SaikouCon 2015 August 28-30 at
The Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Convention Center

SaikouCon News

- 2/21/15 -

SaikouCon welcomes as a Special Guest to SaikouCon 2015, Koralene Cosplay! Koralene is the 2014 winner of Philly's Next Top Cosplayer! Koralene will be speaking about her experiences competing in Philly's Next Top Cosplayer and what it was being crowned the 2014 champion and more.

- 2/14/15 -


The Valentine's Day Two-for-One Attendance Package Sale is now open! Go to our Guest Registration page and remember it only runs from 12:01 AM Feb. 14 - 12:01 AM Feb. 15. This is our last BOGO sale until Cyber Monday 2015.

Unlike the Cyber Monday BOGO sale, this sale will only be Deluxe and VIP Attendance Packages as it has been in the past. From 12:01 AM on February 14, 2015 to 12:01 AM on February 15, 2015 all Deluxe and VIP Attendance Packages will be two for the price of one, so share the fun of SaikouCon with your special someone! To avoid confusion, here's the sale will work: all you do is purchase your chosen attendance package as normal, and you automatically receive a second free! The second package will not be listed in your shopping cart, we take care of your upgrade to two packages on our end; the last time we tried to have the PayPal shopping cart reflect the free attendance package, it got all messed up and we had to redo our whole registration/checkout from scratch. so, to avoid that possibly happening again we take care of adding your second package in our files, you will see this in your registration confirmation e-mail that is sent to your e-mail shortly (anywhere from 2-24 hours after your purchase depending on how fast PayPal notifies our exec coordinator of your registration) after your purchase.

- 2/6/15 -


Cosplay Burlesque will be returning to SaikouCon as Featured Guests once more! SaikouCon is happy to have the burlesque troupe back with us again in 2015, stay tuned for details on what night of the convention they will be performing this year!

- 1/29/15 -


SaikouCon is happy to welcome cosplayer and model, Hazel Dayze, to the ranks of 2015's Featured Guests! For full info on Hazel visit our Guests of Honor page!

Also, our 2015 Artist Alley is now full! Artist Registration is closed for this year! There are still 49 spaces left in our 2015 Vendor Room, visit the Vendor page for more information.

- 1/26/15 -


SaikouCon is happy to announce that voice actress Leah Clark will be joining SaikouCon 2015 as a Guest of Honor! This is Leah's first time at SaikouCon and we hope you're all as excited as we are.

- 1/2/15 -

Happy New Year! The winner of our Year End VIP Badge Giveaway is Alyssa G.! Congratulations Alyssa, your name was pulled from our blind drawing, you and a friend will have the VIP experience at SaikouCon 2015!

Alyssa will be receiving an e-mail momentarily to inform her that she has won the tickets along with the details on how to claim her VIP badges at SaikouCon 2015! Thank you to everyone that entered, best of luck in our next giveaway!

- 12/10/14 -


Check out our Events page and fill out the entry form on our Year End VIP Badge Giveaway for a chance to win two 3 Day VIP Badges to attend SaikouCon 2015! The contest opens today, December 10 and closes at 6 PM ET on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2014! 

- 12/2/14 -


We are happy to announce the return of RuffleButt Cosplay as a Guest of Honor for the third time in a row! Due to her all around awesomeness and popularity each year, SaikouCon wouldn't be SaikouCon without RuffleButt!

- 11/17/14 -

We're happy to announce the return of both The Gamer's Edge and the Sci-Fi Photo Guys to SaikouCon 2015 as Featured Guests! If you haven't attended SaikouCon before check out our Guests of Honor page for details on our friends The Gamer's Edge and the Sci-Fi Photo Guys, it wouldn't be SaikouCon without them!

- 11/15/14 - 

Merchant Hall and Artist Alley Registration now open! Visit the Vendors page and Artist Alley pages for full details. To keep the process as streamlined as possible we will be foregoing the jury process again for SaikouCon 2015, though we will hopefully be able to add that process for SaikouCon 2016. There are a few changes to both the Merchant Hall and Artist Alley this year, spaces have been changed to 8 X 5 instead of 10 X 10; our new venue is more comfortable with 8 X 5 so there is plenty of room for safe walkways to not only safeguard attendees walking safety but also the safety of the ware offered by vendors and artists. To make up for loss of space we will now be giving all vendors and artists three badges with their registrations instead of two. Artist Alley will also now have it's own room separate from vendors for a true Artist Alley! There are 70 vendor spaces available in the Merchant Hall and 30 spaces available in Artist Alley. Registration for each will be open until July 25, 2015 or until spaces are full in each respective space.

- 11/4/14 -

SaikouCon 2015 Pre-Registration is now open on our Guest Registration page! Please note the changes to Pre-Registration, there are now Adult Registrations and Teen Registrations. Adult Registration is for attendees age 18 or older and Teen Registration is for attendees age 13-17. This change eliminates the need for parental consent forms and helps us more easily monitor our 18+ and 21+ panels, workshops, and events over the course of SaikouCon weekend. Also note, that we have done away with the All Access VIP Badge, VIP is the top Badge level for attendees of SaikouCon from now on due to the low popularity of the All Access VIP Attendance Package.

- 11/3/14 -


SaikouCon 2015 will be taking place on August 28-30, 2015 at the Best Western Lehigh Valley Hotel & Convention Center, located at 300 Gateway Drive, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017! Attendee pre-registration will open tomorrow, 11/4/14, around noon. Merchant Hall and Artist Alley registration will be open next week, vendor and artist registration is going to be a little different this year, don't worry, it's still going to be pretty easy but it needs a little tweaking. Now, since the dates and new venue have been announced, we have one solid guest announcement to make as well; due to popular demand, The Adarna will be returning to SaikouCon 2015 as our headlining musical act! More announcements will be coming soon including more info on the Best Western and our block of rooms there.

- 10/1/14 -


Special Announcement: October 25 SaikouCon's own Mike Meade will be judging a cosplay contest at The Gamers Edge Comics and Games as part of Halloween Comicfest 2014 (which is the shop's two-year anniversary too!), we're also giving free VIP tickets to SaikouCon 2015 to the winners. Here's the official statement from our friends The Gamers Edge:

October 25th is coming up fast. Why is this important? Because it's a huge day at the Gamer's Edge!

Our two-year anniversary brings us great joy and we're setting up a ton of thank-you events for our beloved community.

Halloween Comic Fest brings free comics for everyone! We have a huge amount of free comic books to give out that are exclusive to this celebration!

Get your costumes ready for our Cosplay/Costume contest.
3 categories to enter
Group, Individual Anime/ Cartoon inspired Character, Individual Comic book/ Gaming inspired Character. 

There is a $1.00 Fee for entering. Be prepared to introduce yourself and your character and give a small 1-2 minute presentation from or about your character or costume. This could be a small scene or a string of quotes or a description of how you made your costume.

First Place in each of the three categories wins a VIP pass to SaikouCon 2015!

Our illustrious judges include Mr. Mike Meade (Our sponsor from SaikouCon), Mr. Rick Bryant (Ink Artist for Superman, Micronauts, Archie, Sonic, etc.), Mrs. Jan Julia (Kaleidoscope Players), and our own Robin Kessler and Ray Ramaglia.

More to come!

- 9/24/14 -


Here we are, a month overdue for a... BIG THANK YOU to everyone that was a part of SaikouCon 2014!!!! Despite the tech problems that interfered with some of our screenings and multi-media panels, we had an incredible year: a diverse Merchant Hall, great Guests of Honor and Featured Guests, hard rocking Musical Guests. Oh, and 1,250 attendees!!! Thank you all so much for helping us to grow so much in just two years. We can't wait to see you all next year and to see new faces, SaikouCon Year 3 is going to be very interesting... stay tuned, we'll be announcing 2015 dates and our venue soon. Once they nailed down we'll be reopening guest registration and merchant registration.

But in the meantime, don't forget...


SaikouCon (meaning "best convention") is the Lehigh Valley's first large scale anime convention. Originally presented by Anime Ate My Brain Magazine, sibling webzine to Tastes Like Rock! Music Magazine, now independent; the convention promises to be a yearly high point in the Summer months of the anime convention season. Boasting a dedicated staff of longtime Japanese anime and manga fans, SaikouCon hopes to be one of the Tri-State area's must see conventions along with Zenkaikon in the Lancaster PA area and AnimeNEXT in Somerset NJ.

Located in the heart of Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley area, between the Pocono Mountain and Philadelphia areas, SaikouCon is excited to be the only annual convention dedicated exclusively to anime, manga, and Japanese culture in the Lehigh Valley.

The convention 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. All of this plus top creators, writers, artists, distributors, industry insiders, English dub and original Japanese voice talent, some of the best cosplay talent, shows, masquerades; and so much more!

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