Friday, June 7, 2019 - 6:30pm

Happy Fusion Friday to you all! We hope you're surviving this heat. We have an awesome announcement today! Our first guest is ready to be brought into the spotlight. *drumroll please* It's Samurai Dan and Jillian...and (who could forget) Kiba!


We're happy to announce that Samurai Dan and Jillian, and their wonderful service dog Kiba, will be joining us again for Anime Fusion 2019: Infinite Possibilities! If you've never seen this dynamic duo, you're in for a treat. Is it comedy? Is it martial arts? No! It's Martial Mayhem! They'll keep you entertained with their high energy acts. They'll teach you something new with their informative panels. Best of all, you'll probably get to pet their dog. To read more on Samurai Dan and Jillian, click here.


We can't wait to see Samurai Dan and Jillian this year! We'll see you all in October! Remember to follow us on social media for more updates, anime news, and general anime awesomeness. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat at @AnimeFusionCon.


Meghan Wanovich

Head of Marketing

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 1:25pm

Want another chance to win a FREE BADGE? We have some new information about the 2019 art contest! In addition to badge, program cover/t-shirt, and inside the program guide art we are now looking for a special button art! This button will serve as our sponsor button. Each year sponsors get special perks and a goodie bag filled with Anime Fusion merchandise! For the last couple years, we have been providing a special button that sponsors get in their goodie bag. Our new Merchandise head, Brynn, has decided to bring it back! The size we generally do for this design is 2.25 inches. When making this design try to think of something that fits with our theme and also uses one or more of our mascots. Mascots outfits can be changed too! They just need to be recognizable as the same person. We are looking for a sketch at the moment, but after the deadline the winner will be contacted for the full design. We greatly appreciate a PSD with layers. Backgrounds are not necessary as our designers can create those; but if you would like to add one, go right ahead. Just make sure that all elements are on layers. Sketches submited do not have to be PSDs. These can be just simple scans or a JPG image.


If you missed our mascots, we'll be posting them to our social medias again due to the revision. Please look for them on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat at @AnimeFusionCon. If you don't have those, feel free to email us at and we can send you a handy PDF with them all. When you're done and want to submit your design you can email us at that same email with the file. You can submit as many as you'd like; and you can enter our other categories too if you would like! The post for that should be right beneath this one. 


Please note that any finished artwork submitted to us will become the property of Anime Fusion. It can be included in your portfolio, but not used for any other purpose outside of the convention. If any of your finished artwork is chosen for use you will be credited for your work, and given a badge as a token of our thanks. 


Remember, send us your sketches before the deadline which is June 21st! If you have any questions at all, please email us at or DM us on any of our social medias.

Meghan Wanovich

Head of Marketing

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 5:10pm

Happy Fusion Friday! Today we will be talking about the yearly art contest we run. Every year, we look for a local artist to create our badge, t-shirt/program guide, and additional program guide art for us. We reward the winners (every art that we choose to use) with a free badge to the upcoming convention! We also give you credit in the program guide (and on the back of the badge for the badge art winner). This is a great chance for just starting out artists to get their name out there! Keep reading below for more information on specifics and how to enter!


You can submit artwork for as few or as many uses as you like. Please note that the final version of each piece must be digital art with clean lines in order for us to use it. Photoshop format with layers is preferred.


We will make an effort to use as much of the finished artwork that is submitted to us as we can, whether in other merchandise, signage, or parts of the program guide, but we don't want anyone to sink a bunch of work into finishing something huge that doesn't get chosen for its intended purpose. To that end, we would like you to submit simple sketches of your plan for each piece by June 21st so we can choose which art will be used for which purpose.. We're all looking forward to seeing what you come up with!





Anime Fusion uses multiple categories of badges, each with its own design. The submitted artwork is overlaid on a background created by our badge designer, so all artwork must be in layered Photoshop format with transparency. Most badge art consists of a character/one of our mascots dressed and/or acting in some way that relates to the convention or its current theme. This year's theme is "Infinite Possibilities". This theme idea started as superheroes and evolved into Infinite Possibilities. We wanted to have this theme instead to show that anyone can do anything. The color scheme of the artwork should mesh well with the background color of the badge. We have two new categories of badges, so please read even if you have entered previously! The different badge categories are:


Adult (Blue)

Minor (Yellow)

Child (Red)

Artist (Purple)

Dealer (Green)

Exhibitor (Orange)

Guest (Pink)

Sponsor (Gray)

Staff (Black)


Try to avoid a design that requires the art to be nested in the corner(s) of the badge. It should be free-standing, or along the bottom is also fine. Badges will be 4" wide by 3" tall, in landscape. 2550x1950 pixels. Artwork should be made to accommodate this size or larger (can reduce to fit layout if necessary). Credit for artwork used will be printed on the back of each badge in the credits section; and in the program guide.





We'd like to liven up our program guide a bit with small illustrations scattered throughout the guide. These would ideally be related to the different areas of the convention that are featured in the guide. For example, on the Dealers Room page, we could have a character carrying a bag of plushies. The current sections of the program guide are: 




The Reactor Lounge (casual hangout space)

Hospitality (rice, ramen, and other snacks)

Tabletop gaming

Video gaming


Dealers Room

Artist Alley

Masquerade (cosplay contest)

Room parties

Autograph sessions


Video rooms


These drawings need to be in grayscale with a transparent background. Basic lineart is also acceptable for this. Everyone whose artwork is used will be credited in the program guide.




These two count as the same category as we use the same art for each.  Our program guide is 8.5" X 5.5". We can size up for t-shirt art; so please stay to these dimensions. This is our big yearly art, so it should really have a bang to it. Remember, our theme is Infinite Possibilities. As mentioned above, it started as an idea about superheroes and moved into a more diverse direction. Again, we just want line art at first as we know this is a bigger undertaking and will require more effort. Please try to limit your design to fewer than 12 colors if possible. This should try to feature our main mascots. You can find our mascots on Facebook, Instagram, or by emailing us at




There are always a few unexpected things that pop up that could use fresh artwork. For example, we might create some new merchandise or special signage. I can't say exactly what we might need, but if you have any random ideas, feel free to submit sketches for other designs aside from the specific ones we're looking for. 



Again, you can submit artwork for as many or as few of the above items as you like. Please use the Anime Fusion mascot characters in as much of your artwork as possible. You can find the mascots by visiting our Facebook or Instagram, or by emailing us at You are free to draw the characters in your own style, with different clothing etc, as long as they are recognizable as our mascots. The third mascot (with green hair and the purple tanktop) is most often used to represent convention staff.


Please note that any finished artwork submitted to us will become the property of Anime Fusion. It can be included in your portfolio, but not used for any other purpose outside of the convention. If any of your finished artwork is chosen for use you will be credited for your work, and given a badge as a token of our thanks. 


Please email us with finished sketches or any questions at all at You can find all our mascot art on our Facebook or Instagram; or by emailing us at


Good Luck!

Meghan Wanovich

Head of Marketing