Weekend Planning: MomoCon 2013 In Atlanta


Geek Alabama Weekend Plans

Are you a geek or nerd and looking for something to do this weekend?  If you live in the southeast; then MomoCon is for you!  MomoCon is Atlanta’s family friendly Anime, Animation, and Gaming convention.  This event is held at the Atlanta Hilton on March 8-10. The convention boasts internationally celebrated cosplayers, guests from the entertainment and animation world, continued growth in gaming, and an expanded emphasis on family friendly events.

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This year MomoCon is looking at tremendous growth as an organization, reflective of a proactive management style of Co-Chairs Jess Merriman and Chris Stuckey. The pair have run MomoCon from the start, and brought this fan convention from humble beginnings to national respect in under ten years.  Jess Merriman, along with other Georgia Tech students, launched MomoCon in 2005.  They utilized the space of the Georgia Tech Student Center and were able to hold the event for free by selling vendor tables to cover expenses.

Today; MomoCon has become a major Con player in the Atlanta Metro with expectations of around 10,000 attendees for this year’s event!  This year, there are some changes to expect at MomoCon.  Video game companies BioWare and Riot Games will be attending the 2013 event.  Other changes include the first LAN event at MomoCon, an overhaul of the marketing and sponsorship materials, and a concentrated strategy on social media and media relations.

So what can you expect at MomoCon 2013?  MomoCon 2013 features celebrity guests from anime, animation, video games and costuming.  Including animation writer, producer, and legend Mike Reiss (Simpsons, The Critic), anime voice actors Brina Palencia (Black Butler, Spice and Wolf, and Borderlands) and Steven Blum (X-men, Cowboy Be-Bop, Toonami,etc), and costuming legend Yaya Han (King of the Geek). Amber Nash and Lucky Yates of FX’s Archer will also be returning.  Other guests includes Jennifer Hale, Mark Meer, Martin Billany (LittleKuriboh), Sifu Kisu, Marianne Miller, and many more!

Some of the events at MomoCon 2013 will include the opening ceremonies on Friday, Closet Cosplay Contest, MomoCon Rave, Disney Karaoke Contest, Breaking Things Demo, Anime Music Video Contest, Craftsmanship Costume Contest, Magic the Gathering StarCity Qualifier, and a Blades Demo on Sunday!  There will also be plenty of cool things to do like panels, workshops, video games, tabletop games, performances, and even martial arts!

With over 8600 people attending in 2012, MomoCon is one of the fastest growing family friendly conventions in the country. Fans of Japanese Anime, American Animation, and Video Games come together to celebrate their passion by costuming, browsing the huge exhibitors hall, meeting celebrity voice talent, designers, and writers behind their favorite shows and games, and much more over this 3 day event.  A 3-day pass is only $40.  And one day passes are $20 on Friday and Sunday.  It will cost $30 on Saturday.  For more info. on MomoCon go to: http://www.momocon.com/.

Follow MomoCon on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MomoCon or on Twitter @MomoCon.  You can also follow them on Google Plus at: https://plus.google.com/106094128205576506824/posts

I have sadly no plans on going this year since I have been unemployed for 21 months now!  Now if someone would give me some gas money, I might have a change of plans!

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