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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!!!
☆.。.:*・°☆ Happy New Year! ☆.。.:*・°☆
As 2019 ends, so does our Early Bird registration sale. But a new year brings new opportunities! One-Day passes for PopCult Anime Con 2020 are now available for pre-registration – yaaaay! Did you know pre-registered day passes are also good for our Day Zero Friday night programming? Way to get amped for your banging (half) weekend!
We are still looking for talented New England-based guests with unique backgrounds to feature at PopCult Anime 2020 as “Local Legend” guest panelists and performers! Skills should be relevant to popular culture and/or the fandom convention scene, including but not limited to: Cosplay, Roleplay, Media, Music. For the sake of diversity, we want to particularly encourage POC and male talents to sign up, but of course everyone is welcome! Guest resumes can be sent to email@example.com. Local Legend guests should expect to provide a number hours of panels/programming in exchange for reg/hotel and other perks to be outlined in a formal contract.
Now that it’s 2020, you can expect a whole bunch of information to start dropping soon! From Exhibitors to Game Shows, our staff is already busy busy building you another year – our fifth year! – of PopCult Anime Con. Here’s to a great year for everyone!!! May your fandoms be drama-free, your game scores always high and your cosplay ever-flawless!
Winter chill got you dreaming of the beach? You’ll feel your heart warm right up when you book your room for PopCult Anime Cons 2020: Retro Block Party Weekend! Whoo!
It’s our fifth year as a con and we’re proud to be bringing you the same low hotel rate this year as we’ve had the previous four: $119/night at the totally bangin‘ Sheraton Framingham castle, barely an hour away from metro Boston. Convention floor space is expanding too, and we’ve got some righteous new programming in the works for you guys. It’s gonna be killer! Click here to reserve your hotel room today!
Early Bird Registration is still open, our best ticket deal for the year, a full weekend registration including pre-reg exclusive Friday night bonus programming for just $35. We know we know, the funds are tight around the holidays but you deserve a present too right? Maybe buy one for a friend, like who expects an anime convention when they’re tearing up that pretty paper!!! Just remember to act fast – like flying reindeer the early bird special disappears at the end of December when our regular pre-reg options open on January 1.
Whatever you do, however you celebrate or ring in the new decade know that we, the people behind PopCult Anime Con, wish you the merriest happiest and most wonderful festive season. Peace and goodwill to all mankind, mermaids and seagulls. Happy Holidays!
Good morning PopCult fans! Our beloved Con Chair is at DerpyCon this weekend with a PCAC staff entourage filling sand bottles, taking early bird registrations and revealing our convention theme for 2020~ oooooh! If you’re lucky enough to be there, definitely swing by and say hello. Their sunny familiar faces just might bring you a wave of n o s t a l g i a. Hmmm?
For the rest of us, there’s the internet and we wouldn’t let you guys down either. Our website’s had a bit of a facelift and had its info reset for some totally tubular 2020 announcements. Early bird registration is also up and running for anyone looking to be first in line for our lowest weekend ticket price! We have some registration policy changes this year, so you might want take a glance at our full 2020 Registration lineup and new Convention Policy pages.
We are so excited to bring you a 5th year of PopCult Anime summer fun! Take a vacation from the huge and hectic conventions and come chill with us for a most righteous party!
Posting from the sunny beaches of PopCult Anime Con! With pre-registration closing on July 31st, there’s been a right clamor to find out how else peeps can join us for the best party con of the summer!
At door registration opens Saturday and Sunday morning at 8am. Full weekend and day passes will be available for Adults and Children 8-14. Don’t forget little ones 7 and under are welcome at PopCult Anime Con for free!
Full Weekend Adult $45 Children $30
Saturday Only Adult $35 Children $20
Sunday Only Adult $30 Children $15
Registration can be located on the first floor on the Sheraton Framingham, down the hall on the right of the lobby. Please note this is a new location from previous years.
It’s not too late to join the fun at PopCult Anime Con!
Are your bags packed for Wizard Summer Camp?!!?! …Yeah, mine neither. It’s too hot and procrastination is so tempting!
How about some motivation! Here’s an early release of the full weekend schedule for PopCult Anime Con 2019! (Subject to change, final versions will be available at Registration!) Speaking of registration, online pre-reg ends tomorrow night at 11:59pm EST! There’s no more time to wait, go-go!
And that’s it from us, mermaids and lifeguards! We’ll see you at PopCult Anime Con!
Pssst!….Want to know a way to get a free or discount weekend badge for PopCult Anime Con? It’s our top secret Manga Trade Deal! Bring in 20 good condition manga volumes to Registration and trade them in for a free badge! Only got 10 books? No problem, we’ll offer you half off a weekend badge instead!
Conditions! 1. Manga must be in English, and in good, readable condition. 2. Only one free badge per person/donation. 3. Minimum amount for discount is 10 books, and must have 20 books for a free badge. No other discount amount is available. 4. Donor will receive one at-door registration badge, which does not include bonus Friday night Pre-Reg programming.
Already Pre-Reg? Not enough manga? Or maybe even too much manga?!!? Bring them anyway! Our Manga Library sells and trades extras from our collection to help you make space (or fill space) in yours. Come prepared to read by checking out our virtual collection PopCult Library at Libib!
Prefer the perks of Pre-Reg? You have til July 31st to grab the badge with access to our Friday night bonus content, like Sin’s Artist Cafe, Video and Gaming Rooms, Who’s Line is it Anime?, the Club Zero dance and the Wizard Camp Cup’s first event! See you there!
Happy March and Happy Friday!
Also happy to announce that two of our Game Shows are now open for sign ups! Interested in being a part of the Cosplay Deathmatch or 18+ Dating Game? Then go check that info out right away! (And don’t forget you need to register for the con to participate in Events!)
Events not your thing? We got you covered. Squishy suggests grabbing a warm drink before browsing our recently added Online Manga Library. If all this is making you nostalgic for past PCACs, we also just added last year’s AMV Contest to our archive. A quick reminder: Vendor sign ups are currently open. Artist sign ups begin March 11th. Masquerade sign ups begin May 1st.
Wow, so much to do and it’s not even spring yet! Here’s to a ~magical~ summer!
Happy Saturday, everyone!
Excited to announce that the lovely Sheraton Framingham is now booking rooms for PopCult Anime Con 2019! Check out Hotel Reservations for more info.
Reminder that Early Bird Pre-Registration ends February 28th. Get your weekend badge now for only $35, the lowest rate of the year, and maximize your con experience with exclusive access to Friday Night programming!