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Get ready to return to sunny Galveston, TX for Oni-Con XX (2023)!
Do you love anime, manga and video games? Are you a fan of Japanese culture?
Expand your horizons with our programming! Conquer your rivals in our Battlegrounds or Table Top Gaming! Empty your wallet in the Dealer’s Room or Artist Alley! Come to the beach and join in all the fun!
Available through April 30th
Available through October 31st
Available through June 30th
Available through August 31st
Thursday Nov 10th
7pm – 11pm
(May pickup Weekend Pass, Child Weekend Pass, and Friday 1-Day Pass on Thursday. Saturday and Sunday 1-Day Passes must be picked up on each respective day. No Passes may be purchased On-Site on Thursday.)
Friday Nov 11th
9:30am – 9pm
Saturday Nov 12th
9:30am – 9pm
Sunday Nov 13th
10am – 3pm
Children 12 And Under
School Club Discount
- paperwork from your school indicating your official status as a sanctioned school club/group, and
- a letter (on official school letterhead) from your school administrator approving your school club/group’s attendance of Oni-Con XX (2023).
These documents may be provided in PDF format via email in order to receive the school club/group discount code but must also be provided as signed (where necessary) paper copies when picking up your school club/group’s Pre-Registration Passes at the convention. Failure to provide this paperwork when picking up Pre-Registration Passes may void your school club/group’s discount and require the payment of the difference ($5 per Pre-Registration Pass; you would still receive the Group Discount for 10+ Pre-Registrations) before Passes may be picked up.
Refund/Pass Transfer Policy
You may, however, transfer your Pass to a new Pass owner (although you would be responsible for receiving any money from the new Pass owner in the process of doing a Pass transfer).
If you would like to transfer your Pass to a new Pass owner, please forward your barcoded Confirmation email to firstname.lastname@example.org, before October 10th, 2022, along with the following information about the new Pass owner at the top of the email body:
Date of Birth:
Artist Alley Table
A single table in the Artist Alley for Oni-Con 2023.
Dealers Room Booth
A booth in the Dealers Room for Oni-Con 2023.
Open – 10:00AM Friday
Close – 4:00PM Sunday
Artists may set their own business hours in between.
Dealers Room Hours
Friday: Noon – 8:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Hilton Galveston Island Resort
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 744-5000
The Hilton is the closest hotel to the Galveston Island Convention Center as well as host to part of Oni-Con’s programming on the first floor. These panel rooms can be accessed from the lobby. If you’re looking to be closest to the Oni-Con action, then the Hilton is the perfect place to stay for the weekend.
Situated on historic Seawall Boulevard, Hilton Galveston Island Resort is just steps from the beach and is within walking distance of fishing piers, shopping and a plethora of restaurants, 10 of which are located on the 32-acre resort. Relax in a cozy guest room and marvel at breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico from your private balcony or upgrade to a suite with separate living space, enough room for the entire family.
Plunge into this Galveston resort’s tropically heated outdoor swimming pool and savor cool cocktails and light dishes from the seasonal swim-up bar. For added exclusivity, reserve a poolside cabana, complete with ceiling fan, fresh fruit, expedited food and beverage service and seating for four. Stay active in the fitness center or take a walk on the beach, just steps from the resort. Indulge in innovative food at the on-site restaurant Palm Court or enjoy fresh Gulf seafood at Landry’s Seafood, located adjacent to the resort. Treat the family to an adventure at Rainforest Cafe and watch a volcano eruption or enjoy a pancake breakfast at the 24-hour IHOP.
Located just steps away from The Galveston Island Convention Center at The San Luis Resort, this AAA Four Diamond award-winning Galveston resort offers 13 meeting spaces for your next corporate meeting or company retreat. Celebrate your wedding on the tropical garden terrace or private Crystal Ballroom. For business or pleasure, Hilton Galveston Island Resort makes the perfect retreat.
Book with Hilton Galveston Island Resort
Hilton Galveston Island Resort Booking Link
You can also call the hotel at 409-744-5000 and let them know that you are going to Oni-Con 2023 (Nov 10-12th).
The San Luis Resort
Galveston, TX 77551
Phone: (409) 744-1500
The San Luis is the height of luxury! If you’re looking to treat yourself, look no further than this beautiful resort hotel! Beautiful pools, fantastic rooms with ocean views. The San Luis is the place to really kick back and relax during the convention.
Discover unparalleled luxury at The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center, a 30-acre year-round beach front hotel and spa resort property on beautiful Galveston Island, Texas. Recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award® since 2000, The San Luis Resort offers the perfect Galveston hotel and resort experience with lavish accommodations, breathtaking Gulf views and personalized service.
Dine in their award-winning restaurants, enjoy luxurious resort amenities and then step into the excitement of historic Galveston Island, which boasts a wide array of activities on land and sea with 32 miles of sun-drenched beaches, historic sites and famed shopping.
For their guests in need of some pampering, the world-class Spa San Luis offers a full-service spa, salon and fitness center. Sip a refreshing cocktail in their fabulous H2O ultra lounge or amid tranquil waters at our swim-up pool bar. Savor the freshest seafood and USDA prime cuts of beef at the award-winning Steakhouse or enjoy family-friendly fun at the Rainforest Cafe. After a day of basking in the sun and exploring all that the Island has to offer, relax and unwind in their Gulf-view guest rooms, which exude luxury and comfort.
You’re invited to experience the very best for yourself in style, elegance and comfort at the San Luis Resort on the Texas Gulf Coast. Situated right on Galveston beach, the San Luis Resort isn’t only a hotel and spa resort, but also a perfect venue for when you’re planning a large conference, a series of small meetings or a beautiful, beach front wedding reception. Whether for meetings, weddings, a Galveston vacation with the family or a romantic getaway weekend for two, The San Luis Resort will accommodate your needs efficiently, graciously and completely.
Book with The San Luis Resort
The San Luis Resort Booking Link
You can also call the hotel at 409-744-1500 and let them know that you are going to Oni-Con 2023 (Nov 10-12th).
5600 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77551
Oni-Con will be held this year at the Galveston Island Convention Center. This has been our home since 2011 and we couldn’t be happier to be here. We are honored for the support that Galveston Island gives us and are delighted that attendees can enjoy a fun, exciting weekend retreat at the beach!
If you have that anxious feeling where you know you need to get away, the answer is easy. It’s island time! Leave the stiff and boring behind for the excitement of Galveston Island’s beachfront facilities in one of Texas’ top tourism destinations. Located just 50 minutes from Houston, this tropical island offers more than 5,000 sleeping rooms, 32 miles of beaches, rich history and culture, unique shopping and a variety of world-class attractions to make your meeting far from ordinary.
Offering sweeping views of the Gulf’s sparkling waters, the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort is the perfect meeting destination. Located on Galveston’s famous Seawall Boulevard, this 140,000 square-foot property combines executive conference facilities with luxurious amenities as well as complimentary wireless Internet, shuttle services and on-site parking.
John Gremillion is a stage, film and voice actor who has been working in anime for 25 years, providing voices for dozens of popular anime titles for ADV, FUNimation, Okratron 5000, and Sentai Filmworks. John’s most popular roles include Gentle Criminal in My Hero Academia, Dracule Mihawk in One Piece, Roland Chapelle in Food Wars, Arthur Randall in Black Butler, and D in Sentai’s recent re-release of Vampire Hunter D (Nomination – Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in an Anime Feature Film, 2015). Other roles include Proud Wolf in My Isekai Life, Nakeshi Hirokawa in Parasyte: The Maxim, General Liver in Akame Ga Kill!, as well as roles in Attack on Titan, Black Clover, Fire Force, Log Horizon and many others.
A professional video editor for over 20 years, John worked on the supplemental materials for ADV’s 2010 release of Halo Legends and for FUNimation’s release of Assassination Classroom Vol 2. He studied film at The University of Texas at Austin and Theatre Arts at The Juilliard School of Drama.
Kazha is a rock band founded by a Japanese singer-songwriter Kazuha Oda (Kazha) and a Japanese guitarist Hideki Matsushige in 2009. Kazuha Oda is a classically trained singer who has worked in various genres of music from Classic to Heavy Metal. She started out as a solo singer in Japan, and has worked with a wide variety of performers and producers including Grammy winner Bob James. Her work has appeared on the iTunes Top 100 charts of numerous countries for a significant amount of time.
After the release of their first album in 2010, Kazha made its first U.S.A. debut performing at San Francisco’s Asian Heritage Celebration, sharing the stage with hip-hop group Far East Movement. In September 2010, the band made its first Anime Convention debut at Colorado’s Premier Anime Convention Nan Desu Kan. Since then, they have been performing at numerous Anime, Comic, and Japanese themed events around the world. Kazha has shared the stage with national artists such as George Lynch, Tracii Guns, LA Guns, Y&T, and Trapt until now. Around 2015, the band chose Memphis Tennessee as their USA headquarters. Since then, they have been featured on local broadcasts such as WREG News Channel 3, Channel 24, and WMC Action News 5. Kazha now tours as an Official International Ambassador of “Music Export Memphis”, representing the Birth Place of Rock’n’Roll Memphis, Tennessee.
The Geeky Seamstress
The Geeky Seamstress is an award-winning craftsmanship cosplayer, commissioner, and graduate theatre student based out of DFW, TX. Cosplaying since 2012, she has made dozens of cosplays spanning across all genres, with an emphasis on spandex, corsetry, and high-quality craftsmanship. A librarian by trade, The Geeky Seamstress enjoys documenting her builds and writing tutorials on cosplay when she’s not working on commissions or her next project.
(Photo Credit: WildMomoPhotography)
Kumabearcosplay has been a Texas based cosplayer for 15+ years. In that time he’s been focusing on clean fabrication of cosplays and has been in the Texas competition scene for over 5 years. With a focus on prop making and clean sewing, Adrian is looking forward to seeing everyone’s amazing work! Cosplaying and spending time with friends is what drives him and he can’t wait to have an amazing con with everyone!
A Masters-level cosplayer of 15+ years, Hayatedoll loves everything frilly, fluffy, and sparkly! They fell in love with anime and cosplay after experiencing life in Japan and haven’t turned back since. With a focus on clean crafting and performance, including detailed walk-ons and interesting skits, they adore meeting fellow cosplayers and creators and seeing others enjoy being their favorite characters. They are looking forward to their first beach episode at Oni-Con!
The Oppai Princess is a black, queer Twitch streamer, voice actress, plus-sized model, and published cosplayer who has shaken up the industry with her outspoken realness and body-positivity. Specializing in creating an immersive experience for her viewers, she brings unmatched charisma and quips when playing horror games. As a creator she also provides a form of escapism with cozy game reviews in the series “Comfort games I like to play when I’m depressed.”
Being a plus sized cosplayer, she uses her platform to showcase “fan service” cosplays, fantasy and original characters. She creates a space for cosplayers of larger sizes to see themselves in. Her cosplays have sparked a fire among her plus-sized peers within the cosplay community, emboldening them to take on risque cosplays. She has been a co-panelist at Dreamhack and DragonCon, featured on Crunchyroll’s 28 Days of Black Cosplay and Voyager Magazine and so much more. As well as a brand ambassador and model for the plus-size apparel company, Thunda Thighs.
Being a creator, she is known for her quirky and boisterous personality she brings to her platform; with the notable series of playthroughs titled “Tryin’ and Dyin'” over a series of video games. No matter the game, laughs are had as well as a few screams in this streamer’s congenial content creations.
Knovice Cosplay is a California-based, self-taught cosplay maker who loves to create tutorials & empower others to share their crafting knowledge. She hosts the annual Online Cosplay Tutorial Challenge to encourage & reward cosplayers for making their own tutorials. Going forward she hopes to bring her years of performance experience & training to de-mystify stage performances and equip cosplayers with the tools they need for an entertaining skit.
Lutavia Cosplay (they/them) is a nonbinary award-winning cosplay educator and fabricator who specializes in cosplay craftsmanship education for all, storytelling in costuming, and exploring new techniques in all mediums, from textiles to armor. Their passion stems from making cosplay accessible at any scale for any design, from managing cost constraints and time to working with chronic illness or a full time job. With years of cosplay experience, paneling, and tons of tutorials and resources created for the community, there’s nothing more they love than seeing your amazing costumes and helping with cosplay challenges!
Cosplay Contestants! The Official Rules and Entry forms for this year’s cosplay contest are now available!
We have done our best to make entering the competition as streamlined as possible. We are accepting online submissions via our website. The contest submissions will be open from September 24th, 2023 to midnight November 9th, 2023 or until we reach 45 Entrants. There will be 10 additional slots open for last minute onsite sign ups for Walk-Ons ONLY at the cosplay table, so please sign up as soon as possible since spots may go quickly. Onsite sign ups will only take place on Friday from 12PM – 5PM at the cosplay table. We will not be accepting any new skit entries or music for performances onsite or the day of the show. THE CONTEST IS NOT JURY SELECTED SO WE DO NOT SEND OUT ACCEPTANCE LETTERS, IF THE FORM SAYS IT WAS RECEIVED YOU ARE IN.
Craftsmanship requirement is that at least 50% of your costume must be made by you, or someone in your group. Mass produced or commissioned costumes are not allowed entry, unless the commissioner is present. This does not include wigs or shoes.
Performance/Skit entries are not required to perform their skits for the judges, but if they wish to be considered for craftsmanship based prizes, or the Best in Show award, they are encouraged to opt in and attend prejudging.
We will not be accepting custom audio for Walk-Ons. Skit entries must submit their prerecorded audio tracks digitally in MP3 format and in advance. We will not be accepting any new skit entries or music for performances onsite or the day of the show, but we do encourage you to have your music backed up on a thumbdrive in case of emergency or corrupted audio files.
Please keep in mind that there will be children in the audience. Please keep your costume and/or performance equivalent to a PG-13-rated film. No explicit sexual references, gestures, or language will be allowed. Any presentation that violates this rule will be disqualified and may be asked to leave the stage during their performance. Usage of any foul or abusive language is grounds for instant disqualification and removal from the contest. Contestants are not allowed to throw anything off the stage, nor use projectiles or use anything on stage that will leave a mess. This includes (but is not limited to) liquids, glitter, and confetti.
All participants are encouraged to keep at least one foot on the stage at all times, and keep fight choreography at ¾ speed. If you have a question about something you want to do, feel free to send an email with “Costume Contest Question” as the subject to: email@example.com
No pyrotechnics, fire, explosive devices, live animals, or similar special effects can be used during the competition; this includes smoke/smog machines and flash paper/powder. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and be asked to leave the convention area depending on the severity of the incursion. All prop weapons must be checked by the weapons check prior to entry.
The two methods to compete:
Craftsmanship/Walk-on – Walk-Ons will go on stage individually, hit two to three poses and then exit. Walk-Ons have up to a minute on stage. (If you are doing a Walk-On you are automatically required to attend pre-judging in order to walk on stage.)
Performance/Skit – Skit contestants will go on stage, perform their skit, and then exit. All skit entries will get up to three and a half minutes on stage for their performance. (Skit entries DO NOT need to be part of Craftsmanship judging unless they opt in.)
We allow entries from all forms of intellectual property, (any Movie, Show, Manga, Anime, etc.)
Even though our awards will not be straight forward towards divisions, the judges will still be judging according to this criteria –
- Beginner – Anyone who has never won a major costume contest award.
- Intermediate – Anyone who has won between one to three major awards.
- Advanced – Anyone who has won four or more major awards.
**PRE-JUDGING IS MANDATORY, IF YOU FAIL TO ATTEND PRE-JUDGING YOU ARE DISQUALIFIED**
You can check in at the cosplay sign up table, located with the cosplay guests anytime Friday – Saturday. Prejudging will take place in the Autograph Room (Panel room number TBA) at 1PM Saturday November 11th and go until 3:30PM. You will get 2 minutes with the judges to explain your construction.
We encourage you to bring reference photos of your costume and character as well as a few photos of your work in progress. This isn’t a hard requirement, but the judges may not be familiar with your character.
Cosplay Line-Up will be in the auditorium on Saturday November 11th at 3:30PM in Main Programming. Cosplay Line-Up is mandatory, since this will be roll call and lining up for the stage show. If you are not present for this you will be subject to disqualification and not allowed to compete.
- Best in Show
- Best Craftsmanship
- Best Performance
- Best Rookie
- Judges Awards
All “best of” awards will be receiving weekend passes to our 2023 convention. Additional awards TBD.
After reading the rules, please keep in mind the following before sending us an online copy of your entry form:
- Badges are required and contestants will be required to have badges when checking in to the Cosplay Contest. While you will not need to show proof of registration when you send us the form online, you will be required to show proof of registration (your badge) before physically entering the cosplay contest room.
- Pre-recorded audio for skits must be submitted in the form of MP3 to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Friday November 10th. Please include your name, cosplay name, and specify you are a skit entry in the body of your email with the name “OniCon 2023 skit audio” in the subject.
The last day to enter the contest online will be Thursday, November 9th by midnight unless the entries are capped.
You can send your form, or any cosplay contest questions to: email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you on stage ~ !
Code of Conduct
Mask / Covid Policy
Oni-Con encourages attendees to take precautions for their own safety. Masks use is highly encouraged while inside the convention center. Additionally, masks will be required while at Registration or interacting with Registration staff. This is for the safety of our staff.
We also ask that all attendees politely respect the Guest’s wishes if they request you have a mask on during their autograph sessions.
We remind you that proof of vaccination and masks are required to participate in the Oni-Con Battlegrounds events.
We thank you in advance for your cooperation.
General Conduct Policy
- Please be kind and courteous to your fellow attendees, guests, dealers, and staff at all times. Disruptive behavior is not allowed.
- Oni-Con follows and adheres to federal, state and local laws at the convention, just as you would at home.
- Convention staff, guests, and attendees may not be in possession of any item defined as a weapon, Illegal or not. (see weapons policy for more detail)
- Convention staff, guests, and attendees may not bring any animals onto the premises, with the exception of ADA working animals with the proper verification and papers.
- Badges must be worn at all times, and must be visible.
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
- No sleeping in any convention areas at any time.
- Alcohol is not permitted in any convention Space.
- Usage or possession of illegal drugs is strictly forbidden.
- Oni-Con badges must be purchased in order to enter any convention space. If you do not have a badge you may be asked to leave until you purchase one.
Harassment of any kind, including physical, verbal, or unwelcome attentions will not be tolerated.
- Do not hug, grab, kiss, or glomp anyone who has not given you explicit permission or consent.
- Verbal harassment will also not be tolerated. This includes derogatory terms, hate speech, and all manners of verbal abuse.
- Any action or behavior that causes interference with convention operations, makes other attendees uncomfortable, or adversely affects the convention’s relationship with its guests, the venue, or the public is not allowed.
- Violations of this policy will result in your badge being taken and you being asked to leave. Law Enforcement may be involved in particularly egregious cases.
- The rules most certainly apply to cosplayers. Cosplay is not consent.
What to do if you feel you are being harassed:
- If you feel you are in imminent danger, please find the nearest uniformed police officer and let them know what is going on. Otherwise, find the nearest staff member and let them know that you would like to speak to the Director of Safety or his assistant about a harassment incident.
- Try to remember as many details about the incident, and about the person who harassed you, as possible. Take down the names of any witnesses.
Event and Line Policy
- Please keep lines single file, and stay close to the walls/barricades.
- No cutting, or shoving into lines
- Don’t argue with the staff if they attempt to correct or give you suggestions.
- Keep in mind that the staff is not yelling at you, but they have to speak loudly enough for the entire line to hear which can be difficult at times.
- When the event space opens, please fill in seats. Try not to leave empty spaces.
- Any event specific rules will be announced at the start of the event. Please listen while they are being announced.
- Programming and schedules have a habit of changing without a great deal of notice. While we realize that it can be annoying to you, the attendees, it does happen.
Music and Dance Events Policy
- Safety staff reserves the right to refuse entry.
- No bags larger than a handbag are allowed inside. This includes: laptop bags, backpacks, duffle bags, and messenger bags.
- Safety staff will not be responsible for bags/items.
- Safety Staff may initiate a voluntary bag/pocket check for contraband.
- Shoes must be worn at all times.
- The stage area is restricted. All areas backstage and behind the stage perimeter are restricted areas as well.
- Harassment of any type will not be tolerated. If you are being harassed, please indicate so to one of the safety members.
- Any solicitation of alcohol or drugs, will lead to an immediate expulsion from the convention (without refund), and turned over to the local authorities.
- No light sabers, prop swords, or weapons of any type allowed in the dance
- String lights or swinging of any item on strings must be done on the outer perimeter of the dance area.
- Throwing anything at or on the stage will result in removal from the dance
- No fighting, or “dance fighting”
- Dance Circles are prohibited, and will be broken up…
- Be aware that there will be flashing lights, and the possibility of a fog machine or hazer. Attendees with a history of seizures, asthma, or any other condition that may be aggravated by these elements should avoid this event.
Oni-Con Cosplay, Weapons, and Props Policy
The Costume Contest is a special event that will have its own special rules for cosplay props and weapons you can use for your costumes during a performance or the main show.
Any exceptions made during the show are only for the show. Any item that is approved for Cosplay but not for the general con must be taken directly to and from the Cosplay contest, with no side trips or delays.
- NO LIVE STEEL. At all, even peace-bonded.
- If you buy any weapon from the dealer’s room it must be transported out of the convention immediately to your room or car.
- It may not be carried around without being in a box of some sort, dealers know this and will provide it to you.
- Do not remove the item from this box.
- Airsoft guns will have their barrels taped up by the safety desk. Do not remove this covering.
- Same rules about items from the dealers room apply.
- All approved props will be marked.
- You agree that Oni-Con is not responsible for damage to your props.
- Props that present a danger to others because of weight or sharp edges or any other reason may be disallowed at any time.
- Do not swing props around.
- Do not engage in any sort of mock combat or strike anyone with props, even for fun.
- No firing of projectiles of any kind.
Any violations of these rules may result in you getting ejected from the con without a refund, and/or Law Enforcement getting involved.
A few guidelines about acceptable props:
- No metal.
- No glass.
- Light woods only. While a dowel rod is okay, a baseball bat or 2×4 is not.
- If your prop is heavy, it needs to be well padded.
- Avoid points or sharp edges.
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