Artist Alley Submissions

October 13th 2016, 17:37 CDT | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Good news Everyone!


Artist Alley submission forms will be opening SATURDAY October 15th!!! This week! These submissions will be up for one month and closing PROMPTLY on November 15th. We would also like to take this time to urge the importance of making sure jpegs or pdf files are attached to Artist Alley submissions as when portfolio links are the only thing attached it can greatly lengthen the process. 


Notices of acceptance will be going out early December. 


We can't wait to see what you submit!

Hotel Reservation Update!

August 24th 2016, 17:28 CDT | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Hey everybody!!

It's never to early to start making your Anime-Detour plans- especially as this year we are trying a new system for making hotel reservations which should be up in a couple short months. As such we want to give everyone a heads up about what's going to happen so you can be ready for when the system goes live.

First, all Room reservations will be going directly through us, you will be contacted by the DoubleTree afterward with verification information. We would like to point out that it is the policy of the DoubleTree to put a hold on Debit cards, which can be a hindrance this far before the convention, so if you have the ability to use a Credit Card it is advisable to do so.

Secondly, you will need to be registered for Anime-Detour 2017 before you can book a Hotel room so make sure to save your registration number. If you have already registered and do not have your confirmation number anymore contact the registration department at ad_register@animedetour and we can look it up for you.

We will be giving out more information and reminders as we get closer to the system actually going live, so keep your eyes on our social media pages to stay informed. 


What do YOU want to watch next year?!

August 5th 2016, 10:32 CDT | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Exciting news! This year's video suggestion form is now open! Please stop on by the video page to suggest any title you would like to see at this year's convention. Suggestions from attendees are a vital part of our mix and help us keep tuned in to your wants.

ATC Cosplay Fest! Saturday, August 13th

August 1st 2016, 14:59 CDT | Author: Heather B

Celebrating one of the best parts of any convention, Anime Twin Cities brings you its annual Cosplay Fest! Read on for details!

Date: Saturday, August 13
Time: 10 AM - 9 PM
Place: Geek Partnership Society, 1121 Jackson St NE, Suite 106/107 (the red Waterbury building at the corner of Central and Broadway. Enter through door C)
Cost: $15, or $10 with your 2016 Anime Detour badge. Remember, you must bring your physical badge to get the discount!

We have a range of activities planned to interest any fan of cosplay at this all-day special event:

1) Workshops! Learn new techniques to improve your costuming and performance skills, taught by local experts. Any necessary materials will be provided. 

2) Photography! All attendees in costume will get a personal photo session with an experienced photographer. 

3) Contests! There will be two cosplay contests:

Iron Cosplay: A fun contest where teams have to construct a entire costume out of surprise materials. The winner will be decided by popular vote.

Workmanship Contest: A more formal contest for cosplayers who make their own costumes. Participants will sign up for a pre-judging session upon arriving at the event. The entries will be judged by some of our workshop teachers, who will announce the winner after a showcase at the end of the day. 

4) Community! Bring a work-in-progress and enjoy the company of other crafters and seamsters in our shared work space. Some equipment may be on hand for attendees to practice with and use, and as time allows there may be experienced costumers on hand to answer questions and offer advice.

If you get hungry, rice and drinking water are included with your registration. We will have other snacks and beverages available for sale at cheap prices, so bring extra pocket change if you'd like more than rice.

Tentative Activity Schedule:

10:00 AM: Doors open

10:30 AM: Shop Safety with Eric 
11:30 PM: Masquerade Tips and Tricks with Janella
12:30 PM: School Uniform Basics with Verssen Werks
1:30 PM: Making Armor with Alan
2:30 PM: Sewing Tips for Newbies with Rae
3:30 PM: Wig Styling with Rin
4:30 PM: The Historical Basis for LOTR/Hobbit Costumes with Rae
5:30 PM: Stage Presence with Shannon 

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM: Video room
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM: Photoshoot sessions

7:00 PM: Iron Cosplay construction
8:00 PM: Iron Cosplay showcase and voting
8:30 PM: Workmanship showcase and awards

9:00 PM: Event closes

Note that if you wish to enter the workmanship contest, you will also need to complete a pre-judging session between 3 and 7 PM.

Important: To ensure everyone is able to participate in a fair number of workshops, this event has a strict attendance cap. We plan to have registration at the door, but we might sell out. You can guarantee your admission by pre-registering by mail in advance. Download the pre-reg form at:
Mailed forms should be postmarked by August 6th.

Show off your costumes and learn some new skills at the Cosplay Fest!

On Facebook: 
On Meetup: 

You can also email with any questions. This event is sponsored by Anime Twin Cities, Inc., the 501(c)3 organization behind Anime Detour.

Anime Detour 2017 Registration Now Open

June 27th 2016, 09:46 CDT | Author: John Koniges

We are happy to announce that we are now accepting registrations for Anime Detour 2017: You can't stop the beat!

Our Rates for 2017 have not changed and are as follows:
Standard Registration: $50
Sponsorship: $150
Community Sponsorship: $250 ($100 goes to the Anime Twin Cities Community Fund)

Please register early as we will fill up fast. Last year we had 5500+ people pre-register by Feburary. Including staff, dealers, vendors and other exhibitors we had 5927 people in 2016. Register soon and lets get ready for our best Detour yet!

We look forward to having you join us on our 13th year!

Look at this stuff isn't it neat?

April 21st 2016, 21:45 CDT | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Hey Everybody! Each year we try and make updates and changes to bring you a better convention. Here are some of our new features this year!



Guest Services

New Guests of Honor:

New Featured Artists:





We hope you're excited and like your new options!

More Parking and Shuttle Information

April 21st 2016, 11:46 CDT | Author: Kari

Hello Anime Detour Attendees,


Overflow Parking Lots

The two overflow parking lots are the same as last year, however we are asking for a bit of help with these lots this year. Please be courteous to the employees who are working and also please keep the parking lots clean. The businesses who own these lots are graciously allowing us to use them.

Please do not park in any of the business parking lots that are not our official overflow lots. This includes Dairy Queen (the restaurant), Burger King, the strip mall nearby, etc. If you park in these lots you may be towed at your own expense.

If you are going to park in a handicap parking space, please make sure the tag is clearly visible and hanging from your rear view mirror, or you have valid license plates that permit your parking in these spots.

Shuttle Service

All shuttles are going to be from 11 AM on Friday, through Sunday at 6 PM. We have two shuttles running during the day (one standard school bus model, and one handicap lift bus), and will be running every thirty minutes. Both Buses are provided by Kottkes’ Bus Services.

During the hours of 2 am and 7 am, shuttle services will need to be requested at Operations. For all shuttles requested during these on call times, expect a 15 to 20 minute wait before departure to allow others to arrive. If you are at one of the overflow locations, you may contact the DoubleTree at 952-835-7800, and request to be connected to Operations.


The shuttle will go between the following locations and are marked by our signs:



LifeTouch Building

Crowne Plaza

International Dairy Queen Corporate Offices



Thank you for your time,

Anime Detour Hotel Department

Crunchyroll in Anime Detour Gaming Areas!

April 21st 2016, 15:37 CDT | Author: Troy M.

Thanks to our friends at Crunchyroll, you will be able to enjoy Crunchyroll in both Gaming areas at Anime Detour! Keep an eye out in the VIdeo Gaming and Tabletop Gaming areas!

Anime Detour has Officially Sanctioned Magic & Pokemon Events!

April 20th 2016, 14:56 CDT | Author: Troy M.

New this year to Anime Detour!  We have 5 Magic events officially sanctioned through the DCI.Come earn a few Planeswalker Points while having fun at Anime Detour!
Come play in either our sanctioned Legacy, Modern or Standard events.  Or choose one of our 2 sanctioned drafts!
We will have cards to sign up new players and the ability to search your DCI number in case you've lost your card or forgot your number.

We also have 2 offcially sanctioned Pokemon events this year!  Join our Professor Friday or Saturday! 

2D Con is Taking a Detour!

April 19th 2016, 21:09 CDT | Author: Troy M.

2D Con will be in the Anime Detour Video Game room all weekend long giving Virtual Reality demos (Oculus Rift & Leap Motion) and running tournaments!  They will also be taking pre-registrations for 2D Con 2016 at the special rate of $20 open only to all registered Anime Detour staff and attendees!

Continuous Recording and You, an Anime Detour Update

April 16th 2016, 19:20 CDT | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Many of you had noticed that earlier in the week we made a post banning Go-Pros from the convention. This is an update on that policy.

While Go-Pros and other continuous capture devices are allowed, we discourage the use of that feature as it is prohibited by Doubletree and Hilton policy to photograph and record their staff.

We have had a long standing policy of if you come to the convention you consent to be photographed or filmed, however the staff of the hotel are not convention attendees, they are simply people doing their jobs, out of respect for that we strongly discourage the use of continuous recording on any device.

Parking Update - Overflow and Shuttle Services

April 17th 2016, 12:11 CDT | Author: Kari

Hello Anime Detour Attendees,


We have some fantastic news today. Our overflow parking lots are the same as last year; however the big change is our Shuttle Service. Our Shuttle Service will be stopping at both the Sheraton and the Crowne Plaza, as well as the overflow parking lots, and running starting Friday at 12 Noon till Sunday at 6 PM. It will be making stops every 30 minutes.


Below is our parking lot and area map.

Pickup locations are marked by our signs!


Thank you for your time,

Anime Detour Hotel Department

Prohibited Items

April 14th 2016, 20:00 CDT | Author: Kari

Hello Anime Detour Attendees,

This is just an update on the policy on permitted items within the Hotel and Convention spaces. As many of you know E-Cigs are only permitted within the Tent we provide for smoking space in the East Courtyard. In addition to E-Cigs, several items have been added to the Prohibited Items list this year. Those items are:



Thank you for your time,
Anime Detour Hotel Department

Charity Auction Special Event News!!

April 14th 2016, 12:55 CDT | Author: Christina

Anime Detour Charity Auction would like to announce that we will be auctioning 4 meet and greet packages to spend time with three of our Guests of Honor.

The meet and greet packages will be in the silent auction.  The auction will be a Friday ONLY auction it will start at noon and end at 8 pm.  Starting bid for this event will be $30 dollars.  All proceeds from this event will be donated to the American Red Cross.  Winners will be notified either by text or phone call.  Payment must be made before 12 pm on Saturday in order to participate in the event.

The event will be on Saturday April 23rd from 3 to 5 pm, in an “undisclosed area” of the hotel.  Winners will be notified of the area when payment is made. 

What the meet and greet package includes:

            Light Dinner – Sandwiches, Chips, Dessert and Beverages

            Spending quality time with 3 of Guests of Honor for 2 hours

                          Chris Ayres, Tadao Tomomatsu and Tony Oliver

          Autographs and Photography will be allowed

As a side note: no bananas or large sippy cups of doom were harmed in the making of this event.

Clarine Harp Workload Conflicts

April 11th 2016, 19:01 CDT | Author: Morgan Niemeyer

Sad news! With heavy hearts we announce today that due to workload issues Clarine Harp will not be able to join us at the convention this year. We hope to see her again in the future and wish her great luck with upcoming projects!

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