Mid-West: Covering Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Ohio and, Wisconsin. JANUARY: Name: Anime-ZAP Date: Jan 5-7 Location: East Peoria, IL Events: Mainstage Cosplay Contest, Date Auction, Fantasy Cosplay Ball, Anime Rave Dances, Fashion Show, Formal Dance Lessons, Kingdom Hearts Panel, Dante's Guide To Picking Up Women, Origami Related Panels, Con Survival Guide Panels, Video Game Panels, Lolita Fashion Panels, Learn the Hare Hare Yukai, Fanfiction 101, Ponies!, Mock-Combat Battlefield, Square Enix Pairings, Yuri/Yaoi Panels, AMV Tutorials, Old School Anime, Ball Jointed Dolls Discussion, Japanese Ghost Stories, Crossplay Both Ways, Various Anime Screenings, Various Gaming Tournaments, Various Photoshoots, Various Fan Meetups Name: Uchi-Con Date: Jan 27 Location: Chicago, IL Events: Cosplay Contests, Photo Booth, Cafe, Gaming, Karaoke, Anime Screening, Anime Bingo, Meetups, Silent Auctions, Film Screening, Artist Alley, Panels. Name: Almacon Date: Jan 9-11 Location: Alma, MI Events: We are an anime and gaming convention hosted by the Alma College Otaku and Gamers! Our mission in planning AlmaCon is to involve those in our community who have an interest in anime, Japanese culture, and tabletop and video gaming. Additionally, all proceeds from ticket sales for the convention are being donated to ACOG's Relay For Life Fund. Come support a great cause while you spend a fun weekend with other otaku! There will be many contests, including cosplay, tabletop systems, and video games, so bring your best! Name: Confusion Through the Looking Glass Date: Jan 18-21 Location: Detroit, MI Events: Guests, Panels, GOH Dinner Party, Masquerade, Vendors, Artists Alley, Dealers, Fan Tables. FEBRUARY: Name: Wizard World Date: Feb 2-4 Location: St. Louis, Missouri Events: Guests, Attractions, Programming, Comics, Exhibitors, Vendors, Artists Alley, Cosplay & Cosplay Contest. Name: Cedar Rapids Comic Con Date: Feb 3 Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa Events: TV & Film Guests, Comic & Artists Guests, Cosplay, Vendors, Exhibiters, Panels, Gaming. Name: Animarathon Date: Feb 11 Location: Bowling Green, OH Events: Panels, Cosplay Contests, Kawaii Kafé, Artist's Alley, Anime Screenings, Special Guests, Tabletop and Video Games, Rave, and much more. Name: AMKE Date: Feb 16-18 Location: Milwaukee, WI Events: Masquerade, Cosplay, Combat Chess, Dance Ball, Sat Night Dance, Film Festival, Karaoke, Kids Programs, Panels, Workshops, Video and Tabletop Games. Name: Planet Comicon Date: Feb 16-18 Location: Kansas City, MO Events: Guests, Photo OPs, Autographs, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests, Masquerade Parade, Tabletop and Video Games, Exhibitors, Artists Alley, After Hours Events. Name: Great Lakes Comic Con Date: Feb 23-24 Location: Warren, MI Events: Exhibitors, Vendors, Guests, Collectibles, Raffles, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests. Name: VisionCon Date: Feb 23-25 Location: Branson, MO Events: Media Guests, Artists, Exhibitors, Vendors, Workshops, Masquerade, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Fund Raising. Name: NWI Comic-Con Date: Feb 24 Location: Schererville, IN Events: Collectables, Comic Books, Toys, Games, Vendors, Exhibitors, Guests, Autographs, Photo OPs, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests, Fund Raising. Name: Fargo Moorhead Comic Con Date: Feb 24-25 Location: Fargo, ND Events: Vendors, Panels, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests, Guests, Video Gaming, Fund Raising, Media, Demonstrations. MARCH: Name: Wizard World Date: March 2-4 Location: Cleveland,OH Events: Guests, Attractions, Programming, Comics, Exhibitors, Vendors, Artists Alley, Cosplay & Cosplay Contest. Name: Animatic Con Date: March 16-18 Location: Cincinnati, OH Theme: Villains Events: Panels, Artists Alley, Dealers, Cosplay, 1000 Faces Cosplay, Charity Fund Raising Name: Shuto Con Date: March 23-25 Location: Lansing, MI Events: Social Media, Cosplay Contest, Cosplay Skits, Interactive Cosplay Competition, Dance Groups, Artists, Dealers, Guests, Panels, Battle Arena, Gaming, Charity and Assorted Contests. Name: EvilleCon Date: March 23-25 Location: Evansvill, IN Events: Panesl, Karaoke, Dungeon Delving 101, Canadian Gameshow, Q&A, Cosplay, Anime Dating Game-show, Maid Cafe, Cosplay Chess, Cosplay & Cosplay Contest, Pokeparty and a whole lot more. Name: Mid-West Costume Academy Date: March 28 Location: Collinsville, IL Events: Our mission is to create a fun, learning atmosphere where students and enthusiasts can learn from peers and teachers about designing and creating costumes for fashion, theatre, and fun. Name: Indiana Comic-Con Date: March 30 - April 1 Location: Indianapolis, IN Events: Indiana Comic Con is Indianapolis’ largest, true comic con. Featured are exhibitors that cater to a wide-spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel. In addition, a roster of comic industry professionals, and comicdom-related celebrities are in attendance for attendees to meet and greet. APRIL: Name: Anime Detour Date: April 6-8 Location: Minneapolis, MN Events: Art Show, Artists Alley, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Charity Auction, Dealers, Gaming, Room Parties, Video Game Rooms, Screening. Name: Chicago Comic EXPO aka C2E2 Date: April 6-8 Location: Chicago, IL Events: Comic Guests, Entertainment Guests, Literary Guests, Charity Art Show, Panels, Screening, C2E2 Live, Cosplay, Family Events, Artists Alley, Exhibitions, Panels. Name: Heroes & Villains Fan Fest Date: April 7-8 Location: Chicago, IL Events: Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Vendors, Artists Alley, Guest Stars, Panels, Meet and Greet, Guest Q&A. Name: Cape Comic Con Date: April 20-22 Location: Cape Girardeau, MO Events: Cape Comic Con featured 3 days of professional comic book artists, publishers, and over 130 tables of comics and merchandise for fans of all genres to enjoy. Fans from all over the region come in costume to celebrate with us. Name: OZ Con Date: April 27-29 Location: Ozark, Missouri Events: Anime, Cosplay and Cosplay Events, MTG, Warhammer, Warmachine, RPG. Name: Imagicon Date: April 27-29 Location: Minot, ND Events: Guests, Panels, Games, Cosplay, Room Block, Vendors. MAY: Name: No Brand Con Date: May 4-6 Location: Wisconsin Dells, WI Events: Artists, Vendors, Panels, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Anime Room, No Mercy Room, Gaming Lounge, Tabletop and Video Games, AMV Contest, Nerd Auction, Dance, Puzzle Hunt, Lip Sync Battle Name: Ratha Con Date: May 12 Location: Athens, OH Events: Vendors, Artists, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Workshops, Art Exhibit, Quidditch Tournament. Name: Motor City Comic Con Date: May 18-20 Location: Novi, MI Events: Exhibitors, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests, Gaming, Panels, Q & A, Photo OPs, Sat Night Bash (Appetizers, DJ, Cash Bar). Name: CoreCon X Date: May 24-27 Location: Fargo, ND Events: Charity Events, Art Show, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests, Games, Guests. Name: Cherry Capital Comic Con Date: May 25-27 Location: Traverse City, MI Events: Exhibitors, Artists Alley, Game Room, Panels, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests, Garry Reed Award, Art Auction, Karaoke Party, C4 After Hours Events: VIP 21+ JUNE: Name: Wizard World Date: June 1-3 Location: Des Moines, Iowa Events: Guests, Attractions, Programming, Comics, Exhibitors, Vendors, Artists Alley, Cosplay & Cosplay Contest. Name: Extremicon Date: June 1-3 Location: St. Robert, MO Events: Magic The Gathering Tournament, Car Show, Vendors, Karate Tournament, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Guests, Artist Name: Wizard World Datye: June 8-10 Location: Columbus, Ohio Events: Guests, Attractions, Programming, Comics, Exhibitors, Vendors, Artists Alley, Cosplay & Cosplay Contest. Name: Smallville Comic-Con Date: June 23-24 Location: Hutchinson, KS Events: Guests, Photo OPs, Cosplay and Cos[play Contests, Vendors, Exhibitors, History: The creation of the Smallville ComicCon was the result of a lot of hard work and a series of fortunate events. The initial inspiration came from three comic book fans; Ben Eisiminger, KC McNeely, and Chris Wietrick. They recognized similarities between the City of Hutchinson, Kansas and the fictional City of Smallville, Kansas – the boyhood home of Clark Kent, alter ego of Superman. The three began a grassroots campaign to have Hutchinson recognized as the official Smallville, Kansas. Their efforts caught the attention of long-time Superman fan, Jon Robinson. Interested in their efforts, Jon provided support and loaned his original handmade costumes inspired by the Man of Steel movie toward the cause. The effort succeeded and on June 21, 2013, through mayoral decree, Hutchinson was renamed Smallville, Kansas for a single day. On this same day, Superman was inducted into the Kansas Hall of Fame as the most recognized “Kansan” within pop culture. Jon was invited to attend the induction ceremony within the State’s Capital with his family, all wearing their Man of Steel costumes. JULY: Name: O Comic Con Date: July 13-15 Location: Omaha, NE Events: Vendors, Exhibitors, Guests, Artists Alley, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest. AUGUST: Name: Wizard World Date: Aug 23-26 Location: Chicago, Illinois Events: Guests, Attractions, Programming, Comics, Exhibitors, Vendors, Artists Alley, Cosplay & Cosplay Contest. SEPTEMBER: Name: Cincinnati Comic EXPO Date: Sept 14-16 Location: Cincinnati, OH Events: Artists, Alley, Film/TV Guests, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Vendors, Exhibitors, Star Wars Zone, Star Cars and Props, Autographs, Photo OPs, Q & A, Blood Drive, Gaming, Geek Prom, Kids Zone, Sci-Fi Speed dating, Workshops, Panels. Name: TopCon Geek Date: Sept 15-16 Location: Topeka, KS Events: Guest Stars, Photo OPs, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests, Artists Alley, Exhibitors, Authors, Live Performances, Neon Flash (Retro Gaming) Tournaments, Film Festival, Fund Raising. Name: Wizard World Date: Sep 21-23 Location: Madison, WI Events: Guests, Attractions, Programming, Comics, Exhibitors, Vendors, Artists Alley, Cosplay & Cosplay Contest. Name: Ramencon Date: Sept 21-23 Location: South Bend, IN Events: Vendors, Exhibitors, Cosplay, Panels. OCTOBER: Name: Archon 42 Date: Oct 12-14 Location: Collinsville, IL Events: Panels, Charity Events, Children's Activities, Minatures, Filking, Games, Masquerade, Film Festival, Art Show and Auctions, Writer's Workshop, Reading Groups, Night Dancing, Hallway Costume Contest, Room Parties, Guest of Honor, Guest Stars, Artist Alley. Name: Cleveland Comic-Con Date: Oct 6-7 Location: Cleveland, OH: Cuyahoga County Events: Artists Alley, Guests, Con Films, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Vendors, Exhibitors.