An all-fandom gaming, anime, & comic convention in Ames, IA!

Gateway Hotel & Conference Center
Ames, Iowa
Saturday, August 24th
10:00am - midnight

An all-fandom gaming, anime, & comic convention in Ames, IA!



Convention News & Notes
aug. 24th, 2019
              Featuring casual gaming, eSports competitions, Virtual Reality, costume contests, live entertainment... and so much more! Join us for Ames, Iowa's premier all-ages, all-fandom expo on August 24th. Level up your weekend, and get in on the fun!

Hotel rooms still available at the convention space!

The Gateway Hotel & Conference Center has rooms available at a discount for Next Level Expo weekend. To get the special discount, visit the hotel website and reserve a room in the NLX room block by clicking here!

 8/7/2019 - Submissions Closed for Panels, Marketplace, and Art Contest.

     Thank you so much to everyone that expressed interest in hosting a panel or setting up in the marketplace, and another huge thanks to the artists that submitted content for the program cover contest. We had several amazing entries, and are proud to award 1st place to 3rd Degree Hearts Design for this incredible entry:

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"Level Up!" with Nex the Cyborg and her support A.I. Hoshi

Visit Toun from 3rd Degree, and all of our other amazing artists and vendors in the marketplace, and have a chance to win a copy of this piece at the show!

We have a sneak peek at our Artist/Vendor List and our Panels/Programming available below, and will post a detailed showcase on our Facebook page once we finish processing applications. (A scheduled time grid is also coming soon!)

 7/28/2019 - Gaming Tournament List Posted; Art Contest Ends Wednesday!

     Our partners at Midwest eSports have posted the first round of registrations for the gaming/eSports tournaments running at Next Level Expo this year. Make sure to check their page (under our Video Game Tournaments tab) for more info!




some great entries, but look forward to seeing any future submissions emailed to or sent to us directly on Facebook.


7/12/2019 - NLX (feat. Midwest eSports) @ AnimeIowa, Des Moines!

     Proud to partner up with Midwest eSports in AnimeIowa's "Hallway of Interest"! It was a great opportunity for many new families and seasoned con veterans alike to learn more about the clubs and events happening right here in the Heartlands.


A link to our photo album for the event can be found here!

     Thanks so much to everyone that stopped by--more raffle winners will be announced before the end of the month! We'll be reaching out to winners from all 4 of our recent promotional conventions with the good news.

6/22/2019 - NLX @ ERICON in Boone, IA!

     The Next Level Cosplay Team had a wonderful time seeing familiar faces and meeting new families at the 5th Annual EriCon event! Congratulations to their door prize raffle winners--we'll have at least one more badge to give away to one lucky EriCon attendee before our own 2019 show.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to learn more or support NLX and the other amazing artists/vendors!

6/2/2019 - NLX @ QuadCon, Altoona!

     We'll be hosting another round of raffles and promoting our convention at QuadCon in Altoona, Iowa. Join us for this one day event and find out more about how you can get involved with future QuadCon and Next Level Expo events. In addition to providing prizes for their Smash Bros and Mario Kart tournaments, we'll be doing a drawing in June for additional badge winners!

3/22/2019 - NLX @ Anime Detour!

     Our Cosplay Team will be passing out information for our 2019 event in Ames, IA--spot them and grab a picture for your chance to win a free badge! Spot one of our cards? Give us a shout and claim your prize!!

3/10/2019 - NLX @ Anime Recharge!

     The NLX Team will be hosting a booth at Drake University's "Anime Recharge" event! Stop by our booth to pick up early information for how to get involved with NLX 2019, and enjoy an afternoon of anime fun with the Drake Anime Club. We'll be hosting a raffle and giving away a FREE BADGE, so stop by and say hi!

1/20/2019 - Mark your calendars for AUGUST 24th, 2019!

     We are live for 2019! Stay tuned for panel and event submissions, vendor/artist applications, and volunteer opportunities. Interested in being showcased as a main sponsor or featured guest? Email the NLX team at!

**Some of the higher stakes tournaments will require a separate entry fee, which goes towards the cash prize and trophy costs; please see Midwest eSports' tournament page to learn the specific rule sets of each game and register in advance!

And finally, one last reminder to submit your content for our "Program Cover Art Contest" by July 31st! The grand prize winner gets a free artist booth at our show, and will be featured on the front of our program books for this year. We've had

Art Contest Submissions Due 7/31 by 11:59pm!

10:00am to midnight

Gateway Hotel & Conference Center

Ames, IA 50010

Tel: 515-663-6963

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