In 2009, the Otona no Otaku anime club (a Japanese anime club that meets at Evansville Central Library twice a month to watch anime and to do Japanese related activities) decided to have a mini-con that they titled EvilleCon. Partnering with Evansville Central Library, Otona no Otaku decided to have their mini-con (now known as EvilleCon Year 0) as a free con at the library on February 14th, 2009. EvilleCon Year 0 consisted of a video game room, an anime viewing room, a panel room, a small Artists Alley in the library’s hallways, and a Cosplay Contest at the end of the day. One special guest, Josh Elder, was brought to the convention. Lasting from 9am to 5pm, approximately 300 people attended EvilleCon Year 0.
In 2010, Evansville Anime Convention, Inc. decided to bring EvilleCon back. Again partnering with the Evansville Central Library, EAC, Inc. decided to have their first full two-day convention at the The Centre in Evansville, Indiana on February 6th and 7th, 2010. EvilleCon 2010 consisted of a video game room, an anime viewing room, a Main Events room (which hosted karaoke, Cosplay Chess, a Rave, a Cosplay Contest, and much more), a panel room, and an Artists Alley. That year brought Jaime Marchi as a special guest, known for her work in Witchblade and Soul Eater, who hosted Q&A panels and autograph sessions. Over the span of the entire two days, approximately 350 people attended EvilleCon 2010.
In 2011, Evansville Anime Convention, Inc. decided to bring EvilleCon back again, but this time changed the time frame and location. EvilleCon 2011 was a three-day convention at the Evansville Airport Holiday Inn and occurred from April 1st to 3rd, 2011. EvilleCon 2011 consisted of a video game room, an anime viewing room, a Main Events room (which hosted karaoke, Cosplay Chess, a Rave, a performance by Evansville Tribal Dance and the FICE Girls, a Cosplay Contest, and much more), two panel rooms, and an Artists Alley.
That year brought voice actor Matt Hill, author Shane Moore, and professional cosplayers Pikabellechu and Dr. Anime as special guests. Matt Hill, known most for his works in Gundam Seed, Card Captors, Ed, Edd, and Eddy, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, hosted Q&A panels and the Voice Actor Dueling panel. Author Shane Moore also hosted panels and interacted with con-goers throughout the convention. Professional cosplayers Pikabellechu and Dr. Anime also hosted panels (including a rousing Pokemon panel) and helped judge the Cosplay Contest.
Over the span of the entire three days, approximately 600 people attended EvilleCon 2011.
Year 3 – The Year of the Dragon
In 2012, EvilleCon returned to Evansville Airport Holiday Inn March 30th through April 1st. EvilleCon 2012 brought special guest author Shane Moore who brought Z.O.D. (a cosplay zombie defense force) along for the ride. EvilleCon 2012 was well protected from a zombie invasion.
EvilleCon 2012 also saw special guests cosplayers, Synchro-Hearts who shared some of their expertise on costume making.
EvilleCon 2012 brought voice actors Micah Solusod, best known for his voice as Soul in Soul Eater, and Eric Vale, known for several voices (Trunks in DragonBall Z, Yuki in Fruits Basket, Sanji in One Piece and America and Canada in Hetalia: Axis Powers). They shared their experiences with us as the newbie (Micah) and one that has been in the industry for awhile (Eric).
EvilleCon 2012 saw returning events like the Cosplay Contest, Cosplay Chess, EvilleBeat and many fan panels put on by volunteers. New to 2012, we saw EvilleCon Idol transform into EvilleCon’s Got Talent (opening up the contest to more than singers), a Ramen Eating Contest, the Name that Game Musical Game Show, the Cosplay Wedding and even more fan panels.
EvilleCon 2012 had over 800 people in attendance.
Year 4 – The Year of the Snake
In 2013, EvilleCon once again returned to Evansville Airport Holiday Inn March 22nd through March 24th.
EvilleCon 2013 saw the return of special guest author Shane Moore and special guests cosplayers, Synchro-Hearts (once again sharing their knowledge on costume and wig making).
The voice actors that came for the ride included Chuck Huber (Hiei from Yu Yu Hakusho), Chris Cason (Gluttony from Full Metal Alchemist), and Tiffany Grant (Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion). EvilleCon 2013 also decided to add to the roster special guest performer Professor Shyguy, who entertained all that saw him with his video-game-inspired music.
EvilleCon 2013 saw returning events like the Cosplay Contest, Cosplay Chess, EvilleCon’s Got Talent, the Ramen Eating Contest, the Name that Anime Musical Gameshow, EvilleBeat, and, of course, many fan panels put on by volunteers. New to 2013, we saw the addition of the AniMystery, Otaku Bingo, the adult version of Whose Line Is It Anime, and even more fan panels.
EvilleCon 2013 had over 1,500 people in attendance.