Reminder! We are currently running contests to choose the artwork that goes on our badges and our booklet cover! Submit your creative and awesome designs featuring our theme "Adventures in Candyland" for a chance to be featured on the official Setsucon 2020 badges and program booklet. Great prizes to our winners, including a complimentary Artists Alley table for winning the program booklet contest.
Entries are accepted through October 31st. For more information and to submit your entries, visit our Contests page.
Have you booked your hotel room yet? Get your room for Setsucon at any of our five reduced rate partner hotels and enjoy some breakfast, free parking, and of course being only minutes away from the con. Book today - rooms are going fast!
For more information, and to book your room, visit our Hotels page.
Reminder: Panel Applications for Setsucon 2020 are open and will run through October 30th. Submit your ideas for panels, from anime history and cosplay tips, to plushy making and gaming trivia - we want to hear from you!
For more information, rules, and to apply, visit the Panels page on our website.
Our next guest for Setsucon 2020 has arrived - welcome Faye Mata!
From video game tournaments to voice acting, Faye can be seen and heard all over! Faye's major roles include Aqua in KonoSuba, Yukako Yamagishi in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, Princess Malty in The Rising of the Shield Hero, and more recently as Petra in the new Fire Emblem: Three Houses and as the trio of Tricia, Trista, and Trinnia in Pokemon Masters.
Visit our Guests page to learn more about Faye Mata!
Artists and Vendors - don't forget to submit your application to be a part of the Exhibitors Hall at Setsucon 2020. Applications close August 31st.
For more information and to apply, visit our Exhibitors page.
Creativity, awesome designs, and Adventures in Candyland come together in our Art Contests! Have your art featured at Setsucon 2020 with our Booklet Cover and Badge Design Contests. Enter today for a chance to win free badges, and the chance to win a free Artists Alley table for winning our Booklet Cover contest! Entries will be accepted through October 31st.
For full rules and entry information, visit our Contests page.
Reimbursed badge? Check. Food? Check. Hotel Room? Check. Fun for all? Check. Volunteer today for Setsucon 2020 and join our team of chocolatiers as we plan Winter’s Sweetest Anime Adventure.
For more information and to volunteer, visit our Volunteers page.
Panel Submissions for Setsucon 2020 are now open! We are excited to receive all your incredible panel ideas. Your passion, your skills, your anime thesis, your candy ideas – you name it – if you have a panel in you, be sure to apply! Don’t forget to review the rules carefully and remember to pre-register.
For more information and to apply, visit our Panels page.
Stay in Altoona all weekend long to experience all the Setsucon fun! Hotel rooms are available now in our hotel blocks. Stay onsite or just a quick drive away by booking at any of our partner hotels with our reduced rates.
For more information, and to book your room, visit the Hotels page.
Don't miss out on getting your Setsucon 2020 badge for its lowest rate all year - just $25 for the weekend. Prices go up after August 10th.
For more information, and to pre-register, visit our Registration page.
Attention Artists & Vendors - Exhibitor Applications are now open for Setsucon 2020 and will remain open until August 31st. Ready your application and apply today for a chance to be in our Exhibitors Hall.
For more information, and to apply, visit the Exhibitors page.
Join our Street Team this weekend as we head east to SaikouCon, August 2nd-4th, 2019 at the Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa in White Haven, PA. Come out to the heart of the Pocono Mountains and stop by our table to say hi!
For our first guest of Setsucon 2020, we summon the Shield Hero - Billy Kametz!
Billy's major roles include Naofumi Iwatani in The Rising of the Shield Hero, Josuke Higashikata in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, and White Blood Cell in the upcoming dub of Cells at Work. Additionally, you can also hear him in Fate/Extra: Last Encore, Sirius the Jaeger, Beyblade: Burst Turbo, and so much more.
Visit our Guests page to learn more about Billy Kametz!
Don't miss out on getting your Setsucon 2020 badge at its lowest rate all year - Early-Bird Pre-Reg ends on August 10th!
For more info and to pre-register, visit our Registration page.
We are heading back to State College this weekend for BookFestPA at the Schlow Centre Region Library on July 13th to host a special Costume Contest! Visit our Street Team in your best costume and compete for the chance to win a complimentary badge for Setsucon 2020.
For full rules and information, visit the BookFestPA Event Page.
Come out in your best costumes & cosplays to the Costume Contest at BookFestPA, Presented by BookFestPA and Setsucon! Join us in the Schlow Library Parking Lot in State College, PA on July 13th, 2019 from 10am-4pm for BookFestPA. The Costume Contest Sign-ups will be from 1pm-3pm with Judging & Awards at 3:30pm. For more information, visit 2019 BookFestPA & Setsucon Costume Contest.
Reserve your room today for Setsucon 2020! Book online at any of our partner hotels through our booking links and receive discounted rates for the weekend. These rates are only available here - and while rooms last! Book your room today and get ready for Winter's Sweetest Anime Adventure.
For more information on our partner hotels and to book your room, visit the Hotels page.
Are you excited for Setsucon 2020? We sure are! Pre-Registration is NOW OPEN and will be available via Eventbrite only. In order to continue to bring you the best possible experience, we will be introducing a new tiered pricing system. You can still get your badge for our very low traditional rates, with our Early-Bird Pre-Reg lasting through August 10th - just $25 for the weekend! Don't wait - buy your badge today for the best deal!
For more information, our policies, and to purchase a badge, visit our Registration page.
The Setsucon Street Team is ready to go back on the road. Join us this weekend at Zenkaikon in Lancaster, PA!
Setsucon would like to thank all AMV creators who submitted an entry into the AMV Contest. 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 in Show: "Happy Little Clouds" by Glitzer
- Judges' Choice: "S is for Sadistic" by Kyci
- Best Romantic/Sentimental: "Never Enough" by AnimeTwins
- Best Comedy/Upbeat: "Hero Creation" by PaNTSU oF d00m
- Best Action/Drama: "Tokyo Ghoul Survivor" by Erik Heckert
Stop by the Exhibitors Hall this weekend and bid on some excellent anime items, including a Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Ultra Collectors Edition Box Set, Promo Only Fruits Basket Card Collection, Riding Bean Collectors Edition, and much more. All proceeds go to Extra Life. Bidding goes until 1 PM Sunday at the Setsucon Merch booth in the Exhibitors Hall.
Need a quick at-a-glance summary of convention information? Check our Con Vitals page for vital information on Convention Hours, Pre-registration Pickup, At-con Registration, Autograph Sessions, the Venue Map, and more!
Trying to plan your way from the hotel to the con - use our Shuttle Service, presented by Freedom Excursions! We will have a shuttle between the Convention Center, Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn & Suites, and the Fairfield Inn and Suites during the Saturday and Sunday of the con.
For specific hours and information, visit our Location page.
The Con Vitals page is now live! Check that page for vital information on Convention Hours, Pre-registration Pickup, At-con Registration, Autograph Sessions, the Venue Map, and more.
Whether you want to duel, Poké-battle, card fight, or normal spellsling, the Setsucon Card Gaming tournaments are where you'll want to show your skill. There will be four trading card game tournaments. Pick your favorite: Pokémon Standard, Magic the Gathering Commander, Yu-Gi-Oh! Advanced, Cardfight Vanguard, or play in them all. Open play is allowed as well as choosing from one of the many board games that Setsucon will have available to attendees to play all weekend.
For details, check out our Programming page.
Gear up for this weekend with the Setsucon 2019 Schedule - available here!
Pre-Registration for Setsucon 2019 closes in just 12 hours! Grab your badge at its lowest rate and gear up for Winter's Warmest Anime Celebration!
Have you gotten your hotel room yet? Well hurry! Hotel blocks close this Friday. Our discounted rates at Altoona-area hotels will only be available until the end of January 4th.
For hotel information or to book your room, visit our Hotels page.
Only One More Month! A month from today, we will be filling the halls with cosplayers and congoers, and we can't wait!
Join us in welcoming DJ Kenneth Rage as one of the DJs for our Setsu Odori Late-Night Dance! Co-founder of Otakus with Attitude, Kenneth Rage will be fusing pop music & nerd culture together to turn up the volume and have you rocking out Saturday night.
Visit our Guests page to learn more about DJ Kenneth Rage.
Creators, there are just four more weeks left in the AMV Contest! Our contest closes on January 10th, 2019. Show us your creative genius at work by submitting your AMV to us.
Check out our rules and how to submit on our AMV Contest page.
Join us in welcoming DJ Awesomus Prime as one of the DJs for our Setsu Odori Late-Night Dance! His remixes of anime and video game music will get you dancing the night away in high energy style.
Visit our Guests page to learn more about DJ Awesomus Prime.
Winter's Warmest Celebration heats up with a trio of voice over guests that you won't want to miss. Come out and meet Brianna Knickerbocker, Jason Liebrecht, and Elizabeth Maxwell for stories, jokes, answers, autographs, and much more!
For more information on our three voice over guests, visit our Guests page.
Panel submissions for Setsucon 2019 are officially closed! Thank you to everyone who submitted, and to everyone who didn't get a chance—we hope to hear from you next year. Notifications for submitted panels will be going out starting on December 28th.
Today marks 50 Days until Setsucon! Are you excited?! We sure are! Get your cosplay lineup set, badge bought, hotel room reserved, and buckle up - the celebration is fast approaching.
Join us in welcoming cultural anthropologist Charles Dunbar to Setsucon 2019! A fan of anime and Japanese culture, Charles has spent many years learning and speaking about everything from giant robots, to yōkai, to Kill la Kill. You are sure to be learning much and having an even better time while listening to his panels throughout the weekend.
Visit our Guests page to learn more about Charles.
Haven't gotten your hotel room yet? Hurry! Reduced rates at our partner Altoona area hotels are only available until January 4th. Book at the attached Courtyard by Marriott for $106/night or elsewhere in Altoona for as low as $69/night.
For more information and to book, visit our Hotels page.
There is still plenty of time for your to become a volunteer for Setsucon 2019! Sign-up today to be a volunteer and receive some awesome perks, such as a reimbursed badge, free hotel room space with our other volunteers, food, and a staff T-shirt.
For more information, and to apply, visit the Volunteer page.
Clean up your lines and finish up your shading, Badge and Booklet Cover Art Contests close in just one week! Submit your entries to the contests for your chance to have your art featured at Setsucon 2019. Submission deadline is December 9th.
For more rules and submission details, visit our Contests page.
Join us in welcoming back Antipode! Mixing cosplay, pop-culture, and off-beat humor into their geek themed belly dancing shows, Antipode has been exciting audiences along the East Coast with their theatrics.
Visit our Guests page to learn more about Antipode.
Attention Prospective Panelists: the deadline for Setsucon 2019 panels is fast approaching! Panels submissions close in 10 days, on Friday, December 7th. If you'd like to present a panel at Setsucon 2019, be sure to submit before then.
Visit the Panels page for all the details you need to submit your panel. We're looking forward to receiving your submissions!
Have you pre-registered yet? No? Well don't wait too long! Online Pre-Registration closes in just two months - the only time you'll be able to snag a weekend badge at the $25 rate. Register today via our Eventbrite online registration page (or by November 30th via mail-in) to join in on Winter's Warmest Anime Celebration!
For more information and to pre-register, visit our Registration page.
The Road to Setsucon 2019 is making its last stop of the year at DerpyCon this weekend in Morristown, NJ! Join our Street Team at the Hyatt Regency Morristown from November 9th - 11th for New Jersey's Anime, Gaming, Sci-Fi, and Comic Convention. Stop by, say hi, and gear up as we head down the stretch towards Setsucon 2019!
Calling all prospective panelists: the deadline for Setsucon 2019 panel submissions has been extended by one month! The new deadline is Friday, December 7th, 2018.
Visit the Panels page for all the details you need to submit your panel. We're excited to hear your ideas!
Greater Philadelphia Area - we are on our way to you this weekend for Thy Geekdom Con! Join us at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks on November 2nd - 4th for Thy Geekdom Con. Stop by our booth in the Vendor Hall to learn about everything we have planned now that we are just under 3 months out to Winter's Warmest Celebration!
Setsucon is looking to all the AMV Creators out there to let their creativity shine! The AMV Contest is now open for submissions. Visit the AMV Contest page for more details and to submit your video.
Get your art supplies ready—our annual Art Contests are open now! Enter your art in our Badge and Cover contest to see your art on display on our badges and booklets throughout Setsucon 2019. Our Art Contest theme for 2019 is "Spooky Superstitions", so keep an eye out for the yōkai and get your lucky cats ready. Art Contests run until December 9, 2019.
Visit our Art Contests page for more information.
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!
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!
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.
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!