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About Otakuthon

Otakuthon is Quebec's largest festival celebrating Japanese animation (anime), graphic novels (manga), related gaming, and pop culture.

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The first of its kind in Montreal, Otakuthon is a full-fledged, fan-run, bilingual anime convention that features a number of special guests as well as many activities and events spotlighting anime, manga, video games, artwork, and Japanese culture.

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For general inquiries, please contact the Information Desk at info@otakuthon.com.

For all registration questions, please contact registration@otakuthon.com. Pre-registration is closed but weekend and single day badges can be obtained on site during the convention.



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  1. What is Otakuthon?
  2. Where is the convention located and how do you get there?
  3. What is there to do at Otakuthon?
  4. Who is allowed to come to Otakuthon?
  5. Is this an all-age convention?
  6. Can I still pre-register for the convention?
  7. Now that I've pre-registered, where and when do I get my badge?
  8. What do I need to pick up my badge?
  9. Do we have to buy separate tickets for the Masquerade and J-Rock shows?
  10. Is there any other way to get my badge? Can you send it via mail?
  11. We registered as a group. Can we send someone to collect all the badges?
  12. Are you offering daily rates this year?
  13. I'm not going to be able to come to the convention. Can I cancel my registration?
  14. How do I participate in various competitions (masquerade, AMV, Cosplay Dance...)?
  15. Do I have to wear a costume? Am I allowed to wear a costume?
  16. Who can I dress up as?
  17. What am I allowed to use for my costume?
  18. How do I sign up for the masquerade?
  19. How much time is given for each masquerade skit?
  20. How can I host a panel or workshop?
  21. How can I sign up for an Artists' Area table?
  22. How do I sign up for volunteering?
  23. What do I get if I volunteer?
  24. Is there a bag or coat check at Otakuthon?
  25. Are there any places to eat at Otakuthon?
  26. Who is Otakuthon's mascot?

1. What is Otakuthon?

Otakuthon is Quebec’s largest fan-run festival promoting Japanese animation (anime), Japanese graphic novels (manga), related gaming and Japanese pop-culture. We are a not-for-profit organization that is a part of the Quebec Anime Committee.

2. Where is the convention located and how do you get there?

The convention will be held at the Palais des Congrès in downtown Montréal. It is located at the Métro Place D'Armes on the Orange Line. Street parking is 3$/hour (payable 2-3 hours at a time, renewable only at the end of the period) and is in force 9am – 9pm on Friday and 9am – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Palais and our official hotels also offer parking services.

3. What is there to do at Otakuthon?

There’s so much to do that it’s hard to list everything! Some of the things you can do are: watch anime, attend the masquerade and concert, play video and roleplaying games, attend panels, and participate in workshops or contests. However, the most important thing of all is that Otakuthon brings together a large number of people who are passionate about Japan's culture, anime, manga, and gaming. You might find someone who loves the same anime series you do!

4. Who is allowed to come to Otakuthon?

Otakuthon is open to the general public. Everyone is welcome to attend, including friends and family!

5. Is this an all-age convention?

Yes, it is, however there will be some panels, screenings and events that are intended for a mature audience and will require proof of age before they can be accessed.

6. Can I still pre-register for the convention?

Pre-registration will be open until June 30, 2011. After this period, you can still register at the convention on August 12, 2011 through August 14, 2011.

7. Now that I've pre-registered, where and when do I get my badge?

You can pick up your badge in person during registration hours in the registration area.

8. What do I need to pick up my badge?

To facilitate the process, please bring a print-out of the receipt from your pre-registration and a piece of identification.

9. Do we have to buy separate tickets for the Masquerade and concert?

No, all events except for the guest cocktail are free with your badge, however they will be limited on a first-come, first-served basis due to seating capacity restraints.

10. Is there any other way to get my badge? Can you send it via mail?

No. Badges must be picked up in person. We cannot send badges by mail. Sorry.

11. We registered as a group. Can we send someone to collect all the badges?

No. Badges purchased as a group must be picked up by each person individually.

12. Are you offering daily rates this year?

Yes, we are, but we recommend purchasing a weekend badge as it represents the best value.

13. I'm not going to be able to come to the convention. Can I cancel my registration?

Please contact registration@otakuthon.com.

14. How do I participate in various competitions (masquerade, AMV, Cosplay Dance...)?

The rules and details for all competitions are at: http://www.otakuthon.com/2011/competitions

15. Do I have to wear a costume? Am I allowed to wear a costume?

Cosplaying (short for "costume play"), or dressing up and/or acting as a character is a very popular event at most anime cons. Many people prefer going to anime conventions without dressing up and wearing a costume is NOT mandatory, but it can be really fun to pose as your favourite anime character. For those who want to cosplay, come and show off your costume!

16. Who can I dress up as?

You can dress up as anyone you want to. Most people dress up as characters from anime or manga series, but there are also creative cosplays as well.

17. What am I allowed to use for my costume?

All costumes must conform to Otakuthon’s weapon policy. If you are unsure if your costume follows the policy, contact the Otakuthon Weapons Master at weapons@otakuthon.com.

18. How do I sign up for the masquerade?

(coming soon)

19. How much time is given for each masquerade skit?

All masquerade skits are currently limited to one minute each to ensure that all participants have the opportunity to go on stage.

20. How can I host a panel or workshop?

You can submit your idea to our panels director (panels@otakuthon.com) or our workshops director (workshops@otakuthon.com).

21. How can I sign up for an Artists' Area table?

Registration for the Artists' Area is not available yet. Our Artists' Area director and staff members are working hard to ensure a positive Artists' Area experience for all. We expect to have Artists' Area registration up soon. Sorry for the inconvenience!

22. How do I sign up for volunteering?

Contact volunteers@otakuthon.com.

23. What do I get if I volunteer?

Please see the Otakuthon 2011 Volunteer Rewards Program : http://www.otakuthon.com/2011/volunteers/rewards/.

24. Is there a bag or coat check at Otakuthon?

The convention will have a bag check for its attendees. Otakuthon's official hotels will have a coat and bag check as well for their guests.

25. Are there any places to eat at Otakuthon?

The Cosplay Cafe, located in on the 7th floor, will be selling Japanese dishes and drinks during the festival.  A snack bar will also be installed on the second floor in the Exhibition Hall.  Also, there are also more than 300 restaurants and cafés at less than a kilometre from the Palais des Congrès.

26. Who is Otakuthon's mascots?

Otakuthon's mascot name is Yurika.  She was later joined by her brother Yatsumi, her cousin Yuki, and her friend Yumi