This weekend, from Friday, March 8th through Sunday, March 10th, the Hilton Atlanta Hotel will play host to the 9th annual MomoCon – a pop-culture celebration for fans of Japanese Anime, American Animation, and Video Games.
The event has continued it’s explosive growth unabated year over year to well over 10,000 attendees during it’s 3-day run, placing it solidly within the top ten anime-focused conventions in the country.
A combination of myriad colorful and amazing costumes, dozens of vendors and expansive artist area, and a lineup of panels to satisfy nearly any fan of the genres will keep attendees engaged from start to finish.
This year’s celebrity guests include from anime, animation, video games and costuming. Names Include animation writer, producer, and legend Mike Reiss (Simpsons, The Critic), anime voice actors Brina Palencia (Black Butler, Spice and Wolf, and Borderlands), Steven Blum (X-men, Cowboy Be-Bop, Toonami), and costuming legend Yaya Han (King of the Geek). Amber Nash and Lucky Yates of FX’s Archer will also be returning. Well-liked gaming voice actors Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect, Marvel vs. Capcom, Multiple Star Wars Games) and Mark Meer (Mass Effect, Baldur’s Gate) will be joining the lineup of panelists as well.
While many events focus on a particular demographic, MomoCon strives to create an environment suitable for all ages. “From the beginning, MomoCon has always striven to be a fan convention that is open to all ages,” said Jessica Parker, the event’s Family Programming Director. “And, we want to build on that by building a team focused on the needs of families.” MomoCon's average attendee age is 17-18, and that impacts how the event is planned. “In the past few years, we've added programming that is specifically focused on a family and/or younger audience, including separate youth divisions for our Costume Contests.”
Parents taking their children to a anime convention for the first time can expect a lot of activity, but all of it wholesome and fun. There will be costume contests, panels on a wide range of topics, and a wide variety of costumes. “Whether you're bringing your children for their interests, or your children are coming to partake in your interests, MomoCon has a lot to offer,” said Parker. “Utilize the tools we provide on our website and our social media sites to plan your weekend in advance. Have tons of fun, and be ready for LOTS of costumes!”
Online registration is now closed, but walk-up single-day and full-weekend registrations are available at the Hotel.
When: Friday, March 8th – Sunday, March 10th