Atlanta residents Jess Merriman and Chris Stuckey are bringing one of Atlanta’s largest fan conventions back to the city Memorial Day Weekend. Celebrating its 15th year, MomoCon is among the fastest-growing “all ages” conventions in the country, with more than 110,000 turnstile visitors expected in 2019.
Fans of Japanese anime, American animation, comics and gaming will celebrate their passion with four days of panels and sessions. Attendees will meet celebrity voice talent, designers, and writers behind their favorite shows, games, and comics, and browse the huge exhibitor’s hall. Independent game developers, vendors, and a celebrity autograph area encompass 150,000 square feet.
Find A Job! MomoCon weekend kicks off with a big CareerFair. Founder Jessica Merriman says: “Career opportunities in these fields are growing and MomoCon offers opportunities for attendees to learn about those at our Entertainment and Media Career Fair on May 23.” The Career Fair offers access to gaming, animation, comic book, film, and staffing companies from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Omni Hotel. It’s free for MomoCon attendees and to the general public.
Do You Cosplay? Thousands of attendees will show off their carefully crafted costumes. MomoCon Co-Chair Chris Stuckey says “Many of our guests portray characters from Japanese and American animation and popular comics. You’ll see costumes from shows such as Steven Universe and Voltron, and comic characters including Green Lantern, Blade, and Luke Cage.”
Atlanta resident D’Andrea Seabrook is a big cosplayer who’ll be attending this year. She’s been attending since at least 2008 and makes her own costumes (her closet has about ten currently). “This year I’ll be dressing up as the main character from a Japanese anime series called ‘Kakegurui.’”
Celebrity guests of MomoCon include: Patrick Warburton (“The Tick, ” “Seinfeld,” voice work on “Underdog,” and “Family Guy”); Charles Martinet (voiced characters in the Mario video game series); R&B singer Estelle, and many more.
Got Game? With the explosive growth of Esports, MomoCon is home to the largest gaming floor in the Southeast. Open 24-hours during the convention, gamers will enjoy 180,000+ square feet of classic arcades, PC and LAN gaming, console tournaments, freeplay, board and card gaming, and live action role play.
The convention also offers a strong music component as well. Guests will enjoy anime music videos on Stage (live music with animated videos), Bytes & Beats: A Hip-Hop Celebration, a Disney Singing Contest, the MomoCon Rave, and a performance of music from the video game “Final Fantasy.”
Where: Georgia World Congress Center & Omni Hotel, Atlanta
What: 15th MomoCon is a multi-genre convention for fans of all ages, celebrating gaming (video, board, LARP), music, costuming, comics, visual arts and voice acting. Schedule and details: www.momocon.com
Registration: Attendees can register for four-day or single day memberships. Four-day memberships are $77, single days range from $30 – $50 (kids 9 and under free). Game tournament registration and separate concert tickets are also available. www.MomoCon.com