Information for Karoshi-con 2014 will be posted as it becomes available
The Anime Association of NIU presents its annual Karoshi-con, an anime convention held in the Holmes Student Center of Northern Illinois University. Our one day convention features a variety of attractions, aimed to entertain any and all attendees for the entire day, with no admission fee.
In 2010, Karoshi-con made its debut on April 17th. It surpassed the AANIU's expectations, with over 175 attendees enjoying the various attractions the convention had to offer. Karoshi-con 2010 featured a series of entertaining, hilarious, and informative panels, with 'Prove Me Wrong' leading the pack in fan favorites. The game room held three competitive tournaments; the 'Random Retro Tournament' drew the most competitors, with the winner receiving a GameStop gift card. The Viewing Rooms showed a large number of anime series, including the Steampunk-styled Last Exile and the comedic Cat Girl Nuku Nuku. Karoshi-con's Vendor Room was a central hub throughout the convention, hosting big name vendors such as Eagle Anime and Fast Food Anime, as well as independent creators such as Pixelites and Cutie Plush. As a staff, we worked hard to provide an enjoyable and welcoming convention, and we believe we accomplished that.
Photo credit: Joygazm (See their Karoshi-con 2011 report here!)
"Karoshi-con's staff was friendly, informational and welcoming"
"Really awesome for such a small, first-time con"
"I really enjoyed it. I hope you do this for many years to come!"
As per the feedback we received, we plan to continue the convention for years to come. In 2011, Karoshi-Con expanded its horizons, adding a tabletop, board game, and card game room to its repertoire of attractions. Card game tournaments were added alongside the video game tournaments. Karoshi-Con 2011 also marked the convention's first annual Cosplay Contest! The contest was a big hit with attendees, making it one of Karoshi-Con 2011's main events.
Karoshi-con 2013 featured much of the same as the years previous: a Game Room with tournaments with the chance to win prizes, engaging panels encouraging audience participation, a Viewing Room with a variety of anime to preview and a place to relax, and a packed Vendor Room, offering all your favorite anime goods.