Programming

Our convention would not be a success without panels submitted by our fans. Fan based programming helps build diversity in our programming and also helps build excitement in the community. Because we value our panelist so much, anyone who is chosen to run a panel is given a full days pass for the day(s) of their panel(s). If you have 3 or more panels chosen you will receive a full event pass for the convention.

Panelist badge rewards are only given to the first 4 panelists for any given panel. This helps control how many badges are given out and stops groups from bringing in high amounts of panelists to just get a badge for the convention. To help manage this, we will capture the names of the panelists when you submit your panel so we can help get everyone their proper badges for the convention and alleviate any confusion prior to the convention.

Panel submissions are now open! (See menu to the right)

NOTE: Selection process is till the middle of July 2014.  You may not be contacted by us till mid/late July.

Programming News

  • Fitness and Nutrition for Cosplay
    Cosplay guest Living Ichigo will be hosting several panels during the weekend of Saboten Con, including his panel "Fitness and Nutrition for Cosplay".  Make sure to keep watch for when his panels are scheduled so you can make sure to attend and learn some tips on keeping fit and healthy while still cosplaying.
  • Cosplay Events
    Our cosplay programming track is full of events for you have fun and learn over the entire weekend.  We have gatherings all weekend long along with educational panels to help you learn more about making outfits and props.  We will also have a few workshops over the weekend that will allow you to make a piece of a costume in the panel while you are taught by one of our workshop instructors. We are also happy to announce that we are the new location for the Soutwest regionals for the World Cosplay Summit.  The event will be held on Saturday 8/30 and will be completely separate from the Masquerade, which will be held on Sunday.  To see more about the WCS please check out it's event page here. Our masquerade is the largest in Arizona and has some of the best outfits and skits around, don't miss your chance to participate in the masquerade.  Registration will open on July 1st and space is limited so please make sure to sign up online as if we reach capacity we will not have any at-convention registration.
  • World Cosplay Summit - FAQ
    World Cosplay Summit - FAQ This FAQ is provided to help with questions you may have for the World Cosplay Summit at Saboten Con.  If you have additional questions that are not answered here, please ask them on our forums or email our information team.   Q: Will there still be a masquerade this year? A: Yes, we will still have our masquerade and it will follow the rules we have used for previous years.  The WCS preliminaries are separate from our masquerade and follow their own rules.   Q: Will I be able to enter both the masquerade and the WCS Preliminaries? A: Yes, each event is being held on different days to allow our attendees to participate in each event.  You will however need to have different performances and outfits for each event (See question below)   Q: Will I be able to use the same skit/performance for both the masquerade and WCS Preliminaries? A: No, you will not be allowed to enter the same performance for both events.   Q: Does Saboten Con have any control over the rules for the WCS Preliminaries? A: No, the rules are standard across all the WCS events internationally.
  • World Cosplay Summit Rules
    World Cosplay Summit Rules World CosplaySummit United States 2015 Southwest Preliminary Round Please read all rules fully and completely, and please check back for any updates. You will be responsible for all items listed in the rules. Competition Format: World Cosplay Summit is a pairs (2-person) competition. You and your partner must select a source of Japanese origin (Anime, Manga, Video Game or Tokusatsu), from which you will prepare costumes, props, and a stage performance.   Teams will be evaluated on craftsmanship during a scheduled time slot, as well as performance during the main event. OfficialWCS US National Site: http://www.wcsus.com OfficialWCS Site: http://www.tv-aichi.co.jp/wcs/e/ WCS US Prelims Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/WCSPrelimsUS WCS USA Emails: General Information and Questions: info@wcsus.comMarketing: marketing@wcsus.comResume Submission: resumes@wcsus.comContracts and Conventions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Event Twitter: @WCSPrelimsUS   GENERAL RULES and INFORMATION Only teams of two (2) are permitted to enter. Both cosplayers must be performing as characters from the same source material. You must be 18 years or older on or before March 28, 2014 in order to enter. To be eligible to compete in the United States Preliminary Round, you must be either a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.  This includes citizens from the United States territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. If you are a permanent resident of the United States, you may enter the US Preliminaries if you have a valid permanent resident ID card and a passport. *  If you are a Permanent Resident of the United States but have already competed in a preliminary round in your country of citizenship, you will not be permitted to enter the United States preliminaries for the same competition year.  Sanctions by the other country is at the discretion of that country’s governing body. *  Should you enter the United States preliminaries, lose, and then proceed to enter another country’s preliminaries for the same year, you will be disqualified from entering the United States Preliminaries the following competition year. Those who judge for another country’s preliminary round will not be permitted to enter the United States preliminaries for the same competition year.…
  • World Cosplay Summit - South West Regionals
    World Cosplay Summit - South West Regionals World Cosplay Summit - South West Regionals One of Saboten Con’s primary goals is the support and growth of the cosplay community. Year by year, we have focused on featuring some of the best cosplayers in the industry to provide guidance and inspiration to those wanting to advance in the craft. Working with World Cosplay Summit United States presented an exciting opportunity to fulfill these ambitions, as well as putting a spotlight on the great cosplayers already active in the region.  Submissions are now open  Good news, everyone! We are now accepting resumes for Saboten Con 2014, our Southwest Qualifier for the 2015 circuit! Please send all submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; submissions will be open now through Monday August 4, 2014 (11:59 MST) If you have any questions, please review the Preliminary Circuit Rules on the WCS US Website here: http://wcsus.com/frontend/participate-2/2014-rules/, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Keep an eye out for the resume submission schedule here: http://wcsus.com/frontend/participate-2/resume-submission/  Welcome to the World Cosplay Summit Southwest Qualifier! About World Cosplay Summit The World Cosplay Summit was launched in 2003 by Japanese television station TV Aichi to promote the international exchange of the Japanese youth culture of manga and anime. The championship debuted in 2005 and has been held annually since, with participants hailing from countries like Japan, the United States, Brazil, France, Italy, and more. 2015 will mark the event’s 13th occurrence. The United States organizing branch has been headed since 2010 by freelance organizer and 2005 United States team member, Laura Butler. For further information contact: WCS US National StaffE-mail - info@wcsus.comFacebook - http://www.facebook.com/WCSPrelimsUSTwitter - http://www.twitter.com/WCSPrelimsUSHome page - http://www.wcsus.com
  • Skit Contest
    Saboten Con 2014 Skit Contest Rules General Rules The Saboten Con Skit Contest is a skit competition.  The Skit Contest is open to those who enjoy performing in front of an audience (lip-synching, dancing, acting, etc.) and allows a longer time limit per entry than the Saboten Con’s Masquerade. There will be no craftsmanship judging in this contest.  Costumes may be purchased, commissioned, rentals or handmade.  If you wish to also have your costume judged for craftsmanship, please enter the Saboten Con Masquerade.  For more information about the Masquerade, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Contestants/groups may enter both the World Cosplay Summit, Skit Contest and the Masquerade as long as the contestants/groups perform a different entry and have different costumes for each competition.  Costumes related to Anime/Manga, Video Games, J-Rock, Sci-fi, western cartoons, historical, movies, and TV shows are allowed to be entered in the competition. All Skit Contest contestants must comply with Saboten Con’s Code of Conduct. The Skit Contest will have a limit of 20 entries. There is a maximum of 15 people per group. If you wish to have more, please contact the Skit Contest Manager for permission. You can contact the Skit Contest Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Each person may only participate in one entry. Each entry may only appear on stage one time. Each contestant or group contact person must check in at the Cosplay Desk before the Skit Contest. Contestants must report to the Skit Contest Green Room on time.  Times will be given at a later date. On line registration will close Monday, August 25th at Midnight. At Con registration will be available if entries are available. Performance Rules All Skit entries must be 4 minutes or less.  If you go over the time limit your audio will be cut off at 4 minutes. There will be no microphones on stage for contestant use. All audio for the performance must be prerecorded.  All performances must be PG-13.  Any performances with stunts must receive approval from the Skit Contest Manager before the event. The use of open flame, flash powder, fireworks, lasers, smoke machines, etc. is prohibited.…
  • Masquerade
    Masquerade Saboten Con 2014 Masquerade Rules Register for the Masquerade General Rules The Saboten Con Masquerade is an amateur costume and skit competition.  Contestants may either perform a Walk-On or a Skit.  80% of costumes and props must be made by either the contestant wearing the costume or by other members of the contestant’s group.  If your costume does not fall under these criteria and you want to do a skit you may want to enter the Skit Contest.  For more information about the Skit Contest, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you are interested in entering the Southwest Preliminaries for the World Cosplay Summit, please see the rules here http://www.sabotencon.com/wcs-rules. Costumes related to Anime/Manga, Asian Origin Video Games and J-Rock are allowed to be entered in the competition.  If you have any questions about the costume that you want to enter, please email your question to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Contestants/groups may enter both the World Cosplay Summit, Skit Contest and the Masquerade as long as the contestants/groups perform a different entry and have different costumes for each competition.  All Masquerade contestants must comply with Saboten Con’s Code of Conduct. The Masquerade will have a limit of 50 entries. Each person may only participate in one entry. Each entry may only appear on stage one time. Groups are limited to 10 members. Each contestant or group contact person must check in at the Cosplay Desk before the Masquerade.  Times for the Cosplay Desk will be given at a later date. Contestants must report to Craftsmanship Judging on time.  Times will be given at a later date. Contestants must report to the Masquerade Green Room on time.  Times will be given at a later date. On line registration will close Monday, August 25th at Midnight. At Con registration will be available if entries are available. Performance Rules   All Skit entries must be 3 minutes or less and all Walk-On entries must be 1 minute or less. Longer skits may enter the Skit Contest instead. There will be no microphones on stage for contestant use.  All audio for the performance must be prerecorded.  All performances must…