Setsucon is a two-day anime convention convention held annually at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, PA. Run under the Penn State Anime Organization since 2007, Setsucon has been bringing anime, manga, and Japanese culture to the winter months in Central Pennsylvania.
After a year of planning, Setsucon debuted in 2007, as a one day event with 288 people filling the halls of the Days Inn Penn State. Since then, we have expanded to more than 1,200 attendees (and moved 45 minutes away) to fill the halls once again, this time at the Blair County Convention Center. With a new space and a new city to call our home, we are continuing to grow and improve in ways we could never have dreamed of.
Since the beginning, the focus has been on three pillars: Anime, Cosplay, Gaming. We hold events, such as fan and voice actor panels, anime viewings, a Masquerade Showcase, and Iron Cosplay Challenge, a Gaming Gauntlet Tournament, and much more to help make the weekend as exciting as possible for any type of fan. With both a family friendly atmosphere and big con amenities, Setsucon has become the premier location to celebrate anime and Japanese culture during the chilly winter.
Setsucon strives to bring a safe and inclusive social environment to anime and manga fans of all ages across Central Pennsylvania and beyond. We aim to bring the big convention feel to a more intimate and affordable convention.
Penn State Anime Organization
Setsucon is hosted by the Penn State Anime Organization (PSAO). Since September 2001, the PSAO has been bringing anime, manga and Japanese pop culture to the Penn State - University Park community. Through weekly anime screenings, video game nights, a manga library, and many more activities across campus, PSAO provides a social environment for Penn State's anime/manga fan base while continuing to grow to bring more to the community. For its efforts, it was named the Penn State Student Organization of the Year in 2018.
About the name
While planning the first Setsucon, we discussed several names. Our original name was to be "Daikon" like the radish and also "dai" (大) for "big". It was decided that this might be confusing as there was a "Daicon" held in Japan previously. Our next choice was "Setsucon". "Setsu" comes from the Chinese reading (on'yomi) of the Japanese word for "snow", yuki (雪). Since the convention is held during the winter in a region where snow is not uncommon, we felt that the name was fitting.
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