Registration for Hall Cosplay Contest and Masquerade are now open for Setsucon 2019! If you've made your own incredible costume, sign up for Hall Cosplay Contest and get feedback from a panel of veteran cosplayers. If you're interested in performing a skit, whether it be dancing or comedy, sign up for Masquerade; you can compete by yourself or as a group. Make sure to refer to the respective pages to look over the rules for each event and the updated cosplay policy. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
Hotel rooms are booking fast for Setsucon 2019! Book yours today at any one of seven partner hotels in Altoona for a special convention only discounted price. Rooms are available from $106/night to as low as $69/night.
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Panel Submissions for Setsucon 2019 are now open! We're excited to receive all your incredible panel ideas. Passions, skills, anime theses - if you have a panel in you, be sure to fill out and submit an application. Don't forget to review the rules carefully, and remember to pre-register for the convention!
Visit the Panels page for more information and to submit your application.
Looking to send in your Pre-Reg via snail mail? You are in luck as Mail-In Pre-Registration is now open! The registration form is available on our Registration Page. Just fill out the form, print, and mail it in with your registration fee – it's that simple!
The deadline for mail-in is November 30, 2018 (postmarked by date), although Online Pre-Registration will stay open through January 11, 2019. Pre-Reg Badges are still just $25 for the whole weekend!
The voice of Rem in Re:ZERO is making her next stop in another world in Altoona this winter. Join us in welcoming Brianna Knickerbocker as our third voiceover guest for Setsucon 2019! Brianna has starred in anime such as B: The Beginning, The Asterisk War, and The Seven Deadly Sins, and in video games such as the Fire Emblem series and Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana. Meet 2016's Breakthrough Voice Actress of the Year this January at Winter's Warmest Celebration!
Visit our Guests Page to learn more about Brianna.
Applications for our Vendors Room and Artists Alley are now available! Applications will remain open until September 14, 2018 11:59:59 PM EDT. Visit our Exhibitors Page to apply.
Get ready - applications for our Vendors Room and Artists Alley will open on Tuesday, August 14th, 2018! Applications will remain open until September 14, 2018 11:59:59pm EDT. For more information, prices, and policies, visit our Exhibitors Page.
The voice of Ymir in Attack On Titan and Motoko Kusunagi in Ghost in the Shell: Arise is heading to Winter's Warmest Anime Celebration. Join us in welcoming Elizabeth Maxwell as our second voiceover guest for 2019! Starring in anime such as My Hero Academia, RWBY, and Noragami and in video games such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, and Street Fighter V, Maxwell will be ready to warm up Altoona this January!
Visit our Guests Page to learn more about Elizabeth.
Setsucon 2019 Volunteer Applications are now open, and we are once again in need of volunteers to make our con as amazing as it can be. If you are looking to help out - and get some great perks by doing so - head over to the Volunteer Page for more information.
Next stop on our Con Tour is this weekend at SaikouCon! Come visit our table at the Econo Lodge Conference Center & Hotel in Allentown, PA from July 27th - 29th, meet the team, and learn about some great plans we have in store for 2019 - and grab some giveaways too!
The voice of Yato in Noragami and Hei in Darker Than Black is making his way to Altoona this Winter - join us in welcoming Jason Liebrecht as our first announced voiceover guest for 2019! With roles in anime such as D. Gray-man, Baccano!, & Black Butler and in video games Borderlands 2 & Street Fighter IV, Liebrecht will be bringing that and much more to Winter's Warmest Celebration.
Visit our Guests Page to learn more about Jason.
Start planning your winter getaway today as our discounted room rates are now available! Stay at any one of the Altoona hotels listed on our Hotels page and get a special rate on hotel rooms, from $106/night to as low as $69/night. Rates are available from now until January 4th, 2019 and are only available over the phone.
It's off to the Boardwalk with the Road to Setsucon 2019 - our Street Team is on its way to AnimeNEXT! Join us at our booth in the Exhibitors Hall in Atlantic City from June 8th - 10th. Visit us, hear about our plans for the con, and if you show us that you already bought your Setsucon 2019 badge you can get a free T-shirt!
Setsucon Pre-Reg is HERE!
Online Pre-Reg via Eventbrite is now available. Get your Weekend Badge at our low pre-reg rate of $25, or a one day badge at $18 for Saturday Only and $12 for Sunday Only – and Children Under 5 are Free!
Visit our Registration Page for more information, updated registration policies, group rates, revised parental consent, and, of course, to buy your badge for Winter's Warmest Celebration!
Get Ready – Setsucon Pre-Reg Opens THIS Wednesday!
We will be opening our online pre-registration on June 6th, with weekend pre-reg badges still only $25. For 2019, we have a few registration policy changes to note:
- Parental Consent & Chaperone Forms are now only one form.
- The new filled out Parental Consent form MUST be brought with you to the convention; we will no longer be accepting them ahead of time.
- Mail-In Pre-Reg will be opening in the Fall.
For more information, and to read the full revised policies, visit our Registration Page.
We are back on the road and will be heading to Zenkaikon for stop two of our Convention Tour! Visit our Setsucon 2019 booth in the Artists Alley at Zenkaikon in Lancaster, PA from May 4th - 6th. Stop by and say hi to our Street Team, learn more about the con, and help make our second stop on the Road to Setsucon 2019 the best it can be!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.