Daisho Con

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Daisho Con
Daisho Con logo.jpg
Daisho Con Logo
StatusActive
GenreMulti-genre[1][2]
VenueKalahari Resorts: Wisconsin Dells
Location(s)Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
CountryUnited States
Inaugurated2008
Organized byDaisho Con[3]
Websitehttp://www.daishocon.org

Daisho Con is an annual three-day multi-genre convention held during November at the Kalahari Resorts: Wisconsin Dells in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.[1][2] The convention's name comes a small sword used by the samurai, named 'daisho'.[1]

Programming[edit]

The convention typically offers an artists’ alley, board games, card games, a cosplay contest, dealers’ room, live music, rave, and video game room.[1][2][4] The video game room runs 24-hours a day during the convention.[1]

History[edit]

Daisho Con was founded by three students of the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and organized by a group of the same name.[1][3] In February 2010, the convention held a live fundraiser broadcast over Ustream to raise money to aid relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[5] The Ramada Inn, Daisho Con's 2010 location, would suddenly close in October 2011.[6] In 2015, the convention was scheduled against Awesome Con Milwaukee, until they cancelled.[7][8] Daisho Con 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[9][10]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Attendance Guests
November 21–23, 2008 Ramada Stevens Point Hotel
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
575Jason "Liquid86" Bruner, Tiffany Grant, John Jackson Miller, Patrick Rothfuss, and Steam Century (HMA Badger).[11]
November 20–22, 2009 Ramada Stevens Point Hotel
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
1,076Arashi Taiko Dan, Laura Bailey, Jason "Liquid86" Bruner, Dr. Cancer and the SKAmbies, Steve Horton, Patrick Rothfuss, Tim Seeley, Steam Century (HMA Badger), and Travis Willingham.[3][12]
November 19–21, 2010 Ramada Stevens Point Hotel
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
1,450Arashi Taiko Dan, Troy Baker, Jason "Liquid86" Bruner, Dr. Cancer and the SKAmbies, Lewis Lovhaug, Scott Lynch, Patrick Rothfuss, Spike Spencer, and Doug Walker.[13][14]
November 18–20, 2011 Kalahari Resorts: Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
1,432Jason "Liquid86" Bruner, Dr. Cancer and the SKAmbies, Dusty Jack, Matt Hill, JadePrince, Scott Lynch, Reni Mimura, Patrick Rothfuss, Scootywok Sound And Light, and Stephanie Young.[15]
November 16–18, 2012 Kalahari Resorts: Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
1,769Jason "DarkMero" Bergren, Jason "Liquid86" Bruner, Dusty Jack, JadePrince, Scott Lynch, Chris Patton, Scootywok Sound And Light, Sonny Strait, John Swasey, and J.L. Westover.[16]
November 22–24, 2013 Kalahari Resorts: Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Nathan Barnatt, Cherami Leigh, Scott Lynch, Trudi Miller, Amber Nash, Steam Century (HMA Badger), J. Michael Tatum, Doc Volz, J.L. Westover, and Lucky Yates.[17]
November 21–23, 2014 Kalahari Resorts: Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
3,149Kevin Bolk, Ashly Burch, Josh Grelle, DJ HeavyGrinder, Scott Lynch, Revolution Boi, Monica Rial, Ring of Steel, Chris Sabat, Time Crash, and Niq van der Aa.[18]
November 20–22, 2015 Kalahari Resorts: Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
4,401Liui Aquino, Colleen Clinkenbeard, DJ Pete Ellison, Jessica Gee-George, Grant George, Jamie Marchi, The Slants, V is for Villains, Niq van der Aa, and Janet Varney.[19]
November 18–20, 2016 Kalahari Resorts: Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Nathan DeLuca, DJ Pete Ellison, James Marsters, Brina Palencia, The Pillowcases, Ian Sinclair, SuperKayce, and Arryn Zech.[20]
November 17–19, 2017 Kalahari Resorts: Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Zach Callison, Kara Eberle, DJ Pete Ellison, E. Jason Liebrecht, Elizabeth Maxwell, Tony Oliver, and Powerglove.[21]
November 16–18, 2018 Kalahari Resorts Dells
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
SungWon Cho, DJ HeavyGrinder, Erica Luttrell, Moderately Okay Cosplay, Jamie Mortellaro, Jeremy Shada, Alexis Tipton, and Eric Vale.[22]
November 22–24, 2019 Kalahari Resorts Dells
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
AmaLee, Sean Chiplock, Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay, Mr. Creepy Pasta, Aaron Dismuke, Ricco Fajardo, Martha Harms, Brianna Knickerbocker, Brittany Lauda, Kayli Mills, Phil Mizuno, Lindsay Seidel, Matt Shipman, Megan Shipman, Patricia Summersett, Dave Trosko, and Christopher Wehkamp.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Cuevas, Jason (November 14, 2014). "'Nerds' bring convention to Kalahari". WiscNews. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Chalk, Caroline (October 9, 2014). "Daisho Con Prepares for their Annual Convention". The Pointer. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Daisho Con Announces 2009 Guest Lineup". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2015-10-18.
  4. ^ Wang, Angela (December 5, 2017). "Daisho Con: Location, Location, Location". Viewster. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Daisho Con Holds Hope for Haiti Fundraiser Tonight". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  6. ^ "Ramada Stevens Point to close, 104 jobs lost". WAOW. WAOW ABC Channel 9. 2011-10-25. Archived from the original on 2011-12-29. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  7. ^ Wild, Matt (November 5, 2014). "Awesome Con Milwaukee has been canceled". Milwaukee Record. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  8. ^ Wieland, Rob (March 24, 2015). "Why can't Milwaukee support multiple nerd-themed conventions?". Milwaukee Record. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Daisho Con cancellation". Daisho Con Facebook. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Daisho Con 2020 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2020-09-18.
  11. ^ "Daisho Con 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  12. ^ "Daisho Con 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  13. ^ "Daisho Con 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  14. ^ "Daisho Con Announces 2010 Guest Lineup". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2012-04-11.
  15. ^ "Daisho Con 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  16. ^ "Daisho Con 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  17. ^ "Daisho Con 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  18. ^ "Daisho Con 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  19. ^ "Daisho Con 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  20. ^ "Daisho Con 2016 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  21. ^ "Daisho Con 2017 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  22. ^ "Daisho Con 2018 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  23. ^ "Daisho Con 2019 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2019-11-24.

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Coordinates: 43°34′14″N 89°46′13″W / 43.57056°N 89.77028°W / 43.57056; -89.77028