POPCULT VIRTUAL CON IS TOMORROW! What a wild ride it’s been. Thank you all for sticking it out with us this year. What happens here tomorrow is a labor of love from us to all of you, our PopCult Community #FraminghamStrong, #BostonStrong, and #NewEnglandStrong.
Without further ado:
PopCult Anime Con 2020 Schedule
Please bear with us if we experience any technical difficulties, these programs and streaming services are new to some of our staff. We sincerely hope you find some time to spend with us tomorrow, at an event or panel that you truly enjoy. See you tomorrow, fam!
PopCult Virtual Con is just a couple days away now and our full schedule of programming is finally coming into view!
PopCult Anime Con Proudly Presentpops
In Affiliation with OneLovelySin
【☆】 Virtual Artist Cafe 【☆】
Watch official convention artist Sin D’Angelo draw on live-stream! She’ll be gifting black&white chibi art for viewers throughout the stream, and one extra lucky viewer may even get a chibi in color – wow! For more information, check out the Artist Cafe page linked here.
PopCult Anime Con Proudly Presents
【☆】Twitch @PCAC-Staff 【☆】
Stream games and hang out with PCAC Staff members on their personal Twitch channels! For a list of channels and stream times, check out the Virtual Gaming page linked here.
Just a few more days til PopCult Virtual Con! Who’s excited?
Today’s announcement is our panel schedule -whoo!! We’ve got 8 fun and intriguing panels ready for you – some run by PCAC staff, others submitted by diehard fans, and one extra special Q&A session with our very own Con Chair, Hemlock Inyx! (Ask the con chair a question here!) Covering an array of topics, including cosplay tips, manga genres and fandom expression, there’s plenty to do in our virtual panel room!
All panel programming will be held live via Discord, on a special PopCult Virtual channel (coming soon!) For full schedule and panel descriptions, check out the Panels page linked here.
POPCULT VIRTUAL CON 2020
Masquerade Sign Ups
PreReg for 2021
PopCult Anime Con Proudly Presents
In Affiliation with Susume→Paradise
【☆】 A Virtual Idol Festival 【☆】
Join our Idol Fest watch party and be entertained by performers from all across North America! Let these ten talented idol groups sing and dance their way into your hearts. Who knows, you may even get to meet some of them during the live stream! For your amazement and a-μ’s-ment tune in Saturday, August 15th at 8pm (between the Masquerade and the Dance!)
For the full list of performers, check out the event page here.
PopCult Anime Con would like to thank our favorite idol group Susume→Paradise for organizing this event for a second year and just rolling with it when we ultimately had to switch convention formats. This event is truly “a story achieved together.”
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! *•✩•*
You’ve seen them everywhere, on everything PopCult Anime Con since our inaugural year 2016… but who are they?
It’s time to meet the faces of PCAC, our band of beachcombers and your “virtual guests” for 2020! Check out our new Mascot Bios page!
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!”
Major bummer about PopCult, huh? (As the webmaster, I’ll be real for a minute and admit to being suuuper relieved!) Our mascots Summer, Super-G and Segall will all be staying at their island homes the weekend of August 15-16 in solidarity with those most at-risk in our community.
But staying home doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it doesn’t even mean that you can’t enjoy the con! What?!!? We’re flipping that A around and becoming PopCult Virtual Con 2020, a weekend full of the programming you love from the summer party con you didn’t want to miss! Shop our vendors online, attend a panel, watch some anime, play a game show, rock out at the rave – all from the safety and comfort of your living room. And the best part is, it’s free for anyone to attend!
So please, click around the Event and Programming pages to see what’s cooking at this digital BBQ!* You can even pre-register now for PCAC 2021 if you’re feeling particularly stir-crazy. Whether you’ve been with us since year one in 2016 or it’s your first time, you’re part of the rich New England pop culture and fandom community or live somewhere else in the world, we’re thrilled that you’ve discovered our tropical daydream convention! Welcome to PopCult Anime Con! We’ll “see” you in August!
*Not actually a BBQ. Event details, schedules and specifics are subject to change before the convention. Individual event pages will be updated regularly. Events may be hosted on or require third party sites to attend, including but not limited to Facebook, Zoom, Twitch, Instagram, etc. Keep an eye on this site or our official Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.
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!!!
Hey everyone~ It’s been about 2 months since our first coronavirus post and we think it’s about time for an update!
Currently, the MA state ban on businesses and large gatherings is set to end on May 18th. That date’s already been extended a few times, so we’re keeping a close eye on what Governor Baker and the leaders up on Beacon Hill are doing to keep us all safe. We’ve also been following updates from the CDC and WHO, as promised. If there is a PopCult Anime Con 2020, please be aware that it will come along with things like enforcing social distancing, mask-wearing policies, and a whole lot of hand sanitizer.
As a small community-based convention, we recognize how important it is to address our attendees’ health and safety concerns and will absolutely keep you all notified when any date and/or policy changes are officially made. In turn we want to thank you, our dear attendees and fans for understanding that as a small community-based convention simply cancelling PCAC without government intervention is a “heath and safety” concern for us as well. Financially speaking, we’d be ruined.
The uncertainty of the future is something we are traversing through together, which brings us right back to our original statement regarding COVID-19. As we prepare to entertain you this coming August, be it live in Framingham or with digital content TBA, we hope these efforts help put smiles on your faces and remind you that despite quarantining You Are Not Alone. Please if you can afford to, pre-register and sign up for some events – Panels, Masquerade & Game Shows are all open and in need of applicants! Or perhaps consider donating to help with virtual content should a government cancellation come to pass – even just a few dollars is a big help!
All that said, PopCult Anime Con is still moving forward with its plans for August 2020! Our hearts bleed for our first responders, essential workers, the families of those who have passed, the sick, the quarantined and everyone affected by the COVID-19 virus. We do not move forward blindly, and intend to run the convention as close to CDC and MA State recommendations as possible. A community in solidarity will always soldier on. Thank you for being a part of our community.
Stay tuned for more event announcements and other PopCult Anime Con 2020 news. Be excellent to each other… and don’t forget to wash your hands!