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Setsucon
Status Active
Genre Anime, Manga, Japanese culture
Venue Blair County Convention Center
Location Altoona, Pennsylvania
Country United States
First held 2007
Organizer Penn State Anime Organization (PSAO)
Attendance Nearly 1,500 in 2014
Official website http://www.setsucon.com/

Setsucon is an annual two day anime convention held during January at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The convention's name comes from the Japanese word setsu, meaning "snow". It is organized by the Penn State Anime Organization (PSAO). The convention is family-friendly.

Programming

The convention typically offers anime showings, artist alley, card-game tournaments, dance, dealer's room, Iron Cosplay, manga library, masquerade, panels, tabletop gaming, video gaming and workshops. The 2008 host auction raised $1,200 and was donated to the United Way. Todd Haberkorn participated in the 2013 host auction, raising $510 for charity. The host auction in 2014 raised nearly $500 for Child's Play. Richard Epcar and Stephanie Sheh participated in the 2015 host auction, along with several cosplayers, raising $800 for Child's Play. Setsucon in 2018 had over 130 hours of convention programming.

History

Due to financial issues, the convention's first year in 2007 was reduced from three days to one day. In 2008, the convention expanded to two days due to additional funding. In 2010 on Saturday, Setsucon reached its venues capacity limit of 900 people before noon. The artists' alley and dealers' room were expanded in 2014. The dance was shut down early in 2015 because of complaints including poor behavior. In 2017, the convention showed never before seen clips from anime licensor Pied Piper, Inc. of the dub for Skip Beat!. In 2018, the convention moved to the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Setsucon due to the COVID-19 pandemic was scheduled to move to April for 2021, and would also have Friday programming. Instead, they will hold a virtual event in April, and in 2022 return to January with a three day event.

Event History

Dates Location Atten. Guests
January 27, 2007 Days Inn State College
State College, Pennsylvania
288
January 26-27, 2008 Days Inn State College
State College, Pennsylvania
D-Chan, Kyle Hebert, Dave Lister, and Chris "Kilika" Malone.
January 17-18, 2009 Days Inn State College
State College, Pennsylvania
About 600 Robert Axelrod, Dave Lister, Chris "Kilika" Malone, Yuko "Aido" Ota, Ananth Panagariya, and This Place is Haunted.
January 16-17, 2010 Days Inn State College
State College, Pennsylvania
M. Alice LeGrow, Chris "Kilika" Malone, and Vic Mignogna.
January 29-30, 2011 Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, Pennsylvania
Todd Haberkorn and Chris "Kilika" Malone.
January 28-29, 2012 Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, Pennsylvania
Antipode, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Kyle Hebert, Uncle Yo, and Greg Wicker.
January 26-27, 2013 Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, Pennsylvania
1,300 Antipode, Martin Billany, Todd Haberkorn, Cherami Leigh, Dave Lister, Uncle Yo, and DJ Zing.
January 25-26, 2014 Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, Pennsylvania
Nearly
1,500
Antipode, Leah Clark, Richard Epcar, Todd Haberkorn, Kambrea Pratt, Thom Pratt, Ellyn Stern, Alexis Tipton, Uncle Yo, Greg Wicker, and DJ Zing.
January 24-25, 2015 Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, Pennsylvania
1,200 Antipode, Richard Epcar, Rusty Gilligan, Stephanie Sheh, Ellyn Stern, Uncle Yo, and DJ Zing.
January 30-31, 2016 Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania
Antipode, Chris Bevins, Natalie Hoover, Rachel Robinson, Uncle Yo, and DJ Zing.
January 21-22, 2017 Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania
Antipode, Kira Buckland, DJ-R, Ralph "Ralfington" Edward, Erica Lindbeck, Keith Silverstein, and Uncle Yo.
January 27-28, 2018 Blair County Convention Center
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Antipode, Leah Clark, Amber Lee Connors, Charles Dunbar, Daman Mills, Micah Solusod, and DJ Zing.
January 26-27, 2019 Blair County Convention Center
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Antipode, Charles Dunbar, Brianna Knickerbocker, E. Jason Liebrecht, and Elizabeth Maxwell.
January 25-26, 2020 Blair County Convention Center
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Antipode, DJ Awesomus Prime, Charles Dunbar, Kohei Hattori, Billy Kametz, Faye Mata, and TiA.
April 10-11, 2021 Replaced with a virtual-only
event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
January 28-30, 2022 Blair County Convention Center
Altoona, Pennsylvania

Associations

Setsucon is a member of the International Otaku Expo Association (I.O.E.A).

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Coordinates: 40°27′25″N 78°24′3″W / 40.45694°N 78.40083°W / 40.45694; -78.40083

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