SaikouCon

SaikouCon The annual Anime Convention of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and Lehigh Valley - SaikouCon 2021 taking place 8/20 - 8/22, 2021 SaikouCon, which means "best convention", is the large annual anime convention of Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, boasting a dedicated staff of longtime Japanese anime and manga fans.

The convention grew out of Anime Ate My Brain Magazine (relaunching in 2018); the sibling to music focused web magazine, Tastes Like Rock Magazine. The convention will always feature some of the best live entertainment themed to Japanese culture as well as the best in J-Rock, J-Pop, Nerdcore, and straight up Rock n' Roll musical acts from all over the US and beyond. All of this plus top creators,

The convention grew out of Anime Ate My Brain Magazine (relaunching in 2018); the sibling to music focused web magazine, Tastes Like Rock Magazine. The convention will always feature some of the best live entertainment themed to Japanese culture as well as the best in J-Rock, J-Pop, Nerdcore, and straight up Rock n' Roll musical acts from all over the US and beyond. All of this plus top creators,

Operating as usual

08/21/2021

Regarding Pre-Registration Attendee Refunds and Merchant Registrations for SaikouCon: I apologize sincerely that your refund will not be immediate, and that this message is later then the August 10, 2021 date announced on the convention website and Facebook, I have been in meetings with my legal counsel every day since August 9, with a final meeting earlier today; August 20. At Counsel's urging I have not sent these messages or made social media posts until we came to an agreement regarding whether or not I would be declaring bankruptcy due to the unavoidable cancellation of SaikouCon 2021 following the 2020 cancellation thanks to the Coronavirus Pandemic and the cancellation of all future years of SaikouCon as well as all side events tied to SaikouCon.
My attorney has urged me to declare bankruptcy, but I wish to make this right instead. Unfortunately the convention is unable to refund all pre-registrations at once as the various cancellation fees for each cancelled year was in the thousands between cancelled flights for guest stars, guest star appearances, hotel rooms, non-refundable venue fees, non-refundable AV equipment rentals, and table rentals for our merchants. It actually costs more to cancel a show than completing a show.
The convention is trying to make this right for each attendee and each merchant, but I must ask you to be patient and work with me as I liquidate all of my personal assets to accommodate issuing the refunds, a number of refunds will be issued each month as the sales of my assets are made, paychecks from my upcoming full time and part time jobs will be used to issue refunds to everyone still owed refunds as well. The August allotment of refunds have been issued at the time of this message. The next round of refunds will be in September 2021 near the end of the month, they will be issued in order of badge purchase from earliest for SaikouCon 2020 in late 2019 and early 2020 forward to those that pre-registered for SaikouCon 2021.

My attorney has begrudgingly acquiesced to this arrangement, however, should claims be raised against me he will declare bankruptcy on my behalf as soon as any claims are made known to him.

To be realistic in timeframe, it will take me 16-24 months to repay every single person that pre-registered as an attendee and registered as a merchant SaikouCon 2020 and SaikouCon 2021, I am hoping for sooner than that; but with closing the convention completely I am already being denied business and personal loans I have applied for to remedy this situation as I have no collateral in the form of real estate or any vehicles I own.

Once more, I ask for patience, there is a huge misconception that all registration fees are kept in a huge money bin ala Disney's Scrooge McDuck character or that the convention has made millions over the years of operation, but that is sadly not the case. Registration fees are used as working capital throughout the year to rent the above mentioned tables, AV equipment, venue fees/rent payments, in rare cases advance partial payments to guest stars, airfare for guest stars etc. and has been since SaikouCon began; the convention has only ever made enough revenue each year to pay for itself and begin the following year's payments out to hosting venues. 99% of the above is non-refundable and uninsurable when cancellations happen due to the pandemic and the increasingly unsafe environmental conditions of the world; this is the sad truth and nature of event running. On a personal note, I ask for patience again as I am ending an event that has taken quite truthfully all of my blood, sweat, tears, effort, and mental fortitude since May of 2012 when I began planning the first show. You may be losing a stop on your summer con plans, but I am losing a career that I have lived my life for and around for a decade.

Once your turn in the refund queue has come, I will contact you again (following your email messages that will be begin being sent tomorrow, August 21, 2021 with all of the above information) to confirm your mailing address that you provided with your pre-registration payment to ensure you receive your refund via cheque as our credit processor PayPal only allows direct refunds to your credit/debit card for 180 days from payment date.

Michael Meade
Former Con Chair
SaikouCon

08/06/2021

It is with a heavy heart and sincere apology that I must announce the cancellation of SaikouCon 2021. There is no way for the convention to go on this year, we simply do not have enough programming to move forward, for panelists that have made their anger known through several posts to the SaikouCon! Unoffical Facebook Group that they did not receive emails concerning their panels in the timeline I announced earlier this year, after two extensions of panel submissions, I apologize you did not receive your status notifications on time. Many panelists withdrew their submissions over the last two weeks as the Delta Variant of Covid-19 continues to grow in infection rate across the country before I could even get your status messages out. There are currently only 15 panels that have not withdrawn before I could make contact, to put that number in perspective for new attendees, we had 19 panels for the Saturday of SaikouCon 2019 alone. These withdrawals have caused me to rework our programming schedule several times, and as I have explained several times in the past, our programming schedule is worked out before notifications are sent because of the limited space we have for panel presentations and the attempt to maximize the space without overlap or too much delay between panels.Even with the reworking and factoring in guest star panels, we just don't have enough programming for a three day convention and so close to the show there really is no way to bring in enough to make a full day let alone a full weekend.

If you have room reservations at the Mountain Laurel Resort, please call in to cancel your rooms. I know not many of you were able to book rooms with them this year as I have been told by a few attendees that they were told by the reservations department that the resort double booked several rooms due to the presence of another group they have contracted for occupancy on what was going to be SaikouCon's weekend. SaikouCon is not liable for the resort's reservations department, for that I apologize as well, I was not made aware until the end of July what had happened at the resort in that regard.

Cancellation messages and details will be sent out to all attendees, merchants, remaining panelists beginning this Tuesday, August 10 after I have cancelled all our equipment rentals and spoken to the convention's legal representation. This year's difficulties, including the shutdown of the convention email for several months in 2020 and again in 2021 due to spam reports that caused registration confirmation messages for attendees and merchants to be severely delayed up to this cancellation which has been a point of justified anger from many attendees and merchants (I know who has been making the spam reports against the con e-mail address, thank you for adding to the difficulties of restoring the convention after the 2020 cancellation), the blocking of my ability to message and post on SaikouCon's Facebook profile for several months, again seemingly from spam reports against the con profile (messages were locked and all my posts were displaying as being from my personal Facebook, which does not show up on the timeline of anyone that follows the con page), being locked out of the convention's Instagram since the end of last August which continues now for some reason even the Facebook/Instagram tech department can't figure out. In the realization that these difficulties have made our operations face insurrmountable blockades, SaikouCon will not be returning again. For many this will be frustrating or upsetting, for some a sign of relief it seems, and for a few a victory that SaikouCon will not be returning. The con website and social media profiles will remain intact, only to make sure the name is not taken by anyone else and restarted without my express permission as the owner of the name. I do not do this out of spite, but to safeguard those that will miss the show. As some of you know, we have had issues in the past with people pretending to be representatives of the convention and spreading false information about the convention's future as well as promising guest bookings for thousands of dollars to voice actors and in one case a YouTube parody artist, that were not staff but presenting themselves as such. The false bookings I did not make public knowledge, but the group pretending to be talent booking agents working for SaikouCon led to several problems for us in 2016, and almost a lawsuit with one individual that thought they were being robbed of a substantial appearance fee because I never purchased them airfare. Again, SaikouCon will not be back. I have no plans to continue any side projects connected to SaikouCon that were in the planning stages before the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

As the con chair, I apologize for all of this. I ask that none of you hold this against my team as many of them will still be active in the anime convention circuit, and please do not take any frustration about SaikouCon 2021's cancellation and the end of SaikouCon as a whole out on them, including my family members that are part of the con staff. I apologize for issuing rollovers rather than refunds for 2020, our event insurance would not cover the show for cancellation due to the pandemic, and the government aid and loans promised small businesses were denied to me at all turns due to the convention being a sole proprietorship with less than 200 employees; as I was told repeatedly by the Small Business Administration. Without that aid we were just out too much money on supplies, equipment rentals, airfare for guest stars both announced and unannounced (again, flight insurance would not cover the fees because they do not cover pandemics), and various other sundry costs for printed materials like our badges and cost for the supplies to make our SaikouKaiju and con t-shirts. The last minute cancellation in 2020 was largely due to the former on site management team at Mountain Laurel Resort, I stress former management team. Said team would not accept our postponement until the last possible moment after we had spent out all of the above resources on the supplies needed to run the convention properly; we tried in May of 2020, the end of June 2020, and the beginning of July 2020 until the Pennsylvania Govenor's Office stepped and said no events larger than 25 people in attendance the week after Independence Day 2020. Again, I ask any grudges or anger not be held against or taken out on my staff, both volunteer and permanent, I will no longer be part of the anime convention community after this, but some of my staff will be and I want them welcomed and still held as part of the community despite this situation.

Thank you all for your support over the years, your critiques both fair and unfair have helped me steer the con a little better than before they were levied. I will miss working with and for you all. I am happy my team was able to bring you good memories and fun times over the years.

All My Best,
Michael Meade
Former Con Chair
SaikouCon

Welcome to our first Musical Guest for SaikouCon 2021, Hollis! Hollis is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist, sh...
08/02/2021

Welcome to our first Musical Guest for SaikouCon 2021, Hollis! Hollis is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist, she has performed and crafted music in New York City, Los Angeles, across the world in London, England. Originally from Scranton, PA this Hollis' first anime convention appearance, and is a longtime friend of SaikouCon's chair, let's make her feel welcome and a part of the SaikouCon family! Hollis will be performing at our Cosplay Concert on SaikouCon Saturday and will also be MCing our Cosplay Contest earlier in the night. Hollis will also have a merch table in our Merchant Hall so you can pick up some of her music, grab a photo and autograph too! Get excited!

Also, congratulations to Christina R. from Hazleton, PA on being picked by blind drawing as the winner of our Bandai Heroes One Piece Figure Giveaway! Christina will be receiving her prize pack of all three figures from the One Piece wave of Bandai Heroes figures! And a note on our Transformers: Earth Wars SaikouBots Alliance Member Drive: July's member drive did not yield new members to the official alliance of SaikouCon, so we are going to try another one in October. If we fill the convention's alliance in October, we will have a Transformers themed giveaway for those alliance members through the game in November concurrent to our annual Mangagiving Contest through SaikouCon.com. The Transformers Giveaway to alliance members will be a Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy figure. Stay tuned for further details in September following the conclusion of SaikouCon 2021, August 20-22.

Welcome to our first Musical Guest for SaikouCon 2021, Hollis! Hollis is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist, she has performed and crafted music in New York City, Los Angeles, across the world in London, England. Originally from Scranton, PA this Hollis' first anime convention appearance, and is a longtime friend of SaikouCon's chair, let's make her feel welcome and a part of the SaikouCon family! Hollis will be performing at our Cosplay Concert on SaikouCon Saturday and will also be MCing our Cosplay Contest earlier in the night. Hollis will also have a merch table in our Merchant Hall so you can pick up some of her music, grab a photo and autograph too! Get excited!

Also, congratulations to Christina R. from Hazleton, PA on being picked by blind drawing as the winner of our Bandai Heroes One Piece Figure Giveaway! Christina will be receiving her prize pack of all three figures from the One Piece wave of Bandai Heroes figures! And a note on our Transformers: Earth Wars SaikouBots Alliance Member Drive: July's member drive did not yield new members to the official alliance of SaikouCon, so we are going to try another one in October. If we fill the convention's alliance in October, we will have a Transformers themed giveaway for those alliance members through the game in November concurrent to our annual Mangagiving Contest through SaikouCon.com. The Transformers Giveaway to alliance members will be a Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy figure. Stay tuned for further details in September following the conclusion of SaikouCon 2021, August 20-22.

Ready for another Guest of Honor announcement? We thought you might be! Welcome back to SaikouCon, your friend and ours,...
07/30/2021

Ready for another Guest of Honor announcement? We thought you might be! Welcome back to SaikouCon, your friend and ours, Greg Houser! Greg has been a Voice Actor Guest of Honor at SaikouCon several times since our first show back in 2013, but Greg always brings the fun to our show in all that he does at SaikouCon... panels? Fun. Autograph sessions? Fun. VIP Meet and Greet? Fun. ust hanging out around the show floor? Fun. Greg will be with for all three days of SaikouCon 2021, presenting several panels throughout the weekend, doing a couple of general autograph sessions, of course the VIP Meet and Greet on SaikouCon Saturday, and maybe a few surprises...

Keep an eye out for our full programming schedule to be released on August 5, 2021 at 8 PM ET to see everything at SaikouCon 2021 that Greg will be presenting and taking part in! And make sure to be on the look out tonight, July 30, 2021 for the announcement of our first Musical Guest for SaikouCon 2021 on SaikouCon.com and then here on Facebook tomorrow afternoon July 31, 2021! This Post Apocalypse Party is going to rock the roof off Mount Laurel Resort.

Please also note that General Admission Pre-Registration has been extended to August 15, 2021 at 10 PM ET on both 3 Day and Single Day Badges, and VIP Registration has been extended to August 5, 2021 at 10 PM ET.

Ready for another Guest of Honor announcement? We thought you might be! Welcome back to SaikouCon, your friend and ours, Greg Houser! Greg has been a Voice Actor Guest of Honor at SaikouCon several times since our first show back in 2013, but Greg always brings the fun to our show in all that he does at SaikouCon... panels? Fun. Autograph sessions? Fun. VIP Meet and Greet? Fun. ust hanging out around the show floor? Fun. Greg will be with for all three days of SaikouCon 2021, presenting several panels throughout the weekend, doing a couple of general autograph sessions, of course the VIP Meet and Greet on SaikouCon Saturday, and maybe a few surprises...

Keep an eye out for our full programming schedule to be released on August 5, 2021 at 8 PM ET to see everything at SaikouCon 2021 that Greg will be presenting and taking part in! And make sure to be on the look out tonight, July 30, 2021 for the announcement of our first Musical Guest for SaikouCon 2021 on SaikouCon.com and then here on Facebook tomorrow afternoon July 31, 2021! This Post Apocalypse Party is going to rock the roof off Mount Laurel Resort.

Please also note that General Admission Pre-Registration has been extended to August 15, 2021 at 10 PM ET on both 3 Day and Single Day Badges, and VIP Registration has been extended to August 5, 2021 at 10 PM ET.

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SaikouCon, which means "best convention", is the annual anime convention of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and Lehigh Valley, boasting a dedicated staff of longtime Japanese anime and manga fans. The convention grew out of Anime Ate My Brain Magazine (relaunching soon); the sibling to music focused web magazine, Tastes Like Rock! Music Magazine. The convention will always feature some of the best live entertainment themed to Japanese culture as well as the best in J-Rock, J-Pop, Nerdcore, and straight up Rock n' Roll musical acts from all over the US and beyond. All of this plus top creators, writers, artists, distributors, industry insiders, English dub and original Japanese voice talent, some of the best cosplay talent, shows, dances; and so much more!

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SaikouCon, which means "best convention", is the annual anime convention of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and Lehigh Valley, boasting a dedicated staff of longtime Japanese anime and manga fans. The convention grew out of Anime Ate My Brain Magazine (relaunching in 2018); the sibling to music focused web magazine, Tastes Like Rock Magazine. The convention will always feature some of the best live entertainment themed to Japanese culture as well as the best in J-Rock, J-Pop, Nerdcore, and straight up Rock n' Roll musical acts from all over the US and beyond. All of this plus top creators, writers, artists, distributors, industry insiders, English dub and original Japanese voice talent, some of the best cosplay talent, shows, dances; and so much more! If you love anime, you'll love SaikouCon, and SaikouCon will love you. Visit www.saikoucon.com for more on the convention, and details on each year’s show!

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Will we be receiving refunds for our badges since the event was cancelled?
I remember how SaikouCon began. It was a totally different and smaller concept that my brother/mentor had. The more we all talked about it, the bigger it got until suddenly, SaikouCon was born. I've made so many great friends and memories through the years. It saddens me that it has had to come to an end. May our friendships that were forged continue to be strong as we bud farewell to what brought us together. πŸ’™
Anything new on 2021?
Normally Mike Meade is to be posting updates about upcoming events for Saikoucon, but since Facebook and Instagram have been giving him hicc-ups, I figure I'd share the update. Panel Submissions are finally OPEN! http://www.saikoucon.com/panels.html You have till June 25th to submit. Also the March Madness Giveaway is under full swing! http://www.saikoucon.com/events.html Giveaway ends April 30th. (deadline was extended due to Facebook and Instagram having hicc-ups)
out of curiosity who are people planning to cosplay :0
Good evening good friends, I hope all is well, and the nasty virus has passed over all. I am in need of some information, I am currently seeking anime where reincarnation is part of the story, where the characters actually leave one life, and begin a new. Hope to see you all this August, and stay safe.
The first Dark Dimensions Horror & Sci-Fi Convention is coming September 25, 26, and 27 of 2020 to kick off the Halloween season for the year at The Mountain Laurel Resort & Spa. The website for Dark Dimensions will be launching on October 1, 2019 with full information on the convention, pre-registration, hotel room block booking information, and maybe its first round of guest announcements! Keep your eyes open for the Dark Dimensions website launch, and social media profiles (currently only here on Facebook, but soon on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr same as our sibling anime con, SaikouCon). This is going to be creepy fun... indie horror marathon with presentations by the film makers, midnight presentations of classic horror from the silent film era and some modern classics, live readings from the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Merchant Hall, celebrity autographs/meet and greets/photo ops, panels, concerts, Cyberpunk Rave, Masquerade of the Dead, and more!
Here was our setup for SaikouCon. We had the best table neighbors πŸ’™
I had an epiphany!
SaikouCon was a great one yet again! I met so many awesome people again this year and reunited with so many familiar faces! I've come to realize that panels are not my strong suit, so I probably won't be doing any more of them in the future - but that can always change. Did you guys enjoy the new venue (even during their renovations)? Everything has its ups and downs but I feel like once the resort is fully restored, it'll be our official home for a few years to come. Unfortunately - I was extremely late coming to the venue Saturday morning as I was too busy being extremely sick to the point I nearly gave up on coming Saturday at all. Thankfully, my amazing Kirishima (@ mesuokami_cos aka Meg Krofcheck) never left my side and had taken care of me all day. Luckily by 11:30ish we made it to the venue and was greeted by a swarm of you! We never thought that our Bakugou and Kirishima would go over so well as they did! We did expect some love but not to the level everyone gave us. I posted it on Instagram but I wanted to post it here too - we cannot express our love and gratitude towards you all. As a special thanks, we are getting together in a few weeks to shoot some amazing Kiribaku content for you all! I hope to see you all in the future!
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