SaikouCon 2019 Dates and Location
SaikouCon 2019 Dates and Location
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SaikouCon News
SaikouCon News
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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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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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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.




- 7/18/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 2 Day Pre-Reg Warning
SaikouCon 2019 2 Day Pre-Reg Warning
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We know these reminders to buy your tickets to the show can get annoying, but we want everyone to get the lower rates on their tickets while they can, that said, there has been a lot of worry that we will not have at door tickets; don't worry, we will have at door tickets to attend SaikouCon 2019. At door tickets are higher priced, part of the reason we pump pre-registration as much as we do, but they will be available. Information on At door tickets and at door ticket rates is available on the Registration page, in the red column on the right hand side of the page, near the top before you scroll down to pre-registration purchase options.




- 7/17/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 3 Day Pre-Reg Warning
SaikouCon 2019 3 Day Pre-Reg Warning
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Also, congratulations to Peter C., Peter was chosen from blind drawing as the winner of our Summer Pre-Reg Raffle! Peter's prize pack of a Funko Pop! Anime figure, Dragon Ball Z Season 1 (Saiyan Saga), three additional randomly selected anime DVDs, and three randomly selected manga tankoben volumes will be waiting at badge pick up!




- 7/13/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 VIP Registration Closed
SaikouCon 2019 VIP Registration Closed
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- 7/12/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 12 Hour Warning for VIP Reg
SaikouCon 2019 12 Hour Warning for VIP Reg
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Go to the Registration page now and get your VIP Passes for SaikouCon 2019 before they're gone!




- 7/10/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Pre-Reg Ending Reminder
SaikouCon 2019 Pre-Reg Ending Reminder
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Head to the Registration page now for all the info on pre-registration and to purchase your badges before time is out! There's only 23 days left until SaikouCon 2019!!!



SaikouCon Summertime Manga Giveaway
SaikouCon Summertime Manga Giveaway
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And in case you didn't see our announcement on our Facebook page, our Summertime Manga Giveaway entry is now open! Head to the Events page to enter, good luck! Please review the rules before filling out the entry form.




- 7/8/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 VIP Extension Announcement
SaikouCon 2019 VIP Extension Announcement
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In case the text on the graphic is too small to read on your device: We should be announcing the close of VIP Registration, but after receiving more than a few emails about extending VIP Registration or adding VIP Badges to at door registration, we decided to extend VIP Registration for everyone until this coming Friday, July 12, at midnight (midnight going into Saturday, July 13). At door VIP registration is not a workable change this late in the year, there are a lot of logistics in making VIP Badges available for at door purchase and many of them affected by how many are sold during the pre-registration time period, we'll consider it for 2020 though.General Admission pre-registration will not be extended however, and we are holding firm in that for 2019, General Admission pre-reg will still close on July 20, 2019 at midnight, so whether you are pre-registering for General Admission or VIP Badges, time is running out! Get your badges in advance of the show and get the savings while you can, 3 Day General Admission Badges are $35 through pre-reg and are $70 at the door, 1 Day General Admission Badges are $20 pre-reg and $30 on Friday, $30 on Saturday, and $20 on Sunday at the door... we want you to take advantage of the savings pre-registration (advance tickets) give you, get 'em now and join the fun!! Visit the Registration page to get your badges now! This also extends the Summer Pre-Reg Raffle until July 12, since I forgot to add it into the graphic. - Mike




- 7/2/19 -

1 Month Until SaikouCon 2019
1 Month Until SaikouCon 2019
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One month until showtime!!! Did you get your tickets to SaikouCon 2019 yet? Head to the Registration page to get your tickets before the time to pre-register is gone, get the savings over the higher at door prices now!!! VIP Registration, VIP tickets will not be available at the door, close this Saturday night, July 7 at midnight (the midnight going into July 8 to clarify), and General Admission ticket pre-registration closes at midnight on July 20. Time is running out, get in on the fun before you regret missing out! And don't forget, everyone that purchases a pre-registration ticket to SaikouCon 2019 until July 7 is automatically entered into our Summer Pre-Reg Raffle to win an anime, manga, and Funko Pop prize pack!

Also, congratulations to the Winner of our Summertime Anime Giveaway, Jennifer M. from Nanticoke, PA!




- 6/30/19 -

copy89_SaikouCon Summer Pre-Reg Raffle
copy89_SaikouCon Summer Pre-Reg Raffle
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All pre-registration purchases from June 28, 2019 (since the website was down for part of the day, we want to make up for the down time) until July 7, 2019, are automatically entered into our Summer Pre-Reg Raffle! This includes Adult and Teen 3 Day and 1 Day General Admission Pre-Reg Badge purchases and Adult and Teen 3 Day and 1 Day VIP Badge purchases! The close entry/purchase period for the raffle will expire at midnight on July 7, 2019; the same time VIP Badge Registration closes. Each badge purchase is an entry, so if you buy two badges, you receive two entries, since the only way to enter this raffle is purchase a ticket to the convention, we're not doing the one entry per person thing we do for the free giveaways; the more badges purchased gives you a better shot at winning. Prize pack will include Dragon Ball Z Season 1 (Saiyan Saga) DVD boxed set, three other randomly selected anime DVDs, three randomly selected manga tankoben, and a Funko Pop anime figure! Winner will be chosen from blind drawing on July 8, 2019, prize pack must be picked up by winner at pre-reg badge pick up during SaikouCon 2019. Good luck to everyone! Check out the Registration page for all pre-registration details and purchase your tickets to SaikouCon 2019!




- 6/27/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Guest of Honor Ciara Hanna
SaikouCon 2019 Guest of Honor Ciara Hanna
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We are incredibly sorry to announce that Guest of Honor, Ciara Hanna, will no longer be able to join us for SaikouCon 2019. She was cast in a film production a few weeks ago and now that her filming schedule is locked down, and was delivered to us by her agent yesterday afternoon, she has call times that overlap with her schedule at SaikouCon, and make it nearly impossible to get her a flight to us that works with her filming schedule. We even tried altering her schedule with us to a one day appearance and the overlap and flight times available can't be reconciled. Ciara is also very sorry for this schedule conflict, she was looking forward to seeing all of you at the show in a few weeks. We worked until 5 AM this morning and now until 5 PM this afternoon to make this work and unfortunately it can't with flights available from the film production's location. We know this comes as a blow, it's a big blow to us as well. We still have an amazing show for you this year, we've never let adversity and circumstance stop the fun before and we will not be starting now. We're looking forward to this year with a lot of excitement, and can't wait for you all to share the fun, friendship, and laughs we keep at the center of our Saikou Universe.




- 6/19/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Musical Guest DJ OZNO
SaikouCon 2019 Musical Guest DJ OZNO
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Welcome back to our Musical Guest roster for 2019, DJ OZNO! OZNO will be spinning at the Saikou Rave on SaikouCon Friday, as well as laying down smooth grooves from his table in our Merchant Hall the rest of the con weekend. He may even be spinning at a surprise event within SaikouCon that's still in the planning stages... keep an eye out over the next week! DJ OZNO, a Lehigh Valley staple, has been with SaikouCon since 2017 spinning at dance parties and creating good vibes in our Merchant Hall. More Musical Guests coming over the next few weeks!




Also, make sure you check out the programming schedule for SaikouCon 2019 on the Events page, our screening schedule is now posted with the panels and events taking place at SaikouCon 2019. Our screenings this year are sponsored by Sentai Filmworks and HIDIVE.




- 6/17/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Guest of Honor Brittney Karbowski
SaikouCon 2019 Guest of Honor Brittney Karbowski
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We are super stoked to announce our final Guest of Honor for 2019, if you've watched an English dubbed anime in the past decade chances are you've heard her voice... please welcome for her first time at SaikouCon, Brittney Karbowski! Brittney has done dub voice work with ADV, Funimation, and Sentai Filmworks; appearing in dubs of High School of the Dead, Fairy Tail, Angel Beats!, Dragon Ball Super, Soul Eater, Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma, Parasyte: The Maxim, Akame Ga Kill!, High School DxD, Heaven's Lost Property, Murder Princess, and Darker Than Black just to name a few of the more well known series Brittney has been cast in. There are too many more credits to name in this announcement, who else is hyped to welcome Brittney Karbowski to the SaikouCon Family?




- 6/15/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Programming Release Announcement
SaikouCon 2019 Programming Release Announcement
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Our programming schedule is now available to see on our Events page! Only 6 hours later than the 12 PM delay we announced on Facebook last night... not bad considering who the con chair is... and in all seriousness, the additional delay was because the Events page's coding somehow corrupted last night and had to be completely rebuilt since this morning before the programming schedule could be shared on top of what was posted on our Facebook. Anyway, go check out what we've got in store for you this year! Screening schedule will be completely filled in later this coming week, we're waiting on a set of screening permissions that were delayed, but we'll be able to share the rest of what we'll be screening besides Big-O S1, High School of the Dead, and Gatchaman this week! Also, keep you eyes peeled for some surprises in the schedule coming up in the next couple of weeks and our Retro Arcade Tournament schedule; we'll have two tournaments coming at you this year, Smash Brothers on Saturday and Mario Kart on Sunday in the Gaming Hall on top of all the awesome MMO and online freeplay in the Video Game Lounge run by Featured Guests Husky Entertainment LLC!




- 6/10/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Panel Notice Completion
SaikouCon 2019 Panel Notice Completion
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In case the text on the graphic is too small to read on your device screen: All panel status letters have been sent out to panelists! The last one went out at 2 AM on the morning of Sunday, June 9. I am sorry once more for the additional delay from June 5, the additional delay was my fault, I forgot a room I was planning on using at the Mountain Laurel Resort was repurposed for resort staff and management use only during the first phase of the resort massive remodel and expansion over the next couple of years. So, I had to reevaluate the panels we could still fit without overlap and overcrowding, and then redo the schedule a few times to make it right and optimal. Again, I'm sorry for my blunder, I feel like a real baka! 

If you did not receive a notice from me, check your spam folder (especially Yahoo and Gmail users), I've been having a repeat of the problem we had with the con email being marked as spam by some email servers; working on getting that fixed again. If you still don't have one, shoot me an email at info@saikoucon.com with your panel name and I'll resend your status notice. We are still on track to release the full programming schedule for SaikouCon 2019 this Friday, June 14 at 8 PM Eastern Time. We might be releasing the screening schedule earlier this week, we usually release it much earlier in the year, between January and March, apologies there, we're working with Sentai Filmworks and HIDIVE.com for the first time this year and the screening permission process is a little different and took a little extra time on our part to make sure we had all the paperwork done and submitted correctly.
Best,Mike MeadeCon ChairSaikouCon




- 6/8/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Special Guest Theonetrueelsa
SaikouCon 2019 Special Guest Theonetrueelsa
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Welcome to SaikouCon 2019, our latest Special Guest, Theonetrueelsa! Theonetrueelsa has long been an attendee and panelist at SaikouCon, and now she has finally made the jump to guest cosplayer. Theonetrueelsa will be helping with some of our cosplay events as well as presenting some activities and games soon to be revealed with our full programming reveal coming up on June 14. While she has been a member of the SaikouCon family for years, please give a big welcome to a role in it for Theonetrueelsa!!




- 6/2/19 -

2 Months to SaikouCon 2019
2 Months to SaikouCon 2019
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Also, congratulations to Nickole P. of Northome, MN! Nickole is the winner of our Pokemon: Detective Pikachu Giveaway! Nickole was chosen by blind drawing after the close of the entry period.

Panelists, a quick note, your status messages for your panel submissions will be going out between tomorrow, June 2 and June 5; likely on the 5th. I am sorry for the additional delay, we are waiting on a confirmation from our last, yet to be announced, Guest of Honor's representation on something that may affect the overall panel schedule. Again, I am sorry for the delay, this will be the final delay in sending out your status notices and there. - Mike




- 6/1/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Star Anniversary Announcement
SaikouCon 2019 Star Anniversary Announcement
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SaikouCon Summertime Anime Giveaway
SaikouCon Summertime Anime Giveaway
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Also, head over to our Events page and enter our Summertime Anime Giveaway for your shot at winning some anime to keep your summer cool! Entry form is open from June 1 at 12 PM until June 30 at 6 PM ET!



- 5/27/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Guest of Honor Greg Houser Voice Actor
SaikouCon 2019 Guest of Honor Greg Houser Voice Actor
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Guest of Honor Announcement! Welcome back to SaikouCon, Voice Actor Gregory Houser! Greg has been a guest at SaikouCon many times since our first year. Greg was last with us for a single day appearance in 2017, this year he will be at SaikouCon all three days! Greg will be presenting panels, signing autographs, and hanging out throughout the weekend. Welcome back Greg! We're stoked to have you in the house again with the rest of the SaikouCon Family!








Over the next few weeks we will have our final Guest of Honor annoncement, final Featured Guest announcement, and final Special Guest announcement, and more Musical Guest announcements to fill up our Friday Night Concert following the Kamenbudōkai, leading up to our full programming schedule release on June 14 at 8 PM ET. We hope you're getting as hyped for SaikouCon 2019 as we are! 



- 5/23/19 -

SaikouCon Cardboard Wars Cosplay Competition
SaikouCon Cardboard Wars Cosplay Competition
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Announcing our newest Cosplay Event! The Cardboard Wars Cosplay Competition will be our second cosplay contest of 2019, and if well received will become an annual part of SaikouCon. As you have probably guessed, all cosplays must be made from cardboard, totally recycled would be awesome (think GREEN!), this competition is the creation of our Chief Financial Officer, Deborah, after seeing a fully transformable movie style Autobot Bumblebee a few years ago at another cosplay competition made completely from cardboard. The Cardboard Wars will take place at 2 PM on SaikouCon Sunday this year, we've been asked for more special events beyond panels, screenings, and gaming events on the Sunday of SaikouCon for a few years, we hope this helps to meet those requests! Full rules for this event can be found on both the Cosplay and Events pages here on SaikouCon.com and there will also be a Facebook event page for the Cardboard Wars Cosplay Competition.


SaikouCon 2019 Cosplay Contest
SaikouCon 2019 Cosplay Contest
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Also, please check out the changes to our main Cosplay Contest, still being held in the late afternoon on SaikouCon Saturday, details also on the Cosplay page, in short, no more advance sign up; too many people get disappointed that they aren't allowed to compete every year if they only come for at door registration and miss out reading the rules and regulations of our Cosplay Contest. Now, the contest will not be a free for all, we still need to maintain a three hour time limit for the Cosplay Contest, but we think everyone will like the new way they are brought into the Cosplay Contest...




- 5/13/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Panel and Volunteer Application Reminder
SaikouCon 2019 Panel and Volunteer Application Reminder
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Get over to the Events page and Volunteers page before time is out!




- 5/7/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guest NeraCos
SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guest NeraCos
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Featured Guest Announcement!! Welcome to SaikouCon 2019, Featured Guest NeraCos! NeraCos has been a part of SaikouCon since the very beginning as panelist, winner of our 2016 Cosplay Contest, on the fly volunteer staff several times, and now finally as a Featured Guest! NeraCos will be presenting panels again this year and will also be aiding with and MCing some of our cosplay events, please welcome NeraCos as our newest Featured Guest! For the full scoop on NeraCos check out the Guests page here on SaikouCon.com.




- 5/3/19 -

3 Months until SaikouCon 2019
3 Months until SaikouCon 2019
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Are you ready?!?!?! The SaikouRush is officially kicking in among the con staff, how about you? Don't forget to pre-register for your badges while there's time, General Admission Pre-registration closes on July 20, 2019 at 12 AM ET, and VIP Registration closes on July 7, 2019 at 12 AM ET. Remember VIP Badges will NOT be available for purchase at the door, and General Admission Badges purchased through pre-registration offer a lot of savings, $35 for a three day badge is much better than $30 for a one day badge. 



SaikouCon 2019 Panel Submission Extension
SaikouCon 2019 Panel Submission Extension
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Also, the 2019 Panel Submission deadline has been extended until May 13, 2019 at 6 PM ET! Many people have been messaging us saying they didn't realize panel submissions for SaikouCon 2019 were already open, even though we have received almost a record number of submissions, we want to give everyone a chance to get their panel submissions into us for 2019! Get those submissions in while there's time!!! Once the extended deadline has hit, we will begin reviewing submissions, all panelists will receive a panel status notification within ten business days of the close of the submission period.

This extension of the submission period will not affect the public release of the full and final schedule of programming on June 14, 2019. We will also be announcing details on our 2019 Charity Auction on SaikouCon Saturday in the next few weeks as well as a second charity event that will be scheduled on SaikouCon Friday... Charity Egg Toss: Hit the Con Chair! Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like, you get to pelt Mike with eggs for a good cause...




- 5/2/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guest AE86 Sprinter Truen Fantasy Car
SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guest AE86 Sprinter Truen Fantasy Car
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Featured Guest Announcement time!!! Welcome back to SaikouCon 2019, Featured Guest AE86 Toyota Sprinter Trueno Fantasy Car! The AE86 has been a painstaking labor of love by owner Ray Ramaglia, extensively refurbished and modeled to the smallest detail to be identical to the AE86 from Initial D. Ray had such a blast at SaikouCon 2018 that he wanted to bring the AE86 right back to SaikouCon 2019 and we absolutely stoked to oblige! We hope you are too! Ray will have the AE86 parked outside the Mountain Laurel Resort during the daytime hours of SaikouCon 2019 for photo ops all con weekend. Check out our Guests page for more info on this exciting Featured Guest!




- 4/25/19 - 

SaikouCon 2019 Musical Guests The Asterplace
SaikouCon 2019 Musical Guests The Asterplace
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How many people have seen their energetic Live Rock concert before?
How many people have shared crazy J-Rock moments before?
The most entertaining J-Rock Band, "THE ASTERPLACE” is coming back to SaikouCon 2019! 

SaikouCon is stoked to welcome back The Asterplace! The New York City based J-Rock/Tokyo Pop Punk band was first with us at SaikouCon 2014, they've got a ton of new songs ready to blow your minds at our Cosplay Concert on SaikouCon Saturday!  And, they are also going to perform a special program around their brand new documentary movie “Hands of the World”. The documentary is not released as of this announcement, the band is looking at probably a May 2019 release, streaming PPV only. However, SaikouCon 2019 attendees can see it for free on SaikouCon Sunday! The band will be screening it Sunday before they hit the road to their next show and following the documentary, members of The Asterplace will hold a Q&A session and will perform a small acoustic concert. Also you can get free music from their brand new EP “HANDS OF THE WORLD"! More details on their EP to be announced. Please send out a welcome back to the SaikouCon family to The Asterplace!




- 4/17/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Chris Patton Cancellation Announcement
SaikouCon 2019 Chris Patton Cancellation Announcement
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- 4/15/19 -

JoJos Bizarre Saikou Pose Off
JoJos Bizarre Saikou Pose Off
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Who wants more Bizarre in their SaikouCon 2019 experience? We thought you might... announcing a new competition at SaikouCon 2019, JoJo's Bizarre Saikou Pose Off! Get your best JoJo's Bizarre Adventure poses ready, we want to see 'em and we want to see who has the best Joestar pose!!

Winner will receive a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Prize Pack that includes free passes to attend SaikouCon 2020! The Pose Off will take place on SaikouCon Friday, August 2 in the Special Events Hall Further details are available on our Facebook Event page for the Pose Off, they will also be posted here on SaikouCon.com soon. We have some more new event announcements that will be taking place within SaikouCon 2019 coming over the next couple of weeks; and some announcements concerning our main Cosplay Contest on the Saturday night of SaikouCon 2019. More guest annoncements are on the way too, including Musical Guests and our final Guest of Honor for 2019 before April is out, and some more Featured Guest announcements too!




- 4/8/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guests The Manly Battleships
SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guests The Manly Battleships
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Welcome back to SaikouCon as Featured Guests, The Manly Battleships! Fan favorite panelist/variety group The Manly Battleships were last with us in 2017, though Panda did stop by our 2018 show to hang out and saved day by presenting in impromptu panel when there was an unexpected no show presenter, and we are stoked to have the gang back! The Manly Battleships will be presenting a variety of their signature panels and activities over the course of SaikouCon 2019 weekend, get excited!




- 4/6/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Pre-Reg Price Jump Delay
SaikouCon 2019 Pre-Reg Price Jump Delay
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Head over to the Registration page and get your Badges before the price goes up $5 on all General Admission Pre-Registration Badges! We want to give you the most bang for your buck that we can, and while we don't like reinstating the price jump at the four month countdown to showtime mark after not having it for two years, sometimes we have to ask for a few more bucks to give you a better con experience. VIP Registration will not be subject to the price jump, but time is running out to get your VIP Badges, remember VIP Registration closes on July 7 at midnight so we have time to get the limited edition VIP posters printed and delivered in time for the show.




- 4/2/19 -

4 Months until SaikouCon 2019
4 Months until SaikouCon 2019
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AHHHHHH!!! 4 months until SaikouCon 2019!! Are you ready?!? Head over to the Registration page to pre-register to attend the show before the lowest rate of the year on General Admission Badges (tickets) goes up this Friday, April 5 at midnight (the midnight going into Saturday)! VIP Badges, as in the past, will not be subject to the price jump, they will remain the same price until VIP Registration closes on July 7, 2019 at midnight; General Admission Pre-Registration will be available until July 20, 2019 at midnight. Do you have you have your SaikouCon 2019 Badges yet?




- 4/1/19 Continued -

Concerning our earlier post about the ASMR Space Dandy Live Action Fan Film...

SaikouCon 2019 April Fools Reveal
SaikouCon 2019 April Fools Reveal
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I'm sure everyone knew from the start with the last post, but just in case... Happy April Fool's Day! Guest announcements coming later this week and next week too! Also, this late, but a big congratulations to Kathren M.! Kathren was chosen as the winner of our VIP Badge Giveaway at our Party Table at Zenkaikon.

Best,
Mike Meade
Con Chair




- 4/1/19 -

SaikouCon Space Dandy Fan Film GFM
SaikouCon Space Dandy Fan Film GFM
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We've been keeping this project under wraps since before we even landed our new venue, Mountain Laurel Resort, following SaikouCon 2018. This is a passion project for me, but the rest of the con staff are 100% behind creating a live action fan film of Space Dandy; we all think it's a truly underrated anime that deserves much more love than it has received. I had a hard time selling that we're going to do the thing ASMR style, but I think it will not only enhance the fan film, it'll help us gain some mainstream traction as ASMR is such a huge phenomena right now. I was really hesitant to set up a GoFundMe campaign to help fund this film, but the truth is, we won't be able to give this project the justice it deserves without additional backing from all of you. We hope you'll believe in our live action Space Dandy ASMR Film as much as we do! Check back here on SaikouCon.com and our social media profiles for the link to the GFM Campaign at 8 PM EST tonight, April 1, 2019; we're going to have some amazing backer perks. If we reach our goal, filming will begin immediately after the funds are released to the convention from GFM. Thank you in advance for your support, let's make this film the greatest it can be!

Best,
Mike Meade
Con Chair
SaikouCon




- 3/2/19 -

5 Months until SaikouCon 2019
5 Months until SaikouCon 2019
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Ahhh!!! Who else is freaking out?!? Get your tickets on our Registration page and join the fun with our Saikou Family!




- 2/15/19 -

SaikouCon VIP BOGO 2019 Close
SaikouCon VIP BOGO 2019 Close
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Also, congratulations to Chris D. from Toms River, NJ! Chris was selected by blind drawing as the winner of our Viz for Valentine's Manga Giveaway!




- 2/14/19 -

SaikouCon Valentines BOGO
SaikouCon Valentines BOGO
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The Valentine's Two-for-One VIP Badge Sale for 2019 is on!! 24 hours only, starting at 12:01 AM on February 14 and ending at 12:01 AM on February 15, when you purchase one VIP Badge to attend SaikouCon 2019 (any VIP Badge; 3 Day, 1 Day, Adult, Teen) you automatically receive a second VIP Badge for FREE!!! Valentine's special applies to VIP Badges ONLY. No coupon codes, no extra steps, you just get an extra badge for every VIP Badge purchased! Buy one get one free, buy two get two free, and so on! It's even better than our Group Rate; details on Group Rates on the bottom of the Registration page.



As in years past, the addition of the second VIP badge is done automatically on our staff's end and will not be seen in the PayPal shopping cart. PayPal never wants to cooperate with our sales and specials, the one time we tried adjusting the shopping cart parameters for the Valentine's VIP sale, PayPal wiped our cart and purchase button links out completely. You'll see your free badges when you receive your Registration Confirmation e-mail from the con chair within 12-72 hours following your purchase; remember the confirmation messages are not sent by robot, they are typed out indivdually by the con chair to every person.




- 2/5/19 -

Happy Lunar New Year from SaikouCon
Happy Lunar New Year from SaikouCon
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- 2/2/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Special Guest 8BIT Ambitions
SaikouCon 2019 Special Guest 8BIT Ambitions
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Special Guest Announcement Time!!! Please welcome back to SaikouCon 2019, Special Guest 8BIT Ambitions!! 8BIT Ambitions had such a blast with us in 2018 that she asked to come back as Special Guest once more, we had a great time with her too so we gladly obliged! 8BIT Ambitions will be helping with some of our cosplay events, will be hosting panels, having fun meeting and chatting with people at her table in Guest Star Alley, and maybe a few surprizes too! Welcome back, 8BIT Ambitions!!




- 2/1/19 -

SaikouCon Viz for Valentines Giveaway
SaikouCon Viz for Valentines Giveaway
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Our Viz for Valentine's Giveaway entry is now open on the Events page! Head over and enter for your chance to win two Viz Media Manga volumes for Valentine's Day! Good luck to everyone that enters!!!




- 1/29/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Merchant Wait List Open
SaikouCon 2019 Merchant Wait List Open
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Also, congratulations to Ashley H.! Ashley is the winner of our SaikouCon @ Setsucon 3 Day VIP Badge Giveaway for Setsucon attendees!




- 1/25/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Merchant Wait List Application Announcement
SaikouCon 2019 Merchant Wait List Application Announcement
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- 1/16/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Hotel Block Open
SaikouCon 2019 Hotel Block Open
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- 1/11/19 -

SaikouCon 2019 Merchant Application Closed
SaikouCon 2019 Merchant Application Closed
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Also, in February, keep your eyes on the Merchant page here on SaikouCon.com for the list of Merchants that will be selling their wares in our 2019 Merchant Hall! 




- 1/8/19 -

SaikouCon Crown Wars
SaikouCon Crown Wars
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The Crown Wars stand revealed! There came to SaikouCon... a Crown. Upon the seventh year of the anime convention, the Crown arrived and brought with it war. War for the power it bestowed upon the wearer, the power of queen or king of SaikouCon! The Crown Wars will turn friend against friend, lover against lover, sibling against sibling, and parent against child. Do you have what it takes to claim the Crown and become the ruler of SaikouCon?



Visit the Events page here on SaikouCon.com and scroll down below SaikouCon 2019 to see the full gameplay set up and rules for The SaikouCon Crown Wars! Hopefully the game will become as fun as the Saikou Crew is hoping and be a yearly part of the convention.




- 1/7/19 -

SaikouCon Merchant Application Reminder
SaikouCon Merchant Application Reminder
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- 1/4/19 -

SaikouCon Panel Submission
SaikouCon Panel Submission
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Attention Panelists! Panel submissions for SaikouCon 2019 are now open!!! Head to the Events page here on SaikouCon.com and scroll down to the panel submission form. Please review the info and guidelines located right above the submission form; be original! Be unique! Be something you yourself haven't seen at a convention, we at SaikouCon aim to have new and unique programming every year, with some recurring attendee favorites in the mix too of course, so we can give every year the wonder and excitement of your first con experience! Let's make 2019's programming the best yet!




- 1/3/19 -

SaikouCon Kamenbudokai
SaikouCon Kamenbudokai
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So, after years of requests, we are finally relenting and throwing a Masquerade at SaikouCon 2019! The SaikouCon Kamenbudōkai is here! More details will be coming soon about the Kamenbudōkai, Special Guest WildSpice Cosplay will be helping out with some of the events within the masquerade as well as a soon to be announced Featured Guest! The masquerade will be taking place on the Friday evening of SaikouCon 2019. And debuting at the Kamenbudōkai will be the SaikouCon Crown Wars, full details on this new and we hope exciting part of SaikouCon will be revealed this Saturday, January 5!




- 12/26/18 -

SaikouCon Room Block and Panel Submissions Announcement
SaikouCon Room Block and Panel Submissions Announcement
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- 12/22/18 -

SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guest Dolly Love
SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guest Dolly Love
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Time for our final guest announcement before the turn of the year. Joining us as a Featured Guest is our beloved Dolly Love! Dolly has been with SaikouCon since the very beginning in various capacities, this year Dolly will once again be acting as a guest judge at our Cosplay Contest, participating in some of our new cosplay events, maybe presenting and co-presenting some panels, repping Sher Magazine, and having a blast with everyone. Welcome back, Dolly! We're always happy to have as much of the Saikou Family with us as possible, and Dolly will always be part of our family, we hope you all feel the same!



Stay tuned right after the holidays for a big announcement about a new side project of SaikouCon's for next year's holiday season, more guest announcements, some new events within the con programming for 2019, and the coming of the Crown Wars... in the meantime, Happy and Healthy Holidays to you all! Many blessings and much joy to us all, have fun, be safe, be present with loved ones! Catch you all in the New Year!!




- 12/8/18 -

SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guests Pine State Heroes
SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guests Pine State Heroes
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A weekend Featured Guest announcement coming at you! We are happy to announce that cosplay group the Pine State Heroes will be at SaikouCon 2019 as Featured Guests! The charitable group hails from Maine, when not at conventions they visit children's hospitals near and far cosplaying as superheroes for visits with the children, as well as charity events to help raise publicity and funds for the cause being sponsored. In that same vein, the Pine State Heroes will be helping out at our 2019 Charity Auction as guest MCs (more info about this year's charity auction, the cause proceeds will be given to, and other info coming in the New Year!), the rest of SaikouCon 2019 the group will be at their table in Guest Star Alley by the Special Events Hall and having fun throughout the other events and activities in our 2019 programming!




- 12/2/18 -

SaikouCon Holiday VIP Badge Giveaway
SaikouCon Holiday VIP Badge Giveaway
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Entry form for our SaikouCon Holiday VIP Badge Giveaway is now open! Originally scheduled for December 1, we had to delay a day while the entry form widget's coding was being repaired, I think we're going to stop using the one that is part of our web host; head over to the Events page here on SaikouCon.com to review the contest rules and fill out the entry form!




- 11/30/18 -

Ciara Hanna as Yellow Ranger Gia Moran
Ciara Hanna as Yellow Ranger Gia Moran
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Ready for another Guest of Honor announcement? We thought so! We are excited to welcome Ciara Hanna as a Guest of Honor to SaikouCon 2019! Ciara is best known as Gia Moran, the Yellow Megaforce and Super Megaforce Ranger, the 20th and 21st anniversary seasons of the Power Rangers franchise. Ciara has also been seen in television series such as Hawaii Five-0, New Girl, Anger Management among others of note; she has also appeared in music videos for Blessthefall and Sum 41. As well as appearing in horror film Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys and played the role of young Heather Locklear in made-for-TV film The Unauthorized Melrose Place Story. We're all mega excited, super mega even (see what we did there?) to have Ciara with us for 2019, and we hope you are too! Welcome to the Saikou Family, Ciara!




- 11/28/18 -

SaikouCon 2019 Special Guest Wild Spice Cosplay
SaikouCon 2019 Special Guest Wild Spice Cosplay
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GUEST ANNOUNCEMENT! SaikouCon welcomes back as a Special Guest, WildSpice Cosplay! WildSpice previously joined us in 2017, and we're happy to have this Philadelphia, PA based cosplayer and photographer back with us for 2019! WildSpice will helping out with some of our new cosplay events this year and maybe presenting a panel or two as well. When not cosplaying or gaming (make sure to catch her streaming on Twitch!), WildSpice is also a skilled photographer, with a portfolio that includes not only cosplayers and cosplay events, but also social events, weddings, and more. For more info on WildSpice, and the rest of our Guest Star line up for 2019, head to the Guests page here on SaikouCon.com.




- 11/27/18 -

SaikouCon Cyber Monday BOGO Closed
SaikouCon Cyber Monday BOGO Closed
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Thank you to everyone that took part in our Cyber Monday General Admission Badge BOGO Sale! 12:01 AM ET on November 27 has arrived, this closes the sale once more until next November; and remember, our Valentine's Day VIP Badge BOGO Sale is around the corner on Valentine's Day! Happy Holidays everyone! Stay tuned for several Featured Guest and Special Guest announcements over the rest of the week and maybe another Guest of Honor announcement this coming weekend!




- 11/26/18 -

copy72_SaikouCon Cyber Monday
copy72_SaikouCon Cyber Monday
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IT HAS BEGUN! 24 hours only, 12:01 AM ET, November 26 until 12:01 AM ET, November 27 all General Admission Pre-Registration Badges to attend SaikouCon 2019 are Buy One, Get One Free!!!! This Cyber Monday, why not take a quick break from massive corporate retailers and double your SaikouCon fun for the price of one this holiday season?!? No coupon codes, no special directions, you just get another matching 2019 General Admission Badge for free with purchase of any SaikouCon 2019 General Admission Badge!!! 3 Day and 1 Day General Admission Badges included, VIP Badges however are excluded, don't worry, Valentine's Day is coming...



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 12-48 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 the Registration page here on SaikouCon.com.




- 11/24/18 -

SaikouCon 2019 Guest of Honor Chris Patton
SaikouCon 2019 Guest of Honor Chris Patton
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We are stoked to announce our first Guest of Honor for SaikouCon 2019, Chris Patton! You'll recognize Chris's voice from the English dubs of Dragon Ball Z: Tree of Might (Turles), Fullmetal Alchemist/Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (Greed), Full Metal Panic!/Full Metal Panic? Fummofo/Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid (Sousuke Sagara), Soul Eater (Asura), The Guyver: Bio-Boosted Armor (Sho Fukamachi/Guyver I), Air Gear (Itsuki Minami), The World God Only Knows (Keima Katsuragi), Gatchaman: The Movie (Sabu), and many more! We had spoken with Chris a few years ago about guesting with SaikouCon, unfortunately he was already booked for another convention on the same weekend, but now everything has fallen into place and we couldn't be happier; please welcome Chris to the Saikou Family!



Pink Daisy Entertainment
Pink Daisy Entertainment
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Chris is appearing courtesy of Pink Daisy Entertainment. 




- 11/22/18 -

Saikou Thanksgiving 2018
Saikou Thanksgiving 2018
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Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thank you to all our attendees, merchants, volunteer staff, staff, friends in the con community, guest stars. Without all of you, we wouldn't be here and we wouldn't be continuing into the seventh year of SaikouCon. Thank you for making this convention a community, thank you all for being part of the Saikou Family! Be safe out there, enjoy your meal, enjoy your family and friend gatherings, be present, be grateful, be kind, be loving and compassionate in a world that likes to pretend we all forgot how to be all of the above. Please don't drink and drive, and remember to treat your designated drivers like the treasures they are.



All Our Best,

The Saikou Crew



PS - The winner of our SaikouCon Mangagiving 2018 is Becca H. from Benton, PA! Congratulations Becca!!




- 11/21/18 -

SaikouCon 2019 Special Guest Bfarve Cosplay
SaikouCon 2019 Special Guest Bfarve Cosplay
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Our first Special Guest announcement of the year was also the first Special Guest announced last year, please welcome back Bfarve Cosplay! He had such an awesome time with us in 2018 that he asked to come back again in 2019, we're happy to oblige the request and hope you are too! BFarve will be helping with some of our cosplay events again this year, and since we're organizing some new ones we've never included in our programming before, this is the perfect time to have BFarve back. Stay tuned for the announcements about those cosplay events after the holidays have concluded along with a big announcement about a new side event tied to the holidays that SaikouCon is looking to host in 2019...




- 11/19/18 -

SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guest Husky Entertainment LLC
SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guest Husky Entertainment LLC
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Want another Featured Guest announcement before Thanksgiving? We thought you might. Join us in welcoming to SaikouCon for the first time, Husky Entertainment LLC! Husky Entertainment will be facilitating and running a new to SaikouCon Online Gaming Lounge! We'll still have our Retro Arcade run by staff members Matt and Kate, but Husky Entertainment is going to seriously level up your video gaming experience at SaikouCon 2019 in our Gaming Hall! We hope you're truly as excited as we are to have Husky Entertainment with us this year and hopefully many to come!




- 11/15/18 -

SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guest Cosplay Burlesque
SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guest Cosplay Burlesque
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On this cold day that has brought us the first snow of the season (well, first one with any accumilation), how about a guest announcement that is sure to warm you up? SaikouCon is happy to welcome Cosplay Burlesque as Featured Guests to our 2019 show! This is Cosplay Burlesque's first time back with us since 2016, we are super excited that we have enough performance space in our 2019 venue, The Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa, for the troupe to join us and add some needed sizzle to our year.



More guest announcements will be made over this weekend and next week before the Thanksgiving holiday. Don't forget, our Mangagiving Contest is open until November 21, head over to the Events page to enter! Speaking of contests, the winner of our SaikouCon Party Table at DerpyCon 2018 VIP Badge Giveaway is Nyjahi M.! Congratulations Nyjahi!!




- 11/7/18 -

SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guest Foxxy
SaikouCon 2019 Featured Guest Foxxy
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Our first Featured Guest of 2019 is our longtime friend (and let's be honest, family), Foxxy! This is Foxxy's fourth time as an official Featured Guest at SaikouCon, and we're stoked to welcome her back again! Foxxy will be one of our Cosplay Contest Judges once more this year, and possibly exploring more of her skill as a gamer and presence in the gaming community, and maybe a panel or two... stay tuned for more from Foxxy at SaikouCon and more Featured Guest announcements coming over the remainder of this week!




- 11/1/18 -

SaikouCon 2019 Merchant and Volunteer Applications Open
SaikouCon 2019 Merchant and Volunteer Applications Open
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PS - Congratulations to Brandon Z. from Stroudsburg PA, Brandon is the winner of our Halloween Horror Manga Giveaway! Speaking of giveaways, our SaikouCon Mangagiving 2018 Giveaway entry is now open too!! Visit the Events page to enter!




- 10/20/18 -

SaikouCon 2019 Pre-Registration is Open
SaikouCon 2019 Pre-Registration is Open
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Visit the Registration page for all the details on Pre-Registration (advance ticket sales) for SaikouCon 2019!




- 10/18/18 -

SaikouCon 2019 Venue Announcement - The Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa
SaikouCon 2019 Venue Announcement - The Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa
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There you have it, friends! SaikouCon is moving up to the mountains and slightly away from city life for 2019 and maybe beyond! As trepidatious as myself and the rest of the Saikou Crew were to move out of the Lehigh Valley and back up into the Pocono Mountains again after the 2016 show, moving to the Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa gives us some much needed leg room to grow, while offering our attendees many more amenities than we have been able to for a few years now. The Lehigh Valley has been great to us, and we're by no means leaving the Valley behind completely (most, if not all, of our side events, like the Anime Night Free Screenings we do with The Encounter Comics and Games, will remain in the Lehigh Valley), it's just time for us to be in a venue that allows us to grow. This is our seventh year in 2019 and our recently concluded sixth felt like the first again in all the wrong ways, so we hope you are as excited for this new beginning as we are! Stay tuned for more announcements, including guest announcements, soon. Pre-registration for SaikouCon 2019 will be opening this Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 12 PM ET, Merchant Applications and Volunteer Applications will open on November 1, 2018 at 12 PM ET, Panel Submissions will be open in December 2018 (exact date TBD), and Media Applications will open sometime after the turn of the year. Who else is stoked?!?



Best,

Mike Meade

Con Chair




- 10/14/18 -

SaikouCon Will Return August 2019
SaikouCon Will Return August 2019
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Sorry it's so late in the day, but SaikouCon is back August 2, 3, & 4, 2019! New venue reveal coming at 12:01 AM on October 17! Get excited!!!



EDIT: the reveal is coming 12:01 AM on October 18 everyone, my apologies, I mixed up the dates for Tuesday and Wednesday - Mike




- 8/30/18 -

SaikouCon Update
SaikouCon Update
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Well, here it is a month after SaikouCon 2018. I'm sorry it took so long to write out the year end message, I've been on the road looking for a new venue pretty much non-stop since SaikouCon 2018 concluded, and it took me this long to organize my thoughts and put together what I wanted to say. First off, let me once again say thank you to all of our staff, attendees, merchants, volunteer staff, Guests of Honor, Featured Guests, Musical Guests, Special Guests, and sponsors! Without all of you this show wouldn't happen, I know I say that every year, but it doesn't make it any less true; thank you. We are thankful for your continuing support, more than I can put into words, in a lot of ways we're undeserving of the continual second chances so many of you give SaikouCon year in and year out as we seem to take two steps back for every step forward as we get closer to the decade mark for the show, particularly when it comes to venues. That said, we are on the hunt for a new venue again, we have been scouting locations and interviewing with venue management pretty much since post-show clean up concluded. So far, nada, zip, zilch, no sale, better luck next time. Same old story, the places that want to work with us aren't large enough and the places that are large enough either don't want to or can't accommodate us as in the case of the Sands Casino; they want to work with us, but we would have to ban cosplay totally if we went there persuant to Pennsylvania laws concerning costuming on casino property. We've been from one end of Allentown to the other, currently we are waiting for some proposals from the last couple of viable venues in Allentown proper for SaikouCon; viable in terms of enough space for a decently sized Merchant Hall, space for special events (our concerts, cosplay contest, charity auction, perhaps finally the addition of a true masquerade), and of course rooms for panel presentations. I hope to have news before we're too deep into Septtember, but as I said at the SaikouCon 2018 closing ceremonies, I will not settle for a venue that presents workable space issues again, I am confident we will find a suitable venue and Year Seven SaikouCon will happen in 2019, but if we don't then we will wait until we find a space we can truly grow and evolve in. SaikouCon will not be nicknamed "Claustrophobicon" again, I promise!



Best,

Mike Meade

Con Chair

SaikouCon



PS - Thank you to everyone that signed the card for me that The Adarna organized, the young ladies that baked me the Dragon Ball cookies (they were delicious!), Bfarve Cosplay for the Captain Spidey print, Koyuki Panda for the Shuri print, and Christina Kelly for the signed character art cards. They all mean a lot to me, I appreciate your gifts and thoughtfullness very much! - Mike




- 8/8/18 -

SaikouCon Will Return
SaikouCon Will Return
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The search for a new venue is on again.... stay tuned for news, we're hoping to have a new hosting venue and confirmed dates for 2019 before August, 2018 is out!




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.