SaikouCon 2018 July 27-29
SaikouCon 2018 July 27-29
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SaikouCon News
SaikouCon News
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- 9/19/17 -

SaikouCon 2018 Guest of Honor Gigi Edgley
SaikouCon 2018 Guest of Honor Gigi Edgley
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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 -

SaikouCon 2018 Merchant Application
SaikouCon 2018 Merchant Application
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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 -

SaikouCon 2018 Guest of Honor Christina Kelly
SaikouCon 2018 Guest of Honor Christina Kelly
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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 -

SaikouCon 2018
SaikouCon 2018
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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 -

SaikouCon Evolution
SaikouCon Evolution
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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 -

SaikouCon will Return 2018
SaikouCon will Return 2018
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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!!!!


Best,

Mike Meade

Con Chair

SaikouCon



- 8/14/17 -

SaikouCon 2017 Sponsor Resident Evil Vendetta Special Edition Blu Ray
SaikouCon 2017 Sponsor Resident Evil Vendetta Special Edition Blu Ray
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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 -

SaikouCon 2017 Pre-Reg Closing Announcement
SaikouCon 2017 Pre-Reg Closing Announcement
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- 8/7/17 -

SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest DJ OZNO
SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest DJ OZNO
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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 -

SaikouCon 2017
SaikouCon 2017
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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 -

Panel Announcement
Panel Announcement
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- 7/18/17 -

SaikouCon 2017 Sponsor Resident Evil Vendetta Special Edition Blu Ray
SaikouCon 2017 Sponsor Resident Evil Vendetta Special Edition Blu Ray
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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.


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1 Month Until SaikouCon
1 Month Until SaikouCon
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- 7/15/17 -

SaikouCon Panel Submission
SaikouCon Panel Submission
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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 -

SaikouCon Media App
SaikouCon Media App
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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 -

VIP Extension
VIP Extension
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- 7/5/17 -

SaikouCon Summertime Manga Giveaway
SaikouCon Summertime Manga Giveaway
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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 -

SaikouCon Cosplay Contest Sign Up
SaikouCon Cosplay Contest Sign Up
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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 -

SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor Greg Houser Voice Actor
SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor Greg Houser Voice Actor
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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 -

WildSpice Cosplay
WildSpice Cosplay
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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 -

2017 Pre-Reg Reminders
2017 Pre-Reg Reminders
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- 6/2/17 -

SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor Gigi Edgley
SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor Gigi Edgley
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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 -

SaikouConVolunteerApp
SaikouConVolunteerApp
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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 -

SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest Deprived
SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest Deprived
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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 -

SaikouCon 2017
SaikouCon 2017
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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.


FCBD 2017
FCBD 2017
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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 -

SaikouCon Panel Submission
SaikouCon Panel Submission
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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 -

SaikouCon Golden Week Giveaway 2017
SaikouCon Golden Week Giveaway 2017
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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 -

SaikouCon Tax Day VIP Event
SaikouCon Tax Day VIP Event
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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 -

SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor R BRUCE ELLIOTT
SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor R BRUCE ELLIOTT
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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 - 

SaikouCon 2017 Special Guest The Gothic Celt
SaikouCon 2017 Special Guest The Gothic Celt
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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 -

SaikouCon 2017
SaikouCon 2017
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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 -

SaikouCon Merch Hall Full
SaikouCon Merch Hall Full
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SaikouCon 2017 Merchant Hall is now FULL! The application form for perspective merchants is still open, but all applications will automatically be wait listed and juryed on a case by case basis in order of receipt should any spaces become available again.



 - 3/13/17 -

SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor Leah Clark
SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor Leah Clark
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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 2017 Guest of Honor Oscar Seung
SaikouCon 2017 Guest of Honor Oscar Seung
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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 -

SaikouCon Anime March Madness
SaikouCon Anime March Madness
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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 -

SaikouCon Valentines BOGO
SaikouCon Valentines BOGO
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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 -

SaikouCon 2017 Featured Guest The Manly Battleships
SaikouCon 2017 Featured Guest The Manly Battleships
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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 -

SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest DJ Teez
SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest DJ Teez
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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 -

Viz for Valentines
Viz for Valentines
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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 -

SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest REAKT
SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest REAKT
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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 -

SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest The Adarna
SaikouCon 2017 Musical Guest The Adarna
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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 -

SaikouCon 5th Anniversary
SaikouCon 5th Anniversary
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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!



Koralene

SaikouCon 2017 Featured Guest Koralene Cosplay
SaikouCon 2017 Featured Guest Koralene Cosplay
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Foxxy

SaikouCon 2017 Featured Guest Foxxy Cosplay
SaikouCon 2017 Featured Guest Foxxy Cosplay
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- 1/18/17 -

SaikouCon 5th Anniversary
SaikouCon 5th Anniversary
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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 - 

New Years SaikouCon
New Years SaikouCon
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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!!

A quick note in the wake of yesterday's news about Split Rock, don't worry, we may be down a venue but we're far from out. We already have a large list of possible venues (all of your suggestions included), and on Tuesday we're going to start hitting them up; most sales managers and liaisons should be back in their offices by then and we'll be seated before January is out. SaikouCon 2017 will happen, and we've got some very cool plans in the works for our fifth anniversary; one very big thing if we get the weekend we want too...



SaikouCon is a three day, anime and cosplay convention located in the heart of Allentown, Pennsylvania. SaikouCon, which means "best convention", is the annual anime convention of Pennsylvania's 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 (relaunching soon); 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.