Pin Trading is a great way to add to your Otafest experience! Our pins are beautifully designed by local artists and most often feature our amazing mascots, Persephone and Aurora. By trading pins with Otafest staff and patrons, you can collect the designs that you love the most!

Most of our designs are available at our merchandise desk but some are only available if you trade with Otafest staff! By trading a pin that you purchased, you’ll be able to get one of our staff designs. These special designs can be found throughout the convention however some are only available at certain events and times. These limited quantity pins are harder to find but will make your collecting experience more enjoyable and rewarding if you find them!

Pin Trading began at Otafest 2013. Any pin purchased at any previous Otafest is able to be traded. You can trade any pin with our O-Wing logo on the back for any other pin. Our full list of pins that are currently released are available at the bottom of this page.

The following changes to pin trading are being implemented for Otafest 2016 to make your trading experience more enjoyable:

  • “Trade only” pins are being discontinued. You can now purchase all of the released designs in silver at our merchandise booth.
  • We will no longer have roaming volunteers. To trade for gold pins you can visit our pin trading panels that are scheduled more frequently at different times during each day.
  • We will only accept pins from Aurora 2015 and Otafest 2015 for trade for our newest releases at the merchandise booth.
  • We will have our trading boards available at all times the vendor hall is open so you can trade vintage Otafest pins or pins from other conventions such as Animethon or Nishikaze.

June 27: TCC Seph & Olympic Plaza Aurora

Olympic Plaza AuroraTCC SephHello everyone! Welcome back to the Otafest pin trading blog! It’s week 9 and we are days away from Otafest 2016! We’re 4 days away! We can’t believe it! We can’t wait to see you on Friday. While this is the last entry for the Otafest Pin trading blog, we’re going out with a bang! We have two new pins today!

We are so excited for our first year at the Telus Convention Centre that we’ve created a pair of pins to celebrate! Seph welcomes you to our new home at the TCC while Aurora hopes you come closer for a photo at the Olympic Plaza. But there are more to these pins than what meets the eye. Both of these pins feature a brand new layered design. Seph and Aurora pop out of these pins, giving new dimension and depth. Really cool right?

Quantities of these pins are limited and are priced at $15 each. A limited number will be made available each day at Otafest (Friday – Sunday). Gold versions of these pins will be sold exclusively at our pin trading panels over the weekend. We will not accept trades for these pins.

And of course, it wouldn’t be Otafest if there weren’t a few more surprises once you arrive! So be on the lookout for them! We would like to thank you for following along with us on this year’s pin trading blog. Without you, Otafest wouldn’t be Otafest! See you this weekend and we can’t wait to be back with you again for Aurora 2016! So long for now!

June 20: Gabriel

GabrielHello everyone! Welcome back to the Otafest pin trading blog. It’s week 8! We are 10 days away! Can you believe how fast the time went by? Our team is hard at work putting everything together for our first time at the Telus Convention Centre. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Meow! Gabriel the cat bursts onto the scene in this new character pin! We’ve heard your demand for an animal character pin and we couldn’t think of any better animal than the cat! Who doesn’t love kitties? Each Otafest we will introduce a new cat to match our theme. Gabriel may be an angel, but he certainly isn’t well behaved. Just look at those eyes! He looks like trouble! This pin is designed by Cindy Chen.

Cat trivia: Did you know that cats only meow to humans? Cats use body language to communicate with each other. Meowing at human beings appears to be an evolutionary trait!

June 13: Smile.dk

Smile.dkHello everyone! It’s week 7 of the Otafest pin trading blog! It’s heating up in Calgary! We are so close to Otafest 2016 with just 17 days to go. Are you ready? Don’t forget, you can still get your passes to Otafest 2016 in advance and save time not waiting in line! Get your pass today!

Domo Domo! This is Smile.dk! One of our musical guests this year is Veronica of Smile.dk and we are so excited to have her that we made a pin for her! Some of Smile.dk’s well known songs are Boys, Mr.Wonderful, Golden Sky, Moshi Moshi, and of course, Butterfly! Travelling all the way from Sweden, we can’t wait to hear her Japanese inspired bubblegum pop!

Next week: A pin with purrsonality! See you then!

Smile.dk Trivia: Their new album, ‘Forever’ is the first album featuring Veronica as a solo artist! There have been four previous members of Smile.dk!

June 6: Angel Lorelei

Angel LoreleiHello and welcome back to the Otafest pin trading blog. It’s week 6 and it’s now June! There are 25 days left until Otafest 2016 and our team is hard at work putting together the final preparations. I hope you’re doing the same! Make sure your cosplay is ready and your Otafest pass is ready to go! Get your ticket here!

Let the music surround you! Lorelei makes her Otafest 2016 debut! Beautiful and proper with confidence to match, Lorelei is a shining example of a princess. But as Lorelei meets new people, she blossoms into a caring, loyal friend. Lorelei joined us as a guest mascot at Aurora 2015 after many years of being a mysterious character! This pin was designed by Cindy Chen.

…A wise teacher and a princess virtuoso…Don’t you think such beauty belongs together? Put these two pins together and you’ll see June’s hourglass! Amazing! I wonder what other surprise we have in store for you?

Next week: A welcome to our new home! See you then!

Lorelei Trivia: Did you know Lorelei loves playing the Violin but can play many other instruments?

May 30: Angel June

Angel JuneHello everyone! It’s week 5 at the Otafest pin trading blog! It’s the last day of May and soon well be 1 month away from the party! Can you believe it? If you haven’t booked your hotel room or purchased your ticket, now is the time! Get your ticket today!

Time never stops! June makes her Otafest 2016 debut! Kind and wise, June shares her love of teaching to the world. But even with the maturity of someone older, June still likes to get into mischief by going on adventures with her friends. June joined us as a guest mascot at Otafest & Aurora 2014 and is still loved by pin traders and those who like glasses! This pin was designed by Cindy Chen.

Next week: The angel of music! See you then!

June Trivia: Did you know of all of June’s students that she enjoys teasing Mio the most?

May 23: Angel Mio

Angel MioHello everyone! Welcome back to the Otafest pin trading blog. It’s our 4th week of pin releases the days until Otafest 2016 are getting closer and closer. Did you know that our new vendor space is massive? You’ll be able to enjoy a wider selection of vendors and artists in our brand new space overlooking City Hall and Olympic Plaza. We can’t wait to show you! Be sure to see it yourself by purchasing a pass to Otafest 2016 today!

Mio makes her Otafest 2016 debut! Loud, obnoxious, and fiery, Mio’s energy and ambition are are hard not to take notice of! And while Mio isn’t always successful with her endeavors, she is always ready to try again! Mio joined us as a guest mascot at Aurora 2014 & Otafest 2015. Her tomboy charm has made her very popular among pin traders. We hope this design fills you with energy! This design is by Cindy Chen!

…A loud tomboy and a shy princess…Don’t you think they bring the best out of each other? Put them together and you’ll get the number 8, Mio’s lucky number! Wow! I wonder what other surprises are in store?
Angel Aurora

Next week: The angel of time! See you then!

Mio Trivia: Did you know that Mio gets really shy around Aurora?

May 16: Angel Vari

Angel VariHello everyone! It’s week 3 of the Otafest pin trading blog! Do you like the new designs so far? Last year around this time we would have been putting together the final preparations for Otafest 2015. It’s a little strange to not be raring to go this week but we will get to experience the build up in July very soon! Have you purchased your tickets yet?

Vari makes her Otafest 2016 debut! Shy and reserved, Vari doesn’t enjoy all the attention she receives. But among her closest friends, she opens up like a shimmering star in the night sky! Vari joined us as a guest mascot for Otafest & Aurora 2015 and has become one of the most popular characters for pin traders. We hope this design fills your eyes with stars! This design is by Cindy Chen!

Next week: The angel of energy! See you then!

Vari Trivia: Did you know that Vari became Mio’s friend over a bowl of ice cream?

May 9: Angel Aurora

Angel AuroraWelcome back to the Otafest pin trading blog! It’s week 2 and we have another new pin design to show you. We can’t wait to introduce you to our new home at the Telus Convention Centre. We hope you enjoy the new space and offerings this year! Don’t forget, you can purchase your tickets in advance and avoid waiting in line for tickets.

Aurora joins us for Otafest 2016! Famous for her beauty and attitude, Aurora arrives with a new angel of dawn design. Elegant and beautiful, you might be surprised that her image falls apart when you call her cute! We are so excited for Aurora’s 5th anniversary this November! This design is by Cindy Chen!

…Did you notice? If you put Aurora and Seph together, it makes a heart! I wonder what other surprises we have in store for you!
Angel Aurora

Next week: The angel of space! See you then!

Aurora Trivia: Did you know that Aurora helps the sun rise but is easily sunburned?

May 2: Angel Seph

Angel SephHello everyone! Welcome back to the Otafest Pin Trading blog! Today is the first of many pin releases leading up to Otafest 2016. We would like to thank you again for being a part of our pin trading community. It’s our fourth year of pin trading for us and we could not have done it without you.

With our new home at the Telus Convention Centre, you can find our merchandise booth inside the vendors room! There are some changes to how pin trading will operate this year at Otafest 2016. You can read about the changes here.

Finally, don’t forget to purchase your tickets to Otafest 2016 in advance and save time! You can purchase tickets here! Ready to begin?

Seph makes her 2016 debut! Loved by staff and attendees alike, Seph returns with a new take on her original angel of death costume that she originally wore at the first Otafest in 1999. With her bright red eyes and incredible smile, you may not recognize her deadly intentions until it’s too late! We are so thankful to have Seph as our angelic mascot and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for her! This design is by Cindy Chen!

Next week: The angel of dawn! See you then!

Seph Trivia: Did you know that Seph’s hair grows very quickly? That’s why she can have long or short hair!

Calgary Expo & Nishikaze

Hello everyone! Welcome back to the pin trading blog! We have some new pins to show you that will be available at Calgary Comic Expo and Nishikaze! Please stop by our booth to pick these pins up!

At Calgary Comic Expo, we will have:
Street Style Seph, Aurora, Vari & Mio

At Nishikaze, we will have our our Seph & Ayako Collab pin!

Seph-Street
Aurora-Casual
Mio-Casual
Vari-Street
nishikaze

Released Pins

otafest 2016
Angel Aurora
Angel Aurora
Angel Seph
Angel Seph
Angel Vari
Angel Vari
Angel Mio
Angel Mio
Angel June
Angel June
Angel Lorelei
Angel Lorelei
Smile.DK
Smile.DK
Gabriel
Gabriel
TCC Seph
TCC Seph
Olympic Plaza Aurora
Olympic Plaza Aurora
2016 collabs
Street Clothes Seph
Street Clothes Seph
Street Clothes Aurora
Street Clothes Aurora
Street Clothes Mio
Street Clothes Mio
Street Clothes Vari
Street Clothes Vari
Seph & Ayako
Seph & Ayako
aurora 2015
Conductor Aurora
Conductor Aurora
Note-Wing
Note-Wing
Violinist Lorelei
Violinist Lorelei
Flutist Seph
Flutist Seph
Bassist Vari
Bassist Vari
other events 2015
Super Star Aurora
Super Star Aurora
Super Star Mio
Super Star Mio
Super Star Seph
Super Star Seph
Super Star Vari
Super Star Vari
Super Star June
Super Star June
collabs
Idol Seph & Nishi
Idol Seph & Nishi
Pirate Seph & Nishi
Pirate Seph & Nishi
Tsurucon 2016
Tsurucon 2016
Umbrella Girl
Umbrella Girl
otafest 2015
100th Pin
100th Pin
Admiral June
Admiral June
Calgary Aurora
Calgary Aurora
Calgary Seph
Calgary Seph
Captain Aurora
Captain Aurora
First Mate Mio
First Mate Mio
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Mermaid Aurora
Mermaid Aurora
Mermaid Seph
Mermaid Seph
Nurse Aurora
Nurse Aurora
Nurse Seph
Nurse Seph
Pirate Seph
Pirate Seph
Star-Wing
Star-Wing
Twinkle-Wing
Twinkle-Wing
aurora 2014
Advisor June
Advisor June
Angel of Energy
Angel of Energy
Chaperone Seph
Chaperone Seph
Crown-Wing
Crown-Wing
The Devious Chaperone
The Devious Chaperone
June Volunteer Pin
June Volunteer Pin
The Lonely Prince
The Lonely Prince
The Loyal Advisor
The Loyal Advisor
The Mysterious Maestro
The Mysterious Maestro
Ornament Volunteer Pin
Ornament Volunteer Pin
Prince Mio
Prince Mio
Princess Vari
Princess Vari
Purple Snow-Wing
Purple Snow-Wing
Queen Aurora
Queen Aurora
The Reluctant Prince
The Reluctant Prince
Royal Flush
Royal Flush
The Shy Princess
The Shy Princess
other events
Archer June
Archer June
Edmonton 2013
Edmonton 2013
Heart Aurora
Heart Aurora
Heart Seph
Heart Seph
Heart-Wing
Heart-Wing
Mage Aurora
Mage Aurora
Red O-Wing
Red O-Wing
Starlight
Starlight
Sweet Heart Aurora
Sweet Heart Aurora
Sweet Heart Seph
Sweet Heart Seph
Thief Mio
Thief Mio
Warrior Seph
Warrior Seph
Witch Aurora
Witch Aurora
Witch Seph
Witch Seph
otafest 2014
Aurora Bust
Aurora Bust
Angel of Music
Angel of Music
Seph Bust
Seph Bust
Angel of Space
Angel of Space
Battle Aurora
Battle Aurora
Battle Seph
Battle Seph
Black Swan Seph
Black Swan Seph
Detective Aurora
Detective Aurora
Detective Seph
Detective Seph
Digital Idol Seph
Digital Idol Seph
Grand Slam Seph
Grand Slam Seph
High Heat Aurora
High Heat Aurora
Kieran Strange
Kieran Strange
Lily Aurora
Lily Aurora
Miko Aurora
Miko Aurora
Miko Seph
Miko Seph
Mio
Mio
Plugsuit Aurora
Plugsuit Aurora
Plugsuit Seph
Plugsuit Seph
Pride-Wing
Pride-Wing
Schoolgirl Seph
Schoolgirl Seph
SCT
SCT
Volleyball Aurora
Volleyball Aurora
Volleyball Seph
Volleyball Seph
Volunteer Pin 2014
Volunteer Pin 2014
White Swan Aurora
White Swan Aurora
Wild Rose Seph
Wild Rose Seph
aurora 2013
Angel of Dawn
Angel of Dawn
Angel of Death
Angel of Death
Angel of Time
Angel of Time
Aurora Volunteer Pin 2013
Aurora Volunteer Pin 2013
Aurora-Wing
Aurora-Wing
Bootleg Aurora
Bootleg Aurora
Bootleg Seph
Bootleg Seph
Gala Aurora
Gala Aurora
Gala Seph
Gala Seph
Holiday Aurora
Holiday Aurora
Holiday Seph
Holiday Seph
Pixel Aurora
Pixel Aurora
Pixel Seph
Pixel Seph
Snow-Wing
Snow-Wing
otafest 2013
15th Year O-Wing
15th Year O-Wing
Bunny Girl Aurora
Bunny Girl Aurora
Casual Aurora
Casual Aurora
Casual Seph
Casual Seph
Cat Girl Seph
Cat Girl Seph
Cheerleader Aurora
Cheerleader Aurora
Cheerleader Seph
Cheerleader Seph
Magical Girl Aurora
Magical Girl Aurora
Magical Girl Seph
Magical Girl Seph
Maid Aurora
Maid Aurora
Maid Seph
Maid Seph
O-Wing
O-Wing
Steampunk Aurora
Steampunk Aurora
Steampunk Seph
Steampunk Seph
Volunteer Pin
Volunteer Pin
Yukata Aurora
Yukata Aurora
Yukata Seph
Yukata Seph