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Be a part of our premiere multi-genre convention at West Chester University, where fans from all walks of life are welcome!
Be a part of our premiere multi-genre convention at West Chester University, where fans from all walks of life are welcome!
39 backers pledged $1,330 to help bring this project to life.

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What's Tanoshiicon?

Tanoshiicon is an all-encompassing multi-genre convention that caters to the tastes shared by fans of all kinds, ranging from comic book connoisseurs to Homestucks, Whovians to LARP'ers, from Gamer Grumps to anime fanatics and everything in between, we will have something for everyone! It will be open to the public and held at West Chester University on March 1, 2014 in Sykes student union. Parking is free on weekends and can be found all over the campus. 

Sykes Student Union (front)
Sykes Student Union (front)

Check out our websites to stay up to date at all times! Friend/follow us! 

What kind of things happen at this con?

Events will include panels, workshops, cosplay contests, karaoke, gaming tournaments, AMV's, photoshoots and anything you want to bring to the table, literally. We also have an extra special formal ball! We'll have a video game room and other rooms for board and card games. By separating the video games from the others, it ensures you a more quiet and relaxed atmosphere for your gaming pleasure. The manga library will be located on the top level in the quiet lounge so that you may read and relax at your leisure. We're also very kind to our musicians here at WCU and are known for our outstanding music programs. As such, there is a grand piano located in one of our dining lounges (right next to the karaoke station) that you may play or take photos with!

Various panel rooms
Various panel rooms

There is a room for vendors as well. What fun would a con be without a vending room where you can get cool souvenirs? We also have a large theatre to house our AMV panels.

Some demonstration panels that we currently have planned include fencing, Shotokan, Quidditch, Tai Chi and a burlesque cabaret tea party extravaganza! (And tea parties always have tasty goodies.) Panel requests will be accepted as well, so bring the variety to us, guys! To submit a form head to the main page (www.tanoshiicon.org).

What's so special about the area? 

Asplundh Hall
Asplundh Hall

Architecture junkie? Cosplayer or photographer? Perfect! We have a castle (Asplundh Hall) on campus and several other gorgeous buildings that you can take pictures of...fabulous for photoshoots. If you can't drive then you can take the 104 Septa bus line to the university (Church Street). Only about 1 hour outside of Philadelphia. The local town is also a wealth of architecture and history for those with a soft spot for old world charm. Anything that you would need is within walking distance. Plus we are wheelchair accessible, have several gender neutral bathrooms and have designated outdoor smoking areas. Everybody is kept in mind!

I'll be at con all day. Do I have to break the bank to eat?

Heck no! There are plenty of places for you to eat, sit and rest (which we consider very important), and because we're not in an actual convention center we don't have to suffer their exorbitant rates for basic sustenance. In the venue there is a food court containing a sandwich station, Chick Fil A, salad station, wrap station and several basic food stations (burgers, cheesesteaks, sushi, etc.) There's also a coffee and bagel stop called Java City, and outside on the street should be food trucks that range in variety from chicken fingers to kimchi and various Asian cuisines. If you feel like dining in a restaurant in town there are multiple Chinese, Thai, Italian, Mexican and Indian restaurants, as well as several tea houses and pizza shops.

Ram's Head food court in Sykes and The Lunch Box food truck
Ram's Head food court in Sykes and The Lunch Box food truck

I might not have cash. Are there local ATM's?

Actually, yes! We have an ATM located on the bottom floor of our venue, and it's right next to the registration desk! For most banks, it's currently surcharge free as well! If you don't like our ATM there's also a 7/11 up the road and a Wawa in the opposite direction (also right up the road) and both have ATM's (Wawa's is surcharge free).

...But can I cosplay?

...is that a real question? Of course you can! Cosplay is encouraged and welcomed, especially for hall costume contest and various activities throughout the day. 

Cosplayers at West Chester University
Cosplayers at West Chester University

We look forward to hearing from you and we hope to see you in March 2014!!! Have a ‘Tanoshii’ time! (Tanoshii = fun, by the way)

Special Guests 

The representatives of Jaycon 5 will be here helping to spread the con love! We also will feature Mr. Khoi Pham, who has worked with both Marvel and Top Cow Productions, Inc., as our special guest artist! 

Go check out their page too!
Go check out their page too!
Mr. Khoi Pham of Marvel Entertainment and Top Cow Productions, Inc.
Mr. Khoi Pham of Marvel Entertainment and Top Cow Productions, Inc.
       
What Do I Get For Backing The Kickstarter?
A Wild Reference Chart Appeared!
A Wild Reference Chart Appeared!
  • For vendors specifically, there is a $30 offer where you can book your table to vend your goods at our event. You MAY purchase more than 1 table! Just make sure to submit your vendor application form found here. If you do not submit a vendor table application, you will not be permitted to vend.
  • There is also a special reward for vendors called The Blacksmith. See the reward description for details.
  • Don't forget that all rewards are claimed at the convention.

What Are Some of Tanoshiicon's Expenses?

The main things that we are currently supposed to be funding are the biggest: security and website management, and anything that remains will go towards making this convention better for everybody. We'd like to be able to keep everybody safe as well as keep our venue, and Sykes will have security guards assigned to us (not optional or we lose the venue). It would also be a big setback if we were to lose our website, plus then we couldn't keep you guys up to date with Tanoshiicon antics in an organized and concise manner. That's no good. 

We'd also like to show you a special sneak-peek of some of the official merchandise that you'll be able to get if you back us! 

T-Shirt

Shirt front (other colours available)
Shirt front (other colours available)
 

 Draw-string Bag

Draw string bag (also comes in black, blue, green, purple and hot pink)
Draw string bag (also comes in black, blue, green, purple and hot pink)

 Buttons (just a little teaser)

2 1/4" button, Style A
2 1/4" button, Style A
Style B
Style B

Risks and challenges

Being a first year, we're so worried that Senpai won't notice us...

We really want to make this con happen. We even have a solid date set in stone and our venue is not changing under any circumstances. If we are successful in reaching our funding goal then you can rest assured that the event will happen. The setbacks we may face include:

- Not filling entire artisan vendor room
- Don't get many panelists to fill all panel slots
- Attendance falls short of anticipated number
- Any event that would render the venue unusable (i.e. natural disasters, Weeping Angel invasion, T virus outbreak, etc.)

Luckily we've already scaled the echeladders necessary to attain God Tier, all for the sake of protecting this con...plus Chris Redfield and Leon Kennedy are kickin it in the break room just in case of an unforeseen outbreak. In the event of a blackout, the venue has generators to provide backup power which keeps us up and running. West Chester University rarely has cancellations for any type of inclement weather or related obstacles, so the likelihood of a cancellation is minimal.

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    [The D00d]
    Every little bit helps, and some people might want to contribute to the cause but just can't make it due to conflicting plans or they're just not local. And that's ok! This will give you the satisfaction of knowing that you helped bring a new convention to life by providing it with its necessary lifeblood. We'll even mention your name on Tanoshiicon.org. You are the best kind of person. Thank you!

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    [The Axolotl]
    This is a special kickstarter exclusive price for our pre-registration. Want to ensure your spot at the con? This is the place to do it! Sign up now and be a part of all the fun! There will be vendors, panels, and other activities, so don't miss out! Omnyx the Axolotl will be waiting for you.

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    [The Villager]
    Looking to help out a little more? Instead of just a pre-reg you can also get a nifty Tanoshiicon kickstarter exclusive button, keychain or magnet to go along with your pre-registration!

    (All merch picked up at the con.)

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    [The Mayor]
    One little piece of merch not enough for you? Not for us either! When you're the Mayor, you expect more because you deserve it. Not only will you get a pre-reg, but you'll get a button, keychain and magnet along with a cool silicone wristband. Show off that Tanoshiicon pride to all those around you! And if that isn't enough, you'll also have your name featured in the Tanoshiicon program as a way to show our gratitude. Thanks, Mayor!

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    [The Bard]
    Digging the Tanoshiicon spirit and wish you could display your newfound interest? Well never fear, Shakespeare! We've got just what you quest for! All that comes with The Mayor will come to you as well, but you can also pimp out your desktop with a spiffy kickstarter exclusive downloadable wallpaper for your computer!

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    [Artist Alley Vendor Payment Submission] This is specifically for our vendors. This is for the people who have contacted our Public Relations officer and have submitted a vendor table request form. The price is $30 a table and each table is 6' in length. This is a method of paying for your booth if you would rather feel the security of instantaneous payment instead of waiting for a check to clear.

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    [The Trainer]
    Now things get really serious because we've got a seriously wicked t-shirt to compliment all of your other sweet gear that comes with this package. Display your Tanoshiicon pride with all the perks of The Bard + our wicked threads. We'll even throw in another pass for a friend! A sick background, great merch, a fab travel companion and a stylin' tee? Can't nobody stop you, but if they try, just say 'Omnyx, I choose you!'

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    [The Swordsman]
    Just when you thought we were done, we unsheathe another great deal. All the perks of The Trainer + a kickstarter exclusive draw-string bag and artwork by the illustrator of Omnyx the Axolotl, the official mascot of Tanoshiicon. You can hang your print on your wall or door so all your friends and family know what a truly tanoshii person you are! You know how to keep it real.

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    [The Master]
    So you want to be the Master of Tanoshiicon? Do you have the skills to be number one? Enter the axolotl and harness the power! You've got your Swordsman all taken care of, but to make things even better we'll give you a full button set with some kickstarter exclusive button designs as well as YET ANOTHER kickstarter exclusive art print and downloadable wallpaper. You'll also be able to have your left and right hand man (or woman) when we give you not one, but two extra pre-reg passes! Nobody will question your influence again with so much swag under (or on) your belt!

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    [The Master Swordsman]
    Well, EXCUUUUSE ME, Princess! All that wasn't good enough for you? Then show off your power! Get all the swag of The Master with a fairy in a bottle. You'll get a Triforce of kickstarter exclusive prints for your wall or locker, and the part that REALLY gives you bragging rights: a custom art print made especially for you. Nobody else in the world will have the print in your very hands...it's a secret to everyone. Now that's something to feel powerful about! To fully ensure your power levels remain peaked, we, the board of Tanoshiicon, invite you to dine and be photographed with us on the day of the convention.

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    [The Blacksmith]
    This is a special offer for vendors specifically. Being a first year con, we understand how beneficial it can be to create reliable partnerships. This level is for vendors that would like to stick it out with us from now on. As a Blacksmith level donor, you will be locked into our current price for vendor tables for now and forever. You will also be given the best possible position in the dealers room, you'll get to keep your setup even after the vendor room closes for use for evening panels, 2 (count them, 2) side-by-side tables, a special mention on our website and in the con book, and to top it off 5 free passes into Tanoshiicon for you and who ever you wish to bring along. We'll even feature your name on all of our websites and in our literature at the convention.

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