Cosplay, Gaming, Panels, Free Food,
Live Music, Vendors & More
New venue, scenic park,
Sunday, August 11!
Kin-Yoobi Con is back for its 12th year, bringing attendees a cosplay gathering & contest, video gaming & tournaments, panel discussions & workshops, dealers hall & artists alley, live music performances, and free food! This time we're located at Sdes Alvarado of Union City, right next to Old Alvarado Park offering photographic scenery for all your cosplay pictures.
One of the coolest ways to express your fandom, dress up as a well known (or not so well known) character of your choosing. You can even do it for prizes and recognition at our featured cosplay contest. Signups for the Contest are taken onsite!
Anime Game Shows
Test your anime and game trivia knowledge with our game shows. Participants with the most points win prizes. Our game shows include Wheel of Fandom and Anime Jeopardy
From old school to new school, from 8-bit to 4k high def, play one of our many game consoles or bring your own setup to play. You can play casual or participate in our featured game tournaments to compete for prizes.
Free Lunch for Attendees!
We've offered free food to our attendees from our founding year and 2019 is no exception. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers are free to every attendee for lunch.
Dealers Hall / Artist Alley
Support your local artists and businesses who share your fandom! Anime and game merchandise, fanart, original illustrations, crafts, and more will be available for purchase.
Charity Dating Auction
Dress up as a character from a game, anime, or other work of fiction and auction yourself out as a "date." Or bid on a date and go out with your favorite fictional character. All proceeds go to charity. Must be age 18 or older to participate.
Main Stage Events:
11am – 11:30am: “Developing Awesome Characters” Panel by Melissa McCommon
11:30am – 12pm: “Self-Publishing” Panel by Steven Savage
12pm – 12:30pm: “Sew With Me 101” Panel by Miss Marisa Cosplay
12:30pm – 1pm: “LED Lights for Cosplay” Panel by Cherry Tea Girl
1pm – 1:30pm: NorCal Cosplay Ball Showcase
1:30pm – 2:30pm: “Make Anime Great Again” Panel by The Foundation for the Preservation of Gen 1 Pokemon
2:30pm – 3:15pm: Anime Charity Date Auction
3:15pm – 4:15pm: Cosplay Contest
4:15pm - 4:30pm: Kin-Yoobi Con Nerdcore Cypher!
4:30pm - 5pm: Anime Jeopardy / Closing Ceremonies
Outside / Back of the Building:
1pm - 3pm: Free BBQ (first come, first served)
Bay Area Itasha! Car Showcase
Video Game Tournaments:
Smash Bros. Ultimate: 12pm
Naruto Storm Free $100 challenge!: 1-4pm
Panel Discussions & Workshops
Education and entertainment go hand and hand with these activities. Turn interests into instruments of construction and passions into practicality. Listen to experts and specialists and learn more about your hobbies and pastimes.
Self-Publishing (Panelist: Steven Savage)
Let's make your self-published book a reality - with the actual steps you need to take to get it done. From a starting idea to the final touches on formatting, this panel will cover the hands-on work to make your book real.
Developing Awesome Characters (Panelist: Melissa McCommon)
Character development is an essential part of creating stories regardless of genre or format, however it's a process that can be overwhelming to some. In this panel participants learn the basics of character design, different traits and characteristics to create unique characters, basic world building and how it influences character development, as well as a look into Melissa's own characters evolutions throughout the years.
LED Lights for Cosplay (Panelist: Cherry Tea Girl)
Have you ever wondered how to incorporate LED Lights into your cosplay costumes or props but don’t know where to begin? If so, this panel is for you! Join cosplay guest Cherry Tea Girl for an informative discussion about the materials needed, theory, and basics of creating LED circuits. She will also give various examples from her projects throughout the years.
Make Anime Great Again (Panelist: The Foundation for the Preservation of Gen 1 Pokemon )
Anime used to be built on strong character development and sick tournament arcs, but now it’s just moe blobs. What happened?
When anime was first invented by Carl Barks it was good, wholesome, and pure. In the 90s we saw the invention of love triangles, tournaments, and magical girls. Now anime is mostly just three moe blobs fighting for the affection of the same author-insert sword-boy. What happened?
Sew With Me 101 (Panelist: Miss Marisa Cosplay )
Interested in cosplay, but don't know how to sew? Join Miss Marisa Cosplay in this interactive guide to getting started! She'll seamlessly go through the different ways to start sew you can join the cosplay scene. And you'll get to stitch your own hand bag! This event is FREE with a convention ticket.
NorCal Cosplay Ball Showcase
Come check us out by the main stage as we put on a special performance by the hosts and then stick around as they talk about ballroom dancing in the cosplay community and how it serves as a means towards helping individuals overcome social anxiety, build confidence and self-esteem, develop the ability to better emphasize with our peers, and more! There will even be a mini dance lesson for everyone! No partner, formal cosplay, or experience needed! Just come over with an open mind, ready to have fun, and you might even win some prizes!
ORDER YOUR PASS NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!
Sunday, August 11
Sdes Alvarado - Union City, CA
Early Registration - $12
At-Door (On-Site) Registration - $15
As long as they are accompanied by a paid adult attendee, children under the age of 10 are free.
We are currently sold out of all vendor table spots. If you would like to be added to our waiting list to be registered in the event that a registered vendor cancels, please send a request to email@example.com.
Selling hours are 11 am - 5 pm. Setup hours are 9 am - 11 am. Take down hours are 5 pm- 6 pm Sellers are not required to stay for all open hours.
Table reservations for Artists are $25 and each include one full day badge (1 full day attendee badge with table purchase).
Table reservations for Dealers are $50 and each include two full day badges, one for the dealer and one for a helper (2 full day attendee badges with table purchase).
What is the difference between a dealer and an artist? An artist is only allowed to sell art that they, themselves, made. That includes fanart or crafts. A dealer, on the other hand, is allowed to sell a variety of things, like anime merchandise such as DVDs, official art books, wall scrolls, games, cards and an assortment of other things that the dealer might not have necessarily made themselves. That's the only difference. There is no separate "artist alley" and "dealers hall", both artists and dealers are in the same hall and both have the same table size.
Before registering please first read the Kin-Yoobi Con Dealer/Artist Terms of Agreement and Limit of Liability for complete information. Registered Dealers and Artists must turn in a signed copy of this form.
To register as a Dealer or Artist, please complete and email the liability form to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will assign you a spot, however please email us with any special need requests. We cannot guarantee a spot but special accommodations will be taken into consideration when determining location. In particular, we will try our very best to accommodate for medical needs. Please also indicate any helpers you would like to register in your email.
Once we receive your email we will send you an invoice to pay using credit/debit card. You may also pay by check.
Interested in volunteering for Kin-Yoobi Con? We need your help! Volunteer for four hours and get free admission. Send us an email at email@example.com to request a volunteer position.
For press registration to Kin-Yoobi Con please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your publication and information about your involvement with the press organization you contribute to, including title and/or affiliation. Kin-Yoobi Con staff will evaluate your press proposal and send you confirmation email promptly if approved. We encourage all interested members of the press to apply.