alternative rock, some pop punk, some acoustic, a little bit of metal make for one rockin' sound. Please welcome the cucks to our Friday Night Concert, presented by Tastes Like Rock Magazine. This is the first time our Friday Night Concert will be age restricted to 18+, sorry to everyone under 18, but this year the Friday Night Concert is for the adults, but don't worry, the Cosplay Concert on SaikouCon Saturday is still all ages and so is the Saikou Rave after the Friday Night Concert!




- 7/29/19 -

So, we've got some bad news and some good news... first the bad; The Asterplace will not be joining us afterall. We're sorry to announce another cancellation this close to showtime, but due to a performance agreement dispute with their representation we have decided to let them out of their performance contract rather than let a large part of the contract, agreed to at signing, on their side slide. We have tried to work on this situation multiple times over the phone, but unfortunately could not reach their representation. 
Husky Entertainement LLC has also decided to bow out of their appearance and hosting of our Video Lounge at SaikouCon 2019 due to staffing and equipment issues. We are sorry for this, but they have informed us this evening that they cannot work around the issues they are having; we will still have our Retro Arcade hosted and run by one of our staff members.



SaikouCon 2019 Musical Guest FEUDALE_Logo
SaikouCon 2019 Musical Guest FEUDALE_Logo
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Now for the good news! Joining our Musical Guest Roster is FEUDALE! FEUDALE is a New Jersey based three piece rock and roll outfit, that writes and performs their own original material. Formerly known as Mystic Haze, the band has been rocking the Tri-State area since 2003, the band lists Peace, Love, Family, Happiness, and of course Music as interests on their social media but don't think for a minute they can't rock the house with their sound that encompasses Hard Rock, Alternative Rock, and Blues Rock. 

FEUDALE will be performing during our Cosplay Concert on SaikouCon Saturday, August 3 kicking off at 9 PM following our Cosplay Contest. We hope you're excited for the new addition to the SaikouCon Family, we definitely are!




- 7/26/19 -

1 Week Until SaikouCon 2019
1 Week Until SaikouCon 2019
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- 7/21/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Pre-Registration Now Closed
SaikouCon 2019 Pre-Registration Now Closed
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Head to the Registration page for all the information on At Door Registration now that Pre-Registration is closed for 2019.




- 7/20/19 -

So, instead of another reminder that pre-registration is closing for 2019 tonight at midnight, how about we tell you about the posters that DreamWorks Animation is sending us to give out? Yes? Yes! DreamWorks Animation is sending us two, that's right two different posters to give out to our Pre-Registrered attendees! One from 3Below: Tales from Arcadia and one from She-Ra and the Princesses of Power!!!! Pre-registered attendees get their choice of of either at badge pick up, while supplies last, so get to badge pick up early! Don't miss out on this great gift from DreamWorks Animation and don't forget to check out both series now streaming on Netflix!

Sorry we're making this announcement on the day pre-reg closes, but it was just confirmed late last night that SaikouCon was on the list of conventions that DreamWorks Animation would be working with this year. We hope you're all as excited as we are to be working with DreamWorks Animation again this year!

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3Below_Keyart_1080x1080
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From executive producer Guillermo del Toro, DreamWorks 3Below - the second chapter of the Tales of Arcadia trilogy - is now streaming on Netflix! Follow #3Below on the social media platform of your choice for more 3Below!



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SHE_Keyart_1080x1080
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For the honor of Grayskull! Watch DreamWorks' She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, now streaming on Netflix! Follow #SheRa on the social media platform of your choice for more She-Ra!




- 7/19/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 1 Day Pre-Reg Warning
SaikouCon 2019 1 Day Pre-Reg Warning
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Midnight tomorrow, July 20, pre-registration (advance tickets) for 2019 closes. Pre-Registration will not be extended this time, so make sure to hit up our Registration page before it closes down for the year and all that will be left are at door tickets.




SaikouCon is a three day, anime and cosplay convention located in the heart of the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. SaikouCon, which means "best convention", is the annual anime convention of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains with several side events in the Lehigh Valley, boasting a dedicated staff of longtime Japanese anime and manga fans. SaikouCon builds programming made to make memories every year, always striving for panel diversity and a balance between Japanese Pop Culture, Classical Japanese Culture, Cosplay, fun and games, original music, original music, and more original music!



The convention grew out of Anime Ate My Brain Magazine, the sibling to music focused web magazine, Tastes Like Rock Magazine. Both journalistic endeavors fall under the publishing wing of parent company Nerdy Rock 'n Roller Productions. SaikouCon will always feature some of the best live entertainment themed to Japanese culture, as well as the best in J-Rock and J-Pop musical acts from all over the US and beyond every year!



If you love anime, you'll love SaikouCon, and SaikouCon will love you.