Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) March 05, 2013
MomoCon Anime and Gaming Convention celebrates its 9th year with an expected attendance of 10,000 people when it takes place March 8th - 10th at the Hilton Atlanta. Popular celebrities from anime, animation, and video games such as Steve Blum from Cowboy Bebop, Jennifer Hale and Mark Meer from Mass Effect, Brina Palencia from Borderlands, and Mike Reiss of The Simpsons will be doing panels over the weekend.
“This year’s programming will be amazing!” said MomoCon co-founder Chris Stuckey. If you watched Japanese Animation in the late 90's you probably watched it on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Toonami stopped in 2008, but recently relaunched on Adult Swim. “For the first time since the relaunch of Toonami the co-creator, voice host (Steve Blum), and Toonami staff will be attending MomoCon for a Toonami Q&A panel” With over 450 hours of programming in total, other panels will include the popular Q&As with guests and discussions about animation, anime, gaming and technology, and cosplay.
MomoCon is fast becoming one of the most popular fan conventions in the country. In addition to attracting fans of Japanese Animation, or anime, which MomoCon is known for, MomoCon will also be one of the largest events for gamers in the Southeast. This year MomoCon features celebrity guests from anime, animation, and video games. Including animation writer, producer, and legend Mike Reiss (Simpsons, The Critic), animation voice actor Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop, Avatar: Legend of Korra, Toonami), anime voice actor Brina Palencia (Black Butler, Spice and Wolf, and Borderlands), and popular gaming voice actors Jennifer Hale (Mass Effect, Marvel vs Capcon, Multiple Star Wars Games) and Mark Meer (Mass Effect, Baldur’s Gate). Local celebrities Amber Nash and Lucky Yates of FX’s Archer will also be returning.
MomoCon is known internationally as one of the fastest growing family-friendly conventions in the world. Jess Merriman, External Chairman and founder of MomoCon, explains that the event grew from a small gathering to "an anime, cartoon and gaming convention, with great celebrity and industry guests. And there are events for everyone in the family, performances, live music, demonstrations, screenings and movies, elaborate costumes, and great festival fun." MomoCon’s roots are in Japanese culture, and it is known worldwide as a festival of anime, costuming, and gaming. Costuming enthusiasts enjoy “Cosplay” , which embraces costume creation and the wearing of wearing of the costume to act and posing as the character. Local Atlanta Cosplay Superstars Yaya Han, Katie George, Riddle, Ana Aestetic, Lindze Merritt, and Monika Lee will be returning to MomoCon to provide panels on this evolving art form.
Evening activities at MomoCon include The comedy of Laugh Out Loud, performances by Fairy Tail Podcasts and Konoha Corner, and concerts from the bands The Extraordinary Contraptions and Go, Robo! Go!. In addition to performances, other events include a rave, Disney Karaoke, Anime Music Videos, and costume contests.
Not just an anime convention, MomoCon includes gaming events such as a Magic The Gathering StarCity Qualifier, RPG Gaming, Board Gaming, and many Video Game Tournaments. Several gaming companies will also be represented at MomoCon, in addition to the professional voice and design talent who will be giving panels the whole weekend.
What: MomoCon Anime and Gaming Convention
When: March 8-10, 2013
Cost: $40 at the door, 3-Day at the door $40, Children Under 6 free
Where: Atlanta Hilton - 255 Courtland Street NE Atlanta, GA 30303
Main URL: MomoCon.com
MomoCon is one of the most visually interesting and engaging events in the entire country. Any press and media are encouraged to apply for a press pass to cover the event. Any interested groups should contact MomoCon at http://www.momocon.com/contact/