- 12/8/17 -
As some of you may have heard earlier today, the Holiday Inn Center City has announced that they are closing permanently at the end of this month. We are shocked and appalled by this announcement and the termination of our rental contract to hold SaikouCon 2018 in their facility, when this came out as a rumor and brought to my attention less than 24 hours ago by a long time attendee and good friend, I was assured by the venue management that we were safe, it was nothing but a rumor, and to their knowledge at the time it was. Supposedly the company that owns this Holiday Inn didn't even let their executive staff know this was coming to pass. If I had even an inkling this was a possibility, I would not have accepted the venue's invitation to return SaikouCon to their space in 2018.
I want to assure you that SaikouCon 2018 is NOT cancelled. I can not stress that point enough, we took action immediately after the hotel's group sales manager informed me at 12 PM earlier today of this sad development, negotiations have already begun with another venue for the same weekend, July 27-29 of 2018; and contact has been made with a few other possible venues that we are waiting on word back from. We will have an annoucement by the end of this coming week possibly into the following week, I will not say which venue at this time, not until there is a signed contract for July 27-29, 2018 with this new venue. All I will say at this time is that the new venue is no more than 20 minutes away from Center City area, and is still firmly in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
If we, by very very slim chance, can not relocate the convention to a new venue for the same weekend this coming summer we will cancel the 2018 show and all attendees and merchants that have registered will receive full refunds of their registration fees immediately.
Please give us this next week or two, possibly three considering the holidays are upon us, to reseat the convention at a new location before panicking, and please, when calling or writing into the Holiday Inn to cancel your reservations, be kind to the staff there, they were working, until this morning, under the same assumption we were; that the owners of the Holiday Inn were being truthful that the hotel would merely be undergoing renovation and changing from a Holiday Inn to a Double Tree Inn, instead of fraudulently accepting new event bookings for 2018 (we are not the only ones), seemingly to cover their bases if the closure did not happen and the hotel would stay in business. We may have lost a venue, but those folks lost their jobs and careers.
We are not dead. SaikouCon will survive. The community we have built together will survive. I thank you all for your continued support, we will have greener pastures to call our own very soon.
All My Best,
- 12/2/17 -
Our Winter Gift Giveaway entry is now open! We're sorry it's a little over 24 hours late, the entry form widget was down all day yesterday, but we're up and running now! Visit the Events page for the rules and other details of the giveaway. Winner will receive two randomly selected anime DVDs, a randomly selected manga volume, one randomly selected blind bag anime figure, and one 3 Day VIP Badge to attend SaikouCon 2018! Thank you all for a great year, our fifth anniversary truly was a Resurgence and we want to thank you all for the continued support of this convention, you make us great. Let's keep growing and Evolving together!
- 11/28/17 -
Our Cyber Monday General Admission Buy One Get One Free event has now concluded! Thank you to all that pre-registered for SaikouCon 2018 through the event, in February we will be bringing back our VIP Badge Valentine's Day BOGO on Valentine's Day, 24 hours only, keep an eye for more details in the New Year!
- 11/27/17 -
Our Cyber Monday General Admission Badge BOGO is now open!! You have until 12:01 AM ET November 28 to take advantage of the only Buy One Get One sale on General Admission Badges this year! Head to the Registration page and get your General Admission Badge BOGO while the getting is good!
Remember, the PayPal Shopping Cart will not show the second badge, all registration file adjustments are done on our side, your Registration Confirmation email, received within 12-48 hours following pre-registration purchase (registration confirmation messages are not automated, each one is sent personally by the convention chairman), will show your additional badges.
- 11/11/17 -
- 11/1/17 -
Mangagiving is here! Head to the Events page and enter today! Winner will receive two randomly selected manga volumes from SaikouCon! Good luck to all that enter, one entry person, multiple entries from the same household are fine but multiple entries from the same person will be discarded so each person that enters has an equal chance of their name being drawn as the winner from the blind drawing at the close of the entry period on November 22, 2017. Winner will be announced on Thanksgiving Day.
Also, the winner of our Halloween Horror Manga Giveaway is Antonia S. of Allentown, PA! Congratulations Antonia! Winner will also be notified by e-mail.
- 10/24/17 -
Time to announce our first Musical Guests for 2018, back for their FIFTH YEAR with SaikouCon... The Adarna! Born in the home of Grunge, Seattle has now given rise to Jet City Rock through The Adarna. The bands signature has become so beloved at SaikouCon that not a year has gone by they have not joined us since their first time at the convention back in 2014, this year the band will perform their original music at the Friday Night Concert and Cosplay Concert, plus the members of The Adarna will be presenting panels and and hanging with attendees at their merch table all weekend long! The national and internationally touring band is always a welcome addition to our Guest Roster, we are always happy when they can fit us into their summer tour schedule. Who is excited for the return of Will, Andreka, Murdock, and O-Town?
- 10/21/17 -
Joining SaikouCon 2018 as a Featured Guest is Foxxy! Foxxy, more widely known as Toxicfoxx, this will be the third time she has been on our Guest Star roster and we are just as excited for 2018 as we were for Foxxy's first time with us. Foxxy will be acting as one of the judges for our 2018 Cosplay Contest, she will also be the MC for our 2018 Charity Auction, maybe even a Twitch streaming event if we can get one set up... stay tuned for more about what Foxxy will be doing at SaikouCon 2018, and keep an eye out for our next Guest announcement later this coming week! Also, don't forget to enter our Halloween Horror Manga Giveaway, entry form on the Events page, before time runs out!
- 10/2/17 -
Our October Giveaway is now open! We're giving a randomly selected horror themed manga volume to one lucky winner, selected by blind drawing on October 30, 2017 after the entry period closes at 6 PM ET. Winner will be announced on Halloween! Head to the Events page here on SaikouCon.com for rules and entry form!
- 9/27/17 -
Ready for the first Featured Guest announcement for SaikouCon 2018? Here you go! Returning this year is Koralene Cosplay! This will be Koralene's fourth time as a guest at SaikouCon, Koralene will once more be part of our Cosplay Contest, possibly some new events within the con that are in the early stages of planning, and maybe lead or co-present a panel (keep an eye out as the year rolls on)... Who is excited to have Koralene back again? Koralene will also have a table this year offering her services as a photographer and photo editor!
- 9/24/17 -
I'm so sorry everyone, we have to postpone tonights Anime Night Free Screening: Eden of the East. The AC unit at The Encounter blew out sometime this morning before the shop opened and it is way too hot to hold the screening without it. The gaming area of the shop we hold the screenings in was already 91 degrees when the shop opened for the day, it's also going to be in the 90s outside today. We don't want anyone passing out from the heat, so we're going to move the Eden of the East screening to October 15 at 7 PM, and then we'll have our Halloween Anime Night as normal on the last Sunday of the month (October 29). Thank you all for understanding, hopefully we'll see all of you on October 15! - Mike
- 9/19/17 -
Ready for another Guest announcement for SaikouCon 2018? We thought you were. After having such a ball with us at SaikouCon 2017, and that feeling being 1,000,000% mutual, we are happy to welcome back Gigi Edgley as a Guest of Honor at SaikouCon 2018!!! Gigi is best known among genre fans as Chiana on the hit sci-fi Farscape, but has an incredible list of credits far beyond the fan super favorite Chiana. Gigi is also a musician, releasing her first music video for one of her original songs, "Closer" just hours before this announcement! Check it out on Gigi's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqAi-tLCgH0! For more on Gigi head to the Guests page here on SaikouCon.com.
- 9/18/17 -
Our Merchant Application for 2018 is now open! Visit the Merchant page for all the details, please note the refinements to our application and jury process before submitting your application; nothing major, mostly the same as 2017, but now there is a finite time to apply and Merchants will not juryed and accepted, wait listed, or denied until after the application submission period has closed. We understand many interested merchants want to plot their 2018 as soon as possible, but this allows more merchants a fair shot at getting their applications in to us, as well as giving us a solid time frame to go over each application and make the best possible merchant hall for 2018, both for attendees and merchants themselves. We also thank all new merchants for their interest in vending at SaikouCon 2018, and thank you to returning merchants that stuck with us through thick and thin!
- 9/14/17 -
Joining SaikouCon for the first time as a Guest of Honor is Christina Kelly! You'll recognize Christina's voice as Mine in Agame Ga Kill, Loki in Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon?, Pepperoni in Girls Und Panzer: Der Film, Kisara Tendo in Black Bullet, and Sylphynford Tachibana in Himouto! Umaru-chan among many more. We're happy to welcome Christina to the SaikouCon family, and hope you are too! For more information on Christina and her voice work check out the Guests page!
- 9/9/17 -
Pre-registration (advance ticket sales) is now open! Visit the Registration page of this website for all the details to purchase your badges (tickets) to SaikouCon 2018, taking place July 27, 28, and 29 of 2018 at the Holiday Inn Center City Allentown! Pre-registration will close on July 20, 2018 at midnight (the midnight going into July 21), this is our customary closing at seven days before showtime, there are no plans for an extension this year. Adult and Teen Badges will be in place once more this year to do away with the need for parental consent forms, and to make badge checking at age restricted activities and events within SaikouCon 2018 smoother and faster for both attendees and con staff/volunteer staff. Badge (ticket) prices will remain at the same rates they have since 2014 again this year, badges will not be sent out in advance of the convention, our same Will Call style badge claiming on-site will still be in place for 2018, our credit processor, PayPal, only asks for a shipping/billing address to verify card authenticity. This ensures there is no pre-show loss of badges, as well as helping to keep ticketing costs minimal so our badge rates may be maintained. Please review the convention rules and guidelines of conduct found on the Convention Info page of this website before purchasing your badges, if you will be attending the convention in cosplay, please take a moment to review our rules and codes of conduct for cosplaying at SaikouCon as well, these are located in full detail on the Cosplay page of this website.
- 9/7/2017 -
First, there was a Resurgance, now comes the Evolution. SaikouCon 2018 is coming at you July 27-29, get ready, get hype; it's time to evolve. SaikouCon is returning to the Holiday Inn Center City Allentown in 2018, pre-registration (advance ticket sales) will be opening in 12 hours (12 PM on 9/8/2017), Merchant Applications will be opening later this month, and our room block at the Holiday Inn will be open within the next week if not sooner. Keep your eyes peeled here on SaikouCon.com and across all of our social media profiles for more news as it is available to share!
- 8/25/17 -
Apologies I didn't write a closing message earlier, things got so busy prepping for the show this year I didn't even get to finish scheduling posts to give 5-15 minute warnings for all of the panels and screenings at SaikouCon 2017 on our Facebook page. As I say every year, thank you all for being part of SaikouCon, without you, all of you; attendees, merchants, volunteers, staff, guests of honor, featured guests, musical guests, and special guests we wouldn't happen. You truly do make this show as much as we do, and I want to thank each and every one of you for the support over the years. I honestly never thought we would make it to five years with a sixth on the way. It baffles my mind when I think about it, seeing some of you literally grow up before my eyes each year, hearing the stories of how much you all look forward to coming to the show each year that you can make it, seeing you at some of our promo tables at other cons, socializing with some of you over Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thank you all. For those that came for the first time in 2017, thank you, I hope you enjoyed the show and that we will get to see you again in future years!
We are back in the Lehigh Valley from here on, as long as we have a venue that will welcome us, we will be here in the Valley where we belong. And, as long as the Holiday Inn Center City will have us, we will be in the heart of Allentown! Never in previous years have we been quite as warmly welcomed as we have been in Center City, by people, by businesses, everyone had a smile for con staff and for con attendees, thank you Allentown, Pennsylvania, your welcome for SaikouCon will not be forgotten, let's see how high we can build each other up in the coming years! Together we can do amazing things, the last five years of SaikouCon has proven definitively that together, we can do anything!
Dates for SaikouCon 2018 will be announced by the first or second week of September, if not sooner, and pre-registration (advance ticket sales) will open shortly thereafter. Merchant Applications will too, but our application and jurying process needs a little tweaking, so that may open a bit later than attendee pre-reg, but not by much; first week of October at the absolute latest. Panel submissions will tentatively open March 1, 2018 and close June 1, 2018. This may change based on the dates we lock down for the 2018 convention, panelists keep your eyes peeled for firm dates on panel submissions once we have announced when SaikouCon 2018 will take place.
SaikouCon 2017 was almost going to be the final year of the convention, following the difficulties of 2015 and 2016, especially after 2016 I found myself questioning pretty hardcore if I was fit to run this crazy train. Thank you to everyone that supported me, supported the convention, and reassured me that I was doing a good job in spite of 2016's problems. Thank you for coming back this year, you helped me beyond words to relight the fire within myself for this job, for this con life. I'm back and SaikouCon is going to be here for a long time to come; I've already got plans formulating up to SaikouCon 2021, I hope you'll all continue to ride this bit of madness with me and the rest of the SaikouCon staff for years to come. See you next year!!!!
- 8/14/17 -
It's here! The sign up for our Resident Evil: Vendetta Trivia Contest, sponsored by Sony Pictures Entertainment! Sign up is limited and in advance of the show only, we can only host 15 contestants to make sure there are enough copies of the RE: Vendetta Blu Ray and RE: Vendetta Poster to go around for our winners! Once we have 15 contestants, the form will be will be closed, good luck! This is an 18+ event, spectators may be all ages, but contestants must be age 18 or older since the movie is rated R for graphic violence, language, and adult situations. Sign up form is located on our Events page, deadline if we don't hit 15 contestants before is 12 PM on August 17, good luck!
- 8/11/17 -
- 8/7/17 -
Unfortunately DJ Teez will no longer be able to join SaikouCon 2017 as a Musical Guest, due to a last minute scheduling conflict that cannot be compromised. However, filling in for Teez will be DJ OZNO also based in the Lehigh Valley! Please welcome our newest Musical Guest, DJ OZNO!!
- 7/31/17 -
The full programming schedule for SaikouCon 2017 is now posted on the Events page here on SaikouCon.com! Facebook Events linked to the panel and event names listed on our Events page will follow over the next few days so you can read the descriptions of each panel and each event to optimize your con plans before showtime is here!
- 7/22/17 -
- 7/18/17 -
New today on 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray: Don't miss the all-new original CG motion picture RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA, based on the highest grossing video game film franchise of all time. Experience the film critics are calling a "top-notch, jaw-dropping" action film. Get RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA now on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray & Digital. From Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Rated R.
Why are we advertising Resident Evil: Vendetta, dropping on Blu Ray today (July 18, 2017), you ask? Because Resident Evil is sponsoring a special event within SaikouCon 2017 that we are stoked to present! We will be holding a special trivia contest event on SaikouCon Saturday, August 19, winners will receive either a Blu Ray of RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA or an RE: Vendetta poster provided by the production company behind the movie!!! More details will be revealed when we release the full SaikouCon 2017 programming schedule on August 1. Keep your eyes peeled, Umbrella Corporation is sponsoring SaikouCon this year, be prepared. Visit http://www.residentevilvendetta.com for more information on Resident Evil: Vendetta and retailers where you can purchase the Special Edition BD set.
- 7/15/17 -
Panel submission for SaikouCon 2017 is now closed. Those that have submitted panels, you will begin receiving acceptance and denial emails on Monday, July 17, all accepted and denied panelists for this year will be notified between July 17 and July 21. Those that are not accepted this year, please, do not hesitate to submit again in the future; in all likelihood it is only a matter of not having time in the schedule this year to fit you in. Those accepted, you will receive your time slot for your panel/activity as soon as possible between July 23 and July 31; full programming schedule will be released to the general public no later than August 1, 2017 by 6 PM ET. Thank you all for your patience as we build this year's programming schedule, as always we strive to build as unique and entertaining a block of programming as possible between attendee presented panels, Guest Star panels, anime and other screenings, concerts and musical performances, fun activities, and more. Stay tuned, we will have some special announcements this week ahead of the programming schedule, first one coming at you on July 18!
- 7/14/17 -
Media applications for SaikouCon 2017 are now closed. Accepted and denied media outlets will be notified in the next 24-72 hours of their status as press.
- 7/10/17 -
- 7/5/17 -
The Summertime Manga Giveaway is now open! Head to the Events page and scroll down to the entry form. Entry period ends on July 31 at 6 PM ET; good luck to everyone that enters! One entry per person, multiple entries from the household are okay, but only one per name will be entered into the drawing to give every person equal odds at winning. Winner will be selected by blind drawing shortly after the close of the entry form, winner will be announced here and across SaikouCon social media, as well as notified by email.
- 7/1/17 -
The sign up form for the SaikouCon 2017 Cosplay Contest is now open! It can be found on both the Cosplay page and Events page, please review the rules of the contest this year located above the sign up form on both pages. General rules and guidelines for cosplaying at SaikouCon may be, and are strongly encouraged to be, reviewed on the Convention Info page and Cosplay page. Sign up form will be open from today, July 1, at 12 PM until August 11, 2017 at 6 PM ET. As stated in the rules on the Cosplay and Events pages, there is no additional fee to compete, but all competitors must purchase attendance badges to SaikouCon 2017 to compete.
The winner of our Summertime Anime Anime Giveaway is Kerry M. from Allentown, PA! Congratulations Kerry! Don't forget, our Summertime Manga Giveaway opens July 5 at noon!
- 6/29/17 -
Joining SaikouCon 2017 as our last Guest of Honor for the year is Voice Actor Greg Houser! Greg has been with us in the past as one of the Guests of Honor at both SaikouCon 2013 and 2014, has staffed for us and hosted a panel at SaikouCon 2016, and now returns for 2017 as a Guest of Honor once more! However, Greg will only be with us for SaikouCon Saturday, over the course of the day he will be hosting one, possibly two, panels and taking part in the VIP Meet and Greet with our other Guests of Honor, maybe a general autograph session for all SaikouCon attendees. And some other shenanigans if Greg and the con chair join forces at this year's show... as Greg's lovely wife once said, they need to be supervised when they're together...
- 6/26/17 -
Check out the Convention Info page for the list of restaurants in and around our 2017 venue, the Holiday Inn Center City Allentown, that are happy to welcome SaikouCon 2017 attendees and are looking forward to having SaikouCon as part of the neighborhood! List will be further updated next week.
- 6/19/17 -
The various forms active now (panel submission, media application, volunteer application, Summertime Anime Giveaway) are working, but they are running slow once you hit the Submit button. They are not always saying giving the "Information Submitted" message either once you have hit the button. However, we are receiving the information shortly after it is submitted, we are not sure why this glitch is happening in the forms, they are part of our web host's software, we have reported the glitch to them and have been told they are undergoing repairs for this issue. Please keep submitting your applications, panel submissions, and contest entries; we are receiving them!
- 6/16/17 -
Joining SaikouCon 2017 as a Special Guest is Philadelphia based cosplayer WildSpice! WildSpice Cosplay has been part of the convention scene since the late 90's and has just returned to cosplaying after a brief hiatus, we are happy to welcome her to our guest roster! WildSpice is also a photographer that specializes in cosplay photography, WildSpice is excited to present a few panels on cosplay and cosplay photography!
- 6/6/17 -
- 6/2/17 -
Joining SaikouCon 2017 as a surprise Guest of Honor is Gigi Edgley! Gigi is best known in the US as Chiana on Farscape and it's sequel films Farscape: Peacekeeper Wars Parts 1 & 2. Gigi was also a host on the Syfy Channel's Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge among many more, including her original science fiction feature short film, Hashtag. A true Renaissance Woman, Gigi also has several theatre credits, is a recording artist, and creates original comic books and graphic novels, as well as a film director and producer. We are happy to welcome our first non-anime related film and television actor to the convention, don't be worried though, SaikouCon is not going general fandom, we will still remain focused on anime, Japanese Pop Culture, Classical Japanese Culture, history, and mythology; and of course COSPLAY! Ms. Edgley wanted to hang out with us at SaikouCon 2017 and there was no way we could say no! We hope you're as excited as we are to have Gigi join the SaikouCon family this year! Gigi can currently be seen on television as a cast member of FX's Feud: Bette and Joan.
Media applications for press outlets that wish to cover SaikouCon 2017 are now open! Visit the Press page here on SaikouCon.com to review press guidelines, rules, and expected conduct before filling out the application form below the above listed details.
- 5/30/17 -
Volunteer Applications for SaikouCon 2017 are now open! Head to the Volunteers page, review the details of volunteering at SaikouCon (age restriction, expected conduct, responsibilities etc.), and then fill out the application. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance or denial of volunteer status along with their schedule after the application closes on August 4, 2017. Notice and schedule will be received between August 5 and 7. Thank you in advance to everyone that applies! And remember, if you're not accepted as a volunteer this year, don't let that stop you from applying again in the future! Most of the time, denial of volunteer status is only due to high volume of applicants and/or all needed positions being filled.
- 5/23/17 -
Welcome back to Lehigh Valley's own Deprived! Deprived first joined SaikouCon as Musical Guests for SaikouCon 2016's Saikou Punk Rock Show, they had such a good time they wanted to perform at SaikouCon 2017 and we are happy to let them rock the con once more! Deprived's sound runs the gauntlet from punk to hard rock to metal, now that we're home in the Lehigh Valley we couldn't pass up having one of the best party bands in the Valley back too!
- 5/22/17 -
The winner of our Four Pack of 3 Day General Admission Badges Giveaway at Chelticon is Breahna H.! Congratulations Breahna! See you at SaikouCon 2017!
- 5/19/17 -
The moment you've been waiting for is here! Our full schedule of anime screenings for SaikouCon 2017 is now posted on our Event page in the programming columns for SaikouCon 2017! Keep an eye on our Facebook page too, soon we'll be posting each screening as an FB event with full details and series synopsis as we do every year. Series included this year are jointly sponsored by Funimation and Crunchyroll, some of the series up for viewing are My Hero Academia, Outlaw Star, Dragon Ball Super, Tokyo Ghoul Rout A, Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Yuri!!! on Ice, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans Season 2 and many more! 38 hours of anime in total over three days!
- 5/7/17 -
The winner of our Free Comic Book Day 2017 Giveaway is Kayla G. from Nanticoke, PA! Congratulations Kayla!
- 5/6/17 -
The winner of our Golden Week Giveaway is Becca S.! Congratulations Becca, you have won four 3 Day VIP Badges to attend SaikouCon 2017! Becca has also been contacted via email to let her know she was drawn as the winner from a blind drawing of over 200 entrants from both online entries and in person entries at the SaikouCon Party Booth at Zenkaikon 2017 this past weekend.
Our Free Comic Book Day 2017 Giveaway is now open! Visit the Events page for details and entry form, the giveaway will be open from 12:01 AM May 6 until 12:01 AM May 7, 24 hours only! Good luck to all who enter!
- 5/1/17 -
Panel submissions for SaikouCon 2017 are now open! The submission form is located on the Events page, please review the details of submitting above the form beforehand. Be original, be engaging, be entertaining, be educational, be fun!
- 4/29/17 -
Our Golden Week Giveaway is now open! Visit the Events page and fill out the entry for your chance to win a family four pack of VIP badges ($240 value) to SaikouCon 2017! The giveaway will be open for the duration of Japan's Golden Week (April 29 - May 5), winner will be chosen by blind drawing after the close of the entry form at 6 PM ET on May 5, 2017. Good luck to all that enter!
- 4/17/17 -
Tax Day is here again... we'll hold for the groans.... done? Okay, we're going to do our part to give back during this day of despair, to lighten the mood on this Tax Day, April 18, we're going to upgrade every fifth pre-reg General Admission badge purchased from midnight April 18 to midnight April 19 to VIP at no extra cost! Upgraded badge holders will be notified in their Registration Confirmation email sent by the convention chair within 12-48 hours of purchase, PayPal confirmation/receipt message is automated by PayPal and can not be changed for special events like this one. This event is 24 hours only and will not be extended.
- 4/11/17 -
Joining SaikouCon 2017 as a Guest of Honor, we are ecstatic to announce R BRUCE ELLIOTT! With well over 200 credits to his resume in film, television, theatre, video games, and of course anime voice over roles in a ton of your favorite FUNimation titles; we hope you're all as excited as we are! Despite his many years in the industry, R BRUCE is relatively new to the con scene with just a handful of appearances over the last decade, this is a truly awesome chance for fans of Dot Pyxis, Guild Master Makarov, Captain Ginyu, detective Richard Moore, Basque Gran, Mr. Saito, Szilard Quates to meet the man behind the voice.
Let's give R BRUCE a great big SaikouCon welcome to our crazy little slice of the con circuit!
- 3/29/17 -
Please welcome The Gothic Celt to SaikouCon 2017 as a Special Guest! The Gothic Celt is a Pennsylvania based model, cosplayer, and burlesque performer, this is his first year appearing at SaikouCon, we're looking forward to his panel presentation on self confidence and body positive cosplay, we hope you are too!
- 3/22/17 -
Preliminary schedule for SaikouCon 2017 is now posted on our Events page, the full programming schedule will be posted on August 1, but here's a quick rundown of our staple events, pre-reg and at door reg hours, Merchant Hall open and close, the Cosplay Contest, the concerts and dance party, and this year's charity auction (with a new twist) and so forth.
- 3/14/17 -
- 3/13/17 -
Please join us in welcoming back as a Guest of Honor for 2017, Leah Clark! Leah last joined SaikouCon in 2015 and we are very happy to have her back for our Fifth Anniversary show! Some of Leah's notable English dub roles are Blair in Soul Eater, Kanzaki in Assassination Classroom, Saki in Eden of The East, Minami in Baka and Test; and some of her new roles for 2017 include Kobayashi in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Mari in Yuri!!! On Ice, and Aria in Aria The Scarlet Ammo AA. Leah is also an accomplished ADR director, script writer, and stage actor.
- 3/6/17 -
SaikouCon welcomes our first Guest of Honor for 2017, Voice, Theater, and Screen Actor Oscar Seung! Oscar's anime voice credits include Yuri!!! on Ice (Seung-Gil Lee), Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru (Kasen Kanesada), Show By Rock!! (Oboro), All Out!! (Yutaka Shinshi), Shounen Maid (Ibuki), One Piece (Daruma), Prince of Stride: Alternative (Nanpei Aoba), Fairy Tail, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Garo: Crimson Moon, and SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist among others. This is Oscar's first year appearing at SaikouCon, we hope you're as excited as we are to welcome him to the SaikouCon family!
- 3/1/17 -
The entry form for our March Anime Madness Giveaway is now open! Check out the details before entering on our Events page, good luck to all who enter! We've upped the ante a bit for 2017, the lucky winner will receive two randomly selected, original printing, anime DVDs. Winner will be selected by blind drawing after the entry period closes on March 31, 2017 at 6 PM ET.
- 2/15/17 -
The SaikouCon Valentine's Day 2-for-1 VIP Badge Sale has now come to an end at 12:01 AM on February 15th! Thank you to everyone that purchased VIP Badges during the sale! Also, the winner of the Viz for Valentine's Giveaway is Jennifer M. from Nanticoke, PA; congratulations Jennifer!!
- 2/14/17 -
Here it is, the moment you've all been waiting for! The SaikouCon Valentine's 2-for-1 VIP Badge Sale! Starting at 12:01 AM on Valentine's Day and ending at 12:01 AM on February 15, as in the past the sale applies to all VIP badges (3 Day and 1 Day, Adult and Teen), also as in the past, your PayPal receipt and the PayPal shopping cart will not show the free badges. Your registration confirmation email will show the purchased badges and free badges, every time we've tried to adjust the convention PayPal shopping cart to display the 2-for-1 sale in your registration receipts and shopping cart display... it gets completely messed up and one time crashed the shopping cart so that all the shopping cart buttons had to be remade (still have no idea how that happened), so do not worry if you purchase VIP badges during the sale and it only says you bought one badge, there will be two under your name and you'll see that as soon as you open your registration confirmation email 12-24 hours after purchasing; remember the reg confirmation messages are not automated like the receipts from PayPal, the con chair sends each one himself.
- 2/12/17 -
Joining our Featured Guest roster for 2017, please welcome for their first time at SaikouCon, The Manly Battleships®! The Manly Battleships® are a group of fun-loving guys and gals that have formed the greatest programming group on the east coast convention circuit. Veteran panelists combine their powers with a circle of long time con-goers, otaku, and deviants to form the new titan at the front of the con scene. The Fleet's arsenal offers a lot of a lot, and a little of everything! We're looking forward to seeing the load of programming The Manly Battleships® will bring to SaikouCon this year, and we hope you are too!
- 2/2/17 -
Welcome DJ Teez to SaikouCon 2017! A Lehigh Valley entertainment scene staple, DJ Teez also joined SaikouCon in 2015 to present our first Dance Party/Rave. Now that we're back in the Lehigh Valley, DJ Teez is back at SaikouCon as our official con DJ! We missed having her with us in 2016 and are very happy to be able to have DJ Teez on our guest list once again. Teez will be spinning late night on SaikouCon Friday at a new event for SaikouCon, she will be joined by fellow 2017 Musical Guest REAKT for the biggest dance party SaikouCon has presented yet! Get ready for the Saikou Dance Party!!
- 2/1/17 -
The entry form for our Viz for Valentine's Giveaway is now live! Visit our Events page for the contest details, rules, and entry form. One winner will receive two randomly selected Viz Media manga volumes, good luck to all entrants!
- 1/28/17 -
Our next Musical Guest for SaikouCon 2017 made his debut at SaikouCon in 2016 and had such a blast with the attendees that he wanted to come back again this year! Returning for his second SaikouCon is REAKT! REAKT is an EDM and Hip Hop singer/songwriter, originally from Tokyo, Japan, REAKT now operates out of New York City. REAKT will be performing at our Cosplay Concert on SaikouCon Saturday once again, and possibly at a new concert event late night on SaikouCon Friday... stay tuned!
- 1/22/17 -
You asked, we're delivering... SaikouCon welcomes back The Adarna for their fourth time performing at the convention! Once more The Adarna will be the headliner of our musical programming in 2017, with a solo show on SaikouCon Friday and headlining the Cosplay Concert on the night of SaikouCon Saturday, as well as presenting several panels throughout the convention's programming schedule when the band is not performing. The first band to coin the genre of Jet City Rock! Featured on over 230+ radio stations, tv shows, magazines, with music videos airing in 78 countries. In 5 years, they’ve completed 6 North American Tours while averaging 80-120 shows per year. In 2015-16, they performed internationally for the troops as well as nationally touring to support the release of their new album, How Perceptive.
- 1/18/17 -
Time for our first guest announcements of 2017! Two cosplayers that have been with us before are returning once more this year and we are thrilled to have them back with us! 2017 marks Koralene Cosplay's third year as a guest at SaikouCon, Koralene's skill as both a cosplayer and photographer consistently amaze, we can't wait to see what she does at SaikouCon 2017! Also returning is Foxxy! Foxxy (previously known as ToxicFoxx) has a history with SaikouCon dating back to SaikouCon 2014, but this is her second time joining us as a Featured Guest, Foxxy often is one of our guest judges for our Cosplay Contest, this year is no exception. Keep an eye out on our schedule as the programming unfolds over the spring and early summer for some awesome events featuring Koralene and Foxxy!
- 1/18/17 -
We are happy to announce that SaikouCon 2017 will be taking place August 18, 19, and 20 at the Holiday Inn Allentown Center City! Lehigh Valley, we. Are. BACK! And it feels so good to be back in the Valley. Just make sure to take note, this is the Holiday Inn in the Center City section of Allentown, PA on West Hamilton Street; across the street from the PPL Center. Our new digs are a little smaller than what we had at SaikouCon 2016, but are laid much better and cohesively for our purposes (no football field runs from the Merchant Hall and Special Events to the panel rooms!). Pre-reg for attendees is now open, so are merchant applications for Merchants, volunteer applications, press applications, and panel submissions will be opening as spring and early summer roll on, keep your eyes on SaikouCon.com and our social media profiles for the announcements!
- 1/13/17 -
Some big news is coming this week! Probably Tuesday morning, keep your eyes peeled to our social media profiles or here on SaikouCon.com for the news once we can break it! Hint courtesy of Motley Crue: "we're on our way home, sweet home..."
- 1/1/17 -
Happy New Year! Here's to 2017! May it be a better year for us all, in all ways! Many blessings, much prosperity, continued good health, healing where needed, happiness, joy, and tons of anime and manga for all!!