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The Northeasts Newest Large Scale Anime Convention located in NEPA.

SaikouCon 2013 is coming together well, but we need a little boost to our coffers to offer you, the fans, everything we've promised and more to make SaikouCon 2013 one of your best anime convention memories ever! The funds raised here will help to take care of our current roster of talent's travel expenses, but also to bring in one or two more voice actors, more activities, more events, and more music! Please take a moment and look over our awesome incentives for donating to SaikouCon, when our last Kickstarter fell through due to lack of information, no venue booked, and no talent officially booked in we realized we jumped the gun; that's not the case this time! Joining us as Guests of Honor are RuffleButt Cosplay (Jessie Pridemore), VA Terri Doty (Fairy Tail, Deadman Wonderland, Okami-san and Her Seven Companions, Level E), VA John Swasey (Soul Eater, Rebuild of Evangelion films, Full Metal Alchemist, Coyote Ragtime Show, Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid and many more), Darrel Guilbeau (Durarara!!, Blue Exorcist, Overman King Gainer, Samurai Champloo, Bleach, Cyborg 009, Paranoia Agent and many more), and Steve "Warky" Nunez (various video games and audiobooks). And musical guests DJ Soul Eater, The Flameing Daeth Fearies, Adam WarRock, and Turning Down Harvard. SaikouCon 2013 will be held at the Fernwood Hotel and Conference Center located at 5785 Milford Road East Stroudsburg PA 18302 on August 9, 10, and 11 2013 featuring our Opening Ceremonies on the 9th, our Cosplay Masquerade Ball on the 10th, Best Cosplay Competition (yet to be scheduled) and much more to be announced!

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The few setbacks we could face at this point time are talent cancellations and venue cancellation, which are not concerns for us at present, they are just hurdles that every convention, no matter the type of fandom, faces. We are convinced backing SaikouCon for our final push of talent expenses and advertising budget will lead to SaikouCon becoming a convention to equal our friends Otakon down in Maryland. With our founder's connections in the anime and music industries through his journalistic career at Tastes Like Rock! Music Magazine and Anime Ate My Brain Magazine.

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  • Honestly, not as much as you might think. I know it looks like we're being the upstart new guy on the block running the same time as Otakon, but they actually jumped our weekend from their normal July timeframe after we were locked into August 9, 10, and 11 by our venue and announced it the same day we came to the agreement with the Fernwood Hotel & Conference Center. Nothing against Otakon for it, I'm sure there was no malice in the time jump, most likely the same problem we had finding a venue; conventions like ourselves are always at the mercy of our venues. To be sure, SaikouCon has lost a few guests and a few vendors to Otakon, but as callous as this may sound, I personally know many anime fans in the Tri-State area that would love to attend Otakon but will not take the hike down to Baltimore, Maryland and that have said they will attend SaikouCon instead.All of the above said, if we could change our weekend, we would. Part of the reason I agreed to the weekend we have was because we weren't, originally, stepping on any established East Coast conventions toes and I personally would like to be able to go back to that, but the Fernwood was actually our last choice of venue (for location, the resort staff are very nice, they're just out of the way of the epicenter of town where East Stroudsburg and Stroudsburg proper overlap) as the other less imaginative resorts in the area would hook us and then drop us at the last moment. Sorry for the novella of an answer, but I've been asked this many times in the last few months and I want everyone to know it's just a matter of venues and not a shot at Otakon or Otakon, to our knowledge, taking a shot at us.

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