2020 Virtual Convention

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THE VIRTUAL CON HAS ENDED!

If you attended any part of the event, please fill out our feedback form! See you in 2021!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to make the difficult decision to cancel Anime Fusion 2020. But we won’t let a year go by without bringing you a celebration of anime, even if it can’t be in person. We’re excited to bring you our first-ever virtual convention, a one-day special event taking place completely online! Join us for games, panels, vendors, cosplay activities, and more! Best of all, it’s free!

Anime Fusion is a small, non-profit event. Every dollar we make is spent on the convention and its operating expenses. If you’d like to support us through the pandemic while we don’t have our usual convention to generate income, we’re also taking optional donations through our virtual event. If you “register” for the virtual con with a minimum $10 donation, we’ll send you a free swag bag after the event!

VIRTUAL CON 101

The fun starts Saturday at 10 AM!

How will this event work?

Our online convention will primarily be hosted on Discord. Click here to join our Discord server now and get familiar with our virtual venue! Discord is free to join and can be used in a web browser, on a PC application, or through a mobile app.

We have three “panel rooms” set up on Discord to host our events. Attendees and staff have volunteered their time to stream panels, demo video games, and provide other entertainment through live video feeds.

No Discord? No problem! A selection of panels will also be streamed on our Twitch channel and Facebook Live for a full day of entertainment on whatever platform works best for you. We’ll also be posting direct links to each panel on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram when each one begins. All of this content is completely free, no registration required!

Joining our Discord is also completely free, and includes loads of other content we can’t as easily share on social media. Read on for more information!

ACTIVITIES

Content at our free, one-day online event will include:

  • Panels: We have three full tracks of programming planned. Scroll down to see the event schedule!
  • Cosplay: Our Discord server is hosting a Cosplay Showcase, for you to share photos of yourself in costume and fun pictures of your pets!
  • Gaming: In addition to our streaming game demos, we’re hosting a shared Minecraft server and an Animal Crossing island with its own virtual con!
  • Vendors: Our virtual Artist Alley contains links and information on our many artist partners, several of whom will be running special sales throughout the day!
  • Crafts: Join us in our Family Activities channel for a coloring contest! You can download some coloring sheets here
  • Socializing: We have several text channels set up for you to meet and chat with other anime fans!

You’ll find all of the above on our Discord server!

EVENT SCHEDULE

Here’s our panel schedule for the day! Events in bold will be broadcast to our Twitch channel and Facebook Live in addition to Discord. Scroll down for panel descriptions. You can also download the grid and descriptions here.

PANEL 1 PANEL 2 PANEL 3
10:00 AM

Opening

10:30 AM

Amtgard Miniatures Game

11:00 AM

Animal Crossing - Island Hopping

11:30 AM

If It Can Go Wrong…

12:00 PM
12:30 PM

Wolf Dynasty Studios Stream

1:00 PM

It's a Cinch

Oregon Trail

11:30 PM
1:30 PM
2:00 PM

Amtgard LiveAction RPG Meet & Greet Townhall

2:30 PM

Embroidery Machines 101

3:00 PM

Sonic Spinball

3:30 PM

Reduce Reuse ReCosplay!

4:00 PM

Creativity Meets Canon

4:30 PM

Animal Crossing - Island Hopping

5:00 PM

Draw & Chat with PuppySHAKER

5:30 PM

Pair Up and Power Up!

6:00 PM
Goat Simulator
6:30 PM

Kitaku Café

7:00 PM

Leather in Cosplay

7:30 PM
Beat Saber
8:00 PM

Pokémon Cosplay Belly Dance

8:30 PM

Foaming At the Mouth: A Foam 101 Panel

9:00 PM

Killer Instinct Master Class

9:30 PM

MHA/BNHA and/or Haikyuu Cosplay Panel!

10:00 PM

Sh*t Cosplayers Say

10:30 PM
Jackbox Games
11:00 PM

Anime Jukebox - Request Show

1:00 PM

It's a Cinch

Oregon Trail

11:30 PM
12:00 AM

Closing

PANEL DESCRIPTIONS

If you won’t be joining us on Discord, be sure to follow our social media for links to the individual panel streams and our simulcast selection of content on Twitch and Facebook Live!

The following panels will be broadcast publicly to our Twitch channel and Facebook Live.

10:00 AM: Opening 
Get your day off to a great start by meeting some of our staff members, face to (remote) face. ^_^

10:30 AM: Amtgard Miniatures Game with Twin Cities Amtgard 
Join us for a Tabletop Strategy game version of some of our favorite Amtgard Battlegames. Using units based on real Amtgard players from right here in the midwest, players will band together to engage in team-based games to try and secure the objectives and gain victory over their opponents. In addition to being present in the Discord channel during the game, players will need to have a free roll20.net account to participate. Spectators are welcome to watch the game via the live stream on Discord and join us in the conversation.

1:00 PM: Oregon Trail
Come participate in a playthrough of your favorite educational adventure game from 1992! Will we ford rivers? Die of dysentery? Hunt everything to extinction? You decide!

2:00 PM: Amtgard LiveAction RPG Meet & Greet Townhall with Twin Cities Amtgard 
Join a gathering of Amtgard players from Minnesota for an introduction to our beloved hobby, its amazing community, and to have your questions answered. Come ready to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how you can join in on the fun.

3:00 PM: Sonic Spinball 
Remember the casino levels in the Sonic the Hedgehog games? Somebody thought that would make a good full game. Find out why they were wrong and enjoy it! We will also probably play other Sonic classics in this panel.

4:00 PM: Creativity Meets Canon with Goff Cosplay 
Do you LOVE a canon character, AND you have a great idea for your own unique take on cosplaying them, but you’re worried no one will recognize who you’re supposed to be? This is the panel for you! Whether you’re thinking of modifying your character’s canon outfit to suit your preferences better, or you’re wanting to design a completely new version of them that’s all your own, Goff Cosplay will help guide you step by step through the process they’ve used multiple times to successfully bring their one-of-a-kind designs of fan-favorite characters to life. Bring your questions, and your creativity!

5:30 PM: Pair Up and Power Up! with Goff Cosplay and Wig-Wig Cosplay 
Some things are just better with a buddy! Sharing snacks, nerding out over anime, and even cosplaying! But in some ways, OPPOSITES attract. Whether you’re life partners or Fandom Friends Forever, teaming up as a cosplay couple can be a ton of fun – and it can have its challenges too! Even when you love the same things, and you love each other, you’ll have some differences that will show up at some point in the process. Join two cosplay couple duos – Wig-Wig Cosplay and Goff Cosplay – as they chat about how they navigate their differences in things like planning habits, craft pacing , and handling stress, and how they combine their separate strengths to support each other and help their creativity reach greater heights than they could alone!

6:30 PM: Kitaku Cafe 
Join our Maid & Butler cafe partner, Kitaku Cafe, for dance performances and games!

8:00 PM: Pokémon Cosplay Belly Dance with Dewfeathers
Dewfeathers Cosplay and Dance will perform 5 dances for you as the Pokémon Sirfetch’d, Mimikyu, Alolan Marowak, and Polteageist, ending with her award winning performance as the Legendary Pokemon Suicune! Hope you enjoy the show!

9:00 PM: Killer Instinct Master Class 
Come learn how to perfect the subtle art of methodically and intelligently kicking the crap out of your opponents in the popular reboot of Killer Instinct!

10:00 PM: Sh*t Cosplayers Say with La Vie Cosplay 
From the podcast of the same name comes the best and worst cosplay and convention related questions. Join La Vie Cosplay as we explore the depths of the internet and examine the crazy of fandom life. You’re not gonna believe what some people say! Or what people think they can attach to their bodies with hot glue….

11:00 PM: Anime Jukebox – Request Show with Kid Yuki 
Like anime and video game music? Kid Yuki only wants to play what you want to hear, so take your pick from over 150 songs from anime like My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan, video games like Kingdom Hearts and Persona, plus RWBY, Steven Universe, and much more!

12:00 AM: Closing 
Thanks for spending the day with us!

All panels will be shown on our Discord server during the event. We have three “panel room” channels to host the video streams.

10:00 AM: Opening 
Panel 1
Get your day off to a great start by meeting some of our staff members, face to (remote) face. ^_^

10:30 AM: Amtgard Miniatures Game with Twin Cities Amtgard 
Panel 3
Join us for a Tabletop Strategy game version of some of our favorite Amtgard Battlegames. Using units based on real Amtgard players from right here in the midwest, players will band together to engage in team-based games to try and secure the objectives and gain victory over their opponents. In addition to being present in the Discord channel during the game, players will need to have a free roll20.net account to participate. Spectators are welcome to watch the game via the live stream on Discord and join us in the conversation.

11:00 AM: Animal Crossing – Island Hopping with Yume 
Panel 2
Explore some islands in Animal Crossing and see what other players have built on their digital home away from home.

11:30 AM: If It Can Go Wrong… with La Vie Cosplay 
Panel 1
If It Can Go Wrong… it will go wrong. Join La Vie Cosplay as we dive deep into everyday cosplay catastrophes including hot glue mishaps, wardrobe malfunctions, seam-stress, and other maker mishaps. We’ll tell you some stories of our own and give advice on how to fix and avoid common calamities.

12:30 PM: Wolf Dynasty Studios Stream 
Panel 2
We will be playing some games on Twitch with the studio crew, join us for the fun!

1:00 PM: It’s a Cinch with HardlyPlastic 
Panel 1
An introduction to corset making, from supplies needed to helpful tips and tricks.

1:00 PM: Oregon Trail Live 
Panel 3
Come participate in a playthrough of your favorite educational adventure game from 1992! Will we ford rivers? Die of dysentery? Hunt everything to extinction? You decide!

2:00 PM: Amtgard LiveAction RPG Meet & Greet Townhall with Twin Cities Amtgard 
Panel 2
Join a gathering of Amtgard players from Minnesota for an introduction to our beloved hobby, its amazing community, and to have your questions answered. Come ready to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how you can join in on the fun.

2:30 PM: Embroidery Machines 101 with Elquis, SkyPirate, and Vicemage 
Panel 1
Come learn the basics of machine embroidery and what embroidery machines are available for different needs and budgets!

3:00 PM: Sonic Spinball 
Panel 3
Remember the casino levels in the Sonic the Hedgehog games? Somebody thought that would make a good full game. Find out why they were wrong and enjoy it! We will also probably play other Sonic classics in this panel.

3:30 PM: Reduce Reuse ReCosplay! with Dewfeathers 
Panel 2
Let’s talk about all of the ways we can get creative with thrifting and reusing items for making cosplay!

4:00 PM: Creativity Meets Canon with Goff Cosplay 
Panel 1
Do you LOVE a canon character, AND you have a great idea for your own unique take on cosplaying them, but you’re worried no one will recognize who you’re supposed to be? This is the panel for you! Whether you’re thinking of modifying your character’s canon outfit to suit your preferences better, or you’re wanting to design a completely new version of them that’s all your own, Goff Cosplay will help guide you step by step through the process they’ve used multiple times to successfully bring their one-of-a-kind designs of fan-favorite characters to life. Bring your questions, and your creativity!

4:30 PM: Animal Crossing – Island Hopping with Yume 
Panel 3
Explore some islands in Animal Crossing and see what other players have built on their digital home away from home.

5:00 PM: Draw & Chat with PuppySHAKER 
Panel 2
Visit with one of our Artist Alley artists and see a live art demonstration.

5:30 PM: Pair Up and Power Up! with Goff Cosplay and Wig-Wig Cosplay 
Panel 1
Some things are just better with a buddy! Sharing snacks, nerding out over anime, and even cosplaying! But in some ways, OPPOSITES attract. Whether you’re life partners or Fandom Friends Forever, teaming up as a cosplay couple can be a ton of fun – and it can have its challenges too! Even when you love the same things, and you love each other, you’ll have some differences that will show up at some point in the process. Join two cosplay couple duos – Wig-Wig Cosplay and Goff Cosplay – as they chat about how they navigate their differences in things like planning habits, craft pacing , and handling stress, and how they combine their separate strengths to support each other and help their creativity reach greater heights than they could alone!

6:00 PM: Goat Simulator 
Panel 3
Watch a silly goat do what all goats wish they could do! Flail and flop around to the beat! Maybe shape shift! Maybe wear hats! Maybe wreak havoc! Who knows?? Maybe the goat will be up for suggestions!

6:30 PM: Kitaku Cafe 
Panel 2
Join our Maid & Butler cafe partner, Kitaku Cafe, for dance performances and games!

7:00 PM: Leather in Cosplay with Wig-Wig Cosplay 
Panel 1
Cosplay is about bringing characters to life and sometimes that requires using natural and historical materials such as leather! An age-old profession now newly-turned niche for cosplayers is a specialty for Wig-Wig Cosplay! So bring your hide (oh boy, leather puns) and questions as they take you through the ins and outs of leather in cosplay with a live leatherwork demonstration.

7:30 PM: Beat Saber 
Panel 3
Watch some gameplay of arguably the most popular game on VR! If you’re not familiar, it’s basically Rock Band or Guitar Hero with lightsabers! What more do you need in a rhythm game??

8:00 PM: Pokémon Cosplay Belly Dance with Dewfeathers 
Panel 2
Dewfeathers Cosplay and Dance will perform 5 dances for you as the Pokémon Sirfetch’d, Mimikyu, Alolan Marowak, and Polteageist, ending with her award winning performance as the Legendary Pokemon Suicune! Hope you enjoy the show!

8:30 PM: Foaming At the Mouth: A Foam 101 Panel with abbythesmallfry 
Panel 1
Have you ever wanted to learn to craft with foam? Now’s the time! Come learn the ins and outs and basics with cosplayer abbythesmallfry. Learn tips and tricks to make your next armor build even better!

9:00 PM: Killer Instinct Master Class with ddrfr33k 
Panel 3
Come learn how to perfect the subtle art of methodically and intelligently kicking the crap out of your opponents in the popular reboot of Killer Instinct!

9:30 PM: MHA/BNHA and/or Haikyuu Cosplay Panel! with Jonas 
Panel 2
Me and my amazing friend Dez will be doing a sleepover theme cosplay panel in MHA/BNHA and/or (if we get the cosplays on time) Haikyuu cosplays!! Expect to see Bakugou, Deku, and Toga from MHA/BNHA, and possibly Hinata and Nishinoya from Haikyuu! Watch as we be complete idiots and have fun in cosplay!! Feel free to ask questions as the panel goes on!

10:00 PM: Sh*t Cosplayers Say with La Vie Cosplay 
Panel 1
From the podcast of the same name comes the best and worst cosplay and convention related questions. Join La Vie Cosplay as we explore the depths of the internet and examine the crazy of fandom life. You’re not gonna believe what some people say! Or what people think they can attach to their bodies with hot glue….

10:30 PM: Jackbox Games 
Panel 3
Wrap up your night by watching your con runners engage in the silly antics of this never-ending suite of party games! Trivia, silly drawing, and more! We are keeping this one family-friendly, folks. Feel free to bring the kids if they won’t say in bed!

11:00 PM: Anime Jukebox – Request Show with Kid Yuki 
Panel 2
Like anime and video game music? Kid Yuki only wants to play what you want to hear, so take your pick from over 150 songs from anime like My Hero Academia and Attack on Titan, video games like Kingdom Hearts and Persona, plus RWBY, Steven Universe, and much more!

12:00 AM: Closing 
Panel 1
Thanks for spending the day with us!

VENDORS

The following artists will have a presence in our Virtual Artist Alley. Join us on our Discord for details on their work and special sales!

We sell a variety of anime and pop culture inspired buttons, stickers, charms, prints, and accessories!

Our work fits into a wide variety of genres, meaning we have something for everyone!

STORE: http://ashleymasog.storenvy.com
MEDIA: @ashleymasog / @katiesantoroart

Prints, Stickers, Acrylic Charms, Acrylic Pins, Enamel Pins, Button Badges, Bookmarks, Original Artwork, and Commissions

My main focus with the merchandise I make is to create pieces for more niche fandoms, classic fandoms that haven’t seen love in a little while, and original characters and creations that could appeal to anyone. Cryptids, Cuties, and all things rosy and pink. 💖

STORE: https://www.etsy.com/shop/anonbunny
TWITTER: https://www.twiter.com/anonbunnyart
INSTA: https://www.instagram.com/anonbunnyart
TUMBLR: https://anonbunnyart.tumblr.com

Buttons, acrylic charms, keychains, prints, bags, mouse pads and stickers

The verity of products small to big and different price points.

STORE: https://www.etsy.com/shop/phantomstarstudio
TWITTER: https://www.twitter.com/phantomstarstudio

Buttons, charms, stickers, commissions, pouches, tote bags, accessories, pillows

My super cute art style and affordable prices!

STORE: https://artbylittlemissluna.bigcartel.com/
INSTA: https://www.instagram.com/artbylittlemissluna/

Screenprinted Apparel, 3D Mousepads, Acrylic Charms, Stickers, Stationery, Prints

💛💗 WEEB & WHIMSY 💗💛
Come get y’all’s anime-inspired juice (non-anime juice is also available)! We have SO many flavors, from spicy to sweet to corny to just plain weird. Wares vary from diverse apparel, cheeky mousepads, portable art, and more!

STORE: https://clairedoolittleillustration.com/
SOCIAL: https://many.link/doolittleclaire

Unique accessories from head to tail.

Access to and experience with a large range of materials, both 2 and 3D. I sew, do leatherwork, make props, and do traditional and digital art.

STORE: https://faeholm.com/store/emeraldravencreations/
SOCIAL: Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest

Cute original hand made plush and accessories.

Run by one person, all plush designs are created by hand and not from purchased patterns.

STORE: https://lemonpenguininfo.wixsite.com/lemonpenguin
SOCIAL: https://linktr.ee/LemonPenguin

Prints, buttons, badges, charms, zipper pouches, lanyards, mousepads, stickers, and an enamel pin. Featuring fantasy illustration and pop culture cuteness.

My focus on magic and nature mixed with my detailed art and soft shading style.

STORE: http://etsy.com/shop/mythicphoenix
SOCIAL: MythicPhoenix on Facebook, Mythic_Phoenix on Twitter

Card decks, stickers, prints, charms, stands, commissions

Small time artist with a wide range art styles and a larger range of merch! My most popular products are fully custom card decks!

STORE: https://puppyshaker.square.site/s/shop
SOCIAL: puppyshaker (twitter, instagram, facebook, twitch)

We have a wide variety of merchandise including prints, buttons, keychains, hand mirrors, magnets, stickers, zines, dice boxes, perler art, commission, coasters, and new types of merchandise being designed all the time!

We are a tag team of two studios, Wolf Dynasty Studios and Brybee Creatives, and we make a wide variety of original as well as fan art from many different inspirations!

STORE: https://wolf-dynasty-studios.square.site
STORE: https://brybeecreatives.com/project-type/portfolio/Brybeecreatives
SOCIAL: Brybee Creatives Online Store – Instagram
Wolf Dynasty Studios – Facebook,
Wolfdynastystudios – Instagram,
WolfDynastyStudios – Twitch

Perler bead art, wood burning work, handmade pens, jewelry and stickers.

We are a collective group of friends working together to share a little bit of what we love with anyone who wants to share a little of theirs.

STORE: https://www.facebook.com/Nakama.NerdOp

Pocket watches, keychains, pouches, totes, signs, masks

Customizing is an option for many of my items. Like a dice pouch but wish it had your characters name? Done! Want a mask to match that pouch? I’ll see what I can do!

STORE: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtsAnnCraftsShop
SOCIAL: Facebook

Hand painted boxes, dice, and scrap book cards

All small dice boxes w/ dice and charms marked down!

STORE: https://imgur.com/a/2SaEmPi
INSTA: https://www.instagram.com/gumdropgear/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/GumdropGear
TWITTER: https://twitter.com/GumdropGear

REGISTRATION

Our virtual convention is free and open to the public. Registration is completely optional. If you’d like to register, for a minimum donation of $3 we’ll mail you a special commemorative badge for the virtual con. If you make a donation of at least $10, we’ll also send you a swag bag of free Anime Fusion goodies as a thank you!

Donate at least $10 by October 1st to receive an exclusive reward item!

CONTACT US

Questions about the virtual con? Email our convention chair.

See you on the 17th!