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MiyakoCon 3!

Pre-Register for our TWO DAY EVENT here: MIYAKOCON WEEKEND PRE-REG $20!

Get in touch with us if you want to do ANYTHING to help MiyakoCon 3– Dealer, panelists, volunteers, all of the above and more!
CLICK THIS LINK to go to our google form

Check out our MASCOT CONTEST above!

Thanks again to all of you for making MiyakoCon 2 an incredible, wonderful, amazing day.



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Less than a month away…

…and we’re nearly ready. Huge thanks go out to NewCon, Funimation, CrunchyRoll, Kumoricon, and Mochitsuki PDX for their promotional help this year!

some news for you all:

the hotel room rate is up:

submit your panel ideas here (we still have some room, but not for long!):

Email us at if you’re interested in volunteering!


PANELS PENDING APPROVAL: we’ve had quite a number of submissions to our panels form! If you haven’t heard from us yet, please do not panic; we’ll email you soon. We’re working through submissions in the order they came in. 

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to email Julie / Stephen at

RSVP to our Facebook event, and don’t forget to register now for $20 and have a faster process on con day by just picking your badges up at Will Call!




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December News!

Busy Busy Busy Bees!

Our dealer hall is full, but programming is still open for submissions. The first newsletter went out yesterday. You can sign up for that here:

The price for tickets goes up MONDAY, December 5th, from $15 to $20.

We will be having our first volunteer meetings just after the new year, so stay tuned in that regard as well…

Please get in touch with me (Julie) at with any questions you have. Do look for your answers on this site as well as on the Facebook Page, linked to your right!

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We’ve been busy…

From the chair:

MiyakoCon 2 is swiftly coming together! We are still accepting vendor applications, and actively seeking programming/activities, so please keep us in mind when you go to or think of awesome panels. Soon, we’ll have our first big volunteer meeting, so if you want to get involved that way, make sure you fill this out. 

Right now, I’m at Portland’s KumoriCon manning MiyakoCon’s info table. It’s amazing to see the way this shared enthusiasm lights up such a big crowd of people, and inspirational that so many of you are excited about Salem’s event. I’ve handed out so many flyers this weekend, I’m down to just a handful. And that’s the kicker: MiyakoCon only happens because you are out there, and want an event like this in your community.

the MiyakoCon team wouldn’t be here, doing what we do, if it weren’t for you. We welcome you. Come play!

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Mascot Contest Extension!

ARTISTS! MiyakoCon 2 is re-opening submissions for our MASCOT CONTEST. Submissions are now due on Saturday, September 17th! Here’s some more information:

This character will be featured on all of our promotional materials and publications for the next year. The winner receives a MiyakoCon 2 dealer table, credit wherever your art is used, and $150 cash!

Send us your original design of a fox girl dressed as a magical girl (again, your original design, not an existing character like Sailor Moon, Madoka, etc.). She should have ears, multi-colored hair, and TWO tails. Cherry blossoms should be incorporated in the composition (e.g. patterns on clothing, jewelry, petals in her hair–be creative!). Submit a 3300×5100-pixel .JPG of finished character art on a white background; the winner will be asked to export additional deliverables and create a simple accompanying background layer artwork.

Please attach & email submissions (or write with any questions) to with the subject “2017 mascot contest submission [your name]”. All submissions are due no later than midnight PST on SEPTEMBER 17, 2016. By submitting, you grant us the right to post/share your artwork. The winner grants us a non-exlusive, unlimited license to use your art in any medium for MiyakoCon promotion.

We look forward to seeing your wonderful creations! Share this with your artist friends!

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MiyakoCon 2016 Wrap-Up

THANK YOU for making MiyakoCon 2016 such a great success!

Total attendance count was a whopping 265 people for our very first year. This is incredible, considering our limited promotional time, and we are pushing forward for next year! At an Anime convention, the flow and feel of the event is often determined by the community itself: attendees are what make the contests fun, the demos productive, and the fan discussions lively. YOU showed up and made MiyakoCon 2016 what it was: an awesome event for the local community!
I’d like to take a moment to personally thank all of our AMAZING staff, volunteers, and guests; your diligence and enthusiasm also made this event as fantastic as it was. You were fundamentally essential to making MiyakoCon an Anime convention that the community could enjoy and feel a part of. Next year, we’ll do even better, but putting this foot in the right direction is incredibly influential to smoothly running that ship. I had a blast as convention director, and was absolutely floored by how many people came up to me to personally thank me for hosting such a cool event in Salem. You guys are what made the event fun, and I can’t wait to work with you next year, and going forward.

Look for more information in the coming months about Miyakocon 2 at the Red Lion Salem February 25th, 2017! Earlybird pre-registration will be up soon, so stay tuned~


-Julie McGowan, MiyakoCon Director
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Guest Panelist: Hazard

Hazard studied Illustration and Communication Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art, and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art. (Gallery: Hazard wants you to know that regardless of whether you write, paint, draw, design, or perform, you can, at any age, create and present your art! This world is made of love and peace!

Hazard will be in Creation Station throughout the day to help with panels and oversee the drawing contest. She’s hosting “Humanoid Figure Drawing”, “Creature Drawing”, and the “Drawing Contest Finale”.

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Creation Station: Mt Bachelor

MiyakoCon is pleased to welcome our friends from the Creation Station! There is much people can learn in a panel, but much more people can learn in a dedicated work space.  This is that work space.  It will be a place that you can come and learn new crafts and arts, or refine what you know, and often leave with a finished piece.  A smaller more classroom setting to work with and learn from other like-minded people. There will be people in this room throughout the day, and there will be art supplies available as well for an arts competition!

Join us for panels like:

  • “Have fun Storming the Castle” – a Cosplay and Prop Brainstorming session
  • Foam Cosplay Armor Crafting
  • Beginning Chainmaille
  • Gallifreyan Lessons
  • Multiple art Lessons
    AND a brand new class
  • “I may be Bad (But I’m Perfectly Good At It)” – How to Play the Bad Guy, without Being a Bad Guy – Roleplaying a Villain character at conventions


We look forward to seeing everyone there!