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SaikouCon Finds New Home in Split Rock Resort

SaikouCon 2016 Also Opens Guest, Artist Alley, and Vendor Registrations

1/12/16 Lake Harmony, PA – SaikouCon, which means "best convention", is the large scale, annual anime convention of the Pocono Mountains. Boasting a dedicated staff of longtime Japanese anime and manga fans, SaikouCon is excited to be the only large scale annual convention dedicated exclusively to anime, manga, and Japanese culture and pop culture in this area of Northeast Pennsylvania. The convention grew out of the now defunct web magazine Anime Ate My Brain Magazine; the sibling to music focused web magazine, Tastes Like Rock! Music Magazine. Both journalistic endeavors fall under the publishing wing of Nerdy Rock 'n Roller Productions.

The convention promises to remain very hands on and attendee friendly every year, while also maintaining a safe atmosphere for attendees to enjoy the convention to their carefree fullest. As always, Cosplay =/= Consent is a very important issue to the staff of SaikouCon, and the same rules and regulations that made SaikouCon 2013, 2014, and 2015 each a safe haven for cosplayers will be enforced just as strictly at SaikouCon 2016. SaikouCon 2016 will feature many diverse and entertaining panels, workshops, activities, events, screenings, gaming tournaments, and much more!

SaikouCon's Con Chair, Michael Meade, released the following statement via the convention Facebook page: "We're baaaacck! SaikouCon 2016 is officially booked to happen August 26-28 2016 at the Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony PA! We are sad to leave the Lehigh Valley, but there just isn't anywhere big enough for us to call home that wants to work with us. Split Rock Resort has thrown open their arms to us and is letting us take over their 45,000 square foot Sports Complex within the Galleria at Split Rock! Guest Registration is now open at www.saikoucon.com/guest-registration.html and Merchant Registrations will be open this Monday, January 11 at 12 PM ET! Please note the minor changes to both and review the details before registering. Check out the Convention Info page for more details on Split Rock and our room block which is open to reserve now, but you must call the resort to reserve your room, they don't book special rates for events like ours through their website; room block is open until July 1, 2016 so do not wait!!
Split Rock Resort is located at 100 Moseywood Road, Lake Harmony, PA 18624, a mere five miles from the Lake Harmony exit off the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Split Rock Resort is a full service resort offering SaikouCon its 45,000 square foot Sports Complex inside the Galleria at Split Rock, this is not including meeting rooms for Panels and activities. The Sports Complex will be used for the SaikouCon Vendor Hall, Artist Alley, and events like our Friday Night Concert, Cosplay Contest, Cosplay Concert, and Charity Auction! Amenities offered to SaikouCon 2016 attendees, all onsite and all indoor amenities contained within the Galleria, by Split Rock include the First Run Movie Theater (mere steps from the Sports Complex), the H2Ooohh! Indoor Waterpark, Cosmic Bowling at the resort's 8 Lane Bowling Alley, an 18 hole Miniature Golf Course, the Redemption Arcade, Sandy Beach on the Lake, the Gift Shop for all non-SaikouCon/Vendor Hall & Artist Alley souvenirs, a full service hair salon, Mountain Massage, Fitness Center, Indoor and Outdoor Pools!
Plus onsite food and drink at the Split Rock Grille and Lake View Tavern along with drinks and treats at Rock Lounge, Thirsty Moose Saloon, and H2O Island Oasis! Our 2016 location is seriously upping SaikouCon's game for our fourth year, and to top it all off, Split Rock is giving an exclusive 15% off food and non-alcoholic drink to ALL SaikouCon 2016 Badge Holders!!! To book a room in our reserved block of rooms, at a discounted rate of $125 per night for Slopeside Mini Deluxe Rooms (sleeps 4) and $168 per night for Galleria 2 Bedroom Suites (sleeps 6), call (800) 255-7625 and ask for the Reservation Department telling them you want a SaikouCon Room! Discounted rooms available until July 1, 2016; attendees that book a room are also eligible for discounted tickets to the H2Ooohh! Indoor Waterpark. Hotel rooms at Split Rock Resort must be booked and checked into by an adult 21 years old or older as per Pennsylvania state law, please prepare accordingly.

We know this is a big transition, but we want you all to know that this time, this move... it's the real deal! The huge game changing year we promised in 2015 will be realized in 2016. This is the space we've been waiting for, this is the resort team we've been waiting for (utterly professional in all ways and fully ready to not only host us but help us), SaikouCon is on the threshold of amazing times; join us and be part of the fun all of you have deserved from the beginning of SaikouCon. For those that don't have transport out of the Lehigh Valley area, we're working on getting a bus company that we can set up a shuttle from Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall to Split Rock Resort on SaikouCon Friday and returning to Lehigh Valley Mall on SaikouCon Sunday for a super low fee added onto your SaikouCon Badge, stay tuned. No one gets left behind from this party! Official Guest of Honor, Musical Guest, Featured Guest, and Special Guest announcements will start being posted in the coming weeks of January and February. If one thing works out as we hope, we'll be announcing one of our biggest guests to date..."

A few days later, SaikouCon also opened Artist Alley and Vendor registrations. Spaces for both merchants will be 8 X 5, include a table, two chairs, waste basket, and Wi-Fi access. Merchant registrations opened on January 11, 2016 and will remain open until July 1, 2016 or until both the Merchant Hall and Artist Alley are both sold out; whichever comes first. Spaces are primed to sell as fast as the record sale times set for the convention in 2015, so don't wait too long if you wish to sell at SaikouCon 2016! To review SaikouCon's Rules and Regulations for merchants as well as register Artists visit www.saikoucon.com/artist-alley.html and Vendors visit www.saikoucon.com/vendors.html.

Announcements of SaikouCon 2016's Guests of Honor, Musical Guests, Featured Guests, Special Guests, and more will begin shortly, stay tuned...

To Pre-Register as a guest of SaikouCon 2016 visit www.saikoucon.com/guest-registration.html and make sure to note the returning designations for Teen and Adult badges to attend the convention, the new designations do away with the need for parental consent forms for SaikouCon guests age 13-17, attendees 12 and under still need to be accompanied by a chaperone age 18 or older at all times, while family friendly, SaikouCon is largely PG-13 so tweens and little ones need accompaniment. To book a room for SaikouCon 2016, call Split Rock Resort, SaikouCon's new home located at 100 Moseywood Road, Lake Harmony, PA 18624, at (800) 255-7625 and request a room in the SaikouCon block of rooms for the discounted rate! Split Rock is offering SaikouCon attendees a block of 50 rooms (to start, if we sell out before the discount deadline, the resort will open more rooms to SaikouCon attendees) available until July 1, 2016 or until the block is booked solid. Once the July 1 deadline hits, rooms will only be available at Split Rock on an as available basis and most likely will not be discounted; discount extension is at the discretion of Split Rock Resort and not SaikouCon or its organizers.

The convention will always feature some of the best live entertainment themed to Japanese culture and pop culture, as well as the best in J-Rock, J-Pop, and nerd/geek culture musical acts from all over the US and beyond.

All of this plus top creators, writers, artists, distributors, industry insiders, English dub and original Japanese voice talent, some of the best cosplay talent, shows, masquerades; and so much more!

To get the latest up-to-the-minute updates follow SaikouCon on http://www.saikoucon.com, http://facebook.com/SaikouCon, http://twitter.com/SaikouCon, and SaikouCon's listing on animecons.com: http://animecons.com/events/info.shtml/6709/SaikouCon_2016

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