Cosplay Prize Packages Revealed!

Posted by Benson on Jun 29, 2016

*drum rolls* This is it, it's time to announce the full workmanship prize list for the Ai-Kon Cosplay Contest 2016! So get those drool buckets ready!

Kid's Division winner and runner up :
- Assorted kids coloring books
- Artist Emporium kid's kit (including fun items such as Cloud Clay, and Snazarroo face paints)

Runner up in Division (novice, intermediate, masters)
- Fashion design template sketch pad
- $50 Mitchell's fabric gift certificate
- Artists Emporium trial kit containing: a thermal plastic sample kit, Liquidex professional trial box and Princeton brush pack.

Best In Division (novice, intermediate, masters)
- One Kamui cosplay how-to-book
- $75 Marshall/Northwest Fabrics gift certificate
- $25 Arda Wigs Gift certificate
- Artists Emporium trial kit containing: a thermal plastic sample kit, Liquidex professional trial box and Princeton brush pack.

Runner up best in show:
- A medium roll of Worbla Black Art
- $100 Mitchell Fabrics Gift Certificate
- Brother JX1710 sewing machine

Best In Show
- Smooth On casting Kit
- $150 Marshall/Northwest Fabrics gift certificate
- $50 Arda Wigs gift certificate
- Eclipse Hobby Table
- Computerized Brother XR6060 machine

Thank you to our cosplay prize sponsors, Arda Wigs, Artists Emporium, BMO Bank of Montreal, Marshall/Northwest Fabrics, Mitchell Fabrics, and Sewing & Embroidery Warehouse!

Find out more on how to win on our Cosplay page!


Osborne Street Festival

Posted by Amber on Jun 28, 2016

What are you doing for Canada Day? We're going to be hanging out at the Osborne Street Festival! Stop by our tent Thursday, June 30, Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2 and you can enter to win a pair of weekend passes to Ai-Kon!

Access Winnipeg Giveaway

Posted by Amber on Jun 28, 2016

Visit Access Winnipeg for your chance to win a pair of weekend passes to Ai-Kon 2016! Simply fill out the form and answer the entry question to be entered into the contest. Giveaway ends Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

Ai-Kon is happy to announce our fourth round of guests! The multi-faceted superstar, Sonny Strait!

Posted by Amber on Jun 26, 2016

Sonny Strait

Most recognized as the voice of Krillin on the wildly popular, animated TV show Dragon Ball Z and as an illustrator for, arguably, the most famous, independently published comic book series Elfquest. Strait has over 20 years of experience in the arts.

As a voice actor, Strait is considered to be one of the most recognized in the business. Besides Dragon Ball Z, he has worked on many popular animated series including Usopp in One Piece, Maes Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist, and Cartoon Network’s laid back, robot host Toonami TOM. He has also  worked as a writer and director on several TV series including Dragon Ball series, Case Closed, and Lupin the Third.

As a comic book artist he has 17 published works to date including his débuted self-published series Mr. Average featured in The Comics Journal and Elfquest which was published by both WARP Graphics and DC Comics and he's considered one of the top Elfquest artists from its over 30 year history. In 2007, he wrote and illustrated a graphic novel about a reluctant punk rock, faerie princess named Goat. The book, called We Shadows, was published by Tokyopop and was nominated by The American Library Association for Best Graphic Novel 2008. The book received glowing reviews in many trade magazines including Publishers Weekly, Newtype, Play and Anime Insider.

Visit our guests page to read Sonny's full bio.

Free Escape Room!

Posted by Amber on Jun 25, 2016

Ai-Kon is going to have an escape room! And the best part? It's FREE with your admission to Ai-Kon!

In celebration of Ai-Kon's 15th Anniversary we've teamed up with The Escape Hatch to bring you a special pop-up escape room! Your friend Serra has gone missing and you suspect that Miki, a yandere, has something to do with it! You need to get in the room, figure out where she hid Serra and then get out before it's too late!

For full details please visit our Escape Room page.

Into the New Convention Centre Expansion

Posted by Amber on Jun 23, 2016

Ai-Kon is very excited to announce that this year we will be taking you into the new expansion of the RBC Convention Centre!

The Marketplace can now be found on the 3rd floor in Hall D! The new space is so big that we’ve combined our vendor, artist and expo rooms into one! And with the expansion conveniently attached to the convention centre via a second floor skywalk, you can get there with ease!

Ai-Kon swag bags are BACK!

Posted by Amber on Jun 20, 2016

Ai-Kon is doing something a little different this year in celebration of our 15th Anniversary. On top of the tons of coupons and discounts we usually give out, we will also be offering you the chance to get your hands on some great "GOLDEN TICKET" items! These are extra special items that will be randomly distributed amongst all of our attendee swag bags!

Some of the Golden Ticket items you could find:

Supplies are limited so make sure to get your ticket early so you don't miss out!

Guest Cancellation

Posted by Benson on Jun 17, 2016

Due to an unfortunate scheduling conflict, Ai-Kon regrettably announces today that Laura Bailey and Travis Willingham will not be making an appearance at the 2016 show. We look forward to connecting with them again for events to come. In the meanwhile, be on the look out for exciting new guest announcements!

We're Expanding the Maid Café!

Posted by Amber on Jun 14, 2016

Ai-Kon’s 2016 Maid Café will be even bigger and better than ever before!

The Maid Café has been relocated to the Pan Am Room on the second floor of the RBC Convention Centre. We will have more maids than ever to serve you, perform, and play games; so come visit us on Saturday, July 16th! We hope to see you there~

Visit our Maid Café page for more details or to view the full list of this year's Maids and Butlers!

The 404s are coming to Ai-Kon!

Posted by Amber on Jun 11, 2016

The 404s

The 404s are back with their biggest shows ever for Ai-Kon's momentous 15th Anniversary! Operating since 2003, The 404s are Canada’s experts in fandom-based improv comedy, and this year they’ll be improvising a series of performances sure to tickle you silly all weekend long!

In celebration of Ai-Kon's landmark year, they’re bringing together the best anime improvisers from around Canada together for a mega-show mashup of epic proportions! From sea to sea, they’ll be there making stuff up with that anime twist you know and love. Each performance is unique, and they’ll be using YOUR ideas and help to power the show!

To learn more about The 404s or to see the complete list of guests for Ai-Kon 2016 please visit our guest page.

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