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Anime NebrasKon
Status Active
Genre Anime, popular culture
Venue Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center
Location Omaha, Nebraska
Country United States
First held 2004
Organizer Nebraska Japanese Animation Society

Anime NebrasKon is an annual three-day anime convention held during November at the Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center in Omaha, Nebraska. It is organized by the Nebraska Japanese Animation Society.

Programming

The convention typically offers an artist's alley, anime idol, anime music video contest, cosplay contests, cosplay masquerade, dance/rave, dating auction, dealer's room, game room (video, tournaments, tabletop), formal ball, human chess, panels, and talent shows. The convention raised $2,600 for Big Brothers Big Sisters during the 2012 charity auction. Charity auctions prior to 2012 raised around $1,000 which was donated to Make-a-Wish and Open Door Mission. The convention's charity events in 2015 benefited the National Alliance on Mental Illness and raised around $7,500. Basset and Beagle Rescue of the Heartland was 2018's charity.

History

Anime NebrasKon was founded by the members of University of Nebraska-Lincoln's anime club (Otaku Jinrui) in 2004 as an fund-raising project and had 300 attendees at the first convention. Due to the conventions growth, in 2009 it moved to the Holiday Inn Omaha Convention Center in Omaha, Nebraska, and added 24-hour programming. Weddings have been held at the convention in both 2010 and 2011. The dealers room was expanded in 2012 because of renovations at the Ramada. An attendee on the way to the convention in 2012 was briefly detained by police after entering a bank wearing cosplay from the series Resident Evil. For 2016, the convention moved to La Vista in order to accommodate growth. Anime NebrasKon 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Event history

Dates Location Atten. Guests
October 9, 2004 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
300
November 4–6, 2005 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
500
(est)
Matt Burke, Tiffany Grant, Jan Scott-Frazier, and Shannon Townsend.
November 17–19, 2006 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
Steve Bennett, Tiffany Grant, Kyle Hebert, Jan Scott-Frazier, Richard Townsend, and Shannon Townsend.
November 16–18, 2007 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
Steve Bennett, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Richard Townsend, and Shannon Townsend.
November 14–16, 2008 University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska
Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, James Hatton, Richard Townsend, Shannon Townsend, and Kira Vincent-Davis.
November 6-8, 2009 Holiday Inn Omaha Convention Center
(Coco Key Water Resort)
Omaha, Nebraska
1,470 Buranden, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Yuri Lowenthal, Tara Platt, Richard Townsend, and Shannon Townsend.
November 5-7, 2010 Holiday Inn Omaha Convention Center
(Coco Key Water Resort)
Omaha, Nebraska
2,100 Tiffany Grant, Jerry Jewell, Keith Silverstein, Richard Townsend, and Eric Vale.
November 4-6, 2011 Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center
(CoCo Key Water Resort) (Formerly the Holiday Inn)
Omaha, Nebraska
David Brehm, Chris Cason, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Christopher Sabat, Keith Silverstein, and Stephanie Young.
November 2-4, 2012 Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center
Omaha, Nebraska
Steven Blum, David Brehm, Richard Epcar, Kyle Hebert, Keith Silverstein, John Swasey, and Stephanie Young.
November 1-3, 2013 Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center
Omaha, Nebraska
Dante Basco, Richard Epcar, Fredd Gorham, Wendy Powell, Keith Silverstein, April Stewart, and Alexis Tipton.
October 31 - November 2, 2014 Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center
Omaha, Nebraska
Robert Axelrod, David Brehm, Chris Cason, Richard Epcar, Fredd Gorham, Kyle Hebert, Erica Mendez, Eric Stuart, Alexis Tipton, Cristina Vee, and Stephanie Young.
November 6-8, 2015 Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center
Omaha, Nebraska
Amber Lee Connors, Fredd Gorham, Kyle Hebert, Amanda Celine Miller, Chii Sakurabi, Keith Silverstein, Karen Strassman, Cristina Vee, and Doug Walker.
November 4-6, 2016 La Vista Conference Center
La Vista, Nebraska
6,530 Colleen Clinkenbeard, Aaron Dismuke, Caitlin Glass, Fredd Gorham, Todd Haberkorn, Cassandra Lee Morris, Kirby Morrow, Chii Sakurabi, Jad B. Saxton, Keith Silverstein, Sonny Strait, and Alexis Tipton.
November 10-12, 2017 Hotel RL Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska
Barbara Dunkelman, Kara Eberle, Katelyn Gault, Todd Haberkorn, Lindsay Jones, Erica Lindbeck, Elizabeth Maxwell, Kyle McCarley, Keith Silverstein, and Arryn Zech.
November 2-4, 2018 Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center
Omaha, Nebraska
6,000 (est.) Clifford Chapin, Aaron Dismuke, Chris Guerrero, Kyle Hebert, E. Jason Liebrecht, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Erica Mendez, Vic Mignogna, Tony Oliver, Ryter Rong, Cristina Vee, and David Vincent.
November 1-3, 2019 Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel & Convention Center
Omaha, Nebraska
Leah Clark, Jerry Jewell, Brittney Karbowski, Lauren Landa, Erica Lindbeck, Joel McDonald, Xander Mobus, Ian Sinclair, Eric Vale, and Sarah Anne Williams.

Mascot

Anime NebrasKon's mascot is the Husker Ninja.

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