Animate! Des Moines

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Meet Your Favorite Voice Actors & Creators

Now is your chance to meet and connect with your favorite celebrities from Disney, 'Dragon Ball', 'My Hero Academia', 'One Piece', 'Red Dead Redemption', 'Phineas and Ferb', 'RWBY', Adult Swim, 'Bleach', and more!

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Q&A's, Autographs,
& Photo Ops

Unleash the power of your otaku spirit to the max by attending in-depth Q&A sessions, collecting autographs, or creating a memory that will last a lifetime with a Photo Op!

Creators, Artists, & Writers

Discover the visionaries behind the canvas! Creators, writers, and artists are available to sign your artwork and chat about your shared love of animation.

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Exhibit Hall

Got a missing volume you’ve been hunting for? Is a blank space on a wall just dying for some custom art? The depths of our Exhibit Hall beckon, adorned with vendors and exhibitors.

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Cosplay Competitions

Celebrate your fandom by embodying your favorite character through cosplay. Share your work and learn new techniques from talented craftspeople. Then, compete with your fellow makers in our Cosplay Competitions for a chance to win cash prizes!

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Cosplay Lounge

Immerse yourself in fandom at our Cosplay Lounge, where you can take photos with your favorite cosplayers. No need to disrupt traffic for pictures—simply snap a pic in front of our giant backdrops and custom sets!

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Anime Panels & Events

Something for everyone, with over 100 hours of anime programming including voice actor Q&As, fan panels, screenings, anime-themed parties, games, and more!

Creator Panels & Workshops

Learn about the characters you love from the writers and artists who bring them to life in our Q&As and workshops. Then, celebrate the animation community by attending our curated fan panels submitted by animation enthusiasts just like you!

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Tattoo Artists

Entrust your tattoo desires to our team of highly skilled and passionate artists on Tattoo Row! Choose from a diverse range of art styles, whether you're looking for flash or custom designs, to immortalize your experience at Animate!

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After Dark Programming

When the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t stop! Dance the night away at one of our many themed parties and raves, or secure your seat at one of our special ticketed events! Looking for something more risqué? Enjoy some of our 18+ programming, such as the Cosplay Cabaret or The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

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Tabletop Gaming

Explore the mysterious realms, where each roll of the dice shapes your destiny. Pull up a chair and embark on a quest for fun when you join a game in our Tabletop Gaming Room, whether it's card games, board games, or pen and paper.

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Video Gaming

Enter the Animate! Arcade and battle fellow gamers in a digital playground featuring consoles from every generation, popular tournaments to test your skill, or just a place to have a relaxing game to break up your exciting day!

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Fan Groups

Connect with Fans just like you! Take photos, exchange tips, and trade collectibles - Animate! is the perfect place to come together with like-minded fans of every genre, hobby, and fandom!

Family Zone

A safe place for young fans to wind down amidst the hustle and bustle of the con floor. Our Family Zone features curated events throughout the day, including craft-making, sensory play, art projects, and more!

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Special Attractions

Get a photo in front of your favorite movie car! Meet a platoon of Stormtroopers! We have tons of Special Attractions to add to your day!

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Check out all the hard-hitting, high-flying, costumed action this side of the multi-verse as legendary characters from comic books, movies, anime, television, and video games battle it out in the middle of the ring to become the most formidable champion in the galaxy!