2019 Update!

Greetings, Anime World fans! We apologize for our radio silence these last few months, but there has been a lot going on behind the scenes, and we didn’t want to make any official announcements until all details were finalized.
First, the bad news: Despite numerous requests to return to the Chicago area for 2016, we have been unable to find an available venue to host our convention. Chicagoland hosts a lot of events, and most of the hotels big enough to accommodate our space needs are booked out two to three years in advance. We would love to return to our first convention home, and we’ll do our best to get back there when we can!
However, there is good news: Since we’re not mounting our Chicago convention this year, we’re dedicating our energy to bring more anime and cosplay right to our second convention home, Indianapolis! (Chicago folks, that’s only a three hour drive, or an easy bus/train ride away!)
For 2016, we have partnered with popular culture convention Indy Pop Con in Indianapolis. In conjunction with PopCon, June 17-19, 2016, Anime World will bring you more of the anime programming you love – including voice actor guests, a three-day cosplay workshop track, manga and comic art workshops, interactive programming, anime and Japanese culture panels, and more! Anime World will also be operating the costume contest, which is open to anime and pop culture sources and features a whopping $1,500 in cash prizes.
Since this is a cooperative production with PopCon, one ticket will get you access to all basic programming! However, if you want a truly exclusive experience, you can purchase an Anime VIP pass that will grant you special access to events, guaranteed guest autographs, and more. All the details are available on the PopCon website.
We look forward to bringing a fantastic anime experience to PopCon attendees, and we hope you’ll join us there! Meanwhile, we’ll keep working on finding a venue for 2017.

Post-Con Survey is now live!


We want to make your convention experience the best it can be, but we need your input! Please take a moment to answer these 10 short questions and let us know what you liked and didn’t like about this year’s convention.

Help us shape AWX to be the con YOU want it to be!

Anime Music Video Contest Winners

We had such an overwhelming response to this year’s AMV contest that we had to limit entries (a very difficult task, as we received so many entries of outstanding quality!). Submissions were divided into the  official contest and an overflow showcase (which will be posted soon).

Thank you to everyone who participated, and congratulations to all of our category winners!

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Thanks for a great event!

Thank you to everyone who turned out for our 2019 event! We had an intimate crowd of just under 500 attendees, but we still managed to raise an impressive $225 in cash donations and several boxes of food items and supplies for the St. John Food Pantry!

We hope to do it all again next year. Stay tuned to this space for updates!

2019 Program Guide & Schedule available for download!

booklet-5.5inx8.5in-h-frontIt’s here at last! The official 2019 Program Guide & Schedule is available for download to your media device of choice. Now you can look over events at your leisure and plan your entire AWX weekend in advance! It’s even printable, if you prefer to have a paper copy. (No printer? Don’t worry; we’ll have some print copies available at the con as well.)

Note: This is a print layout copy of the program guide and schedule. It is sized to be printed on 4 double-sided 8.5″ x 11″ pages, which fold in half to make a 16-page booklet.

Selfie Contest!

gold circle contestWe promised there would be more giveaways coming up! Now you have a chance to WIN A FREE GOLD CIRCLE BADGE!

Here’s how: Take a selfie and tell us why you want to attend the convention. Post the picture to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram tagged #‎AWX2019 (your settings must be public so we can see it!). Be creative!

The photo must be of YOU and must include the text “I want to attend Anime World Expos 2019 because…” One entry per person, please.

The contest is open through 11:59PM EDT on Friday, August 7. We’ll announce the winner the next day (Saturday, August 8).

Winner will receive one Gold Circle badge (a $65 value!), which grants the bearer 3-day admission to AWX 2019, priority seating in Main Events, early access to the vendor hall, and more!

Good luck!

Guest Announcement! Samurai Dan & Jillian

Samurai Dan & Jillian
Samurai Dan & Jillian

AWX is happy to announce our latest guests: Samurai Dan and Jillian!

Dan Coglan, a.k.a. “Samurai Dan” and his wife, Jillian are the acknowledged masters of marital… er, MARTIAL mayhem. This dynamic duo travels the civilized portions of the U.S., bringing their unique show to curious and horrified audiences alike.

In addition to their high-energy, mostly safe stage shows (where razor sharp blades and barbs fly) the couple teaches historical and hysterical panels on the way of the warrior. Offering a wide range of lectures and interactive workshops, Dan and his lethal love Jillian are guaranteed to provide con attendees fun and fulfillment.

Due to a supreme lack of filter, Dan also performs standup comedy, and lives to embarrass his wife onstage, in censored and uncensored settings.

A storyteller at heart, Dan is finishing his third horror novel, and offers insights into the creative process with panels for the aspiring writer as well.

Check them out at www.Facebook.com/SamuraiDanAndJillian

2020 2021 Vendors

Start saving those pennies, AWX fans! Here are some of the vendors who will be setting up their fabulous wares in our 2019 exhibit hall!

We’ll be adding more vendors as con time draws closer, so be sure to check back!


comicwreck Comic Wreck

  • Facebook.com/ComicWreck

Posters & Prints; Manga books, magazines, trade paperbacks and comic books; Anime DVDs and VHS; Oddities

filler Credits Remaining

  • creditsremaining.webs.com

2019 arcade & console gaming provider

eagleanime Eagle Anime

  • www.eagleanime.com
  • Facebook.com/eagleanimepage

We specialize in the sale of Japanese imported figures and blind boxes, domestic keychains, blankets, messenger bags, jewelry and accessories. All of our products are 100% officially licensed!

 Dragon Ball Z Merchandise sold by SuperSaiyan-Shop.com

We specialize in Dragon Ball Z Merchandise and various dragon ball themed products, we do have an impressive collection of apparel, accessories, gifts and much more! do not hesistate to check out our online store!

tastypeach Tasty Peach Studios

  • www.tastypeachstudios.com
  • Facebook.com/TastyPeachStudios

A sweet, unique, boutique. Tasty Peach Studios offers original concepts and designs in the form of plush, apparel, bags, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, and more.

whona Who North America

  • www.whona.com
  • Facebook.com/whonorthamerica
  • Twitter.com/whona

Who North America is the largest Doctor Who-exclusive retailer in the United States! Since 1998, Who North America has supplied Doctor Who fans with products often unavailable anywhere else in North America through our online store at www.whona.com.