Who misses shopping?? (The webmaster flails about shouting, “Me! Me!”)
All my fellow shopaholics out there, come and join me for a stroll through the newly opened PopCult Anime Con virtual Exhibitor Alley! You don’t even need to wear a mask. Or pants!
Local artists and small businesses like those in our Exhibitor Alley have been particularly injured by the Covid-19 crisis, as they rely on large events and fairs like PCAC to meet fans and make sales. And patroning the arts can often fall to the wayside when society at large is suffering. Treating yourself at a featured shop during our online event not only continues to patron the arts during these hard times, it keeps money in our local economies, supports small business and builds strength within our communities.
I encourage everyone to browse our exhibitors’ websites, regardless of your intentions or means for shopping. We had a great lineup of vendors and artists set for this year, with mindblowing talent and highly original products really worth taking a look at. Here’s to finding your next Instagram crush!
*•✩•* Go Shopping! *•✩•*
It’s officially August, seabeings and merpeople! Finally time to let PopCult’s virtual content start rolling~
First up is the Manga Library, a truly social place at PCAC where beyond just reading comics you could find and copy tons of cosplay patterns; help each other translate imported magazines; buy, sell and trade between your manga collection and ours; and request personalized recommendations from our friendly and knowledgable Library staff. But nothing evokes the cozy self-care side of staying home like curling up with a giant pile of books!
PopCult Anime Con has offered many deals on registration to increase our comic collection through the years and in turn have obtained a massive hoard of overstock and trading duplicates! Our Librarians put in considerable effort to bring to you a virtual Manga Library Dispersal Shop. Browse popular manga on the cheap, pre-owned but in good condition! Fill in the holes in your collection, finally collect the manga to your favorite anime, or try a whole new series~ Still want those personalized recommendations? Leave a comment on our Facebook for the “Manga Dragon!”
To our dear Community of fans, attendees, talents, businesses, sponsors, family and friends:
After reviewing the phased Reopening plans for Massachusetts with the hotel Sheraton Framingham, we can finally make the decision to cancel PopCult Anime Con 2020. We know it’s disappointing to lose another con this year but it’s just not possible for us to meet the current state guidelines. Whatever keeps the Community safe at this time is what’s most important to us.
Our hotel got the jump on us while we were getting our words together, so a few of you already knew this announcement was coming. The Sheraton Framingham is automatically cancelling rooms booked under the convention, so anyone with reservations should be receiving notice of that. For room cancellation issues, please contact the hotel directly at (508) 879-7200.
Pre-registered attendees will have their registrations rolled forward to PopCult Anime Con 2021. Refunds will be available upon request however, please contact us at email@example.com before August 31, 2020 to request. Contest winner registrations will also be rolled into 2021.
For Vendors and Artists, our Exhibitor staff will be reaching out to you personally to discuss rolling your exhibit space forward or arranging a refund, as well as online advertising opportunities. Applications for 2021 will open again next year should there be any space available.
Those who signed up for our 2020 programming, such as Game Shows, Masquerade, Fan Panels, etc; will be contacted in the coming weeks by Event staff about participation in 2021 OR alternative online programming for 2020. That’s right, this summer party doesn’t sink so easily! Our staff is already planning online virtual content to help bring a bit of the con to you this August 15-16, 2020 so keep your eyes on us for new content and ways to connect with the Community in this time of separation and unrest.
Speaking of Community, a huge THANK YOU from all of us on staff for your patience and support through the uncertainty of this year. We hope that you will all be able to join us in celebrating our (belated) 5th year anniversary August 14-15th, 2021 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel!
Be safe and well everyone, enjoy your summers… and keep washing your hands!!!
As the prophet Justin Tiberlake predicted, it’s May! And that means it’s time for PopCult Anime’s Masquerade signups to open! Hooray!! You can find all our masq info and the link to sign up on the Masquerade Event page.
Artist Alley letters went out this week, so if you signed up for that and haven’t heard from us definitely check your email boxes and spam filters! Vendors applicants can expect a letter in the next week. Thank you all for your patience.
*•✩•* PCAC 2020 *•✩•*
Game Show Sign-Ups
PopCult Anime Con is aware how much our event planning colleagues and exhibitors are being hurt by the wave of cancellations sweeping our community at this time.
In a spirit of camaraderie, we are re-opening Artist Alley applications for any local artisans suffering from springtime income losses. And our exhibitor staff is hard at work brainstorming more ways they can reach out to our Artist and Vendor communities in this time of crisis.
Please help us spread the word to your favorite New England Artists and Vendors!
Maybe consider helping us out too?
We can cut costs for others better when we’re doing well too~
Artist sign ups will be closing at noon on February 29! So get those last minute applications in asap~ the first wave of table offers can and have often gone to talented latecomers! Artist Alley jury deliberations will occur throughout the month of March, with those first wave table notices going out no later than the first week of April. All artists can expect to receive a notice about their Wait List status about the same time. For more info or to contact our Exhibitor staff, check out our Artists page.
Vendor applications are ongoing.
Tell your favorite vendors to sign up today!
More info on our Vendors page!
Ready, steady, GO! Applications for Artists and Vendors are now open!
Artist applications will be open through the month of February only and juried through most of March. After the initial jury process, applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order they signed up so get those forms in asap! Vendor applications will stay open indefinitely until all tables are full, and then switch to a waiting list contact form.
PopCult Anime Con extends their best wishes and sincere gratitude to all exhibitor applicants. It’s an privilege to check out all your cool shops and an honor to host so many of you in our Exhibitor Room each year.
It’s a Monday (and snowing omg!!) so we’ll keep this short sweet and simple. Exhibitor info for Artists and Vendors is now available! Read up before applications go live in February~ Go To Page: EXHIBITORS / VENDORS / ARTISTS
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Stay warm and dry out there, everyone!
Calling all Wizard Summer Camp attendees! Only 10 days to PopCult Anime Con and we’ve just received via owl a sneak peek at the Camp Cup!
Ain’t that a beaut? Wonder which Team will win? Don’t forget to sign up for Wizard Summer Camp here!
It’s no secret Summer and her beach friends love to dance! If you do too, you’ll want to check out our new Nightly Dances page and see what type of mood, music and activities each party promises. Dancers with sensory issues may want to take note of our new Safety Dance! hours. Whatever dance you fancy, we hope yule have a ball!
PopCult Anime Con is pleased to announce artists Argama Witch and Ever Ever Afterly Creations have joined our Exhibition Alley!
It’s not too late to pre-register and gain access to our Friday Night Bonus Programming!
Pre-Reg ends July 31st. Sign up today!
60 days to PopCult Anime Con! What? Where’s the time gone?
AMV Contest submissions are now open! For contest rules and more info, look for the AMVs page under the Events tab. And don’t forget Panel submissions are only open til June 20 – that’s coming up fast!!
The better weather makes Summer & Super G want to go shopping, don’t you? Avid shoppers will want to take a look at our updated Exhibitors page to see who’ll be vending at this year’s event! Can’t wait to go shopping? We’ve got some t-shirts for sale in our web store to help tide you over. Make a splash with some new threads today!