March 5th, 2013 - OUR SCHEDULE IS NOW LIVE, CLICK HERE TO VIEW!
February 21st, 2013 - Our second overflow hotel, the Lexington Lansing Hotel, has been added to our Hotels page!
February 19th, 2013 - Rooms at the University Quality Inn are now sold out! We are currently working on obtaining another overflow hotel in the Lansing area to fit the needs of our attendees! Please visit our Facebook page for up-to-date info!
February 5th, 2013 - Today we are extremely excited to announce our last Guest, Sean Schemmel! Sean plays Goku in the Dragon Ball franchise, and he completes our amazing Dragon Ball reunion lineup! It is truly going to be a Scouter-breaking con!!
January 21st, 2013 - New rules have been added to our General Rules and our General/Interactive Cosplay Rules. New rules may be added at any time, but we ask that everyone get familar with the current rules, especially rules that reflect our new Safe Space initiative, and our new rules on drugs/alcohol. ALL rules can be viewed here.
January 9th, 2013 - Industry Guest Sarah "Sully" Sullivan has been added to our guest lineup this year!
January 8th, 2013 - The Radisson Hotel Lansing is now sold out, but we have our overflow hotel now set up! Don't wait to reserve your rooms, get them while they are still available! Less than three more months until Shuto Con!
December 15th, 2012 - On Dec 12th we had and appointment to go to the Sparrow Children's Center and pass out (50) gifts to the children and teens recovering there. It was all a great success, and we brought many smiles to all of their faces! Extra presents that were not immediately distributed will be given out to any child/teen that comes into the hospital from now until the the of the Holiday season! Thank you to everyone who help us raise money for our fundraiser, it went to a great cause!
On another note, VIP Badges are now SOLD OUT.
December 4th, 2012 - Our fundraiser is now over, and we were able to raise $800 for the gift packs! Thanks to everyone who donated and/or helped spread the word! Art supplies will be purchased this week (first week of December) and will be delivered during the second week of December!
November 21st, 2012 - BLACK FRIDAY OFFER!!!! Every year we have been offering specials to those of you who purchased your 3-day badges on Black Friday, and this year we have decided to do something as well. For everyone who pre-registers for a 3-day badge on Friday, your name will be entered for a chance to get a FREE VIP UPGRADE! Only 29 VIP badges are remaining at this point, so this is a great way to try to get a VIP even if you can't afford one. ALSO, for every 10 badges (of any type) sold on Friday, we will do a drawing among all the Friday pre-registered names to give out a FREE Acrylic Necklace(s)!!!
November 12th, 2012 - Our November/December fundraiser is now live on our About page, in which we are collecting donations for the Sparrow Children's Center in order to purchase art supplies for the children and teens staying there over the Holidays. Please consider donating, as even a dollar or two can help out!
October 16th, 2012 - We have added SEVERAL new bands to our musical guest lineup this year!
Oct 1st, 2012 - Voice Actor Chris Rager has been added to our guest lineup for 2013!
Sept 1st, 2012 - Our T-Shirt and Program Guide/Badge Art Contests have been announced! Please visit our Contests section for more info!
August 9th, 2012- Our new website design is up!
August 2nd, 2012 - Christopher Sabat and Monica Rial have been added to our Guest lineup, and our Dragon Ball Reunion has officially been announced!
July 28th, 2012 - With great pleasure I would like to announce our official community charity for Shuto Con 2013! This year we will be building a “Manga Library” for the Sparrow Children's Center, located only blocks away from where we host Shuto Con every year! For more info please visit our About page!
July 23rd, 2012 - You have been asking for it, so we are bringing it back! The 2nd Annual "Anime in Chalk" Contest starts today! The 1st place winner will get a FREE VIP Membership Badge to Shuto Con 2013 and 2nd place will get a FREE Regular Membership Badge! For info please see our Contests section on our About page. Contest ends on August 31st, winners will be announced on Sept 7th! Good luck to all, we can't WAIT to see your drawings!!!
July 21st, 2012 - I am pleased to announce our official reunion for 2013! The Anime series we are doing a reunion on is... Dragon Ball (original, Z, Kai, and GT)! The first guests from the series we have the honor of announcing are Sonny Strait and Colleen Clinkenbeard! Sonny voices the ever enduring Krillin (as well as other roles) and Colleen voices Gohan and Android 18. We have been in talks with other VAs from the series, and if all goes well we hope to announce them over the course of the year!
July 4th, 2012 - Our Artist Guests of Honor have been announced, Rikki Simons and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons!
July 1st, 2012 - Our Artist Alley and Dealers Alley is now open to the public! Please visit each page for rules on submissions and applications.
June 1st, 2012 - In honor of Pride Month, I am excited to announce that starting today, and hence forth, Shuto Con will be an official “Safe Space”, free from bullying and intolerance! Please visit our Safe Space page for more info regarding this important announcement!
May 27th, 2012 - I hope everyone is having a good Memorial Day weekend! Starting today until 11:55PM tomorrow night, use code MEMO12 to get 30% off ALL store items in our Artfire Store, AND/OR get $5 off 3-DAY Membership Badges OR VIP Badges on our Registration page!!! STORE or REGISTRATION.
May 1st, 2012 - Pre-registration is now open and I am happy to announce our first two guests! Returning for a second and third year of AWESOMENESS is Greg Ayres and Doug Smith!
April 14th, 2012 - The website has been updated with 2013 information!
April 2nd, 2012- I have decided to open up our Pre-Registration for 2013 on May 1st, and I am delighted to announce that badge prices for this year will be the same as last year (all thanks to our wonderful attendees)! VIP Badges sales may be available on this date, but I am not yet able to confirm that since we are still working on securing our opening round of guests. Please tell your friends and pass on our Facebook page, because as always, I occasionally offer great "secret" discounts on badges throughout the year!
March 23rd, 2012- Our total attendance of both pre-registration and at-door badges is 2475 attendees! This number includes ALL badge types, including children's badges, over the entire weekend. Thank you again! We are all going to take a small break to recover from our 2012 show, but registration should be back up at the end of April for our 2013 convention. Like us on Facebook for the latest updates!
Regarding fundraising for the Lansing Food Bank, Brian Caswell raised $370 during his Date Auction panel, and we will be matching that number totalling $740 raised! We also gathered 153 pounds of food over the weekend! Great job everyone!
March 19th, 2012 - WOW what an amazing show! We are still tallying up our totals, but I know we exceeded over 2000 attendees! Our next dates have been announced, April 5th - 7th, 2013 as well as our 2014 con, April 4th -6th, 2014. Pre-reg and hotel info will be up in about a month, but check out our Facebook page to get updates and chances to win free or discounted badges! Thank you everyone for coming, we will see you next year!
March 10th, 2012 - 6 more days! Due to popular request, Panel Descriptions are now up next to the schedules. All panel descriptions will be in our booklets, but you can see descriptions for the panels you are interested in now. We also have info about parking in the local city lots on the About page!
March 5th, 2012 - Shuto Con is only a few days away, wooo! We sold over 1000 pre-registration badges this year, and winners have been drawn for the 1000 Pre-Reg Free Shuto Con T-Shirt Giveaway. Several pages have been updated on this website, so please take a moment to look around and get a feel for the events we will be able to offer you! Also, I wanted to remind everyone that our charity this year is the Lansing Food Bank, and we will have a drop site for canned/non-parishable goods near the Registration Room at the Radisson. I humbly ask that everyone coming pack at least one item to bring for the Lansing Food Bank so we can help feed the hungry of Lansing.
March 2nd, 2012 - Today is the LAST DAY to pre-register for your badges!! Today also marks 2 weeks until Shuto Con!! Badge sales end tonight at 11:55PM, then will only be available at the door on the second floor of the Radisson. ALSO, right now we have about 948 badges sold online, let's see if we can break 1000 by tonight night!! If so, I will draw 10 random names from all our 3-day pre-reg sales and the winners of the drawings will get a FREE Shuto Con T-Shirt (Regular or Artists' Edition) in the size of their choice!
February 27th, 2012 - Only 5 more days to Pre-Register online! At the door it will be $40 for a weekend badge.
February 22nd, 2012 - Hotel rooms at the Radisson Lansing are now SOLD OUT. We have an Overflow Hotel setup that is only a few miles away. For more information please visit our Hotel page.
February 8th, 2012 - ***OUR SCHEDULE IS NOW LIVE! CLICK HERE TO VIEW!***
February 4th, 2012 - Due to popular demand, I am excited to announce one last minute guest we just signed on to appear at Shuto Con. Let's all welcome Fred Gallagher, creator of the amazingly popular webcome (and manga) MegaTokyo! Check out his site at http://megatokyo.com/ and be sure to stop by his table in our Artist Alley!
January 14th, 2012 - I am happy to announce our last Voice Actor for Shuto Con 2012, RICHARD EPCAR, known most famously for his roles as Ansem/Xehanort (Kingdom Hearts), Batou (Ghost in the Shell), and Raiden (Mortal Kombat!!! We are excited to have him host panels with us this year, which will include a special Ghost in the Shell screening and commentary!
The last band we would like to announce is the FLCL tribute band "The Pillow Cases"! They will be opening up the show for our Saturday Night Video Game Music Band Extravaganza!
January 9th, 2012- The $10 off VIP Badge code is now active starting today through Sunday. Use code 10OFFVIP12 when checking out to receive the discount. Only 50 are available total (not including sales made today) so order yours today! Along with getting front of the line access to get autographs from our awesome guests (Todd Haberkorn, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Greg Ayres, and Doug Smith) you will also get "first in" access to all the bands that will be playing on Saturday night (Year 200X, Arc Impulse, The X-Hunters, AND a new band soon to be announced). ALSO you will get a free t-shirt voucher! $65 is a GREAT DEAL for all of that!
Panel submissions are due this Saturday the 14th!
January 3rd, 2012 - Happy New Year everyone! As we come close to our two month mark, I wanted to issue a public downloadable flier for anyone that would like to help us promote in places that we may not normally be able to get to. This file is a high-res CMYK PDF in postcard size and is about 5MB. Thank you very much for all your support, we are so close!
December 1st, 2011 - Our 2012 Charity this year will be the Greater Lansing Food Bank http://www.greaterlansingfoodbank.org . At our convention near the registration line we will have 3-4 bins available for you to place your non-perishable goods or personal care items to donate to the GLFB. We will also be collecting cash donations at the registration line. If everyone one of our attendees even donated just one package of Instant Ramen or Yakisoba Bowl, we could potentially offer one meal for over 1000 people! Please consider donating to the LFB, as hunger is something no family should have to go through!
November 24th, 2011 - BLACK FRIDAY SPECIAL: Use code BLKFRI55 when checking out to get $5.00 off a regular 3-Day Badge AND/OR a VIP Badge, and you'll also receive a printable coupon by email good for $5.00 off any type of Shuto Con Swag (good at the convention only)! The code is valid from Midnight on Friday Nov 25, 2011 to 11:55PM the same day. Coupons will be mailed out within a week of ordering your badges, so please make sure you are including the right email address!
November 17th, 2011 - Tomorrow ALL Artwork for our Badge/Booklet and T-shirt contests MUST be due (by 11:59PM). Late entries will not be accepted no matter how awesome they are. If you still wanted to do the contest, I suggest you put some headphones on, make yourself a nice cup of hot cocoa, and draw draw draw (or tablet tablet tablet) :D!
November 7th, 2011 - We wanted to thank Youmacon for allowing us to flier the hallways this weekend, and for giving us a table in the Dealers Room to promote! We ended up passing out around 750 QR codes and around 6000 fliers during the entire weekend! If you got a QR Code but don't have a smartphone or scanner, you can use code YOUMAQRWEB when pre-registering for your badge to get $5 off a 3-day AND/OR VIP Badge. This code is good until Nov 9th at 11:55PM. If you DO have a QR reader and got the card, please use the promo code on the website so we can know who all used the code!
I also have a very important Hotel Room Block announcement to make! I just called the hotel this morning and we have the following rooms LEFT in our room block: Thurs 8 Rooms, Friday 38 Rooms, Saturday 8 Rooms. If you wanted to reserve a room at our hotel, please do so before the rooms are gone! If the block is sold out we will add more, but we may not get the same rate or amount of rooms as this time.
Sept 6th, 2011- I am pleased to announce the last band for our Saturday Night music lineup, The X-Hunters! Be sure to check them out at http://www.facebook.com/TheXHunters!
Sept 2nd, 2011 - Labor Day Sale!!! For anyone who buys a 3-Day Membership Badge this Holiday Weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun, and Mon) we will send you a FREE Car Decal, Sumi-jaki Button, AND Sumi-jaki Cell Phone Charm! When placing your order make sure you put in the correct address so we can get it sent off to you quickly! This is a great way to show your love for Shuto Con, and as always, thank you for your support!
August 14th, 2011 - I am SUPER-DUPER-UPER-SHMUPER excited about our newest Guest, Greg Ayres!!!!!!!!!!! Not only will he be there to talk about all the amazing Voice Acting work he has done, but he will also be DJing at our dance/rave! Every time I have seen Greg do his DJ set at a convention, I always have a blast, and I KNOW you all will to!
July 19th, 2011 - I am excited to announce our newest Musical Guest, Arc Impulse! They will be performing at both our Masquerade Ball (as a Classical/Waltz Ensemble) and on Saturday Night with local Lansing band Year 200X! Saturday night will be a rockin' classic gaming music night, so break out those VG cosplays and come dance your (multiple) hearts out!
July 11th, 2011 - Details for our T-Shirt Design and Program Booklet Cover/Badge Art Contests are now up on our contests page! The contest runs from July 11th to Nov. 11th, 2011.
Also, the Second Annual Downtown Lansing Zombie Walk is officially a go with a Sept 24th, 2011 date! We are sponsoring them and helping them with their initial costs of running the event this year. We hope that all our friends and fans will consider attending this amazing event, and will donate to the Lansing Food Bank during the walk!
June 19th, 2011 - The "ANIME IN CHALK" SUMMER CONTEST begins today where you can submit your best chalk drawing for a chance to get into Shuto Con for free! Our 1st place winner will be awarded a VIP Membership Badge, and our second place winner will be awarded a regular Membership Badge!! For rules and details how to submit please visit our Contests section!
May 29th, 2011 - We are happy to announce our newest Voice Actress guest, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn! Mary portrayed “Major Motoko Kusanagi” in Ghost In The Shell Innocence, Solid State Society and Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex for which she won the American Anime Award for Best Actress. To see more major roles she has completed, including her directing and singing roles, please visit our Guests page!
May 25th, 2011- Our Artist Alley and Dealer Alley registration is now open to the public! To reserve your space today, please visit our Artist Alley or Dealer Alley pages. Hurry, space is limited and will fill up quickly!
May 12th, 2011 - I am very pleased to announce our first round of Guests for Shuto Con 2012. First up we have Mr. Italy himself, TODD HABERKORN! Next on our list is the multi-talented Voice Actor and Artist, Doug Smith! Year 200X will be doing an encore performance at our Saturday night concert, and Concept Galaxy/lolfilmworks ,a Cosplay Troupe from Florida, will be providing some villainous entertainment! Lastly, The Enthusiasts will be our official photographers, and will be taking free photos of our cosplaying attendees all weekend! Information on all our guests can be seen on the Guests page. VIP tickets are now on sale!
May 1st, 2011 - Information regarding Artist Alley and Dealers Alley is now up! Applications will begin to be accepted on May 24th, 2011.
Information about our Battle Arena is now up as well!
March 29th, 2011 - We have our “official” numbers all tallied up (and when I say official, I mean an approximate estimate because there were more people just walking around the hall too). We had 1346 paid attendees inlcuding Vendors and Artists at Shuto Con this year!!! I am astounded by these numbers, and I hope next year we can double this number! Don't keep Shuto Con a secret, tell everyone you know!
We also have our donation numbers tallied as well. We raised $2,250 for the American Red Cross, in which we added $1,000 of our own door money to match what we raised from attendees/panelists, and we collected 189 pounds of food/received $27.00 to give to the Lansing Food Bank! THANK you to everyone who helped these charities with us!
March 28th, 2011 - OMG what an amazing weekend it was! We are still going over the official numbers, which we will have shortly, and we will be discussing/announcing our 2012 con shortly. Thank you to everyone came out, thanks to all our Artists and Dealers, thanks to my staff, and I can't WAIT to see everyone next year! If you have pics and/or video, please fan us on Facebook so we can share them with others!
March 22nd, 2011 - Our hotel is now SOLD OUT, but there are other area options if you still need a place to stay. Only a few more days, can't wait to see everyone there! PLEASE don't forget that we are still seeking volunteers AND we are requesting that all attendees donate to our two wonderful charities!
March 13th, 2011 - Only two more weeks until Shuto Con starts! Pre-registrations have ended, but you will still be able to purchase a membership badge at the door. We still have a few more drawings for our 30 Days of Shuto Con promo as well, so stay tuned to our Facebook page!
February 21st, 2011 - 30 Days of Shuto Con Promo - Starting Feb 24th we will be randomly selecting an existing pre-registered badge member (2-Day badge holders only) to get a FREE VIP badge upgrade! We will be randomly selecting one badge every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday up until the convention (that's 13 chances to win!). Remember, on the 11th badge sales end online, so be sure to pre-register now to save money AND get a chance to get an upgrade to your badge! Winners will be notified via email. Good luck!
February 18th, 2011- Our first room block has already sold out, but do not worry, we just opened up a second smaller block today to top off our hotel! Be sure to book ASAP to make sure you can get a room at the Radisson!
Also, Full Throttle Motorsports (off Lansing Rd and I-96) will serve as a collection site for non-perishable foods to be donated pre-con to the Lansing Food Bank! Local artists are encouraged to come by with art supplies and draw on the food collection box! After the con we will present the box, along with whatever we collect at the con, to the LFB, so please donate today!
Lastly, I just put up a newer version of our Schedule. This is still a rough draft, but I need the blank spaces filled.
36 DAYS TO GO!!!
February 6th, 2011 - A first draft of our schedule is now up on our Panels page! Go check it out and submit your panel in one of our open slots!
February 1st, 2011 - Two more weeks until our fundraiser at Evolution Games! Please RSVP on our Facebook page if you can come!
January 17th, 2011 - I would like to congratulate the winner of our Program Booklet/Badge Art contest, Mariama Alizor! Her beautiful artwork will be featured on all our Program Booklets in full color, and attendees will have the option to choose one of two designs when they pick up their badges! Mariama's Artwork can be seen at http://colortastic.web.fc2.com/menu.htm !
Also, our Dealers Alley is now SOLD OUT! If you would like to be put on our waiting list/mailing list for 2012 please email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Lastly, our Pre-reg rates go up a tier after January 24th. Be sure to save yourselves some money and pre-reg now! By doing so you not only help yourselves, but you also support your local con in its beginning stages!
December 25th, 2010 - Our last guest, Spike Spencer, has been announced to appear at Shuto Con 2011!
The Animusical has been postponed until our 2012 convention due to several conflicts. For more information about the postponement please check out our forums.
November 27th, 2010 - We have decided to have a discounted group rate for Anime Clubs and Educational Organizations with 10 members or more. Special terms and conditions apply. Visit our Registration page for more info.
Rules for our Interactive Cosplay experience and General Convention Rules have been posted on our About page and our Forums.
Our Artist Alley is now full, but we do have one table left for our Art Contest winner. We are also still accepting people to be on our waiting list. Check out our Artist Alley page for more details.
Lastly, due to popular demand, we have decided that we are definitely going to have a Cosplay Contest on Saturday in our Main Events room! We are still hammering out the details, but we will either do a stage walk on to display your costume, or we will allow cosplayers to do a small skit. We are also looking for Judges to do the show. If you have previous cosplay judging experience please contact email@example.com.
November 19th, 2010 - I would like welcome Helena Stenberg to Shuto Con, she will be doing our Lolita Fashion Show! She has lots of WONDERFUL outfits that she has made that her models will be showing off, and will also be in our Artist Alley selling her handmade goods! If you are interested in the EGL or Lolita scene, I would definitely check this event out... perhaps you can get some good ideas and tips for your next dress!
November 18th, 2010 - We would like to welcome Jeremy Franklin to Shuto Con, who will be running our Battle Arena! Our battle arena will be stocked with a nice selection of foam weaponry for you to duel with, and we highly encourage all our Interactive Cosplayers to participate in random battles against other cosplayers. Just be aware though, all battles MUST take place in our Battle Arena, NO EXCEPTIONS!
November 4th, 2010 - Our VIP badge sales end on November 14th, so be sure to get yours before they run out! Also, we now have our official convention shirts for sale! Check out the Michigan Shirt Works website to pre-order yours to pick up at the convention, or order yours to have shipped to you now!
September 22nd, 2010 – Our Badge/Program Booklet Cover Art Contest has begun! For three months we will be accepting submissions, and the winner will receive a free Artist Alley table and two badges! For more information and rules check out our Forums under the Contests thread.
August 22nd, 2010 Please join us for our Shuto Con "Mini Con" Funsraiser! Details on our forums or our Facebook Page!
July 24th, 2010 Our next tier membership badges are now available until Jan 24th. We would also like to announce our VIP Badge membership program, which allows to special access to most events (this ends Oct 24th and only 50 will be available)! Check out our Registration page for more details.
Shuto Con fully supports the 1ST ANNUAL LANSING DOWNTOWN ZOMBIE WALK taking place on Sept. 4th, 2010. Check out our Forums for more details regarding how to participate!
July 16th, 2010 We have a wonderful new addition to our Voice Actor/Actress line up, Tiffany Grant!
June 28, 2010 Many thanks to Gaia Online for their generous sponsorship! The first 500 pre-registration bags will include a 1,000 Gold Game Card complete with a limited edition in-game item! We will also have some wonderful Gaia Online swag to give away at our Opening/Closing Ceremonies! If you would like to start a Gaia Online game account, please use the link at the bottom of this page. Be sure to look up Shuto-Stef while you are there!
May 06, 2010 Shuto Con Announces the “Friends of Florida” Program - Check our Forums for more info.
April 27th, 2010 Shuto Con is thrilled to announce our Guest of Honor - Michelle Ruff!!!
April 23rd, 2010 Shuto Con's Headlining Musical Guest at Shuto Con Announced - Year 200X!
April 16th, 2010 We are pleased to announce one of our newest guests at Shuto Con – Doug Smith!
Feb 8th, 2010 Shuto Con Announces Their Headlining Event: “The Wasabi Animusical IV: A New Hope”! Check out our Forums for more information about this special event!
Feb 2nd, 2010 Con Share space is now open. Please check out the page for details.
Jan. 25th, 2010 Shuto Con announces our first guest, Hobocon!
Jan. 23rd, 2010 Pre-registration and hotel registrations are now live!
Jan. 16th, 2010 Shutocon.com is now live!