Venues

DemiCon venues are specific rooms or areas of the hotel that are dedicated to a popular subject for the entire convention weekend.

Anime Room

Konnichiwa mina san!

The schedule of events is still in the works for the convention Anime room. Anime programming has its own room that is all Anime, all the time. Stay tuned for more information!

If you have any ideas regarding the Anime events you’d like to see at DemiCon, please send your suggestions to anime@demicon.org.

Art Show

The DemiCon Art Show is open to all interested artists and allows artists to share their work with our attendees while simultaneously promoting Fantasy and Science Fiction art by helping artists to display and sell their work.

 

The Art Show is divided in to several categories.

The MAIN DISPLAY area includes original works of art, 3-dimensional art, and single copies of prints of original art. Unless an art piece is marked “NFS – Not For Sale”, our convention attendees may bid on, or buy via quick sale, any pieces in this area. Attendees will also be able to vote for the show’s best amateur artist, professional artist, amateur art piece, and professional piece of art.

The PRINT SHOP area will contain pieces for immediate sale. Pieces in the Print Shop are usually prints or reproductions of published artwork (book covers or magazine illustrations).

The ARTIST WORKSPACE is open to attending artists, who wish to work at the convention, perform demonstrations, and create works of art to auction for charity, share ideas with other artists and anything else that they wish to do. This will be located outside the Art Show itself.

Like many sci-fi & fantasy convention art shows, DemiCon’s show is run entirely by volunteer workers. All con-goers who visit the art show are asked to check their bags and drinks with the Art Show volunteer in order to protect the artists’ work. Volunteers also help hang and organize the displayed artwork.

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to help out, consider signing up to be the Art Show volunteer. It is both fun and easy!

 

Art Show Hours (tentative):

Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Information for Artists

We are excited to announce that not only is registration for the DemiCon 29 Art Show now open, but that we also have a brand-new Art Show registration system where you can securely:

  • Get all the information you need as an artist to participate in the DemiCon Art Show
  • Update your personal information
  • Designate an agent to represent you at DemiCon
  • Complete all your Art Show paperwork electronically
  • View your Art Show sales report

With the new system, all returning artists will need to create a new account. For more information visit https://artshow.demicon.org.

As always, the DemiCon Art Show is open to all interested artists, both professional and amateur. The Art Show allows artists to share their work with our attendees. We promote Fantasy and Science Fiction art by helping artists to display and sell their work.
If you have any problems with the new system, contact webmaster@demicon.org. If you have any questions about the Art Show contact artshow@demicon.org.

Art Show Registration & Rules/Information for Artists
 

Information for Convention Attendees

If you purchase any art you can pay for and pick it up from the Display Area or from the Auction on Sunday from 10AM to 12PM.

 

GENERAL SALES INFORMATION

PRINT SHOP sales are handled on a cash-and-carry basis.

All MAIN DISPLAY area pieces with two or more bids, as well as prize-winning art (excluding Not For Sale items), will go to voice auction on Saturday evening. Pieces are then sold to the highest bidder.

If a quick sale price is available for a display area work of art, a buyer may purchase that piece immediately for that price, but only if the piece has received no bids. Artwork that has received even one bid is not sold via quick sale. Unsold art can also be purchased at the quick sale price on Sunday.

Although an art piece receiving no bids may be purchased for the quick sale price at any time, no art will be removed from the Main Display area before the auction Saturday night. Buyers may pick up their quick sale purchases on Sunday. If the buyer will not be attending the Convention on Sunday, they can pick up purchases after the auction Saturday night, if such arrangements have been made in advance with the art show department head.

If you have questions, please contact artshow@demicon.org.

Children’s Activities Room

DemiCon is proud to be a family-friendly convention with a room dedicated to children’s activities. In addition, the con offers a wide array of opportunities for families to participate together at panels, contests and so much more.

Please be aware that DemiCon’s policies require anyone aged 12 and under to be accompanied by a paid adult at all times while in any of the convention areas. Please do not leave your children unattended.

If you have any programming ideas or questions for our Children’s Programming Department, please contact children@demicon.org.

ConSuite

The ConSuite (aka Hospitality Suite) is on the 5th floor. Follow the signs when you exit the elevator. It is a place to refresh, rest, recharge and find quality banter to stimulate your senses.

The bar is well stocked, homebrew is tapped, and we also offer a small selection of non-alcoholic beverages. If you have suggestions for a particular concoction, be sure to bring your ideas to the ConSuite! We can’t guarantee anything, but we’ll certainly take all requests under consideration.

You can also expect to see such delicacies of the Fhannish world as fresh-popped popcorn, sweets & salty snacks, fruits, veggies, plus a few surprises. Be sure to find your way to the 5th floor from time to time (wearing your con badge, of course). While the companions you’ll find there are consistently delightful, the ConSuite’s yummy selections will vary throughout the day.

If you want to be a ConSuite Collaborator or if you’re feeling particularly generous, we’d be happy to help put that good feeling to use! Drop off your donations of cash or checks at the ConSuite. Everything will go towards making an even better spread, and we’ll let everyone know just how COOL you are!

Please note that the ConSuite will not be accepting donations of food or beverage at the con. If you wish to donate or have questions about sponsoring, please contact consuite@demicon.org.

Dealers’ Room

Once again, we will have plenty of dealers selling a vast assortment of riches and treasures at DemiCon. The Dealers’ Room is located on the hotel’s main level, and will be open for business during these hours (subject to change):

Friday — 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Saturday — 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sunday — 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

 

Note: Information for Vendors/Dealers can be found on the Dealers’ Room Registration page.

Fan Tables

Reserve a Fan Table!

Fellow Fans and DemiCon Guests:

  • Fan tables are available free to fan clubs and other related organizations on a first-come-first-served basis, with a limit of one table per group per day
  • You do not have to have a fan table the whole weekend. If you can only join us on one day that is fine.
  • DemiCon memberships are not required for persons who are only staffing fan tables. However, if you choose to see/participate in other parts of the Con, you will need a DemiCon membership.
  • You can not sell merchandise.
  • If you have merchandise to sell, please apply to be a dealer. Go to our our dealer’s registration page for details.
  • You are welcomed to also host a panel to talk about your group but it is not mandatory for a fan table. If you wish to host a panel, go to programming and sign up.

Thank you for your cooperation. To reserve a fan table contact concom@demicon.org. We look forward to seeing you at DemiCon 30.

Fan Tables
Friday, May 3
Table 1 – Everybody Wins! Iowa
Table 2
Table 3 – DMSFS Table
Table 4
Table 5
Table 6
Table 7
Table 8

Saturday, May 4
Table 1 – Everybody Wins! Iowa
Table 2
Table 3 – DMSFS Table
Table 4 – Iowa Gundam Builders
Table 5
Table 6
Table 7
Table 8

Sunday, May 5
Table 1 – Everybody Wins! Iowa
Table 2
Table 3 – DMSFS Table
Table 4
Table 5
Table 6
Table 7
Table 8

Gaming Rooms

DemiCon offers three rooms dedicated to gaming throughout the convention.

You must be registered for DemiCon prior to using the gaming venue. Memberships can be purchased at the convention.

If you are interested in helping out with gaming please contact gaming@demicon.org.

Music Room

We have a dedicated Music Room with live bands, music jams and so much more! This room is all music, all the time.

If you are a musician and you are interested in joining us, or if you just have questions about the Music Room, please email music@demicon.org.

 

Here is a playlist that has some of the musicians who have performed in the Music Room in the past. Enjoy!

Room Parties on the 5th Floor

You can’t have DemiCon without room parties.

If you are new to DemiCon, you might not know what a room party is. On Friday and Saturday nights of the con, some of our attendees will host parties in their own fifth floor rooms (on the same level as the ConSuite).

Sign-up will be coming soon!

Information for Party Hosts

Only rooms in the designated party area of the hotel will be allowed to hold parties. Please let us know if you wish to host a room party so that we can ensure your room will be located on the correct floor.  If you let us know which night you are holding your shin-dig, and the theme you’ve chosen for your revelry, we will post that information on this page.

Room parties are typically assigned to the ConSuite wing of the fifth floor of the hotel.

No room parties will be allowed outside of the designated area.

If you would like to host a room party, please read the below guidelines as well as our Drinking Policy.

Awards are give to the “best of”. In the past it has been a fan vote but we are doing things different this year and will have hidden judges.  More to come.

 

GUIDELINES FOR PARTY HOSTS:

The legal drinking age in Iowa is 21.   This means that your birthday must be before May 4, 1997, in order for you to consume alcohol.  Minors caught with alcohol or adults caught serving alcohol to minors need to be aware of the consequences of their actions.  Please drink responsibly and act accordingly.

When posting signage for your party please use blue painters tape and be mindful not to damage the room or its contents.

If you have any issues, questions or concerns during your party, look for the roaming Rangers (identified by the bright yellow/green vests) or the Room Party Department Head.

Please post or otherwise provide information regarding potential allergy issues (nuts, etc.).

Teen Lounge

Sometimes teens just need a place to get away from those pesky parents. DemiCon has that place for you! Teens, ages 13 through 18, are welcome to this area to enjoy games, events, conversation, or just hanging around. The Teen Lounge is located in the hotel’s lower level, next to the Hub at the bottom of the open staircase.

If you have suggestions for activities for the Teen Lounge, or questions, please contact youth@demicon.org.