Our first stop on our Convention Tour - the Steel City! Visit our Setsucon 2019 booth in the Exhibitors Hall at Tekko in Pittsburgh, PA from April 5th to 8th. Stop by our table and learn about some of the exciting plans we have for 2019, show off your newest cosplay, or just come say hi to our street team! Hope to see you this weekend as we start on the Road to Setsucon 2019!
Winter's warmest celebration is back! Join us on January 26-27, 2019 as we return to the Blair County Convention Center for Setsucon 2019 - celebrating our 13th year in style!
Setsucon would like to thank all AMV creators who submitted an entry into the Setsucon 2018 AMV Contest! You helped make the 2018 contest the biggest in Setsucon history. For those who were unable to attend our Sunday Feedback session or unable to attend the convention, here is the full list of winners:
- Best Action/Drama: SNK - Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Imaginationcubed
- Best Romantic/Sentimental: Your Light by ProjectTwinsAMV
- Best Comedy/Upbeat: What Would Anime Jesus Do? by Studio Hawk
- Best in Show: Your Light by ProjectTwinsAMV
- Judge's Choice: Your Light by ProjectTwinsAMV
Now that we have finally found our way out of the wormhole and have returned to this reality, we want to thank everyone who came out and made Setsucon 2018 so special! Over 1,200 people helped fill our halls with so much energy, making our first year in Altoona a great one!
Also, a special thank you to all those who participated in our Silent Auction! We raised over $1200 to assist voice actor Christopher Ayres in his fight with C.O.P.D.
We would love to hear your thoughts on how Setsucon 2018 went. Visit our Contact Us page to send us your feedback or share with us your favorite 2018 memory.
The moment you have been waiting for has arrived – the doors have opened and it's time for Setsucon 2018! Enjoy two thrilling days of events, cosplayers, games, and more! Join us at 10 AM in Main Events (Ballroom 4) for Opening Ceremonies to help kickoff the weekend.
The Con Vitals page is now up! Check that page for vital information on convention hours, events, pre-registration pickup, at-con registration, and the venue map.
Just want to see what the con is about before getting a badge or not sure what to do after picking yours up? Setsucon will be having a free showing of The Boy and the Beast on Friday Night at 8:30 PM.
The Tabletop Gaming expansion for Card Gaming has been released! A variety of board games and card games will be available to borrow in the tabletop gaming room. We will also be having 4 trading card games throughout the weekend, including Magic: the Gathering, Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Cardfight Vanguard. Check the Tabletop Gaming section of our website for details.
Do you think you have what it takes to be our next cosplay champion? Stop by Iron Cosplay to have a chance to show your creativity and cosplay skills in this hour-long test of talent! Create a cosplay within a time limit with items given to you at the beginning of the challenge.
Join us this year for our first ever Silent Auction – with all proceeds benefitting voice actor Christopher Ayres. Bid on items from Fullmetal Alchemist Art Packs, Hatsune Miku book collections, or Love Chunibyo swag, to signed posters from the dub cast of Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale and Anohana!
Stop by the Setsucon Vendor Booth in the Exhibitors Hall from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 9am to 1pm on Sunday to bid on the items. Both cash and credit will be accepted for bids. More specific rules and information will be made available at the Silent Auction booth.
Donations to help Christopher Ayres in his fight with C.O.P.D. can be made to https://www.youcaring.com/christopherayres-1010986.
The Setsucon 2018 schedule is now available here! Please note that the schedule is subject to change. Check back regularly and at con for any updates.
Making her second Setsucon appearance, please welcome Leah Clark back to our universe! Leah has voiced characters in shows such as My Hero Academia (Himiko Toga); New Game (Yun); Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid (Kobayashi); KanColle (Yuudachi); Akashic Records (Re=L); Sakura Quest (Maki); Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA (Aria); and Yuri!!! On Ice (Mari). She has also worked on scripts and as an ADR Director for various series.
For more information about Leah Clark, visit our Guests page!
We are sad to announce that Karen Strassman will no longer be able to join us for Setsucon 2018. She has sent a special message to share with all of you. We wish Karen all the best!
Dear Setsucon friends and family,
It is with heavy heart that I need to cancel my appearance at your wonderful convention this year. I have been struggling with a debilitating health condition that is making travel really difficult (and painful). Please accept my humble apologies, and I hope I can see you next year to bring joy, love and laughter to each and every one of you.
with huge love, -karen
Gamers, are you ready?! This year, Setsucon will be hosting the first ever Setsucon Game Gauntlet. Contestants will play through a variety of video games to determine who is the best. Many will enter, but only one will reign supreme! Check out our Programming Page for more details.
Come join us in the Game Room throughout the weekend for a variety of gaming tournaments! Saturday will begin Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in the morning, shortly followed by Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon shortly thereafter. Saturday night will see competitors clash blades in SoulCalibur II for the Xbox 360. We end the weekend on Sunday with Super Smash Bros. Melee. The winners of each tournament will receive prizes and the winners of Smash Bros. for Wii U, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, and SoulCalibur II will also receive a special opportunity! We'll see you at the Con.
Setsucon has you covered with more discounted rates for hotel rooms! Available now until the convention, you can reserve rooms at the Wingate by Wyndham and Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham, in addition to rooms still being available at the Days Inn & Suites Altoona. For more information, and to reserve a room, visit our Location page!
Pre-registration is now closed. Please visit the FAQ page to see what items to bring with you to the registration desk and what hours we will be open during the convention. We will have tickets available at the convention for at con prices. We look forward to seeing you at Setsucon 2018.
Deadline is fast approaching. You have 12 hours left to secure your badges at pre-registration prices. Online pre-registration will close 1/6/2018 at 11:59:59 PM EST. We are excited to see you at Setsucon 2018 in just a few short weeks.
We're thrilled to have our final Voice Actor guest, Amber Lee Connors coming to Setsucon 2018! Her roles include Mai Kawakami from Myriad Color Phantom World, Lilith Kishimoto from Holy Knight, and Rei Lu from The Silver Guardian.
Visit our Guests Page to find out more about what Amber Lee Connors has done!
Setsucon announces that Daman Mills will be joining our Voice Actor guest line-up! We're excited to have him with us this year. Mills has roles from recent shows, such as Yakov Feltsman from Yuri!!! On Ice, Kai von Glanzreich in The Royal Tutor, and Leo Lionheart in RWBY.
Take a look at the Guests Page to learn more about Daman Mills!
With Setsucon coming up later this month, we wanted to remind you of the guests that you get the chance to hear about their experiences and perform.
We're all really excited to have Micah Solusod, Charles Dunbar, Karen Strassman, Antipode, and DJ Zing coming at the end of January! But stay tuned - we have more for you!
Setsucon welcomes back DJ Zing for our Setsu Odori this year. DJ Zing has performed for his fans all across the world and we’re excited to have him turn up the volume back here in the States.
Check out the Guests page to learn more about DJ Zing.
The Volunteer Application for Setsucon 2018 is Open! We are looking for dedicated volunteers to help us during the con weekend with various jobs that help make everyone’s Setsu-experience a great one.
If you are interested in volunteering, visit our Volunteer Application at to apply.
Wondering how to get to Setsucon from your hotel? Look no further than our free shuttle service! Throughout the convention weekend, we will have a shuttle going between the convention center, Courtyard Altoona, Holiday Inn, and Fairfield every 20 min.
For more information, visit the Location page.
We are proud to announce the appearance of Antipode Bellydance for Setsucon 2018! Back again for yet another year, Antipode is ready to dazzle us with their spectacular performance and amazing costumes! This year is sure to be a magical treat with their Final Fantasy theme!
Be sure to check out the Guests page for more info and don't miss out on the show, kupo!
This is a friendly reminder that Hall Cosplay applications for Setsucon 2018 are open! If you haven't gotten your application in yet you have until January 20, 2018 to apply. Check out the Hall Cosplay page for rules and to send in your application!
Masquerade applications are still open for Setsucon 2018! If you're interested in participating and haven't applied yet you have until January 17, 2018 to get your application in. Check out the Masquerade page for the rules and to send in your ideas!
Still in need of a hotel room for Setsucon 2018? Well don't wait too much longer — we are booking up fast!
Book by January 4, 2018 to get our reduced rates at Courtyard by Marriott Altoona, Holiday Inn Express and Suites Altoona, and Fairfield Inn & Suites - TownePlace Suites by Marriott Altoona. Reduced rates at the Days Inn & Suites Altoona are available until sold out.
For more information on how to make a reservation, visit the Location page on our website.
Setsucon 2018 has another thrilling guest announcement to make! Help us welcome Karen Strassman as our second voice acting guest this year! Some of her major roles include Kallen Stadtfeld in the Code Geass series, Miyuki Takara in Lucky Star, and Soi Fon in Bleach!
Check out our site's Guests page to learn more about Karen Strassman's roles!
Can you believe that Setsucon is ONLY 50 Days Away? Neither can we! What cosplays are you working on? How is Setsu-prep going?
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to think about pre-registering for Setsucon 2018! There's one month left to get your pre-registration with our online system. We look forward to seeing you!
Need more time to explore those parallel universes and perfect your submissions? Don't worry, because we're extending the deadline for the Setsucon 2018 Art Contest Deadlines until December 2nd, 2017! Check out the Contests Page for more information.
There's still time to submit entries for our three art contests happening this year. Winners of our contests will be able to get a free badge for Setsucon 2018 and additional prizes! Check out our Contests Page to find out more about them.
Need a way to get to Setsucon? Look no further than Amtrak! Amtrak is offering a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to and from Altoona during the convention weekend. Check out our Location page for more information.
Run out of time to submit your panel before the deadline? You're in luck! The Setsucon 2018 panel submission deadline is being extended to Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:59:59 PM. Check the Panels page for all the info you need to get your panel in before the new deadline, and we hope to see you at the con!
Still looking for a hotel room for Setsucon 2018? Look no further than our hotel block partners, the Courtyard Altoona, Holiday Inn Express, and Fairfield Inn & Suites for your reservation needs. And if that wasn't enough, rooms are now available at the Days Inn Altoona starting at $69/night! For more information, and to make a reservation, visit the Location page.
Attention, Panelists! All those seeking to discuss, deliberate, or otherwise deliver their best panels at Setsucon 2018 have just under one week to get their panel submissions in. Submissions are open until Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11:59:59 EDT. Check out the Setsucon Panels page for more information, including all the rules you should follow in designing and submitting your panel. See you at the con!
Setsucon is looking to all AMV creators to let their creations shine – the AMV contest is now open for submissions! Head over to the AMV contest page for the details and submit your video.
Open your creative mind portals and enter the Setsucon 2018 Art Contests! This year's theme is Parallel Universes. Let your art travel throughout the multiverse and jump out of hyperspace in Altoona. Winning entries will be featured throughout the convention, from our official booklet cover and con badges to the attendee T-shirt. Check out the Contests Page for more details.
Hey, Panelists! If you want to present your anime insights, stories, and projects at Setsucon 2018, you have three more weeks to get your panel submissions in. Submissions are open until Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11:59:59 EDT. Check out the Setsucon Panels page for more information, including all the rules you should follow in designing and submitting your panel. See you at the con!
Setsucon 2018 is proud to announce our first voice actor guest for this year. Get hyped and excited to meet Micah Solusod! Micah is best known for his roles as Soul Eater Evans in Soul Eater, Yuri Plisetsky in Yuri!!! On Ice, and Seido Takizawa in Tokyo Ghoul!
Check out our site’s Guests page to learn more about Micah and his work.
Applications for Exhibitors are now live! The applications will stay open until Sunday, October 1, 2017 11:59:59 PM EDT. If you are interested in applying for a space, you can check out our Exhibitors page.
Artists and Vendors, show us what you got! Applications for Exhibitors will be opening this Sunday, September 17, 2017. Applications will remain open until Sunday, October 1, 2017 11:59:59 PM EDT. If you are interested in applying, please check out our Exhibitors page for more information.
Setsucon 2018 is excited to announce Charles Dunbar as a guest in this year's lineup. Charles is an anthropologist who studies all things related to anime and fandoms. He is also the founder of Study of Anime, which strives to educate and illuminate the subtleties of Japanese culture and anime for hungry fans.
Check out the Guests page to find out more about Charles Dunbar.
Panel Application Submissions for Setsucon 2018 are now open! We look forward to another year of fantastic attendee panels. If you have a passion to share or a skill to teach, head over to our website's Panels page to fill out and submit an application. Remember to read over all of the rules carefully and don't forget to pre-register for the con!
Setsucon Pre-Reg is here! Good news, we no longer have an attendance cap! Plus, you've been asking, and we finally have Online Pre-Registration! Please note that our Online Pre-Registration vendor does charge a small convenience fee. Mailed Pre-Registrations must be post-marked by November 24, 2017, and Online Pre-Registration will be open until January 6, 2018 at 11:59:59 PM EST.
But Wait, There's More! We're at Otakon this weekend, and we're offering a $5 discount on 100 online pre-regs! Code is good for this weekend only! Stop by our table at Q9 in Artist Alley to get the code!
We look forward to seeing you at Setsucon 2018!
Need a room for Setsucon? We have you covered with discounted room rates at 3 Altoona-based hotels! Discounted rates are available until January 4th, 2018, while rooms are available.
For more information, visit the Location page on our website.
Setsucon is moving to the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania, which is just two hours away from both Harrisburg and Pittsburgh! And with this move, we'll be eliminating the attendance cap! Join us January 27-28, 2018 to celebrate our 12th year!
Setsucon is only days away! To open up our Setsu-weekend, join us at Opening Ceremonies for a sneak preview of the upcoming Skip Beat! dub. We will be showcasing scenes featuring our voice actor guests. For more information on Skip Beat! and how to get your copy of this dub once it comes out, visit the official website.
Special thanks to Pied Piper, Inc. for providing us with this sneak peek at the dub!
Setsucon is just days away! Here's the info on how to get your badge at Setsucon 2017!
On Friday, January 20th, the Setsucon Registration Desk will be open only for pre-reg pickup. Please Note! Only those who have already pre-registered can pick up badges on Friday night.
Don't have a badge yet? Well, it's not too late to register for Setsucon 2017! We have about 550 badges available on Saturday and at least 25 badges available on Sunday (depending on Saturday sales). Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. We'll be doing our best to provide updates about the number of remaining badges throughout the weekend.
Finally, please remember to familiarize yourselves with our Registration FAQ and Parental Consent policies. Any attendee under the age of 18 must have the proper parental consent and chaperone paperwork on file and must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or chaperone who also has a badge.
Setsucon is pleased to announce the card gaming events for 2017. This year we are running tournaments for Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, Cardfight Vanguard, and Pokémon. For more information on the tournaments and the rules that we will be using, go to the Programming page on our website.
Special thanks to Jake's Cards and Games for running the Setsucon 2017 Card Gaming Tournaments.
The Setsucon 2017 schedule is now available! Please note that the schedule is subject to change. Check back regularly for any updates.
Ralfington will be playing at the Setsu Odori in 2017 for his first time! Having worked with Dj Cutman on his very first EP "Remix Default" back in 2014, he has earned his spot as one the newest artists for Dj Cutman's music label GameChops. He will be bringing us some new and unique remixes that focuses on anime music, funk, and J-pop! For more information on Ralfington, check out our website's guests page.
Setsucon has brought back DJ-R for the Setsu Odori! DJ-R, a Penn State alumnus, is a part of GameChops, a record label for video game dance remixes. For more information on DJ-R, visit the guests page on our website.
Our favorite geek belly dancing troupe, Antipode, will be coming to Setsucon 2017! Fusing the theatrics of acting with a mix of cosplay, pop-culture, and off- beat humor Antipode brings the audience not just dance, but full geek entertainment. For more information on Antipode, shuffle on over to our Guests page.
Setsucon 2017 will feature a guest appearance from Kira Buckland! Kira has lent her voice to such anime characters as Umi in Love Live, Kuroyukihime in Accel World, Kogyoku in Magi, Zushi in Hunter x Hunter, and Mimete in the new Sailor Moon dub. In Video Games, she has voiced such characters as Edna in Tales of Zestiria, Hiyoko Saionji in Danganronpa 2, Artemia in Bravely Default, and Marie in Skullgirls.
For more information on Kira, check out our guests page.
The art contests for Setsucon 2017 are being extended an extra week! You will now have until Friday, December 23 at 11:59:59 PM to submit your entries for our Badge, Cover, and T-shirt contests. If you need a refresher on the rules for the contests, check out the Contests page on our website.
We are proud to announce that Uncle Yo will be returning to Setsucon for 2017! Karl "Uncle Yo" Custer is a truly unique stand-up comedian and the host of the "Chroniclers of Darkness" podcast, and is the man behind the "Dungeon Crawlers" YouTube fantasy sitcom.
To learn more about Uncle Yo, please visit our website's guests page.
Hall Cosplay applications for Setsucon 2017 are now open! Have you made a stunning costume that you would like to have judged? Come participate in the Setsucon Hall Cosplay Contest! Judging will be held earlier on Saturday, before the Masquerade event begins. Awards for the Hall Cosplay Contest will be awarded at the end of the Masquerade event. Check out the Hall Cosplay page on our website for rules and to send in your application!
Masquerade applications are now open for Setsucon 2017! If you’re interested in performing in front of judges and an audience this is the chance for you. You can compete by yourself or with a group. Skits of all kinds will be judged; dancing, singing, comedy, etc. Mandatory practice will be held Saturday afternoon. Pop on over to the Masquerade page to check out the rules and send in your application!
Pre-Registration is now closed! If you mailed your pre-registration to us and do not receive your confirmation by December 8th, please contact our Registration Director by using our website's contact form. We will have At-Con Registration available at the convention so stay tuned for further details.
Panel Applications for Setsucon 2017 are now closed! Thank you to everyone who submitted panels. We will now begin the process of reviewing all of the submissions. Applicants will be notified in the upcoming weeks about whether or not their panel has been accepted.
Setsucon is proud to announce Keith Silverstein as a guest for 2017! Keith is a veteran voice actor know for voicing Kimimaro in Naruto, Speedwagon in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and Hisoka in Hunter x Hunter. In the world of video games, he voices Torbjörn in Overwatch, as well as Lex Luthor in Batman: Arkham Knight.
For more information on Keith, you can visit our website's guests page.
If you are still working on your panel application or haven't had a chance to submit it yet, please make sure to apply soon! We will be extending the deadline until December 2, 2016 if you need a bit more time to plan your panel. Please make sure that you've pre-registered before submitting your panel application. Details about how to submit a panel application are on the Panels page of our website.
This is your friendly reminder that pre-registration is currently open and will close on December 2, 2016. If you want the pre-registration price and a secured spot at the convention, you must have your mailed pre-registration with all required forms postmarked on or before December 2, 2016. If you mailed your pre-registration more than two weeks ago and have not received your confirmation, please contact registration so we can keep an eye out for it.
Visit our registration page to get more details and to pre-register!
The period to submit Panel Applications will be ending soon. You have about one week left to submit an application for review. If you haven’t filled out your application yet, make sure to do so before the deadline. Sunday, November 27, 2016 is the last day that Panel Applications will be accepted for Setsucon 2017. Check the Panels page on our website for more details about panels.
Do you want your art to grace the stage of Setsucon 2017? Your chance has come!
Setsucon is holding our usual art contests, with the winning entries being showcased throughout the convention. We are looking for designs for the official booklet cover, con badges, and the Setsucon 2017 attendee T-shirt. Check out our Contests Page for more details.
Panel Application Submissions for Setsucon 2017 are now open! We look forward to another year of fantastic attendee panels. If you have a passion to share or a skill to teach, head over to our Panels page to fill out and submit an application. Remember to read over all of the rules carefully and don't forget to pre-register for the con!
View the Setsucon 2016 Venue Map
View the Setsucon 2016 Programming Schedule
C. Cody Miles
Setsucon 2015 Con Chair
Guest Panel Changes:
Though, Richard and Ellyn Stern Epcar are unable to make it out to Setsucon 2014 this year, they have decided to host a Q&A panel via Skype! The Q&A panel will be held at 8pm-9pm in Panels room 1!
Alexis Tipton Scary Story panel, feat. Leah Clark is now scheduled for 9:30pm to 10:30pm in Panels room 1!
We appreciate everyone's continued patience and understanding.