SaikouCon 2020 Location Logo
SaikouCon 2020 Location Logo
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SaikouCon News
SaikouCon News
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- 12/11/2019 -

SaikouCon 2020 Guest of Honor Aaron Roberts Banner
SaikouCon 2020 Guest of Honor Aaron Roberts Banner
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Who else is ready for our first Guest announcement for SaikouCon 2020?!? We thought so!! Welcome to the SaikouCon Family, Guest of Honor Aaron Roberts!! This is Aaron's first time appearing at SaikouCon, we hope you are as stoked for this announcement as we are! Aaron provides the English dub voices for some of the biggest anime titles of the last decade including Uta in Tokyo Ghoul, Klaus Lunettes in Black Clover, Benimaru Shinmon in Fire Force, Khai in Dragon Ball Super, Kamui Woods in My Hero Academia, Zack Walker in Astra Lost in Space, Grimsby Keane in Black Butler, Samuel in Fairy Tail, Howard Link in D. Gray-man, and Hit in the Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 video game. Please welcome Aaron to SaikouCon, we're sure he'll be a great addition to the SaikouFam!

Nominated for 2014 Breakthrough Voice Actor of the Year and 2018 Voice Actor of the Year by Behind The Voice Actors, Aaron Roberts has provided voices for over 300 anime series during his 8 years with Funimation. Non-anime projects include Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (VG), Smite (VG), and Paladins (VG). Aaron has been a celebrated actor for the stage and screen in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, working in all areas of production for almost 20 years. 




- 12/3/19 -

SaikouCon Cyber Monday BOGO Closed for Now
SaikouCon Cyber Monday BOGO Closed for Now
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Our Cyber Monday General Admission Badge BOGO Sale is now closed! Thank you to everyone that bought their badges through the sale, welcome to SaikouCon 2020! You'll all be receiving your registration confirmation emails later today, power has been on and off all day at SaikouBase with the snow and ice storm that hit a lot of the Pocono area up into New York State and over into New Jersey. Stay safe out there and enjoy the kick off to the holiday season!




- 12/2/19 -

SaikouCon Cyber Monday General Admission BOGO
SaikouCon Cyber Monday General Admission BOGO
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Our annual cyber Monday General Admission Badge BOGO Sale is on! You have until 12:01 AM on December 3, 2019 to double your badges for the price of one! For every General Admission Badge, one day or three day, you purchase, you get one free! Just remember, the PayPal Shopping Cart we use to process Pre-Registration Badge purchases will not show the second badge, all registration file adjustments are done on our side, your Registration Confirmation email, received within 12-72 hours following pre-registration purchase (registration confirmation messages are not automated, each one is sent personally by the convention chair), will show your additional free badges. Badges may be purchased on our Registration page. As always, thank you for being part of SaikouCon, without you there wouldn't be a show. Don't fret, those of you wanting VIP badges for SaikouCon 2020, you'll be getting your chance at BOGO craziness on Valentine's Day...

We'll have our first Guest of Honor announcement this week, we were hoping to be able to make it before Thanksgiving, but we will make the announcement as soon as we have the contract for our first Voice Actor back. IT's someone that has never been to SaikouCon before, so get excited! We know it seems like we're moving slower than normal with Guest bookings and announcements, but after 2019 we're being more hardcore with our guest negotiations and contract details to ensure that booked guests are here for you. SaikouCon is about our attendees and merchants first and foremost. Count on that being doubly so for the long haul.



Congratulations go out to Eddie G. from Glassboro, NJ! Eddie was chosen by blind drawing as the winner of our 2019 Mangagiving Giveaway! Also stay tuned over the next couple of weeks for a big announcement for next year that we have been working on for a while now and we think you're going to dig it.




- 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




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.