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Plan Your Fun!

We're excited to bring you an action-packed day filled with anime, Japanese culture, and more! Check out our schedule below to plan your day, and be sure to check back as any changes to schedule times or rooms/locations will be announced here.

Questions about the schedule? Send us an email or call 563-336-7295.

General Info

  • Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at Ticketing in the Grand Lobby
  • Information Station and Volunteer Check-in at Ticketing in the Grand Lobby
  • Concierge Concessions located in Concessions in the Grand Lobby
  • The convention is from 11 a.m. to Midnight with access to the entire museum until 9 p.m.
  • The Putnam Vault - The Dragon and the Rising Sun is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • All Panels are 45 minutes long with 15-30 minutes between each session
  • There will be space throughout the museum to play table-top games; bring your own to play with others or share with new friends! The Putnam cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen games.


  • Vendor Floor: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Palmer Lecture Hall
  • Reading Nooks: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Back Stair Mezzanine
  • Panels: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Waterman Boardroom
  • Paradigm Virtual Reality: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Grand Lobby Overlook Balcony
  • Video Games, Etc. Gaming Tournament 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. IMMERSE Classroom West
  • Samurai Sword Demo by Dr. David Birdsell: 2:30 p.m. Grand Lobby
  • VIP Lounge Meet and Greet 5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (VIP Ticket holders only) Lardner Balcony
  • Masquerade: 7 p.m. Grand Lobby with Pre-Judging at 6 p.m. Upper Mezzanine
  • Rave: 9 p.m. to Midnight Grand Lobby
  • Adult Lounge with Libations: 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Lardner Balcony (must be 21 and over)


11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Waterman Boardroom

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Japanese Culture and Language – Anna Ito
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. ZEN Meditation and Japanese Art – Anna Ito
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Reluctant Hero's Journey – Spike Spencer and Kimberly Spencer
It's all about finding your inner hero, like so many anime characters have to.
3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Adapting Scripts for English Dubs - Tiffany Grant
ADR Scriptwriting - "Hey!  Why'd they change that?!" Come find out what it takes to adapt a translation into a script used for dubbing.
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Neon Genesis Evangelion – Tiffany Grant and Spike Spencer
Go behind the scenes of one of anime's most influential titles with Spike Spencer and Tiffany Grant (Shinji and Asuka!) from the original English adaptation of the TV series.
5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Cosplay Tips and Tricks  - La Vie Cosplay
Join La Vie Cosplay, Tyrannosaurus Lex, Miri of the Otaqueens, and KKreations in an epic cosplay Q&A. Come ask the questions YOU want answers to including sewing, crossplay, photoshoots, armor, competitions, wigs, and more! Join us for an all inclusive open forum experience. Let us help you make your cosplays the best they can be!
6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. How to Claim Your Power: Kick Fear off Your Throne, Lead with Love, and Crown Yourself – Kimberly Spencer
7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Swap Meet - with fellow congoers
Bring your anime DVDs, manga, plushies, figurines, cosplays, wigs, props, collectibles, etc. to swap, giveaway, or share!


11:00 A.m. to Midnight
Various locations

11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Virtual Reality presented by Paradigm
Overlook Balcony above Grand Lobby
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Video Game Tournaments hosted by Video Games Etc.
IMMERSE Classroom West

2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Samurai Sword Demo by Dr. David Birdsell
In this demonstration performed by Dr. Birdsell of the Samurai Arts School located at Morrow's Academy in Moline, IL, you will learn 5 aspects of Shinkendo (way of real or serious sword) and Kendo (way of sword/ "Sports" sword). Learn More.
Grand Lobby
5:00 p.m to 6:45 p.m. VIP Lounge Meet and Greet with Tiffany Grant and Spike Spencer
Our special guests are excited to meet you and share their stories, sign autographs, take pictures, and mingle while sipping on anime-themed mocktails.
VIP Ticket holders only
Lardner Balcony
6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Masquerade roll-call and competition pre-judging
If you are a cosplayer that would like to compete in our cosplay contest (Intermediate or Master) or show off your cosplay (Casual or Beginner), this is where you will sign-up or check-in if you pre-registered. Cosplay contestants will need to be pre-judged by our judges prior to entering.
Upper Mezzanine
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Masquerade
Come watch as cosplayers strut their stuff on stage and showcase their craftsmanship. There will be plenty of opportunities to take photos or videos of your favorite characters or cosplayers.
Grand Lobby
8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Judges will deliberate and the Masquerade winners will be announced
Grand Lobby
9:00 p.m. to Midnight RAVE featuring DJ MDOJ and DJ Dark Inq.
Grab your glowsticks and a friend and dance the night away!
Grand Lobby

After Dark - Adult Lounge with Libations (must be 21 and over)
Wind down the night with anime-themed cocktails and other adult beverages.
Last call 10:45 p.m.
Lardner Balcony

12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Giant Screen Theatre

12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie (2004, PG)
2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Batman Ninja (2018, PG-13)
4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Metropolis (2001, PG-13)

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