Mid-West Cons 2020


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Mid-West: Covering Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Ohio and, Wisconsin.

FYI guys, several event dates are pending and a few have been canceled. If you find a con let me know so I can post it on the list.


Name: Anime-ZAP
Date: Jan 3-5
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: Ohayocon
Date: Jan 10-12
Location: Colunbus, OH
Events: Signature Events, Panels, Cosplay Expo, Photo OPs, Tabletop and Video Gaming Tournaments, AMV Contest, Special Guests, Exhibits, Vendors, Artists, Swap Meet, Fashin Show.

Name: Uchi-Con
Date: Jan 25
Location: Chicago, IL
Events: Cosplay Contests, Photo Booth, Cafe, Gaming, Karaoke, Anime Screening, Anime Bingo, Meetups, Silent Auctions, Film Screening, Artist Alley, Panels.


Name: AMKE
Date: Feb 14-16
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: Great Lakes Comic Con
Date: Feb 21-22
Location: Warren, MI
Events: Exhibitors, Vendors, Guests, Collectibles, Raffles, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests.

Name: NWI Comic-Con
Date: Feb TBA
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 22-23
Location: Fargo, ND
Events: Vendors, Panels, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests, Guests, Video Gaming, Fund Raising, Media, Demonstrations.

Name: Chicago Comic EXPO aka C2E2
Date: Feb 31- March 1
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: Wizard World
Date: March 6-8
Location: Cleveland,OH
Events: Guests, Attractions, Programming, Comics, Exhibitors, Vendors, Artists Alley, Cosplay & Cosplay Contest.

Name: Animatic Con
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Theme: Villains
Events: Panels, Artists Alley, Dealers, Cosplay, 1000 Faces Cosplay, Charity Fund Raising

Name: Shuto Con
Date: March TBA
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 20-22 CANCELED
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: Planet Comicon
Date: March 20-22 POSTPONED DATE TBA
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: Animarathon
Date: March 28-29 CANCELED
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: Anime Detour
Date: April 3-5 CANCELED
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Events: Art Show, Artists Alley, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Charity Auction, Dealers, Gaming, Room Parties, Video Game Rooms, Screening.

Name: Indiana Comic-Con
Date: April 10-12 POSTPONED DATE TBA
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.

Name: No Brand Con
Date: April 17-19 POSTPONED DATE TBA
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: Cape Comic Con
Date: April 17-19
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: Ratha Con
Date: April 18
Location: Athens, OH
Events: Vendors, Artists, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Workshops, Art Exhibit, Quidditch Tournament.

Name: Heroes & Villains Fan Fest
Date: April 18-19
Location: Chicago, IL
Events: Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Vendors, Artists Alley, Guest Stars, Panels, Meet and Greet, Guest Q&A.

Name: OZ Con
Location: Ozark, Missouri
Events: Anime, Cosplay and Cosplay Events, MTG, Warhammer, Warmachine, RPG.

Name: Imagicon
Date: April 24-26
Location: Minot, ND
Events: Guests, Panels, Games, Cosplay, Room Block, Vendors.

Name: Gem City Comic Con
Date: April 25-26
Location: Dayton, OH
Events: Guests, Dealers, Exhibits, Artists Alley, Comic Books, Cosplay


Name: VisionCon
Date: May 1-3
Location: Branson, MO
Events: Media Guests, Artists, Exhibitors, Vendors, Workshops, Masquerade, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest, Fund Raising.

Name: Anime Central
Date: May 15-17
Location: Rosemont, IL
Events: Anime Central (ACen) is the largest anime, manga and Japanese popular culture convention in Chicago and the Midwest. ACen happens once a year in the Spring (around April or May) less than 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, in Rosemont, IL.

As part of its mission, ACen brings fans together with guests from the Japanese and US sectors of the anime and manga industry, as well as gaming, cinema, and Asian culture personalities. The event includes a huge exhibit hall, a massive video game room, concerts, dances, educational panels and workshops, premiere screenings, autograph sessions, 24-hour video rooms, tabletop gaming and much, much more!

Name: Motor City Comic Con
Date: May 15-17
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 21-24
Location: Fargo, ND
Events: Charity Events, Art Show, Cosplay and Cosplay Contests, Games, Guests.

Name: Cherry Capital Comic Con
Date: May 22-24
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+


Name: Wizard World
Date: June 5-7 Still on, but check w/ the web page prior to attending for any restrictions or health concerns. Any changes will be posted prior to con.
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Events: Guests, Attractions, Programming, Comics, Exhibitors, Vendors, Artists Alley, Cosplay & Cosplay Contest.

Name: Smallville Comic-Con
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.

Name: O Comic Con
Location: Omaha, NE
Events: Vendors, Exhibitors, Guests, Artists Alley, Cosplay and Cosplay Contest.


Name: Indi PopCon
Date: July 10-12
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Events: Guests, Panels, Workshops, Hoosier Lottery, Cosplay Championships, Gaming, Charity Events, Artists, Exhibitors, Anime, Fantasy, Sci-Fi.

Name: Gen Con
Date: July 30- Aug 2 VIRTUAL
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Events: Gen Con is the original, longest-running gaming convention in the world!
Founded in 1968, Gen Con hosts the largest consumer hobby, fantasy, science fiction, and adventure game convention in North America. With 500 exhibiting game companies, award-winning authors and artists, vibrant costumes, thousands of events, family entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden, and the debut of hundreds of exciting new games, Gen Con truly is The Best Four Days in Gaming™.
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


Name: Matsuricon
Location: Columbus, OH
Events: Guests, Charity Events, Tabletop and Video Gaming, Cosplay, Dances, Formal Ball, Photo OPs, Video Events.

Name: Do-Dah Parade
Date: August 15 CANCELED
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
Events: Do-Dah Parade started in 1984, when WKMI organizers designed the parade as a way for companies and organizations to provide unique entertainment through a parody. It was patterned after the Pasadena, California Parade called Doo Dah. The purpose remains the same – use a parody to create a laughable and fun parade that will create conversation. Each year, participants are challenged to reinvigorate the meaning of “Do-Dah” (a parody based on a spoof or a satire of a person, place, event or thing). The parade has been part of the Kalamazoo landscape for 35 years. It's a tradition and it is the funniest parade.
Here’s how we have recreated Do-Dah – it’s a reverse. As a parade unit you stand still, everyone else walks or bikes by you to see your business/organization display. But, the “cool factor” is that you are safe with your fellow employees in a designated section. Parade viewers walk by or bike (there are two sides one for walkers and one for bikers) and they can view your parade display. You stand and wave.

Name: Wizard World
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Events: Guests, Attractions, Programming, Comics, Exhibitors, Vendors, Artists Alley, Cosplay & Cosplay Contest.


Name: Cincinnati Comic EXPO
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: Ramencon
Date: Sept 25-27
Location: South Bend, IN
Events: Vendors, Exhibitors, Cosplay, Panels.

Name: TopCon Geek
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: Archon 43
Date: Oct 2-4 Make sure to check the Covid-19 Update CANCELED
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: Youmacon
Date: Oct 29- Nov 1
Location: Detroit, MI
Events: Youmacon is a celebration of Japanese animation, videogames, popular culture and costuming, and its influence on our own culture over the past few decades. Common themes throughout the event are Anime (Japanese animation), video games, Japanese-style artwork and comics, and the rising Internet culture influenced by all of the above. Youmacon brings a unique all-ages mix of interactive games, celebrity guest panels and live musical performances to downtown Detroit.Now in its 16th year, highlights for Youmacon 2020 will include large video game and table-top gaming rooms, a Charity Masquerade Ball, national bands and DJs and a massive 150,000 sq. foot dealer’s room for shopping Anime, artwork, figures and other collectibles. Last year’s Youmacon drew more than 21,000 attendees from all around the world.

Name: Siouxpercon
Location: Sioux Falls,SD
Events: Cosplay, Panels, Q&A, Board/RPG/Video Gaming, Wrestling, Guests, Exhibits, Vendors, After Hours Events (18+)


Name: Daisho Con
Location: Dells, WI
Events: Cosplay, Rave, Nerf Arena, AMV Contest, Guests, Panels, Action Room, Cosplay Island, Video & Table Top Gaming.
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Name: Chicago Comic EXPO aka C2E2
Date: March 31- Feb 1
Location: Chicago, IL
Events: Comic Guests, Entertainment Guests, Literary Guests, Charity Art Show, Panels, Screening, C2E2 Live, Cosplay, Family Events, Artists Alley, Exhibitions, Panels.

That is either the longest con in the world or time works backwards. ;) I think you meant Feb 28 - March 1


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Can I make a suggesetion to add DaishoCon to this list? I met a few other halo people(1 405th member) there and the cosplay presence at this event is huge. it is hosted at the newly expanded convention hall at kalahari resort (which means the hotel/water/amusment park are connect to the convention hall) and there are plenty of hotels around the area since its a tourist area. Last year about 6000 people went. and this year when I went there was easily more then that.
they have panels, videogame room, action room, masquerade, rave, special guests and it seems well run from what I could tell ($50 for the weekend I think)

find more info here: Daisho Con – Nov. 22-24th at the Kalahari Resorts & Waterpark in WI!

It's not huge but the event is pretty fun and it's located in wisconsin dells WI.
A lot of people from IL, Wisconsin, and MN came to it. even some from further. focuses around anime and video games. mostly anime.
dates are usually the weekend(fri-sun) before thanksgiving.

Just a thought! I had a good amount of fun and I don't really know what requirements are needed to get on this list of cons oh keeper of cons dirtguy


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may 14-17th
anime central. heard some good things from a few other con goers.
location: 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018


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As much as some of us might like a con that runs from March to February I think that might be a little much haha

How do you know? Have you ever been to an almost year long Con....I think not. I wouldn't mind giving it the old college try. The ticket price might set me back a bit........


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How do you know? Have you ever been to an almost year long Con....I think not. I wouldn't mind giving it the old college try. The ticket price might set me back a bit........

I don't think my job would let me take that much time off. If I switched to always remote though I might be able to do a year long Con.


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How do you know? Have you ever been to an almost year long Con....I think not. I wouldn't mind giving it the old college try. The ticket price might set me back a bit........
What you dont want to take out a second mortgage to fund your con sabatical?

I think the biggest thing for me would be how much weight I would gain living off con food


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Latest status of MO cons remaining this year (subject to change):
Cape Comic Con - July 10-12- Cape Girardeau, MO
St. Louis Comic Con - July 18-19- St. Charles, MO
Planet Comicon - August 14-16- Kansas City, MO
Archon (technically IL) - October 2-4 - Collinsville, IL

Wizard World St. Louis
Planet Comicon
Archon (technically IL) - October 2-4 - Collinsville, IL

All remaining for the year cancelled as of Aug 4
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Ok guys, Midwest list has been updated. Keep in mind that even though some events are still posted as being on, it may change based on that areas health situation. Those orders will come from the governors of each state. If you plan to attend a con, make sure to check the website for any updates. Keep safe and be smart. If you aren't feeling well, stay home.

Updated again......Virtual cons and cancellations
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